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Senior Moments

Taking care of the future

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Seniors Card comes in handy

Are you making the most of your seniors card? Along with numerous government concessions, are you aware that a number of local businesses offer discounts on presentation of your card? For those who are not familiar with the Seniors Card - it offers government concessions and business discounts for Queensland residents who are over 65 and working less than 35 hours per week or for those aged between 60 - 64 who hold a concession card from either Centrelink or Department of Veterans Affairs who are working less than 35 hours per week in paid employment. There are a whole host of valuable concessions available with your card that can help with the cost of everyday living. These include electrical and gas rebates, subsidies on property rates and water, medical and travel concessions and leisure and education concessions. A business discount directory exists for the various regions throughout Queensland including a comprehensive one for the Sunshine Coast that provides details about numerous businesses that offer senior card discounts. The businesses range from service providers to retailers, food outlets and clothing stores. Some of our local businesses who offer discounts ranging from 5% - 20% just for presenting your card, include Beerwah Electronics, Colour Queens Hairstyles at Beerwah, Landsborough Dental Prosthetist, Owen Brothers Plumbers at Mooloolah, Mooloolah IGA, Frame D’Art Beerwah, Endeavour Recycled Clothing Beerwah and Maleny, and The Lookout Cafe Glass House Mountains. Morris House Neighbourhood Centre also offer a discounted $1.00 per hour for internet use (usually $2.00 per hour with a min charge 50c). For details visit www.qld.gov.au/seniorcard or phone 13 QGOV (13 74 68). You can also complete an application form available from your local library, Centrelink office or Queensland Government Agent Program (QGAP) or alternatively from the office of your state member of parliament. Seniors cards do not expire and once you have one they do not need to be renewed.

Quality care delivered by quality people

To be a leader in today’s competitive market environment, it is important for businesses to recognise, recruit and retain ‘good people’. The best business model in the world is worthless if it doesn’t have a team of skilled, dedicated and passionate people to deliver its requirements. One example of the quality people employed by Seasons is Registered Nurse Kylee Cousins who has been part of the team for the past four years. Kylee is an energetic mother of two who loves nothing more than to bring happiness into people’s lives, right through to the very end. Her work at Seasons involves supporting clinical care residents. "I treat everyone here as if they were my own parents, and if there’s something that needs to be done or organised for someone, I like to ensure that it is done as quickly as possible – often it’s the little things that can make the biggest difference,” Kylee says. Compassion and strength are the hallmarks of Kylee’s personality; she also has a very down-to-earth approach to life which makes her friendly and enjoyable to be around. “In this job the good comes with the bad, but the opportunity to walk with people through the final stage of their life is amazing. I find it incredibly rewarding and couldn’t imagine doing anything else,” she says with a warm and genuine smile. There are many more people just like Kylee on the Seasons team. You’ll find them within every facet of the business, from the meal planners and carers, right through to the cleaners and garden maintenance staff. To experience this for yourself, we invite you to visit any one of Seasons wonderful Private Aged Care facilities across South East Queensland. Please contact our friendly reception team on 1300 506 116 or check out seasonscare.com.au for more information.

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Out and About New Men's Shed facility There was plenty of excitement in the air recently as Glasshouse Country Care held the official opening of the new Men's Shed building on their grounds, on Peachester Road, Beerwah. After four and a half years of using a shared facility at the Beerwah Recycle Market, the fellas finally have a purpose built facility, and will be able to expand the range of activities and the times they will be able to meet.

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Physical activity in decline among Australia’s over 50s

Three quarters (77%) of Australia’s over 50s say they are committed to living a healthy and active lifestyle, yet almost half have decreased their level of physical activity in the past five years, according to new research by Apia, the leading national insurer for over 50s. Worryingly, Apia’s research found that almost a quarter (22%) of those who had decreased their level of activity admitted to being very inactive. David Skapinker, Apia spokesperson said growing older shouldn’t mean growing inactive. “People tend to think that as they age they no longer need to exercise as often as they did in their younger years, they may injure themselves while exercising if they are frail or weak, and only vigorous activities have any real health benefit, however this is simply not the case,” he said. Dr Ross Walker, one of Australia’s best-known and most respected health experts, added that you’re never too old to exercise. “Most physical activity can be modified to accommodate injuries or weakness so there’s always a way to stay active, no matter what your age,” he said. “To maintain a healthy and active lifestyle in your 50s and beyond, the key is to focus on changing the nature of what you do as you get older, instead of just reducing the amount of what you currently do.” Dr Walker suggested opting for lower impact forms of exercise. “These can be easier on the body while still providing all the benefits of more vigorous physical activity. “Mindfulness exercises such as yoga, tai chi or qigong are undeniably important as well as they cultivate health, reduce stress and can be done at any age or fitness level.” If you haven’t done much exercise for a while, it’s important to gradually build up activity levels to prevent injury and allow yourself time to regain strength and flexibility. And remember to have a thorough check-up with your doctor before commencing any intensive exercise program.

