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Editor’s note


elcome to a new year and a new decade, the beginning of a new Roaring ’20s. It has been a century since the population was recovering from World War I and the Spanish flu epidemic. Luckily, the first two decades have been a lot different for us, but little wonder that the 1920s were wild and carefree. It was a time to celebrate life and the Charleston and Shimmy took over the dance floors. An interesting piece of trivia I have discovered is that the Fox Trot was introduced only months before the war started so it never caught on, but it did become the favourite dance of 1920. Julie Lake launches the new year/ decade with a look at the many


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Contents popular forms of dance available and how they are giving the generation a new lease on life, providing a fun form of exercise and companionship. For many, it is a return to the courting days of their youth. Remember the 60-40 dances at Cloudland Ballroom? Many a marriage resulted from a request for a young lady’s hand to dance the Pride of Erin, quickstep, progressive barn dance, gypsy tap, and jive. Personally, I have always had a problem staying in step, something else I blame on being left-handed. On the rare occasions I tried jazz ballet, line dancing or aerobics or any of those other classes where you watch the instructor, I invariably turned left when everyone else went right. In one memorable class, and there was only the one, I managed to send a whole row of young things in activewear over like a row of dominoes when I stepped the opposite way to the rest of them. Mind you, apart from the shame of that episode, it hasn’t stopped me giving it a go. So, let’s turn on the music and dance into 2020. Dorothy Whittington, Editor









































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Dance into the new roaring ’20s Ballet or boot scooting, tango or gypsy tap, dancing adds turns exercise into fun. JULIE LAKE investigates the rise and rise of dance groups as over 55s reconnect with their youth.


ou don’t have to wear a tutu to Gretel Butler’s ballet classes for seniors but you get to stretch and bend and pirouette more or less gracefully to keep those ageing limbs, well, limber. Gretel, 76, a dance teacher and daughter of famous Australian ballerina Moya Beaver, started teaching ballet through her local U3A a year ago and it proved so popular she had to start a

second class. Her students range in age from 50 to 80. And yes, some of them are blokes! She says the main benefits include an improvement in muscle tone, core strength, flexibility, balance and posture. Finally, there is the wellbeing and joy that comes with self-expression through moving the body to beautiful music. Bill James is one of Gretel’s students.

A tall man and very fit for his years, he says he has always loved ballet music but had never even seen a ballet until about 10 years ago. When Gretel started her classes and, having seen a TV program about the benefits of ballet for seniors, he thought he’d give it a go. At 75 he’s not the oldest bloke in the class. Fellow student David Jeffrey is 80. “It’s not about dancing, it’s about exercise,” Bill says. “The emphasis is on

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stretching, breathing and disciplined movement.” He encourages other men to join senior ballet classes if they have the opportunity, assuring them that: “There’s no points, no lifts and no tutus!” “Just stuff a sock down your tights and come along,” he jokes Maybe trying to execute a perfect pirouette isn’t for you but dancing of some kind is inherent in our culture, as in all others, and those of us who once rocked around the clock, twisted the night away or boogied to Saturday Night Fever still like to get up there on the floor and, in the words of the old Cliff Richard song, move it. Evidence is in the proliferation of dance studios, groups and festivals that can be found from Noosa to Coolangatta in a variety of styles and ethnic traditions. Television revived an interest in ballroom dancing a few years back and though that craze has died, it is still very popular, especially among older citizens wanting to brush up their foxtrot and waltz skills. Many retirement villages and other senior living complexes encourage this type of dancing. Widower Doug Tate, 70, met his second wife Cissy at a dance studio on the Sunshine Coast a couple of years ago and they’ve been tripping the light fantastic together every week since then. “It keeps us close and if I totter she holds me up,” Doug says. Salsa is the liveliest form of ballroom dancing and on any weekend you can hear the irresistible pulse of Afro-Latin rhythms coming from our parks and public gardens. Originally Cuban, Salsa has become a generic term for the many dance styles that developed in South and Central America where the drumbeat and thrust of old Africa met the more fluid


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COVER STORY Latino body movements. There are many different styles of salsa and along with mambo, cha-cha-cha, bossa nova, rumba and samba they all make up the Afro-Latin dance scene that we know and love today. One great thing about this style of dancing is that it can be done by any age group from kids to great-grandparents – just as it is back in Cuba and Colombia where you’ll find many an aged pensioner who can tell you it’s the music and the dancing that keeps them young. Southeast Queensland has a surprisingly large number of communities from Brazil, Argentina (where tango is still king), Central America and even the Caribbean and they gather regularly at riverbank venues such as Southbank Parklands or on ocean foreshores. Schools that teach this type of dancing welcome older dancers and help newcomers – especially singletons – overcome their shyness. Dee Beetson lost her husband two years ago and was recently persuaded by a friend to try first a Zumba dance exercise class and then take up the latest dance craze, Zouk, which originated in Brazil. “Everyone is so friendly and you soon loose your shyness and inhibitions when the music and the rhythm carry you away and you are concentrating on your steps,” Dee says. “One of the good things about being old, (she is in her mid-60s) is that you don’t care so much what people think of you anymore.” Latin dancing is fun but if you find it too hard on the knees and hips then you can revisit the past in those older forms of dancing that loosely fall under the banner of “folk” or “country” and are delightful to perform without being too strenuous. What’s more you don’t necessarily

Alison MacPhail and her husband Iain perform the dance Greensleeves and Yellow Lace. This elegant English Regency period dancing style offers exercise and memory stimulation without excessive exertion. need to take along a partner because you are dancing as part of a group. Both Aussie bush dancing and American square dancing remain popular in Australia but it’s the resurgence of early English country and the more refined and musically complex society (think Jane Austen) dances, as well as colonial-era styles that are drawing both participants and

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onlookers today. Sheree Greenhill has taught this type of dancing for many years, as well as the popular American Contra style with its mixed Scots-Irish-English heritage. Her Dance Kaleidoscope group has been going for about 20 years. There is an invitation-only Friday group which has been dancing together for many


years and a larger Sunday group where newcomers are welcome. Dance Kaleidoscope has performed at social functions, schools, weddings, festivals and public occasions such as the 150th anniversary of the opening of Queensland’s Parliament. They learn, practice and perform dances from 1650 to 1820, wearing the appropriate costumes and taking part in the History Alive historical camp-outs where trying to speak and behave “in period” is all part of the fun. It is this social interaction which makes English period dancing so relevant to older people, as well as the grace, poise and dignity inherent in such dancing. The benefits in terms of circulation, co-ordination and helping to prevent the development of osteoporosis are obvious but Sheree adds the fact that endorphins released in the brain during dancing act as natural painkillers. “Even those with chronic pain issues can still enjoy English dance,” she says, and also points to research that shows dance, along with music, is one of the activities observed to stave off dementia. And because this is an essentially co-operative activity with several (usually at least eight) dancers taking part, the social bonds become very strong. “We have become more like a family,” Sheree says of her own group, which for years now has got together for other social activities besides dancing. Sexes and ages can mix freely – one of Sheree’s pet peeves is how society divides us from infancy into age groups that don’t mix. At Dance Kaleidoscope, ages range from 12 to 84 and she believes that both young and old benefit continued over>


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COVER STORY <from previous page from mixing with each other. This is the sort of dancing you can do with your grandkids. Sheree is happy to help those interested in this kind of dancing start their own group. The important thing here is to teach people how to “call” the dances and she says there are resources available for this as well as learning the steps and patterns. Sheree’s friend Iain MacPhail has been dancing with the group for years, in partnership with his wife Allison whose skills and sheer love of traditional English and Australian dance forms was celebrated at her memorial service late last year. Iain, a retired mechanical engineer, is intrigued by the intricate patterns involved in this type of dancing, some of them based on ancient Celtic symbols, and agrees that dancing these patterns helps focus the brain as well as the feet. “And, of course, there’s the music,” Iain says. “The heart of the dance. Music motivates and one dances to the melody with this kind of dancing and not just the beat.” One of the best places to learn dancing at low cost is the University of the Third Age or a lifestyle organisation such as Lively 50s Plus. Line dancing is the most popular style here, especially with women who

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love to scoot those western-style boots but, like Gretel Butler’s ballet for seniors, other dance lessons are on offer. Ask any older person today why they have taken up dancing and they’ll give you much the same answer – it’s a lot more fun than other forms of exercise! Some, like Dee Beatson, feel they are re-connecting with their youth when dancing was the main form of entertainment and, as she puts it, “the best way to meet a bloke!”. Others are trying styles that they had never tried – or even heard of – before. And loving it! So, if you are the kind of person who makes New Year resolutions, why not make it your resolution this year to dance your way into the 2020s.

