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It’s not hard to do the math. Ageing Australian population + living longer with the help of medical science + the trend to have children later in life = a growing need for people in the over-55 age bracket to care for their parents.

At a time when many of us should be enjoying the fruits of our labour in retirement, we find ourselves having to have tough conversations with mum and dad: “What happens when you are no longer able to look after yourself? Where do you want/need to live?”

I was the youngest of four. A ‘change of life’ baby as my parents were both 42. The only girl in the family. I was 16 when my dad complained of a sore back on Christmas Eve 1978. He was in and out of hospital, but adamant he would stay at home as long as possible. In-home care, at that time, was unheard of and only for the rich in the movies. He succumbed to widespread cancer only four months on, sparing any of us a carer’s role.

When my mum’s kidney disease took

its toll 10 years later, she couldn’t stay on her own. Although relative newlyweds, hubbie and I decided to bring her home to live with us. She put her Kedron house on the market, and we moved the furniture and memories she had collected over 47 years of married life up to our modest Sunshine Coast cottage. We even had plans drawn up for a granny flat in the backyard.

At 27, we were her tag-team carers: me during the day, then switching to hubbie while I worked night shift. We both had to bathe and dress/undress her. We both had to cook special meals she could digest and coax her to eat the tiniest of morsels. We were relatively young. We had energy and motivation. We did what we had to do in the short time she was with us after the big move.

I cannot comprehend how I would do that today, being near retirement age myself. This month, journalist Carrol Baker tackles the subject of caring for parents in our later years. Our In-home Care feature explains some of the services now available. My heart goes out to all carers (paid or voluntary) and those about to take on those tough conversations.

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Tipping point: how to cope with caring for ageing parents

CARROL BAKER looks into changing relationships within the family as Australia’s population is living longer.

Sixty-two-year-old Carrie is locked in a battle of wills with her 87-year-old mum May to accept home help, after discovering she hadn’t showered for two weeks and was living on banana sandwiches.

Carrie is emotionally exhausted and can’t seem to find a way to help her mum.

She’s not alone.

It’s a tough call, as a child of ageing parents, to navigate how to look after your mum or dad when they need it.

You want to honour their independence and autonomy, while giving them the care they need.

Added to that, there could be different opinions among siblings or partners about what that care should look like and who should shoulder the load.

There’s no denying our ageing

population is set to live well beyond the realms of previous generations.

The UN Convention states that in 2050, for the first time in human history, there will be more people over 60 than there are children.

Caring for older people is set to become a global issue.

In the 1950s, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reports, the average lifespan for males was 66.5 and for females it was 71.5.

Fast forward 70 years and the average lifespan of males has jumped to 81.3 and for females it’s 85.4.

We have technological advancements in preventative health outcomes, medicines and more information geared towards positive and healthy ageing at our fingertips. Even though the

government expects us to toil longer at our jobs before retirement, many of us can now expect to live into our 90s.

Professor Ruth Hubbard, Masonic chair of geriatric medicine at the Centre for Health Services Research, University of Queensland, is an expert in frail ageing. She says living longer and ageing is a privilege.

“It’s important to look at ageing as a consequence of societal success and a cause for celebration,” she says.

As we get older, studies show life satisfaction and contentment increase.

Older parents have accumulated a lifetime of wisdom and stories to share.

And, there’s more time to spend with grandchildren and pursuing hobbies they love.

But there comes a time when our parents might need help.

There are signs to look for that your parent might be struggling. Geriatrician Dr Catherine Yelland says some things aren’t always immediately obvious.

“You might find a few unpaid bills stacked up or open the fridge to discover food beyond its use-by date,” she says.

As they age, encourage your parents to develop a good relationship with their GP, as they can be an invaluable support and gateway for information.

As a natural progression of ageing, some people can have difficulty concentrating. Memory lapses are more commonplace.

Older people can also struggle with loneliness and grief at losing not only a life partner, but also their independence.

Living well for longer means taking care of yourself through exercise, nutrition and social connections. But

eventually there is a tipping point, when being older becomes frail elderly.

At this point, parents need extra care.

Prof Hubbard says many parents might express that they simply don’t want any help.

“Many older people are fierce about their independence, but I tell them if you have assistance now, it will help you stay independent for longer,” she says.

As your parents get older, make sure those ducks are in a row.

Early on, well before your parent reaches their twilight years, it’s helpful to get informed about legal and support services available, including an Enduring Power of Attorney. This is a legal document that gives someone your parent trusts the authority to make personal, health and financial decisions on their behalf, if they can’t, based on what they’d have wanted.

Another is an Aged Care Assessment Plan (ACAP): a comprehensive assessment of the care needs of your parent, which offers links to support services.

Geriatrician Dr Andrew Granger says getting in early with an ACAP is a good idea.

“Don’t wait until a crisis happens to put these things in motion, as it can take up to a year to get an ACAP assessment,” he says.

For parents who might be reluctant to get the ball rolling, Dr Granger has this advice: “It doesn’t compel the parent to do anything, but means if they need assistance down the track, it shows what that could look like.”

Honouring your parents’ independence is important.

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Have a heart-to-heart with your ageing parents, well before they need it, about what their future might look like.

This means asking if they explicitly want to stay in their own home or be supported in an environment where they have more care.

Jenny, 68, cares for her elderly mum Betty, 94, at home. Jenny put her hand up for the job five years ago, relocating from Far North Queensland.

It’s an arrangement that’s given Jenny an opportunity to reconnect with her mum, as they share a love of op shopping and cafe hopping.

Of course, not all children will live with their parents as official or unofficial carers, but many will need to pop in more often and spend more time with them.

If you notice a cognitive decline in your elderly parent, Prof Hubbard suggests finding out whether it’s transitioning to a dementing illness.

“Seek a holistic assessment by a geriatrician about this. It needs to be diagnosed because there are treatments available that will slow the progression of that cognitive decline,” she says.

A geriatrician can also rule out other causes. It may be linked to a secondary or

reversible cause, such as a vitamin deficiency, lack of sleep or depression.

A softly, softly approach is called for when supporting elderly parents.

When approaching the topic of accepting help, there’s a very good chance you’ll strike reluctance or resistance.

It’s about being assertive, but also compassionate and caring.

Dr Yelland says there’s no denying navigating this is tough.

“You need to strike a balance between pointing out that they need some assistance and not being critical,” she says.

Work out various roles family members can take onboard to be a united support network. Dr Yelland says doing the best for your parent also means throwing stereotypes out the window.

“It’s not always the oldest child that has the best rapport with the parent, and it’s not always the daughter,” she says.

“It’s a delicate dance. Share the roles, without looking like you are ganging up on the parent.”

Kate, 61, is carer for her mum May, 90, who has advanced dementia, and her father Jack, 91, who has mobility issues

and is in constant pain. Relatives have gently suggested May should be in a nursing home.

“Over my dead body,” says Kate’s dad.

Caring for her high-needs mum and dad has stripped Kate of her youth and her vitality. A decade on, she loves her parents, but sees life passing her by, and she feels guilty about that.

Caring for someone in their later years is a huge responsibility. There is much joy in caring for a loved one, but it’s hard work.

Dr Yelland says it’s not the same as raising children, but it’s an analogy she often hears.

“Children are developing and growing; with ageing parents, they are usually deteriorating or declining. So, there is a lot of sadness in the caring role,” she says.

There’s also the risk of carer burnout, so it’s important to tap into support networks of your own and take respite breaks when you need them.

Dr Granger says carers need support, too – whether that’s psychosocial or physical.

“Even a few hours a week where the carer has time out is important, but sometimes getting the carers and the parents to accept that is hard,” he says.

There may come a time when a parent needs to access more support than the family can give. Some might happily move into care, but for the majority of parents, it’s something they don’t want.

Dr Yelland says it’s challenging for everyone: “Adult children say the hardest thing they’ve ever had to do is put the older person in a nursing home.”

Dr Yelland advocates that more education is needed across the board, but particularly for the elderly.

“We see messages in the wider community about healthy ageing, but not about how to manage when healthy ageing comes to an end, and frail ageing begins,” she says.

Help to optimise your parent’s ageing trajectory, through the four pillars of healthy ageing:

• High-intensity resistance training. Prof Ruth Hubbard says this reduces age-related decline in muscle mass to reduce the risk of falls. “Exercise is the strongest evidence-based intervention when it comes to optimising ageing,” she says.

• Check medications. “Sometimes medicines prescribed when middle aged aren’t needed when people are older and vice versa,” Prof Hubbard says.

• Good nutrition. Get them to eat a high-protein diet, with small, frequent meals. “I’ve admitted people to hospital who’ve been on a tea-and-toast diet. Their cognition is impacted, but with the right nutrients, they significantly improve,” Prof Hubbard says.

• Social engagement. We are social creatures, and the brain doesn’t like to be lonely. “I’d be very resistant to a gardening club but love a choir. Find something your parent enjoys,” Prof Hubbard says.

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The Finale –episode 23 and 24 of Season 9 – originally aired in Australia on May 14, 1998, ending television sitcom Seinfeld But our appetite for watching reruns, interviews with cast members and bloopers has been insatiable ever since. Comedian and series co-creator Jerry Seinfeld has kept his hand in the game (recording comedy TV specials, creating the animated Bee Movie, directing, co-writing and producing his latest film Unfrosted: The Pop-Tart Story, and hosting the popular Comedians In Cars Getting Coffee, for example). But stand-up remains his first love. And Queenslanders still have their chance to see Jerry Seinfeld live on stage at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre on June 19. At the time of printing, some of the best seats in the house were still available (for a price!). Go to

Where to go

The Nambour Showgrounds will once again host more than 40,000 visitors as the annual Queensland Garden Expo celebrates 40 years of growth. The seven-hectare, immersive gardening experience sees this year’s program increasing from three to four days, from July 4-7. The event is a showcase of more than 360 exhibitors presenting a diverse range of products, and features Australia’s largest gardening speaker program including Australian ‘green thumb royalty’ such as Costa Georgiadis, Jerry Coleby-Williams, Claire Bickle, Millie Ross and Phil. Go to

What to watch

With the release of the prequel Furiosa: A Mad Max Saga, starring Anya Taylor-Joy and Chris Hemsworth, it’s time to revisit the other four in the Mad Max franchise. Start with the original 1979 film that sent Mel Gibson’s acting career skyrocketing. Max is a police officer in George Miller’s apocalyptic saga where war, critical resource shortages and destruction of the environment have led to societal collapse. When his wife and child are murdered by a vicious biker gang, Max takes revenge on the gang and becomes a drifter in the wasteland. Then, lose yourself in the others: Mad Max 2, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and Mad Max: Fury Road Mad Max 2 and Fury Road (starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron), in particular, have been ranked among the best action films ever made. Stan is currently showing Mad Max and Mad Max Fury Road for a little winter escapism.