Being kind to your teeth

It has been a little over a month since Toothkind opened in Beerwah and the business owners Dr Chris Milligan and Dr James Fox believe it is already becoming known as the place to go when in need of dental care. When Chris and James decided to open the surgery in Simpson Street, their aim was to fill the gap existing in service, quality and access to dental care in Beerwah and the surrounding hinterland area. With the support of a dedicated, experienced team, led by practice manager Melinda Carter, Toothkind is striving to provide modern, excellent dental care in a caring, friendly, and comfortable environment. The expert clinical team includes Dr Martin Brimmicombe, performing Dental implant placement, Dr Ian Sugden with more than 20 years’ experience performing and teaching endodontics, and Dr Rene Bazin, an experienced practitioner of orthodontics. Alongside these specialised areas of dentistry, Toothkind provides the highest of quality in general, family, and cosmetic dental care. They are open on Monday – Wednesday 8.00am – 8.00pm, Thursday and Friday 8.00am – 5.00pm and Saturday, 8.00am – 2.00pm, which gives clients plenty of flexibility for making their appointments fit around their other commitments. For an appointment please call 5494 0964. To find out more check out their website www.Toothkind.com.au

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Mrs Middleditch from Beerwah understands good value. Throughout her 92 years she has managed her household and finances, and now balances running her home on a pension. She immigrated to Australia back in the 60’s, and her home is still furnished with those original furniture pieces she purchased on arrival. “I like to spend my money on good quality items that last,” she said, “rather than the cheaper items that are around today.” And the same goes for the cost of running her household. She purchased solar hot water 10 years ago, and seeing the savings, she contacted Ian from All Energy HQ to discuss her solar panel options. After installing four panels three years ago and enjoying the benefits and savings, she decided to go back to Ian to check on upgrading. After a brief discussion with the Glasshouse experts about the rising electricity costs, she ordered four more panels this year to increase her solar feed. “It was an easy decision to make,” she said, “comparing money sitting in the bank with little or no interest doing nothing, or panels on my roof generating power. “I like and trust Ian - I feel the quality of the panels and the fact they are local gives me peace of mind. If I have any questions they are right there to help,” said Mrs Middleditch. “I’ve seen a lot of life, and finding someone you can trust with the resources to deliver what you want is a rare thing now, and should be acknowledged.”

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Invisible Hearing Aids? Everyday thousands of Australians with hearing loss struggle through conversations instead of enjoying the rich sounds that life has to offer. There are many reasons why people choose against seeking a solution to their hearing problem. Some incorrectly believe a hearing aid won’t be able to solve their type of hearing loss. While others fear the social stigma of ‘old age’ that has been in the past associated with wearing hearing aids. Leading hearing specialists ihear, are excited to share the solution for those who say ‘you will never see me wearing a hearing aid.’ The SoundLens is the world’s first completely invisible hearing aid, and is custom made for superior comfort. It is so tiny that it sits inside the second bend of the ear canal, offering complete invisibility. Despite its small stature, the SoundLens is packed with the most advanced hearing technology to date, resulting in natural sound amplification and superior clarity for hearing speech in background noise. Local hearing expert, Audiometrist Lisa Burley from ihear is certainly impressed. “The SoundLens is truly amazing, and incredibly popular with our clients because it simply can’t be seen once it’s in the ear.” According to Lisa, hearing speech in noise is something that has previously been a challenge for hearing aid manufacturers. “The SoundLens has overcome this challenge like never before, resulting in easy listening for the wearer that reduces listening effort and mental fatigue in noisy environments,” she said. Ihear are accredited providers of free* hearing services for pension and DVA card holder as well as private patients and are conveniently located in Caloundra with visiting clinics in Beerwah, Buderim, Gympie, Hervey Bay, Maroochydore, Maryborough, Nambour and Sippy Downs. For more information on hearing loss, or to find out how the of the SoundLens could help you call the clinic today on 5492 6939.

