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he dawn of a new year is not going to be my excuse for waxing lyrical about resolutions and saying farewell to 2020, which turned out to be a miserable one, to varying degrees, for most of us. Whether it was something disheartening such as having travel plans crushed; something difficult such as losing daily routines in isolation and not being able to see friends and family; or something devastating, such as the loss or illness of a loved one, it certainly had its challenges. As I have noted in this column in previous years, the best intentions of new year’s resolutions have usually gone out the window by February 1, and anyone who thinks that life is
Contents going to miraculously change at the stroke of midnight on December 31, is delusional. Cynical I know, but that’s the reality of it, which is why New Year’s Eve has never been one of my favourite celebrations. Expectations run too high. Having said that, there is no reason for not having some serious optimism about 2021 and January 1, is as good a date as any to start planning to reclaim some sense of “normal life” (No, I won’t use that trendy expression “new normal”. ) I am thinking about picking ourselves up by the bootstraps, as the old expression goes, and planning for new and interesting experiences; for taking life off hold and simply getting on with it. Julie Lake this month gives a long list of possibilities, from fitness to learning new skills. These are things that every one of us can do to make our own life a little bit richer regardless of external factors, such as a pandemic. And let’s hope we won’t be hearing as much of that this year. So, let’s plan to pick up where we left off. Dorothy Whittington Editor
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Whether you have resolved to get fit, learn to play the bassoon, study Swahili or become an e-commerce zillionaire in 2021, JULIE LAKE writes that there are plenty of new tricks for old dogs to learn – and many good reasons to get going.
he American industrialist and philanthropist Andrew Carnegie wasn’t one for partying until the wee hours on New Year’s Eve and bellowing out Auld Lang Syne, despite his Scottish heritage. Instead, he liked to be up and doing early the next day to celebrate the start of a whole new year. When asked in old age whether he ever made New Year’s resolutions he replied, with typical brusqueness: “Not as such. I just ask myself what and where I want to be this time next year”. It’s a question all of us would do well to ask ourselves as we say goodbye to
2020; a year, which to paraphrase the word of political philospher Thomas Paine, another famous British-born American, certainly proved to be a time that tried our souls. Are we going to embrace this annual opportunity for renewal, or are we going to stick safely in the same old rut? It’s all too easy as we age to shy away from the shock of the new. And yet, because today most of us live so long and so healthily in a society where technologically-driven change is exponential, we need to boldly face the challenges of new learning, new experiences and new ways of living, so
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that we remain physically and mentally at our personal best. Or so says psychologist Rosie Butler whose work focuses on older people who feel that their get up and go has got up and went. And if you are wondering exactly what she means by “older” consider this – a recent Norwegian study found that we lose the motivation to try new things after the age of 54! Go forward another decade and many of us start to suffer a loss of confidence that can be paralysing when faced with the unfamiliar – which is why so many older people suffer from
clinical depression. Life coach Robert Chen, founder of the Embrace Possibility concept and author of The Dreams to Reality Fieldbook says as we grow older we tend to believe the cliché, “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” and this then becomes self-fulfilling. “There are people out there who don’t know how to use a smart phone, shop online or send email,” he says. “This is not because of their age. It is because they make the conscious decision to stop learning even though they may not realise it.” Yet never before has it been easier to renew ourselves at an age when our grandparents were content to potter their way quietly towards oblivion. In every community there are many close-at-hand opportunities for enhancing life skills; or in our own homes via computer and smart device. In 2020, we learned a new word – Zoom. This remarkable online platform united groups with shared interests around the world, making it possible to continue usual activities – singing, dancing, exercise, discussion, language study and learning of all kinds – without leaving home. As one choral group director says, “It’s not the same as getting together in the flesh but it enabled us to see each other’s faces, learn new songs and rehearse old ones and generally stay together through the restriction period”. The restrictions are happily over – for now – and choirs are singing together again but Zoom remains popular with groups whose members live far apart. For many it has been a first and surprisingly rewarding experience with online learning. Talk to any group of people and you’ll
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find that the most popular New Year’s resolutions are to lose weight, get fit and achieve some new goal. For Steve Nemeth this has been quantified into setting himself a new physical and intellectual challenge at the start of every year. At 72 he has no intention of giving up, even if his physical challenge this year is to restore the mobility he lost recently after a back operation. “I’d been planning to climb Bluff Knoll (in West Australia) but that’ll have to wait until next year,” he says, only half-joking. His intellectual challenge for 2021 is to read every one of Shakespeare’s plays. “My dad was a ‘refo’ who migrated here in the 1950s and loved Australia because everything about it was new. Every January 1, he had us celebrate this newness by making resolutions to improve ourselves in the coming year so we could be worthy of living in the Lucky Country,” Steve recalls. It’s a given that most Your Time readers will have health and fitness on their minds because we have to work harder at this as we grow older. For some it means continuing to do what we’ve always done, such as improve the golf handicap. Others find more benefit in taking up new sports and exercise regimes that offer a chance to still do something well, rather than suffer the frustration of trying to do something that is inevitably limited by age. Pickleball and senior ballet are two activities that have recently become popular with those who still have reasonable mobility. Yoga and tai chi have mental as well as physical benefits and can be started at any age. If these activities aren’t
Zoom entered our world and remains popular among group members who live far apart. available locally, there are plenty of classes online. Walking groups combine social interaction with exercise and range from beach expeditions or a gentle meander around a local park to serious bushwalking. At 97, former mountaineer John Leisten still bushwalks and though he doesn’t do 23km hikes up and down the gorges of Lamington any more, he can still do a 5km circuit of his nearest national park – and he played tennis until his early 90s. Oh, and he’s reasonably handy with digital stuff too and regularly watches (and downloads) opera on YouTube. If you don’t have one already, a good New Year decision might be to install a fitness app on your smartphone or buy a wearable device such as Fitbit. These
not only measure and monitor your fitness activities but have features to help manage a range of health conditions from diabetes to heart disease. The ideal of a healthy mind in a healthy body has been with us since the poet Juvenal wrote about it in the days when gladiators were still chasing each other around the Roman circus. Unlike we of the 21st century, Juvenal didn’t have the advantage of digital technology to help him learn a new language or musical instrument. While class participation is still the most enjoyable way to learn new skills, this can be augmented by the many excellent online programs which provide printable materials, one-on-one tuition, instructional videos and much else. Smart device apps mean you can
access your programs wherever you are, whenever you want. Longstanding, quantifiable research into the importance of music in keeping the human mind keen and active indicates two basic benefits: the stimulation of brain activity through learning to sing and possibly play new songs and revitalising memory from singing (and possibly playing) old songs. Anyone who does this in their senior years will tell you just how much it improves all areas of brain activity, from tackling other intellectual pursuits to remembering where you put your car keys! And it doesn’t have to be that hard. You don’t have to learn to read music (though in itself this is a great way to get your ageing mind working). If a guitar seems too large and difficult an entry level ukulele can have you strumming five chords and playing your favourite songs in a few lessons. The same goes for small, portable keyboards and simple wind instruments such as the recorder. And if you enjoy it, you can take it from there all the way to developing a classical repertoire. “It’s a good idea to pick an instrument you can play while sitting down,” wryly observes retired army major Terry Holland, who plays the trombone (and a few other instruments besides). For those who wish to keep their brains in top gear, learn new things and share knowledge, the University of the Third Age offers many affordable options, and our region is blessed with several active branches. The organisation’s role in keeping seniors sane and connected during the Covid crisis has been acknowledged by incoming national chairman Glen Wall
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Walking groups combine social interaction with exercise, whether it’s a stroll or a trek. who says: “The challenge for U3A is to maintain connection with our members and to modify our model of service delivery for the future to be a mix of face-to-face and remote access classes. “The U3A vision is to support our member networks to improve the provision of benefits of positive ageing and lifelong learning which support mental and physical health and social engagement of seniors”. U3A offers members an opportunity