Back in the day…

Long before gremlins in our computers, there was the classic ‘Christmas’ horror movie. Gremlins was released in the US on June 8, 1984, to critical and commercial acclaim. And we all remember the three crucial rules for raising a mogwai like Gizmo: 1. Avoid bright light. 2. Don’t get them wet. 3. Never feed them after midnight. Billy Peltzer and his town pay the price when his cute but exotic pet spawns aggressive, imp-like monsters that wreak havoc on Christmas Eve. Like Ghostbusters, which released the same weekend, Gremlins was produced at a time when combining horror and comedy was becoming ‘a thing’. But some of the violent scenes still give us all the heebie-jeebies.

Where to visit

It’s time to lock in a trip to the Maranoa region, 500km west of Brisbane, to honour Australia’s last horsedrawn mail run 100 years ago. The 10-day Cobb & Co Festival will run from August 16-25. The all-ages festival will immerse visitors in the rich tapestry of Australia’s pioneering heritage. It culminates on August 24 and 25 with a re-creation of the last Cobb & Co mail run on the 76km Cobb & Co Way: an historic route between Surat and Yuleba. The festival program includes the Long Table Dinner under the stars, a horse art exhibition, coach rides, bush poetry, the Cobb & Co Festival Ball, and an open-air concert. Visit

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SHAKESPEARE said: “God has given us a face, and we make another.”

Rather than our face being a biography, some seniors like to create an appealing work of fiction with makeovers via cosmetic surgery and makeup.

It is flattering when people comment that we don’t look our age.

Over the years, our face’s soft tissue of fat and muscle is redistributed.

When we’re young, fat is evenly distributed, creating a plump and smooth appearance.

As gravity takes hold, skin becomes loose and saggy under the eyes and chin, while cheeks become hollow from reduced fat and thin skin.

Lines appear in expanding foreheads,

revealed by receding hairlines.

Crow’s feet deepen around eyes and mouths, with added wrinkles and dark, broken capillary blotches resulting from poor diet, smoking and sun damage.

There are complex changes in our visage as noses droop, lips thin, jowls sag and ears elongate.

While many accept this as inevitable, facial ageing can be a downer as it affects our self-image and how others see us.

Successful treatments not only provide a physical lift but also a boost to the spirit.

For some, the contraction of eyelashes in length, thickness and darkness can be disguised with makeup.

For others, hairs start sprouting out of ears and noses and lashes become grey and bushy – necessitating an increased grooming regime beyond shaving, waxing, exfoliation and moisturising.

For our self-confidence, it is a battle worth pursuing but there is a sense of postponing the inevitable.

I have visited women in their final days of cancer treatment and they looked serene as the nursing staff acceded to their request to access a beauty therapist.

They treasured one last, precious moment of looking and feeling exquisite.

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Life in the slow lane

ARE you a person who complains or are you someone who takes everything in your stride?

Are you putting up with things and situations because you don’t like complaining or can’t be bothered?

Somehow, complaining has become part of our lives. We like to complain about everything – from the price of strawberries or the cost of petrol to the weather (it is either too hot or too cold, too dry or too wet).

I complain as good as anyone else, but I am trying not to complain about things that I cannot change, and No.1 on that list is the weather.

When I lived in a tropical town with only a dry and a wet season, people hardly talked about the weather. The weather ‘just was’. There is complaining and complaining. It is right and should be complained about if you have been overcharged, if you have been given the wrong information or if someone has been rude to you, just to name a few.

If your complaining will right a wrong or prevent something bad happening, go for it: complain loud and long.

While we don’t hold back to complain about lots of things in life, we are often reluctant to complain to the powers ‘upstairs’.

I found that it is useless to complain to staff ‘on the floor’. It brings no results.

You need the manager – at least. Have you ever emailed the CEO of a company because you felt badly treated by the staff? I have and was surprised how quickly I received an answer by the boss himself. I might only be an unimportant person but I am also a customer. I bring the sales, and so, the profit.

We live in a world where we are taught and encouraged to ‘let it all hang out’. Mental health problems are an item we come across in every news broadcast with the advice to open the floodgates. Complaining is a form of ‘releasing’, of ‘blowing out’ –balancing life.

It is true. Don’t you feel great when you complain bitterly to someone, especially who a) doesn’t take it too seriously and b) knows that you actually don’t quite mean it and are just blowing off steam?


Is whingeing the same as complaining? I feel that whingeing does not really expect any results.

However, I think a good whinge – especially to someone you trust – is as good a release as a complaint, bona fide or not.

However, before we complain, maybe we should have a look at the world around us.

Like everybody else, I feel I have things to complain about.

But do I really?

Aren’t I safe from bombs and guns? Don’t I have medical care when I need it. Don’t I have enough food to eat ... the list is long.

Maybe most of us don’t have anything serious to complain about. Still, a good whinge is a good whinge, especially if it makes you feel better.

May your complaints be small and your whinges healing.


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ON A recent trip to The Ginger Factory at Yandina, I was pretty excited at the newest attraction.

The world’s largest operating ginger factory has been running here in our backyard for more than 40 years and it’s a beautiful spot to take the family.

While entry is free, there’s plenty of opportunity to spend up on food, drink, souvenirs and family-friendly rides. I’ve visited numerous times over the years, before kids, with my children and now with grandkids.

Last month, I was amazed by the new Zog Trail. My first question was: “Who or what is Zog?”.

I learnt that Zog is the title character of a book by English author Julia Donaldson (you may be familiar with another of her books, The Gruffalo).

The trail is set in a cool, shady section of the grounds, where visitors wander along a path under a forest canopy. The idea is to spot Zog and his cute, animated dragon mates along the way, which sounded a fun exercise for the littlies. I soon discovered that the Zog Trail was more than cutouts of colourful dragons on tree trunks.

To appreciate the whole experience, you need to download a free app to your phone.

This is used to scan circular signs placed near the path. The signs feature a dragon silhouette and once you scan them, the magic begins. A cartoon dragon

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will be revealed on your phone’s screen and it appears as though the dragon is physically in front of you.

By some bizarre sorcery, you can also be photographed with these characters. My son reports that the concept is

known as augmented reality and is made possible through the wonders of modern technology. Excuse my ignorance, but I haven’t played computer games since Space Invaders in the ’80s.

Soon there were enlivened cries of “Take my picture!”. That was me and, sadly, some young children had to wait while my daughter-in-law snapped photos of me with a pretend dragon.

In my defence, the most magical thing when I was a child were those drawing pads that came with a thin, plastic pencil. You could draw on the pad and then peel up the plastic to erase the picture.

It was the less-exciting version of the Magna Doodle or Etch A Sketch.

Our family didn’t own a camera until I was a teenager. For my 13th birthday, I


BREAST Cancer Trials is hosting its next informative online Q&A on Wednesday, June 15, from 5-6.30pm, with discussion on: ‘Why less can be more when it comes to breast cancer treatment’.

The panel is made up of Professor Boon Chua, study chair of a number of clinical trials and Professor of Medicine at the University of NSW, Dr Belinda Kiely, medical oncologist, Michelle Sinclair, psychologist and psychooncology researcher, and Margaret Lopreiato, breast cancer patient and participant in the PROSPECT clinical trial.

The free Q&A will be hosted by writer and broadcaster Annabel Crabb.

Organisers say that it is a common myth that more treatment is always better when it comes to breast cancer.

They say that, 40 years ago, our grandmothers and mothers were treated with radical mastectomies, which involved the removal of the entire breast, the skin and underlying muscle, as well as the lymph glands – as standard treatment. But since then, research has shown that more isn’t always the best approach.

Today, more women are surviving their breast cancer diagnosis than ever

before. And while we still have a long way to go before every patient has a treatment that is right for them and their unique situation, a new area of research has developed in recent years which is investing in patient wellbeing.

Called optimised treatment, researchers are investigating if a ‘less is more’ approach will give patients equally good or better outcomes. By reducing the amount and intensity of treatment that patients receive, it has the potential to reduce the side effects of treatment, which can often be long lasting.

Long-term side effects of breast cancer treatment can include heart problems, chronic pain, lymphedema, osteoporosis, cognitive dysfunction and more.

Optimised treatment means moving away from a one-size-fits-all approach to breast cancer treatment, towards better tailoring of treatments for patients.

It may provide doctors not just the knowledge on how to treat the disease but also how to better care for the patient as a whole.

To register for the event and pose a question to the panel, go here: qa-is-less-more-rethinking-breastcancer-treatment/

received a Kodak Instamatic, which I used sparingly, as the cost of developing photos took a fair chunk of my pocket money.

A few years later, we owned a Polaroid that spat out a photo in an instant. These days, we can snap, delete, repeat with just a mobile phone.

Remember waiting for camera film to be developed, only to discover holiday photos of people with missing heads or a finger across the corner of the shot?

I have a photo of my family standing in front of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco which does not feature the iconic bridge at all. The kind stranger who took the shot was slightly off with the

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The Zog Trail will be at The Ginger Factory for a year (to March) and I can recommend it (especially for easily-amused grandmas).

We didn’t finish the whole trail in one go because the two-year-old urgently needed morning tea.

I didn’t mind as I was happy to stop for coffee and a scone, topped with tasty, ginger marmalade and a dollop of cream, which is just another reason The Ginger Factory is worth a visit.


