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am of an age where many of my peers allow their state of health to dominate the conversation. I’ve learnt not to ask, “how are you?” just in case I get the full answer ... in excruciating detail. My long-time colleague Julie Lake and her husband Bob are an exception. They have always been actively involved in the world around them and quick to adapt and learn. But while the mind is willing, the body can be weak. Bob, 85, an award-winning reporter, always did his research and was matter-of-fact when, as his health deteriorated, that he would have to consider the dreaded nursing home. Julie began a quest to find the right one, one that would defy their
Contents image of boiled cabbage, card tables and knee rugs. But, as she explains, while it’s not impossible, finding the right fit takes time and energy. The closest, one within easy walking distance, was depressing, old and tired. In the end, she chose to drive a 60km round-trip because the result of her long and exacting search was a modern, happy facility where Bob felt right at home. Sadly, Bob didn’t have long to enjoy it, but Julie believes it is a story that needs to be told and this month she gives a personal account of the process and her experiences. She hopes her story will inspire others to keep looking until they find the right spot for them and advises not to despair. There are choices. And, on the other hand, we also confront the possibility that the body is willing but the mind is weak. This month we introduce a new column by psycho-geriatrician Kailas Roberts who has a knack for explaining dementia in a way that’s easy to understand and helps remove the fear that surrounds the condition. Read on. Dorothy Whittington Editor
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Home sweet nursing home Finding the right nursing home takes time and effort. JULIE LAKE gives an enlightening first-hand account of the perils, pitfalls and possibilities of the journey to settling on the perfect fit for you.
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ow many times have you heard someone say, “I’m never going into one of those places!” when the conversation turns to nursing homes? A few months ago, my husband Bob was saying it too. And then we had to find one – and, let me say, he was very happy to be there. Today’s residential aged care facilities are not the Dickensian horrors that so many of them were in the days when we still called them nursing homes. But getting into one can be a lengthy, frustrating business involving enough paperwork to account for the demise of several forests because when it comes to
aged care, the Australian Government doesn’t make anything easy. So many departments within departments and all with different names: Department of Human Services, Services Australia, Centrelink for Older Australian, My Aged Care. Everyone is helpful, everyone is kind and the further down this rabbit hole you go you, the more you end up like Alice – totally bewildered. In our case, we waited more than a year for a home care package that didn’t come. And when we did finally hear something, as is so often the case, it came too late and an ACAT (Aged Care
Assessment Team) assessed Bob as in need of full residential care. For this, you are given a code. Armed with this code you go searching for a suitable facility. Where I live there is a nursing home five minutes away but although it is adequate, we felt it was too old, tired and lacking in staff and facilities. We ruled it out, despite the fact that it would be convenient for me to pop in and out, bring Bob home frequently and allow local friends to visit. Too many people automatically select their nearest option for those reasons but it is not necessarily the best solution and in our case, I knew Bob needed a place where he could feel a new positivity about life rather than just sink into oblivion. So, we looked further afield, and made a list of what we wanted – and didn’t want. I did considerable online research, firstly rejecting all those homes that were for-profit and especially those internationally-owned facilities that receive Australian tax dollars and repatriate their profits, because I have a problem with that. I am also concerned that when aged care facilities are just part of a large corporate portfolio they are too easily sold off, or worse, run down, to compensate for profit loss in other divisions. I am not saying there is anything wrong with these places and some are very appealing – but just not to us. I also looked at track records in respect of compliance with the
Department of Health’s Aged Care Quality Agency. This agency regularly audits homes to ensure they are complying with the 44 expected outcomes, within four broad accreditation standards and today these checks are usually made without prior warning. It also publishes a report of every audit, including notices of noncompliance or sanctions, available at agedcare101.com.au. This guide is useful but not foolproof because the government is reluctant to actually shut down non-compliant facilities because of the high demand for beds, especially for dementia patients. One nursing home on the Gold Coast recently passed only one of the four accreditation standards and has been non-compliant for some years, yet it still operates. I finally narrowed our search down to nine homes within my zone, operated by well-known Australian organisations, one of them owned by a family company and the others with the backing of major church charities behind them. I toured each home (tours take about an hour) because this is the only way to judge one against another and find out which best matches your wish list. Statistically, it can take 13 weeks to gain admission to a nursing home of your choice so we selected our top three and applied to them all. Amazingly, two days after taking Bob to see our No.1 choice, they rang to say a room was available and rather than risk losing it, he moved in two days later. This meant a flurry of packing and
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paperwork. The paperwork was mainly a residential care client agreement, mental and physical health assessments and the all-important government statement of income and assets (see What You Can Expect to Pay). Forget privacy – be prepared to have your finances and much of your life put under the most thorough scrutiny. Aged care facilities call the shots and a “good” one won’t take you if you don’t meet their criteria, which is not unreasonable but can still feel invasive. If you are on a pension, Centrelink must be immediately notified so that each partner moves to the single pension. In my case, I had to notify them to stop my Carer’s Allowance; there is a fine if
this isn’t done within two weeks. I also had to notify the government and the care agency that we no longer needed assistance at home. Bob is very happy in his new home because it meets our criteria. It is modern, light, bright, spacious, clean, sweet smelling (not all of them are!). He has a large room, well furnished, with good storage and room for his recliner chair, mobility scooter, walker and personal effects. It has a large ensuite (some homes have mostly shared facilities). He also has his own small patio and a little sitting room next door for visitors, complete with refrigerator, tea and coffee. There are many small sitting rooms
rather than one big recreational area with a whole lot of health-challenged oldies all staring at the TV, as well as good social programs, day respite areas, attractive dining rooms set up like café/ restaurants with scattered small tables, hairdressing salon and other amenities. Fountains and ponds are scattered throughout the tropical gardens and the sound of water is everywhere. Food is good with plenty of choice, served with beer, wine or soft drink. Registered nurses and care staff are relatively plentiful (although no nursing home ever has enough and must often depend on agency staff), doctors and various therapists on call. The culture is caring, albeit not
always efficient, and responsive; simply put, the whole place has a good vibe. We were not prepared to settle for anything less than the best. And nor should you!
also given to us; it seems to be contradicted by the next paragraph that states costs are capped at $28,087 a year or $67,409 a lifetime. I have not been able to find anyone who can explain this. Though the nursing home industry is reluctant to admit it, you do pay more for quality. “Our” home was chosen because it offered high quality at a reasonable price for the daily accommodation fee – a maximum of $43 a day if you have to pay the whole lot yourself. Billing is usually fortnightly. In fact, most nursing homes don’t charge more than a $50 daily accommodation fee but some DO charge extra for certain services and add-ons such as wine or beer with meals. Ours doesn’t. My other tip is, before embarking on the nursing home journey, consider
downsizing your assets provided this doesn’t prejudice your future. When applying for government subsidy beyond the $52.25 basic fee, pretty well everything you own will be taken into consideration, including furniture, antiques and vehicles. In our case, the home is exempt provided I remain in it. If I was to downsize, any price differential would be means tested. Nursing home care costs seem high at first sight but when you consider what you get for your money in a good home … round-the-clock nursing and personal care, the many amenities and facilities, full board and lodging which can be to hotel standard, medical professionals and therapists on tap, administration, entertainment and recreation, domestic service … it’s not such a bad deal.