to teach as well as learn, thus continuing to exercise our career skills in the service of others. For example, one branch offers a course in Human Origins in which professional scientists and interested “amateurs” share research information and scientific inquiry. Such courses help make new friends with similar interests; old friends may be good friends but it never hurts to seek new company with the like-minded as
our interests mature and diverge. A significant step up from U3A is the Open University which provides a learning path for older people who wish to earn a degree. And, given the continuing drop in overseas student numbers, it’s a fair bet that our universities will be happy to see those with post-retirement careers in mind taking up some of the slack. According to Open Universities Australia, an area that is attracting a lot of interest from mature age students is aged care work! After all, a fit 65-year-old who wants to continue working brings a lot of life skills to caring for those a generation or so older – or even for those in the same age group who are health-challenged. Some of those made redundant during last year’s Covid crisis are launching their own businesses in 2021 either to continue making a living or supplementing a retirement income. Susie O’Rourke supplements her part-time job by making lampshades and this is proving so successful she may soon be able to do it fulltime. She doesn’t rely on walk-in business so her small shop does not have to be located in a central high rent area and most of her marketing is done through Facebook Marketplace which costs her nothing. Felice Vogel used to sell her
handcrafted jewellery at markets around south-east Queensland but now finds having an online “shop” more profitable, with no time or money wasted in travelling. In her early 70s, she is one of many post-retirees making good money from e-commerce in accordance with small business expert Brian Edmonson’s message that “the internet levels the playing field” because you can live anywhere you want, set your own schedule and don’t need a lot of start-up capital. And the whole process for newcomers is made easier by on-line platforms such as Shopify that provide all the tools from website creation to marketing, payments and shipping. There is one more resolution you might like to make and that is to reactivate your sense of adventure by travelling somewhere new. Going overseas might not be an option but travel agencies are reporting an unprecedented interest in exploring the more remote parts of our own country. Psychologists and life coach gurus tell us that staying young means embracing new ideas, accepting challenges and taking each day as a gift. Here’s wishing you all a happy, healthy, mentally stimulating and physically adventurous new year!
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JULIE RATES YOGA THE TOP OF THE LIST IF THERE is one New Year resolution every reader should make, it is to take up yoga, says regular Your Time writer and veteran journalist Julie Lake. Julie has been a yoga practitioner for 50 years, and first started teaching it in Noosa in 1972. She says it is the most essential of all health practices and attributes her own good health to its beneficial effect on blood flow, breath control, flexibility and maintenance of muscle and bone density. “At 75 I can still touch my toes, stand on one leg (thus maintaining and improving balance) and curl up in a ball. My lung capacity is as good as it was 30 years ago and so is my circulation. “I have never had an operation. This might be partly due to genetics, partly to good luck but mostly it’s down to yoga”, she says. “Yoga should be a daily practice in order for it to really make a difference to health and fitness, not just a social thing where you get together with a teacher
once a week and go out to coffee afterward, although this is better than nothing.” She says it’s also important to find a good teacher with a solid understanding of hatha yoga because “there are some strange programs going under the name of yoga today”. “They just don’t offer the same all-round benefits. Once you know what you’re doing you can exercise at home by yourself and it costs you nothing”. Julie says an advantage of yoga is you can begin at any age and in any state of health. “There is always a yoga position that will help you. It’s not about standing on your head and sitting in the lotus position. It’s about doing the best you can with what you have,” she says. “Some years ago I developed a modified program for over 50s which did away with the more body-twisting poses so loved by TV swamis, and focused on those that could be gradually increased in intensity without strain on ageing joints. “It works for me.” Her advice for a healthier 2021: “Put yoga at the top of your to-do list”. If you wish to know more about yoga practice for over 50s, email Julie at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 0404 915 559, or visit gardenezi.com
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That there was never a September 3, 1752, in Britain. And the 10 days that should have followed never happened either. This was the year Britain adopted the Gregorian calendar and to get into step, it had to lose 11 days. The British Calendar Act of 1751 adopted the Gregorian calendar for Great Britain and the British Empire. The adjustment caused riots because people claimed the Government had stolen 11 days of their lives.
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THE humble bottle of vinegar is more than just the basis of a salad dressing. Here are 10 tried-and-true ways to use vinegar. 1. CLEAN THE KETTLE You know those unsightly scorch marks in the bottom of your kettle? Pop some vinegar in the bottom of the kettle, let it soak overnight and it’ll come up like new. 2. DEEP CLEAN THE DISHWASHER Once a year, pour a couple of cups of vinegar into a bowl on the bottom rack of your dishwasher when it’s empty and then run the dishwasher on its hottest cycle. This will help deal with grease, limescale and deposits in the pipes, as well as odours. 3. CLEAN THE CARPET A homemade carpet cleaner of 2 tabsp dishwashing liquid, 3 tabsp white vinegar and ¼ cup water, outperformed every commercial carpet cleaning product tested by consumer group Choice. Work the mixture into the stain, being careful not to over-wet the carpet and blot dry. 4. POLISH GLASS For a cheap window cleaner, mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Spray on the window or mirror, then wipe off with newspaper, paper towel or a dry cotton cloth. This also works on ceramic-glass surfaces such as cooktops. Vinegar isn’t suitable for some surfaces, including marble. If you want it to smell nice, steep some citrus peel in the vinegar.
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Surveyor’s field of expertise entrenched in history Bill Kitson calls himself the luckiest public servant in Queensland because he never had to attend a meeting. GLENIS GREEN meets the retired surveyor and museum curator who put together one of the best collections of its type in the world.
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or a man who has spent his life excelling at planning, Bill Kitson’s life and career have not always gone according to plan. Now known around the world and many times awarded as an accomplished surveyor and retired senior curator of the Museum of Lands, Mapping and Surveying in Brisbane, Bill grew up with dreams of being a fisherman. But fate – and his father – had other things in store for him and together with his forever lively, inquiring and determined disposition, plus a burning desire to never be bored, he ended up officially surveying Queensland. Bill says no one is more astonished than he about how his life turned out. “I’ve been lucky,” he says simply, with the broadest of grins that underlines the impression that this talented surveyor and researcher is quite possibly the happiest man alive. Bill, now 76, grew up in Ayr, North Queensland, where his father was the chief cane inspector for the sugar mill and where he and his schoolboy mates would fish every weekend in the Burdekin River
for barramundi. He was happy to do just that for the rest of his days, but in his words “Dad saw me as a bum and sent me to boarding school”. From a carefree life wearing no shoes, it was a culture shock to end up at Brisbane Grammar School for four years. “Dad pushed me on and for that I am eternally grateful,” he says. Bill accepted a state scholarship to the University of Queensland and studied a Bachelor of Surveying. He became a government surveyor but said: “I had a problem with boredom … doing 20-30 miles of road over six months was so boring”. In search of adventure he began working on the Brigalow Scheme for private surveying firms. “We climbed mountains, we cleared hills, we measured all the borders of Queensland and I was as happy as a pig in mud.” But when they tried to take the best field surveyors in as managers in the 1970s and ’80s, Bill’s smile disappeared. “They saw me looking forlorn and asked why I wasn’t applying (to be a manager) and asked me what I wanted to do. I said I’m interested in surveying
history, let me start a museum.” And together with his cartography friends, that is exactly what he did. It started as the Museum of Land, Mapping and Surveying – the department, founded in 1839, is the oldest government department in Queensland – in the Lands Administration Building (now the Conrad Treasury Hotel). It is now above Central Station. The collection’s importance was recognised when it was formally gazetted as a branch of the Queensland Museum. When they wanted him to attend meetings, which Bill always saw an enormous waste of time, he put on his crankiest demeanour and the powers of the public service decided to let him be. When people didn’t seem to spend much time in his museum looking at the historic surveying equipment he had collected, Bill asked a librarian friend what to do. She told him not everyone was interested in theodolites, compasses and sextants and he needed to delve into social history, so Bill began searching. “I found there were 700 dead surveyors, from the first ones in Moreton Bay in 1838, to 1950, so I became a mini genealogy centre and found their relatives all around the world. “They sent me letters, diaries, poems, artwork and photos, everything that they knew, and a whole world opened up,” he says. “It was just magic. I was hooked and couldn’t stop.” Bill said he would contact some distant relative and they would dig out a shoebox from under the bed and the excitement levels would rise – “it’s like finding the Holy Grail”. He describes it as an addiction, the thrill of the chase, and it is one that has never waned. He also admits to an addiction to growing orchids but even this was superseded by his investigations into the people who created surveying history.
