Your Time Magazine Sunshine Coast - March 2021

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y parents had what would now be called a home business. Mum did the books and dad worked from his shed. I still remember the day Mum came home with a brilliant new invention, a phone answering machine. Oh, the magic of that tape winding back and forth on spools inside a machine the size of a volume of the Encyclopaedia Britannica. You could see a honeycomb of tape moving inside. We marvelled that it could answer the old dial telephone all by itself. Many people were a bit overwhelmed and at first refused to leave a message on this new-fangled machine. And now, just over 50 years later, our phones do everything, including

Contents answering calls. But, enslaved to the palm-sized device, I’m not convinced it’s a good thing. There is an obligation to return calls quickly, not later today or tomorrow, but instantly. The same goes for email. They enslave us to being on call 24/7. Yes, technology has come a long way since clever machines answered phones and sent faxes; and each new advance seemed so exciting and impossibly ingenious at the time. The so-called information superhighway promised to deliver us more leisure time, yet now I find myself in the promised age of communication lamenting the loss of a more leisurely pace. (I must confess though, that this is all a bit rich coming from someone who has a smart phone loaded with apps charging alongside an e-book reader, iPad and laptop.) This month we look at the great digital divide. Are we in or are we out? Can we pick and choose engagement with new technologies or are we being forced to pick up whether we want to or not. In the end, as technology whiz Nathan Wellington explains, it’s going to be your call. Dorothy Whittington Editor

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COVER PICTURE: Martin Duncan at Noosa Eat and Drink sumptuous high tea Soiree in the Park at Noosa Woods last month.






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The great digital divide – connect or be disconnected The information age is at our fingertips and, writes LORRAINE PAGE, now’s the time to buckle up for a ride down the digital superhighway.


t least 4.5 billion people are online – that’s more than half the world’s population and yet, as the online community keeps growing by more than 875,000 new users each day, not all older Australians are thrilled about getting on board. Ask around, and you’ll uncover someone’s pain at being pushed into unwanted digital enablement as technology changes the way we experience most aspects of our lives at a startling pace. Covid-19 restrictions last year highlighted how there has never been a better time to connect digitally – and how

difficult that was for many seniors. Sunshine Coast Prostate Cancer Support Group president, 82-year-old Rob Tonge, says the pandemic brought to a head the attitudes within his group towards modern technology. There are 500 members on the books, but only 20 took the plunge and joined the Zoom video conference when monthly meetings were forced to go online. It was always going to be a tough sell, as one-third of the group refuse to use computers: “Most members said it was too hard, and we don’t want to know about it,” Rob says.

Zoom has been a poor substitute for face-to-face meetings that drew 90 to 110 members at a time, and lost opportunities for Rob and his support team to personally welcome new visitors and their partners. Rob, too, is uncomfortable with aspects of digital technology and says, “I don’t want to live my life through a computer – so many passwords to remember. “A whole sector of the community is being pushed up against a wall to use computers.” He’s content using a basic phone with big buttons and a large, easy to read display. He limits it to making and receiving calls as he finds texting tedious and text reminders even more annoying. “If I make an appointment and say I’m going to be there, I’ll be there,” Rob says. “I’ve given my word, isn’t that enough?” He’s also very committed to his members. With help from his wife Barbara, and a tech savvy friend, he’s prepared to master an online booking system so face-to-face meetings can quickly resume as Covid restrictions ease.


esearch supports the idea that seniors are a curious lot and desire digital inclusion rather than risk being left behind. YourLink, an organisation improving the quality of life for seniors through access to, and confidence with technology, in 2019 surveyed 600 older Australians who shared their views and experiences of technology. Aptly named The Digital Paradox for Seniors, the report found seniors are not short on energy and passion for

experiences that open up the digital world to them. But getting a device into their hands is not enough – personal connection is key, and a human experience essential to facilitate learning. Burnie Brae, a not-for-profit organisation based in Chermside, offers a wide range of care and community services for seniors. Free classes have been on offer since 2010 in basic internet and computer skills. They’re booked up two to three

“A whole sector of the commuity is being pushed up against a wall to use computers” weeks in advance and have become so popular that the centre has trained 40 more digital mentors. Those who sign up come to the centre with their smart device – laptop, smartphone or tablet – for a one-hour, one-on-one tutoring session, then rebook for four or five more. Head of Burnie Brae’s project management team, Dr Sharon Hetherington, says the majority bring in a new device that they have purchased. “The desktop computers don’t get used for tutoring anymore but they do get used for internet access,” she says. “Help with internet banking is a regular request.”

