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Senior

June 2015

Moments Taking care of the future

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Senior Moments Stay young … get a Hearing Aid!

How to get a good job after 50

In today’s world of smart phones, tablets and wearable technology that can measure heart rate and sleep patterns, the original wearable technology, the Hearing Aid has not been left behind. Hearing facts: • 1 in 6 Australians suffer from hearing loss. That is approximately 3.6 million Australians. 3 out of 4 people over 70 are affected by hearing loss. • Future projections estimate 1 in 4 by 2050. Most people have a family member who has a hearing loss which affects not only the individual but everyone around them, in particular the significant other and family members. • Out of the 3.6 million Australians only 20% seek help about their hearing loss. Previously there has been a stigma about wearing a hearing aid, that it represents being old. And most people still have the perception of the big beige banana behind their ear. That is no longer the case. People are amazed when they see the latest in technology and that hearing aids can also be invisible inside the ear. They even connect wirelessly with smartphones and tablets. We are seeing younger people now embracing this new technology as wearables are now part of everyday life. Business people adjust their hearing aid volume using their phone, whilst everyone else thought they were sending an SMS. You can stream music from your digital device straight to your hearing aid. Hearing aids have developed with cutting edge technology; the performance, size and features of hearing aids and accessories has never been better. People with hearing loss no longer have to withdraw from social or noisy situations because they can’t hear or because they don’t want to be seen wearing a hearing aid. It is changing lives and improving the quality of life. For more information or to book in for an appointment, call ihear on 5492 6939 or 1800 351 356.

We might roll our eyes when politicians suggest we work until we are 70 but the fact is many older Australians want, or need, to work. As the baby boomer generation ages, the number of workers aged 60 plus is increasing at four times the rate of any other demographic. With national age discrimination legislation barely a decade old, workers who lose their jobs at 55 or older spend an average of 72 weeks unemployed, 1.8 times longer than their younger counterparts. It’s a statistic that calls for some hard-hitting strategies to level the playing field, which is what prompted veteran career coach Rupert French (himself a septuagenarian) to write ‘How To Get A Good Job After 50’. “Age is not the issue; it is the perception of being too old that creates the barrier and, too often, that perception is greater in the mind of the job seeker than it is in the mind of an employer,” French says. In ‘How to Get a Good Job After 50’ French outlines the strategies and tools to give mature workers the confidence to win a rewarding role. A master of reinvention, having been a journalist, a teacher and a truckie, before his 20 years as a career coach, French knows firsthand just how to repackage transportable skills and make yourself a must-have job market commodity. Over the past 20 or more years, French has developed a very effective job search methodology. “Now that I’m getting closer to retirement, I would like to share these insights so that others can enjoy the same success that my clients have enjoyed,” he said. ‘How to Get a Good Job After 50’ is available from www.exislepublishing. com.au and wherever good books are sold at a recommended retail price of $29.99 and it is also available as an eBook.

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Reinvigorate your career after retirement

Live Life the way you choose

Many newly retired or semi-retired can often feel bored, inactive and that their life has become a little stagnant. Taking up a second career or returning to work can have tremendous financial and health benefits that will give you a new lease on life. Returning to the workforce doesn't have to be a daunting experience and we've compiled a list of reasons why going back to work can actually be revitalising and exciting. 1. Get your qualifications in check When returning to work it's important to update your CV and make yourself as hireable as possible. Returning to work is also not as hard as it seems and you might still be able to transform the relevant work experience and skills you've amassed over your career into a qualification through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). 2. Working keeps you busy People often find that once the honeymoon period of retirement is over they have too much time and too little to do. Returning to work solves this by keeping you stimulated and mentally challenged. Work enables you to keep mentally sharp whilst also providing an incentive to do something each day. 3. Meet new people Starting your new 'encore career' enables you to meet new people and immerse yourself in a different environment. You might be finally able to live out your passion or give back to the community. Popular careers include education, consulting, finance or career coaching which all enable you to get a buzz from meeting different people. Not only are you being financially rewarded but you can be social too. 4. Keep healthy Studies have shown that retirees who maintain part-time or temporary employment status are less prone to high blood pressure, diabetes, cancer, lung disease, heart disease, stroke, psychiatric problems and arthritis. Starting a new career is a wonderful opportunity to stay active and engaged. 5. Financial security Whether you haven't got enough in your super, or you’d like to save to go on that cruise you saw in the paper, working after retirement means you can earn money and have peace of mind.

The important ingredient of happy and healthy retirement is the right information to maximise your opportunities, and create choices to suit your lifestyle, both now and into the future. Maleny Grove is the perfect location to discover quality option home design, support and care services. Winner of Sunshine Coast housing design for seniors, Maleny Grove takes into account possible future needs with subtle design features such as no transitions, wide hallways, walk in shower, and extra wide bedrooms to allow freedom of movement. Situated on over 20 hectares of former dairy farm and only minutes from Maleny town centre, Maleny Grove is environmentally designed and retains and overlooks a large area of natural vegetation. Village Manager, Kaye Smyth said there is no need to compromise your lifestyle at Maleny Grove with quality design and European appliances, curtain tracks, liners and blinds as standard, in the generous open planned home. “All homes have large covered entertainment patios or enclosed outdoor room and are designed to capture summer breezes and picturesque views of the surrounding hillside or landscaped gardens. You can choose a home from one and two bedrooms or two plus flexi room which can be used as an office, guest bedroom, hobby or relaxation space to suit your style and budget,” Kaye said. “Maleny Grove is a welcoming and supportive community of like-minded people which makes lifestyle choice easy. You also have the option of being as involved or as private as you choose. “The Clubhouse is the centre of village activities with heated therapy pool and spa, community vegetable garden, golf putting green, off leash Dog Park as well as gym, billiards and library. It is no wonder residents think it is a great place to call home,” she said. Maleny Grove is open seven days for inspection from 10.00am – 3.00pm or contact on 1300 556 575.