“The link between ballet and wisdom is mysterious to us and something that we’re already investigating further” Patrick B. Williams, lead author and postdoctoral researcher in The Relationship between Mental and Somatic Practices and Wisdom, Department of Psychology, University of Chicago. ( Feb 2019)

GIVE it a go; English country (sometimes called Playford) dancing and other historic dance styles. Events in the greater Brisbane region include a Jane Austen ball and dances advertised as being seen on the Poldark TV series: Sheree Greenhill: 0403 202 298. Sheree also teaches Contra dancing. Colonial/bush heritage: colonialdance. The greater Brisbane region has many Latin dance studios, some of which emphasise the social benefits. Festivals celebrating the different styles and cultures are held throughout the year. And check out the Friday night Latin dancing in Brisbane Square, with exhibitions and free classes. OR VISIT Southeast Queensland abounds with opportunities to learn and participate in almost every type of dancing, including the many ethnic community groups that make up today’s rich social mix. Here are some contacts, but new groups are always being formed so it’s worth doing your own website search. Ballroom: Social dancing – all styles:

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A GREY nomad is defined as a retired person, usually over the age of 55, who has chosen a life of travelling around Australia. It’s a life of as much self-sufficiency and isolation or as much cooperation and community as you want. And it’s a life of experiences and adventures that you couldn’t have any other way. Written specifically for the nomads, it provides helpful advice on saving money and financial tips for the thrifty, redesigning your life, health and exercise, eating and cooking while on the road, industry super funds and self-managed super funds (SMSFs), meeting new friends and dealing with all the issues and obstacles along the way. The Grey Nomad Guide to Australia, (New Holland Publishers, $32.99) is available now from all good retailers or online at

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IN THE GARDEN with Penny Welcome to 2020. If you were lucky enough to receive an orchid for Christmas, don’t kill it with kindness by over-watering. Once every seven to 10 days is enough, and remember to keep it in the shade over summer. Time to dig over the vegie garden. Add aged manures and mulch. Leave sit until next month when winter crops of cabbage, silver beet, onions, beans and so

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Warm Chicken Salad with Mango Dressing Serves 6 Difficulty DRESSING • 1 x 425g can mango slices in natural juice • 1 teaspoon soy sauce 43% less salt • ¼ teaspoon fish sauce • 2 teaspoons sweet chilli sauce SALAD • 1 lettuce • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes • 24 slices cucumber • ½ large capsicum thinly sliced • 1 small Spanish onion thinly sliced

Annette Sym beat the battle of the bulge and has been in her healthy weight range since 1993. Her first cookbook was launched 22 years ago, and since then, Annette has helped thousands of people lose weight and keep it off. Her message: “This month’s recipes will take the heat off preparing delicious, healthy meals. You’ll spend less time in the kitchen and won’t even have to switch on the oven. Enjoy!”

CHICKEN • 2 teaspoons Cajun seasoning • 1 teaspoon salt-reduced chicken stock powder • 2 teaspoons dried onion flakes • 500g chicken tenderloins • cooking spray Dressing: Drain mango slices, reserve juice for dressing. Dice a quarter of the mangoes, leave to one side. Puree remaining mango slices with ¼ cup of the reserved juice. Add mango puree, soy, fish and sweet chilli sauces into a small mixing bowl. Add diced mango, combine well. Leave to one side. Salad: Wash and prepare salad ingredients and divide onto six dinner plates or bowls. Leave to one side.

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Serves 8 as a side dish Difficulty DRESSING • 1 tsp crushed ginger (in jar) • 1 tbsp brown sugar • 1/3 cup fat-free balsamic dressing SALAD • 1 medium size onion • 1 tsp crushed garlic (in jar) • Cooking spray • 2 tbsp brown sugar • ½ block (100g) 25% reduced fat feta cheese • 1 x 420g can white beans • 1 x 150g bag baby spinach leaves • 1 x 450g can diced beetroot drained

Dressing: Combine all ingredients until sugar has dissolved. Refrigerate until required. Salad: Cut onion into quarters then slice. Sauté onion and garlic in a medium size non-stick frypan that has been coated with cooking spray for 2 minutes. Add sugar and cook a further 3 minutes or until onion is cooked. Remove to a small bowl, leave to one side to cool. Cut feta into small dice, leave to one side. Drain and rinse beans well. Assemble: Place spinach in a large mixing bowl and toss together with the beetroot and beans. Sprinkle feta and fried onion over top. Pour dressing over salad then using your hands toss ingredients together.

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Reap the rewards of keeping a diary It’s a new year, a time to reflect and make new plans. KENDALL MORTON suggests it’s also the ideal time to think about the benefits of keeping a diary.


T ANY age, keeping a daily journal or diary can give you a sense of control and perspective. You get to decide what events and memories are worthy of recording. For those facing major changes, a diary can be therapeutic and fulfilling. Here’s how: Secure your memories. The simple act of writing something down means you have to recall the details and process them in order. You can choose to recall what you ate that day, who visited, or incidents and people from your past. The options are endless. Sleep Better. You can use a diary as a sleeping aid by writing down five positive things about your day just before turning out the bedside light. A study by Wood and colleagues (2009) focused on “pre-sleep cognitions” of 401 participants. They found that those who had positive

thoughts prior to sleeping got to sleep faster and slept longer than those who had worrisome or negative thoughts at bedtime. Write down five positive things about your day, no matter how small. This can help to reset your brain to a more relaxed mode. The science shows that when you have grateful thoughts, your hypothalamus floods your brain with dopamine. This augers well for a good night’s

sleep. Reduce Stress. By putting down your thoughts and worries, you can find some clarity. Your emotions can become calmer. You can look at a situation one step removed from you. It’s now out there on paper, rather than swirling around in your head like a mad dog. Put the Past to Rest. As we age we have a lifetime of accumulated experiences, some good and some not good.

