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Contents and social distancing. The epicentre no longer mattered. Fear, loneliness and depression, and at best, despair, anxiety, gloom, and apprehension became part of life. It was impossible to do anything without hearing yet more bad news. Despite border closures, we can hope that the worst is now behind us and life will return to some normality — I am loath to use the words “new normal” as that’s another lexicological trend that’s picking up. There’s little doubt our definition of normal will have to change though, as we move on from the torrid times of 2020. (I did enjoy one observation that “I’d like to take my mother up on her offer to slap me into next year”.) Julie Lake examines some of these in this month’s report on life after Covid. And, as she notes, the pandemic has had its bright points. Don’t miss Judy Rafferty’s rundown on the history of retirement on Page 24. It’s a fascinating look at where the concept started and how it advanced to “the golden years”. Who knew the term “senior citizen” was coined 65 years ago? Happy reading! Dorothy Whittington, Editor
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Learning to live with life after Covid At the beginning of this year two new words became part of our vocabulary – Coronavirus and Covid-19. JULIE LAKE investigates what we have learnt from the pandemic and the time spent in lockdown.
F Imagine the scenario: a potentially deadly virus insinuates itself into a human host and within an amazingly short time, millions of people become affected. Many die. Governments, urged by health care professionals, introduce drastic containment measures that include social isolation, the closing of national and state borders and the suspension of many civil liberties. Police and armed troops are brought in to enforce the restrictions. The roads are almost empty and tourist resorts shut down. Planes no longer fly. Great cruise ships remain in dock or float around at sea with skeleton crews. Children cannot go to school. Public transport is restricted or shut down altogether. Face masks become common accessories. Restaurants and shops close. Supermarkets remain open with restrictions but the shelves are empty as the panicked populace stockpiles food and household essentials. People avoid each other and nobody gets a hug anymore. Is this some TV producer’s bleak vision of the future? No, it’s the all-too-real scenario of Australia – and the world – in early 2020.
or months now, Coronavirus has dominated the news and been a word we use every day. For many it has spelt illness and death. It dealt a savage blow to the economy, forced us into social isolation, and temporarily took away many rights and liberties we take for granted. Some claim it has changed our society forever. For many older people no longer in the workforce the worst aspects have been isolation from friends, families and community groups, being confined to home, lack of exercise opportunities, running out of essential household supplies, and not being able to travel or easily use public transport. “We’d been planning the trip of a lifetime, taking our caravan to Western Australia this winter,” say Jeff and Marg Eller. “But now that’s had to go on the back burner. The same goes for recently-retired Tony Obermeit and Hilary Sawyer who’d planned to take to the road for an indefinite time, following music festivals around the country. They’d even rented their house in preparation and have had to live in their caravan throughout the lockdown. And then there was the fear as day by day, week by week the media relentlessly reported the Covid story in all its aspects, almost to the exclusion of all other news. “We’re all going to die” became the mantra for many politicians, health professionals and social pundits of all kinds in a well-meaning attempt to scare us into complicity. Yet now the restrictions are gradually starting to ease and we look
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shopping in our neighbourhoods or town centres, which will reinvigorate small, independently-owned or franchised businesses. Others argue that existing malls will remain because of the comfort, convenience and range of services offered to customers under one roof, but concede there will have to be changes to allow more social distancing. Decentralised, integrated living already has Australian supporters. Urban planner Mike Day, a Fellow of the Planning Institute of Australia, cites Ellenbrook, north of Perth, as one of the best examples of a self-sufficient and liveable community with a diverse range of work and family functions.
“Others argue that existing malls will remain because of the comfort, convenience and range of services” Another who takes this concept seriously is the Mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo, who plans to change zoning so that citizens can get all the services they need within a 15-minute walk. This decentralisation can be extended to a deployment of outreach services such as mobile medical clinics to keep the mildly ill and elderly in their homes as much as possible, and to prevent overload of regional hospitals when epidemics occur – as they will. The other big change will be to travel and transport. The cruise industry, for one, will be able to lure back older clients only if it
can offer them refunds on bookings cancelled due to epidemics and a program for keeping them happy and comfortable if a viral outbreak occurs. Nobody wants to pay for a luxury cruise and find themselves stranded at sea and stuck in their cabin. Airlines, too, may have to revert to more spacious seating and institute queue-less arrival and departure systems and although European budget airline Ryanair CEO Michael O’Leary denies it, this is likely to increase ticket prices. And flying will be even more tedious than it is now, with the likelihood of airport health checks and certificates of immunity. Barcoded wristbands like those in the film Contagion are a very real prospect. We’ll all be packing hand sanitisers and the latest style in masks. And the destinations we choose will be those with robust health systems and quickresponse virus containment programs. Communications technology helped many older people through the Covid crisis. We learned to shop for groceries online; use Skype or Facetime to talk to grandchildren; transmit news and photos via social media; use apps to consult with doctors; download books with e-readers and iPads; keep up community activities via Zoom; and generally maintain contact with the world. This is one change that social planners and health professionals think probably WILL last because new users of apps and smart devices have discovered that it is fun as well as convenient. People such as 94-year-old Briony Burrell found that tweeting away on Twitter broke the monotony of social isolation. A major post-Covid complaint was panic-induced stockpiling and the inability of retailers to cope.
“Government should be considering working with wholesale, retail and supply sectors to ensure that adequate stocks are on hand against future epidemics,” says supply chain guru Martin Guard, adding that retailers should be better prepared to limit stockpiling by panicking customers. Brisbane retiree and former marketing company CEO Richard Howlett goes further, saying Australia needs to urgently restore its manufacturing base to make us less dependent on other countries and at the same time provide jobs for young Australians. It does appear that after Covid there is a sense that we need to do some things differently – and be less complacent. Having canvassed the experiences and insights of so many people I have come up with my own game plan. From now on I will stock up on household essentials (especially wholemeal flour and toilet paper), ditto cosmetics, shampoo and face masks, stop putting off non-emergency medical and dental treatment, book travel only if it comes with a guaranteed total refund in case of a pandemic, and buy a selfgrooming kit so I can trim my own hair. If I didn’t already live in a selfsupporting retirement community or neighbourhood I would consider moving to one. And I have realised that my smart phone is my best friend, giving me access to banking, medical support, friends and family, information and so much more. We can’t totally insulate ourselves against the effects of a pandemic – but we can do a lot more at a personal level to be better prepared than we were for the outbreak of Covid-19. I’ve certainly changed that. How about you?