This is the Life! Enjoy the best of hinterland retirement living at pet friendly Maleny Grove. Choose from eco award winning 1, 2 and 2 plus flexi villas with generous open planned living designed with future needs in mind, plus a large covered patio for outdoor entertaining.

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Conveniently located adjacent to Maleny Hospital and minutes from Maleny town centre, there’s a range of support services available on-site with plenty of activities and amenities, from Clubhouse and heated pool to community vegetable garden and easy walking paths. Inspect the maintenance free lifestyle today.

Maleny Grove is the perfect location to Live Life. CALL 1300 55 65 75 www.LiveLifeVillages.com

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Senior Moments Sunshine 60 and Better Group Inc. This is a healthy ageing program providing a variety of fun activities to keep the mind and body active for older people held in Caloundra. They will be holding Bingo on Tuesday, June16 from 10.30am – 12.00noon. Regular activities also include and Art Class, every Tuesday 9.15am – 12.00noon as well as Mah Jong every Tuesday from 9.30am – 12.00noon. All activities are $3.00 each. New members always welcome. Come along and join in with this social, friendly group. Held 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

Grand Champion hangs up her apron By Sonia Clark This year the Maleny Show’s ‘Grand Cooking Champion’, Mrs Monica Smith will be hanging up her apron at the top of her game as she retires from show cooking at the sprightly age of 92. Long time Beerwah local, Monica has been entering her cooking in competitions since the 1950’s, and with 60 years of baking and cookery behind her, she certainly knows her show cooking. Every year, Monica has entered between two to three pages of submissions in the cookery and jams and preserves sections, and according to show cooking steward Glennis Barber, “all her entries are of a very high quality.” It’s not surprising then that Monica has won the perpetual cooking trophy (donated by Ian Aldred in memory of wife Beryle) nine years out of the previous 10, and most years Monica wins the most points overall. In some years she has successfully entered over 40 separate items which is a feat of logistics in itself, and in the memory of the show stewards,

Monica Smith with Ivan Hankinson, Maleny Show Society President

Monica has only missed one year of entry in the Maleny Show. Growing up as a teenager in Beerwah, Monica also married and settled in the area and used the fresh eggs, milk and cream from her family farm to compliment her show entries. A couple of years ago, Monica was one of just two local ladies selected to have her recipe ‘the fruited supper cake’ included in prestigious ‘The Australian Blue Ribbon Cookbook’. “Monica will be sadly missed as well as the amount of entries that she submits every year – she is just a beautiful lady who has a wonderful connection with the community,” said Glennis. Congratulations to Monica for all her tireless effort and contributions to the show. It certainly is apparent that everyone who knows Monica wishes her all the very best in her future endeavours.

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Latin America Group Tours Adventures Value for money is always important when planning a trip. At Latin America Group Tours we make sure that your dollar goes further, either through an escorted tour, or if you choose to create your own personalised itinerary. We pride ourselves in our knowledge and passion for Latin America but also in knowing what us Australians love. We know the places, the dining, the shopping and where to have fun in a safe environment. Mike and Karen from Coolum Beach have said, “this was a tour packed with the ‘wow’ factor! Definitely the best land tour we have done. Having one’s own personal travel agents accompany us for the entire time was the crown on this ‘Trip of Nature’s & Ancient man’s Wonders’. Highly recommended.” Lily from Mooloolaba gave this testimonial. “My first day with the Latin American Tour Group was in Buenos Aires starting off with a blast of a night at the Tango dance hall. I fulfilled my long-time dream of visiting Machu Pichu. A most memorable trip and I will certainly encourage anyone who is interested to follow this path. Another tick off my ‘bucket list’. Many thanks to Stella and Horacio.” Felix from Melbourne said, “having always resisted the temptation to travel with group tours at any level, any such resistance soon proved to be of no concern, once we arrived with Stella and her team in Latin America. Her local knowledge, eye for detail, a touch of difference and individual care made the tour a breeze and incredibly enjoyable. The bonus is that I have also made lifelong friends.” If you are feeling inspired to visit Latin America for your next adventure, contact us at http://www.latinamericagrouptours.com or via facebook at Latinamericagrouptours 5492 5274, Stella 0400 193 040, Horacio 0466 721 446.

Fixed Fee Intitial Consultation Available King Tobin Lawyers are your Lawyers for Life. We have been serving Beerwah for over 30 years and offer services tailored for seniors including general legal advice, entry and exit into Retirement Villages, conveyancing, mortgages (including reverse mortgages) and family law. We specifically cater for the following needs -

Wills and Enduring Power of Attorney Having a current Will means that you decide what happens to your

estate when you die. Reviewing your Will regularly is important to ensure that it accurately reflects your wishes and that it deals with all of your property. Having a current Enduring Power of Attorney allows someone you know and trust to make decisions for you in relation to your health and financial affairs if you lose capacity and are unable to do so yourself. Failure to have either of these important documents can cause your family great distress, be time consuming and expensive.

Estates King Tobin Lawyers is able to assist executors in the administration of Estates, or if you wish, we can perform the role of executor directly. We are local people and work sensitively and compassionately to administer estates quickly and at a reasonable cost.

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