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MOVING ON FROM THE AGONY OF FAREWELL
Back in the day MEMORIES OF ANOTHER TIME ... NOT SO LONG AGO BRISBANE EDITION 75 JUNE, 2021
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ike it or not, we have entered the funeral notices stage of life. There was a time when we eagerly anticipated reading the engagement notices, then we moved to wedding notices and on to birth notices. Alas, these days the names we know are more likely to turn up in the funeral notices. Not that we have much of a classified section any more, much less the matched, hatched and despatched columns that were once the go-to for finding out who was doing what, with whom and when. The pages of wedding photos have disappeared, and funeral notices have become hard to find, now relying on word-of-mouth or trawling the web. For almost 40 years before he
Contents turned up there himself, my Dad had the habit of scouring the funeral notices to make sure there wasn’t a familiar name. But while so much else has changed, there is still no solution for the raw grief of loss. Nobody has come up with a magic way to deal with bereavement, or to set a date for when the pain will pass. It is all intensely personal, and we all have our different coping mechanisms. Russell Hunter, on the first anniversary of the death of his life partner, this month writes about bereavement and adapting to life after her death. The clear message is that there is no easy formula, and it has to be in our own way and in our own time. On a lighter note, I have to confess to an appalling error in the last edition, where I referred to “waste” rather than “waist”. As one who takes correct use of the language very seriously and constantly complains about its abuse, I was mortified when readers quickly let me know of my clanger. Apologies, but it’s great to know you are paying attention! Dorothy Whittington Editor
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The agony of farewell – moving beyond grief When the love of his life died a year ago, RUSSELL HUNTER quickly learnt that there are no rules for grief, and certainly no prescribed end date. He investigates the grieving process and varying responses to bereavement.
he formalities are done. The neighbours are no longer hovering around the doorstep every minute of every day and the kids have gone – as they should – to resume their own lives. That was when it dawned on me, finally and irrevocably, that I was the only person in this house – a house packed with memories and no one to remember them with. There’s a gaping hole in my life that can’ be filled. It’s a crushing moment in anybody’s experience – that instant when the cold finality of death enters our very being and alters us – probably permanently. At least that was my experience. Others who have been through the
trauma of losing a loved one keep telling me all too frequently that I’ll mend in time. Yes, time is the common denominator in all my conversions of late. Time will heal you, I’m told. All it needs is, well, time to work. Maybe. I’ve now sold the house. It was haunted by those very memories that could no longer – after four decades – be shared. The incredibly supportive social worker attached to the palliative care unit where my partner died gave me a name and the number of a person who could help me. But grief is such a personal thing, isn’t
it? It was (and is) somehow my grief and mine alone. I couldn’t begin to share it. That would almost amount to betrayal. My conversation with Laura Panarello was a mind-opener. “Of course grief is highly personal,” said the Brisbane-based counsellor who works with Co.As.It Community Services. “And everybody’s grief is different.” There are no rules for grief, no timeline and certainly no deadline. It takes as long as it takes. There’s that time element again. But, essentially, there’s no “cure” for grief. And yet it’s a cataclysmic event that almost half of us are going to have to deal with, yet there is little understanding – or even recognition – of grief. “Quite often people just don’t know what’s going on,” Ms Panarello says. “They hear the word ‘grief’ and begin to learn to understand what it is. Finally, they might say ‘OK. Now I know’. “And ageism is alive and well. Australia still doesn’t understand the problems as well as they do in, say, Europe. We’re still a young country. The early migrants – and even more recent ones – didn’t see the old folks age. They left them behind in the old country.” As a result, the traditions of care and respect for the ageing have been eroded. Elizabeth “Liddy” Drane is no stranger to the grieving process. Having lost her husband of almost four decades in 2012 and her twin brother last year, she knows her way around grief. The death of her husband – he was killed in a road accident – left her with a feeling of devastation tinged with anger. “It was a silly combination that led to
Dave’s death,” she recalls. “But I was immediately surrounded by friends and family who were incredibly supportive. “The hospital offered support, but I didn’t feel I needed it. I don’t bottle things up, but my thinking was more like ‘what can a stranger really do for me?’ I soon discovered that you don’t suddenly stop grieving. Time helps, of course, and you start to remember the good times you shared together.” Friends and family were important for her at that time and since. “Family is vital,” she says. “Strangers less so. “I learnt that if you’re positive, people react well. Don’t moan to people outside the family. It really turns them off.” People sometimes don’t know how to deal with her grief, “but if people see that you’re trying to get on with it, they’ll support you, they’ll react positively,” Liddy says. The couple didn’t have children, but nephews and nieces keep in touch – and she’s still invited to dinner parties. “If there was any awkwardness about me being single, it’s gone,” she says. Much-loved Your Time writer Julie Lake is also no stranger to the grieving process. Having lost her husband and her son within the past year she’s still devising ways of processing the tragic experiences. “The first thing I learned is that the two losses are very different,” she says. “When we lost our son it was the most appalling shock. We were stunned by it, almost broken by it, but we were able to support each other through the first, worst days.