Recognised as an expert in his field, Bill was soon in demand for talks and presentations and he estimates he’s done more than 2000 presentations all around Australia during the past 35 years. These days he’s still doing them – even on Zoom. But tracking down past land surveyors wasn’t the end for Bill. For the last 15 years he has also been into maritime history, adding to his knowledge and collection by tracing the relatives of 70 commanders of vessels involved in maritime surveys of the Queensland coast from1861 to 1913. The relatives have turned up from England to Goose Bay in Canada and Bill is excited all over again with every new find. He wrote a book with prominent historian Judith McKay called Surveying Queensland 1839-1945, A Pictorial History, and now he’s on the cusp of publishing another on maritime surveyors. “I’ll be dead before I run out of things to do,” he says. “This is the only thing I’d rather do than go fishing.”
FAST FACTS • In 1997 Bill was awarded the Australia Day public service medal and appointed as Senior Curator, Museum of Lands Mapping and Surveying. • In October 2000 he was awarded an honorary membership of the Royal Australian Surveys Corps Association in recognition of his research into the history of mapping Queensland during World War II. • He was awarded Queensland Surveyor of the Year and was winner of the Harry Ward medal for 2000 for raising the profile of the surveying profession • In 2007, Bill won the Queensland Museum Medal.
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You don’t have to join a formal aqua aerobics class to get fitter and stronger this summer. TRISTAN HALL suggests some simple exercises to do in your own pool or a local lake.
“AN intense and widely-shared enthusiasm for something, especially one that is short-lived” may be one reasonable definition of a fad. In the fitness industry we have seen a lot of fads, and I am sure we will see many more. I am not going to name them all here but I’m sure you know them – fads on diets, exercise programs, exercise equipment, food supplements, replacement meals … the list goes on. I would like a dollar for every attempt made to convince me to promote a product to my clients. My answer to them is always the same: I allow people to make up their own mind and do their own research specifically on nutrition. I do not have the time to verify every claim made by people about their products and equipment, so leave the choice up to individuals. My lack of conviction in no way means I do not believe the products work, it is simply my belief that it is an individual choice and I cannot guarantee the validity of the product. What I do know is that a
he benefits of working out in water are numerous. The buoyancy supports you and prevents jarring to joints. You move against the weight of the water. Water aerobics is a form of resistance training. It can strengthen your muscles, boost blood flow, improve bone density and reduce joint pain. And of course, you stay cool, so let’s jump in: AQUA JOGGING Start your water workout with jogging. You can jog on the spot
or across the pool. Your body will get into a gentle bouncing rhythm. Jog at a pace that gets your heart rate up. If you feel unstable, walk instead or use the side of the pool for support. This exercise supports your knees while strengthening the muscles around them. POOL EDGE PUSH-UPS Place your hands on the side of the pool at a comfortable width. Push up until your arms are straight, but not locked. Bend your arms and lower yourself back down. For best results work slowly. Do 5-10 repetitions. This exercise is excellent for arms, chest and shoulders. SQUATS WITH ARM SWEEPS Stand with your feet apart in a secure stance. Squat down until your chin is close to the water. Do this a few times. Then bring your arms out together in front of your body and sweep them to the sides on the water surface. To work harder, put more of
your arms under the water surface. Continue for a few minutes. Alternatively, you can do squats and arm sweeps as two separate exercises. SIDE WALKING Walking side to side works the muscles large and small around your knees and hips. It also strengthens your core. Tighten your core muscles, then take small sideways steps across the pool. Widen your steps and walk back to the other side. Check in with yourself that you are continuing to hold your core muscles firm. Repeat a few times. BREATHING PRACTICE Breathe in through your nose as you push your abdomen out. Then push off from the side of the pool. Put your head in the water and glide as far as you can slowly expelling your breath. Repeat 10 times. Breathe calmly. Tristan Hall is an exercise physiologist with Full Circle Wellness. Visit fullcirlcewellness. com.au
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balanced lifestyle works. Good nutrition combined with regular activity and movement helps keep a body healthy. That is not disputed, so my message to anyone who asks my advice is simply that. In my book I mention a piece by Wayne Fields from What the River Knows: The best six doctors anywhere, And no one can deny it, Are sunshine, water, rest and air, Exercise and diet. These six will gladly you attend If only you are willing. Your mind they’ll ease, your will they’ll mend, and charge you not a shilling. We have choices. If you choose to live a moderate life, eat well and move your body regularly the chances of leading a healthy life are greatly increased. Obviously, if you have been instructed by your doctor or medical professionals to take a particular supplement or product you should follow those instructions. Tom Law is the author of Tom’s Law Fit Happens. Visit tomslaw.com.au
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by Mocco Wollert
HAIRDRESSERS are very important and they have to be carefully chosen, maybe with even more care than doctors or financial advisers. Nobody’s work leaves as obvious a mark as the hairdresser. Illnesses can be hidden, teeth can be replaced, hips can be repaired and nobody will be the wiser, but hair is out there for everybody to see. When your hair is right it doesn’t matter what you wear; you look and feel good. There truly is such a thing as “a bad hair day”, which has come to mean that a person has problems, is distressed, depressed or worse, or simply in a bad mood. When I was still quite young my mother felt she needed to advise me “Never go white! Whatever it takes, keep your natural colour. White hair is so ageing.” Sorry, mother, but I think white hair can be absolutely beautiful. Thank goodness, women no longer put blue rinses through their white hair and the expression “the blue-rinse brigade” has all but disappeared from our language when describing mature women. I am a natural blonde but I also tried
other colours much to the consternation of my husband when he suddenly saw a woman with titian-red hair come through the door. I was lucky, he was the tolerant kind and over the years became accustomed to “having a different wife” walk in from time to time. Like everything else in life, hair styles changed over the years. In the 1960s, the bouffant hairstyle was in vogue. It could have been used as a contraceptive because when her hair was freshly piled up, no woman was going to allow any man to mess it up again. At around the same time, wigs were very much in fashion. I had several. One was a silver-grey bob, my dream hairdo. Being “blessed” with frizzy hair, creating a bob was totally out of the question. Wigs were great but living in Darwin in those years, especially in its humid wet season, my hair underneath the wig became like a rat’s nest. Constant washing was required and it was a miracle that my hair did not fall out. When I was young, my hair was enormously thick and I cursed it; a frizzy, thick mop that could not be pressed into any kind of smooth hair style. What wouldn’t I give for that hair now that it has become so thin that sometimes the scalp is visible. The other valuable benefit of going to a hairdressing salon on a regular basis is that you don’t need to listen to the news on radio or watch TV. You can cancel your daily paper. Whatever happens in the world, the country or the neighbourhood, in particular the juicy gossip, can be obtained right there. Maybe one day I will work out why so many of us feel that we can talk about the most intimate things, in confidence, to our hairdresser; things we might not mention even to our closest friend. May your hair stay thick and its colour interesting.