Sadly, Bob Lake has died and although he was not in the nursing home for as long as they had hoped and planned, Julie says it did make his final weeks much better than they ever could have hoped. He was very happy to leave the hospital and return to his new home. “It was a very positive experience and the palliatve care there couldn’t be faulted,” she says. “He was content and we felt very lucky that he was able to get in when he did.”
$$$ ... WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT TO PAY When I wrote on this subject in 2019, I gave the costs of nursing home care and accommodation in some detail based on My Aged Care information – but personal experience gives me a slightly different perspective. Our first step was to ignore the up-front buy-in costs quoted on the various aged care facility sights (ranging from $250,00 to $500,00 and in a few cases higher) because we believe this is a long-term option or only for the wealthy. The money is refundable (mostly) but while some singletons going into care pay this by selling their homes, this is rarely an option for married couples where one remains in the family home. Next step was to apply to Centrelink, via the Aged Australian portal (after several attempts to get
the information from Services Australia, Department of Human Services, My Aged Care etc) for the all-important assets and income statement. All nursing home residents are required to pay a basic daily fee of $52.25 (at time of writing; like everything it goes up) a day. And those whose income is below $27,840 a year and assets are below $50,000 are fully funded by the Commonwealth Government – basically you contribute 85 per cent of your pension. If you have income more than $70,320 a year and assets of more than $171, 535.20 you will have to pay an additional means tested per ratio accommodation fee which can range from about $10 a day to about $250 a day. This is the figure given on the MyAgedCare website and which was
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Understanding dementia and all its causes Over the last one hundred years, the average lifespan has doubled but, writes KAILAS ROBERTS, our brainspan has not been keeping up.
n modern Australia, it is not unreasonable to live well into your 80s and possibly 90s. Although this is a positive development, it has caused a problem – one that is likely to increase over the coming decades
best put in place earlier rather than later. Sometimes, the boat is missed. Additionally, individuals or those caring for them have suffered unnecessarily – for instance because of potentially treatable behavioural or psychological changes. First, let me define dementia. Many, if not most, of my patients have come believing that dementia is the same as Alzheimer’s disease. This is not true, strictly speaking. Dementia is a term used to describe a new problem with thinking arising from a brain disease that impairs our ability to live a normal day-to-day life. It is not in of itself a diagnosis, and the diagnosis really comes from the cause of the dementia. There are in fact well over 100 causes, though a handful account for the majority. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common, accounting for close to two-thirds of dementia occurring after the age of 65. Vascular disease – problems
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impairment does not necessarily exclude dementia being present. As dementia progresses (and progression is another characteristic feature of the condition), more and more of these thinking skills may become affected. The word “new” above is also important to note – if you have longstanding problems with one aspect of your thinking but they are no worse than usual, this is not suggestive of dementia. In addition, other causes of impaired thinking need to be excluded before we can conclude that dementia is present. The bottom line is to see your doctor if you’re concerned about any change in your thinking skills – the earlier the better. 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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The road beckons and Sally’s on a roll Her husband loved boats but Sally Henebery hankered for the open road, so when retirement beckoned she made a life-changing decision. GLENIS GREEN reports.
arried for 40 years and raising three sons and a daughter, Sally came to the conclusion that after turning 60 she should have her “me” time. So, two years ago, she divorced her boat-loving husband, bought herself that long-lusted after motorhome and took to the road. And she hasn’t looked back. Along with her pampered poodle Lewis, she’s already driven most of the length of Australia’s east coast – on her own – and regularly ducks off for weekends away at destinations that take her fancy. But it was her sister’s chance sighting of an advertisement that really took her wanderings to a different level. It was a plug for Rolling Solo, a women’s camping, adventure and road tripping group. Sally, now 63, signed herself up two years ago and found herself part of a happy group of like-minded mostly single women. Calling themselves Rollers, they love driving motorhomes, towing caravans or just camping solo around Australia. While Covid-19 and state border closures stymied some of her planned adventures, things are winding up and she can embark again on her sojourns with as many or as few of the new Rollers friends she has now made, along the way. Through smartphone apps and links, Rollers post where they would like to go and other members see whether they want to join up on the latest adventure or stay put. The app details the cost of destinations, things to see, camping facilities and whether it is dog-friendly and for Sally, it’s just a matter of throwing some supplies and clothes into her 2008 A Van Applause 500, popping Lewis in his preferred seat, and driving
off. While her daughter sadly died of leukaemia at the age of 10, the youngest of Sally’s sons, Jeffrey, 24 (the other two are 28 and 35) is handy enough to give the mechanics a once over and water the plants while she’s gone. She originally began her travels in a 23-foot van, but found it too big for just her and Lewis, so she recently downsized to her current automatic, 19-footer. With comfy swivel seats in the cockpit, a dining table, kitchen, bed, shower and toilet, it’s perfect for either camping grounds or free camping. “It’s fantastic. I’d been wanting to do this for years but my ex was into boats and he wanted to spend the next 20 year on boats going up and down the coast. I wanted a motorhome, that was my dream,” she says. Sally had worked most of her life in the family business doing the bookwork
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Reality slap, when life hits you hard The Covid 19 pandemic hit hard and was a mighty and unexpected slap in the face. KENDALL MORTON discusses what has become known as the reality slap and shares tips on how to be more comfortable in your own skin, as described in a new book.
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name them and accept they are there. Another tool in the book is self-compassion. With selfcompassion you treat yourself kindly. Instead of berating yourself you can say, “okay, I’m stuck in a cycle of angry thoughts. Be kind.” With a simple statement like this, you acknowledge your pain. You look at it like a hot rock on the campsite ground rather than a hot rock burning your hand. It’s still a hot and pain-inducing rock, only you are not clutching it. Self-compassion also means doing caring acts for yourself like applying handcream, patting the dog or having a doze on the back lawn. It’s up to you. Over time, small acts of self-care can build up, so you create a supportive relationship with yourself, rather than a critical one. This was a small sample of the practical tools from The Reality Slap. I encourage you to check it out. It’s clearly written with loads of exercises and examples from real people. Dr Harris writes with compassion. You feel he is speaking to you personally. Kendall Morton is the Director of Home Care Assistance Sunshine Coast to Wide Bay. Call 5491 6888 or email email@example.com
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THE international and national adventures of the Friendship Force Sunshine Coast club have been severely modified by Covid, but the local focus has opened up many new experiences for members. Journeying is the core activity of the club as members learn about their own
and other lands and peoples, by exploring cultural differences and similarities in the belief that a world of friends is a world of peace. They are now busy expanding their horizons by learning about the rich history, cultures and stories within the region. President David Allan said the recent visit to Bankfoot House and the Mary Gregor Centre in the Glasshouse Mountains provided a walk through history and a reminder that culture evolves through changing technologies, work practices, recreation, economy, geography, environment, transport and personalities. New members and visitors welcome. Call 5471 7338 or 5492 8114, or visit friendshipforcesunshinecoast.org.au
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John and Jill Brown enjoy the visit to Bankfoot House.
QUOTA Club Caloundra members learnt a lot from retired local florist Dawn ([pictured) at their recent fundraiser. The 10-year-old club has a busy program of activities this year, including a trivia night and cocktail evening. Social coffee mornings are held on the first Friday of each month at 10.15am and the business meeting is on the second Thursday at 7pm. Both are at the Caloundra Power Boat Club. Quota Club Caloundra fundraises to support programs for disadvantaged women and children as well as the hearing and speech impaired. New members welcome. Call Karen 0451 075 677 or Dianna 0407 229 879.
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SUNSHINE Coast Stamp Club has re-commenced meetings, with enthusiastic attendances. President and club historian Mike Lean said the renewed interest was attributed to the meeting time change from evenings to afternoons. The club now meets on the first Wednesday of each month, 1pm-4pm at the Red Cross Rooms, 21 Price St, Nambour. Activities include viewing club stamp “exchange books”, buying and selling stamps and a Show and Tell. Anyone with a philatelic or stamp collecting interests and visitors are welcome. Call Mike 0438 589 181 or visit suncoaststamps.org.au
MEMBERS of the Probus Club of Caloundra 86 celebrated its 35th birthday at the Rumba Resort last month. A cake decorated in the Probus colours of blue and yellow was cut by outgoing president John Ervin and incoming president Karenne Maher. The Probus Club of Caloundra 86 was formed on April 1, 1986 with 14 members. It was men only but became a mixed group in March 2009. It has grown to almost 100 with many monthly activities offering fun, fellowship and friendship. Call membership officer John 0401 519 120.
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GLASSHOUSE Country View Club’s next outing is on April 7, 10am at Sit and Chill Café at Beerburrum, followed by a walk along the Beerburrum walking track. The lunch meeting is on April 21, 11am at Glasshouse Country RSL, 1 Reed Rd, Glasshouse. New members welcome. Call Jill 0417793708 or Janet 0448845303, or visit view.org.au
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THE Welsh Society and Friends of the Sunshine Coast (Y Gymdeithas Gymreig a Ffrindiau Arfordir yr Heulwen) gathered at the Caloundra Power Boat Club for the annual St David’s Day celebration. It included lunch, a toast to St David, shared memories of Wales, raising the flag and singing the Welsh anthem. The society welcomes those born in Wales, who have lived in Wales, have Welsh roots or just have an interest in Wales. It provides opportunities to meet to celebrate Welsh culture and history in a warm, friendly atmosphere. The society also hosts a music festival (Cymanfa Ganu) in October, which showcases the rich heritage of Welsh music and singing, with local performers. There are also informal events, such as a lunch or barbecue to meet with like-minded friends. Visit welshsunshinecoast.com Do you like playing Scrabble? Sunshine Coast Scrabble Club meets at 1 pm every Friday at Nambour RSL. Everyone is welcome, whether you are an average player or more experienced. Call Trevor 5445 7770.