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Men's club transform rocking chair

The Embracia Men’s Club, led by Volunteer Fred Carr, along with residents Arthur and Bill, transformed this beautiful old spring loaded rocking chair from the Beerwah Recycle Market into a stunning piece of furniture. The club would like to thank Dean, a professional upholster, for recovering the chair in stunning London themed fabric. Embracia in Glasshouse Country and the Friends of Eden will be holding a Cent Auction on October 17 and the London Chair will be one of many great prizes you can win.

Volunteer Fred Carr (centre) with Arthur Westwoood and Bill Bell

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Ever wondered about your family tree?

Are you thinking about creating your family history and not sure how to begin the research? Then you should head along to the Caloundra Family History Research Group’s Open day on Saturday, August 16 from 9.30am – 12.30pm. There will be free advice and help for seniors, and a morning tea will be offered, thanks to sponsorship from Council of the Ageing, (COTA). Visitors are welcome to see the full extent of the Library resources available for research. The research facility is accessed through Gate 2 at the Corbould Park Racecourse, Peirce Avenue, Caloundra. It has plenty of parking and wheelchair access. The event coincides with the celebrations of National Family History Month and Sunshine Coast Seniors Week. All enquiries about the group are welcomed by contacting June on 5493 2679, Roz on 5493 1197, or Dawn on 5492 2208. Email address is caloundrafamilyres@y7mail.com Website is www.caloundrafamilyhistory.org.au and has a map to locate the building.

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This senior’s week, a workshop will be run at Maleny Library to help those attending to discover how they can save money on Wednesday, August, 20 from 9.00am to 12.00noon. Some of the highlights include using online banking, booking your own travel and accessing the Library’s entire collection including on-line options (which is free). The event is free to attend and light refreshments will be provided. To find out more you can speak to the library staff or call them on 1300 542 727.

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Celebrating Senior’s Week. Tuesday, August 19, 2.30pm - 5.00pm at the Beerwah Library This senior’s week, learn a new craft with rug hooking and make a poppy. All the poppies that are made will be donated to the 5,000 poppies project. All poppies will be on display in the library for Remembrance Day to commemorate Australian servicemen and women.

Step out and celebrate our seniors

One of the Sunshine Coast’s biggest senior's week events is set to take centre stage again on Sunday, August 24, when hundreds of over 50s locals, are expected to pound the Caloundra pavement with the annual Australian Pensioner and Superannuants League (APSL) amateur fun walk. APSL Caloundra branch President Frank Gower said the walk, now in its 15th year, first started in 2000 with just 30 people attending. Last year there was about 400 who participated. “What we found was there was nothing on the Sunshine Coast in this form to give seniors a day out so that’s why we started it,” he said. “It’s really about promoting social inclusion, forming friendships, being active and having a fun time. “Last year we had a 95-year-old attend which was very impressive,” said Frank. “It doesn’t have to be competitive and is just a great morning out that’s finished by lunchtime.” The scenic four kilometre flat walk along the Golden Beach foreshore starts at Oaks Oasis Resort, North Street, Caloundra (Landsborough Parade). Registration is at 7.00am for an 8.00am start (with voluntary warm up) there are categories for 50-59, 60-69, 70-79, 80+, 90+. The event finishes at the Caloundra Power Boat Club (leave your car at the Caloundra Power Boat Club and take the free shuttle bus to the start). Complimentary refreshments for walkers, trophies, prizes and free gifts for all. Prizes for best fancy dress. To assist with catering, early registration would be appreciated: Email pamandfrank@bigpond.com. Phone Frank, 5492 7134 or Don, 5492 2105. Registration forms are also available from the office of Mark McArdle, 1/118 Bulcock Street, Caloundra.

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HEARING AIDS SoundLens is the hearing aid for people who say, “You’ll never see me wearing a hearing aid”.

WANTED 25 PEOPLE to trial

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SOUNDLENS Leading hearing clinic ihear require 25 PEOPLE to trial the new SoundLens from Starkey. Now you don’t have to put off getting help for your hearing because you’re self-conscious about wearing a hearing aid. With SoundLens, you can hear better and no one will ever need to know why.

CALL NOW ON 5492 6939

ACCREDITED PROVIDERS OF FREE** HEARING SERVICES FOR PENSION AND DVA CARDHOLDERS

Beerwah l Buderim l Caloundra l Gympie Hervey Bay l Maroochydore l Maryborough Nambour l Sippy Downs #ihearAustralia www.ihear.com.au info@ihear.com.au

Formerly Shepherd Hearing Care

Individual results may vary. *Terms and conditions apply. **On behalf of OHS

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