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Rise of the Nan Van

New RACQ research has found nearly one in three Queensland cars with child seats installed was being driven by grandparents. RACQ's Lauren Ritchie said the rise of the 'Nan Van' had come as grandparents took on less traditional roles in helping with childcare, as modern families juggled their work-life balance. "This is a trend we weren't seeing as often even 20 years ago, but it now seems to be much more common for grandparents to be more involved in many areas of their grandchildren's lives, including ferrying them about in their own cars,” Ms Ritchie said. Ms Ritchie said there were important safety checks to take into account for families and grandparents considering using ‘Nan's Van’ as a regular form of transport for young children. "Laws and safety regulations will be quite different now to when you were a first-time parent years ago, so it's vital to read up on the

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latest requirements and make sure you're well across them," she said. "Your grandchild's age and size can make a difference to the type of car seat required.” Ms Ritchie said it was important parents and grandparents knew how to properly install their child restraints. “It’s vital that you know how to install your seat correctly. If your seat isn’t fitted properly you can risk injury and even death in the event of a crash,” she said. “Always consult the restraint and vehicle manufacturers’ handbooks to ensure you are installing the restraint in the appropriate way for your type of car. "It’s always a good idea to have your restraint professionally installed or learn from experts.”

A new Sunshine Coast Council initiative, funded by the Queensland Mental Health Commission, will give over-50s the chance to improve their mental health and wellbeing. Registration is now open for the free Healthy Sunshine Coast Seniors 16-week program which will be delivered in two stages. “Stage one runs for six weeks and will assist individuals to set goals to improve their physical health and will be followed by an experiential session connecting them with existing communitybased activity programs,” Cr McKay said. “The second stage delivered over 10 weeks will see seniors paired with a Peer Support Worker to implement cognitive and physical tools for improvement of mental wellbeing while connecting them with established networks and services in the community. “The program is available for participants across the Sunshine Coast and will include lunch and transport if necessary for residents living in rural areas or where public transport is not an option. “The sessions will be held at Maroochydore Neighbourhood Centre from 10.00am to 12.30pm on Wednesdays, commencing in late November. Bookings for these sessions are essential. Visit council’s website and search Healthy Sunshine Coast to register today.

Fixed Fee Intitial Consultation Available Beerwah Law, formerly King Tobin Lawyers, are your local solicitors and have been established in Beerwah for over 30 years. Tracy King and her team are here to advise and assist you in legal areas relevant to Seniors including estate planning, estate administration, Wills, Enduring Powers of Attorney, Advance Health Directives and entry and exit into retirement villages. We are a general practice and therefore we cover most areas of the law for you. We are ‘Your Lawyers For Life’.

Wills To ensure that the administration for your estate is as easy as possible for your loved ones we strongly recommend that a qualified solicitor draft your Will for you. Unfortunately, the courts are full of matters which are being litigated purely because a ‘home-made Will’ cannot be interpreted sensibly, has various interpretations or has not adequately considered all matters required. A well drafted Will also takes into account matters other than assets within the estate, such as superannuation and life insurance, to ensure that all of your assets are dealt with consistently. Importantly, a general discussion with us about the nature and extent of your assets and liabilities and our advice to you in that regard, can save your executors a great deal of time, money and stress.

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the Guardianship and Administration Tribunal for an Order. Such an Order can take a considerable period of time and involves a great deal of work. It also can lead to ill-will and disputes between your loved ones.

Advance Health Directive You may wish to instruct us to draft an Advance Health Directive for you. This document specifies the level and degree of intensity of medical care you wish to receive in certain situations. It runs in conjunction with your Enduring Power of Attorney and it is therefore very important that it does not conflict with your Enduring Power of Attorney, which unfortunately we have seen regularly when either of those documents has not been drafted by a qualified solicitor. Please contact us to discuss your legal needs and make an appointment for us to assist you.