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Remembering a cool, suburban Oasis in its heyday

CHRIS CURRIE takes a dive into the State Library of Queensland’s collections to uncover the history of a popular swimming pool and tropical gardens.

Before backyard swimming pools and quick trips to the beach were part of a regular weekend, Brisbane locals often relied on private pools to cool off during sweltering summers.

None was more popular than Sunnybank’s Oasis Swimming Pool and Gardens.

Mrs Mabel Pottinger and her two sons Norman and Lewis founded The Oasis on the site of their commercial flower business and poultry farm, on the corner of Turton Street and Station Road, in the then mostly agricultural suburb.

The Pottingers opened their facilities to the public in 1938. The central feature was a hand-dug concrete pool, measuring 50 feet (15.2m) by 20 feet (6m). Water for the pool, surrounding gardens and four acres (1.6ha) of flower gardens was supplied by two sub-artesian bores, a well and over 600 metres of pipes.

The venue grew in popularity and size, particularly from 1942,

as thousands of American military personnel stationed in or sent to Brisbane began to frequent it as a rest and recreation venue.

Norman and Lewis added three more pools, a playground, small zoo, extensive aviaries, tearoom, fernery, dancefloor and reception centre that was used for many local weddings and events (including Norman’s own marriage).

Visitors would travel by tram

to the Moorooka terminus before taking a bus to the Oasis.

In Sunnybank – paddocks to pavements, held in the State Library’s collections, some bus drivers “vividly recall” ferrying up to 5000 patrons on one particularly busy day.

One of the hallmarks of a visit to the Oasis was the enforcement of strict dress standards by a gatekeeper stationed at the main entrance. One sign reportedly read: “Familiarity will not be

tolerated on these premises.”

Another sign – captured by amateur filmmaker Edgar Tolmie, whose motion picture archives are held at the State Library –makes the incongruous claim that management will not admit any person in a bathing costume. Errant patrons were asked to leave via a discreet side gate.

Interestingly, another recreation facility opened the very same year as the Oasis, but on the opposite street corner.

Named Acacia Gardens, it offered a slightly more downmarket experience than its opulent neighbour, with thousands enjoying its three pools and gardens for a much lower price until its demolition in 1984.

In 1966, the Pottinger family sold the site, but it continued to serve as a recreation and conference venue, even hosting a visit from Princess Anne in April 1970.

In 1989, with attendance numbers slumping (presumably

coinciding with more municipal baths, home swimming pools and easier access to nearby beaches), the land was sold and redeveloped as a housing estate. Today, a 70-year-old jacaranda tree on the corner of Turton Street and Station Road is the last remnant of this significant half-century of Brisbane’s recreational history.

The State Library of Queensland is home to a wealth of photographs, postcards, manuscripts and footage of the Oasis. If you have any of your own material relating to the Oasis, consider donating it to our John Oxley Library collection by emailing qldmemory@

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People relaxing by the swimming pool at the Oasis Gardens in Sunnybank

Mobile phones and plans demystified

EDIN READ pulls the veil from technology costs so you can understand what you might need and what you can live without.

Getting your head around the mobile phone industry these days is confusing. First, it’s the phone, then it’s the plan, and then it’s knowing how to use it.

I hope to offer some practical advice about what to look out for – and what to avoid.

I feel we’ve all been let down by the run of poor support from our main providers in the past, and I’m highly conscious of this.

As far as mobiles go, it’s hard to go wrong here, other than price. Today’s smartphones are so similar to one another, you can barely tell them apart.

There’s two main types of phones: Android and iOS. Android runs on most phones, such as Samsung, Google and Oppo, whereas iOS is only on Apple’s iPhone. It’s really a personal preference which you buy.

Personally, I use an Apple iPhone, which serves me well. You can go to your local tech store and try them out to see which type you prefer. Even ask your neighbour which they prefer and why.

I recommend sticking with what you know. If you’ve had an Android for the past 10 years, I don’t recommend changing to an iPhone, for example. The learning

curve isn’t extreme, but it’s certainly there. When picking your phone, look for something with at least 64GB of storage, and see if it’s got the features you want.

If you’re only using it for texts, calls and maybe some time on Facebook, you could put a blindfold on and pick any new phone and it would work pretty much just as well as the next one.

When selecting, be firm on your price point: usually around $500 gets you a reasonable Android, and iPhones are a $1000-plus. Anything more (such as Pro models), an extra camera and excess storage will likely go unused, as romantic

as those features may sound.

Once you’ve got the gear, getting the right plan is important. As far as I’m concerned, the most cost-efficient plan is the Aldi 4G 10GB data with unlimited calls and texts for $19 – the SIM-only plan. It’s got unlimited data rollover, so if you don’t use your data, then it goes on the next month’s plan automatically.

The Aldi plans are run on the Telstra network. To put it in perspective, Optus’s cheapest SIM-only plan is more than double at $49 per month and Telstra’s is $62 per month (both with a few more benefits, including 5G and more data).

You can also keep your number and it’s not complicated to set up. Plus, if you need more data, you can just upgrade your plan.

I know what you might be thinking: seriously, Aldi? I have tested its network on our business’s phones and it works flawlessly. For $19, the plan really is a great option.

For a pre-paid option, you can also go with Aldi and top up in $15 chunks, too. I do find the data and calling are quite expensive down this route, compared with the $19 plan.

The best step is to head to Aldi and pick up a SIM. You just sign up with your information and credit card on the website, and it charges you each month. Couldn’t be easier!

The third step is knowing how to use it. Understanding the quirks of your phone and getting a specialised one-to-one lesson on it will set you up for success, as well as any outstanding questions answered.

Thankfully, this is where Greyology can help. Feel free to give me a call and we can set up a time.

Edin Read is founder and chief technician at Greyology Tech Support for Seniors. Visit

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Time bandits are on a mission, so be vigilant


Never forget: it’s our time. The winter solstice has the shortest day but the longest night. Summer solstice is the reverse. But at the end of the day, every day, 24 hours will pass.

Everyone wants a piece of our 24 hours and if we drop our guard for a moment, they’ll take it. We unconditionally devote time to loved ones, willingly share designated workdays with colleagues, and dutifully allow hours for mundane necessities.

Then there are what I call ‘time bandits’. These opportunistic predators arrive uninvited to drag us away from our productive or pleasurable activities.

They range from minor annoyances such as telemarketers, to major disruptions caused by emergencies where our presence is essential. We deal with dozens of distractions every day, but the biggest, meanest, nastiest, most-relentless time bandit of them all is chronic disease.

Those of us living with a chronic illness learn to deal with the symptoms and treatment regimen. We might allocate time for exercise, drug-taking, special meal preparation, examinations and meditation.

However, chronic conditions have no


If only chronic disease was as loveable as these Time Bandits

concept of time or timing. They sneak in with one malevolent intention: to steal great chunks of our precious 24 hours. Flare-ups, complications and drug interactions are unpredictable. We never know how severe reactions will be if or when they may occur. The chronic disease time bandit will strike. It’s just a matter of when and how much time it will plunder.

As if unpredictability doesn’t raise anxiety and stress, there is an even greater temporal disruptor at play here: the insidious time bandit. This outrageous and cunning mutant wears a tattoo where its heart should be that reads: “The anticipation of pain is worse than pain itself”.

We often spend inordinate amounts

of time imagining reoccurrences, often anticipating greater severity than previously experienced. Sinister time theft at its best.

This diabolical time bandit preys on our most-critical vulnerability, injecting emotional catalysts such as doubt, fear, insecurity and desperation to break down our resistance.

We first need to smoke this bandit out. Whenever we find ourselves catastrophising (and it will happen), we need to pull out of over-thinking freefall and regain control of our precious time.

A simple technique is to construct an internal dialogue with the bandit.

Acknowledge the bandit’s intention and firmly declare that we have far more important things to do than dwell on the intangible world of imagination. With that, bid the bandit adieu and get back to living our lives, on our terms, at our pace.

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Charlie Griffiths is a certified life coach and NLP practitioner dedicated to helping middle-aged professionals who are struggling with career decisions after being diagnosed with a chronic disease.

Many helping hands can ease the burden


KENILWORTH resident Suzanne Read is facilitating her first Beyond the Widow Retreat from August 15-18 at Obi Obi Homestead.

Her inaugural retreat comes three years after releasing her first book From Wife to Widow which was an account of watching her late husband Robert go through the ups and downs of being diagnosed with leukaemia. A disease that has a staggering death rate, leukaemia has intensive treatments and caused Robert to lose his fight for life in June 2019.

After resigning from her corporate executive role, settling into country life outside of Kenilworth on 14ha, writing two books and recently marrying the next love of her life, Suzanne is offering four-day retreats for the widowed.

Her retreats offer widows a community of like-minded people who have loved and lost. They are a source of physical, emotional and mental tools to enable women to open their heart and deal with life’s challenges, and support them to find a purpose that helps deal with fear and loneliness and allows them to feel worthy again.

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KAILAS ROBERTS illustrates how a team approach to dementia management is needed to cover all bases for patients’ health and wellbeing.

In my clinic, I have colleagues who are passionate and skilled when it comes to working with people with dementia, as well as their families and carers. They are predominantly allied health practitioners. And I often think that the support they provide is more valuable than what I, as a medical practitioner, can offer.

You see, dementia is a condition that affects multiple aspects of your wellbeing and health.

The stereotype of forgetfulness does a woeful job of capturing the complexity of the condition.

Sometimes the forgetfulness is only a minor issue (not all types of dementia have this as a key component). And even if it is pronounced, the day-to-day effect of it may be eclipsed by other moreproblematic symptoms.

I want to highlight the roles of the allied health specialists when it comes to managing dementia.

Firstly, physiotherapists: whenever anyone asks me what the best thing is you can do for your brain, I have a reflexive answer – be physically active. There is some evidence that regular physical exercise may influence the

trajectory of early dementia, with the improvement in blood supply to the brain as well as the promotion of growth factors such as BDNF (brain-derived neurotrophic factor) – crucial for nerve cell health.