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IN THE GARDEN – with Penny THE recent showers have been a great introduction to Spring. More bees and butterflies are flying around now. As beautiful as they are, butterflies lay eggs which turn into grubs with voracious appetites. Keep your eyes peeled, especially on new rose growth. Fertilise and mulch everything and prune shrubs that have finished flowering. Plant corn, cucumbers, lettuce, spring onions, beetroot, tomatoes, ready for delicious salads in the coming months. Time to propagate most plants including camellias, azaleas and hibiscus. Dahlias, marigolds, begonias and zinnias and petunias will give you months of beautiful flowers. With lovely warm days it is a pleasure to be outside. Happy gardening
LETTER I have just read Russell Hunter’s story (YT Aug) and can sympathise with him regarding doctor attitudes at a distressing time. My husband has been in hospital for more than 11weeks both in Brisbane and SUCH. The Advanced Health Care had been mentioned by three different doctors causing great distress to myself. Fortunately, my husband at 85 has fought back bravely after seven weeks in ICU and is now in rehab. The one thing that has kept me going is a letter to the ICU from a 10-year-old girl after her father survived a near-death experience. She said “You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have”. How very true. Judith Tait
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former Wallaby rugby player and now, at 75, one of Queensland’s oldest lifesavers, Dick Cocks is a man who loves being on the go – whether it’s stand-up paddle boarding, a gym workout, cycling or just entertaining mates from behind the memorabiliatrimmed bar at his Coolum Beach home. He was also a keen runner until wear and tear caught up with his knees and a hip replacement curtailed his action-man antics. But for an ex-rugby union stalwart, there has been none of that “going to seed” that some footballers seem to suffer. Dick is still superfit and travelling well, mentally and physically, at the home he shares with his South African born wife Glynis, who is 11 years his junior. Rugby fans will remember Dick as a fiery No.8 on the flank, playing for a multitude of regional and state teams and wearing the green and gold for Australia in the 1970s. He recalls one of his first Wallaby
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games as a Test against France and “the dirtiest” as a clash at the Sydney Cricket Ground which ended in a draw. “I got a good old headbutt,” he says ruefully. His playing resume reads like that of a rugby union rock star, from kitting up with the New South Wales Waratahs, the Brumbies, Force and Melbourne Rebels, captaining the Queensland Reds, captaining the Natal Sharks in South Africa and playing for Brothers In Brisbane among some of his stints – on top of his distinguished Wallaby career. Dick’s last game for the Wallabies was against Japan in the first Test in Sydney in 1975. All up he was capped 10 times and played 549 representative games. The rough and tumble of rugby – which has also included being a selector and coach – are quite a contrast to his distinguished career teaching geography, economics and legal studies to high school students. He has worked in state and private schools around Australia and South
Africa, a country he regards as his second home. At times he also has turned his hand to working for a surveyor, for a frozen food company and even running a restaurant. Dick was teaching at a high school at Durban in South Africa from 1976 to 1977 when his mother became ill. He returned to Brisbane and taught at both Nudgee and Ashgrove colleges. After his mum died, he returned to South Africa in 1979 and taught at Westfield Boys High School while playing for West Natal and it was there that he met Glynis. They married in 1987 when he was 42, and have two children – daughter Lesley born in 1991 and Michael, who arrived two years later. Dick is the first to admit that his name has been quite the talking point throughout his life. Born Michael Richard Cocks, Dick said he preferred to be called Richard after his grandfather with the same name. Teaching “out bush” and in the Aussie way, everyone soon shortened Richard to Dick and so the combination, sure to draw sniggers, was born – and stuck. Big, burly, footballer Dick could certainly handle the digs and he laughingly recalls when he was first teaching at Gundagai he knew a woman called Rosie Roots, who lived in Punch Street – and by combining all three unlikely names he has had a story to dine out on for life. He remembers telling a mate who came to see him: “Yes, I’m Dick Cocks and you’ll find me with Rosie Roots on Punch Street”. The reply was “Don’t be ridiculous”. “When I ring up someone they say ‘beg pardon’. Yes, I’ve had a lot of mileage out of it,” Dick says. On Wallaby tours when they’ve announced him at places like the Houses of Parliament and Buckingham Palace,
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IS THERE any other word that strikes as much terror in people than the word “dentist”? Mention that word and most people shrink in fear or even start to shake. I know there are other threats such as maybe World War III, another flu or whatever virus pandemic, or the possibility of being caught on a badhair day by a clutch of catty girlfriends you haven’t seen for 10 years. But nothing, nothing, lives up to the fear of the dentist. There are those of us who can still recall the awful noise of the old dentist’s drill. It sounded – and felt – like a jackhammer. No protective gloves of course. To-day’s equipment is sophisticated, sterile and highly efficient. However, in my mind, I can still hear the whirring noise of the old drill and remember a mouth full of water. When I came to Australia in the 1950s, there were people who had had all their teeth taken out and plates fitted.
It was considered a clever thing to do as there would be no more problems – or and costs – with teeth in the future. Nobody considered the fact that there could be problems with ill-fitting plates or gum disease. Dentist also have their own language, mysterious words like distal, numbers they rattle off that the dental nurse, who sits at the computer in the treatment room, enters into your chart. You hope it is “your” chart and they are talking about “your” teeth. Dentists, like doctors, often lie. “Just lay back and relax; it’s just a little prick that you will hardly feel”. Well, I don’t know what he feels but I did feel something that really hurt. However, I am very grateful that at least we now have something that reduces the pain when a tooth is being filled. I have always wondered why nurses ask you, when in hospital and about to have an anaesthetic, if you have a crown. That is until I chewed a Mintie and suddenly one of my crowns came out. Thinking it was just an especially hard piece of the Mintie, I almost swallowed it. That would not be a good thing during an operation. Our mouth is, of course, poorly designed. The tongue should be detachable so it can be taken out while the dentist is in there. Wherever you put it, it’s in the way. Swallowing is also annoying. The minute I open my mouth and the dentist starts his work I have to swallow, not once or twice but constantly. All the suction in the world cannot make me comfortable. As a child it starts with the dentist, then as a teenager it is the orthodontist, then follows the periodontist and finally the oral surgeon when the big molars have to come out. I have been there, done all that but I still keep on trotting regularly to my dentist, determined to salvage whatever I can. May your gums be healthy and your teeth sparkle.
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WITH Father’s Day approaching, my thoughts turned to my Dad, who died several years ago. A truck driver and a fruit grower, he worked hard, often seven days a week and was a strong-willed man. My mother might have used the word “stubborn”. I’m sure I did not inherit this trait – or did I? Doing a spot of gardening, I adopted his never-say-die attitude when I dug out the root system of an old agave. There had been a few rainy days, so I took advantage of the wet ground. Soft soil would make it a quick and easy job. Well, that was the theory. Nearly an hour later, with the aid of all manner of tools, the tangled roots finally gave up their hold. A crowbar did the trick in the end, at times with my full weight on it and my feet leaving the ground. Was my determination a little bit of Dad? As I sat back, dirty and tired, I imagined he would have thrown aside the crowbar with an expletive and used his tractor for the task. From golf to cooking, he gave everything his best shot. His favourite hobby was fishing, which was mostly done in the Murray River close to home. Once a year, a pilgrimage was made
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to the seaside. The two-week holiday consisted of cramming in as much boat fishing as the weather allowed. Unfortunately, I did not inherit his love of fishing. The rest of the family shared the passion, but I suffered violent episodes of seasickness the moment the boat was anchored. Dad, on his only break of the year, didn’t let my queasiness interrupt his quest for a good feed of whiting. He said that the contents of my stomach would act as burley to attract the fish. I doubted this was true. As soon as I was old enough to stay ashore on my own, my fishing days were done. I could not stand the smell of old fish that permeated Dad’s boat. Back then, I thought he was pretty mean, but my seasickness was not fatal. In fact, I mostly grew out of it and these days can go boating without too much trauma. My siblings and I had to join in the scaling and filleting of the day’s catch. The old knives with their wellhoned blades were probably not suitable for children, but Dad did at least warn us to be careful! The fresh fish, cooked to perfection by Dad, was almost worth the wretched seasickness. Nowadays, on Dad’s birthday, I go fishing. It’s just my way of remembering him. I don’t care if I catch anything, but I still prefer to do it from the firm ground of the riverbank. Happy Father’s Day to all the dads out there.