by Cheryl Lockwood SOMEHOW we muddled our way through 2020. We came to terms with a new normal, adopted surgical-level hygiene and replaced hugs with touching of elbows. Standing behind lines marked on the supermarket floor, we conversed with checkout operators through perspex screens. Hand sanitiser became our new perfume and let’s not mention the toilet paper wars. Businesses suffered. Jobs were lost. Lives were lost. It became the year that we all wanted to erase and start over. New Year’s resolutions were likely forgotten back in February as more important matters made daily headlines. Normally, I don’t make resolutions. “I must eat more chocolate this year” probably doesn’t count, although staying home on the couch was recommended by our prime minister. Or maybe he just said the first bit and I imagined the “on the couch” bit. In January last year, I decided that my sporadic attempts at exercise would become regular. I set a goal of doing a physical activity four times every week.
Each session had to be a minimum of 30 minutes. I was serious. No pretending that a stroll to the mailbox would suffice. “Move it or lose it,” became my mantra. Unfortunately, exercise bores me – I wish it didn’t. My solution was to mix it up. An exercise DVD one week and laps of the pool the next. Sadly, the pandemic put a stop to pool visits for a while, but most other things were permitted. Several times I dusted the cobwebs off the pushbike. Occasionally, I progressed to riding it. There were mountains to climb, literally. There was running. As much as I hate this particular form of torture, I found that if I kept it slow, I could do four or five kilometres. It became my mission to find the flattest possible paths. There should be a new word for my style of running. It is something between a jog and a shuffle. A juffle? That sounds like a toasted sandwich ordered with a Kiwi accent. It could be a shog perhaps? The point is, no matter how poor my effort, it was still movement and I’m claiming that I made and kept my 2020 New Year’s resolution … almost every week. May you stay fit and well in 2021 as you continue on life’s adventure.
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Cats, dogs or fish ... it’s a pet subject On top of the proven health benefits, there are plenty of other good reasons to have a pet in your life and, writes KENDALL MORTON, there are also ways to keep them with you as you age.
ustralia has one of the highest rates of pet ownership in the world. All up, we have 29 million pets and about 61 per cent of homes have at least one pet. According to the RSPCA, in 2020, dogs were the most popular (40 per cent) and cats second with 27 per cent. Pets are faithful companions. They greet us enthusiastically when we return home and amuse us with their antics. In time, pets become much-loved members of the household. For seniors with health conditions they can offer particular advantages. Let’s look at two examples. A study among people with dementia focused on fish as pets. Fish tanks were installed in the dining rooms and common rooms of several nursing homes. In other homes, static scenes of the ocean were displayed in communal areas. In homes where fish tanks were installed patients gained an average of 0.75kg in weight. Measurements were taken three months before the experiment and four months after the tanks went in. Those who had the static ocean scenes
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to look at showed no weight gain. It is possible the calming effect of watching the fish swimming reduced agitation and therefore helped with weight gain. Other research showed the presence of a dog can reduce hypertension. People who suffered high blood pressure were divided into two groups. One group was told to get a pet. Six months later, both groups were revisited and asked to solve an arithmetic problem and give a speech. Those with
pets showed a superior ability to cope with these stressful situations. Their blood pressure rose only marginally. The researchers found just having a dog in the room while giving a speech led to a much-reduced increase in blood pressure. If the pet owner’s own dog was present, their blood pressure dropped for up to one hour. Pet ownership also gives many people a daily routine. Owners have to feed the pets, provide water and attend to their other needs. Pets bring warmth and affection into our lives and provide a talking point, a way to connect with neighbours and visitors. Unfortunately, some older Australians struggle to keep their pets as their health and mobility deteriorates, but before taking the drastic step of relinquishing a much-loved pet, take time to consider all options. Perhaps a family member or friend can share the care of a pet. On the Sunshine Coast there is an active community group called Pets for Life. Its purpose is to help older people and people with disabilities who are struggling with the usual care of their pets.
Pets for Life arranges for a volunteer to visit the pet owner a few times a week. Currently the program has 75 registered pet owners who are supported by 100 volunteers. The volunteers offer practical help. They can take a dog for a walk, assist with grooming or change a litter tray. It is not a free dog walking service for busy people. The program has many positive outcomes for pet owners. Firstly, they do not have to give up their pet and secondly, owners and volunteers share a chat and a cuppa. New social connections are formed. This is invaluable for someone who may be isolated by age, mobility issues or disability. The volunteers benefit too. They feel useful and enjoy meeting new people. The program is flexible as visiting times are arranged between the pet owner and the volunteer. If you wish to know more about the Pets for Life call co-ordinator Mark Wischnat on 0414 519 047. Kendall Morton is the Director of Home Care Assistance. Email kmorton@ homecareassistance.com
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Online shopping a new twist on old ways Growing up in the country, it was not uncommon to place an order with the mailman and wait for him to deliver it on his next trip. History writer DIANA HACKER shares memories from another time not all that long ago.
y granddaughter was astounded to learn that as a young married woman I did not have a microwave oven – or an automatic washing machine, dryer, aircon or television set. She tuned out through my recollections of a childhood happily spent in the country, albeit not far from the capital. It was beyond her comprehension that we lived with tank water, no electricity or phone, no school and no shop. My time was spent with correspondence lessons, caring for pets and completing my set jobs – keeping the kerosene refrigerator topped up and the wood box full. Meat, bread and mail being delivered three times a week. We grew and harvested vegetables and fruit, the surplus of which we exchanged with a neighbour who grew something different. I had to feed the hens that supplied our eggs and the luxury of a roast chook came only at
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The Roma Street Markets in the early 1950s.
Christmas. Milk was purchased from a neighbour for one shilling for a billy can full. Grocery items were ordered and delivered once a month from a company known as QPS (Queensland Pastoral Supplies). The company supplied the customer with anything from a bag of cement and a coil of barbed wire to a farm gate. The order was written out in
detailed long hand and sent off. When it was delivered by the same mailman, everything was carefully unpacked and it was an absolute rarity for anything to be broken or damaged. Occasionally there would be a substitution. If the pickles which usually accompanied the cold meat at lunch time were not available, a relish was substituted. Perhaps Bushells brand tea
was sent and not the Billy tea as specified. Any tea was acceptable in preference to no tea. Occasionally there would be a special gift – a new product sent for the customer to sample. Clothing was sometimes selected from the mail order catalogues which were produced by reputable companies who stocked everything from entire lines of children’s and babywear to hats and gloves, frocks, underwear and sleepwear as well as men’s hats, shirts and boots. One of the better known companies was the English firm, Littlewoods. Another way of shopping was to patronise the hawker who brought a selection of wares right to your door. His route took him on a regular schedule to a number of households spread across a huge tract of countryside. This astute gentleman stocked everything from pots and pans to needles and cloth and dainty dinner sets.