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“And the fact is he had for most of his adult life lived a long way away so that we didn’t share his life, which belonged mostly to his partner and children. We missed the annual visit, which was always so much fun, and we missed the weekly phone call. “We missed him on his birthday and our own; felt the subdued but everpresent ache of his not-being. To this day I do not quite believe it.” But, in her experience, the death of her husband of 56 years was even harder. “You have lost the companion of your every adventure and achievement, the one who made you feel loved and special
complete tragedy when someone dies at 85, but it still comes as a shock and shock carries you through those first few days. Then there’s the exhausting bureaucracy of death to deal with. It tires you.” But at the end of all that came the realisation that grief was, for her, a destructive emotion. “I cannot spend the rest of my life grieving,” she says. “I know that my life will never be the same and that I will never again be as quite as happy as I was when Bob and Robert were alive and we were all young and fit and forwardlooking. I will always miss them. “But the thing with grief is not to let it
“I know that my life will never be the same and that I will never again be as quite as happy as I was”
and with whom you made life’s plans,” Julie says. “For me, the worst things are coming home to an empty house and knowing that all your memories are no use any more without being able to share them with the one with whom you made them. They hurt rather than comfort.” With husband Bob she at least had some prior warning. “He was 85 after all, but that still doesn’t prepare you for what’s about to happen,” she says. “I mean it’s not a
overwhelm you. To be thankful for what you still have and not think about what you have lost. My grief is still very raw but I have to go on because life is still a great gift and not to be wasted. “I am not religious and would find no comfort in such belief but I have been influenced by Buddhism, as a way of living, especially its tenet that all suffering comes from attachment. “Thus one should practise nonattachment to things, people and memories. Enjoy them all but never
forget they can be taken away at a moment’s notice and you will lose them all in the end.” Eight days after her much-loved husband died, Julie constructed an imaginary cupboard in her mind. “I labelled it ‘Bob’ and threw away the key,” she says. That certainly does not imply that, after 56 years, Bob was not a vital part of her life. “One day I’ll be able to open that cupboard and enjoy the memories it contains,” she adds. Comfortable with Bob being reduced to “atoms and molecules, part of the environment” she feels a need to continue to do what she – and her husband – enjoyed. “I love music, singing and birdwatching among other things. You need a reason to get up in the morning, so I have a schedule that I follow.” Ms Lake’s friends were “a bit delicate at first” but as she showed a resolutely cheerful face they became not necessarily more supportive (they were already that) but more understanding. “If I grieve,” she said. “I grieve alone.” Julie Lake determinedly looks to the future: “I’ll continue doing what I do but I also want to seek out new challenges. I’m not afraid now to consider physical challenges – maybe more dangerous activities. I’m still thinking about that.” Her love of travel is undiminished “even though age can limit us.” “But life is a gift. Life is good. The sun does shine and I’m not going to waste it in grief,” she says. “We DO survive! And the unbearable does in time become bearable.” Julie and Liddy are a long way ahead of me and many others that I know. I’m still fixated – impaled more like – on the memory of that final breath. Maybe in time …
HELP SHOULD YOU NEED IT It’s not unusual for those seeking help online for their grief to be confronted by a bewildering array of choice – few if any of which appear to relate directly to what they might be looking for. Julie Lake, for example, recalls a forest of options none of which looked anything like what she wanted. “It was all just too hard,” she said. In the end she didn’t bother. Co.As.It Community Services, where Laura Panarello offers counselling to the grief stricken, is as good a place to start as any. This is a not-for-profit organisation that provides a wide range of services that include grief counselling in more than one language. “Most people just want someone to talk to,” Ms Panarello says. “So we listen. We have become very good at listening. We can’t cure people’s grief so we try to help them help themselves. We try to guide them to the right range of options available to them.” Some of her clients are recommended by carers while other reach her through word of mouth. “Our MO, if you like, is just to talk to and listen to people. We want to help them find their own way. And we need to recognise the wisdom that comes with age. “But the wisdom of your soul is ageless.” She lists a range of services that include Solace Australia (for those who have lost a spouse); Grief and Bereavement Australia. There are also apps: WrongTime; Breath; MyGrief; Mood Mission; Giant Mind that may be useful.
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by Mocco Wollert
WHO wouldn’t remember those magical days at Christmas when The Test was on? Until I came to Australia, I hadn’t really known about cricket but became a fan quite quickly. There are long stretches in a test match without much activity, just a slow back and forth of a little white ball. My friend Annette calls it “watching the grass grow!”. Itt’s a good time to get
another beer from the fridge for hubby. Back to the lazy days of watching sport and enjoying every minute of it. I have long lost the enjoyment of those days. Sport has become war. Cricketers now jump on each other’s back like soccer players when somebody gets out. What happened to the gentlemen in white who congratulated their opponents when they had a good hit? I do not know when sledging started but I find it abhorrent. Sledging is used like a physiological weapon to upset the opposite team. No wonder I call it warfare. Do we really need to stoop so low to win a match? However, I feel relieved that at least now immediate medical attention is being given to sports injuries, especially to rugby players suffering from concussion. Sadly, sport seems to be all about money today. Winning is no longer predominantly about honour but more about prize money, especially in tennis. And the amount of the prize is staggering. Even attendance money is substantial. No wonder players just hang in there even though they have little chance of winning. I also must confess that I yearn for the days when the players looked elegant in white outfits. Now anything goes and some of the clothes the tennis players wear are downright awful. Bad behaviour in tennis started with
John McEnroe, the young brat who brought “entertainment” to tennis courts. Now it is accepted that players behave like naughty kindergarten kids. The worst thing is that they get away with it and the fines they are given are in many cases ludicrous. I enjoy watching Roger Federer. He does not have to display atrocious behaviour to win his matches. Some sports now rely heavily on electronics, human skills no longer the only criteria needed. I am talking of course about the biggest of them all the America’s Cup. Once a sport showcasing and relying on the skills of the skipper and his crew, it now seems to rely just as much on electronics, sometimes even more than the human capability to steer a big boat to victory. Aggression in sport has become a well-accepted concept. Every time I look at a photo of sportsmen and women, advertising a game or a match, all I see are angry faces and raised fists, the atmosphere of naked aggression overwhelming. Losing was not the devastation it seems to be to-day. There can only ever be one winner. Nobody wants to lose but it seems that winning at all costs is now the modern creed of sport. It’s just not cricket! May you enjoy watching sport and back a winner
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JOE’S FULL OF BEANS The wartime song It’s a Long Way to Tipperary was written for a bet in a pub at Stalybridge in England in 1912? Jack Judge and his musical friend Harry J. Williams were challenged by a group of actors to write a song and perform it in the same day. And they did. Within 24 hours, the song that would become an anthem for British troops during the Great War was complete. Unlike other songs about heroism, soldiers could identify with being lonely and far from home. Judge sang it at the Grand Theatre in Stalybridge, which is now in Greater Manchester but was then in Cheshire in north-west England. It was a hit and soon recorded by more famous singers.
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LETTERS LIKE the editor (YT May) I have also contributed substantially to the Porsches and Jags of dentists here and overseas over a number of years. It was overseas where I had substantial – and very expensive – root canal work which was, I later realised, bungled. Back in Australia I treated the resultant abscesses and eruptions with pain killers and a couple of extractions by the Queensland seniors dentistry service, a great program which is mostly bulk billed. However, they told me the root canal problem might be recoverable but I’d probably need to see a private dentist about that. Off to the nearest surgery I went
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only to discover that I’d also contracted some kind of gum disease which meant my teeth would all eventually fall out. That’s beginning to happen. So it’s dentures or implants. My late partner’s ordeal with dentures put me off, as did the cost of implants (I’ve been quoted anything from $28K to $50K depending on the type of implants.) With much trepidation, I‘m about to embark on an implant program. It won’t be easy and it certainly won’t be cheap. If there’s a moral to my tale it’s this: Seek treatment early for whatever ails your mouth. The longer you leave it, the more it’s likely to cost. Robert Humphreys
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Clifftop home a launchpad for paraglider’s dream Peter Buch can walk on to his roof and, if the wind is right, sail off to wherever the breeze takes him. GLENIS GREEN meets the paragliding enthusiast.