As most people with dementia tend to be in the elder years, this comes with physical challenges that may impede the ability to keep active. Physiotherapists are skilled at creating tailored routines that allow people to safely keep active. They also play a vital element in preventing falls – the outcomes of which can be catastrophic, of course.

Next, we have clinical psychologists. The psychological repercussions of

dementia can be profound – both for the person with the condition and their family members and carers. There are themes of loss and grief for many and there is the real impact of carer stress which can wreak havoc on a person’s mental and physical health and wellbeing. A psychologist is skilled at providing strategies to manage the situation and is also someone outside of the family to talk to. I have often found that family members do not want to let each other know about their problems, lest they burden them further at an already stressful time.

Third, we have neuropsychologists who undergo similar training initially to clinical psychologists but then become skilled at cognitive assessment.

They can provide invaluable information about what parts of a person’s brain is working well and not.

This can help with diagnosis but also allows the neuropsychologist to work with the person and teach them ways to best navigate day-to-day life in spite of their cognitive deficits.

Occupational therapists (OTs) are also very helpful. One of their main roles is to ensure that the physical environment

– the home of the person with dementia – is optimised. Simple things such as hand rails and extra supports in the bathroom can make all the difference to independence and allow people to stay in their own home for longer.

It can also be beneficial to engage a speech therapist to facilitate communication (which can falter with dementia) and to evaluate the person’s ability to swallow, reducing the risk of choking.

Finally, although not an official allied health stream, we have an aged care navigator at our clinic (who is an OT by trade). Their job involves helping others navigate the complexity of funding and supports and the behemoth that is MyAgedCare. This is a daunting task and help is often greatly appreciated.

The best approach to dementia is one that involves a team approach, and the importance of allied health practitioners should not be underestimated.

Kailas Roberts is a psychogeriatrician and author of Mind Your Brain: The Essential Australian Guide to Dementia, now available at all good bookstores and online. Visit or

knows only too well how chronic disease can rob us of great chunks of our daily lives.

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Why this Outlander exceeds many expectations

BRUCE MCMAHON checks out a new hybrid SUV that has plenty of pluses if you’re thinking about transitioning.

Mitsubishi’s plug-in hybrid Outlander Exceed Tourer is a sensible, expensive and quite cosseting ride for the 2020s.

Outlanders were once cheap and cheerful wagons with some rough road ability – a handy option for knock-around family transport.

Today, there’s a range of these Japanese SUVs – in two- or all-wheeldrive, five- or seven-seat configurations – that takes off from around $50,000 and heads north to about $75,000.

Among the Outlander line-up, Mitsubishi has, for a time, offered PHEV versions: plug-in hybrid electric vehicles with petrol motor, electric motor and batteries which can be charged from a powerpoint.

Done right (keeping the 20kWh battery charged) and the factory reckons it’ll run at about 1.5 litres per 100km.

In the real world, combining suburban rides and highway cruises, it’s a good bit more than that: more like 6-8 litres per 100km. The benefits are running urban errands where Mitsubishi says there’s 84km of battery range (count on around 60 kilometres at least).

It’s a quiet ride in the all-wheel-drive

Exceed Tourer version – one of the most expensive of Outlander PHEVs – whether it’s rolling all electric or petrol electric. Transition from one power plant to the other is seamless and when the 2.4-litre petrol engine combines with the electric motors on the front and rear axles, for a total of 185kW of power and 450Nm of torque, there’s a fair amount of easy shove to get going.

This particular high-end version of Outlander PHEVs starts from about

$71,790 and it’s very much a gentle folk’s car from sparkling paint finish to plush front seats with a back massage function. There’s good room across the 4.7m-long wagon, although that third row of seats is best left to the grandkids. Not only is the Exceed Tourer quiet and comfortable, there’s the fuel economy, the premium (for the most part) interior, all the latest in safety, comfort and convenience features and decent ride comfort.

With all-wheel-drive, the Mitsubishi is well-mannered out on the road and, with a selection of drive modes for different types of rough tracks, quite happy to tackle indifferent road conditions.

A driver sits in a plush, lounge-like chair with instrumentation and controls all relatively straight forward and easily understood. Best of the digital graphics is the bar showing how much new power’s gone back to the battery by regeneration when slowing and braking the wagon. Pity the drivers behind.

Of course, there’s always the chief option of charging with a fast charger or even a 240 outlet at home, though that last move would just about take all night (and with a petrol motor on hand, this PHEV option obviates the need to search high and low for a working, and available, fast charger if out touring the countryside).

This upmarket PHEV Mitsubishi Exceed Tourer goes about its business quietly, without fuss. It’s a premium drive at a premium price that suits a well-measured and quieter lifestyle.

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Let there be (natural) light for good health

TRISTAN Hall reminds us that sunlight and social connections may have more benefits than we realise.

The Pillar of Health is often one that can be overlooked, particularly as we can be led to believe we have little control over our surroundings and are unable to really make an impact.

But have you ever considered that while our bodies are a result and response to our environment, we can use this to our advantage?

If the plant in the corner of your room starts to die and the leaves shrivel, more water or fertiliser aren’t going to bring it back to life.

In the same way, when we are indoors at home or in the office for long periods of time, several days a week, we, too, are missing a key element of growth.

Our body relies on the full spectrum light and the natural rhythms of exposure throughout the day to regulate our concentration, stress responses, mood, blood pressure, body temperature and even our immune and digestive systems.

Full spectrum light (from the sun) is different to the lights we use indoors and on screens, and it has a

greater effect on our body than we realise. In a simplified primal sense, our brain is wired to know that ‘blue light = blue sky’, signifying it’s daytime and we should be alert and active. Cortisol is heightened to fuel the alertness and action.

Artificial light sources are predominantly blue light emitting (unless the bulbs have a very warm glow). I’m sure you can piece together how the response to these lights may be unhelpful over long hours or in the evening as we wind down. The greater our cortisol levels are stimulated, the less our body receives signals for recovery – impacting sleep or digestion.

While modern lifestyles demand our time indoors, getting intermittent natural light throughout the day helps with regulation of energy, immunity, moods and concentration.

Our social environment and connection also play a vital role with health. We are social beings that desire connection – where depth is more valuable than breadth. Creating meaningful and deepened relationships with family and friends provides many benefits. Particularly with an influx of ‘feel-good’ hormones and a sense of safety/acceptance with others, our body is better able to combat stress and promote recovery and regulation.

Bringing intentionality to our physical and social environment can be a key factor in helping our health thrive. How can you set your environment to help combat stress and better regulate your energy?

Tristan Hall is an exercise physiologist at Full Circle Wellness. Call 0431 192 284 or visit



A GROUP of us from the Redcliffe Peninsula decided to go to Townsville for the recent long weekend in May to watch the Dolphins NRL club go head-to-head with the Cowboys.

None of us are under 50 and, at nearly 69, I am the oldest. Our Townsville friends and hosts had arranged a daily dose of exercise while we were in town, and that included an early morning walk/jog along The Strand, a walk up the famous Castle Hill and a hike around Mt Louisa.

So, although we ate out and had a great time socially, we did plenty of exercise.

Some in our group are obviously fitter that others but everyone was catered for and no one was left behind in the activity stakes. I would grade the climbing activities as strenuous. Our hosts made sure we worked to our physical capacity, adjusting the program accordingly.

The point I am making is that everyone attempted the set activities because they were adjusted to the individual. Had that not been the case, it is entirely possible and more likely probable that some of the exercise may not have been attempted by one or two attendees.

Encouraging people to exercise can be challenging and all sorts of things come into consideration, of course, including our approach, motivation, weather and the way exercise is presented.

Incidental exercise for senior citizens may be the best option, and easily achieved. If you are conducting or planning exercise at any level for seniors, make sure encouragement is always given and challenges set at any occupant’s ability and fitness levels.

Tom Law is the author of Tom’s Law Fit Happens. Visit



PEACE of mind – that’s what I realise in-home care gives.

It’s peace of mind for the person who needs it, first and foremost, but also for their loved ones.

In-home care allows an individual to keep their independence for as long as possible, remaining in the comfort and security of familiar surroundings, but

knowing others are keeping an eye on their welfare from a professional perspective (without further burdening family, friends and neighbours).

I know this first-hand, having arranged for services to make my older brother’s life a little easier.

A born-and-bred Brisbane boy, he moved to the Sunshine Coast in his early 70s after almost a lifetime of working in Victoria.

Always fit and robust, he was living on his own in a small flat, close to amenities, clubs and services.

His quality of life had improved

enormously. But an episode of confusion on a walk into town led to a short hospitalisation and the diagnosis of a form of dementia.

That came as a huge shock to all, but it also was the catalyst for action – specifically for me to organise his My Aged Care to ensure he could receive the in-home services he needed.

At that stage, he was still able to look after himself, day to day.

But, an assessment and approval for a Home Care Package meant he could then have someone come in weekly to do a little cleaning, as well as share a cup of tea and conversation.

I went online, read reviews, compared costs and, most importantly, sought the opinions and advice of older friends who had been through a similar process with their family members.

Once we found what we believed to be the provider best suited, my brother and I held meetings with staff in his flat to ask questions, understand options and start the process of this new chapter in his independent living.

Step by step, the staff members walked us through his Home Care Package, what services were available – even social outings he could look forward to – and we agreed upon ‘helpers’ who seemed a good fit for him.

It also set in motion a schedule of professionals to drop in, ask all the

right questions, and make the observations needed to check for any further deterioration. They also suggested minor modifications such as non-slip mats.

None of us knew how short a time those in-home services would be needed before a reassessment forced his transition to higher care.

But giving my brother an easier, simpler life at the time was priceless.

The professional, friendly experience opened my eyes to what is available in the community and put all our minds at ease.

Like any loved one, I wanted to honour his wishes to stay at home in familiar surroundings, but also worried about his safety and whether he was looking after himself well. I couldn’t be around 24/7.

In-home care were the many hands, extra sets of eyes and new perspective we needed for that peace of mind.

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AS WE get older, the basics of living can become trickier.

While the prospect of engaging with aged care services can feel daunting, accessing the right support at the right time is the best way to improve wellbeing and stay safe.

The Australian Government subsidises in-home aged care under two streams: the Commonwealth Home Support Programme and Home Care Packages.