How was such a luxury chosen? Miniature dinner sets, complete in every detail, were displayed and the housewife made her choice from these. On the next visit, the full-sized dinner set would be delivered. Eventually a line would be discontinued and some lucky little girl would receive a much-treasured tea set. If my gorgeous granddaughter had had the patience to to assess my reminiscences, she would see that technology has really not changed the way in which many of us shop. The young ones have their smart phones and internet “shop online”. How is it so very different from what we did? They select from a catalogue and wait for delivery, hoping that the site is authentic and the goods are quality. To use a phrase from a childhood movie, it is only “a horse of another colour”. Diana Hacker is archivist for the Queensland Women’s Historical Association.
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Watch the small stuff and see your fuel go further It’s time to drive into 2021 and BRUCE MCMAHON suggests that keeping an eye on basic fuel efficiences will extend the journey before filling up.
opefully without border blockades there’ll be plenty of opportunities to explore Australia’s big backyard in new – or old – machines. If there was one thing that come out of 2020 it was a new-found – in some cases renewed –appreciation for the pleasures of a driving holiday and the wonders of this part of the world: Alice rather than Aspen. It’s not all about caravanning. With a tent and a bit of a plan it’s easy and cost-efficient to drive from north to south, east to west staying at a mix of camps, motels and caravan park cabins. The common factor here in 2021 – whether driving around town or across the country – is driving efficiencies: keeping motoring costs under control. For instance, while today’s fuel and emission savings are controlled largely by swags of sensors and computer chips there are still ways to save on fuel. Most are obvious enough, but timepoor drivers often forget, or forgo, some basics. A regular service, as per the manufacturer’s handbook schedule, is one. A clean car and driving habits also play their part. KEEP CLEAN The first step to saving some fuel is
cleaning up and de-cluttering the car, inside and out. Do we need two umbrellas and a dozen shopping bags in the boot at all times? Is that roof rack needed outside of holiday trips? A tidy up, a good clean-out and vacuuming, can unload unwanted kilograms with the benefit of making the interior more welcoming. Keep the exterior, in particular the
glass, clean; the body doesn’t need to be spotless but it makes it easier to spot any issues. Lighter cars run better, happier drivers steer better, and that should make for fuel savings. DRIVE CLEAN Driving habits make some of the more noticeable differences to fuel economy. Imagine a carton of eggs sitting atop the accelerator and treat that pedal with great respect. Smooth and steady acceleration – and deceleration – is best. This doesn’t mean driving slowly. It’s better to get the vehicle rolling at the speed limit with authority, and into its best fuel-sipping gears with lower revs. Read the traffic ahead, avoid sudden stops. Keep off the brake pedal as much as possible. How often do brake lights flash ahead when people baulk at slight turns? Try taking the foot off the accelerator a tad to help slow the car rather than forever brushing the brake. Less heavy, and less timid, acceleration plus less braking will save fuel. RIGHT RUBBER Some argue tyres should be pumped beyond a manufacturer’s recommended pressures. The idea is that it lessens the
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Give a little, gain a lot In the quest for adding value to life, JUDY RAFFERTY recommends volunteering as a good way to ensure a happier and healthier new year.
elcome to 2021, and may it be kind to us all. Not many people thought 2020 was their best year, marked as it was with global grief and uncertainty and personal threat to health and wellbeing. But it has reminded us to make the most of what we can when we can. I think that as we age, we are increasingly aware of this imperative. The question becomes what do we want to do, and what can we realistically do, to add value to our lives? I use the word “value” intentionally. What adds value in your life? Happiness? Purpose? Meaning? Fun? Friendships? It is yet another of life’s ironies that in many situations you cannot get without giving. What can you give so that you can get a smorgasbord of value adding experiences? Possibly you can give time, money, your talents, your kindness, but who wants those even if you would give them willingly? Perhaps the answer is volunteering – you give and you get. There are well-documented benefits to volunteering. Many studies have shown that volunteering is associated with raised levels of happiness and lowered levels of depression and stress. Volunteering has been shown to improve confidence and self-worth. A major study with 70,000 participants in the UK found that people who volunteered were more satisfied with their lives and rated their overall health as better than those who did not engage. The study also found that the frequency of doing voluntary work was important. Those who volunteered at least once a month reported better mental health than participants who volunteered infrequently. Volunteers’ perception of having better mental and physical health is well founded. One study claimed that
volunteering reduces the risk of premature death by 22 per cent. Some people have said that now they are retired, they are not going to do unpaid work. Others have said that they volunteered on committees and had had unpleasant experiences with other volunteer co-workers, while yet others mentioned that they volunteered a few hours a week but there was pressure to do more. So, volunteering is not a perfect answer, but it is a good one. The 2016 census showed that the peak volunteering age for seniors was between 65 and 74 years of age. People in that age group provide 43.8 percent of volunteering in Australia and did the greatest number of hours on average. It also recorded that more females than males do voluntary work. With those statistics it is probable that you are already a volunteer but Covid-19 may have disrupted your voluntary work. I hope you might seek to return to it and to the benefits it will provide. Whether you are starting volunteering, or returning to it, there are many options. There are approximately 600,000 not-for-profit organisations in Australia, and they all rely on volunteers. To find positions in your area search the website govolunteer.com.au which is an initiative of Volunteering Australia. Mahatma Ghandi said that the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. Aristotle is reported to have said that the essence of life is to serve others and to do good. Volunteering might be an effective way to value add to the smorgasbord of life and provide one way to ensure a happy and healthy 2021. Judy Rafferty is the author of Retirement Your Way, A Practical Guide to Knowing What You Want and How to Get It. Available at all good bookshops and online.
Take a home review and look ahead to right-sizing The end of one year and start of another is often a time to reflect on plans for the future, and what changes are needed to improve lifestyle. DON MACPHERSON suggests it’s a good time to look at accommodation options.
ommon resolutions involve such things as losing weight, getting healthy, being more careful with money, and generally doing things better in the year ahead, but one thing relevant to over 50s is whether current accommodation is suitable. It may be time for a change. This is also the time of year when families get together (sadly a rarer event these days) and one issue that often comes up is ageing parents. Reflection on the year ahead, raises the thought that grannie and grandpa aren’t looking as sprightly as they did last year, and perhaps the time has come for them to consider moving into a retirement village, or even aged care. These decisions are not easily made, and often encounter some initial resistance, but over time there is usually recognition that the house seems bigger, the maintenance workload greater, or even that the lack of community and communication is becoming burdensome. Retirement villages inevitably involve downsizing of accommodation, but also an upsizing of community involvement. In fact, some in the industry call it
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Autism advice for grandparents After your grandchild is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum you may feel unsure of how to help. ANNA TULLEMANS discusses the most common concerns.
ou’ll most likely find that the way you support and interact with your grandchild may be different to those of your other grandchildren. You may also find that your relationship may be different too, but you will find it just as rewarding and special. Try to be an active part of your grandchild’s life. Have special time with them on a regular schedule. Children with Autism Spectrum really do well if they have predictable and consistent schedules and routines. Find activities that you both enjoy and do them on a regular basis. Here are eight practical tips on making the most of the time you spend with your grandchild with Autism Spectrum: • Make sure you are a normal part of the child’s familiar routines and knows you well. They love the predictability of routine and structure as they are most comfortable when they know what is
coming next. • Have a designated special area for them where they can play with their favourite toys. For the young ones, mark this area with a picture, a sign or a symbol that they recognise as their own space. • Prepare them for special occasions by frequently describing the details of the upcoming event. Show them pictures of what they did last time. Show them pictures of who is going to be there this time. Designate a space for them to go to when it all gets too much. Ensure that this is a more quiet space where they can start to self-regulate and calm down. • For an outing, show pictures and have them choose where they would like to go. Only give two choices otherwise it might get too hard to choose. • Give the child time to think about his answer. They take longer to process verbal information. • Use the child’s special interests as a basis
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Mabel enters the record books at her 111th birthday
Lifestyle villages a whole new world of retirement living Over 50s lifestyle villages are not the same as retirement villages. They operate under the Queensland Government Manufactured Homes Act 2003. This means that you own the home outright and lease the land. The (site agreement or Form 2 under Queensland legislation) has a start date but no end date, so you have the right to use the land forever. There are no exit fees or stamp duty payable on these homes. They are proving a hit with over 50s who enjoy this type of living because it means they are surrounded by like-minded people and they can easily engage and socialize. There is usually a recreation centre with bowling, tennis, pool, cinema, library, gym and so on, which encourages interaction and a healthy lifestyle. Some also offer caravan storage. Villages have community guidelines or rules. You can buy a home anywhere but when you are looking to buy in an over 50s village you are looking for something more, usually lifestyle and security. Don’t think about downsizing, think about “life sizing”. If you have any questions, or need solutions or support just give me a call.