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Every breath you take ... Whether carrying grandkids, doing push-ups or climbing a steep hill, how you breathe will make your actions easier or harder, writes TRISTAN HALL. With nasal breathing, you breath deeper using more of your lungs’ capacity. It is calming and can help lower blood pressure. The air gets filtered, moistened and adjusted to your body temperature. Nasal breathing activates your diaphragm. Besides being a breathing muscle, your diaphragm keeps your core stable, supports your spine and aids your balance. All this adds up to fewer injuries and easier exercise. On the other hand, mouth breathing supplies you with less oxygen. It leads to fast upper chest breaths which can trigger a fight or flight response and create anxiety. Mouth breathing is very drying and uncomfortable. If you are used to mouth breathing during exercise and switch to nasal breathing, you will experience more air hunger at first. That’s because the nose is a smaller entry than the mouth. Hang in there. In a few months, your body will adapt and you won’t need as much air for your exercise routine. Be aware and let your amazing breathing apparatus support you. Tristan Hall is an exercise physiologist. Call 043 119 2284 or visit fullcirclewellness.com.au
IF YOUR doctor told you to hand in your driving licence, you would consider that good advice, and most would comply for fear of having an accident. If anyone, regardless of their qualifications, told you not to exercise anymore, I would question exactly what that meant and if it referred to all exercise. If you had a limb injury then perhaps you could exercise the limbs that were not injured. If you are told to get complete rest for a period of time then of course you would do that, yet I come across a lot of people who stop exercise because they have an injury or have been told to take it easy. In many instances exercise can still be undertaken applying commonsense and some protective measures. You would have to check with your doctor and the best thing to do would be to ask for detailed instruction on what the GP’s recommendations would be. Far from disregarding what your doctor has told you, I would drill down and ask for details about what you can and cannot do. Most doctors these days would agree that a patient’s wellbeing may be adversely affected if they are not allowed
to exercise at all. As we get older it is easier to stop doing the things we enjoy, from an exercise point of view. As people age they may stop bike riding, running, playing golf or whatever the exercise is just because someone told them to stop doing it or because their peers no longer do it. It may not be considered age appropriate to keep exercising in that way. You should think long and hard about giving away anything you enjoy, that does not hurt you and that keeps you healthy. Once you no longer do it, it is very hard to take it up again. Not only may it be physically challenging to recommence, but often your confidence has long gone. Tom Law is the author of Tom’s Law Fit Happens. Visit tomslaw.com.au
reathing is about taking in oxygen, the fuel for your muscles. The more energetic the activity, the more oxygen you will need. There are two ways to take in oxygen – breathing through the mouth or nose. Many runners choose to breathe through the mouth, consciously or not. Patrick McKeown, an international breathing specialist and author of The Oxygen Advantage, argues that mouth breathing is inefficient. It does not give more oxygen to the lungs or muscle cells. It’s common to start exercises with nasal breathing and switch to mouth breathing when the going gets tough, when the hill is steep or your 12th push up is just too much. McKeown’s advice is to slow down your activity so you can switch back to nasal breathing. One study found people who used nasal breathing for six months had more carbon dioxide in their blood after exercise. Carbon dioxide is considered a waste gas that we expel. However, it is much more. It is the catalyst that makes the red blood cells release oxygen to power your body’s cells. More carbon dioxide leads to more available oxygen.
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Stay positive in isolation With the Covid-19 risks abounding, many older Australians are spending more time at home alone. If you are feeling lonely and trapped, writes KENDALL MORTON, be assured that others are feeling this way too.
f you search Mental Wellbeing on the Queensland Government website, you’ll find a range of ways to strengthen your mental health in this time of extended social isolation. Suggestions include going for a walk outside, calling a friend, working in the garden or listening to a new podcast. HERE ARE SOME OTHER SUGGESTIONS: 1. Have a routine. Routines help us get up in the morning. They make the time pass productively. Do set activities at set times even though it feels like your time is endless. 2. Put some physical activity into your day. Try this for starters: The Alphabet Exercise which strengthens your feet and ankles. You can do it in a chair. Rest one calf on your knee and put your foot out in front. Imagine you are writing the alphabet with your foot. You can do this with each foot. You will get more movement if you exercise with bare feet. 3. Give to others. Getting away from your problems can be very beneficial. Look for
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ways to use your skills and time for others. Perhaps you can knit. The Animal Rescue Craft Guild needs pouches for kangaroos and koalas. How about making a weekly call to a friend who lives alone? 4. Get creative. Creativity is a powerful tool to reduce anxiety and find a sense of control and purpose. Whether it’s sketching your dog or baking a cake, there are many ways to get creative. You don’t need to be an expert, just play around. Perhaps you have a hobby that you can take up again. 5. Limit your caffeine. It’s easy to have loads of tea and coffee when the days and nights are long. Too much caffeine can lead to anxiety and agitation. Note what you are having now and cut down by one or two cups. Switch to non-caffeine drinks after 2pm to help you sleep better. 6. At the end of each day, write a list of what you want to achieve tomorrow. Your list may only have one thing on it, but it will still give you a structure and a sense of accomplishment when it’s done. Don’t be ambitious. Start small. The
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Little suburb with a big past – and a strange name Whinstanes, east of Doomben and near Eagle Farm, had a post office open in 1897, and it later became home to several large industries. DIANA HACKER explains how this little suburb that has long since disappeared, came by its name.
he closure of the Holden plant in South Australia was a tremendous blow to Australian manufacturing. Remember when we built our own ships, aircraft, steam engines and farm machinery? Before that, imported vehicles came in kit form, packed in crates and assembled by our own workers. The small suburb of Whinstanes on the Pinkenba line was known as the site of the Ford assembly plant. Caltex, Commonwealth Industrial Gases, and other oil, asphalt and electric industries, were also based there. Where did this unusual name originate? Alex Brand Webster was born at Montrose in Scotland in 1842 and in 1866 sailed to the colonies aboard the SS
Netherby which was wrecked off King Island in Bass Strait. When he finally arrived in Melbourne, the Salvation Army gave him a set of cutlery and a Bible and Webster went to the Victorian goldfields and later to Gympie where he set up a store. He was held up by bushrangers when carrying gold but was released without being searched in favour of the expected mail coach. Webster sounded the alarm at Petrie and the robbers were arrested. He founded Webster and Co in Mary St and in 1874 married Mary Ogilvie. They moved to Hobart where Mary died in 1881. Three years later, he married Evangeline Shoobridge at Hobart. The couple returned to Brisbane and Webster took up land and built his home, Whinstanes, in about 1886. The “whin” is a brambly bush in his native Scotland, and he combined it with “stanes” which means stones. Furniture was imported from England and the residence became the scene of many social events, including the visit of the Prince of Wales who attended a ball at the home on August 3, 1920. Webster had built a seaside home at Deception Bay in about 1885 and called it
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Boondar, the Indigenous name for kangaroo. It had a chimney of bricks which had been brought by a punt that overturned in shallow water. Workers spent some time recovering the bricks. Webster bought and operated the ships Otter and Beaver. He died at Boondar on January 21, 1923. His body was brought to Whinstanes from where his funeral procession left for the Toowong
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ccessibility settings on the smart phone or tablet have been designed to be adaptive. The Android smart phone – Samsung, Google Pixel, Oppo, Motorola, Nokia – and the Apple iPhone have made these sections easy to navigate, by grouping the appropriate features under Hearing, Vision/ Visibility and Physical and Motor/ Interaction and Dexterity. You will find access to these settings by navigating to Settings >accessibility on both iPhone and Android. Here is a brief description of what you will find in each section and their purpose. APPLE IPHONE AND IPAD Hearing - Subtitling and Closed Captions are a staple iPhone feature displaying text to audio produced through media. Made for iPhone (MFi) hearing aids, compatible with Apple use your device to adjust your hearing aid settings through the phone. Noise Cancellation is also a feature that reduces background noise during a call, and Apple support RTT (real-time text) protocol for conversational text calls on your iPhone. Vision / Visibility - Voiceover allows you to hear a description of everything on your screen.
“Use your voice to create lists, compose emails and bark out instructions” Zoom allows you to zoom into a portion of the screen in a moveable window or zoom the entire screen. Smart Invert, inverts only the colours on the screen you prefer. Physical and Motor - Apple offer a one-handed keyboard for one handed typing. Siri is the voice assistant that will allow you to command your iPhone by speech. Switch Control lets you control your mobile device using physical switches. Reachability allows you to navigate through your device more conveniently with just one hand. Assistive Touch allows you to access
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Loving life out on the road again As we become more risk averse, the cheeky little Swift Sport satisfies those who still like to get out on the road for the sheer joy of it, writes BRUCE McMAHON.