s a child, Peter Buch’s ultimate dream was to jump off the nearest hill clutching a sheet at both ends and simply glide away with the wind. So it was natural that as a young man his fancy turned to hang gliding, which he took up with enormous enthusiasm at age 18 as the ultimate escape from his land-bound job as a carpenter. But not long after learning to fly, an accident at work damaged his knee, an infection set in, and he faced the grim reality that the days of wrangling a heavy hang glider and its associated gear were out of his reach. But disappointment soon became excitement as he tried a switch to a much lighter paraglider - basically his childhood dream of a sheet – but with a harness and manoeuvrable strings which enable the flyer to catch the wind and silently glide over often enormous distances. “My knee was bad but I could do it. It was like deja vu from when I dreamed I could fly by throwing a sheet in the air and taking off,” he said. Peter was hooked. But the trouble with paragliding is that takeoff and landing sites were few and far between around his Sunshine Coast home, so his new dream became one of actually
owning his own paragliding site. With his knee injury putting paid to a lot of his building work, Peter took over from his father running the family macadamia farm at Peachester for around 15 years and also did a stint as a taxi driver in Brisbane. He and his wife Sue, a school teacher, also caught the travel bug and travelled overseas extensively and went paragliding in exotic locations – before Covid-19 hit. Sue was also a keen paraglider until she hurt her back during a rough landing. Peter always thought his dream of owning a paragliding site was out of reach until they heard of about 12ha of land for sale directly below Gerrards Lookout along Balmoral Ridge between Montville and Maleny. Sue had just sold the family home she had inherited and the steep acreage had been on the market for some time. The stars aligned and the Buchs bought the land, and engaged retired engineer Peter Parnell to solve the problem of building a home on the almost perpendicular site. The solution was an earth covered home tucked into the side of the hill, with the perfect paragliding site just above the roof and multiple landing sites accessed by a track in the valley. Fast forward 12 years and Peter, now 64 and fully retired, has realised the dream of a lifetime. He can walk out his front door any time the wind is right and simply jump off his roof and sail off to wherever the breeze takes him. “I’m on top of the world. I feel like I’m standing on the rail like they did in the Titanic movie.” If he’s feeling lazy, he can simply sit with a coffee on his front patio and watch his mates in the Sunshine Coast Sports Aviators Club whirl and twirl
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above him. The club has almost 900 members – some aged in their 70s and 80s – who glide at sites from Gympie to Redcliffe. On a good day there can be between 12 and 20 people taking off from Peter’s roof – sometimes flying as far as 250km west. Peter likens paragliding long distances to playing chess. “You’re flying and looking for thermals … looking at the sky for what is happening ahead of you. Thermals generate clouds and you follow the birds and the grass seeds as you see them go up and fly from thermal to thermal. “It’s just terrific, any time the wind is on.” While Peter Parnell did the engineering, Peter himself did most of the building on his unusual twobedroom home, working away gradually as time, health and funds permitted. Only the tiling and plastering was too much. With an outlook from every room that embraces the Sunshine Coast from Caloundra to Noosa, living on top of the world is never dull and Peter says he
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hould I retire is a big question and one we should ask and consider carefully. Please remember that as a psychologist, I do not address the financial considerations. Imagine a horizontal line. At the far end we have 100 per cent certainty to retire, at the other, 100 per cent certainty to not retire. Every employed person is somewhere between those two points. Where are you? It may not surprise you that I find younger people, for whom retirement is some way off, position themselves closer to the “will retire” end. One chap who was turning 50 said to me, do you have a scale with “200 per cent will retire as soon as possible” on it? Yet, the closer people come to having to make and act on the decision to retire, the more they move and slide on the scale. This is understandable. When you are in work you know what you have. Getting out is an unknown and therefore something of a gamble. Some people tell me they will never retire. This is a goal that is unlikely to be successful, but I appreciate the intention.
Except for a few, at some point people will usually have to leave work, with or without dignity, whether or not it is their decision. I believe that, for some people, they wish to continue to work as a way of staying in the game ... of life. Some folk have very rewarding jobs. They get a strong sense of identity from their work. Or they find their work fundamentally sustaining and engaging. I have frequently found this with people in creative industries. Or it gives them a sense of connection with others. Or it provides a sense of control. Or it leads to a self-perspective of having currency and relevance. And of course, there is always the other meaning of the word currency. Work provides money which provides many good things in life. We know that work is a way of getting things that make life good. But only some of these good things are ones you can buy. The problem is that staying in work provides good things but getting out does too. Perhaps the more good things that work provides for the individual the harder the decision to retire might be. For some the consideration is
whether staying provides less bad things than getting out. Julia told me with a sigh that she would rather go to work and put up with her demanding boss than stay at home with her equally demanding husband and resident adult daughter. Julia is close to retirement. On our scale she moves between 10 per cent and 50 per cent certainty of retiring, depending on what is happening at home. On the other hand, Paul could retire any time. He has had a long career, has adequate funds and a home life to which he is looking forward. How does Julia make her decision? How does Paul make his? One way of making the retirement decision is to start with the end. Firstly, acknowledge that you will ultimately retire. Who do you want to be as you move into that phase? What age will you be? Perhaps late midlife or early older age or late older age, or just old? What sort of mobility and enthusiasm will you have for making a new life? What do you need to have in place? What social connections will support you? How purposeful will you
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they first met all those years ago. He had fallen head over heels. He had paid no heed to her father’s harried, downtrodden look, the way her mother used to nag at him. He had no warning that she was going to turn out exactly like her mother. Monica was an only child, and they were very close. It didn’t take very long at all. She had been devastated when her parents both died in a car accident. Of course, that meant all her attention was focused on him and it was unrelenting and all-consuming. But now, 20 years later, she was gone. The sense of peace was almost overwhelming. Of course, it took some adjusting. To the friends who inquired, he said simply that she had left him. He was staid and boring. They understood and probably wondered why she hadn’t gone years ago. He sorted out his wet clothes. His suit needed dry cleaning, the rest could go into the washing machine. The microwave pinged. His no longer frozen dinner was ready. He emptied the contents of the package onto a plate. It smelt delicious. Gavin was proud of his cooking prowess. It was the one thing for which Monica had always praised him. He poured himself a glass of vintage red and sat down. As he took the first bite, he mused that she probably would have enjoyed it too. It was as delicious as it smelt. There was a certain irony to it. Monica’s nagging had been all consuming. Now, she was the one being consumed. Tales by Cesmo at cesmotales.com
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ound waves can be detected in the human ear at a wide range of frequencies from approximately 20Hz to 20,000Hz. A sound below this frequency is called infrasound and above is an ultrasound. A dog’s frequency detection levels are as low as 50Hz and as high as 45,000Hz, while cats can detect frequencies as low as 45Hz and as high as 85,000Hz. For centuries, humans have understood the profound effect that sound has on the mind and body. Physicians in ancient times knew enough from their observations to realise a connection between sound and healing. It wasn’t until the 21st century that scientists began to measure the powerful impact music and sound frequencies consistently have on mind and body. Now, it is understood that there are precise healing frequencies of our bodies. Specific frequencies are used in healing therapy to manipulate human cells and brainwaves to promote healing. Sound frequency healing is used for all sorts of health issues, including physical ailments and psychological disorders such as depression, insomnia, and anxiety.