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Aged care that focuses on you When you visit Embracia in Woodford for the first time and walk through the front door, you can be assured that you will be welcomed by a friendly staff member, who is more than willing to assist you with your enquiry. This caring approach by the staff is just one of the elements which creates a very warm and happy environment for both the residents and their visitors. It transforms it from a residential

aged care facility to somewhere that aged people can live and receive the care they deserve. Great efforts are made to create a familiar and homely environment, such as featuring professional photography of local scenery through the complex. Individual shadow boxes are found outside the resident’s rooms for them to display items that are significant or personal to them. Also included are purpose built facilities such as a library, café, hairdressing salon, theatre, chapel and for the gentleman to get some time out, there is even a ‘Men’s Den’. Residents also have the option of an in-room telephone service with a direct-dial phone number and WiFi internet connection so they can stay connected with their loved ones. A splendid feature is the lovely communal areas where the residents can enjoy spending time with family and friends who come for a visit. One such area is the well-appointed family dining

room, which is perfect for special events and celebrations. However, the best way to appreciate the facilities is to see it for yourself. Phone their friendly staff and book an appointment to have a tour – you will definitely be impressed.

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Twelve months ago, I needed to find a full time nursing care facility for my 92-year-old mother. This was made more difficult, as she was to move from Sydney, leaving all she had ever known, to be able to go into care closer to me on the Sunshine Coast. My decision to move mum into Embracia, Woodford was easily made, having visited numerous other nursing homes in the Hinterland and Sunshine Coast area. The transition for mum to Embracia has been a seamless one for her and truly a joy for me as her daughter. We were able to create a beautiful room for her, a new home for a new beginning. Her added delight is her balcony overlooking trees and with country vistas. The general staff at Embracia and the very high standards of nursing staff have been outstanding to mum in every aspect of their support for her as well as her everyday care needs. The staff meets the needs of each individual resident with care, understanding, empathy, and friendship. All with the aim to help residents feel that they are in fact in their own home and not just a care facility. Residents can participate together in a variety of organised activities within the home and yet Embracia presents daily, as a calm, efficient and peaceful environment for the residents allowing mum to enjoy her daily reading and quieter activities. The day bus trips are always enjoyed. Embracia has given mum the dignity and respect she truly deserves. Now at 93, when I bring mum back from a day out, I open the door to her room and she quietly always says, “I’m home.”

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Seniors Benefits Cards

By Sonia Clark Did you know that as a Senior citizen, you may be eligible for numerous incentives, Queensland government concessions and services? The Seniors Card, Seniors Card+Go or a Seniors Business Discount Card can be used at thousands of participating businesses across the state.

Over 100,000 Queensland seniors have already taken advantage of the popular Seniors Business Card which offers discounts on goods and services at over 6300 outlets across the state. Any Queensland resident over 60, irrespective of job status is eligible for this card. To search for discounts online go to https://secure.communities.qld.gov.au/chiip/businessSearch/ SearchDiscounts.aspx Another great incentive is the free ‘Senior shopper’ service. This service helps Seniors Card, Seniors Card +go and Seniors Business Discount Card holders get the best price on a range of goods and services. Visit www. seniorshopper.com.au to get discounts on a range of goods and services such as electrical, travel, motor vehicles, computers and more or call them on 1300 366 265. You can contact Senior Shopper with the make, model and the best price you have found and a consultant will call you back, usually within 24 hours, to advise you of the best price available at the time. If you choose to buy the goods or services on offer, simply place your order with Senior Shopper. The preferred supplier will contact you to organise payment (by credit card, cash or cheque) and delivery. To find out more about eligibility and age/work requirements for each card go to www.qld.gov.au/seniors/legal-finance-concessions or contact 13QGOV (13 74 68) or visit a Queensland Government Service counter for more details.