lder folk, drivers in particular, can become a touch risk-averse – step further away from the edge, don’t climb ladders, drive slower. It’s not always the car, road or conditions, but that some of us lose confidence, and lose distance and speed perceptions. Some have always seen driving as a boring, if risk-laden, chore. Passengers can be quite affected, shuddering – maybe shrieking – when it appears the corner’s coming up fast or a semi-trailer’s closing in behind. Never mind that that familiar turn was once taken at far higher pace. So many older drivers head for cars considered a tad safer, more sedate and less likely to scare. That can leave those who still enjoy motoring, and perhaps a brisk drive (within mandated limits of course), a little grumpy. Suzuki may have the answer for all – the risk-averse and the more sporting kinds – with the charming Swift Sport, a handsome little devil as safe as a row of retirement villages. And it’s as sporting as anyone, any age, may need. First up, it’s a sensible little hatchback that’s seen all around the town in standard Suzuki Swift guise. That means a five-door and compact body, at just under
4m long, ideal and easy for placing in traffic and parking spots. Visual differences with this $26,990 Sport model are extra exterior colour options, cute alloy wheels and red highlights on the upholstery; touches that won’t frighten the neighbours. Inside is much the same as a standard Swift. There’s now blind spot monitoring, rear cross traffic alert, six airbags plus the usual suite of electronic traction and braking aids. So, no worries about Suzuki’s Swift
Sport as a safe, competent little machine with all of today’s mod-cons from air-conditioning to Bluetooth connectivity and satellite navigation. Instruments, with digital speed read-out, are good and legible though that touch screen’s “will they-won’t they” slide controls for volume are problematic, as are tiny and fiddly controls on the steering wheel. Driver and front passenger are well looked after, although a centre console or armrests would be welcome, and back seat
passengers will appreciate the Swift’s headroom. The cargo area is smallish, even without a spare tyre. All that is well and good but the real substance to this particular Suzuki is hidden under bonnet and floor. Lighter than the previous version and with reworked suspension over common garden variety Swifts, there’s a minimal 1000kg kerb weight to be shifted here; with 103kW of power, delivered by a turbocharged, 1.4 litre engine – through either a six-speed manual or six-speed auto transmission – to 17-inch front wheels that means a fair deal of punch available. Out and about, with risk-averse types still tucked-up in their pyjamas, push through to the Suzuki’s 5500 redline. Here are miles of smiles for those who still enjoy a well-mannered and sporting car. It’s quick and it’s agile. It doesn’t need to be driven fast and it doesn’t need to go over any speed limits to bring joy to the most jaded of drivers. Corner, any change of direction, becomes a real treat. So while Swift Sports can be driven with sedate sweetness around the suburbs, there is also a little rip-and-roar for those who still choose life over living.
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Foods for moods The old saying “you are what you eat” has a lot of truth – what you eat affects your mood and at a time when so much is out of control, you are still in charge of your food. “There are three main chemical neurotransmitters in the brain that help send messages from one cell to the next – dopamine, noradrenaline and serotonin,” says nutritionist Cyndi O’Meara of Changing Habits. “Dopamine and noradrenalin are the brain chemical that keep us alert, that have a tendency to make us think more quickly and increase motivation, mental acuity and productivity. Serotonin is the calming brain chemical producing a relaxed, more focused, less anxious, less stressed, more euphoric feeling.” Levels of these neurotransmitters are directly related to the foods we eat.
1. Calming carbohydrates. All carbohydrates are not equal in their ability to offer mood-altering results. Whole grains and complex carbohydrates like oats, millet, cracked wheat, buckwheat and rice are the best examples. To experience the maximum effect on your mood, eat them without any protein. 2. Peppy proteins. If you’re feeling sluggish, protein power can perk your mood, producing dopamine and noradrenaline increasing alertness, mental energy and reaction time. The effects of eating protein last about two to three hours, best from meat, fish, eggs, nuts and yoghurt. 3. Neutral fruit and vegetables. Most fruits and veggies are mood-neutral foods, so consume without affect. When
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Makes approximately 1.5 litres Prep Time: 15 mins Ferment Time: 4 days
Ingredients - Base • ½ cup almond meal • ¼ cup dates • 3/4 cup shredded coconut • ¼ cup cacao melts • 2 tbsp maple syrup • 3 tbsp coconut oil
1. Line a slice tray with baking paper. 2. Place all the base ingredients into a food processor and blend until the mixture forms a fine consistency. Press the mixture firmly into the tray with the back of a large metal spoon until compacted as much as possible and evenly distributed to form the base. Place in the freezer for 10-15 minutes until firm. 3. Add all of the ice cream ingredients into food processor, blend at high speed until the mixture is smooth. 4. Pour the ice cream mixture over the base making sure it is evenly distributed and place back in the freezer for an hour. 5. Add all of the caramel ingredients apart from
Ingredients - Crust • 5 large organic carrots plus 1 extra • 6 small organic beetroots • 1 fresh chilli, chopped • 1 tsp black peppercorns • 3 tsp salt • 1 Tbsp dulse flakes (optional) • 2-3 cups of filtered water
Ice Cream • 1 ½ cups cashews • 1 cup coconut milk • 1/3 cup maple syrup • 1/3 cup coconut butter or coconut oil • 1 tsp vanilla essence
Method: 1. Grate 5 carrots and beetroots and add them to a large mixing bowl. 2. Add the rest of the ingredients, except the extra carrot, and mix through to combine. 3. Slowly add the water 1 cup at a time, mixing the ingredients thoroughly. 4. Add the mixture to a clean glass jar and press the mixture down into the jar using your hands. 5. Add just enough water to cover the vegetable mix. 6. Slice the extra carrot, into large, thick matchsticks and wedge 2-4 of them into and on top of the vegetable mix, pressing them down so everything is submerged under the water and removing air pockets. 7. Clean the jar up, close the lid tightly
and place the jar onto a shelf in your pantry. Allow it to ferment for up to 1 week. It’s a good idea to put some paper towel or a tea towel underneath the jar in case there is any leakage. 8. Check the mixture after 4 days, taste it, and if you prefer a more tangier taste, allow it to ferment for longer. Keep tasting it every 1-2 days to know when it’s ready (for your own preferred taste). Store it in the fridge.
Caramel • ¼ cup almond spread • ¼ cup peanut butter • ¼ cup maple syrup • 1/3 cup chopped dates • ¼ cup coconut oil • 1 tsp vanilla essence* • Pinch of salt • 1/3 cup water • ½ cup almonds (chopped)
Herbs can lift the spirit (ginger), counteract exhaustion (cinnamon), peppermint (calm nerves and relieve anger), basil (clarity), camomile (reduce nervous tension). 8. Vital vitamins and minerals. Focusing on good foods to improve your mood will increase the amount and range of vitamins and minerals your body absorbs. The closer to whole food the better, with soil rich nutrients passed on from fruits, vegetables, eggs and grass-fed meats. 9. Stimulating sunlight. It’s not a food, but you can certainly relish in it! The sun inhibits melatonin, which creates a calmness in the brain preparing the body for sleep. It’s a hormone produced at night, but during the day exposure to sunlight will help keep melatonin at bay and enhance the alert state of the brain.
the water and chopped almonds into a food processor. Blend well, slowly add the water until it becomes thick but smooth. 6. Add half the chopped almonds on top of the ice cream layer and then spread the caramel evenly on top. Top with the rest of the almonds. 7. Place in the freezer to become firm. Slice to serve. Keep in the freezer.