Depending on the frequencies used and its vibration and rhythm, frequency healing works on a cellular level by triggering genetic changes and can even damage dangerous cells. Therapeutically, exposure to specific sound frequencies has been found to alter brain and body activities. This activity promotes lower stress levels and high self-healing immunological responses. Because lower frequencies cause irritation, disease, and other negative effects on our bodies, high frequencies are used for healing purposes in natural medicine. Here’s a guide: 40Hz – sounds at this level have been used in Alzheimer’s therapy studies to stimulate an increased neural response and fight symptoms of dementia. This is the
frequency of gamma brain waves and stimulation of memory. 174Hz – one of the Solfeggio frequencies, which is a series of tones used to have different positive effects on our health, including reducing pain and stress. 285Hz – another Solfeggio frequency, heals physical wounds, including cuts and burns. This frequency activates your body’s cellular regeneration and encourages it to recover from injury and illness. 396Hz – is associated with removing fear and other negative feelings, including guilt. It transforms negative emotions into more joyful and positive ones. 417Hz – focuses on removing negative energies, such as energy surrounding a past trauma or negative energies in the environment. It dissolves emotional blockages. 432Hz – leads to higher levels of emotional and mental clarity. 440Hz – is considered “cerebral” (brain) music, as it helps your cognitive development. 528Hz – this is probably the most popular of the Solfeggio frequencies. It is known as the “miracle note” due to being
associated with blessings. It has been used (since before written history began) among native populations as their sound healing therapy. 639Hz – used to produce positive feelings and greater attunement to harmonious interpersonal relationships. It encourages more precise communication practices and situational awareness. 852Hz - helps redirect the mind away from overthinking, and intrusive and damaging thought patterns, leading to anxiety and depression. 936Hz – activates the pineal gland and higher spiritual development. Known as the “frequency of the gods” and the “pure miracle tone”, 936Hz activates the crown chakra and a connection to the source of all humanity. As you can see, there are many different vibrational/sound frequencies used as healing treatments. Their ability to produce physical healing effects to counteract illness or injury, can also change negative thoughts associated with mental and emotional issues. Trudy Kither is a naturopath and owner of Nature’s Temple. Visit naturestemple.net
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bout half of all women over the age of 60 will have at least one fracture due to osteoporosis. Men also experience bone density loss and by the time they are 70, may have the same bone loss as women and be equally susceptible to hip and spinal fractures. So what can you do about it? Many risk factors such as age are a given. There are others that can be addressed. If you are inactive, smoke or drink alcohol excessively you are at a higher risk. Some medications also put you at risk. Prednisolone can cause bone loss. Sara Meeks, an American physical therapist, has developed an evidence-based program to help people with osteoporosis and osteopenia build stronger and better aligned bones. She is the author of the book Walk Tall! A Program for the Prevention and Treatment of Osteoporosis. According to Meeks, It doesn’t take long for bone mass to deteriorate. In just one week of
bed rest a senior citizen loses bone mass. Meeks also states that one fracture is a strong predictor for another fracture. The good news is you can increase your bone density and strengthen the muscles that support your bone structures with some regular attention. Here are a few ideas to get started. Tip 1 - Keep your spine straight in everyday activities. Instead of leaning over the bathroom sink to brush your teeth, bend your knees. To check if your spine is straight, imagine a 1-metre ruler
placed along your back. It should touch your back at the base, the middle and the top. Be aware of how you bend to open cupboards, weed the garden and so on. Use stools to sit on or bend those knees rather than curving your spine. Tip 2 - To strengthen your bones, you need to give your body different challenges. For instance when you go walking, vary the surfaces you walk on. Try walking on the grass or on the sand. Go for a short bush walk where you have to step in unexpected ways. Your body will reap the benefits. Tip 3 – Weight-bearing activities will build bone strength. Get started with kitchen bench or wall push-ups. As you get stronger, move to a lower surface or add repetitions. Stand on one leg for 20 seconds. Walk heel to toe across your lounge room. Climbing the stairs is another useful and safe weight-bearing activity. Tristan Hall is an exercise physiologist with Full Circle Wellness. Call 0431 192 284 or visit fullcirclewellness.com.au
THE list of benefits of keeping yourself fit could fill a book. From my own experience, maintaining a good level of health and fitness means I can still operate as an active fitness instructor in my 60s. Obviously, I am not as capable as I was when younger, but I am a lot wiser and know many things now that I didn’t when I was younger. I can pace myself better, seldom get sick and if I do, tend to shake it off quickly. I work every day, not a full day, but nonetheless I do work every day. I still get up every morning at 4am ready to tackle the day. I snatch a nap in the middle of the day as I work early and late most days. I feel terrific and put it all down to maintaining a positive outlook on life and living a moderate and healthy lifestyle with plenty of exercise. You can do the same. It is fair to say that improvement in movement and flexibility may not occur as often as it did when we were younger but maintaining
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Lock in future preferences while you can Advance care planning is worth considering at any age, but as we get older, it is imperative. KAILAS ROBERTS writes that making future wishes and desires clear while you still can, will save a lot of heartache later.
he need to plan for your future is relevant regardless of your health status, but if dementia is being experienced, it may be especially so – with this condition, changes in circumstances may occur more rapidly and unexpectedly. The key with advance care planning is to do it when there is still the capacity to make decisions about future care. If the dementia is too advanced, this capacity may be lost, and decisions may be legally void. There is nothing to stop you doing this much earlier in life – anyone over the age of 18 can do so – but most people are not that organised. Advance care planning involves two processes – creating a document that outlines future wishes about your health care (in Queensland, this is known as an advanced health directive) and creating a document appointing someone to take over decisions
about your health and finances if you become incapable of making them yourself (known as an Enduring Power of Attorney in Queensland). Both of these documents are legally binding and to my mind, both are critical. One of their main advantages is that they make your wishes clear, so that there can be no dispute or
misunderstanding about what you want when you cannot communicate this. Health decisions in particular may have to be made in emergency situations when loved ones are under a great deal of stress. Having desires known beforehand means that they don’t have to carry the weight of making potentially life-altering decisions. Also, you may have a number of people in your family who all love you but who have different ideas about what should happen. This may lead to disputes and unnecessary discord even though they all want the best for you. Again, having something in writing takes away any uncertainty – what happens to you is your choice, and others around you must respect that. The Enduring Power of Attorney document needs to be discussed with a solicitor. With this, you put in writing who
you’d like to take over your health and financial decisions if you become incapable of making them yourself. Importantly, signing it off, does NOT mean that you immediately hand over the control. The nominated Enduring Power of Attorney only acts on your behalf when you are no longer able to decide for yourself. The advanced health directive should be discussed with, and signed off by, your doctor. I usually suggest this is your GP, as they often know you the best. Completing this document allows you to write down decisions relating to your health care (not finances) into the future, including what sorts of life-sustaining treatment you may want. It also allows you to nominate a person (or people) to take over your health decisions when you can’t make them. Of course, it would be best to discuss this beforehand with
the person you are choosing to nominate. You don’t have to nominate anyone if you have already done so by completing an Enduring Power of Attorney form. These legal processes may seem tiresome, but once done you can have assurance that your wishes will be respected and upheld into the future.