AS PART of the National Trust of Queensland’s Heritage Month in May, Buderim-Palmwoods Heritage Tramway Inc has planned a conducted walk down the track for Saturday, May 1. Guides will give a running commentary on points of interest, the
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Defender ups it game with an overhaul The second-generation Defender is so different in so many different ways, that it’s a wonder Land Rover didn’t think about re-naming the British four-wheel drive, writes BRUCE McMAHON.
he original Land Rover launched in 1948 soldiered on to become the Defender in 1990, but much of the original 1940s design and engineering remained through to the end of that first-generation production run in the early 2000s. The Defender was a squarejawed body sitting on a ladder chassis and live axles with rudimentary cabin comforts; always very capable if not always very comfortable. Now the new five-door Defender 110 (the shorter Defender 90 is still to arrive) changes all that to become a thoroughly modern vehicle, leap-frogging rivals such as the LandCruiser and Prado. This new 110 is a headturning wagon with excellent on-road manners for a fourwheel drive, excellent cabin design and excellent off-road abilities. It has a monocoque body (meaning no more separate chassis), independent suspension for all corners (meaning no more
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leaf springs) and a swag of tidy buttons for engaging off-road settings (no more stiff levers). All this technology and design is wrapped up in a handsome body with some old-school styling cues such as checker plate trim on the bonnet, square-edged rear corners and skylights over the rear compartment. It is some 5m long and boasts amazing interior space and
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tempted to push along; the factory claim a 0 to 100km/h time of 6.1 seconds and a 191km/h top speed. Fuel consumption on an easy highway run came in around 10 litres per 100kms. The diesel engines should offer better economies. Heading off into the rough stuff and the 21st century Land Rover has buttons to raise the suspension for 291mm of ground clearance, a button to engage low range and another to let the management systems work out best engine and transmission responses for various conditions, from bitumen to sand to mud and rocks. It will handle the most difficult of tracks. So, the new Defender 110 is far more capable on and off the road, if far more dependent on electronics and computers and such. It’s also jumped a couple of price grades, now starting from a recommended retail of $74,500.
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1. Do look for an Australian Owned clinic. 2. Do get a copy of your test results. 3. Do get a second opinion. 4. Do not commit to buying then and there no matter what they offer. 5. If it looks like a shop it’s probably not a clinic! 6. Always ensure that the fitting is on a trial basis, minimum 30 days. 7. Always take a partner or friend with you, don’t be bluffed by sales talk. 8. The hearing device should suit your needs, expensive doesn’t always mean better. Call the independent and Australian owned clinic, Hear4Good. 5/56 Landsborough Parade, Golden Beach. Phone (07) 54770144 www.hear4good.com.au
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SIGNS OF HEARING LOSS Hearing loss rarely hurts! Some people have a hearing problem and don’t realize it.
ou should have a hearing test if you experience any of the following: • Have trouble hearing over the telephone • Find it hard to follow conversations when two or more people are talking • Often ask people to repeat what they are saying • Need to turn up the TV volume so loud that others complain • Have a problem hearing because of background noise • Think that others seem to mumble • Can’t understand when women and children speak to you
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Hearing loss comes in many forms. It can range from a mild loss, in which a person misses certain high-pitched sounds, such as the voices of women and children, to a total loss of hearing. There are two general categories of hearing loss: • Sensorineural hearing loss occurs when there is damage to the inner ear or the auditory nerve. This type of hearing loss is usually permanent.
• Conductive hearing loss occurs when sound waves cannot reach the inner ear. The cause may be earwax build-up, fluid, or a punctured eardrum. Medical treatment or surgery can usually restore conductive hearing loss. Early identification of hearing loss is important, make an appointment today for a free screening test at Hear4Good, local and independent. (07) 54770144, www.hear4good.com.au
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Beware the risk of loneliness in retirement Retirement is a phase of life that many people look forward to with mixed emotions. JUDY RAFFERTY discusses the need for the ongoing social contact that gives us purpose.
he thought of finally being released from the shackles of work and its demands is very appealing but often it is the hours spent in that place of endeavour which keep us feeling purposeful and useful. It is also sharing those hours with others that meets our need for contact with others, even if that contact is frequently frustrating.
The need for social contact is hard-wired into our brain. We are herd animals. We must have contact with others to survive. This is true regardless of age. Without contact we do not thrive. We suffer psychologically and physically. When we do not have adequate social support blood pressure goes up, as does the release of cortisol in the brain. This puts us into a chronic
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low-level state of fight or flight. The result is an increased risk of heart attack, stroke and even death. The risk of dementia increases by 64 per cent. Such information might make work seem attractive as a preventative measure! But work as a source of social contact and support has been impacted by Covid and the move to working from home. Lack of social contact at work effects productivity. Lonely workers are less efficient, less productive and more likely to quit. The single most important predictor of productivity is whether a worker has a friend at work. In a recent study in America, one in five workers said they did not have a single friend at work and 40 per cent said they were lonely at work. Governments in the UK and Japan have a Minister of Loneliness. In Japan it is possible to rent a family. In many countries it is possible to rent a
friend. Interestingly it is people over the age of 85 and young people who report the highest levels of loneliness. The reason for the rise in loneliness in young people has been identified as social media. Another American study reported that one in five millennials (currently aged between 25 and 40 years of age) said they did not have single friend. People under the age of 18 now have 50 per cent less face to face contact with their friends. The impact of social media platforms is not limited to younger people. Older folk are the fastest growing demographic of Facebook users. It is a wonderful help for those with mobility or health issues as they can stay connected via Facebook. But sadly, just as with the young users of a wide variety of platforms, it can mean the people swap a Facebook interaction for a real face to face one. So, what do we do with this concerning information as it will
impact on each of us, either directly or through people we care about? Last month I wrote about developing the habit of making micro connections – saying hello to people, smiling at them and looking in their eyes as they pass by or as you sit next to them at the bus stop or wait in line at a shop. Take every opportunity for a brief interaction no matter how small it is. This is healthy not just for you but for the recipient of your smile. In a culture where we are becoming increasingly invisible to each other such a small act of humanity and kindness is worth a great deal. Be brave and give yourself a push! Judy Rafferty is a psychologist and author of Retirement Your Way, A Practical Guide to Knowing What You Want and How to Get It. Available at all good bookshops and online.
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The thankless task of an executor After a death, the will must be administered, assets dealt with, debts paid, and bequests distributed. LESA MACPHERSON explains the responsibilities of managing a deceased estate. On receiving this information, a solicitor can then correspond on behalf of the executor with the asset holders, such as banks, and with the creditors to determine the financial details so that a comprehensive statement of assets and liabilities can be finalised. The role of an executor is onerous, challenging, and often fraught with family tension. It also can involve a lot of effort, and
n executor is the person named in a will who the deceased has requested to administer the estate. If there is no will, then someone must apply to the court to be appointed as administrator of the estate. The executor or administrator is responsible for the deceased’s property and for payment of all outstanding debts and taxes from the estate funds before distributing the assets of the estate to the beneficiaries of the will. The executor or administrator’s duties can include: • Protecting and auditing the deceased’s assets and obtaining valuations for assets. • Where necessary, applying to the Supreme Court for a grant of probate or letters of administration. • Contacting beneficiaries of the estate to advise entitlements under the will (or the next of kin in an intestacy). • Collecting and recovering, where appropriate, the deceased’s assets. • While assets are being collected, and debts are being paid, maintaining the assets of the deceased in the interim. • Paying any debts of the deceased owing prior to death and any incurred during the course of the estate’s administration. • Defending the will of the deceased where a claim is made against the estate. • Obtaining advice in relation to and attending to any tax liability of the deceased. • Ensuring that a statement of assets and liabilities is maintained and provided to beneficiaries upon request and at the conclusion of the administration of the estate. • Making a distribution of the deceased’s assets to those beneficially entitled in accordance with the will or the intestacy rules. An executor also acts as trustee of
the estate in holding assets on trust for the beneficiaries, for example where beneficiaries are minors or are otherwise unable to hold their entitlements under the will. A trustee manages money, investments, or assets on a continuing basis for the benefit of certain beneficiaries according to the wishes of the deceased. An executor must not make distributions to beneficiaries until he or she is sure that there is no likelihood of a claim being made for a share of the estate. The executor’s first task is to determine the assets and the liabilities of the estate. A solicitor will normally request the executor send to their office the following documents and papers: • Original death certificate once it has been received from the funeral home. • Any cheque books or passbooks for the deceased’s bank accounts. • Details of private health insurance and Medicare. • Registration details for any vehicle or boat held by the deceased. • Any accounts payable by the estate. • Any other relevant documentation, including details of term deposits, life insurance policies and any documents held by the deceased’s accountant.