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hen Brisbane’s Mabel Crosby celebrated her 111th birthday last year, she became the oldest person in Australia.
But with the Covid lockdowns and closures in full force, celebrations were limited, although she was guest of honour at a high tea hosted by TriCare’s Sunnybank Hills Aged Care Residence, where she lives. Mabel was born in Kent in England, in 1909. She was only three when her family emigrated to Australia and bought a farm near Newcastle. After leaving school, Mabel, worked as an apprentice dressmaker before marrying Ernulf in 1931. They bought a farm near Narara, north of Sydney and worked hard looking after more than 3000 chickens, a cow, a horse, a dog and eight cats – and their four children. They also tended fruit trees and a vegetable garden. Mabel’s lifetime covers the major historical events of the 20th century, from the sinking of the Titanic in 1912 and two world wars, to the Great Depression and now a second pandemic on top of the 1919 Spanish flu. She has also had her share of personal grief. Her husband died in 1970 and her only son in 2010. Mabel says her secret to long life has been staying active. A keen gardener, she was still mowing her lawn at the age of 100, and at 107, took a trip to Fiji.
She was also a keen lawn bowler. In 2016, after having a slight stroke, doctors advised Mabel to move into aged care. It was the same year she made it into the Guinness World Records book, by attending the largest gathering of centenarians. She is now classed as a supercentenarian. Mabel receives regular visits from her three daughters and her dynasty has grown to 10 grandchildren, 20 greatgrandchildren and seven great-greatgrandchildren. And she is never short of a quip, regularly joking with staff and residents. When told that the oldest woman in the world is 117, she laughed, “I’ll have to throttle her”. She has also been known to joke that her favourite place in Brisbane is the pub and that she enjoys a whiskey or two, but her daughters say that she has never tried whiskey and hasn’t set foot in a pub. These days Mabel keeps herself busy reading, knitting, crocheting, gardening and listening to music, Moonlight and Roses being her favourite song. She enjoys bingo, concerts, crosswords, carpet bowls and a glass of wine at happy hour. For her milestone birthday, the team at Tricare decorated the venue in blue, her favourite colour and guests and staff also wore blue. The chef provided high tea and Jim Reeves played in the background. Brisbane
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Parasites are just a pain in the gut If you suffer from bloating, gurgling, nausea upon thinking about food or other gut issues, it could be a parasitic infection. TRUDY KITHER discusses bacteria, parasites and gut health.
parasitic or bacterial infection can often cause symptoms including diarrhea, constipation, distended abdomen, a sensation of fullness before youâ€™ve finished eating or being continuously hungry, pain under the ribs, unexplained weight loss, fatigue, moodiness, rashes or cravings. There are so many different ways to pick up harmful bacteria and parasites. If you have been overseas, in particular but not limited to Asian or African countries; swum in rivers, lakes, or dams; had food poisoning or a common case of gastro; consumed unfiltered tank water; or been to festivals or events where handwashing facilities were not completely hygienic, there is a reasonable probability that a parasite could be contributing to unexplained gut or health issues. It could also be a smoldering infection in a tooth or gums, or living with pets. Natural bacterial colonies in your stomach, bowel, and large intestine can become occupied by unhealthy bacteria and parasites. These weaken your gut walls and destroy your normal, healthy metabolic functions, resulting in â€œleaky gut syndrome,â€? or holes in your gut lining.
These holes and channels harbour undigested food, toxins, and especially bacteria and parasites. Living in these leaky channels, they excrete their toxins. They especially love feeding off carbs (sugars), which fuels their energy supply; hence you may have sugar cravings. This whole process then forces even stronger immune reactions with fluctuations in thyroid, liver, and blood sugar levels as the body attempts to defend itself against unwanted intruders.
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photographed prior to the skin cancer check, and the images are compared at follow-up appointments. The innovative software indicates at-risk lesions to be investigated further, and every mole, head-to-toe, is checked by a qualified doctor. Early skin cancer detection and treatment is vital in south-east Queensland where melanoma diagnoses can be up to 50 per cent above the national average. “Using the newest technology in combination with our expertise, we can now spot the tiniest changes and identify early skin cancer risk. This means we can minimise complex, invasive and expensive treatments, and ultimately save more lives,” Dr Prakash said. Call Coorparoo Skin Cancer Centre 3324 0466 or Redcliffe Skin Cancer Centre 3284 3030, or visit skincancercentres.com.au
CABOOLTURE and Princess Alexandra Hospitals have been recognised among the top seven Australian hospitals for delivery of quality, evidence-based stroke treatment and care. The Australian Stroke Coalition Quality Stroke Service Awards recognise hospitals that achieve nine best-practice stroke treatment and care benchmarks. These include treatment with thrombolysis (blood clot-dissolving treatment) within 60 minutes of hospital arrival, provision of stroke unit care, and provision of a discharge care plan.
Stroke Foundation chief executive officer Sharon McGowan said more than 27,400 Australians experienced a stroke for the first time in their lives last year. “Regional Australians are 17 per cent more likely to experience a stroke,” she said. “Traditionally access to high-quality stroke treatment and care has been limited outside of our metropolitan cities, as most stroke specialists and tailored services are in metropolitan areas.” Visit strokefoundation.org.au
YOUR NATTER MATTERS R U OK? has launched a campaign to connect seniors through the “Gift of Conversation”. “Your Natter Matters”, backed by the Stockland CARE Foundation, calls on older Australians to use their life experience to support each other through life’s ups and downs. “R U OK? wants to empower our seniors to reach out to one another and give the gift of conversation,” campaign director Gennie Sheer said. Research has found people engaged with the R U OK? campaign are up to six times more likely to reach out to someone who might be troubled, but those aged 65
and older are currently less likely to have engaged with the R U OK? message. Your Natter Matters aims to increase their confidence levels and reinforce the value of simply asking “Are you OK?”. After the age of 65, some people will experience mental health challenges for the first time and not know how or where to find support. Isolation, grief, changing circumstances and concern about independence can all increase risk factors. Signs that it’s time for an R U OK? conversation can be subtle – changes in verbal or non-verbal behaviour; having difficulty filling the days or withdrawing from social situations. Visit ruok.org.au
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RETIREMENT can be confronting, as for some it evokes feelings of isolation, the prospect of slowing down or being left with no choice but to move into a retirement village. Improvements in healthcare and general wellbeing has increased life expectancy, and this has helped pave the way for a new generation of over 50s who want to stay active and retire in style on their own terms. This new generation of retirees is increasingly choosing a lifestyle resort over a retirement village. Lifestyle resorts differ in many ways, but the core difference is financial – in a lifestyle community you own your home and rent the land. For example, the financial benefits of a lifestyle resort in Queensland are no entry or exit fees; no stamp duty or council rates; no body corporate or strata fees and you keep 100 per cent of capital gain on your sale price. New lifestyle communities such as
OVER 50s can downsize under the land lease ownership model, and free up hundreds of thousands of dollars in equity trapped in the family home. Rebecca Carlow, project sales manager for Freshwater by Ingenia Lifestyle, said the unique land lease ownership model allowed residents to experience the lifestyle with a difference. “Many of our clients love that they will have access to resort-style facilities, including a swimming pool with spa, bowls green, cinema room, alfresco barbecue area, BYO bar and pool tables,” she said. “With construction of the clubhouse wrapping up, there has never been a better time to move into the Freshwater community at Burpengary East.” Residents enjoy a dynamic and independent lifestyle, with many planning to either purchase a caravan and lock up and leave to explore the great open road, or head away for long weekends at the nearby Sunshine Coast.