What is the Commonwealth Home Support Programme?

The Commonwealth Home Support Program is described as helping “older Australians access entry-level support services to live independently and safely at home”.

What that means is that services should support you in building or maintaining your capacity at home. It’s all about helping you protect your independence so you can stay safely and happily in your own home.

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THE staff at Comlink Australia believe in enriching the lives of older Australians.

With an unwavering support and commitment to customised care, staff aim to stand beside older Australians every step of the way on their journey towards healthy ageing.

Tailored home care – ComLink wants you to live in your home and engage with your community, and is passionate about helping you do just that. It provides comprehensive support to empower you to continue to live independently in the comfort of your own home.

From household help with chores to personal care, its Home Care Packages are tailored to your unique needs and aspirations. But the care goes beyond the basics. With a Comlink Australia Home Care Package, you can also access opportunities for safe transportation, assisted shopping and social group outings – enhancing your quality of life and fostering a sense of connection.

Social support: combatting isolation with connectivity – Social isolation and loneliness affect far too many older Australians. Comlink Australia is on a mission to change this.

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Celebrating Eight and a Half Years of Empowering Retirement and Aged Care: A New Milestone

IT IS WITH GREAT PLEASURE that we reflect on eight and a half years of dedicated service as we proudly announce the opening of our newest office at 2/17 Middle Street, Cleveland. This milestone marks not only a testament to our growth but also reaffirms our unwavering commitment to providing exceptional support in retirement and aged care transitions.

Since our inception, we have embarked on a mission to guide and support individuals and families through the intricate maze of retirement and aged care decisions. Our journey has been to offer comprehensive assistance to individuals and families navigating the complexities of retirement and aged care. We recognise the diverse challenges inherent in this journey and have developed a suite of services to address these needs with professionalism and expertise.

At Retirement Care Solutions, we recognise the unique challenges that accompany ageing and retirement. That is why we deliver services tailored to address the changing needs of our clients. From facilitating retirement living and aged care placements to navigating funding options, from creating downsizing strategies to providing estate planning guidance, our consultancy endeavours to alleviate the uncertainty often associated with these pivotal life stages.

We understand the importance of tailored solutions. That is why we extend an invitation to all those embarking on this journey to partake in a complimentary onehour discovery session. During this consultation, we dedicate ourselves to understanding your unique needs

and aspirations, providing insights into the retirement and aged care process, and empowering you to make informed decisions.

As we embark on this new chapter, we are filled with gratitude for the trust placed in us by our clients and partners. We are committed to continuing our pursuit of excellence, driven by a passion for making a meaningful difference in the lives of those we serve.

Here’s to eight and a half years of growth, learning, and unwavering dedication. We look forward to the opportunities and challenges that lie ahead as we continue to redefine excellence in retirement and aged care consultancy.

of purpose. The Social Support programs are designed to keep you interacting with your community. Whether it’s enjoying a meal with one of the volunteers or participating in the intergenerational play program, the diverse range of services caters to your interests and promotes your health and wellbeing.

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WHEN age-related health concerns, decreasing mobility, memory loss or social isolation start to overwhelm your daily living, help is at hand.

Aged care support is available to help older people maintain their independence and to be happy, healthy and safe in their own homes.

Jubilee Community Care senior client support coordinator Nicky Panagopoulos says Home Care Package services, organised through the federal government’s My Aged Care, could be tailored to an individual’s needs to help them with daily living.

“Older people with higher care needs can access a wide array of services personalised to their needs, abilities and goals – including personal care, domestic assistance, medication assistance, nursing care, allied health services, transport, meal preparation, social support and more,” Mrs Panagopoulos says.

“With a team of dedicated and experienced client coordinators and support workers, Jubilee Community Care provides compassionate support that ensures every aspect of care is designed to promote a client’s wellbeing and enhance their quality of life.”

Since 1989, Jubilee, a not-for-profit aged care provider in Indooroopilly, has

serviced Brisbane’s northern, western and south-western suburbs.

“People are our priority and good relationships are important to us,” Mrs Panagopoulos says.

“Supporting older people in the community to live safe, healthy, active and fulfilled lives is core to our vision.

“A recent Jubilee client survey found 97 per cent of respondents were happy with Jubilee as a service provider and 98 per cent said they would recommend Jubilee to others.

“That speaks volumes about our wonderful employees and the professional, caring culture which sees our clients and their families treated with kindness, dignity and respect.’’

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Light domestics and home maintenance

Shopping assistance, respite and companionship

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7 ways to self-fund your retirement beyond superannuation

Superannuation is the first thought when it comes to self-funding retirement. But HELEN BAKER says it is hardly the one-and-only option.

Just as we have choice in how and where we work to earn a living, many people have options in how to fund their retirement.

It is possible and sometimes preferable to leave your superannuation untouched, allowing it to continue growing. Some or all of your income can come from alternative sources instead.


For many who own their own homes, the equity accrued over decades can eclipse the funds in superannuation. But it’s theoretical money only until it is unlocked. Selling up the family home and downsizing – or rightsizing – for retirement allows you to pocket those gains tax-free and simultaneously relocate to a more suitable home with lower upkeep costs.

A downsizer contribution of up to $300,000 from the proceeds can be made to boost your super, and the remainder used to fund living expenses or actively invested. Remember that while the sale proceeds of your home are tax-free, any future profits or interest earned from that money will be taxable.



Semi-retirement allows you to step into retirement gradually. You continue

earning income and super while working part-time, and keep a foot in the workforce while testing the waters of your newfound free time.

Doing so offers scope to move into different roles, such as passing on your skills to future generations by teaching/ training others in your field of expertise, or taking employment in a new area that interests you and is closer to home.


Retirement from a full-time position presents a good opportunity to pursue self-employment. With more time and fewer commitments, you have greater scope to turn your hobby into a business or leverage your professional skills and reputation as an external consultant. For the self-employed and those with a family business, director’s loan repayments

from the company are typically tax-free. These offer a potentially lucrative income source and means of extracting previous investments into the business without selling your ownership stake.


Rental income (from residential or commercial properties) can supplement or even provide a generous source of income. The same applies to dividends from shares. These are likely to be more profitable if you own them well before retirement. Income that is surplus to your everyday needs can be reinvested using tax-effective strategies to grow your future returns.


A family trust could be used to house investments for yourself and other relatives, building inter-generational wealth. Trusts allow funds to be allocated to beneficiaries to manage marginal tax rates and stretch the money further, you have control over how income is split between different family members, plus flexibility for changing circumstances.


You may not realise the value in items you have collected over the years: wine, artwork, jewellery, vintage cars and antiques, for example. Rather than have them collect dust or pay to store them, they

could be sold to fund your living costs or new investments. Where possible, avoid selling growth assets in a depressed market: wait until you can extract maximum value.



Part-pensions are not only possible but valuable in making your superannuation stretch further. And they still entitle you to a concession card with its benefits over healthcare, transport and more. Take these savings even further by requesting pensioner discounts with other companies, on everything from utilities to travel and insurance to eating out. Don’t overestimate the value of your assets as part of the means test. It’s a common mistake that can wrongly deny you a full or part-pension. Helen Baker is a licensed Australian financial adviser and author of On Your Own Two Feet: The Essential Guide to Financial Independence for all Women. Visit

Disclaimer: The information in these articles is of a general nature only and does not constitute personal financial or product advice. Any opinions or views expressed are those of the authors and do not represent those of this publication, or people, institutions or organisations they may be associated with in a professional or personal capacity unless explicitly stated.

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ONE thing we have learned after years of work in elder law is that all the clients have their own story.

They are individuals, and it is our duty to provide tailor-made, bespoke advice for their particular circumstances.

One of the very pleasant aspects of practising in this field is getting to know some very interesting people who have lived full and rich lives.

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journey through life. They have ‘old school values’ – honesty, courtesy and wisdom, and they are entitled to receive the same from their lawyers.

Elder law relates to aged care, wills and estates, and retirement village or manufactured home (over-50s resort) purchases.

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INVESTING in commercial property in Australia offers several compelling advantages over residential property.

Offices, retail spaces and industrial buildings typically offer significantly higher returns compared with residential assets.

Additionally, businesses often sign longer lease agreements, providing investors with stable and predictable income streams compared with the shorter, one-year leases common in residential properties.

This reduces the risk of vacancy and provides a more-consistent cash flow.

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Are young people smarter than older adults?

WPROFESSOR STEPHEN BADHAM says his research shows cognitive differences between generations are diminishing. that increases in IQ are levelling off,  such that, in the most recent couple of decades, young adults are no more cognitively able than young adults born shortly beforehand.

e often assume young people are smarter, or at least quicker, than older people. For example, we’ve all heard that scientists, and even more so mathematicians, carry out their most important work when they’re comparatively young.

But my new research, published in Developmental Review, suggests that cognitive differences between the old and young are tapering off over time. This is hugely important as stereotypes about the intelligence of people in their sixties or older may be holding them back – in the workplace and beyond.

Cognitive ageing is often measured by comparing young adults, aged 18-30, to older adults, aged 65 and over. There are a variety of tasks that older adults do not perform well on compared to young adults, such as memory, spatial ability and speed of processing, which often form the basis of IQ tests. That said, there are a few tasks that older people do better at than younger people, such as reading comprehension

cognition have been measured as dropping in adults as young as just 25.

Often, it is only when people reach older age that these effects add up to a noticeable amount. Common complaints consist of walking into a room and forgetting why you entered, as well as difficulty remembering names and struggling to drive in the dark.

The trouble with comparison

Sometimes, comparing young adults to older adults can be misleading, though. The two generations were brought up in different times, with different levels of education, healthcare and nutrition. They also lead different daily lives, with some older people having lived though a world war while the youngest generation is growing up with the internet.

Most of these factors favour the younger generation, and this can explain a proportion of their advantage in cognitive tasks.

Indeed, much existing research shows that IQ has been improving globally

Together, these factors may underlie the current result: namely, that cognitive differences between young and older adults are diminishing over time. New results

My research began when my team started getting strange results in our lab. We found that often the age differences we were getting between young and older adults was smaller or absent, compared to prior research from early 2000s.