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Bloating more than a pain in the tummy If abdominal bloating and gas is causing problems, you’re not alone. TRUDY KITHER writes that it can be fixed with some simple treatments.
f you wake up in the morning and feel fine, but by the end of the day, you’re going to bed with a swollen, bloated stomach, most likely it’s not weight gain but your digestion. It’s that the gas in your gut has increased during the day. The five common reasons for bloating are: 1. SIBO (Small Intestinal Bacterial Overgrowth). This is when there is an overgrowth of too much harmful bacteria in the small intestine, when in fact, it should be in the large intestine. If so, you will experience too much gas due to those microbes being in the wrong intestine. You usually experience either too much hydrogen or methane gas. A breath test will tell you which one. SIBO will steal all of your nutrients and you can’t absorb them. The gas it creates causes burping, flatulence, a bloated and swollen stomach, and abdominal pain. If you have SIBO, following a FODMAP diet is recommended, but it’s not the only fix. You will also require a specific, targeted herbal tonic to kill the gramnegative or positive bacteria living in the wrong area of your body. These bacteria feed off sugars (carbs) and undigested food. Sometimes they have
a double-celled wall to protect themselves from antibiotics they may be treated with. 2. Too many methogens can be created by an actual imbalance of microbes because your gut flora balance is crucial. This is similar to a mild version of SIBO. 3. Low stomach acid. As we get older, our bodies naturally create less stomach acid. This causes abdominal gas, bloating, constipation, and pain in your abdomen. It can also help to create SIBO. Low stomach acid cannot break down protein properly for it to be digested, so it can’t be moved from stomach to small and large intestines quickly.
4. Bile is produced by the liver and stored in the gall bladder. It is one of the most essential yet forgotten fluids of the body. If you don’t have enough bile, you will experience bloating, abdominal gas and perhaps even nausea. Bile digests fats, which include nuts, oils, fatty proteins, avocados, cream and cheeses. What you can do about this is to first lower your carbs and fibre. Carbs make inflammation and stress occur in your gut. They turn into sugar, which creates acidity, inflammation, then the fermentation and bloating starts. Suppose you don’t have enough of the good bacteria in your gut to digest the fibre you are putting into your body. In that case, the fibre will also ferment, create gases, and your abdomen will bloat out, causing pain and swelling. Try to cut down on fibre (including vegetable fibres). If you don’t have extreme symptoms, cut out the fibrous vegetables but try to leave in some of the less fibrous ones. This can help reset the system. 5. Dairy is another hidden source of abdominal bloating and gas. Some people have an intolerance to lactose or casein, which is the protein in dairy. Other treatments include intermittent
fasting to clean unwanted debris more quickly, along with adding betaine hydrochloride. This is a natural amino acid compound that will help create more hydrochloric acid, which your body obviously lacks. Supplementing is the best option and should always be taken 5-10 minutes before main meals. It’s a common misconception that having too much stomach acid is a bad thing, but in reality, it is one of the most vital fluids for your body. When you have bloating and/or abdominal pain, you actually need more stomach acid. Remember, as we get older, we naturally create less stomach acid. Taking a digestive enzyme with betaine hydrochloride will help digestion. To be effective, you need to be consistent with your digestive enzyme and betaine hydrochloride regime for at least a couple of months. Never take calcium at the same time, as it will neutralize your acid. This article is meant as general information only. Consult a registered, accredited naturopath for further personal advice. Trudy Kither is a naturopath and owner of Nature’s Temple. Visit naturestemple.net
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Hear and be heard Ageism is general discrimination of an individual because of their age, and, writes MICHELLE LAWSON, those suffering hearing loss are more at risk.
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he act of asking someone to repeat themselves, avoiding social situations or dialing up the volume on the TV can, fairly or not, lead people to make assumptions about a person’s overall ability or competency. Others may adapt their behaviour to be more inclusive of those experiencing hearing loss, but this can often have the opposite effect, with some people feeling disempowered or unheard. New research from Connect Hearing reveals that one in five Australians aged 55 and over believe they are not being heard because of their age (19 per cent). When we are heard we feel respected, valued and connected. Here are some steps to combat hearing loss and agism? ADDRESSING THE STIGMA If you’re putting off getting a hearing check because the idea of a big bulky device that sits behind the ear doesn’t appeal to you, it’s time to rethink hearing support. Hearing aids are now so discreet and can make all components of your life better. From “barely there” options inside the ear canal, to options that allow you to connect to other devices, such as your phone or TV, there’s a solution. REVITALISE YOUR LIFE IN 15 MINUTES If you are already experiencing some
hearing difficulties, you probably have been asked to get your hearing checked. Most family members report it’s much harder to get a loved one to check their hearing, compared with a vision or heart check-up, but it shouldn’t be. Getting your hearing checked is as simple as going online and taking a free three-minute hearing check which will show whether you need to visit a clinic. A clinic hearing check will only take 15 minutes. SPEAK UP If you have experienced discrimination, speak up about it. Most people don’t realise the impact they are having, so it’s important to point it out. BE A ROLE MODEL The best way to combat ageism is to be the change you want to see. Don’t stop doing what you love, and never let your age dictate what you can or cannot do. The more people living life to the fullest, the more the stereotypes around aging will be broken. Ageism is something that everyone is going to experience eventually. Breaking the cycle begins now, showing generations to come they are limited only by their own mindset. Visit connecthearing.com.au
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Dudley Fisher enjoys the company of a young visitor
PROGRAM BRIDGES THE GENERATIONAL GAP AGE is truly just a number at Lutheran Services’ Immanuel Gardens Retirement Living in Buderim and Zion Retirement Living in Gympie, where a tri-weekly program encourages intergenerational friendships with children of all ages. Lutheran Services’ Moving Moments program unites seniors from across the Sunshine Coast and Gympie with local children. So far Moving Moments has connected more than 300 older people in the community with young people at early learning centres, kindergartens and schools. From arts and crafts to music and dancing, no two sessions are the same, with professional educators and artists
building the inclusive and inspiring program. Creating memories and building long-lasting friendships with the seniors and children, Moving Moments provides an opportunity to seize the day and make friends with young and old. Lutheran Services’ Moving Moments Coordinator, Renee Schumacher said the program brought joy to all involved. She said the children really loved having an older person in their lives. “Each session you hear laughter and many buzzing conversations,” Renee said. “Some of our clients have lost a husband or wife in the past 12 months or rarely get to see their own family but interacting with the young children brings this extraordinary delight and provides a sense of family and connection.” Social isolation and loneliness are linked to physical and cognitive decline, according to National Institute of Ageing studies. “The opportunity to build intergenerational friendships with the children gives our clients purpose and the relationships with each other extend past our sessions,” Renee said. The Moving Moments Program runs three days a week in Buderim and Gympie and is open to the wider community. Visit lutheranservices.org.au/movingmoments or call 1800 960 433.
COMMITTEES ORGANISE BUSY SOCIAL LIFE RESIDENTS of TriCare retirement communities are provided with many different opportunities to meet up with their neighbours and socialise through its active social committee. One of the many benefits of moving into a retirement village is that there is always something to do, and the wide choice of activities means there are plenty of friends around for social times if you choose. The monthly happy hour is always popular. Instigated by a resident, this regular event is now organised by the social committee with the main aim of getting residents together in a relaxed social environment
Events on the social calendar include games evenings, tai-chi, yoga, gentle exercises, craft, aquarobics, table tennis, bingo, indoor bowls, book club, movie nights and various bus trips. Monthly Sunday concerts are also popular with performances from jazz bands, barbershop quartets and local school bands and choirs. These occasions are followed by afternoon tea where residents can stay on and catch up with their fellow neighbours. The social committeesupports many worthy causes, including the Cancer Council’s Biggest Morning Tea and drought relief programs. Call 3263 2788 or visit tricare.com.au
Stay balanced and upright A strong sense of balance is essential for an active and varied life. TRISTAN HALL suggests some exercises to keep you on your feet.