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The team developed an aggressive digital strategy during the Covid lockdown last year to keep clients and members connected to the centre. Brian Ash, 77, says his fitness improved considerably during the shutdown when he and wife Lorelle joined the Exercise Right for Active Ageing (ERAA) program run by exercise psychologists on the Zoom platform. They were already regulars of the centre’s gym and were computer literate enough to download the Zoom app to their new desktop computer. They then hooked up a HDMI digital interface cable from the computer to broadcast the display on their TV screen. “When the Zoom sessions first started, I said to Lorelle, ‘it seems a bit wussy’,” Brian says. “But now it’s real to me, and all I need at home is a chair, a resistance band, hand weight, or a tin of baked beans. “The beauty of technology is once you support it there’s so much more you can use it for in your everyday life.” The gym has reopened, but the centre continues to run two, 30-minute ERAA sessions a week via Zoom. Kevin Day, 92, attends respite at Burnie Brae. He received a tablet from the respite manager when the centre closed. First attempts at using it were troublesome but were soon sorted with some personal help. Kevin and his wife can’t always book into the respite centre due to continued restrictions on numbers. When they can attend, social distancing is in place, so Kevin is more than happy to continue with a “clever idea”. From the comfort of their living room, the tablet connects the couple to gentle morning exercise sessions and to entertainers who visit the centre once a week. “The exercises are done sitting down

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66 per cent and keep your mind and your body a little bit active,” Kevin says. “If the respite manager is good enough to go to all this trouble to help old people, I’m going to be good enough to use it.” Esme Mews is in her 70s and says when fitness classes moved online she was surprised at how Zoom opened up the world for her. “Although they were virtual, I still found them motivating,” she says. “It was a reassurance that people were still around.” Esme was soon keen to find other fitness exercises on popular video sharing website YouTube. During the height of the pandemic, she held ladies fellowship meetings on Zoom and even a Sunday morning church service.


ersonalised customer service has taken a big hit in the digital age. In the online world, self-service means finding what you want on your own – and it has flourished in a contactless Covid world. You can plough through FAQs (frequently asked questions) on websites for instant answers to common queries, but what if your particular question isn’t there? There’s probably a help@ or

support@ email address, but what if you haven’t time to wait for a reply? Businesses operating in the modern customer service industry know that and are phasing out this old technology for chatbots. Chatbots are an automated, online, text-based technology that can provide quick and accurate answers to common customer queries. They’re sophisticated and mimic human conversation, but they’re not human. YourLink recently conducted a short survey of their mailing list of clients to learn from which main services seniors felt excluded. From close to 100 respondents, who predominantly lived independently, 78 per cent said they felt excluded from accessing government services; 72 per cent from finance and banking; and 66 per cent from public safety information. Only 30 per cent felt excluded from retail, as the choice to shop in person and enjoy the independence of a real-world experience is still widely available. Director and co-founder of YourLink, Richard Scenna, says there needs to be a greater awareness by government that, as it transitions more of its resources and services online, seniors are feeling left behind. “The whole of community including aged care providers of home care have a part to play,” he says. “Family and friends are the ones meant to be supporting, and they’re well intentioned, but people aren’t available when they’re needed. “If someone has a mobile phone and a child overseas they want to video call, and they’re not comfortable with that, all they need is a couple of moments of someone showing them how to push that button,” Mr Scenna said. You don’t have to love it. Expert Nathan Wellington answers the most common questions. Page 21.


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IN THE GARDEN — with Penny

BETWEEN them, this group of Dulong neighbours has clocked up 210 years of marriage and they re-lived the moment in 1960s style, with an EH Holden, lunch, a wedding cake and ‘60s music. Three brides had their original wedding veils. Eddie and Jane Ellis married in Nambour 60 years ago, and 50 years ago, Roy and Margie Lipscombe wed in New Zealand, Roy and Heather Scott in Brisbane and Peter and Penny Goodwin in Toowoomba.

store, or similar, were carefully flattened and stored for these drafting purposes. David Jones paper wasn’t as good as the paper from Bayards, as it had a houndstooth pattern on one side which was distracting. There was even a book for doll’s clothes from which Mum made many clothes for my Barbie. Extract from Pam Van Der Kooy’s Stuff We Had in the ’50s and ’60s available from all good bookstores.