Canadian psychologist Jordan Peterson says that if you are reliving a memory in the same detail 18 months after it happened, you have not learnt what it is showing you. By writing down your memories and asking yourself some questions, such as “what is the lesson here?” you can process the past and leave it there. You may discover you are the hero in your own story. Enjoyment. The simple act of handwriting can be soothing. If you write slowly, forming your letters with care, it’s meditative. With easy access to computers, we are losing the art and pleasure of handwriting. Keeping up your writing skills is good for your brain and your fine motor co-ordination too. A Listening Ear. When life hits you with a major crisis such as the death of your life partner, keeping a diary can be a godsend. Friends are great but you won’t always have

someone nearby to listen when you need them. The nights can be long. With a diary, you can pour out your memories, anger and sadness for as long as you need. Stay Mentally Sharp. Your brain needs regular exercise and a diary can help. Pick something that appeals to you, research it, and write about it. It may be the floral and faunal emblems of the Australian states. It may be your holiday in New York all those years ago. Perhaps you can write about five people who have inspired you in life. Even better, write a list of 10 people whose life you have touched. I hope this inspires you to start a diary or to give a new notebook to someone in your family. Who knows where it will lead? Kendall Morton is Director of Home Care Assistance. Email kmorton@

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issan’s Leaf is one of the world’s most popular electric cars, albeit prodded along by government sticks and carrots in some parts. And there’s enough to like about this five-door hatchback – it’s an acceptable, if expensive $49,990, city car. There remains, of course, a swag of questions about electric-only cars and the Leaf’s “zero emission” badges are a touch fanciful when Queensland’s power comes largely from coal-fired stations. If electric cars take over, what happens if all are plugged in at once? Are there enough fast-charge stations? Why not more hype about hydrogenfuelled electric cars? Who’s to pay for roads if there’s no fuel tax gathered? Maybe there’s a time and place today for electric vehicles – citified buses and vans make sense. Perhaps the pace of change will pick up. Remember when mobile phones were the size of Besser blocks and calls were made standing under a phone tower? Yet, when it comes to driving a Nissan Leaf, there’s only one question: how long’s the battery got to go and what happens if it runs out of juice in the middle of Gympie Road? As neat and “conventional” as the

Nissan is to drive, it might take more than a week’s learning to be comfortable with the “fuel” range. Some days are diamonds, some days are stone; some days the monitor tells us we’re losing range at a rapid rate, other days we glide along on the whiff of an amp. As with fossil-fuelled engines, much depends on driving habits and conditions. Accelerate hard or head up a steep hill and the Leaf’s power is whacked considerably more than rolling along steady on a flat

road ... so 50km from a full charge with 270km range and the battery could drop to 65 per cent capacity and 165km. Two hours of plug-in charging at home took that back to 72 per cent and 185km. Off again, and over some 10km with all the eco-assistance devices in play, the Leaf had a 180km range. Back along the same route, with no saving modes in play, it was 160km. The lesson is that to reduce range anxiety, you need to drive easy with all eco-assists on.

There’s the added benefit here of re-generating power under braking. Throw Nissan’s eco button, E-pedal plus an eco drive mode into the drive experience and, while these rub the edge off performance, the kilowatts do last longer. Easing off the accelerator adds uber battery regeneration. The E-pedal lessens the need for conventional braking, saving on brake pads as the Nissan steadies up automatically – a bit like driving a dodgem car at the Ekka. This foot-off, slow-down business, along with many new notions to be considered here, takes a drive or two to master (don’t take your foot right off the pedal) yet is fun on more sporting runs. And the Nissan Leaf can be pushed around a little. It’s no GT-R but steering is positive, the roadholding decent and ride comfort good. A driver sits highish, there’s a raft of safety and comfort features and the cabin is pretty quiet. The Leaf doesn’t have trouble keeping up with traffic in town or down the freeway, either. But many won’t be overly comfortable straying too far from city limits.

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WHEN I clear my letterbox, there is one envelope I would like to leave right there. Thin and innocent-looking with the friendly bank logo on the top, it strikes holy terror into my heart; all of my sins of last month will come to haunt me. While a convenience, I think the introduction of credit cards was one of the most unfortunate events in our social world. Everything changed. Nobody needs to wait to buy anything they want – many don’t think about the reckoning that comes at the end of every month, especially after Christmas. Many have several cards from different banks. Often, I hear them say “this month I have maxed out all my cards”. In modernspeak this verb means I exhausted my limit. I finger my bank envelope gingerly and eventually nerve myself to pull out the statement. For a while I am afraid to look at the total amount, I have spent. When I do, I am outraged. No way did I spend that much! I keep all the dockets of my purchases. I religiously check my accumulated dockets against my credit card statement. And there it is, a docket from David Jones for $200. No way, I was in the shop for less than an hour. Their accounting must be wrong – but there is the docket that proves that I did buy those shoes and the matching handbag. They went with the dress I

tried on. It was one of those dresses one just has to have. For a while now, certain shops have advertised that you can take your purchase home and not pay a cent for four years or more. “Take now and pay later” blares at me from my television screen in endless ads. Maybe I should. I only have to remember the disastrous fall I had last year and how close I came to departing for the happy hunting ground in the sky. I should take advantage of this advertised opportunity and buy to my heart’s content. Considering my age, my years on this earth are, after all, limited. They can’t sue me when I am gone, can they? I recently lost my credit card. I dutifully reported it to the bank and was assured the lost one would be cancelled and a new one arriving in the mail shortly. Losing one’s credit card is not only an inconvenience, it is also dangerous. Anyone can tap your credit card at a check-out to the machine and if the amount is under $100, there are no questions asked. Suddenly, it was back to cash for a few days. It was not easy to find a branch of my bank. When I finally did, and asked to take money out of my account, the young receptionist waved me away with “use the machine”. Indignant, I insisted on talking to a person, which changed her attitude from over-friendly to angry. I fully expected her to spit at me. After identification checks of myself and my account, I was allowed to take some money out. Phew, by then my nerves were jingling, I headed straight for the coffee shop. Of course, the young members of my family don’t even use a card anymore. They pay with their mobile phones. I am not sure how it works but it does. What next, devices implanted into wrists? Before computers, I would skip into the bank and out again, with cash in my hand or a receipt slip for money deposited, in no time at all. I am not saying that banking in the old days was better but it sure was faster. May your credit card not be maxed and your bank branch stay open.

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AUSTRALIA Day – whatever your take on the date and what it stands for – is an excuse for countless events around the nation. Most of us have attended one or more of these shindigs in the past, whether it was a public ceremony or a private affair in the backyard. Last year, I attended a breakfast at a friend’s home. It was the first time I’d been invited to party at a retirement village. Technically, I was of an age where I could live in such an establishment, but I still assumed it was many years away. As a result, I did hesitate a little before I accepted, fearing I would be surrounded by old people with whom I would have nothing in common. And what about the space factor? Aren’t retirement homes packed together with residents handing cups of tea and coffee to each other through the window? Apparently not! The hosts simply invited friends and neighbours to share their hospitality and everyone was welcome to stay for breakfast, morning tea and beyond with the promise that if anyone was still there at lunch then meat pies would be pulled from the freezer. Several tables and plenty of chairs spilled from the patio to the carport and grassed area. Little plastic Australian flags featured prominently and the food

was typically Australian fare. Barbecued sausages and eggs were accompanied by freshly baked damper and the dessert included lamingtons and a red-eyed lizard, leaving me thinking that there should be more excuses to have sweets for breakfast. Far from feeling the odd one out, I was soon chatting happily along with everyone else when the host made an announcement. There was a cost to this “free” gathering. Everyone was required to share a story, preferably relating to Australia, before they left. I sunk into my chair trying to be inconspicuous, certainly not wanting to go first – or at all for that matter. I cringe at the very thought of public speaking even if it was in front of only 25 people. Fortunately, there were plenty of takers and what ensued were hilarious anecdotes, some of which were probably true and a couple that were more likely reinvented jokes. The origin of the yarn didn’t matter, the laughter was loud and infectious. My favourite was the woman who had arrived in Australia as a girl many years earlier and found work in a department store. She recalled that it was November when she re-entered the store after a break to find everyone had stopped work. A little confused, she quickly thought it must be Remembrance Day, and dutifully bowed her head for a minute’s silence. It turned out it was the Melbourne Cup. Recounted in her beautiful accent with a hint of English, the punchline was met with a roar of laughter. The stories continued and I somehow managed to dodge my turn, which was fine by me as I truly did not think I could match the calibre of the tales told. To hear the experiences of this group of people was quite something – experiences that come from full lives and related without embarrassment for the sake of entertainment. Comparatively, I was one of the younger people present that day, but the sharp wit of the others allowed their youthfulness to shine through.