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 yourbraininmind.com or uqp.com.au
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arrears, they should get legal advice.” Free advice is available from financial counsellors or through Legal Aid Queensland. “All we can say is please don’t stick your head in the sand and hope it will go away – as it won’t,” Mr Holmes said. “The sooner you get advice the more options you may have.” Call the National Debt Help Line 1300 007 007 or Legal Aid Queensland 1300 65 11 88 or visit legalaid.qld.gov.au Call the National Debt Help Line 1300 007 007 or Legal Aid Queensland 1300 65 11 88 or visit legalaid.qld.gov.au
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Mr French urges older job seekers to focus on just two job applications at a time so that you have the time and energy to produce really good applications. Despite perceived age discrimination, mature workers are in demand. They stay longer with the employer, they are less likely to take sick days and they are reliable and responsible. Job search success relies on getting past that perceived age barrier and his book explains how to do that, including marketing techniques to win good jobs, resume writing, find jobs before they are advertised and effectively prepare for a job interview. “Older workers are vital to the workplace; they have skills, reliability and a sense of responsibility that can only be gained through experience,” he says. Available at exislepublishing.com and all good bookstores.
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Some unfair practices Choice has recently investigated include businesses dramatically increasing the price of essential goods during the pandemic and telecommunication companies aggressively overselling products and services to older people. Choice is investigating how an unfair practices prohibition would work under Australian law. The ACCC has previously advocated for such a law. Countries such as the US, UK and Canada have had great success following the introduction of an unfair practices prohibition. “We’d love to hear from as many as possible so CHOICE can advocate for consumer protections,” Ms Pereira said. Have your say at choice.com.au/ UnfairnessSurvey
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Keep it in the family – but be sure to document it It is not uncommon for loans to be made within families. DON MACPHERSON warns that it’s important to get it all in writing to avoid heartache down the track.
oans can be made from parents to children, or from children to parents. Recently we have met a child lending money to a parent to buy into aged care or a retirement village; and a parent lending a child money to buy into a home. Sometimes, down the track, there is uncertainty when things don’t work out as planned, as to whether the payment was a gift, or a loan. Financial circumstances change, planning changes, and suddenly what appeared simple and straightforward becomes fraught with confusion and dissension. Was it repayable? When? On what notice? On what terms? A recent case involved a woman who put $200,000 into a property owned by
her daughter on the assumption she would live there for the rest of her life. In time, mother and daughter didn’t get on, mum moved out, and wanted her money back. Nothing was documented. Was it a gift, a loan, an investment? There are conflicting versions between the parties and a court must now decide. Another recent example involved two (of four) children lending money to mum and dad to move into aged care. They asked for the loan to be documented so that there could be no misunderstandings down the track when the estate ultimately needed to be managed. This was prudent and ensures there is no confusion when the day arrives to deal with the refund of the aged care RAD
when the estate needs to be administered. Another example was parents lending monies to a child to buy a house. The loan was documented to ensure that if the house was sold there was no confusion that the loan was owing. The parents may choose to roll it over to a new property or may, depending on their circumstances at the time, choose to have the loan partially or fully repaid. Loans to children are particularly problematic. There can be a mind set of
“inheritance impatience” where the feeling is that “it’s coming to me eventually anyway” so there’s no need to repay it. This may place the parents in a difficult position when they need funds for aged care, retirement living, or health needs. The bottom line is to put loans between family in writing if you want to avoid confusion and dispute down the track. Don MacPherson is an expert at Brisbane Elder Law. Call 1800 961 622 or visit brisbaneelderlaw.com.au
AGED CARE PLANNING IS A SKILL Whether for a family member or yourself, the process of organising aged care can be overwhelming. BRUCE BAYNES gives the four top tips for aged care planning. Prioritising the essential tasks and beginning preparation early will ensure that you have everything in place to make the transition into aged care as smooth and stress-free as possible. Ready to begin planning for aged care? Here’s a recommended start: 1. Get ACAT approved. Your ACAT (Aged Care Assessment Team) approval is your “ticket to the concert” so to speak. If you don’t have one, you can’t get in! To qualify for subsidised residential aged care, ACAT will need to assess your eligibility. Approvals for permanent residential care do not expire. For more information see myagecarecare.com.au 2. Have an enduring power of attorney. Without a valid enduring power of attorney, family members are not permitted to make health or financial decisions for you. Organising an EPA once someone has lost capacity is a logistical nightmare that requires an application to the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal, a process that can take months.
3. Ensure asset information is easily accessible. Understanding your investments and having documentation of assets on hand is essential when it comes to Services Australia Income and Asset Assessment, the form that determines aged care fees. Ensuring access to the balances of all investments will speed up the paperwork. 4. Employ a professional to handle the finances. Aged care is affordable to everyone, you may just need an expert to show you how. Australian Aged Care legislation is complex, and in-depth knowledge of not only the legislation but of superannuation and estate planning is often necessary to develop the best possible aged care funding strategy for an individual situation. Employing a specialist will save time and money and give the confidence to make informed decisions. With a little preparation and support you can avoid stress at an emotional time. Bruce Baynes is an Accredited Aged Adviser and director of Sage Care Advice. Call 5322 5333 or visit sagecareadvice.com.au for a step-bystep guide to aged care.
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POOR SLEEP TAKES ITS TOLL
THE Sleep Health Foundation estimates that poor sleep costs Australia $14.4 billion each year, with a further $36.6 billion related to loss of wellbeing.
A new report, Rise and try to shine: the social and economic costs of sleep disorders, found that around 1 in 10 Australians have a sleep disorder that can have a serious effect on their health, wellbeing, safety and productivity. The costs were distributed across three major sleep disorders – obstructive sleep apnoea, insomnia and restless legs syndrome. The report calls for action to address the significant costs of poor sleep by implementing the 11 recommendations of the federal Parliamentary Inquiry into Sleep Health Awareness.