Affinity Lifestyle Resort in Morayfield have been created specifically with active and social people over 50 in mind. Currently, homeowners are enjoying the first of their two clubhouses. A new multi-million dollar clubhouse with a cinema, heated magnesium pool and spa, fully-equipped gym, bowling green and a bar will open this year. Stage 1 has sold out and Stage 2 has been launched early, with three new display homes open for private viewings. Call 1300 295 807 or email sales@ affinitylifestyle.com.au
THE ACCOLADES KEEP COMING
HALCYON Lakeside at Bli Bli has won the inaugural Retirement Development of the Year title at the 2020 National Retirement Living Awards. The win follows Halcyon Lakeside’s 2019 UDIA National Award for Seniors Living, and further recognises the over-50s lifestyle community’s excellence. Halcyon Lakeside incorporates quality, innovation, liveability and facilities that have made it a leader in over 50s lifestyle developments. “Australia’s modern seniors want more choice to individualise a home to their taste and lifestyle,” Halcyon joint
managing director Paul Melville said. “They embrace over-50s lifestyle communities rather than a retirement village as they are not hemmed in by cookie-cutter design.” State Member for Ninderry Dan Purdie gave a glowing review of the development’s impact on the area. “Halcyon Lakeside is a true visionary masterpiece, creating a connected and cohesive community of active seniors who have also contributed to the broader Ninderry community,” he said. While Halcyon Lakeside has been completed and there are pre-loved homes available, Halcyon is now building its newest community B by Halcyon at Buderim (pictured), its fourth on the Sunshine Coast. More than 20 homeowners have already moved in. Premium recreation and leisure facilities will be completed in April. Call 1800 560 763 or visit the on-site Welcome Centre, open Monday to Saturday 9am-4pm.
“It’s so exciting to see them open their lives to new possibilities, planning to live life like they’ve always dreamed with more freedom, health and wellbeing, and a home of their own within a safe and secure community,” Rebecca said. Freshwater will celebrate the opening of its clubhouse The Wattle with an open day next month. There will be free food and music as well as an opportunity to inspect the new clubhouse and the community. 149 Creek Rd, Burpengary East, Saturday, February 6, 10am-2pm
LOCALS LEAD RUSH FOR BOUTIQUE TERRACES LOCAL residents seeking a lowmaintenance lifestyle in a community they know and love is driving demand for Pelican Waters’ latest housing concept, The Signature Terrace Collection. Pelican Waters sales specialist Morgan Bonanno said that with a new terrace home doubling as sales office, interest was growing for the boutique collection. “We are getting plenty of foot traffic with many locals popping their heads in and the feedback has been really encouraging,” she said. Ms Bonanno said the majority of interest was coming from Pelican Waters and southern Sunshine Coast locals who were looking for a relaxed, lowmaintenance lifestyle in familiar surrounds. The remaining Signature Terraces for sale range from $710,000 to $745,000 and are all “Moffat” designs, offering dual living, a choice of three or four bedrooms, three bathrooms, stone benchtops, 2.7m ceilings, internal covered courtyard,
stainless appliances and double garage. Buyers have flexibility in design and the $25,000 HomeBuilder grant for approved applicants gives a massive discount on a new home. “People are loving the freedom they have to express their own sense of style with personalised designs coupled with a water-based lifestyle second to none,” Morgan said. “Buyers also benefit from freehold ownership, no body corporate fees, low maintenance, high quality construction and no shared walls.” Call 5492 4888 or email sales@ pelicanwaters.com
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AUSTRALIAN Music Legends John Paul Young, Ross Wilson, Glenn Shorrock, Kate Ceberano and Brian Cadd will Rock The House when they come together at QPAC on February 20. Audiences can expect to hear all their favourites covering six decades of Australian music history. The performers have a combined 84 Top 40 hits, including the Australian classics Eagle Rock, Come Said The Boy, A Little Ray of Sunshine, Love Is In The Air, Help Is On Its Way, and Bedroom Eyes. “This will be my first professional gig in more than 12 months and it’s going to
be great to get back in the saddle,” John Paul Young said. Producer Phil Bathols said it was a thrill and a privilege to be bringing the show to Brisbane in the New Year. “I can think of no better way to celebrate the reopening of QPAC,” he said. “Rock The House is an awesome show – a lineup of absolute legends.” Audiences will hear all the hits and some great storytelling, as well as some surprising collaborations. QPAC Lyric Theatre February 20, 8pm Tickets qpac.com.au
QSO LAUNCHES A BIG SEASON LINE-UP QUEENSLAND Symphony Orchestra has launched its 2021 season and a program packed with something for every taste, from classical favourites to film scores, big symphonies to dazzling soloists.With more concerts at more times, there is a performance to suit any schedule. For those new to the magic of orchestral music, the website offers a taste of breathtaking performances, ear-catching playlists, backstage reflections and more. Visit qso.com.au or call 3833 5044 for a brochure.
MUSICAL COMEBACK AFTER COVID CANCELLATION
BASED on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film, Shrek The Musical brings the hilarious and heart-warming story of everyone’s favourite ogre to life on stage. It was due to play at QPAC last May but was cancelled by Covid. The production marks an important milestone in the recovery of the hard-hit arts sector, as it will be the first major
musical in the country to play, without an exemption required, to 100 per cent capacity audiences. Join Shrek (Ben Mingay), the unlikely hero, and his loyal steed Donkey (Nat Jobe) as they set off on a quest to rescue the beautiful Princess Fiona (Lucy Durack) from her tower, guarded by a fire breathing love-sick dragon (Marcia Hines). Add the vertically-challenged Lord Farquaad (Todd McKenney) a gang of fairy-tale misfits, and a biscuit with attitude, and you’ve got an irresistible mix of adventure, laughter and romance, to delight audiences of all ages. Featuring a terrific score of 19 songs, big laughs, great dancing and breathtaking scenery, it is part romance, part twisted fairy-tale and irreverent fun for everyone. QPAC Lyric Theatre January 9-February 7 Tickets qpac.com.au or 136 246
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Ludy Sigrist pays tribute to Neil Diamond. REDLAND Performing Arts Centre (RPAC) swings into the new year with a sensational lineup for its daytime entertainment program, the Musical Melodies Concert Series. The popular series, specially designed for seniors and pensioners, books up quickly so choosing the favourite shows and getting in early is recommended. Guests with special needs or who require assistance are catered for when attending events at the centre. This year’s series will bring performances from Musical Melodies favourites, with new shows, the return of shows that weren’t able to go ahead
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during RPAC’s closure in 2020 and some new stars to keep audiences entertained throughout the year. Raising the curtain in February, is Sensational Swing, as RPAC welcomes Miss Mandy and her eight-piece swing band for the first time, to present the music of Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole and others. In April, Ludy Sigrist performs Beautiful Noise, a tribute to the life and the music of the great Neil Diamond. After her sell-out Dusty and the Divas concert last year, Sharon Rowntree returns to RPAC in June, with another fabulous line-up in Legendary Ladies of Showbiz. Decades of Broadway favourites will be combined in one spectacular show in August with The Broadway I Love, a morning of songs from much-loved musicals presented by Roy Best and Alison Jones with Chris McKenna. In September, get ready to see the spectacular that is Pirates, Pinafore, Mikado and More. This will be a roller coaster ride through the best moments and music from all 13 Gilbert and Sullivan musicals in 89 minutes – and with a cast of only 5! To wrap up the concert series, Darren Coggan (Peace Train – The Cat Stevens
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Head for the Hunter Planning a road trip to Sydney? JOANNE KARCZ recommends a 40-minute detour from Newcastle to Maitland and historic Morpeth.