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Evolution of the golden years
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Retirement hasn’t always been the promise of a long holiday at the end of our working life. JUDY RAFFERTY traces the history of the concept that has its roots more in expediency than care for ageing workers. When the Social Security Act was passed in America in 1935, there was an official retirement age of 65. Life expectancy for American men was around 58 at the time. Again, the move was motivated not by caring and appreciation for older workers, but by economic considerations. Industry wanted older workers to move on. In the 1950s there were industry discussions about how to make retirement more popular. The term ‘senior citizen’ was coined in 1955. In the 1960s, the idea of retirement as we know it arrived. The decade was a time of enormous social change and an unprecedented period of prosperity. The concept of retirement as the golden years dates to 1960. The very phrase “the golden years” which we associate with retirement was
“The term ‘senior citizen’ was coined in 1955”
e have quite high expectations of retirement. We believe we deserve one and that we will be having something like a very long holiday during our retirement period. Such expectations are recent history. In 1881, Otto von Bismarck, the first chancellor of Germany, lobbied for financial support for older members of society. This was a revolutionary idea that was finally actioned in 1889 when the German government created a retirement system to provide for citizens over the age of 70. However, as most people did not live beyond 70, it was a political move rather than one motivated by care for aging citizens. At the same time that Bismarck was
pushing for a pension for old people in Germany, half of the male population of America were farm workers with no intention or concept of retirement. In the 1880s, 78 per cent of American males worked past the age of 65. But the Industrial Revolution was continuing to change the way people worked. By 1905, an influential Canadian physician, William Osler, was reported, perhaps erroneously, as espousing that a man’s best work was done before he was 40 years old, and that by age 60, he should be removed from the workforce. Whether or not Osler was misreported, the idea took hold and factory workers over the age of 60 were considered to be slowing the lines of production and taking jobs from younger men.
first used as part of an advertising campaign for America’s first large scale retirement community called Sun City in Arizona. It opened in 1960 and was a gamechanger because until then, retirement was not about having fun and enjoying life, but seeing out the rest of your days. The concept of Sun City was to have an over 55s adult playground. It was the beginning of thinking of retirement as a well-earned holiday. And perhaps the start of the golden years era. Are we still in living in the golden era of retirement or are there signs of tarnish on the gold? Time will tell! Judy Rafferty is author of Retirement Your Way, A Practical Guide to Knowing What You Want and How to Get It. Available at bookshops and online.
NEW research suggests our nation has entered a savings crisis, with only 27 per cent of over 50s actively saving, even before the economic downturn and mass job losses. Worse still, 70 per cent of over 60s admit they could only save up to $250 each month. The findings come from a survey of an independent, nationally representative panel of 1006 Australians commissioned by online finance information platform Money. com.au. The survey reveals that last year, just one in three Australians were proactively saving, which includes putting funds into an offset account. Older Australians were found to have greater difficulty saving each month – 57 per cent of those in their 50s admit they could only save up to $250 each month. Interestingly, Money.com.au found that the reason more than a quarter of respondents haven’t been saving isn’t due to an inability to do so, but because low interest rates are discouraging them – 28 per cent said they would save more if interest rates were higher. Respondents were also asked what level of savings they would need to have for savings account interest rates to matter to them. Half said they would need to have more than $10,000 while 24 per cent said they would need to have more than $50,000 savings and 21 per cent said savings account interest rates would matter to them even if they had less than $1000. “Between the rising costs of living, stagnant wage growth, and reduction in Government benefits in the near future, it leaves little wiggle room if people’s circumstances were to get worse,” Helen Baker of Money.com.au said. “However, now is the time that Aussies should be proactively saving, while there are less opportunities for discretionary spending.”
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Decode the lingo of retirement and aged care Are you finding the terminology of retirement living options and aged care confusing? LESA MACPHERSON explains the ABC of the acronyms.
RYING to get your head around some of the abbreviations used when you are navigating retirement living and aged care can be tricky. No need to feel confused. Here are some of the more commonly used terms you are likely to come across. ACAT: Aged Care Assessment Team – This is the team you need to know. They are dedicated to determining your best care options – whether at home or in a care facility. DAP: Daily Accommodation Payment – This is the payment for aged care accommodation. It is paid fortnightly or monthly and is non-refundable. DMF: Deferred Management Fee – This occurs in most retirement villages and may also be called the exit fee. This is often misunderstood and is, in a sense, a deferred purchase cost. The DMF helps the
retirement village pay for building the community facilities you enjoy such as pools, sports facilities, and community rooms. Generally, when you enter a retirement living complex your purchase price is cheaper than relative values in the area. The DMF is paid upon exit, and is a percentage of either your purchase price, or sale price, depending on the particular village contract. Usually it is relative to the time you’ve been there. The DMF is often confusing and varies from contract to contract, so seek the advice of a specialist lawyer before signing. GSC: General Services Charge – This is payable for the day to day cost of management and administration, gardening, minor maintenance, recreation, and entertainment facilities. ILU: Independent Living Unit – In the retirement village these are
accommodation units/villas where people largely look after themselves, although usually some help is available (at a cost). RAD: Refundable Accommodation Deposit – This is paid in part or in full on entrance to an aged care facility and is refunded upon exit (after deductions). RTO: Right to Occupy – Usually in retirement villages you purchase a right to occupy. You don’t own the property. Often the RTO is referred to as a lease or licence. And finally:
LTD: LIVING THE DREAM – This is what we all hope for. Retirement living and aged care law is complex. Contracts, while having some standard clauses through government requirement, vary significantly among villages. Advice prior to signing, or at least during any “cooling off” period is essential. Lesa Macpherson is an expert in retirement village contracts. Visit brisbaneelderlaw.com.au or call 1800 961 622.
YIELD BECOMES HARDER TO FIND The field of high-yielding stocks is narrowing as companies choose to cancel or defer dividends in order to preserve capital. JUSTIN SCATTINI examines the state of the market. BY Ord Minnett’s last count, cuts in dividends as companies hunkered down to ride out the Covid-19 pandemic – and the consequent economic damage – amounted to $12.2 billion, while dividend deferrals equated to $998 million. This means shareholders’ wallets will be some $13.2 billion lighter this year, and investors may need to reset their income expectations lower again in the coming months. Latest consensus estimates for dividends over the next 12 months imply an average dividend yield on the S&P/ASX 200 Index of circa 3.4 per cent, well below the 4.5–5.0 per cent yields investors have been accustomed to in the past few years. An overview of companies in our coverage universe shows that in fiscal 2020, dividend yields are expected to fall most among the banks and insurers – longtime dividend darlings – especially after guidance from the Australian Prudential Regulation Authority (APRA) to reconsider the appropriate level of dividends in light
of the disruption brought about by the Covid-19 pandemic. Retail property trusts are also expected to see a hiatus in dividends. The diminishing dividend yield in the market will, in our view, make income generating stocks even more attractive, due to the lack of alternatives. Not only are there fewer high-yielding companies to choose from, but also there is little income to be earned by sitting in cash given record low interest rates. Right now, the average one-year forward dividend yield on the S&P/ASX 200 Index is 2.6 percentage points above a one-year term deposit rate – a wider spread than normal – motivation to hold highyielding equities rather than cash. Income investors need to be aware that one of the consequences of Covid-19 has been a reprioritisation of capital management strategies by companies. Justin Scattini is a senior financial adviser. See ords.com.au
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Recognise the signs of 2020 Syndrome It’s no secret that it has been a tough year for most of us. TRUDY KITHER discusses the signs that point to 2020 Syndrome.