Hear and be heard What? Huh? Pardon? If these are common phrases you hear at home, then listen up, writes MICHELLE LAWSON.
o better understand the feelings experienced by those with hearing loss, researchers asked a group of those affected what it felt like to be heard and when it mattered most. They found that one in every two said that to be heard was to be acknowledged. If it has become a running joke that your partner didn’t hear you when you asked to take the bins out, then it’s likely you are living with someone with hearing loss. For those suffering from untreated hearing loss, everyday scenarios such as watching TV, or simply having a conversation over dinner, are a challenge. However, to be heard is not only about the mechanics of sound, speech and hearing; it is also about having your opinion, feelings or position valued and understood. Results from the Connect and Be Heard Report found that eight out of 10 Australians acknowledged that the place where they most wanted to be heard was at home, yet our own castles seem to be a space where many feel the most overlooked. Four in ten said they were struggling to be heard at home. While people often hide the tell-tale signs by turning up the volume or asking a person to repeat themselves, the toll of living with someone with hearing loss is felt by all. It’s important to understand the effect that hearing loss can have for both the affected and those around them. Hearing loss is not just the absence of sound in your life, it is being out of reach from the people who matter most to you. A person experiencing untreated hearing loss can quickly find themselves on the outside of life; “invisible” while standing right in front of the people they love most.
The most important first step is to bring up the conversation gently. The Gottman Institute has penned the term “soft start up” which includes using words like “I feel” when addressing issues or conflicts. A conversation could sound like, “I feel I’m shouting at you because you can’t hear me.” Taking this approach can get the conversation off on the right foot so they can see that changes have been noticed. Encourage them to take action. Despite many Australians experiencing hearing loss, it can take multiple prompts and reminders from family members for people to book a hearing appointment. Hearing can often be easily addressed. An initial hearing check is free and takes just 15 minutes. There are different types of hearing tests available, depending on each individual’s hearing loss situation. For many, hearing loss will be manageable, and technology even allows some to use almost invisible solutions. For those who need hearing support, the clinician will recommend a 60-minute comprehensive hearing test and a consultation to review solutions to best support your hearing, lifestyle and budget. Finally, make broader health discussions and health goals a part of your everyday relationship. Set a yearly reminder on your calendar, just like you would a routine dental check-up. There has never been a more important time to have these conversations. If there is one regret, it’s usually that people wish they had addressed their hearing loss concerns sooner. Michelle Lawson is managing director of Connect Hearing. Visit connecthearing.com.au
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PARKINSON’S disease affects about 100,000 Australians and is the secondmost prevalent neurodegenerative disease worldwide, with more than 10
million people suffering globally. The disease is characterised by the loss of brain cells that produce dopamine. There are currently no early diagnostic markers and existing treatments can only lessen some symptoms and do not slow its progression. Research increasingly points to the gut microbiome, bacteria that live in the gut, as playing a key role in the development of Parkinson’s, with evidence showing that changes in gut function often comes many years before the onset of classic symptoms such as tremors. The gut microbiome contains billions of different bacteria which help in the digestion of food.
A significant issue for those with the disease is a slow-down in digestive tract movement, leading to constipation, a common complaint, with up to 70 per cent of Parkinson’s disease sufferers experiencing constipation. Group leader of Clinical Neuroscience at the University of Queensland, Dr Richard Gordon, and his team have begun a human trial in south-east Queensland to treat constipation and gut dysfunction in people with Parkinson’s disease. The purpose of the study is to determine the effectiveness of a prebiotic
CLINIC PIONEERS LASER CATARACT TREATMENT A BRISBANE clinic has become the first Australian practice to offer a surgical laser procedure that considerably improves vision outcomes compared to standard cataract surgery. Described as a clouding of the lens in the eye, cataracts are a leading cause of impaired vision for Australians over 55, with surgery the only way to treat the condition. CAPSULaser, a pain-free, noninvasive procedure that uses laser to perform a critical component of the cataract procedure, uses new intraocular lens technology which can be seamlessly integrated into current cataract surgery. It eliminates the need for a twostaged procedure, making it faster and more comfortable for patients. Ophthalmic surgeon and founder of Brisbane’s OKKO Eye Specialist Centre, Dr Matthew Russell, said it was the first time Queensland residents had access to any type of laser technology that could be used to perform cataract surgery. Dr Russell, who has performed more than 20,000 surgical procedures during the past 15 years, said CAPSULaser would likely become a
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Brisbane’s much-loved cabaret event is on its way to RPAC for the first time! From humble beginnings in the Sitting Duck Café in West End in the early ‘90s, Women in Voice has grown to be a don’t-miss event on the Brisbane performing arts calendar. A blend of superb singing and delicious harmonies, backed by a great band and all served up with a generous dose of laughs. This will be an exceptional night of music not to be missed!
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PERFORMANCES spanning contemporary music, dance, drama, family theatre, classical music and cabaret are among the highlights coming up at Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC). The new Season 2021: Act 2 program guide is now available with more than 30 different shows on offer at RPAC until the end of August, with something to appeal to all tastes and interests. RPAC’s reputation as one of the best performance venues in the south-east Queensland continues to attract major touring productions, with Opera Queensland and Queensland Ballet gracing the stage this season. Be quick to secure a seat at Queensland Ballet’s Tutus on Tour on July 24. RPAC will also celebrate legendary artists Elvis, Simon and Garfunkel, Cat Stevens, Fleetwood Mac and Stevie Nicks, Aretha Franklin and the Bee Gees in a series of tribute concerts this season. A treat for the grandchildren is The Owl and The Pussycat on June 11 and 12, based on Edward Lear’s poem.
Along with leading national and regional touring productions, the best of Redlands Coast will be celebrated with Stage Sessions making a welcome return to showcase the talent of local performers in a series of 10 intimate cabaret concerts on the RPAC stage from July 1-4. The Act 2 program is available at the box office or a Redland City Council Customer Service Centre or library. Many shows later in the year have early bird prices for a limited time only. For the full list and to book tickets, visit rpac.com.au
HISTORY IN ENOGGERA THE Enoggera And District Historical Society is holding an open day on July 17, at the Memorial Hall in Trundle St, Enoggera. There will be displays from other historical and community organisations as well as from the Enoggera group. On August 28, the Enoggera State School, South Pine Rd, Enoggera will celebrate 150 years of education. There will be a fete as well as a reunion of pupils and static displays.