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Time is right to consider retirement village options This is the time of year when seniors typically consider whether the time is right to consider downsizing from the big family home to more appropriate accommodation, writes DON MACPHERSON. Moving to a retirement village is not the same as buying a house.


eople start the New Year resolving to do many things, most of which only last a week or so. Consideration of whether to downsize is often prompted by family discussions over the Christmas period. We spend a lot of time assisting people into retirement villages. People do, and should, buy for lifestyle rather than investment. However, they need to understand that buying into a retirement village is very different to buying and selling a house in the way they have been used to throughout their lives. Different retirement villages provide different ways of creating rights to reside in their properties. There are a number of ways that retirement villages offer tenure to an incoming resident:

LEASEHOLD: This is the most common way that retirement villages offer their properties to incoming residents. The lease contract creates a right to reside for an extended period (usually 99 years, although we are yet to see someone outlive the lease). A lease is registered in the Titles Office. There is no stamp duty. Sometimes, but not always, there’s capital gain. LICENCE: Less common than leasehold (at least in Queensland) a licence creates a right to reside but is not registered against the Title Deed. However, there are additional protections under The Retirement Villages Act. Usually there is no capital gain. There is no stamp duty. MANUFACTURED/ RELOCATABLE HOMES: This model involves owning the house, but not the land. One pays a site rental to have one’s

house on the land owned by the operator. Because you own the home there is usually capital gain available. Whatever the ownership model, all retirement village contracts set out extensive rules in relation to occupation of the home in which you live. There are always ongoing fees while in the village. There are usually significant fees payable at the end of the ownership period – called various names including exit fees, or deferred management fees. Retirement village contracts are always long and complex. Specialist advice should be sought before entering into a contract for any type of Retirement Village arrangement. Don Macpherson is an expert in elder law. Call Brisbane Elder Law 1800 961 622 or visit

When the power of attorney becomes too much Agreeing to be an Enduring Power of Attorney (EPA) is a simple thing to do but, writes PETER PORCELLINI, it may not be that simple in the end.


o accept, all you need to do is say “yes” and sign a simple Acceptance Statement at the end of the EPA. And then you wait until you’re needed to make decisions. Who knows, that day might never arrive. But if it does, then what if looking after someone else’s interests and making decisions about their finances, health care and living arrangements becomes too difficult or too much of an emotional burden. Perhaps the person is suffering a dementia that’s beginning to be accompanied by difficult behavioral abnormalities such as suspicion and delusions. Perhaps the person doesn’t have capacity to make decisions independently but does have capacity to contribute by expressing views and wishes. The law requires an attorney to

establish those views and wishes and act in accordance with them. A combination of limited capacity, the need to establish views and wishes and behavioral abnormalities can make an attorney’s role very difficult, both practically and emotionally. If you are that attorney can you just give up and resign? Section 72 of the Powers of Attorney Act states that an attorney may resign by signed notice given to the principal, the principal being the person who makes an EPA. It seems simple enough. Unfortunately, section 72 only applies if the principal has relevant decisionmaking capacity. If the principal doesn’t have that capacity, section 82 states that an attorney can’t resign without first obtaining QCAT’s permission. At the same time, QCAT can appoint

someone of its choosing to take the attorney’s place so that the principal isn’t left without a decision-maker. One of the QCAT guardianship and administration decisions that were reported and made publically accessible in October included an Application by Attorneys for permission to resign. The Attorneys in that case complained that the conflict with the principal had become such that they weren’t able to undertake their duties; the principal’s behavior had become erratic and he had begun making serious allegations against them; and the attorneys didn’t want to continue because the behavior had made things extremely difficult. QCAT recognised that a relationship of trust and a good rapport needed to exist between a principal and attorney, especially when the principal retains

capacity to express views and wishes. Permission to resign was granted and QCAT appointed the Public Guardian and the Public Trustee. So, the simple answer is “yes” you can resign. But it might cost the time and energy of convincing QCAT that it’s appropriate. And depending on the circumstances, you might be out of pocket for the cost of making the application. It’s good and proper to agree to be someone’s attorney but you must consider the “what ifs” before accepting, otherwise you could be doing the principal a disservice. If you’re the person making an EPA, think about nominating a substitute in the EPA to address the risk of an attorney wanting or needing to resign. Peter Porcellini is a Special Counsel with CRH Law. Visit

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Look at the numbers and put life into perspective It’s all too easy to lose our perspective on things. STEVE MENDL recommends looking at the simple things and unleashing the power of gratitude.


LL too often, we get caught up in what the American life coach and philanthropist Anthony Robbins and others call “majoring in minors”. We compare ourselves with the Joneses and find ourselves getting discouraged about where we are, what we’re looking for and where we are going. If things are headed south in this way, there’s nothing more important than recognising just how much there is to be thankful for and to appreciate. The results of the Village Project, conducted by the United Nations and others, are very helpful when it comes to finding your true north and regaining your sense of PERSPECTIVE in life. It was discovered that if the population of the world were reduced to a small town of 100 people, it would look like this: • There would be 60 Asians, 11 Europeans, 14 Americans, including northern and southern Americans, and 15 Africans. • 50 would be women, 50 men. • 70 would have coloured skin, 30 would

be Caucasian. • 89 would be heterosexual, 11 homosexual. • 1 person of the 100 would own 50 per cent of the world’s wealth • 16 would be malnourished or starving. • 70 would be undereducated. • 50 would be underfed. • 47 would have internet. • For each one to die, two would be born. • 84 would live on less than $20 a day. • About 4 or 5 would own a computer and only two of the 100 would have access to higher education (a university degree). • Of the 100, more would have mobile phones than toothbrushes. This morning, if you woke up healthy, you can choose to be happier than the million people who will not survive the week. If you have never suffered war, experienced the loneliness of a jail cell or the agony of torture or hunger, you’re more fortunate than 500 million people on the planet at this time.

If there is food in your fridge, you have shoes and clothes, and you have a bed and a roof over your head, chances are that you are richer than 75 per cent of the world. If you have a bank account, money in your wallet or a debit card with money on it, you belong to the 8 per cent of people in the world who are considered well-to-do. If you can read this post, you’re blessed because you aren’t among the 800 million people around the world who cannot read. So how do you like those apples?

Do you find a sense of positive perspective easy to muster? If so, great. If not, a simple place to start is make a list of what you are grateful for, right now. Gratitude is the most powerful form of perspective. As Oscar Wilde put it, the optimist sees the donut, the pessimist sees the hole. Steve Mendl is the author of Beyond the Money: A Practical Guide for Successful Men Leaving Fulltime Work. Visit

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GIFT FOR GRANDKIDS THAT LASTS A LIFETIME Education is the most valuable present, writes JOHN McAULIFFE. I HAD just bought my wife’s Christmas present and outside the store spotted a charity offering gift wrapping for a small donation. I joined the queue. It so happened that ahead of me a gentleman was having a small toy piano wrapped for his granddaughter. Yes, music appreciation is a lifetime asset. But the toy itself will be temporary and maybe he would prefer to plan now for her education which will have huge future benefits. As many have read recently, results of Australian students are slipping behind the rest of the world and Australian schools are failing students in maths and science. So, the suggestion is that grandfather might prefer to later help his grandchild with private school education.