NEW HOME LEASE-BACK PROVES A WINNER POPULAR among Affinity Lifestyle Resort’s new residents is the lease back option currently being offered on newlycompleted display homes. “We found that retirees are wanting to travel after cashing up and selling their family home, but still want to know they will have a home base when they get back,” national sales and marketing manager Marlene Cumming said. One of the initiatives at Affinity Lifestyle Resort is that buyers can purchase a display home and lease it back to the company for 12 months and achieve a rental of 4 per cent for that period. The buyer doesn’t pay site fees, management agent fees, council or water rates, home insurance, maintenance and other costs that are common to rental properties. The home is then used for up to 12 months as a display home. At the end of the lease, the company will clean the home and hand it back maintained. The buyer can then move into their beautiful home at Affinity Lifestyle Resort and start enjoying many of the advantages and the convenient location. There are terms and conditions, and the offer is for a limited time. “It’s such a win for the buyer,” Ms Cumming said. “They secure their home, have an opportunity to travel and make a great return on their money until they can move in within that 12-month period”. The location has easy access to major shops, hospitals, medical centres and the M1 highway, yet it retains a peaceful, country feel. To book a personal tour call Dee or Lyn 1300 295 807.
neven footpaths, poorly lit steps and slippery supermarket floors are some of the common hazards that can trip you up. Don’t wait for a problem. You can strengthen your balance every day. Here’s how: Exercise 1 – Balancing with eyes closed – Stand upright and hold on to a stable surface. Close your eyes and stand steady for up to 60 seconds. When ready, do this with one leg raised. Switch legs and repeat. Exercise 2 – Balancing on an uneven surface – Put a towel or a pillow on the floor. Steady yourself with a stable surface. Put both feet on the pillow. Try to stay balanced for a minute. Next do this with one foot raised. Switch feet and repeat. Exercise 3 – Balancing on One Leg – Stand tall with your feet together. Transfer weight to one leg. Lift the other leg forward so the knee joint forms a 90-degree angle. Hold for 30-60 seconds. Repeat with the other leg raised. It’s best to hold a sturdy surface. Exercise 4 – Sitting to Standing – Sit with a straight spine in a stable dining chair, feet shoulder width apart. Now stand up in a slow controlled motion. Slowly sit again. Place hands on lightly on your legs. Repeat 10 times. This exercise is about core muscles and legs. Do not swing your upper body to start the movement. These exercises can be done in any order. For genuine improvement you need to do a few sets every day. Think about when and where you will make this happen. Can you do one set before breakfast and another before lunch? It’s worth it. Better balance will help you move confidently and correct any stumbles before they turn into nasty falls. Tristan Hall is an exercise physiologist with Full Circle Wellness. Call 0431 192 284 or visit fullcirclewellness.com.au
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CURTAIN FINALLY RISES FOR MAMMA MIA NOOSA Arts Theatre is back with Mamma Mia, which was only a curtain call away before Covid hit last year. After re-casting six crucial parts because some of the original cast were no longer available, David Williams, the original director from last year, has been working with 26 dedicated and talented men and women on ABBA’s enduring music. The set was already completed, and now cast and crew are ready. Noosa Arts Theatre, 163 Weyba Rd, Noosaville. April 1-2, 8-9, 14-17,
YOUNG STARS PRESENT XANADU IN COOLUM COOLUM Theatre Players presents the ’80s musical, Xanadu. It follows the journey of beautiful Greek muse, Kira (Abby Bowyer), who descends from the heavens of Mt Olympus to California to inspire struggling artist, Sonny (Jens Radda), to achieve the greatest artistic creation – the first roller disco. Both leads, Jens and Abby, are debuting with Coolum Theatre Players bringing their many talents to the stage. There will be cabaret seating, BYO nibbles and drinks. Coolum Civic Centre, Park St. Coolum Beach. April 14-25, 7.30pm and 2pm. Tickets from $22. Bookings coolumtheatre.com.au or North Shore Realty 5446 2500.
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GREAT GATSBY COMES TO BUDERIM BATS Theatre Company presents the American classic, The Great Gatsby. F. Scott Fitzgerald’s masterpiece has been adapted sensitively and provactively by Australian playwright Barry Lowe and brought to life by award-winning director Peta Beattie. The Great Gatsby will be an immersive experience, featuring live music, dance and an authentic vintage car on the green.
Patrons are invited to dress in Gatsby inspired attire. Table seating. The Belfry Bar will be open or bring your own nibbles. Buderim War Memorial Hall, Cnr Main and Church St, Buderim April 9-10, 16-17, 7.30pm; April 10 and 17, 2pm. Tickets $30, concession $26; Group 8+ $24. Bookings batstheatre.com or call Alice 0427 856 680
QUOTA Club Caloundra presents a fundraising Fashion Event with timeless designs to empower, motivate and revitalise. Bubbles and bites will be available after the presentation. Why Not Boutique, Golden Beach, May 1, 2pm. Tickets on sale after. April 8. Call Mary 0413 346 582 or Judy 0410 645 791.
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TAKING live theatre to retirement villages is proving a big winner for Sunshine Coast’s Independent Theatre (The Indee). The theatre last year made plans to re-emerge as a “visiting theatre” and to concentrate on staging its comedies in the various Sunshine Coast retirement villages. This has been enthusiastically welcomed and so far performances have been staged at IRT, Meridan Plains and Bellflower Retirement Resort, Sippy Downs. The Indee soon will be taking its live comedies to Hibiscus Chancellor Park, Allora Gardens, Maroochydore and Peregian Springs Country Club. While The Indee has some young players, it is mainly mature-aged actors with a wealth of experience. Many have been acting since their pre-teens and have appeared in Indee productions and other Coast community theatres for more than three decades. The comedies are mostly multi-award winners from The Indee catalogue. “The present aim of The Independent Theatre Inc is to further develop the retirement village circuit concept, by providing first-class comedies for its actors and by bringing live performance within arm’s reach of audiences,” spokesperson Carol Burls said. Call 0468 322 268.
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LIFESTYLE EXPO REIMAGINES AGEING REIMAGINING ageing and the possibilities on the Sunshine Coast, a major 55+ lifestyle expo will be held at the Nambour Showground on August 5. It aims to bring the community together to showcase the best the Sunshine Coast has to offer to its over 55 community. Gerontologist and founder, Tanya Dave of IAgeWell, said it was time to work together as a community to reimagine ageing and embrace new possibilities. “We need to open the door to choice, provide opportunities to learn, and support people to pursue what makes them happy,” she said. “The latter years of our lives should be filled with choice, opportunity and growth.” Senior community groups will be offered free sites to showcase their work. On display will be a wide range of market stalls and exhibits including travel, health and wellness, holistic living, insurance, retirement and independent living options, education and employment pathways, financial and retirement planning, aged care option, caravan and camping and gardening. A variety of food trucks will be open and live entertainment from well-known local bands provided. Exhibitor spaces are now open. Call Tanya 0407 748 773 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
LAUNCH OF NEW JAZZ CD THE Louise Denson Group will launch their new CD at The Jazz Sessions, a regular jazz evening on the Sunshine Coast that features world-class jazz artists in an intimate show with dinner. Louise Denson Group, led by Sunnie and Q-Song Award winning pianist/composer Louise Denson, is releasing the new CD Nova Nova. Glass House Brewery, 8/330 Mons Rd, Forest Glen. April 18, 6pm. Tickets $49 includes two-course dinner and show. Bookings, stickytickets.com.au, call 0403 152 397 or email email@example.com
RATTLER STARS IN VIDEO INXS co-founder, Andrew Farriss, used a rollicking video set on board the historic Mary Valley Rattler to promote the release of his debut solo album. Run Baby Run has been released as a single ahead of the album launch, The video tells a tale of freedom complete with a heroine on the run – played by Gympie’s own star country singer, Caitlyn Shadbolt – who, to escape her tormentor, jumps on board the Rattler, where Farriss is performing. Farriss had been exploring the idea of an outlaw-themed album release for over a decade, and a gig at the Gympie Muster inspired him to return to Mary Valley to produce the video. The cinematic video includes circus performers and vaudeville characters, while drone footage captures the spectacular scenery as the 100-year-old C17 Class steam locomotive makes its way through the Mary Valley to Amamoor Station. Run Baby Run was co-written by Farriss, Bruce Wallace and Phil Barton in Nashville, and recorded with some of the best Nashville musicians. “The message of freedom, and getting away from it all, is exactly what the Mary Valley offers visitors, so we couldn’t be happier with Andrew’s song and video,” said Mary Valley Rattler general manager Micheal Green. Andrew Farriss and his band will appear at Nightquarter on the Sunshine Coast on May 14. Visit andrewfarriss.com and maryvalleyrattler.com.au
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SPECIAL TRIBUTE CONCERT THE Sunshine Coast Concert Band is presenting a special tribute concert to honour retiring conductor Ken Chadwick. The concert acknowledges Ken’s many years of dedication and service to the Sunshine Coast community. Over 24 years, he has helped raise more than $700,000 for local charities. Kawana Community Hall, Nanyima St, Buddina. April 10, 2.30pm. Tickets $20 at the door or book at sccb.org.au
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INDUSTRY EXPERTS ORTHOPAEDIC
What is hip preservation surgery?