This prompted me to start looking at trends in age differences across the psychological literature in this area. I uncovered a variety of data that compared young and older adults from the 1960s up to the current day. I plotted this data against year of publication, and found that age deficits have been getting smaller over the last six decades.

in the same tests. I analysed studies using these data sets to look at older adults.

I found that, just like younger people, older adults were indeed becoming more cognitively able with each cohort. But if differences are disappearing, does that mean younger people’s improvements in cognitive ability have slowed down or that older people’s have increased?

I analysed data from my own laboratory that I had gathered over a seven-year period to find out. Here, I was able to dissociate the performance of the young from the performance of the older. I found that each cohort of young adults was performing to a similar extent across this seven-year period, but that older adults were showing improvements in both processing speed and vocabulary scores.

I believe the older adults of today are benefiting from many of the factors previously most applicable to young adults. For example, the number of children who went to school increased significantly in the 1960s – with the system being more similar to what it is today than what it was at the start of the 20th century.

This is being reflected in that cohort’s increased scores today, now they are older adults. At the same time, young adults have hit a ceiling and are no longer improving as

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It is not entirely clear why the young generations have stopped improving so much. Some research has  explored maternal age, mental health and even evolutionary trends. I favour the opinion that there is just a natural ceiling – a limit to how much factors such as education, nutrition and health can improve cognitive performance.

These data have important implications for research into dementia. For example, it is possible that a modern older adult in the early stages of dementia might pass a dementia test that was designed 20 or 30 years ago for the general population at that time.

Therefore, as older adults are performing better in general than previous generations, it may be necessary to revise definitions of dementia that depend on an individual’s expected level of ability.

Ultimately, we need to rethink what it means to become older.

And there’s finally some good news. Ultimately, we can expect to be more cognitively able than our grandparents were when we reach their age.

Stephen Badham is Professor of Psychology, Nottingham Trent University.

This article first appeared in The Conversation. Read the article in full here: are-young-people-smarter-than-older-adults-myresearch-shows-cognitive-differences-betweengenerations-are-diminishing-229132


DOCTORS are leading a fresh push for all drivers aged 75 and older to have yearly health checks but say driving tests should be up to regulators.

The Victorian government is resisting the calls but the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners (RACGP) wants Victoria to introduce age-based regulations in line with other states.

“Our ability to respond to shocks, changes in weather conditions, kids running out on the roads chasing a ball – all of those things happen quite suddenly,”

RACGP vice-president Michael Clements says. “We do need all of our faculties to carry out that appropriately.”

Council on the Ageing Victoria and Seniors Rights Victoria chief executive Chris Potaris says mandatory driving tests for older drivers would be “ageist and arbitrary”. Driving should be based on ability and costly medical tests could prompt older people to relinquish their licence prematurely, which could leave them isolated, he says. – AAP.


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LEADING over-50s lifestyle resort developer GemLife recently opened the doors to a new $12.5 million country club in Palmwoods.

The architecturally designed, 4800 sqm country club, inspired by the natural beauty of the Sunshine Coast hinterland, features a huge range of facilities including a heated indoor pool and spa, tenpin bowling, luxury cinema, bar and coffee lounge, wine room, virtual golf and much more.

GemLife director and CEO Adrian Puljich says the three-level country club, exclusive for the resort’s homeowners, would become the heart of the community, creating vibrant social and recreational spaces while capitalising on the lush subtropical surroundings.

“It will cater to a host of recreational pursuits and opportunities to socialise, whether catching up at the bar or cafe, getting creative in the arts studio or workshop, picking out a new read at the library, going to the hair salon or taking to the dancefloor – to name a few,” Adrian says.

“We know our over-50s are staying healthier and living longer and, as they

get older, they prioritise activities that mean the most to them – from friendships to fitness and simply feeling good.

“GemLife Palmwoods is designed to meet that benchmark every day.”

The country club also houses a well-equipped gym, sauna, games and entertainment room and hair salon.

On the lower ground level are a residents’ workshop, floodlit tennis court, yoga studio, covered lawn bowls green and al fresco space with sunken lounge areas.

When completed, the residential resort will comprise 204 homes.

The final homes in Stage 3 are now selling, in addition to a limited number of premium bush-outlook homes with green views.

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BABY Boomers – Australia’s largest-ever generation of retirees – have firm opinions about the lifestyle they demand as they age and they want it known they have retired from the office, not from life.

A landmark study has uncovered that the generation born between 1946 and 1965 is repurposing for a productive and active future without the responsibilities of work and family. The advice boomers wish to share with the young is: travel earlier, marry later, don’t smoke, drink less, stay active and buy land.

The inaugural Ageing Australia Study, commissioned by Aveo, received insights from more than 1000 members of the booming ‘Grey Wave’ who represent 21.5 per cent of Australia’s population.

Aveo CEO Tony Randello says the study’s findings will help shape Aveo’s communities of the future.

“The results were enlightening but not unexpected for the demographic who view themselves as the ‘lucky generation’,” Mr Randello says.

“They are a generation who revelled in their independence, were self-sufficient, adventurous, enjoyed a higher standard of living than their parents and they demand to continue living this way.

“The next decade will be one of great opportunity for the retirement living sector as we meet the high expectations of boomers while also playing a vital role in supporting the general demand for housing supply across Australia.

“By meeting the needs of retirees and downsizers, retirement living communities are helping to free up desperately needed family homes for the next generation.

“We create places and services where retirees thrive.

“The survey highlights the desire of boomers to live where there is a real sense of community and belonging, but a high standard of living, entertainment, health and wellness facilities to indulge their passions and interests.”

One survey respondent said: “In your 60s, you are not old. We are taking part in and moving forward with life. We don’t

want to get left behind. We need to grab and use the next 20 years.”

Another said: “The older generation is finding purpose in the younger generation’s lives. We are life counsellors who trade lived experience for the vibrancy of the young. We show empathy, have life experience to impart, are good listeners and counsellors.”

Several survey respondents work part-time. Many are active volunteers who express a desire to give back and use life experiences to help others.

Craig Hunter, managing director of Blacksheep Strategic Group, which compiled the report, says the research highlights valuable life lessons from a generation that remembers a carefree childhood, where they learnt respect and inherited a sense of frugality from their parents who lived through the Great Depression and world wars.

“The Ageing Australia Study found that boomers are proud of their strong sense of individuality and not easily influenced by others around them,” Mr Hunter says.

“Boomers were young when their children left home, they worked for longer, are open minded, healthier and lifestyle oriented.

“Unlike their parents’ generation who only socialised with people of their age, 68 per cent of those surveyed said they encourage and enjoy friendships with others younger than themselves.

“They consider themselves good listeners and counsellors and enjoy the vibrancy of the younger generations, with one respondent describing the way they were able to ‘subtlety shape the character of our younger friends’.”

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LOUISE GOLDEN delves behind the pages to uncover a well-travelled author.

Brisbane author and retiree John Fiennes has donned many hats. He’s been an army national serviceman, spent half-a-dozen years as a university student in Australia and France, as well as being a part-time gigolo and porn stud, a dairy farmhand, a novice in a Trappist monastery and a guesthouse-keeper – not to mention 35 years as a teacher and education administrator.

It’s been John’s love of reading, writing and travelling, however, which have brought him the most satisfaction.

At age 22, he set off to undertake postgraduate studies at the University of Bordeaux, which he juggled alongside an English assistant position in a prestigious school, in return for board and keep.

Six decades of international travel, mostly to France and other Frenchspeaking territories, followed.

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THE Brendale Evening VIEW Club members last month enjoyed a night of information, fun and laughter.

Guest speaker Carol Fitzpatrick gave an in-depth look into retirement villages – sparking many questions.

In upcoming events, on June 18, the guest speaker will be national councillor Lyall Aldridge. There will be raffles plus lucky door prizes. On July 6, the club will host another Brendale Sausage Sizzle.

Dinner meetings are held on the third Tuesday of the month at Aspley Hornets Football Club, 50 Graham Road, Carseldine, at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. You will be most welcomed as a visitor. It is important to book beforehand: contact Shayne on 0409 991 428.


ARANA VIEW Club is urging the local community to give generously to The Smith Family’s Winter Appeal this year, to support thousands of children and young people with their education.

The education charity is aiming to raise $7.2 million nationally to help 17,000 additional students across Australia take part in its proven learning and mentoring programs.

The Arana club meets on the first Wednesday of the month at Arana Leagues Club, Dawson Parade, Grovely, from 10.30am. A two-course lunch is offered for $35, including tea and coffee. Contact Carol on 3355 5349 by noon the Thursday before the meeting if you wish to attend.


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CAMERATA has established itself as a chamber orchestra of national significance.

In this concert, Camerata embarks on a visionary reimagining of Vivaldi’s Four Seasons masterpiece, intertwining it with the groundbreaking works of the world’s foremost contemporary composers.

Max Richter’s expressive arrangements from his acclaimed album, Recomposed by Max Richter, adds a contemporary flair, while Astor Piazzolla’s sultry tango rendition of Spring infuses

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SAND weaves together Belloo’s poetic storytelling with the exceptional musicality of Taikoz, First Nations wisdom, awardwinning dancers and projection.

Drawing inspiration from ancient Japanese mythology and the rich narratives of Quandamooka Country, this world premiere of this mesmerising production explores the impermanence of our world. The thrilling theatrical performance features an original score from Taikoz and an incredible team of First Nations artists and dancers.

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works created by New Zealand Arts Laureate Daniel Belton and Good Company Arts, which incorporates First Nations Elder Uncle Norman Enoch’s knowledge about Minjerribah (Stradbroke Island) and its shifting sands.

Sand promises to be a breathtaking production, defying convention and igniting the senses as it celebrates coming home and the inherent beauty of our natural world.

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THE pioneers of the Australian rock’n’roll era have come together in concert for the first time in 60 years.

The Good Old Days of Rock’n’roll is an exciting and memory riddled show presented by Bob McKinnon.