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Stress test could change your outlook on life When you’re not feeling quite right but can’t pinpoint what’s wrong and blood tests give the all clear, TRUDY KITHER suggests it could be related to stress.


sked if they are stressed, patients will often reply “no, I don’t think so, I have nothing to be stressed about.” Yet, with some gentle probing, we later establish that they have had stress or trauma in their past or still do, and their adrenals are just not coping. How do you know if you are stressed? First of all, there are some objective tests you can do. Ragland’s Test measures the nervous system’s ability to adapt to stress. You do this by taking your blood pressure lying down and then stand and take your blood pressure. The number at the top represents the systolic rate, and that should adjust after you stand up (due to gravity), anywhere between 6 to 10 points higher than it was lying down. If you have an adrenal problem due to stress, the number will go way higher than 10 or lower than six because your body is not adapting and compensating for simple gravitational changes. Iris Test: When shining a light in your eyes, your pupils should hold their contraction. When you’re stressed and it has affected your adrenal glands, pupils will dilate and contract quickly and continuously because your eyes can’t hold their contraction.

Scratch Test: If you take a paper clip and make a small scratch on your arm and the scratch stays white for any length of time, it may indicate your adrenals are under load. This is because when your adrenals are fatigued, you make more histamine in your body and this will increase inflammation and immune issues.

Hair Test: There is now an effective hair test for cortisol levels in the body. Cortisol is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands in response to stress. It functions mainly to increase blood sugar levels, suppress the immune system, aid in the metabolism of fats, protein, and carbohydrates, and decrease bone density. Cortisol levels should peak in the morning and slowly decline in the afternoon while being at their lowest at night. It is also very sensitive to both emotional and physiological stressors. Low cortisol indicates chronic stress of a particular nutrient, neurotransmitter hormone, or organ in the body. It can negatively impact sleep, energy, and mood function in the long term. High cortisol will impact the same as low cortisol in the short term, and this indicates acute stress. Some subjective tests are: Tolerance to stress: How are you feeling? Do you get irritated by small things? Do people get on your nerves quickly? Do you fly off the handle easily? This is a great indicator of adrenal stress. Cognitive ability: With adrenal stress, you can’t turn off your brain. Thoughts go through your mind constantly, like popcorn thoughts, just popping away. Do you forget things easily? Have brain fog/

memory fog? Can’t switch off your brain when you go to sleep? Productivity: You have things to do, but by the end of the day, you feel as if you haven’t gotten through them? You don’t feel productive because you are feeling overwhelmed? Do you feel like your ability to focus on one thing at a time is hindering you because you go off to work on another project before you have finished the last one? Classic adrenal cases are “multi-taskers”. How do you feel when you get out of bed in the morning? Do you look forward to a new day or drag yourself out to face another day? Do you wake up bright and refreshed, or does it take you a while to get going and possibly need coffee to wake yourself up? If you have serious adrenal issues, it may take you until 11am to wake up and get going because your adrenals are so burnt out. Adrenals can be treated and repaired with nutrition and supplements to get your health back on track. It is more common than you may think. Trudy Kither is a naturopath and owner of Natures Temple. Visit

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Build on the bones Stronger bones mean fewer fractures. TRISTAN HALL shares tips to help limit the risk and damage of brittle bones as age takes its toll on density. BONE density decreases rapidly during menopause. In the decade postmenopause, women can lose 40 per cent of soft inner bone mass and 10 per cent of the hard, outer bone. Men are not immune either, although their higher bone mass in general affords some protection. But after the age of 70, bone loss can increase dramatically. In Australia, 1.2 million people are estimated to have osteoporosis and a further 6.3 million have low bone density. The condition results in fragile brittle bones and increased risk of fractures, most commonly in the wrist, hip and spine. Here are some steps to limit the damage and the risk of osteoporosis. Use your body for weight-bearing: The more weight you put on your bones, the denser and thicker they become. Research now shows that working specific muscle groups grows the bones in that area. Leg squats and lunges use the gluteus maximus, which is one of your largest muscles. The exercises increase blood flow and build bone mass around the hip. Do some lunges and squats every few evenings. Once you can do 10 with ease,

add a 1kg weight in each hand. With muscle building, itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s important to allow a recovery day. The rest day allows muscles to grow and repair. Mind your posture. When you sit or stand in a slouched position, the vertebrae in your back can be squashed. Instead of being neat rectangular structures, under pressure they cave in and become triangular. This can lead to painful compression fractures. Do some resistance training: Resistance training also helps build up bones. Some examples are pulling against rubber bands, using a rowing machine or doing push ups against the kitchen bench. Swimming is not ideal for osteoporosis. There is some resistance as you pull through the water, but not much. As for weight-bearing, well, the water does that for you. Boost your balance: Balancing on one leg will help strengthen leg muscles and bones. It will fine tune your sense of where you are in space, your proprioception. This reduces your falls risk. Tristan Hall is an exercise physiologist. Visit

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SLEEPLESSNESS MORE COMMON THANK YOU THINK MORE than half of adult Australians suffer from at least one chronic sleep symptom that is affecting their ability to live a healthy, happy life, new research shows. A report commissioned by the Sleep Health Foundation reveals that common symptoms of insomnia are across the adult population. It found almost 60 per cent of people regularly experience at least one sleep symptom and 14.8 per cent have symptoms which could result in a diagnosis of clinical insomnia. This chronic condition is characterised

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MOVING into a retirement village is an exciting time, bringing new freedoms, new friends and new possibilities. Retirement villages can be vibrant and active places, but they can also be restful and relaxing. It’s entirely up to you. Blue Care’s easy living retirement villages have in-home support if required and comfortable facilities where you can immerse yourself in a relaxed, secure and safe community. Central to all your needs, villages are

located in well-connected inner-city suburbs in proximity to family, friends, major shopping centres, vital health services and parklands. Blue Care retirement villages are the perfect place to call home. With more than 30 villages around Queensland, choose from a range of low-maintenance homes that suit your lifestyle and budget, including additional support to live life your way. Visit easylivingretirementvillages. or call 1800 990 446

RESOLVE TO MAKE EVERY DAY A HOLIDAY The New Year is a time to reflect on the year that was and, for many of us, a fresh start and a chance to set some goals for the year ahead. Whether it’s meeting new friends, getting fit, joining a social group or just having more fun, the choice is yours at Nature’s Edge Buderim. Residents at the over 50s lifestyle village are spoilt for choice when it comes to stepping up their fitness, with a range of options right on the doorstep. Swim a few laps in the indoor pool, work out in the gym, have a hit of tennis, enjoy a game of lawn bowls, join a yoga or dancing class or simply take a walk through the beautiful rainforest. It has never been easier to get in shape. There’s even a bowen therapist on location. When it comes to getting more involved in the community, the lively social calendar at Nature’s Edge Buderim makes it easy to make new friends or start a new hobby. From art and craft groups to woodworking, card groups, bowls, and monthly dinners and Friday night Happy Hour on the rainforest deck. The only problem will be fitting it all in. If you have resolved downsize your home and upsize your lifestyle in the new 28 YOUR TIME MAGAZINE / January 2020