Technology keeps an eye out for you
Joint preservation surgery is arguably one of the fastest growing areas of orthopaedics. It uses minimally invasive keyhole operations to repair parts of damaged joints to treat pain and functional loss while at the same time preventing arthritis and joint replacement surgery. Hip preservation surgery treats problems like hip impingement and labral tears, which we know lead to arthritis, and potential early joint replacement. These types of problems can occur due to injury, but more commonly they present as the slow onset of groin pain related to activity. Doctors usually order X-rays that may show bone spurring leading to impingement, and MRIs showing tearing of the lining of the hip or labrum. Hip arthroscopy is a keyhole operation to remove impinging bone and repair the labrum. This is aimed to treat pain, improve function, but arguably and more importantly, protect and preserve the joint. Unfortunately, if treated too late the joint damage may have progressed too far and joint replacement, in time, may be the only surgical option.
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It’s a brave new world where we can use technology to keep loved ones safer at home. Late last year, Amazon made an announcement many families may be keen to hear. For a while now, they have produced digital devices that sit on your countertop and respond to your voice. You can ask Alexa what the temperature is going to be or for the capital of Norway. Amazon is offering a service where people in one household can monitor activity in another household. You can be designated as an emergency contact and when there is no activity on Alexa, you will be notified via phone or email. This new feature is called Alexa Care Hub. It also operates as an intercom so you can speak with other family members as if they are in the same house. As it is a voice operated assistant, Alexa can also call for help if you can’t reach the phone. Apple is the other big player in the technology world. It is also catering to people who are worried about older family members. The latest Apple Watch has a feature that alerts a designated person if the wearer falls over.
KENDALL MORTON DIRECTOR, HOME CARE ASSISTANCE SUNSHINE COAST 42 BULCOCK STREET, 5491 6888 HOMECAREASSISTANCESUNSHINE COAST.COM.AU
Accommodation payments explained Most people want to remain independent throughout retirement and stay in control of where and how they live. However, as we age, some things become harder to do on our own. If your ability to live independently starts to decline and you need help with daily living activities such as cooking, cleaning and personal care. You may need to move into residential care. These costs are divided into three categories: The daily care fees can be up to $112,672 a year, but a large portion is paid by the government. The contribution you would pay is between $19,071 and $47,159 depending on your financial means (as assessed by the DHS). Let’s examine some facts around accommodation payments. For most people the biggest concern is the large amounts quoted for a room. These range from around $100,000 to $2 million but commonly between $400,000 - $600,000. Fact 1 – this is not lost money These lump sum payments are called Refundable Accommodation Deposits – RADs. An important fact is that RADs are fully refundable when you leave care (unless you allow the service provider to deduct other fees to help with your
cashflow). Repayment is also guaranteed by the federal government if paid to an approved provider – an important thing to consider when selecting a care provider. Fact 2 – you don’t have to pay the lump sum Accommodation payments are quoted as a lump sum but are also converted to an equivalent Daily Accommodation Payment (DAP). The interest rate used for this conversion is currently 4.10 per cent. For example, a RAD of $400,000 is converted to a DAP of $44.93 per day. The room cost (RAD) can be paid in full DAP or any combination of the two. Seeking financial advice on your payment and funding options can help minimize your stress.
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INDUSTRY EXPERTS PENSION HELP
Staying on top You would think that given the complexities of Centrelink it would take months to run out of topics to write about. But that is the issue “the complexities of Centrelink’”. I could present case study after case study, but it is the individual experience that makes Centrelink issues difficult because they are all different. Sometimes just completing the application forms can be overwhelming – valuing personal assets or reporting income. What about updating bank accounts? You would think it was easy but not everyone works with a computer and it does not take much for a few years to go by and for bank account details/balances to be out of date. This can prove costly because you may have missed out on payment increases OR finish up owing Centrelink. I also come across issues when working with clients who are moving into aged care, for example when it is important for Centrelink records to be accurate. That is where CAPA Services can assist. Along with one-off assistance, CAPA Services also offers an annual monitoring service. Contact CAPA Services if you would like to discuss how we can help you.
What if my proposed executor lives overseas?
Help at hand when reality strikes and care help is needed
Daily living aids make life easier around home
It is often the case that executors live far and wide and that is usually not an issue in estate administration. Care must, however, be taken before appointing an overseas resident to be the sole executor of an Australian estate. An estate is a trust. The residency status of a trust is determined by whether the trustee is an Australian resident for tax purposes. If the management and control of the trust is not based in Australia, this can have some significant tax implications for the estate administration. In particular, the estate may not be able to:1. access the income tax free threshold ($8,200.00); 2. obtain franking credit refunds; and 3. obtain certain 50 per cent CGT discounts. There are some steps that can still be taken if the will maker insists on a foreign resident being the executor, but it involves the careful consideration of the circumstances and the obtaining of specialist accounting advice to ensure there are no adverse tax consequences.
Imagine visiting a loved one only to find they are not coping as well as you thought during your frequent phone calls. The meals they said they were eating and the medication they assured you they were taking is not actually happening at all. It’s clear that increased care is now needed. Where would you begin? Who do you call first? How quickly can help be provided and who are suitable providers? I have had this conversation repeatedly with sons, daughters, grandchildren and neighbours who have found care is needed, leaving them bewildered and overwhelmed. Trying to cope with the impact of an unexpected decline of the family member or friend and trying to manoeuvre through an industry that is not your area of expertise, is challenging: approvals, assessments, finances. There are many options available tailored to preferences, care levels and affordability. Home Care Services, Retirement Living and of course residential aged care. Call Your Future Care to explore how I can relieve the stress of navigating the aged care industry and find a suitable solution for you.
Do you ever feel that regular devices in the home just aren’t suited to your lifestyle? Mass-produced items such as cutlery and can openers are designed for the general population, not to make life easier for people who need more specialised equipment. That’s why Scooters Australia Brisbane stocks a wide range of practical daily living aids to help with everything from eating a meal to moving around the home. Sure Grip bendy cutlery provides greater flexibility for people with mobility issues at the dining table. Rather than rigid spoons, forks and knives, these ingenious utensils can be bent to any angle to accommodate a reduced range of motion, adding extra ease and comfort. Other devices include turners to grip stuck taps more easily, jar openers and clamps, and extra-long shoehorns. With these aids (and more) in your home, you’ll find daily life more manageable. Rather than resorting to less specialised products that are unfit for purpose, you can go about your day using this great range of living aids to make your home more practical.
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The WORLD in Your Hands
Travel in Your Time
Drive Guide puts Outback on the map Outback Queensland has everything you need for a memorable holiday, from road trips to events, Australian culture and wild adventure. RUSSELL HUNTER attends the launch of the Outback Queensland Drive Guide
ruse ships are largely tied up in port and international air travel is problematic to say the least, but Australians still feel the need of a holiday. And many of them are just starting to discover the allure of our very own Aussie Outback. It has all the romance, history, drama and jaw-dropping beauty of just about any overseas trip. And it’s right on our doorstep. Unveiling the region’s 2021 Drive Outback Queensland Guide full of unmissable experiences and 12 tailored road trip itineraries, Outback Queensland is mustering up new and returning travellers. From dinosaur fossils to lonely coastal splendour to the endless Outback night sky, it’s all within reach. Spanning 932,678km square (two thirds of the state), Outback Queensland is on a mission to educate Aussies that the region has a lot to offer and can be explored throughout the year. And the golden rule for Outback travellers is book ahead. Gone are the days when you could
Muster and Drive Guide launch, CEO Denise Brown welcomed the Drive Guide to coincide with the extended tourism season. “It has been a great summer for those in the Outback with the summer rains breathing even more life to the region, bringing along the spectacular Outback Queensland birdlife and wildflowers that truly are a sight to behold,” she said. Outback Queensland spans the North West (Mt Isa, Cloncurry, Julia Creek, Richmond and Hughenden), Far West (Boulia, Birdsville and Windorah), Central West (Winton, Longreach, Barcaldine, Blackall and Tambo), South West (Eromanga, Thargomindah, Quilpie, Charleville, Cunnamulla, Roma and St George) and East (Biloela). For more information and to check out the Outback Queensland Drive Guide visit outbackqueensland.com.au
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pitch up at a bush town and find accommodation for a night or two. You possibly still can from time to time, but it might not be the accommodation you planned on. Smart travellers book ahead to get precisely what they want. The options for exploring this wonderland are as plentiful as the experiences – far too many to list. But a travel agent should be able to guide you. The Aussie Outback will make you feel welcome and the towns, villages, stations and countless attractions have got together to make Outback tours more accessible than ever. Taking the stage at the 2021 Outback
HALL OF FAME REOPENS THE Australian Stockman’s Hall of Fame and Outback Heritage Centre in Longreach reopens this month with a swag of new immersive experiences. Discover the stories of the lives behind our rugged outback through the spectacular $15 million artistic and interactive transformation of the premier outback heritage centre. Visitors are invited to experience a bold and thought-provoking adventure with cinematic storytelling told through the voices of the people who make the outback real. The centrepiece of the new galleries is a location-aware immersive audio guide integrated with the exhibits to put the visitor in the centre of the story, creating a richer, more personal and meaningful experience. A major new exhibit Gone Drovin’ takes visitors down the legendary stock routes used to get livestock to market.