O matter where you are on the planet, uncertainty and fear, restrictions and closures, health and illness have taken a toll. The events of 2020 have brought forth and compounded a common health problem that I like to call “2020 Syndrome”. If you are tired all day, have no motivation most days, and push yourself through your daily life only to find that you have an overthinking mind, then you may be suffering from 2020 Syndrome, or adrenal fatigue. But why is it so important to recognize it and treat it as quickly as possible? When you suffer daily with the previously mentioned symptoms, feel overwhelmed and aggravated by the smallest issue, and your brain can’t think because you’re trying to reach through the fog to find clarity and memory, then you can be pretty sure you are suffering from 2020 Syndrome. You may find that you have no energy to enjoy the simple things in life anymore – things you enjoy doing like exercise, hobbies, catching up with friends. They now seem an impossible chore because the tiredness and fog are always there. You may be having small heart palpitations now and then too. You may
brush them off as something that only started happening recently. The exhaustion runs so deep into your bones that moving and thinking is nothing more than a survival mechanism to ensure your family is cared for, your shopping and bills are attended to plus volunteer, work, and household chores are completed on time. It’s tiring, it’s hard, it’s a drag, and you probably say to yourself, “it never used to be this hard! What is wrong with me?”. Do you ever say that to yourself? Do you wonder why you feel like this? When did it start happening? I’ll bet it crept up on you, but you pushed through because you had to. Maybe you lacked some vitamins. You hope the phase will pass, and you’ll feel better again, but it doesn’t, and you
don’t. You won’t until you recognise and treat it. It’s all too common, insidious and silent, invisible, and debilitating. It wears your nervous system down and wears down your health, motivation, happiness, and joy for life. Years of illness, trauma, stressors, operations, accidents, and family “stuff” all build up in your adrenal glands, which sit on top of your kidneys. They make the hormone cortisol and control when it fires off and when it doesn’t. Cortisol is your stress hormone and survival instinct activator. Your adrenals hold most of the Vitamin C in your body and importantly, they also need a constant supply of zinc, vitamin B1, magnesium, and potassium to function correctly. If your adrenals have been fatigued over many years they will “dump” all of those vitamins and minerals from your body, leaving you depleted and exhausted. You will find your nervous system is in a state of survival mode, and your physical body and your immune system are at ground zero. Dizziness, a feeling of exhaustion in your muscles and joints, palpitations, irritability, sadness or weepiness, feeling
overwhelmed and exhausted, yet wired at night and not sleeping, is what the 2020 Syndrome, adrenal fatigue, does to your body. If this is you, then you need to start treating it right away. Potassium is your nerve power activator and in cases of adrenal fatigue, it is depleted. An adult needs 4700mg of potassium – that’s one large green, leafy salad or one kale/spinach shake – a day, but most people wouldn’t get that much. Vitamin B1 is also crucial. It supports the nerves, cardiac function, and brain but will be depleted quickly from your body in times of stress. Magnesium is your neuromuscular coordinator and is also essential for cardiac function and muscle relaxation. At the same time, zinc is crucial for healthy adrenal and immune system function. Adrenal fatigue can be healed by supporting your adrenals back to good health. Be aware of what it is, recognise it in yourself or loved ones, and see a reputable and experienced natural medicine practitioner to bring back your joy and energy for life. Trudy Kither is a naturopath at Nature’s Temple. Visit naturestemple.net
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Stay on top of tiredness Severe fatigue and exhaustion often starts with a gradual decline in energy levels, but feeling tired may be just the tip of the iceberg. CONNIE PAGE recommends investigating the underlying causes.
ost people learn to manage fatigue well initially â€“ thank God for coffee â€“ and take some supplements for an energy boost. However, unless the underlying cause is addressed, tiredness at the end of the day can easily turn into feeling flat and exhausted all the time. Some of the most common causes are: â€˘ Nutritional deficiencies, especially when on a new diet such as vegetarian or vegan, or fasting â€˘ Hormonal such as thyroid problems â€˘ Life catching up, often as a result of self-neglect â€˘ Digestive problems such as food sensitivities, IBS, toxic overload Using food as medicine helps get back in control of health and is an affordable way to get started. Here are some nutrients your body needs to produce energy: â€˘ Magnesium, found in green leafy veggies, good quality cacao â€˘ B Vitamins in meat, nuts, seeds â€˘ Essential fatty acids in quality vegetable oil and oily fish â€˘ Iron in red meat, some veggies and, interestingly, organic dried apricots
Symptoms such as restless legs and muscle spasms are often connected with magnesium and/or iron deficiency, while dry skin can indicate low levels of essential fatty acids. Brain fog and feeling light headed can be linked with Vitamin B deficiency. Shortness of breath on exertion or feeling unfit may be a result of low iron levels. Unexplained weight gain and dry brittle hair is a common symptom of thyroid issues or iodine deficiency. In the case of complete burnout (also known as adrenal exhaustion) supplements are often necessary to boost nutritional levels and speed up the healing process.
Itâ€™s easy to understand why it is important to eat well to meet nutritional demands, especially in times of physical, mental and emotional stress. Some people have an excellent diet and still feel exhausted. This can be due to poor absorption of food (gut flora imbalance, stress, sluggish liver). Taking a quality probiotic can help improve absorption of nutrients while herbal teas such as chamomile (calming) and peppermint (stimulating) are wonderful digestive remedies. Supporting the liver with fresh lemon juice and drinking green tea is also an excellent way to strengthen digestion and improve absorption of nutrients. Emotional wellbeing is also important. Self-neglect, putting other peopleâ€™s needs before your own, feeling the need to earn your love are just some ways to burn out. Bach Flower Essences Oak is useful in situations when you have taken on more than you can handle, and olive is for complete exhaustion. Connie Page is a medical herbalist and kinesiologist at Kansha Natural Therapies. Visit kansha.com.au
THE Long Run, an awareness and fundraising event for families impacted by prostate cancer, is coming up this month. All you need to do is run, walk or wheel 72km during September â€“ when and where is up to you. Prostate Cancer Foundation of Australia CEO, Professor Jeff Dunn, said it was hoped the initiative would raise awareness of the harmful impact of one of Australiaâ€™s most common cancers. â€œProstate cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in Australian men and the second most commonly diagnosed cancer overall, with about 16,700 men diagnosed each year,â€? he said. â€œWhile prostate cancer has one of the highest cancer survival rates, the lifelong impacts of treatment can be devastating for many men, including incontinence, erectile dysfunction, and weight gain caused by hormonal therapy.â€? By 2040 it is predicted prostate cancer will account for the greatest number of men or women diagnosed with any single cancer. Australia has one of the highest rates of prostate cancer in the world, with one in every six Australian men likely to be diagnosed by age 85. About 70 per cent of Australians donâ€™t know the signs and symptoms, which impacts early detection and survival. Visit thelongrun.org.au
CHRONIC DISEASE TIME BOMB AUSTRALIANS are being urged not to allow the focus on Covid-19 to distract them from the long-term risks of chronic disease. The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare report Australiaâ€™s Health 2020 shows that while Australians are living longer, some risk factors such as obesity have been steadily increasing in recent decades. Australian Chronic Disease Prevention Alliance chairman Sharon McGowan said the trend was particularly concerning given the sheer numbers of people affected. â€œWe know that overweight and obesity increase risk of many chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, stroke, heart
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OLYMPIC boxer Paul Miller is in for the fight, setting up Magic Boxing within the new Ascot Aquatic centre. Rather than typical boxing pads or bags, the Olympian and Commonwealth Games gold medallist has developed a unique padded boxing wall that extends around the room, allowing boxers 1.5m distance between them whilst optimising the functionality of the room. “Magic Boxing is different from your typical boxing gym,” he said. “It offers more than just a really good work out, focusing on technique, agility and coordination. In addition to the
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PLOT TWIST FOR WRITERS FESTIVAL THE Brisbane Writers Festival will go ahead with a digital program from August 31-September 6. The Room to Dream: A Celebration of the Arts Led by Literature digital program will highlight 14 Australian artists from different disciplines in a celebration of story, connection and collaboration. Artists spanning disciplines from dance to poetry and illustration to fiction will interpret and respond to the Room to Dream themes of awe, wonder, love, reverence for nature, resilience and connection. In seven online events over seven days, two different artists will engage in a “call and Response” collaboration, which will be presented on the BWF website. Brisbane Writers Festival will return as a physical festival in May 2021 with headlining events May 7-9. For more information, visit bwf.org.au
GOLDEN RULES OF FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH MANY people think that researching family history is a simple matter of logging in to one of the big genealogy websites and searching a family member’s name. Bingo, you’ll find the person and family members all right there before you, as quickly and easily as the popular TV shows makes it appear. There are a few golden rules for genealogy to keep in mind. Here are two of them: 1. Don’t believe everything you read. Birth, death and marriage certificates can have errors. Misspelling, incorrect dates, human error during transcription of the certificate and other mistakes are all too common. 2. If the document/certificate exists read it. Don’t rely on someone else’s interpretation of the original document. While researching your ancestors can be extremely rewarding and great fun, don’t work in isolation. Experienced researchers know all the traps and how to avoid fruitlessly researching the wrong person. Queensland Family History Society has a number of special interest groups that focus on a number of countries and are there to help you avoid the traps and give some tips and tricks to make your research journey rewarding. The groups and convenor contact information can be found at qfhs.org.au/groups QFHS events are for beginners to advanced researchers. Visit qfhs.org.au/events/ fridays-qfhs
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ALONDRA TAKES PRIZE FOR AGEFRIENDLY DESIGN A BOUTIQUE retirement living village in Nundah has been crowned Brisbane’s Best Community Accommodation for Aged Care and Nursing Homes in the prestigious Master Builders Association 2020 Housing and Construction Awards. Alondra Residences is the
latest venture by not-for-profit group Lutheran Services, designed to provide high quality and innovative retirement living. Woollam Constructions partnered with Alondra on the project and brought a depth of ingenuity and expertise to the partnership. Lutheran Services CEO Nick Ryan said the award was a great tribute to the planning, quality craftsmanship and attention to detail of the boutique retirement community. “Alondra Residences was designed for today’s discerning retiree,” he said. With an emphasis on lifestyle, convenience and community, Alondra offers 52 thoughtfully-designed one, two and three-bedroom apartments over seven levels. Its age-friendly design is complemented by supported living services. For a tour, call 3184 8347 or visit Alondra Residences sales office, 25 Union St, Nundah, Tues to Fri 10am–4pm or appointment.