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DOWNSIZING INTO A HOME YOU OWN SETTLING into a comfortable community in a village that feels familiar and relaxed is an attractive option for retirees looking to downsize but retain home ownership. Brisbane’s Carseldine Gardens is a “simple model” of independent living, says sales and marketing manager Sarah Sinclair. “Carseldine Gardens is geared towards allowing a retiree to downsize while retaining the traditional real estate model, which is what the Federal Government wants for many older Australians, but it doesn’t come with a lot of the expenses of other seniors’ accommodation options,” she says. “It’s really the third option – you can either move into a traditional retirement village or another style of land lease community such as a manufactured home estate, or choose a senior’s village such as Carseldine Gardens.” The difference is in choosing a Carseldine Gardens home – it’s all yours and there are no fees outside of your rates and body corporate to pay. The one and two-bedroom purposebuilt, single level homes are sold under a strata arrangement. The owner is responsible for the body corporate fees, electricity and council rates, and other expenses which are normal with owning a strata property such as an apartment. If an owner wants to sell, there are no exit fees and no restrictions on who they sell to and who they use to sell the property. The owner has complete control of the asset and can benefit from any capital gain. “The body corporate fee covers the cost of both the groundsman and maintenance manager, attendance at the weekly social where the residents have fun over tea and biscuits, and often indoor bowls, and the on-site operational management by Liberty

Senior Living,” Sarah says. “We also have a community bus that twice-weekly takes residents to do their shopping at Taigum and Aspley.” A bus stop nearby allows residents to also easily access Carseldine Central or head to Chermside. Getting outdoors and enjoying regular physical activity among new friends or by yourself is made easy at Carseldine. Its level pathway winds past the homes following the well-kept gardens and ending with a delightful park at the edge of the village. A one-bedroom home is priced at $292,500 and a two-bedroom is $307,500. Each well-presented home is fully selfcontained and includes a single carport or car space. Call Sarah on 0402 462071.


year, be sure to inspect Nature’s Edge in lush rainforest at the foothills of Buderim. With a relaxed, community atmosphere and all the amenities of a resort already in place, every day is like a holiday. Call 1800 218 898 or visit to find out more.

MOVING into a retirement village is a major life decision so it is essential to fully understand what is involved in the process. Contracts can seem complex and it is essential to access independent advice to ensure you choose the right village for your budget and needs. One of the most misunderstood terms is the deferred management fee or DMF. It can also be referred to as an exit or departure fee. The purpose of a deferred management fee is not well understood and many people view it as an unfair cost. Put simply, the DMF helps you to pay later for all the shared facilities you enjoy in the village such as the pool, gardens, gym and café. It is designed so you can take advantage of all the lifestyle benefits without the added cost up front. Look at the DMF as enjoy now – pay later. The majority of villages have a DMF but not all are the same – that is why independent advice is crucial. The DMF at Aura Holdings ranges from 7 per cent for less than one year of residency to a capped maximum of 33 per cent after five years.

“When it comes time to sell your apartment we don’t charge refurbishment costs such as painting and new carpets,” director Tim Russell says. “Under the leasehold agreement in an Aura village, residents do not face special levies as applicable in strata units. “Other ongoing costs for residents will be the general services change (GSC) that is charged weekly for the day-to-day running of the village but Aura Holdings does not profit from these. “We set the weekly fees to cover costs such as council rates, building insurance, gardening services and the services of the village manager. These are best described as cost of living expenses,” he says. Residents are responsible for the cost of private services to their apartment such as electricity, phone, internet and pay TV. Moving to a retirement living village is very different to moving into another form of property. “We can’t stress enough the importance of accessing independent advice to ensure you fully understand your rights and responsibilities,” Mr Russell says. Brisbane

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HEAD to the Sunshine Coast this month for the 24th Ginger Flower and Food Festival – three spectacular days of food, flowers and entertainment. The Ginger Factory will burst with colour and flavours, and showcase a range of ornamental gingers and heliconias. More than 3000 plants will be for sale and experts will give advice on suitable plant choices for potting and planting. Popular presenters Soil to Supper’s Cath Manuel and horticulturalist, Paul Plant will share their wisdom during informative garden talks over the three days. The festival will be also be packed with an exciting line-up of Sunshine Coast chefs, including local favourite, Matt

A unique combination of classical piano and contagious humour! David Scheel’s new show celebrates musical eccentrics through the ages. He will bring to life 25 of music’s greatest and weirdest personalities with a wonderful mix of true stories, comedy and virtuoso piano playing.

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Golinski, as well as Lisa Mahar from Makepeace Island and Dylan Campbell, the resident mixologist from Sum Yung Guys. A theme of locally grown and sourced produce will run through the cooking demonstrations, highlighting how local ingredients pair well with Buderim Ginger. Learn how to prepare ginger inspired dishes. The Ginger Café will be serving local food, enjoy an iced tea at the Tea Tonic salon and finish off with a homemade ginger ice-cream. Meet the makers and sample products from local food producers. Ginger Factory, Pioneer Rd, Yandina Friday, January 17-Sunday 19, 9am-5pm. Free

MAKE IT THE YEAR TO START FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH IF YOU have ever thought about researching your family history, the Queensland Family History Society can help get the project started. A buddy program, beginner classes and special interest groups, mean there’s no need to put it off. This year the program of seminars, talks and workshops is shaping up to be one of the best QFHS has presented. Non-members are always welcome to join in at events. A good place to start research is the free sites of the National Archives of

Australia and the National Library of Australia and Trove websites. Trove has Australian digitized newspapers that are a wealth of information for the family history researcher. Learn more next month when Cara Downes from the National Archives and tutor Sue Reid present the seminar Australian treasures: the National Archives of Australia and Trove. Cara will provide an overview of the National Archives collection in

Queensland and show how the records can assist with family history research. She will showcase the immigration and defence collections and also demonstrate using the online database RecordSearch and other online resources of the National Archives. Sue Reid will give search tips for Trove. 53 Prospect Rd, Gaythorne February 1, 9am-12.30 pm Cost $25 members (QFHS and GSQ) and $40 non-members, includes morning tea. Register at

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Pops Orchestra tunes up for a new year

THE Queensland Pops Orchestra’s 2020 subscription series I Can See Clearly Now – 2020 is on sale now. Since its inception in 1984, The Pops has provided a platform for young developing artists and musicians. That tradition has continued and for the third year has enjoyed the support of the Toowong Rotary club, which has granted a scholarship for talented pre-tertiary musicians to perform with the orchestra during the year. Last year, Angelina Kim from St Peters won the scholarship. She joined previous winners for the New Year’s Eve concert. As part of its integrated learning ideal, the Pops travelled to Maryborough and performed a concert to open the Fraser Coast Pop Festival. Seven musicians provided a half-day workshop for students in the region. As a result of the workshops and auditions, 12 young musicians were selected to play a part in the concert. It was a valuable learning experience and provided substantial motivation for all the musicians and students who attended. To give the experience of live music to the younger generation, free tickets are offered to primary and secondary students

(10 tickets for 10 schools) to attend Pops concerts at QPAC and Toowoomba. The reach into the community by the Pops has been ongoing for 37 years. In recent times, young musicians and singers from many arts organisations, including schools in Queensland, have been engaged. These are performing arts students from Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University; The Voices of Birralee; Watkins Academy of Irish Dance; dance students from Queensland University of Technology; Thistle Highland Dancers; Mansfield State High School; Toowoomba Contemporary Choral and TACAPS Chapel choir; OZScot Highland Dancers; Vocal Manoeuvres; St Peters Lutheran College; and the BBC Pipes and Drums. These groups add a vital part to the rich tapestry of music that abounds in Brisbane. In 2020, Queensland Pops will continue to grow a healthy, skilled, talented and thrilling orchestra – and bring national and international artists to the stage alongside Queensland artists. “I hope you enjoy browsing our 2020 brochure, and that you find a series of concerts to entertain you at the highest level,” conductor Patrick Pickett said. Visit