From television shows including Johnny O’Keefe’s Six O’Clock Rock and Brian Henderson’s Bandstand, so

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This is not a tribute concert. Audiences will re-live all the original hits from the hitmakers themselves: Little Pattie, Digger Revell, Jade Hurley, Dinah Lee and Lucky Starr.

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MANDOLINISTS Nonie Malone, Marian Zaunbrecher and Helen Dacy take to the stage, along with 70 others, at St John’s Cathedral in an evening of enchanting music in the Sounds of the River City concert.

A rare event hosted by Mandolins In Brisbane with the support of the Federation of Australasian Mandolin Ensembles, this is the culmination of a week of intensive rehearsal by plucked strings players from across the country.

The musicians are aged from 16 to 85, from all walks of life and of varying abilities – proof that age is no barrier to being musically active or to learning new things.

Conductor Richard Charlton, a Sydney-based guitarist and composer, and Brisbane local Tara Lynam have each composed a new work, which together portray the city in music in a once-in-a-decade event, which is proudly supported by the Brisbane City Council.

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THERE’S nothing better than warm, delicious comfort food to welcome in winter. And this recipe is easy and economical, too.



• 1kg lean beef mince

• 500g frozen mixed vegetables

• 2 x 500g jar pasta sauce

• 1kg mashed potato (such as Birds Eye Traditional Mashed Potato). Method:

In a large, non-stick frying pan over a medium heat, brown the mince and season with sea salt and cracked pepper. Add the frozen vegetables and stir. Pour over the pasta sauce and mix well. Reduce the heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Pour the mince into a pie dish and top with mashed potato. Season well. Bake for 20 minutes or until the potato is golden brown.

This recipe is from 4 Ingredients’ The Easiest One Pot

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AN AFTERNOON at the Proms is a grand musical extravaganza hosted by loveable violin maestro Ian Cooper.

It features Proms favourites including Jerusalem, Land of Hope and Glory, Rule Britannia and Radetzky March

Cooper pays homage to the BBC Proms of London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall with his Blue Danube Orchestra and guest Opera Australia vocalists, while tipping his hat to the Royal Edinburgh Military Tattoo with the City Of Brisbane Pipe Band. Brace yourself for an unforgettable experience filled with enchantment and splendour. Watch as the curtain rises and the stage comes alive with The Sound of

Music, The Toreador Song from Bizet’s Carmen, Schubert’s soul-stirring Ave

Maria and the combined marching band and orchestra performing anthems including Scotland the Brave, Amazing Grace, March of the British Grenadiers and the majestic Highland Cathedral.

To add to the festive atmosphere, flags and noise-makers will be available for purchase at the venue.

WHEN: Saturday, June 22, at 2pm.

WHERE: Redland Performing Arts Centre, 2-16 Middle Street, Cleveland.

TICKETS: $76.50-$99 (booking fees: $5.30 by phone and $6.40 online per transaction), via or by calling 3829 8131.


THIS is a Chordiality concert of songs including Johannes Brahms’ Op. 52 Liebeslieder-Walzer and Op. 65 Neue Liebeslieder. Composed in his late 30s, these songs drew speculation that they were inspired by his frustrated love for pianist and composer Clara Schumann.

The choir will be joined by four soloists from Brisbane’s premier professional choral ensemble, One Equal Music: Tom Holownia, Eleanor Adeney, Maddy Gibbs and James Fox.

Music director Brett Sturdy will conduct the performance and, with accompanist Simon Carl, play Brahms’ four-hand piano accompaniment.

WHEN: Sunday, June 16, 2.30pm.

WHERE: Christ Church, corner Central Avenue and Ninth Avenue, St Lucia.

TICKETS: Adults $25, students $10, family (2 adults, 2 students) $60, Primary school children free. Includes light refreshments. Book at

THE DAWN DRESSED IN WHITE SUNSHINE Coast clarinettist Sacha Gibbs-McPhee presents the latest in his Coastal Cadenzas chamber music concert series, this time featuring esteemed soprano Judit Molnar.

Together with pianist Janet Brewer, the trio will perform classic works including Schubert’s Shepherd on the Rock, Spohr’s Six German Lieder, and operatic excerpts by Mozart, Puccini and Bizet. A light and merry afternoon of popular favourites is assured.

WHEN: Sunday, June 30, at 3pm.

WHERE: St Paul’s Anglican Church, 554 Vulture Street East, East Brisbane. TICKETS: From $35. Visit dawndressedinwhite or pay at the door.


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Taking a creative approach to homegrown ingredients

a Sunshine Coast hinterland tour that introduces food and beverage lovers to the stories behind emerging artisan products.

We’re having a private tasting of the latest offerings from a small-batch artisan producer, while surrounded by a splendid, contemporary residence on a sprawling rural property.

There’s excited anticipation on the undercover patio as the participants accept their first drink – some lifting their glass toward better light before taking in the aroma of the liquid and, finally, imbibing the delight within with a generous gulp. Soon, all conversation ceases in reverence to the passionate craftsman, as he begins addressing us on the unique process of his work – complete with tasting notes.

It may sound like an exclusive winetasting experience but instead, we are being introduced to Shane Kent’s Wild Barrel beer ( –specifically a pilsner, saison (French for 'season') and Wild Red Flanders red.

His limited-release, barrel-aged beer and wild fermentation project takes place in a large shed on site at Ridgewood’s Belli

working cattle property, which Scott Frew and his South African-raised wife Adele bought four years ago.

Shane and Scott are partners in the brewing company. But the fledgling brewing and beef businesses share a synergy that may not be apparent at first.

Although they’ve never been farmers, Scott, an entrepreneur and IT specialist, and Adele, a qualified chef, are passionate about regenerative farming practices on the 150ha property. As well as the grass-fed, ethically raised, carbon-neutral beef they sell direct to customers through their website (, the couple has implemented a syntropic garden, among other measures. This syntropic garden mimics nature, growing mostly fruits on 0.6ha – some of which will soon be used to flavour the wild beer. Garden production is about a year away.

“A lot of people talk about sustainability,” Scott says.

“But sustainability is a waste of time, because if we sustain ourselves at this rate,

we’re going to kill the planet anyway. So, regeneration is going to become more and more important.

“The practices that Shane’s using are almost regenerative: no chemicals, no industrial production.

"There’s care and love and attention in each of the barrels that he’s put down and it goes with the farm and the whole ethos of everything we’re trying to do.

"Everything that’s done on the farm is done to the slow foods-type way.”

With so much competition around Australia now in craft brewing, Shane wanted to stand out by pursuing his interest in wild fermentation brewing and barrel-aged beer. He says his work is “a beautiful blend of art and science” and a daily learning experience.

“All our beers are single-barrel batches at this stage. We get about 200 bottles out of each barrel," he says.

“Our beers are a nice mix between a wine, beer and cider – using fruit, using wild yeast, using the barrels.

“All of my beers are really dry but they’re quite smooth. I attribute that to the barrel-ageing process. It takes off any harsh alcoholic flavours that might come through on some bigger beers.

“A lot of bigger beers are rushed through. We take our time with ours.

“They’re all numbered batches. We’ve done a pilsner before this one: that was Batch 1, and this is Batch 2. They’re different beers. We're not doing a core range, more of a vintage."

Shane says that ageing beer in barrels is a very old process.

“I guess I like the romanticism of it, to be honest,” he says.

“It’s a really traditional method that monks have been doing in monasteries for thousands of years and are still doing it. But I also just like the unpredictability of it. I’ve always liked doing things the hard way. I like the challenge. I like seeing things just play out. It’s time consuming and sometimes you’re tipping barrels out after three years.

“But I’ve learnt so much since I started this and I’m continually learning – reading books, finding blogs, and talking to people about it. I’m definitely no expert and I like that. I’m looking forward to the point where I’m like ‘this barrel should go’ and learning from that experience.”

These are the fascinating stories behind the labels and the brands that visitors on

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SHIRLEY SINCLAIR hops aboard Beef Shane Kent, of Wild Barrel Beer Belli Beef's Adele Frew Canefields Distillery's Dan Cook (centre) with Luke and Kylie Farrelly IMAGES: SHIRLEY SINCLAIR
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of the

Josh and Deb Donohoe’s award-winning Creative Tours ( thrives on.

Josh has brought the private tour group here for an afternoon celebrating emerging players in the innovative Sunshine Coast food and beverage/agritourism scene. His company specialises in offering a wide range of food and drink trail tours and authentic local experiences across the Coast, Noosa and hinterland.

Creative Tours also will customise itineraries for private tours of the region to include stops such as Belli Beef, which are only open by appointment.

So, from west of Cooroy, we travel to Pacific Paradise’s Canefields Distillery

( and @ canefields.distillery on Instagram), where Kylie and Luke Farrelly’s enthusiasm is on display for the rum, gin and sugar cane spirits they will produce from cane grown, harvested and crushed on site.

Along with cousin, distillery partner and cane farmer Dan Cook, the fourthgeneration Sunshine Coast growers are not only breathing life back into age-old harvesting equipment and a 16-tonne crusher (“All the good equipment was sold off when the mill closed down,” Luke laments), they also are resurrecting a proud agricultural industry that once flourished in the region.

The Cooks (on Luke’s mother Marilyn’s side of the family) have been working the land here since the 1920s and his greatgrandfather established some of the first cane farms on the Coast. Luke says his uncles’ cane farm can’t compete with others boasting hundreds of hectares, so the idea of distilling spirits offered a unique, boutique use and “the highest value that we can get out of this sugar cane before it goes through the front gate”.

“We want to make rum, and what the Brazilians would call Cachaça which is clear sugar cane spirit, and we’re also making gin because one of the problems with rum is that it’s got to be in the barrel for two years to be able to sell it,” he says.

“We’d love to see some return on investment before then, so we’re selling


Eumundi Markets & Free Time


After our pick ups through Brisbane’s northern suburbs we travel direct to the Eumundi Markets where you have about four hours of free time to explore the market stalls, cafés and art displays. Plenty of time to grab lunch at the a vendor or café of your choice.

Includes Morning Tea only.