A LOT of clothes were hand-made, including the big flannelette bloomers that I wore to bed, and one day realised I had worn to school. Mum made most of our clothes using her old Black electric Singer sewing machine. She carefully drafted, on the kitchen table, patterns from the Enid Gilchrist pattern books or used premade patterns. Big sheets of brown paper that packages had been wrapped in (and tied up with string) at the department

IT HAS certainly been a great growing season with the showers and high humidity. Lots of weeds around too – pulling them out when they are small doesn’t disturb the roots of other plants and they are unable to set seed. Time to give most plants a light prune to keep in shape. Prepare soil for winter vegies by digging in compost and aged manures, with a dusting of lime for peas and beans. A good variety of seedlings will be available early next month. Pansies, violas etc will also be available soon. I plant my sweetpea seeds in early March. A selective weed killer will rid your lawn of unwanted weeds. Fertilise everything now before the cooler weather sets in. An easy way to have an indoor plant is to grow in just water. I have a Spathyphyllum (peace lily) doing extremely well. Most garden clubs are starting back up after a long break. I have just returned from a group tour to the Darling Downs area on a nursery crawl. It’s always good to get some different plants that do well here, and needless to say the bus was full of beautiful plants and some very happy people. Happy gardening. Penny Hegarty

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Martin’s Scone Time becomes a winning recipe When an avid foodie stumbled on an idea to bring lonely people together over a cuppa, he decided to use his scone – literally. GLENIS GREEN meets the amazing character behind a social sensation.


t was just a random pop-up on his Facebook page that caught Martin Duncan’s attention. A 96-year-old woman in Scotland had come up with a remarkable solution to the isolation she had been feeling since her

partner’s death 15 years earlier. With no friends and family, she decided to hold morning teas to, as Martin puts it, “escape her cage”. The concept was a big success and Martin was sold. “I can do this,” he told himself and so his

novel networking idea – Scone Time – was born, 18 months before Covid-19 hit. Scone Time quickly became a community connector where seniors could come together with family, friends and local business owners over fresh hot scones loaded with home- made jam and whipped cream. Suddenly Martin found himself making hundreds of scones a week to meet the demand for his special morning teas held in venues around the Sunshine Coast. The arrival of the pandemic ground the concept to a temporary halt but now things are getting back into full swing and Martin is sorting his tea cups and refining his recipe. A New Zealander by birth, Martin said he had always been a keen cook and foodie. “It started with my grandmother, she was an amazing cook, an amazing baker and every time I went there she would make something different, but unfortunately her recipes went with her,” he says. “She gave me a cookbook when I was seven, for Christmas. It was the New Zealand Women’s Weekly Cookbook. I

kicked mum out of the kitchen and just kept on cooking.” After completing a chef apprenticeship in his New Zealand home town of Temuka, he came to Australia where he worked on the islands and later opened a cafe in Terrigal on the New South Wales Central Coast. He then graduated to opening and running cafes in Brisbane where he would regularly network the local traders. Martin also would travel between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast where he ran a cooking school, but six years ago the commute became too onerous and he has now settled in Palmwoods. He is now the ambassador for Food Agribusiness Network and president of Country Noosa. But it’s his Scone Time that has really captured the imagination, particularly among seniors all over the Coast, although non-seniors are also welcome, of course. The simple concept involves Martin setting up at a venue – usually a local hall or meeting room. These often hold memories for guests who may have attended dances or supper clubs there in the past.

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CONNECTIONS Along with volunteers, he sets up tables with vintage tea sets, gets the coffee and tea brewing, and warms up his freshly made scones along with lashings of jam and cream sourced from local farmers. “The biggest thing for those who attend is the connection,” he says. “There are some amazing stories. “One guy hadn’t been out for two years after his wife had passed away, and I told him ‘you’ve got to come’. “He wasn’t on the internet so I said, ‘just come, come with me’ and I put him on a table with a lot of girls – the youngest was 82 – and they brought him into the fold. That’s what I love. “One 92-year-old lady has missed only one event – because she had to go to the doctor … she comes in on a zimmer frame.” Volunteers, traders and farmers often join in Scone Time and Martin said he loves the idea and the camaraderie that comes with it and hopes that it will become his legacy, “When I pop off, it will still be here, going,” he says. Despite often making 360 scones a week with his own extra nutritious recipe which includes vanilla, yoghurt and egg, Martin says he never gets tired of them

and quite happily scoffs them himself on a regular basis. As Scone Time winds up again, with between 50 and 120 or more people at any one event, Martin is getting local cafes and bakers on board with his recipe, to help meet the demand. He hopes to eventually have enough teacups and cutlery at each venue to save all the packing and unpacking. “I only charge $8 and people can come and eat their bodyweight in jam, cream and scones,” he says. “And I hate waste, so if there is any left over I sell them to people to take home. They love that.” And when he’s not whipping up the next batch of scones? “I’ve got an art studio – a pottery wheel and paints – but I’ve been so busy doing scones. I’m too easily distracted,” he says.