Have you always wanted to see some of Australia’s amazing silo artwork but didn’t want to do all the driving? Well, this time leave the caravan behind and let someone else do the driving for you. Explore South Western Queensland with Jacinta from our Tewantin Travel office and enjoy these amazing sights. Highlights Yelarbon •Thallon • St George • Bollon • Cunnamulla • Eulo • Thargomindah • Nockatunga • Eromanga • Quilpie • Charleville • Mitchell • Roma • Surat • Mount Hope Includes Luxury coach travel • Nine nights’ quality accommodation • Meals as per itinerary • All entry fees, cruise & guides as per itinerary Departs 06 September 2021 from Tewantin
10 days from $3,195*pp
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WEATHERING THE STORM
ANSWER THE CALL OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Pool with a view at Rawnsley Park Station BRIMMING with nature and wildlife, spectacular scenery and world-class food and wine, South Australia has some of the country’s most sought-after properties, from coastal lodgings to sophisticated vineyard manors and glamourous hotels. Wine and dine in regions renowned for wine, seafood, honey, farm gate stalls and gourmet menus. Explore kilometres of picture-perfect coastline, delve into outback culture and desert landscapes, be charmed by wildlife and sea life, or meander along rivers and lakes. Travel north to the Flinders Ranges to explore the ancient landscape on foot or
from the air, follow Aboriginal Dreaming trails and retire at night beneath canvas or glittering skies. Head for the coast and one of South Australia’s three peninsulas – the Eyre, Fleurieu or Yorke. Although each is unique, they share a reputation as both aquatic and culinary playgrounds. Step ashore at Kangaroo Island and relax where raw and rugged nature combines with a laid-back lifestyle, wildlife and tastebud-tempting delicacies. From its source in the Snowy Mountains, the Murray River flows through South Australia’s Riverland and on to the Lakes and Coorong.
Stunning conservation parks, a rich First Nations heritage and majestic ochrecoloured cliffs provide endless options for walking, cruising and self-drive journeys. Adelaide is a Great Wine Capital, one of just 11 cities globally whose wine regions are recognised as significant cultural assets. Within an hour’s drive, more than 200 cellar doors are located across the Barossa, Adelaide Hills and McLaren Vale. A little further afield lies the Clare Valley, famous for five-star wineries showcasing its signature drop, riesling. Traveller’s Choice has put together a complete travel collection to cycle, walk, drive, cruise or sit back on a guided holiday in South Australia. Call your local Traveller’s Choice consultant 1300 78 78 58 or visit travellerschoice.com.au
Chateau Yaldara in the Barossa Valley.
THE travel industry has stood firm during the past year despite the challenges thrown at it by the Covid pandemic. The hardest part for the teams at both Coolum Cruise & Travel and Tewantin Travel has been the isolation. The industry is normally one of the happiest places to work. When Friday, March 13, 2020 came around it was the start of the end of an industry as they knew it. World travel was cancelled and the scrabble began to get clients home from abroad, but even the strongest need help. After a lot of discussion and support from friends and family plus colleagues at Travellers Choice, it was determined that the two agencies should be brought together. The decision to close the retail space at the Coolum Village Shopping Centre at the end of February was not an easy one, but with everyone together in Tewantin, there’s a positive vibe for a vibrant future. Coolum Cruise & Travel and Tewantin Travel thank their valued clients for their ongoing support. Every booking helps keep jobs local. And don’t forget to ask about the two escorted group tours –to Southern WA in August and southern Queensland silo art in September. Coolum Cruise and Travel 5446 1727 or Tewantin Travel 5447 1011.
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SMALL GROUP HEADS TO ULURU ULURU puts on a different show each day. Start the day with a stunning sunrise, by helicopter, hot air balloon, Segway or simply just sitting and watching. Midday sees brilliant blue skies contrast with red earth and the many changing colours of the rock. Sunsets bring shades of red, orange and yellow. If you are fortunate enough to be at Uluru when it rains, cascades and pools of water cover the monolith. Nights are clear with millions of stars. There are also the 50,000 coloured swaying stems topped with frosted glass spheres, stretching across the size of nine
GOOD TIME TO GET TO KNOW QUEENSLAND
football fields, an artistic masterpiece. The most cost effective way is to fly from Brisbane to Alice Springs, for a few nights before boarding a coach to Uluru. There are plenty of photo opportunities along the way. White trunked eucalypts made famous by the late Albert Namatjira dot the landscape along with acacias, and a menagerie of wildlife. Travelling in an air-conditioned coach with a small group of like-minded travellers is one of the best ways to see this beautiful part of Australia. Call 5441 2814 or email penny. email@example.com
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QUEENSLAND is ready and good to go, with communities from the Outback to the coast waiting to show visitors the wonders of our own backyard, without fear of border closures or postponements. And there’s no need to book a flight, you can see it all from the ground, up close and personal, on a luxury coach tour. “When the travel bug bites, there’s plenty to explore right here,” says Paul Brockhurst of CT Travel. “Queensland is waiting and it has never been easier to book a tour to see it all.” CT Travel has been busy planning itineraries that capture the broad range of quintessential Queensland, with its well-established network of locals eager to introduce travellers to the best their region has to offer. There are five tours covering Queensland during July and August. For 11 days from July 5-15, the Southern Outback Adventure is a chance to experience country towns rich in history and many of those “I didn’t know that was there” moments. Travelling through seemingly endless landscapes on the Outback highways from Roma to St George and the towns in between – Charleville, Quilpie, Eromanga, Thargomindah, Eulo, Cunnamulla – it brings to life the pioneering spirit of the State and the resourcefulness of the people who have made it home.
Over 12 days, July 29-August 9, the Outback to Coast tour highlights the contrasts as the scenery changes from northern Outback to the Whitsundays. From Roma to Charleville and then north to Longreach and Winton, see the heart of Queensland. Get into the spirit of the Outback with a stockman’s campfire, and learn the fascinating history of Charters Towers before turning coastward. At Airlie Beach, cruise the clear blue waters of the Whitsundays and see the colourful Great Barrier Reef, in stark contrast to the red soil plains. Spend some time in the Tropical North for eight days, August 10-17, exploring Cairns and Port Douglas, from coral gardens to lush canopies in a paradise where the rainforest meets the sea. For seven days from August 18-24, journey across endless horizons in Central West Queensland from Cairns to the mysterious lava tubes at Undara to Charters Towers gold, Emerald, Biloela and Dalby … live the Outback story for a little while. And for seven days, August 26 to September 1, escape to the Carnarvon Region of Southern Inland Queensland, including four nights at the Wallaroo Outback Retreat. A complete list of tours and itineraries is available on the CT Travel website. Visit cttravel.com.au
Australian Travel to suit your Budget in 2021 Join Sunshine FM Presenter Penny Hegar ty on this fabulous tour!
TOOWOOMBA CARNIVAL OF FLOWERS OVERNIGHTER 18TH & 19TH SEPTEMBER 2021
Per person, Twin share Single Room $495
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Delicious home cooked morning tea at Esk Queens Park Botanical Gardens inc. Japanese Gardens Laurel Bank Park Gardens Picnic Point Parklands Spring Bluff Railway Station Lunch at Toowoomba Golf Club Dinner, bed & breakfast at 4 star Pittsworth Motor Inn
Includes • Accommodation • Coach Travel • Tours • Entry Fees Most Meals • Informative guided tours where your touring expectations are my priority.