INNER CITY LIVING GOING UP VICTORIA Towers over 50s freehold apartment complex at Southport is a preferred option as retirees continue to opt for the convenience of inner-city living. Onsite sales manager Jackie Taylor-Fox said most buyers were self-funded retirees making their first step into retirement living. “They see Victoria Towers as an attractive and convenient alternative to retirement villages which tend to be further from services and amenities.” The onsite aged care facility has played a vital role as it means residents can transition to aged care without moving out of the building when the time comes.
“Importantly, partners of aged care patients can live within the same building,” she said. Victoria Towers’ recreational facilities include an open-air bowling green, library, barbecues and dining terrace, lap pool, sauna, steam room and spa. Each apartment has views of the Gold Coast, while on-site management ensures the premises are maintained and operated to a high standard. A range of one two and three-bedroom apartments are available from 80sqm to 155sqm and are priced from $425,000. Visit victoriatowerssouthport. com.au or call 1800 280 893.
TOUGH TIMES CREATE QUEST FOR SECURITY PALM Lake Resort’s Sunshine Coast locations are proving havens for over 50s looking for a luxury community resort lifestyle. Strong sales have continued despite recent difficult times. Palm Lake Resort Sunshine Coast sales manager Alicia Nechvoglod says Covid-19 has actually encouraged interest from over-50s seeking gated communities of like-minded neighbours, owned and operated by a secure Australian family company. Providing a safe haven in an uncertain world has seen the trend also emerge in Palm Lake
Resorts Cooroy-Noosa and Caloundra Cay. Palm Lake Resort recently received a Master Builders Queensland construction award (Sunshine Coast region), providing interested buyers with confidence that they have a high-quality home with worldclass resort facilities delivered early in the construction phase. “It’s always been important to the Palm Lake Group to deliver early in construction so residents move in and have all these world-class facilities right on their doorstep from the word go,” Ms Nechvoglod said. Palm Lake Care aged caring
communities are also on the drawing board adjacent to Palm Lake Resorts Cooroy-Noosa and Caloundra Cay, providing a convenient solution to local over 50s couples with differing care needs. Take a virtual tour at palmlakeresort.com.au
SPIRITS HIGH AT THE CLAYFIELD WHILE the last few months have been unusual for residents at The Clayfield, Aveo’s intimate, inner-city retirement community in Albion, they have stayed socially connected while physically distant. Community manager Craig Lawson has committed to keeping residents’ spirits high, working with staff to organise musical performances from local talent in and around the community’s courtyards.
Queensland Conservatorium at Griffith University, one of Australia’s leading music and performing arts schools, had its talented musicians perform, including classical singers and guitar players, trumpeters and even a cellist. In addition to numerous garden workshops, weekly social groups, themed dinner nights and regular musical performances, residents were also treated to an Ekka Day.
Almost 100 residents, family members and staff came together to enjoy strawberry ice creams, a craft exhibition and an Ekkainspired lunch. There was even a community dog show. “Times have been tough for our residents and their families in recent months, so it was wonderful to be able to gather together as a community and spread some joy,” Craig said. Visit aveo.com.au/theclayfield
CHRISTIAN VILLAGE A BLESSING
Kevin and Carol at the Wishart Christian Village with their grandchildren Hannah and Sam
KEVIN and Carol Gorry moved to Wishart Christian Village in 2009, leaving the family home where they had lived on Brisbane’s southside for 50 years for a compact village of 29 units. It was not an easy decision as it meant leaving neighbours and friends. The couple had retired in 2004. Kevin had been a groundsman at a church/educational facility for 30 years, while Carol had worked in Christian aged care. “As we approached 70, we both knew to prepare for the next season of our lives. Through prayer, we were led to Wishart Christian Village and after talking with management and being shown an available unit, we knew we were home.” The village has beautiful gardens, spacious homely units, onsite Christian management and is close to all essential services. Visit wcva.org.au
Wishart Christian to e m Welco Retirement Village Wishart Christian Retirement Village is a beautiful boutique retirement home, comprising of 29 units. With peaceful surrounds and an elevated position this secure gated Village is centrally located, close to bus stops and shopping centres and Churches. All units are air conditioned, with lock up garages, Paved and covered patios, 24/7 medical alarm system, On site management. ● ●
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The pandemic has produced new challenges for the aged care sector. Unprecedented restrictions for residents, staff and visitors have forced everyone to adapt quickly. Many with parents in aged care are bringing them to their own homes as a precaution. Families who are accommodating loved ones will find it extremely challenging to replicate the services of an aged care facility in a typical domestic home. One of the most important needs for a person in aged care is a suitable bed. Getting in and out of bed and staying in one while sleeping is a challenge for many older people. Scooters Australia Brisbane is now stocking beds designed to address this. The iCare IC333 can be raised and lowered to make getting into bed much easier, while the Moderna OBM583 has lift-up bed rails and side panels to keep its occupant sleeping safely. While suitable for nursing homes and hospitals, they are also an ideal choice for domestic use. As families do what they can to keep each other safe, these beds are a safe and ideal choice.
Last month’s cover story “When hope is all you have” highlighted that only one in 10 people have nominated a person to make health care decisions for them if they become too sick to speak for themselves. Similarly, many people have not thought about who could help them with everyday life and finance decisions if they are unable. Like making a Will, appointing an attorney, to make decisions on your behalf when the need arises can be done at any time if you are well enough to do so. It’s important to think about who you choose. It should be someone you trust, someone who would make the decisions that you would want to make. You might also have more than one attorney, a mix of family and friends can provide for balanced decision-making. Think about what you could put in place to keep check on circumstances such as your bank balance. ADA Australia is concerned that the extra pressures people are facing during Covid-19 may lead to an increase in financial abuse. You can search for and complete the enduring power of attorney documentation online or seek advice from your lawyer. Further information can be found at www. adalaw.com.au/future-planning/
This week I listened to a national webinar hosted by two of my contempories and, as it was a national audience, it was very general. The basics that were mentioned were the opportunity advisors have to model the individual client and the fact that nearly 50 per cent of us die intestate. Yes, modelling has been bandied around with this current flu and as in all budgets, it is said “GIGO” or “Garbage In Garbage Out”. However, models with your numbers can help define some possible outcomes and choices and hence provide some objectivity to what lies ahead in your next years. That means that for the 76 per cent who retire on some form of an aged pension, taking Centrelink into account is hardly optional if you have some form of financial assets. It can mean the difference between a couple living on a modest retirement and a comfortable retirement. My own basic hypothesis is that health costs for a couple for a comfortable retirement is currently $192 a week, which certainly reduces other worthwhile options over 25-plus years. Get sorted and accountable with a five minute financial health check.
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Simple changes can help prevent falls While you may not always be able to prevent falling, there are ways to help reduce the risk. There are many reasons for falls, so be sure to look at the whole picture. Here are some ways to help prevent falls around the home: 1. Bathroom: Wet surfaces (on the floor or counters) can be very dangerous. To help, provide non-slip mats in the bathtub and shower, install grab rails and provide a shower seat. Replace the shower head with a hand-held nozzle. 2. Stairs: Clear the stairs. Whether it is a few dropped clothes or a grandchild’s toy, anything left on the stairs can become a tripping and falling hazard. Differentiate between the stairs. Ageing eyes may not always be able to separate one step from the next. All flights of stairs should also have handrails on both sides of the stairs. 3. Install better, brighter lighting. Seniors cannot always see that well in a dark or shadowed room. Assess the location of light switches as these may be out of reach or cumbersome. If you need any advice, tips or a shoulder to unload on, pop in and see us in the office. Obligation free.