PIANIST COMBINES CLASSICS AND HUMOUR DAVID Scheel was a winner with audiences in Don’t Shoot Me, I’m Only The Piano Player in 2016, andnow he’s back at Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) with his new show, Mad Maestros, celebrating musical eccentrics through the ages. David brings to life 25 of music’s greatest and weirdest personalities in a virtuoso performance of narrative, character acting and piano playing. Bach, Beethoven, Sir Thomas Beecham, Al Jolson and many others are resurrected, and living musicians such as Philip Glass and Jose Carreras are impersonated with pinpoint accuracy. The greats will be joined and pitted against today’s top pop singers with David’s hilarious impressions in this mix of true stories and beautiful music. From the love lives of Liszt and Al Jolson to the world’s worst singers, the most accident-prone opera, and the testy prima donnas; the secrets of music’s nuttiest composers and performers are revealed and illustrated with their music on the piano. Discover what Percy Grainger told his fiancée on the eve of their wedding; find out how Toscanini managed to lose an entire orchestra in the desert; hear what Sir Thomas Beecham had to say about

singers (and everything else), and much more. Mad Maestros would be a challenge for any actor or pianist, with an impressive mix of remarkable technique and sensitivity on the piano plus zealous impersonations. Add the banter and David has earned the title of “the funniest pianist in the world” and become widely regarded as the successor to the legendary Victor Borge. Redland Performing Arts Centre Saturday, February 15, 2pm Tickets $22–$31. Bookings or call the box office 3829 8131. Booking fees $4.30 by phone and $5 online

BLACK SORROWS SISTERS SHARE THEIR STORY BETWEEN Two Shores is an evocative, selection of songs and personal stories from sisters Vika and Linda Bull. Blending narratives from their lives and careers through their vocals and instinctive harmonies, the duo leads a journey of the diverse pathways they have forged into soul, gospel, country and island music of their Tongan ancestry. Their voices are among the most

distinctive and versatile of the Australian music landscape. They had a multi-platinum conquest of pop radio with the Black Sorrows in the late 1980s. Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse, New Farm February 5 and 6, 7.30pm Tickets $69, concessions $59 Bookings

U3A MEETINGS RESUME THE U3A Pine Rivers Kallangur Centre reopens on Monday, January 13. The first Social and Information morning for the new year will be on Friday, January 17, at the Kallangur Memorial Bowls Club, 1351 Anzac Ave, Kallangur. Arrive 9.30am for a 10am start. Admission is free. Call 3880 6677, Monday to Friday 9am-noon.



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Put technology to work for you Remember when television was black and white and only turned on after dinner? When the phone was a rotary dial and the car radio had only AM stations? NATHAN WELLINGTON discusses the value of technology.


lot has changed. A long-time client and I recently discussed whether technology has been good or bad for our society. I see an average of five clients a day, every day, year-round and hear many opinions on the rapid evolution of technology in such a short period of time and how it has impacted us all. Generally, there are those who embrace it – they love to buy the newest gadget when it first comes out and constantly keep up with technology – and those who avoid it like the plague, hate using it and are fearful of breaking it or being hacked. And then there are the rest of us in-betweeners. Technology is a fast-moving train, and whether you enjoy it or not, we are all along for the ride. Sometimes it feels like that ride is going way over the speed limit with no stops in sight. My humble advice to my clients is this: Technology is really meant to help you in some way, whether it be keeping in contact with the kids or grandkids, paying your bills, organising your banking, emailing friends, listening to

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music, watching television or taking a photo. Technology will continue to evolve as more and more new products are released and inevitably, we all have to move with it in order to keep connected with those around us. But we don’t need to be beholden to it.

I encourage many clients to take small steps in using technology. As we get older it can become more difficult to stay mobile, to get to the grocer, to find an actual bank branch not replaced by an ATM, to pay the bills at the post office, to buy new clothes or to replace broken appliances or

electronics without knowing what’s available. With a helping hand to guide them, many have slowly begun to understand that technology can be used to ease the burden of getting to the shops when they aren’t able to. They have found comfort in knowing there are people out there willing to help them navigate this virtual terrain with their interests at heart. I write this more as a reflection on our attitudes towards technology. We may not have any influence on how technology is rapidly encroaching on our lives, but we can choose to use the technology for what it is meant to be for us – a helpful tool to stay connected to one another and to make life easier in some manner. I look forward to sharing more hints and tips this year to help you get more out of the technology rather than the other way around. Call or email me if you have any questions 1300 682 817 or nathan@


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Get paperwork right There may come a time when you want to move from your present home. It could be for health reasons or that you no longer need the space and want to enhance quality of life. It could be moving to a smaller home, joining a residential park or retirement village or living with family in new detached accommodation. You might even want to move to an aged care facility. Whether it is buying or selling real estate, or similar interests in property, a move involves conveyancing transactions to transfer interests and finalise payments. Unlike the past when the process was potentially arduous and complex to secure title deeds, it’s now at the push of a button. The new “simplicity” of the conveyancing process does not, however, remove the need for precision and supervision of the various stages in the process, from contract formation, due diligence and finance coordination to transaction settlement. Every part of the process requires experience and expertise. Mistakes can be costly and some can only be resolved by expensive litigation and yet, virtually all problems can be avoided with proper foresight and planning. The reality is that these days the cost of retaining a conveyancer to carry out this important function is minimal compared to the peace of mind it provides.



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Turn the spotlight on elder abuse We’re finally starting to talk about elder abuse, albeit slowly. The Royal Commission into Aged Care is shining a spotlight on the issue, as is the National Plan to respond to the abuse of older Australians. Elder abuse researchers, lawyers and community advocates are bringing much needed awareness to the issue, but would you recognise the subtle signs of elder abuse if they were happening to you, or in your own backyard? WHO describes elder abuse as “a single, or repeated act, or lack of appropriate action, occurring within any relationship where there is an expectation of trust which causes harm or distress to an older person”. It can take various forms: physical, psychological or emotional abuse, financial abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect. There is evidence that people who experience elder abuse are more likely to be dependent on others and have significant disability, poor physical health, low income, cognitive impairment. and social isolation. Other risk factors include living alone with the perpetrator; and being older than 74 years. Need to speak with someone? You can call 1800 ElderHelp (1800 353 374), or visit


Get back in the swing of things Question: How do I avoid overdoing it on the court this tennis season? Aussies love their tennis, but not their tennis elbow. Tennis elbow occurs when the tendons connecting the muscles in the forearm to the bone in the upper arm are damaged through overuse, repetitive rotation, holding the elbow awkwardly and swinging the tennis racquet jarringly. When the tendons and muscles are strained, the local peripheral nerves can also become damaged – most commonly in the upper arm, elbow or wrist of tennis players. Symptoms can include pain, local swelling, impaired movement, weakness, stiffness and difficulty performing tasks, such as typing. Symptoms usually improve after ceasing the causal activities and resting the painful area/s. Treatments may include ice packs, anti-inflammatories, physiotherapy and on rare occasions, surgery. Full recovery can take between two months and two years. If pain persists, it’s important to see your GP to seek an accurate diagnosis and rule out other underlying or similar conditions. Neurophysiology testing – nerve conduction studies (NCS) and/or electromyography (EMG) – provides the most reliable results. Corbett Neurophysiology Services (CNS) has been servicing the local community for the last 25 years, providing

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The WORLD in Your Hands

Travel in Your Time

Take a drive to tombstone territory Fancy a one-day adventure? There are hundreds of good yarns waiting to be discovered right here in southeast Queensland. Authors CHRIS ADAMS and HELEN GOLTZ recommend a trip on the Tombstone Tourist Trail where no (head)stone is left uncovered. story asks the question, is Australia the land of lost children? You can also visit the beautiful bronze statue of the girls at the Henry Lawson Bicentennial Park in Walloon, less than 20km away. QUEENSLAND’S OLDEST COLD CASE GATTON Now it’s back in the car and off to Gatton – a 45-minute drive on the Warrego Highway (A2). Here you will find the impressive grave of the victims of the Boxing Day 1898 murders, Queensland’s oldest cold case. The three Murphy siblings from Gatton were murdered and mutilated on New Year’s night and their bodies left for all to see. Failure to secure the crime scene and public destruction of any clues which followed, almost guaranteed the killer would never be found. The impressive headstone to the siblings was erected by public subscription. Drive 36-minutes up the Warrego Highway to the heritage-listed Drayton and Toowoomba Cemetery to find the

The Trevethan brothers built the first car in Queensland in 1902.


he stories of local heroes and villains, lovers and trailblazers, all start in a cemetery. Head west or north on a day trip that covers a lifetime. These are the stories that have not been laid to rest.