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Seeing is Believing Brimming with amazing nature and wildlife, spectacular scenery and world-class food and wine, South Australia treats you to experiences unlike any other. DRIVE & STAY
Kangaroo Island Escape Explore the island’s rugged coastline, indulge in mouth-watering local delicacies and discover unique wildlife including rare birds, sea lions, penguins, echidnas and plenty of kangaroos. Includes Car hire • Accommodation at Kangaroo Island Seafront • Complimentary WiFi and parking • Return ferry transfer from Cape Jervis to Penneshaw Valid for travel Selected dates May to September 2021 *
4 days from $569 pp GUIDED TOUR
Taste of Port Lincoln Fly from Adelaide to the spectacular southern Eyre Peninsula where you’ll sit and savour seafood fresh from the sea while touring a working oyster farm. Includes Accommodation in Adelaide & Port Lincoln • Return domestic ﬂights from Adelaide to Port Lincoln • Best of Port Lincoln & Coffin Bay Guided Tour • Coffin Bay Oyster Experience • Local guide, all activities, national park fees, morning tea, lunch & wine tasting Valid for travel Selected dates July to August 2021 *
6 days from $2,185 pp RIVER CRUISE
Summer on the Murray Explore Australia’s largest river system cruising past dramatic sandstone cliffs and native wildlife from the historic river port of Mannum to Blanchetown aboard the largest inland Paddlewheeler. Highlights Accommodation in Adelaide • 4-night Murray River Outback Heritage Cruise • All meals, selection of onshore tours & guided nature walks, presentations & live entertainment onboard cruise • Return cruise transfers from Adelaide hotel Valid for travel Selected dates in January 2022 *
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BOOK WITH YOUR LOCAL TRAVELLERS CHOICE AGENT CALOUNDRA - Ucango Travel & Cruise Centre - 5437 4000 • COOLUM BEACH - Coolum Cruise & Travel - 5446 1727 • KAWANA WATERS - Kawana Waters Travel - 5444 6500 • MAROOCHYDORE - Ucango Travel & Cruise Centre - 5451 8600 • NAMBOUR - Easy Travel and Cruise - 5313 4980 • TEWANTIN - Tewantin Travel - 5447 1011 *Conditions apply: Prices are per person twin share in AUD unless otherwise speciﬁed. Prices are correct as at 18 Mar 21 & subject to change & withdrawal without notice & availability at time of booking. Seasonal surcharges, blackout dates & single supplements may apply, & prices may vary due to currency ﬂuctuations & changes to taxes & surcharges. Kangaroo Island Escape: Valid for sale until 30 Apr 21 unless sold out prior, for travel 01 May-17 Sep 21, other dates available at additional cost. Minimum care hire renter age without surcharge is 25 years, drivers aged 21-24 years may be eligible to rent subject to an age surcharge. Rentals are subject to the Terms & Conditions of Avis rental agreement & the Avis standard driver & credit qualiﬁcations. Rental days are based on a 24 hour period. Taste of Port Lincoln: Valid for sale until 30 Apr 21 for travel 05 Jul-31 Aug 21, 01-30 Sep & 01 Oct-26 Nov 21 available at additional cost. 25% deposit required at time of booking. Cancellation fees apply 31 days prior to travel. Summer on the Murray: Valid for sale until 30 Apr 21 for travel 01, 08, 15 & 19 Jan 22, 19 Feb 22 available at additional cost. Non-refundable deposit of $360pp required at time of booking. Cancellation fees apply 31 days prior to travel. Inclusions are subject to change based on supplier operational capabilities. Airfares not included unless otherwise stated. Further conditions may apply. Booking, service, credit card & cancellation fees may apply. ATAS No. A10430.
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BILL MCCARTHY I HAVE never seen a ballet, so this book broke new ground. Each year countless thousands of young girls don tutus and ballet shoes for several years before moving on to horses and then boys. This book is about a girl who broke the mould. Mary McKendry from Rockhampton, through perseverance, dedication and an obvious love of dancing from a young age, reached the top of the art form. A supportive and loving family, luck and timing also played a part. She eventually married Li Cuxin, who even I have heard of, and then struggled to cope with a child born profoundly deaf. Her story is described in excruciating detail, I would have preferred a 200page version to the current 450 pages.
MARY BARBER THIS book grew on me. I particularly enjoyed the sections from Houston onwards. Mary’s first child Sophie is born profoundly deaf. Mary’s struggles to teach her to speak and understand language were very moving. The Li family were surrounded in Houston by generous friends and good colleagues who helped them through many struggles. Much of the book is focused on Mary’s relationship with Sophie. This is fraught at times. As a toddler Sophie is fitted with one cochlear implant. Then another when she is older. Her ability to hear and take part in conversations improves, but there are many times she is isolated from her fast-talking peers. This book gave me an insight into being deaf in a hearing world. I can recommend this memoir to anyone who enjoyed reading Mao’s Last Dancer or has an interest in the remarkable Li family.
BOOK review SUZI HIRST IN ALL honesty, I feel it is almost a shame that Mary Li felt she had to write this book. The biography of her husband Li Cunxin was one of my favourite books and having listened to him talk live, he is a true inspiration. His story is incredible to say the least. Mary’s book is unnecessarily long and really a story of her giving up her life’s dreams and ambitions to be a fulltime parent to their daughter who was born profoundly deaf. Their dedication to each other and ensuring their daughter Sophie can integrate fully into the hearing world is commendable. Worth a read. 5/10
Mary Li is an international ballet star and a mother. Her memoir is the sequel to her husband Li Cunxin’s bestselling memoir, Mao’s Last Dancer and tells the other half of the story. Growing up in a high-spirited family in Rockhampton, Mary discovered an early passion for ballet. She moved to London at 16, to study at the Royal Ballet School and dance at the London Festival Ballet with Nureyev. As principal dancer with Houston Ballet she fell in love with the acclaimed dancer Li Cunxin. The couple became the darlings of the dance world and were delighted when their daughter Sophie was born. Then, at the height of her career, Mary disappeared from view. What could have happened to cause a woman so committed to give it all away? Two decades later she tells that tale of what happened next.
MARY’S LAST DANCE By Mary Li
JOHN KLEINSCHMIDT MARY’S last Dance is a remarkable book offering an insightful behind-thescenes look at the ballet world; a story of a mother’s absolute dedication to family and incredible personal achievement. Mary describes in detail what it takes to be an international ballet star leaving me with a new respect for the physicality, skill, artistry and passion of successful ballet dancers. Mary sacrifices her career and fame for profoundly deaf Sophie, her first child and is tenacious in making her daughter’s life as good as it can be. This is an inspirational story of a truly exceptional woman, mother, principal dancer, teacher and coach. Beautifully written and compelling to read.
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A COMPLIMENTARY box of tissues should be supplied with this beautifully written memoir that will bring tears of sadness and joy. Mary, with the help of her profoundly deaf daughter and sister-in-law journalist, produces a heartfelt masterpiece. This book is all about family love and relationships such as intercultural, work-life balance, husband-wife and especially mother-daughter. Mary gives up her brillant career to support her deaf daughter. Her obsessive and sometimes overbearing support for her handicapped daughter becomes a major conflict as her daughter matures and gains independence. This story has all the elements of a real fairytale. “What are the chances of a Rocky girl meeting a Chinese peasant prince?” Mary is an outstanding Queenslander! Great job. 9/10
JO BOURKE YOU have a head start on this detailed autobiography if you have read Mao’s Last Dancer or seen the movie, if you enjoy ballet, have been a ballet mum or have a profoundly deaf family member. Mary’s life story of love and sacrifice is told with honesty and sincerity. This book could also have been called The Unlikely Ballerina as Mary McKendry grew up as a tomboy in a family of eight children. The discipline required to be a top ballet dancer is punishing and Mary did this to reach international stardom. In the second part of Mary’s story we are taken inside the world of dealing with deafness in baby Sophie and the difficult decisions re which path to follow, as well as dealing with Sophie’s teenage angst questioning whether the cochlear path had been the best one. That was a surprising twist! Ballet remains the backdrop of this story culminating in both Mary and her husband’s (Li Cunxin) current involvement with the Queensland Ballet Company. Despite the 400 plus pages I enjoyed Mary’s story. Aspiring ballet dancers will no doubt give it pride of place on their bookshelf.
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