nly a short two-hour drive north of Sydney, you’ll discover art, heritage, bush walking tracks, and even bird-watching. Whether you are taking the coastal or the inland route, it’s well worth the detour. Explore Maitland’s highlights (and perhaps a winery or two) earlier in the week and then visit Morpeth which really only wakes up on Thursday through to Sunday. Morpeth’s historic Commercial Hotel which offers tasty meals and select coffee shops are open seven days. Maitland Regional Art Gallery (MRAG) In answer to the Covid closures, “Hello Again – it’s nice to see your face” exhibits portraits from the gallery collection, until next month. Look out for the amusing sculpture by Gillie and Marc Schattner near the car park. What seems to be the large backside of a man bending over, is in fact a long-
eared dog dressed in a suit. I’ll leave you to discover what he’s picking up. The gallery’s licensed Seraphine Café offers a tasty menu. Maitland Gaol (East Maitland) Thick, high sandstone walls topped with coiled razor wire separate the former maximum-security jail from local streets. The prison which opened in 1848, was a major local employer until it closed in 1998. Armed with the self-guided audio tour on my phone and a warning not to touch the razor wire, I follow directions to the visitor’s area. The tour leads through the work area, cell blocks, chapel, shower block and muster area. Little of life in jail is left to the imagination. I listen to an inmate from 1961 saying “it was the toughest jail in the state at that time”.
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arched doorways and under eaves form intricate patterns. Other activities include picnicking, walking or enjoying a spot of bird watching. Morpeth Heritage walk Once a busy river port and agricultural and industrial hub, Morpeth has a rich history. The heritage walk starts at Illalaung Park next to its historic bridge where markers indicate the water level when the river floods – an all too regular occurrence. See the Commercial Hotel with its decorative cast iron balustrades, the sandstone Bond Store and the Courthouse whose clock locals relied on for timekeeping. Single workers cottages have been tastefully restored but the railway station needs some TLC. This friendly town is not yet over developed or discovered by the Sydney set. Campbells Store As well as an eclectic range of goods, from hats and jewellery to cabinets of curiosities, road signs and books, (pictured) there’s breakfast or lunch at The Servant’s Quarters Tearoom. A barn behind the sandstone building houses gourmet foods and galleries. Visit mymaitland.com.au and visitnsw.com
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MARY BARBER I found this novel believable and gripping. The central characters, Lydia and her 8-year-old son Luca, are appealing and the other characters are well drawn and distinctive. The book raises questions about how you would behave in extreme circumstances – what hidden strength would you find? How far would you go to protect your family? The harsh but beautiful land plays a big role, almost like another character. The descriptions were vivid. This is a 5-star read. The author faced some flak for writing this novel. Some of her events were cancelled by the publisher due to concerns for her safety. I am glad she wrote it. If authors only wrote about their own experiences, Dickens would not have written Oliver Twist.
BILL MCCARTHY Jennie Cummings is an intriguing author. Her previous three novels give no clue to the direction she has taken in American Dirt. The harrowing tale of a Mexican middle-class mother and her young son, having seen family assassinated by a drug cartel, go on the run. How she attempts to reach the US while avoiding pursuit is a tale of courage and initiative. The plot is embellished with the stories of the endless stream of refugees attempting to escape their own respective hells. Characters, both good and evil, encountered along the way and the dysfunctional officialdom on both sides of the USA boarder add complexity. A fascinating and disturbing read. An interesting aside – she was heavily criticised by the “woke” Latino literati for writing this story, because she is “white”.
BOOK review SUZI HIRST This book is a quick easy read that had me from the first page. What this book did do for me, was leave me thinking about the Mexican migrants and their battle to find freedom and safety in the US. There is a fair amount of controversy on the internet about the author as to her background (nonMexican) and whether she was the right person to tell the story. The story is fiction, but a mother and her son on the run from a cartel that murdered her family may well be the story of many migrants. Heart wrenching. 7/10
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13 words: Good 20 words: Very good
27 words: Excellent
Using the nine letters in the grid, how many words of four letters or more can you list? The centre letter must be included and each letter may only be used once. No colloquial or foreign words. No capitalised nouns, apostrophes or plural words ending in “s”.
ACROSS 1 Public assembly (5) 4 Metallic element (9) 9 German-speaking country (7) 10 Ten year periods (7) 11 German city (9) 12 Result from (5) 13 Sound of indigestion (3) 14 Wielding (11) 16 Evaluations (11) 19 Knight’s title (3) 20 Non-PC (5) 22 Terrible beating (9) 25 Clique (7) 26 Attack (7) 27 Utilises (10) 28 Objects (5)
DOWN 1 Dreads (5) 2 Materials (9) 3 Deserve (5) 4 Southern US state (7) 5 Modernised (7) 6 Adds to (9) 7 River ﬂowing from Tibet to the Arabian Sea (5) 8 Envoy (9) 13 Sadness (9) 14 See (9) 15 Establish (9) 17 Things of consequence (7) 18 They conquered England in 1066 (7) 21 Soak (5)
23 Seaweed wrapped rice (5) 24 People who favour black clothes and make-up (5)
6 1 5 7 8 5 6 4 4 6 3 9 7 6 8 2 4 3 4 3 5 9 8 7 7 5 WORK IT OUT!
Complete the list by changing one letter at a time to create a new word at each step. One possible answer shown below.
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Freshwater Clubhouse Grand Opening Over 50s Lifestyle Community
You’re invited to Freshwater to celebrate the opening of ‘The Wattle’ clubhouse as we open our gates to the wider community with a day ﬁlled with free food trucks, music and fun!
Saturday, 6 February 2021 from 10am to 2pm 49 Creek Road, Burpengary East
Freshwater by Ingenia Lifestyle is a welcoming over 50s community with resort-style facilities within a brand new clubhouse, thoughtfully designed homes, and a social calendar of activities. • Safe and secure over 50s community • No stamp duty • Keep 100% of any capital gains • No exit fees
HOMES SELLING FROM $339,000*
Call 3495 0192 for more information or to book a tour of the display village and clubhouse.
liveinfreshwater.com.au *Price is based on owning your home and leasing the land and is correct at time of printing and subject to change without notice. Terms and conditions apply.
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Welcome to Your Time magazine, your 55+ baby boomers to seniors magazine on the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. We hope you enjoy the read and...
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Welcome to Your Time magazine, your 55+ baby boomers to seniors magazine on the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane. We hope you enjoy the read and...