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THE romance of Christmas in winter is captured in the Queensland Pops Orchestra’s Christmas In July. Imagine snowy nights around a fireplace with family and friends, the smell of pines and the sound of carols. There may not be snow but it won’t be hot and humid and Patrick Pickett has put together a concert full of music from
WOMEN IN VOICE ON TOUR BRISBANE’S much-loved cabaret, Women in Voice, is on its way to Redland Performing Arts Centre (RPAC). Women in Voice (WiV) was started by Annie Peterson in the early 1990s to give female singers an opportunity to share the music they hadn’t had a chance to perform. From humble beginnings in the Sitting Duck Café in West End, WiV has become a “don’t miss” on the Brisbane performing arts calendar. Heading east for the RPAC show will be audience favourite Leah Cotterell, joined by extraordinary Indian fusion
around the world celebrating the best of the Christmas season. The Three Tenors will sing traditional and popular Christmas songs Nathan Kneen, Adam Lopez and Gregory Moore have a collective wealth of stagecraft and vocal artistry under their belts – all three have been members of the internationally successful The Ten Tenors, and each has notched up an impressive resume of solo and musical theatre performances in Australia and internationally. Soprano Emma Kavanagh is also back. Join Patrick Pickett and the Queensland Pops Orchestra for a Yuletide knees-up with all the trimmings. QPAC Concert Hall Saturday, July 24, 2.30pm and 7.30pm Tickets: qtix.com.au or call 136 246.
artist Menaka Thomas; sublime new singer/songwriter Bellani Smith; and Hannah Grondin, who wowed audiences with her electrifying performances of Janis Joplin songs in 2019. Local artist Hannah Johnstone (Radioceans) will join the cast for one exceptional show. The Brisbane Powerhouse performances are already sold out. RPAC, Sunday, June 20, 4pm. Tickets $25-$35. Bookings RPAC box office 3829 8131 or visiting rpac.com.au Saturday, July 24, 2.30pm and 7.30pm Tickets: qtix.com.au or call 136 246.
ORCHIDS ON SHOW AN extravaganza of hybrid species and native orchids will be on show at the Mount Coot-tha Botanic Gardens Auditorium next month when the John Oxley District Orchid Society presents its annual winter show. There will be potting demonstrations and cultural advice, and orchids and growing accessories for sale. It’s a perfect opportunity to add to your collection or to growing orchids. Saturday, July 24, 8.30am-4pm, Sunday 25, 9am-3pm. Admission $4. LOGAN and District Orchid Society’s annual orchid show is in August at Springwood Road State School. There will be displays of orchids, bromeliads, foliage and floral art with plants on sale at reasonable prices, as well as potting demonstrations and cultural advice. Bus trips and groups welcome. Refreshments available. Saturday August 28, 8.30am-4pm and Sunday 29, 8.30am-2pm. Admission $4.
PREPARE FOR A STAGE JOURNEY AN entertaining and heartfelt adventure with two of Australia’s finest actors will have audiences laughing, crying and celebrating the imagination and heart of Australia’s trailblazing women. Rovers is a modern comedy-drama woven from true stories and wild machinations. If you’ve ever faced a seemingly insurmountable obstacle, had to keep a family secret or said yes to a crazy dare, then this funny, heartwarming and crackling ode to Australia, and the daring women she breeds, will be just your cup of tea. Rovers writer Katherine Lyall-Watson
says the show showcases the exceptional talents of Barbara Lowing and Rox¬anne McDonald. Some sections are taken verbatim from interviews with the actors, some have been written from imagination, and some are created from research into Australia’s bushranging women. Don’t miss Lowing and Quandamooka woman McDonald when they journey through the heart-lines of their lives. Redland Performing Arts Centre Thursday, July 8. Tickets $25-$35 Bookings RPAC Box Office, call 3829 8131 or visit rpac.com.au
REDLAND PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE FREE 2021 SEASON: ACT 2 PROGRAM OUT NOW Some of the great performances coming to RPAC between June and August are below, with something for everyone. MUSIC // Opera Queensland Women in Voice On Tour Karin Schaupp and Orava Quartet Redland Sinfonia – Stormy Weather Elvis – If I Can Dream A Night of Feeling Groovy on the Peace Train RESPECT – The Aretha Franklin Story Remember the Days of Cat Stevens The Celebration of Swing DANCE & MUSICAL THEATRE// Queensland Ballet – Tutus on Tour The Tap Pack The World of Musicals FAMILIES // The Owl and the Pussycat Wilbur the Optical Whale Flipside Circus – School Holiday Workshops
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BEST OF OUR REDLANDS COAST // Redlands Coast Art Fair Stage Sessions 2.0 Artist Symposium COMEDY & DRAMA // Rovers Ross Noble CABARET // Weathering Well – Starring Jenny Woodward AND SO MUCH MORE …
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IF you’ve ever wondered how retirement living is designed for you as you age, you’re guaranteed to be impressed by a visit to Bernborough Ascot. Designed by international retirement and aged care experts, Marchese Partners, Bernborough Ascot takes future-proofed living to new heights. “Working closely with leading universities such as the University of Stirling, Marchese Partners has a deep understanding of the ageing process and how ageing impacts our body, mind and lifestyle,” principal and Bernborough Ascot design director Frank Ehrenberg said. A number of safety, accessibility and familiarity age-friendly design principles form the DNA of the Bernborough Ascot masterplan, enabling residents of all ages and abilities to actively engage in the community for years to come. Called enabling environments, each community space and residence within the masterplan has been designed to allow for ease of use, reducing the chance of isolation among residents. Within the apartments, age-friendly design principles can be seen everywhere, including within the oversized penthouse apartments. From extra-wide corridors with plenty of space for walkers, to spacious kitchen layouts, step-free thresholds including in the bathroom and on to the balcony, easily
BUDERIM’S only luxury lifestyle community, B by Halcyon, has its own Tesla Model 3 for homeowners to use. Homeowner Lyn Lamble has become B by Halcyon’s unofficial Uber driver, using the community’s Tesla to transport neighbours. “It’s just effortless driving,” Lyn said. “It’s responsive, it holds the road well, it’s comfortable and we don’t have to go to a smelly service station to fill it up with petrol.” She said it was also fun to drive, especially on the open road. “It just flies, you feel free, like a bird,” she said. Lyn regularly drives other members of the community to lunch, the airport, shopping trips and medical appointments. “It’s nice to be able to help people. I’m on my own here so I know they will help me as well,” she said. Lyn Rudd has only been a passenger in the Tesla and is about to complete her
accessible powerpoints, and design features allowing for further modifications make Bernborough Ascot a cut above. As Australia’s first retirement community to achieve a 6-star Green Star accreditation for sustainability, Bernborough Ascot has an impressive line-up of “green” features. Key design elements from Brisbane City Council’s New World City Design Guide, include solar panels, large rain water tanks and clever design to maximise natural light and ventilation. Its ideal position and aspect is used to reduce running costs. Frank speaks highly of Lendlease’s commitment to people, purpose and place and is delighted to have been part of the journey of this ground-breaking intergenerational community project. Set facing north over Doomben Racecourse and framed by mature fig trees, Bernborough Ascot is now open. Visit retirementbylendlease.com.au
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PEACEFUL LOCATION TO ENJOY LIFE AN authentic country lifestyle with urban convenience, surrounded by nature in a small boutique lifestyle resort, is available now at Affinity Lifestyle Resort, designed especially for over 50s. Located in the Moreton Bay region, it is set among gum trees and native flora and fauna – an idyllic location to call home. The small boutique size of the community gives lots of opportunities to meet neighbours and create friendships. Residents can take a leisurely stroll within the community and meet neighbours at the community dog park or at the many events and activities held at the resort. Day trips away are regularly organised by the social club and there are monthly
dinners out, trivia nights, billiard games and weekly morning teas. As a gated community, it gives a sense of security and peace of mind that there won’t be strangers freely roaming the village. Neighbours can keep an eye on your home if you are away travelling. Stage 2 has just been released. With plenty of caravan and boat storage currently available, the new design three-bedroom homes with alfresco area, some on larger sites, are sure to please. Meet the homeowners at a Wednesday morning tea and find out first-hand what Affinity living is all about. Call 1300 295 807 to book a personal tour or for more information.
