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Senior Moments Taking care of the future February 2015

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Senior Moments Still sprightly and living independently at 100!

By Sonia Clark Last Tuesday, February 3, the staff of Glasshouse Country Care had a very special event planned to mark the 100th birthday of one of their well respected clients Mary Baker. Mary incredibly still lives in her home in Beerwah and makes use of the independent living support packages from the not-for-profit organisation including visits to the facility two days a week for socialising, activities and entertainment. With a massive birthday cake and special cards from the Prime Minister, Governor-General and the Queen, Mary was the centre of attention in the recreation hall packed with around 50 people marking this most meaningful of milestones. A sprightly and engaging lady, Mary stood up and elegantly thanked everyone for their well wishes ahead of her actual birthday last Friday. With a rousing rendition of ‘Mary’s a grand old name’ and ‘It’s a long way to Tipperary’, staff and clients sang along while Mary blew out her candles and cut the cake. Staff also presented her with a beautiful plant to mark the occasion. When asked about her life and tips for longevity Mary reiterates just how fortunate she has been to have had a good life and loving friends, husband and family as well as a strong faith to lead her. “And I never worry,” says Mary “what’s the good in that - it gets you nowhere!” she says with a

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chuckle. Glasshouse Country Care manager Ann McQuay describes Mary as amazing. “Just three years ago she travelled by herself to South Africa, taking a cruise to Cape Town, and she still lives independently!” Mary celebrated her actual birthday last Friday with a party organised by her niece Shirley Jack with family and friends travelling from Melbourne and from around the world to mark the occasion.

Sunshine 60 and Better Group Inc. is a healthy ageing program providing a variety of fun activities to keep the mind and body active for older people. It is funded by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disabilities Services. Caloundra 60 & Better Inc. will hold a day for Show and Tell and other activities on Tuesday, February 24 from 10.30am – 12.00noon. Come and join in at the Uniting Church Hall 56C Queens Street, Caloundra. For more information, phone 5443 7281, email admin@sun60.com.au or visit our website www.sunshine60.org.au

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Mary Baker marks her 100th birthday at Glasshouse Country Care

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The luckiest of adventures Lucky Watson has had some lucky escapes in his life but no one could say he has not lived. The Beerwah Embracia resident, who was named after his family's change of fortune, devotedly served his country for a quarter of a century in the Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) but his life before and after service has been equally as interesting. Lucky grew up in Sydney and had what could be described as an eventful childhood, often harnessing his boyish energy towards misguided activities. "Lucky and his mates used to 'acquire' live rounds of ammunition from a nearby US air force base," said Pam, Lucky's wife. "At school they would use the ammo to blow up ants nests, with one explosion injuring a boy's fingers. "One of his experiments at home went a bit wrong and he blew a hole in the family's lounge room floor. His father contacted the police to come and tell him off!" Raised with the belief that he could be or do anything, Lucky joined the RAAF as an apprentice radio technician (radar and electronics) at age 15, and was based at Frognall in Melbourne for training, before being transferred to Ballarat to begin his service. Lucky said at the time: "We thought it was like

being released from prison when we went to Ballarat and that the reins were not quite so tight. "No compulsory study, none of the extra duties we were rostered to do in the kitchen at Frognall, involving pot walloping and that sort of thing. It was like a holiday by comparison," he said. During his RAAF career, Lucky served in Singapore from 1950 to 1956 as the RAAF operated against Malayan terrorists. Other accomplishments include serving during the Vietnam War when Lucky flew with crew as a radar technician, and assisting flying troop replacements, supplies and evacuating the wounded. In 1969 Lucky was awarded the British Empire Medal for long service, good conduct and outstanding service. After his illustrious 25 year career in the RAAF, Lucky requested a discharge to pursue other interests, including spending time with his two children from a previous marriage. He relocated to Mackay and acquired a taxi licence and vehicle to support his family. He was eventually promoted to Director - Treasurer of Mackay City Cabs and then Chairman of Directors. Lucky continued his association with taxis after relocating to Tewantin followed by Nambour, then owned two cabs and operated the Noosa Taxi Service.