GO WEST YOUNG MAN (OR WOMAN) IPSWICH Travel west on the Ipswich Motorway to the Ipswich General Cemetery, the second oldest in Queensland, where stories of the region’s past abound. Here’s one, and you can find the evidence easily. We all know the Kelly name, and the legend that Dan Kelly, brother of Ned, died in the 1880 Glenrowan shoot-out with police. So, who was the man who told a

Brisbane newspaper in August 1933, he was Dan Kelly? No one at the time could prove he wasn’t Dan, and now he’s buried under the name James Ryan in this old graveyard. There is also a memorial to Dan Kelly on the same site. It carries the words “Tell ’em I died Brave… in Ipswich.” Also at the Ipswich Cemetery, is the grave of two little girls, Kate and Jane Broderick, who drowned after being attracted by waterlilies in a pond at nearby Walloon. The tragedy inspired Henry Lawson to write his classic 1891 poem, The Babies of Walloon. As there are so many poems, paintings and songs about missing youngsters, the

Babies of Walloon at Ipswich Cemetery.

graves of the Trevethan Brothers – Walter and Thomas. During 1901-02 the brothers built the first car in Queensland to their own design. It was powered by a six-horsepower engine, was a brute to start and had a clutch that had to be worked sideways across the car. Residents said it was only good for frightening the horses and scaring the children – but the locally built vehicles and the brothers who created them put the town on the automobile map of Australia. They rest in separate graves not far from each other. And there are also the medical history makers, Emma Webb and nurse Helen Tolmie. It’s not widely known, but in a surgical breakthrough, Emma’s life was saved by the first appendectomy to be performed in Australia. The operation was carried out on the kitchen table behind a bakery with Nurse Tolmie in attendance. Emma lived a long life and Nurse Tolmie a prestigious career. Both now rest in the same cemetery. A WELL-KNOWN NAME IN NOBBY While in the area, take a trip to the little town of Nobby. It’s well worth the effort if the name Sister Elizabeth Kenny rings a bell. She was a remarkable woman whose radical polio treatments were banned by doctors. But results showed they worked, and they saved many children from a life of disability (including actor Alan Alda, revered for his role as Hawkeye in MASH). Despite having no formal qualifications, Sister Kenny was hailed worldwide for her breakthrough treatments. She is buried in a humble grave in the little Nobby cemetery. While there, take a look around. It doesn’t take long. You will also see the memorial to a young man called Victor Denton who died after being hit by a



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Dan Kelly in 1933 and the memorial at Ipswich Cemetery.

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returned home a hero. Further north, Gympie Cemetery holds two men with very different stories. One was a mine manager who knew every inch of the North Phoenix Mine on the Gympie goldfield yet mysteriously, without explanation, and astonishingly to those who knew him, fell to his death down one of its shafts. The other played is James Nash who discovered gold at Gympie in 1867 and saved the Queensland treasury. They named the place after him – Nashville. It was later changed to Gympie, from the Aboriginal gimpi-gimpi, a stinging tree growing in the area. And this is just the beginning. For the full story plus plenty more, as well as directions, take Grave Tales with you.

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I first read this book many years ago. I must have been impressed with the story as I purchased copies for friends. This time around, I found the mother absolutely awful. She is coarse with her language and unable to show any affection to her daughters. The girls grew up and made their own way in life. The story starts just before World War II and is an interesting portrayal of a large family’s desperate fight for survival. I’ll just remember springtime in Hagley Park.


In my opinion, the author, a New Zealander, did not do justice to the setting for this book and missed a great opportunity to weave some of the of the virtues of beautiful Christchurch into the story. He establishes his characters well and in some ways, memories of my childhood were stirred through his description of the hardships of pre and post war life for poor working class people. The story follows the life of twin girls from childhood to early married life, walking the reader through parental, accommodation, food and class hardships that many families endured during that era. I found nothing special about this book.



This is an unusual book in its structure. It’s a diary of two sisters Fag and Ginnie who grow up poor in New Zealand in the 1930s in Christchurch, New Zealand. They are approaching womanhood when the war starts. What’s different is the third voice – the historian – who pops in now and then to give some background to their lives. It works well. I loved the language of the book. It was rich and it gave credence to the characters. I felt for Ginnie and Fag who dream of movie stars, new dresses and nylon stockings while they slave away in factories. Fantasy is their refuge from the mindless repetitive work. They are always hoping life will get better. Fag says, “we got talked into a treadmill of dreams”. I highly recommend this book.

BOOK review

ORACLES AND MIRACLES by Stevan Eldred-Grigg

First published in 1987, the story is in fact based on the author’s mother and aunt, although this is not mentioned in the book. It is an easy read and describes the life of the twins Fag and Ginnie. It covers the hardship of living with a disinterested and cruel mother, numerous brothers and sisters, daily chores, having their education cut short at 14, factory life and their hopes and dreams for the fairytale escape as they become women. I enjoyed the book once I got started and the sisters being so different kept me turning the pages.


Ginnie and Fag are twin sisters growing up in Christchurch in the 1930s and 1940s. It’s a city of “peeling paint, flaking iron, cracked linoleum, dusty yards, lean-tos, and asphalts, dunnies and textile mills”. This colourful story focuses on the girls’ relationship as they grow into women and attempt to escape their impoverished background. The story is narrated by the eloquent Fag and sensitive Ginnie, and some sections are told by a historian and industrial psychologist.


Reading this historical fiction is like reading a social science project about the life of two destitute, working-class girls. The author’s descriptive historical writing style using three voices – the twins and a historian – is engaging but a little mundane. The twins, now married adults, tell the story and reflect on their childhood, poverty, growing up, factory work, education and dreams of a better life. The most interesting character in the book is their mother who truly embodies a victim battler. To escape the pain and poverty of being working class girls, both twins have a life goal of getting married. One marries into an upper middle class family and the other marries a working class man. Who ends up the happiest? Average read. 6/10

Through the eyes of twin sisters Ginnie and Fag, we are introduced to the harshness and poverty of life in Christchurch in the 1930s and ’40s. From an early age, the hopelessness of their life is all they know. Their mother is one tough woman unable to show affection and with a mind so closed that there is never any encouragement towards education or betterment of their lives. This is summed up by the historian, “if you hoped for anything you were kidding yourself; you were doomed to be whatever the universe deemed you should be”. Factory work was the inevitable option for the twins and I thank the historian’s segment for the stats! These were kids of 14, working long, monotonous days for pay much less than the males. Ginnie and Fag are depicted so accurately that the story carried me through their struggles and achievements culminating in their differences at attaining 21. I recommend this book and will very likely read again.

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