Jumpers & Jazz Festival, Warwick


An early start today to travel to the City of Warwick via the scenic Cunninghams Gap. About four hours of free time to stroll the city centre filled with art displays, live jazz music and the must see knitting displays on many of the trees and light poles within the city centre.

A quick morning tea and stretch of the legs on the way up to Warwick and a multitude of vendors and cafés to buy your lunch. Includes Morning Tea only.

gin in the meantime, which boasts our sugar cane.

“What sets us apart … there’s lots of variations in rum: what barrels do you use, do you char the barrels, how long do you age it? We have another level in complexity in that we get to play with the cane from start to finish. We’ve got 10 different varieties of sugar cane.

“It’s a farm-first distillery. We’re whole-of-life cycle: we want to grow, harvest, crush, ferment, distil, bottle and sell all on site here.

“The sugar cane mill closed in 2003. There’s not much to do with the sugar cane now. Some of the farms up the road grow their cane just to sell it for mulch, which breaks my heart. But we’re growing cane to make rum, which makes me happy.”

Tour experiences now take visitors into the shady rows of sugar cane before they




Christmas in July @ St. Bernards, Mt. Tamborine


It’s that time of year again when it’s cold enough to celebrate a July Christmas.

A morning tea stop on the way to St Bernard’s Hotel then time to say hello to the magnificent St Bernard’s dogs that give a special atmosphere while enjoying a Christmas feast.

Includes Morning Tea & Lunch.


Bayside Nursery Extravaganza



If you’re interested in gardening, then this is for you.

Travel over the bridge to Brisbane’s southside around the City of Redlands to some select nurseries.

Bring a cardboard box to put your pot plant purchases in and then enjoy lunch at the Capalaba Sporting Club. Includes Morning Tea & Lunch.

learn more about the paddock-to-bottle process and have a tasting.

While she comes from a hotel management/paralegal background, Kylie’s passion for distilling is palpable as she explains the involved process and steps us through the tasting notes for her Australian dry gin, sugar cane spirit, seaweed gin and seasonal (local strawberry) gin. But the head distiller confesses that the sugar cane spirit “is probably my favourite product”.

“It comes from the sugar cane here. It gets crushed, we wild ferment, we distil it twice and then we dilute it down to 40 per cent – that’s it,” she says.

“We don’t add anything extra to it. We don’t do any other processes with it. That’s what we’re all about. Trying to do less with what we’ve got and really showcasing our cool product itself. (The sugar cane spirit) is an un-aged rum. We have this at the moment ready to go into barrels. Then in two years’ time, this spirit will become a rum and take on all the flavours from the barrel in the process."

The unusual seaweed gin, Kylie says, “has been on my mind for 10 years” and will be the ‘yin’ to the ‘yang’ of her planned navy-strength gin.

Luke says the ultimate aim is to support rum-making on the Coast and in the southeast of the state because “Queensland should be more famous for rum than anything else”.


Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers –Parade Day


Today is the day for the Grand Parade through Toowoomba’s city centre finishing in the impressive Queens Park. Free time is provided to get your vantage point along the route and purchase some lunch before seeing a few of the garden displays.

Includes Morning Tea only.


Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers $95pp

We tour around several of the prize winning gardens along with the public parklands before our lunch break at the Blue Mountains Hotel on the northern side of the city looking out over the views towards the Lockyer Valley. Then a quick visit to the gardens at the Spring Bluff Railway Station before heading back to Brisbane. Includes Morning Tea & Lunch.

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Some Canefields Distillery drops The home of Belli Beef and Wild Barrel Beer
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IMAGINE a coach tour that combines historic landmarks of the Darling Downs with the floral extravaganza of Toowoomba’s Carnival of Flowers Festival.

This well describes Coastal Variety Tours’ six-day tour of Toowoomba and the Darling Downs region.

Some of the tour highlights include Reserve seating to view the stunning floral floats of the Carnival of Flowers Grand Parade, and visits to private gardens, Queen’s Park, Laurel Bank Park, Picnic Point, the Spring Bluff

Railway Station gardens, the Crows Nest soft drink shop/factory, historic Jondaryan Woolshed, iconic Rudd’s Pub, the Cobb & Co Museum, and Kingfisher Café – The Springs Garden World.

Enjoy five nights’ stay in a four-star Toowoomba motel, all breakfasts and dinners, plus home pickups and returns. There’s more to this tour that is well worth discovering for yourself. Call Coastal Variety Tours on 5530 2363 or 04196 68311 for the full tour itinerary.


EUROPE is filled with renowned destinations, but what about venturing off the tourist trail?

Travelling is more than just visiting popular tourist sites. It’s about delving deeper. Real, meaningful travel involves taking time to explore, meeting the locals, tasting traditional cuisine and discovering hidden stories that lie off the beaten track.

Back-Roads Touring has dedicated more than 30 years to crafting small-group holidays that genuinely take you deeper into each destination. Luxury minicoaches get you off the motorway and into the heart of the country, navigating narrow side streets and scenic back roads that larger tour groups simply can’t access.

Imagine being able to travel with a group of no more than 18 fellow enthusiasts to small towns and cities across Europe, away from the crowds and off the beaten path. Picture yourself sitting in a local winery in the heart of France, sipping a delicious glass or two while overlooking

the Loire Valley. Or visit Château de Chenonceau, where the architecture blends Gothic and Renaissance styles, creating a fairytale-like ambiance with its white stonework and grey slate roofs.

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BOOKS on the shelf sporting gold-award stickers, worthy though they may be, are not usually ones I choose, as in my mind they are often so ‘different’ and aren’t an easy read.

I persisted with this one, wading through a strange approach and slow beginning, and I am glad I did. From halfway through, it had me hooked and I couldn’t put it down.

How the author manages to weave a story involving romance, murder and philosophy –all told through a deceased murder victim – is certainly a credit to her in this debut novel.

Two women, both escaping complicated lives on opposite sides of the world, arrive in New York on the same day in order to carve out a new life and identity for themselves. Their paths, while parallel, don’t cross until Ruby discovers Alice’s body by the river. This discovery affects Ruby so profoundly that she is unable to let it go.

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IS IT possible for someone to be murdered when a vast television audience saw the victim pull the trigger?

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Quick appeared in Stevenson’s first book Greenlight

I have not read Greenlight , so I missed some of the nuances of Jack’s character and that, together with a poorly portrayed sense of place for the story, detracted from my enjoyment of what is otherwise a very creative, clever and intriguing plot.

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THIS is a fabulous debut novel from a Sydney author who has obviously spent a great deal of time in the Australian bush.

The descriptions are palpable as his protagonist walks into the landscape, looking forward, unafraid and somewhat lost.

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Along the way, Ingvar encounters other humans, who are just as intriguing to the reader as he is.

This book is a meditation on loss, love and losing yourself, as well as the power of the natural world to heal and the kindness of others.

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IN A world where we expect everything yesterday and air travel is as pedestrian as catching a bus, what would it be like to travel to the antipode of your home by the romance (and sometimes bone-rattling reality) of rail travel?

Gregory Hill’s new book The Antipodean Express, in print and digital forms from Exisle Publishing, chronicles just such a journey, as he travels from his home in New Zealand to the exact opposite side of the world.

The journey of The Antipodean Express takes in 89 days of travel on 33 trains through 19 countries. It begins in New Zealand’s North Island, heads to the red centre of Australia, weaves past the volcanoes of Java, through East Asia and onwards into Europe.

From hilarious miscommunications in China to cultural immersion at the Bolshoi Ballet, there are stop-offs with half-a-world’s worth of impressions, people, history, food, music and culture.

Hill experiences high-altitude nausea at the foot of Mt Everest, awe at Lake Baikal, cultural fulfilment at the Paris Opera, and a freezing cold


EUMUNDI Museum is publishing a new book loaded with more than 100 historic photographs from its extensive collection.

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Mediterranean summer break at Cadaqués. He also describes most of the great trains of the Eurasian hemisphere – from Australia’s Indian Pacific and the Ghan, to the Eurostar.

Auckland-born Hill devoted his life to playing the French horn, pursuing a successful career in orchestras in Australia and New Zealand, and then for three decades as a principal player in the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra. He secretly nurtured a passion for long-distance train travel, which he finally indulged in after his retirement. Hill was inspired by an old memory of a school atlas: “I remember it had a page with New Zealand superimposed on its upside-down antipodes, Spain,” he says.

“The arrival of Google Earth led me to work out the exact coordinates of our house. A wheatfield in the middle of nowhere, halfway between Salamanca and Valladolid in the region of Castilla y León, became the destination of our railway journey.”

1873-1919 covers the first five decades of the town’s European settlement.

The town’s characters are brought to life through the periods of the timber industry, the arrival of the railway, the immigration of the dairy farmers from NSW, commercial expansion, and through World War I.

The book has been written by Eumundi Museum director Joe Hextall, who has built the volume by combining the museum’s own research over the past 50 years and the contemporary newspapers of the day. It will soon be available for $30 at Eumundi Museum and other shops in Eumundi and across the Sunshine Coast.

A History of Eumundi will be launched on June 13 at 6pm at Eumundi Museum. RSVP to

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With Quizmaster Allan Blackburn

1. In what language does ‘playa’ mean ‘beach’?

2. How many Australian capital cities use Central Standard Time?

3. On the slopes of what mountain does the Bathurst 1000 take place?

4. How many ropes are there on each side of a standard boxing ring?

5. What kind of service does Laubman & Pank offer?

6. What is the expected response to the opening of a “knock, knock” joke?

7. What anniversary of its opening did McDonald’s Australia celebrate in 2021?

8. How many contestants begin each episode of the ABC show Hard Quiz?

9. On what continent are the Queen Maud Mountains?

10. What colour balls were used in the Tokyo Olympic Table Tennis?

11. What relationship is cartoon character Donald Duck to Huey, Dewey and Louie?

12. What city is the capital of Germany?

13. What British car had a model called an E-Type?

14. What type of animal can be a Cavalier King Charles?

15. What human organ cleanses the blood?

16. What is the usual sex of someone using Ms as their title?

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No colloquial or foreign words. No capitalised nouns, apostrophes or plural words ending in “s”.

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