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As there has been an increase in demand for hearing services, ihear have decided to open a permanent clinic in Beerwah. ihear Audiologist Shevawn Becker works to transform lives by providing better hearing to the Beerwah community. “We provide services to look after the hearing needs of a wide range of locals including pension and DVA card holders, retirees, workers and children, making better hearing more convenient and accessible than ever,” says Shevawn. “Hearing loss is far more prevalent in the community than most people realise, with recent studies showing that one in six Australians have a treatable hearing loss. But what may surprise many is that nearly 50% of these are under retirement age. “As the world gets louder, the age of those with hearing loss gets younger. The effect of noise exposure means we are increasingly seeing people in their 40s and 50s coming to us with a hearing problem,” tells Shevawn. ihear have a friendly and professional range of hearing services including complimentary hearing screening, and trials of the latest hearing aids, along with hearing aid repairs and batteries, noise protection and diagnostic Hearing Assessments. They also offer free hearing aids and services for pensioners and veterans (on behalf of the OHS). The new ihear hearing clinic located at Shop 3, 74 Simpson Street, Beerwah is open five days a week with convenient parking and wheelchair access. For more information or to book a Free Hearing Screening, call ihear on 5494 6985.

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Celebrating with grandparents Mooloolah State School had a great time celebrating both Grandparents and Volunteers Day recently. This is a way for the school and students to give back to the helpers of the school and celebrate the important educating role grandparents play in our lives. This year’s tribute was put together by Ms Wendy Gaines, one of our fabulous teachers, who recognised our volunteers with certificates and presented a fabulous slide show for the grandparents. It was amazing to see the generations come together; the grandparents came for a special celebration in the hall, performed by the school band, choir and Spanish dancers. They were then taken to classrooms to spend time with their grandchildren, reading, playing games, etc. They were given a special morning tea. The grandparents reminisced about their days at school as they engaged in the children’s learning. They laughed and mingled with others as they went from parade, to classes and to morning tea. The students were so proud and excited to have their grandmas, grandpas, nanas, pops and other special people here to celebrate that it was hard to say goodbye. They bid them farewell with kisses, hugs and words of love. The students and staff would like to thank everyone for coming and making this a special day.

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Puppy training program offers seniors a new ‘leash’ on life

Guide Dogs Queensland are calling for more volunteers, particularly seniors, to sign up for their Puppy Raising Program ahead of the New Year, with up to 20 new pups looking for temporary homes. Disability Services and Seniors Minister Coralee O’Rourke said Puppy Raisers were top of Guide Dogs Queensland’s Christmas wish list, with two new litters expected to arrive at the Bald Hills Breeding and Training Centre before Christmas, generating demand for up to 20 new carers for 2017. “Raising a puppy involves caring for a potential guide dog from around eight weeks of age until they are up to 18 months and are ready to commence formal training,” Mrs O’Rourke said. “Queensland seniors and retirees are uniquely positioned to take on these roles, which require a lot of time and care to familiarise the puppy with social settings such as shopping centres, restaurants and public transport. “By becoming a Puppy Raiser, older Queenslanders can benefit from the rewards of volunteering, as well as increased health and well-being associated with animal interactions

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and from being more active in the community. “The last litters of the year will be born soon, and Guide Dogs Queensland are looking for raisers to take on these pups from early 2017, when they’re old enough to go to their new homes. “So far, the Puppy Raising and dog boarding programs in South-East Queensland have already attracted around 60 senior volunteers – which is great for the individuals, the organisation and the pups.”

“Volunteers are needed in many different fields, from puppy raising to photography and fundraising – there are many great opportunities for seniors of all talents to lend a hand,” Mrs O’Rourke said. “Last financial year, volunteers including more than 300 seniors, contributed around $16 million worth of manpower to help transform playful puppies into responsible guide dogs. Guide Dogs Queensland CEO Dan English said they would not be able to continue training guide dogs for Queenslanders without the generosity of their wonderful volunteers. “Puppy raising is a unique way to contribute to your community, while also being able to enjoy the special bond and companionship that is built with our pups,” Mr English said. “It is a great opportunity for retirees and seniors to be involved in a program that enables them to make a special contribution that will help to transform the lives of Queenslanders who are blind or vision impaired.” For volunteer opportunities with Guide Dogs visit www.guidedogsqld.com.au/how-you-can-help

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