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Scratch the travel bug itch and get moving again WITH international destinations scratched off the itinerary and even some states ruled out, travel expectations have had to change dramatically to work around Covid. Grey nomads are hitting the road around Queensland and the Northern Territory, while short getaways and day trips also are helping to scratch the travel itch. Here are some ideas for when the need to make a booking becomes irresistible. IT’S Darwin for history buffs, following a diver’s recent discovery that offers a new interpretation of the bombing of the city in 1942. It was the largest-ever foreign attack on Australian soil. The discovery of the propellers of the USS Peary reveals that the ship was completely disabled after the first bomb hit, leaving it drifting helplessly throughout the battle before sinking. It was previously thought the ship and its 90 US servicemen were sunk immediately after being hit by five Japanese bombs. Despite the Peary being a sitting duck, its sailors continued to fire back with the ship’s guns – a testament of their valour. From February 1942 to November
1943, Darwin was the target of more than 64 air raids, and as a result, remnants of Darwin’s military history are still visible and accessible today. Allow a week for our northernmost capital as there are a number of heritage sites and experiences worth exploring. The Darwin Military Museum and Defence of Darwin Experience, play wartime footage and interviews with veterans, and have collections of artefacts, from uniforms to artillery. At Stokes Hill Wharf, the Royal Flying Doctor Service Darwin tourist facility uses virtual reality and holographic technology to transport you to the bombing scene of 1942, complete with films, story-telling ghosts and simulated cockpit experiences. The concrete and steel-lined Oil Storage Tunnels at Darwin Wharf Precinct, were part of an overall defence strategy and remained a secret until 1992. They are now lined with photographs and relics, to
give a meaningful walk through history. Visit Litchfield National Park, and on the way stop by Adelaide River War Cemetery and Civil Cemetery where the 434 military members and 63 civilians killed during the bombing of Darwin are buried. There’s also the Batchelor Museum, formerly a strategic base for the Pacific region, and Charles Darwin National Park that formed part of Australia’s front line of defence. Explore the historic ammunition storage bunkers and testing areas, as well as the display of memorabilia. The Daly Waters Aviation Complex hosts Australia’s first international airfield, Daily Waters Airfield, that has been previously used by the RAAF and US Army Air Force for combat operations LUCKY us. With Queensland being a big state full of variety, we don’t have to travel too far from home to satisfy the travel bug. Take Chinchilla for example. In the Western Downs, about two hours from Toowoomba, and with a population of 7000, it is known as the melon capital of Australia. A Melon Festival is held each year, and the new botanic gardens have watermelon themed areas. Agriculture is the area’s mainstay along with gas. Fossicking for petrified
“Chinchilla Red” wood is unique to the area. Nearby is the Jimbour historic house and gardens and Rudd’s Pub, where author Steele Rudd created Dad and Dave. With lots of country hospitality, Chinchilla is a great way to support a small regional area for a few days. THE seventh annual Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival, a celebration of Australian cinematic talent, will go ahead in Winton, the Hollywood of the Outback, this month, September 18 to 26. The nine-day program includes screenings under the stars at Winton’s 102-year-old Royal Open Air Cinema, and other venues, as well as educational masterclasses and workshops, live entertainment, and special guests. Vision Splendid Outback Film Festival will be the only large-scale event in Outback Queensland this year.
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and attractions and ensure you don’t miss a thing. 3. Explore our magnificent country Australia – a land of deserts, sweeping plains, mountain ranges, jewel-blue seas, heritagelisted rainforests and a vast variety of flora and fauna. Right now, while international travel is not possible, is a perfect opportunity to get out and explore our own backyard. 4. Tour with comfort and ease Air-conditioned luxury coaches ensure you are comfortable and able to relax to fully enjoy the touring experience. Coaches are
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MARY BARBER I enjoyed this book immensely. I thought the author sustained the tension throughout. Who was stalking Alicia? What would happen in Theo’s marriage? How would the rivalry between Theo and Christian pan out? The book raises many questions about sanity and morals. It examines how an unresolved past can twist your beliefs and perspective. In this way it’s a bit Freudian. I don’t want to share too much. Suffice to say, it’s a psychological thriller set in London. It’s a good book to read for a book club as there is plenty to discuss.
BILL MCCARTHY I have a couple of generalisations about crime mystery novels. The American version usually features wealthy, intelligent, good-looking heroes, revolting crimes and a lot of weaponry. The British version, on the other hand, will generally feature flawed characters, blurring the line between good and evil with tight intelligent plots. Secondly psychiatrists and therapists generally seem to need one. This novel fits both of my theories. The story, while not initially very interesting, moves along at a surprisingly good pace to an unusual conclusion. None of the characters elicit a lot of sympathy and suspects abound. Not a challenge but a good quick read.
SUZI HIRST What a great page turner for sitting curled up under a blanket on a cold, wet winter’s day. The Silent Patient is a complex story with many characters and twists and turns. I was constantly thinking I had the idea of what was going on in the story, only to start another chapter and think, “wait a minute”. This is Michaelides’ first book and is well written and fast paced. I look forward to reading his next one. The twist at the end had me sit back and think, “I didn’t see that coming!” 8/10
BOOK review Alicia Berenson’s life is seemingly perfect. A famous painter married to an in-demand fashion photographer, she lives in a grand house in one of London’s most desirable areas. One evening her husband returns home late from work and Alicia shoots him five times in the face, and then never speaks another word. Her refusal to talk, or give any kind of explanation, turns a domestic tragedy into something far grander, a mystery that captures the public imagination and casts Alicia into notoriety. The price of her art skyrockets, and she, the silent patient, is hidden away from the tabloids and spotlight at a secure forensic unit. Theo Faber, a criminal THE SILENT psychotherapist, is determined to get PATIENT her to talk and unravel the mystery By Alex Michaelides of why she shot her husband.
JOHN KLEINSCHMIDT This book required some patience as my initial expectation was for a psychological thriller. The author provides a slow-burning journey that turns a seeming domestic tragedy into a far more intriguing murder mystery with twists that maintain reader interest. The characters hold secrets that the author gradually lays bare by methodically revealing their innermost psyche. It is an exceptional maze-like character study of the patient and the psychotherapist. I found it fascinating to read a book centred on a character who won’t tell her own story, leaving the reader to collect what has been said about her by others in order to gain some insight into the gruesome murder of her husband. Entertaining and well written.
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JO BOURKE I always know within a chapter or two if it is worth turning the pages of a book. This was instant enticement as chapter one described the indisputable facts of a wife killing her husband with five point-blank gun shots to his face, attempting suicide and then remaining silent. Within minutes I was introduced to Theo the therapist who for unknown reasons in chapter two, is compelled to treat the murderer, Alicia, and unlock her silence. I found this an irresistible psychological novel with many twists and turns to hold my attention. This is not only a well-researched depiction of therapy but also delves into the personality and mind of Theo the therapist. The suspense in this novel is so palpable that the conclusion had me not only shaking my head but actually re-reading the last two chapters! Excellent writing – please keep on writing Alex Michaelides! Definitely recommended to all who enjoy a psychological thriller.
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This is a brilliant work of fiction. For me, every word, every phrase and every sentence hit the nail on the head with a perfect blow. This is a masterpiece of writing craftmanship. The story has a similar theme to the Ancient Greek tragedy play Alcestis. The silent patient is a renowned artist who after shooting her husband in the head five times does not speak a single word for six years. Only she knows what happened and her psychotherapist is determined to find out. He gradually pulls her back from the brink of physic darkness and madness. The story ends with a a killer twist using an old theatrical plot device Deus ex machina. A quote from the book: “We’re all crazy but just in different ways.” A must read 9/10
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