induction to learn how to use the car. “I’m really looking forward to taking it for a drive,” she said. She said she loved living at the community and having the Tesla at her disposal was one of the many benefits. “We’re enjoying it here. I’ve never had so many friends as I’ve made in just a short time at B.” Display homes at B by Halcyon are now open and new homes available. Call 1800 050 555 to register for a private tour of the community.
WHILE there will always be those who opt to remain in their own home when their children have left the nest, many are finding the time and effort spent on gardening and maintenance could be put to much more enjoyable use. This sentiment is driving a new wave of over-50s “life-sizers”, many still working full or part time, choosing to downsize responsibilities and upsize lifestyle. As house prices continue to rise, a lot of asset-rich but cash-poor homeowners could be missing out on the opportunity to
unlock their home equity and start living the life they’d prefer much sooner. Adrian Puljich, director and CEO of GemLife over-50s lifestyle resorts – which has three estates on the Sunshine Coast – said selling a house that had grown dramatically in value over the years to buy a new home for less, could be a huge benefit for downsizers. “Homeowners can use the additional capital to invest or supplement their income to enjoy a better-quality lifestyle,” he said. “A lot of people begin by looking into apartments or townhouses but may be put off by having to pay stamp duty on their new purchase, being in a complex with a revolving door of tenants, or missing a sense of community. “This is where the benefits of over-50s resort living are worth considering. “You would never consider buying into a townhouse before visiting it, so what’s stopping you exploring resort living?” Mr Puljich said. Visit gemlife.com.au
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BILL MCCARTHY GOOD luck, bad luck, frying pan, fire. These oscillations of fortune seem to rule young Eddie Jaku’s life from 1933 when his father enrolled him, with a false ID as a gentile, in a school which would not accept Jews. His subsequent exposure, capture, escape to Belgium then France, recapture, escape again and then finally recaptured for good makeS a harrowing story. He was finally sent to Auschwitz knowing that all his family, except for a sister, had been murdered by the Nazis. His life depended on his skill as a technician and his very strong will to survive. He survived the hell, left the fire and lived from 1950 in Australia, a successful and happy man. An inspiration for everyone and reminder that bad things happen when good people do nothing.
SUZI HIRST THE Happiest Man on Earth is an engaging read from the first page to the last. I would love to be able to sit with Eddie and just chat. The book is a very quick read, very sad, often brutal, thought-provoking and in all, a lesson on how to live your life from one day to the next and be happy no matter what. The treatment of the Jews by the Germans is well-covered by the history books but as we get further along in years from World War II, the survivors are few and their stories will be lost. Eddie was a gentleman, a clever man, and had a strong will to live and forget, but maybe never forgive. 10/10
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Eddie Jaku considered himself a German first, a Jew second. He was proud of his country. But all of that changed in November 1938, when he was beaten, arrested and taken to a concentration camp. Over the next seven years, Eddie faced unimaginable horrors every day, first in Buchenwald, then in Auschwitz, then on a Nazi death march. He lost family, friends, his country. Finally, he was released by the Allies and in 1950 moved to Australia. Grateful for his survival, Eddie vowed to smile every day. Published on his 100th birthday last year, this is a powerful memoir of how happiness can be found even in the darkest of times.
JOHN KLEINSCHMIDT AS A young man Eddie Jaku, at his father’s insistence, completed an apprenticeship in precision engineering. It was before his arrest as a Jew and being sent to Nazi concentration camps. Eddie was very skilled and was valuable to the German war effort. He was sent to various locations to utilise his talents. This may have contributed to his determination to survive the horror of day-to-day existence in the concentration camps. I have read other holocaust survivor stories that follow a similar pattern. Holocaust survival is often described as a “miracle” but in this case, Eddie’s belief in humanity during his darkest days and life after the war have made him the happiest man on earth.
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MARY BARBER EDDIE Jaku was 13 years old when Hitler came to power in 1933. His family were proud Germans but that did not matter. They were Jews. Eddie’s family sent him away to study engineering under another name and hopefully a safer identity. This story is well worth reading. It is factual and told in neat historical order. This happened and then this happened. There’s no need for bold adjectives. The story speaks of horror without embellishment. Eddie Jaku OAM turned 100 in 2020. His book is an important contribution to the historical record of the Nazi years.
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THIS simply written biography describes the hardships and horror of the Nazi regime on the Jewish population of Europe in the 1930s and 1940s. Emerging from incredible suffering in Auschwitz, Eddie’s determination to not only survive but also help his fellow victims, demonstrates his decency and humanity contrasting with that of his oppressors. The themes of this book are survival against incredible odds and the importance of goodwill, love of family, friends and mankind. In his own words: “May you always have lots of love to share, lots of good health to spare, and lots of good friends who care.” 7/10
JO BOURKE THIS book depicts the holocaust in all its horror and cruelty and is well worth the five stars accorded by most, if not all, internet reviewers. More than any other story it exemplifies the power of the human spirit and the will to survive. Eddie Jaku has risen to well-deserved prominence with his television appearances and his work with the Sydney Jewish Museum. His most powerful presentation is his TED talk lasting just 11.53 minutes. I urge everyone to take that tiny amount of time from the day to watch the YouTube video of Eddie talking simply from his heart and urging each of us to realise that “happiness does not fall from the skies … it is in your hands” and “if you are happy and healthy you are a millionaire!” One of the most powerful books I have read and one I will be buying for my friends in the future, especially teenage ones!
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