"Lucky was the founding chairman of directors of the regional Suncoast Cabs Association in 1984 and later was re-elected to a second term," said Pam. "His contribution to the association was significant, with Lucky writing the Suncoast Cabs Association's constitution, as well as devising and producing the standing rules and operational procedures of the association in conjunction with the board of directors." Lucky went on to work for Telstra for five years until retiring in 1990 at the age of 57. During their retirement Pam and Lucky enjoyed many adventures, laughs and some close calls with misadventure! This included backpacking treks, motor bike riding, white water rafting, and campervan and rail trips through Asia, Europe, Britain, Russia and in Australia, crossing the Simpson Desert and the Canning Stock Route in their own trusty Toyota Troop Carrier. "We have had our fair share of excitement and both loved travelling and talking to people wherever we happened to be," explains Pam.

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Senior Moments ‘Wonders of the South’

Explore, Experience and Enjoy are the main focus in our ‘Wonders of the South’ tour departing in October 2015. You will experience 30 days of wonderment visiting the most significant places in Peru, Argentina and Brazil. Tour highlights include Machu Picchu, Lake Tititcaca and the imposing majesty of the glaciers in El Calafate, in the heart of the Patagonia region near Antarctica. Buenos Aires is the city that never sleeps - filled with Tango atmosphere where you can sample the best steaks in the world accompanied by the finest wines. Wake up to the magic of the incredible Iguazu Falls - one of the seven wonders of the natural world, and the grand finale: Rio de Janeiro with its unique beaches and impressive Christ the Redeemer statue overlooking the city. You will be escorted from Brisbane all the way with experienced operators Horacio and / or Stella; both South American born, and fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. Information sessions about this amazing small group fully escorted tour opportunity will be presented over the next couple of weeks. The power point presentations will feature vibrant original photos revealing the beautiful scenery and colour of these incredible countries as well as explaining the day to day itineraries with plenty of time allocated for discussion. Everyone is welcome to attend these information sessions which will give a clear idea of the places to visit, the scenery to be admired and even the food and fun will be shared. If you have had South America in you bucket list this your opportunity. Presentations will be held at Caloundra on Thursday, February 12, then at Maroochydore on Thursday, February 19 and Noosa on Wednesday, February 25. For more details please contact us on 5492 5274 or Mob: 0400 193 040 Email: latinamericagrouptours@gmail.com or see www. latinamericagrouptours www.facebook.com/Latinamericagrouptours 5492 5274 - 0400 193 040

Health Matters with Braxton Turnage Doctor of Chiropractic

New year, new resolutions

How to make real change in 2015 It’s a new year! Time for making all those great resolutions for the year that last approximately…two weeks! As a health practitioner, every week I see people who want to make positive changes, who need to make positive changes, but simply don’t. Or if they do start to make changes, it’s only until their pain or crisis subsides. Why do we do this to ourselves? Why don’t we make and sustain these positive changes we all know that we should? It’s quite simple. Most of us live in a reactive world, rather than being proactive in our lives. It’s the same for our health, our relationships, our finances, etc. We only focus on improving when something bad happens that causes us to react. I suggest making only one resolution this year, to be proactive, and to apply it to all areas of your life. If you don’t wake up each morning feeling great, healthy and happy, then start taking steps now towards that goal. Don’t wait until you can hardly roll out of bed to then take positive actions towards your health. If you don’t have the most amazing relationships that fill your life with love and joy, start working on them now, before relationship stress takes over your life. If your finances aren’t as great as you’d like, make a plan to improve them and take the first step. Current research is confirming what many of us heard from our elders and spiritual leaders; satisfaction comes with being engaged, doing good, and focusing on the present. Rather than setting goals that you’ll likely not put much effort into pursuing, choose to go with the flow of life and be proactive in all aspects; Health, Family / Relationships, Work, Finances, Recreation, and Mindset. With this approach, there is no ‘failing’ and no self-judgement – only doing and being better each day. Adjust to Life Chiropractic, Turner Park Shopping Centre, Beerwah Ph: 5494 0499

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