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by Mocco Wollert

NOT so long ago, sitting with my friend in our favourite coffee shop, I became aware of a table of five. All tables were taken but this one stood out like an oasis in a desert of noise. Three boys aged probably five to 12 with, obviously, mum and dad – and astoundingly, there was not an electronic device in sight!

The three boys actually sat quietly on their chairs and ate with knife and fork. It was a miracle in the world of unruly, demanding youngsters who normally invade the coffee shop. Most of them have no table manners, and screech and throw little tantrums when asked to sit still. Mum or Dad might utter a word of warning to behave – totally ignored by their offspring – but mostly they check their mobile phones oblivious to the noise and bad behaviour of their kids. Of course, I am of the generation where children were seen and not heard. When I met elderly aunts or friends of my parents, I even dropped a little curtsy until I was 16. If I wanted to be heard, I had to claim attention respectfully and quietly. Interrupting an adult who was speaking would earn a severe rebuke. My pet hate of bad manners is the “big yawn”. I can still hear my mother’s compelling voice, when I started to yawn “hand before your mouth”. It was a command better heeded or else. I now watch people yawn with great abandon, opening their mouths as wide as they can. If it is one of those very long yawns that go on forever, I wish to call out “please shut your mouth”. If some of the young, pretty girls who yawn with their mouth wide open knew how it spoilt their looks, they

might consider covering their mouth. It is funny to watch Mrs Bucket in Keeping up Appearances insisting on proper manners such as pulling out a chair for a lady, or that her longsuffering husband Richard should hold the car door open for her. That really doesn’t happen much anymore, and I guess the next generation of cars will automatically open their doors when a human approaches. Going back further – and here I am really showing my age – an acquaintance of my parents would always greet his wife with a subtle kiss on her hand. I found that so romantic and always wanted such a “gentleman”. I did get the odd kiss on the hand from my husband, but it was mostly when he had had one drink too many! Saying thank you and please has also largely disappeared from the mannersmenu. There are many grandmothers and great-grandmothers who do not receive a thank-you for a present given, a task fulfilled, or a favour done. Maybe the reason Downton Abbey was such a popular series, was because we all admired their unfailing good manners, no matter what the situation. Maybe we secretly yearn to go back to a more graceful life. May somebody open a car door for you – or at least hand you the seatbelt.

by Cheryl Lockwood

REMEMBER when you had to be at home to receive a phone call? If you were out, the caller would have to try again later. Our home phone was basic black and had pride of place on its own small table with an attached seat. An operator would connect us to the requested number. In my country town, phone numbers were just three digits long. To “dial” the operator, one gave a few rapid turns of the small handle on the phone. Phones then went to having a dial with finger holes for each number. Push button models followed. We moved on to automatic exchanges.

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AGES & STAGES As kids, this meant we could make prank calls when our parents were out. Perhaps, telemarketers are my payback for those days. As for public phones, they are far and few between these days. I have memories of ringing my parents from a phone box in Cairns pre-mobile phone days. It was summer and felt like a sauna inside the little glass-sided box. Now we find it hard to imagine life without our ever-present mobile devices. A standard feature of these modern wonders is caller ID. What a great thing! We know who is trying to reach us before we answer. When family calls, their name and picture pops up. The downside is that it leaves us with no excuse not to return a call. Recently, I was at home and hubby was out. My phone rang and his sweet smile appeared on the screen. For reasons I cannot explain, except to say that I like to make him laugh, I answered the phone with a drawn-out, seductive “Helloooo”. The lovely man who replied was not my husband, but the person who happened to find my husband’s phone. The thoughtful young chap had decided to try the last number dialled in an attempt to find the owner. The call log – another handy function. Through my laughter, I explained that I had answered the phone like an idiot

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When ginger ruled in Buderim In the days when the Buderim Ginger Factory dominated the main street of Buderim, Maurie Richards was on call to keep the machinery running smoothly. The 95-year-old shares his memories of the 1950s and 1960s with AUDIENNE BLYTH.

Buderim Ginger Factory, in central Buderim during the 1950s and 1960s.


aurie Richards built the machinery that sliced and diced the ginger, mixed and cooked the jams, moved ginger around the building and loaded drums on to trucks – he even built a machine to crack macadamia nuts. A jack of all trades, Maurie kept the machinery operating around the clock. He first learnt to fix machines on his father’s Mapleton farm. He attended Mapleton primary school and was a boarder at Mrs Bennet’s boarding house while he attended Nambour Rural School, but “not for too long”. His real interest was machinery, and he honed his education on the job at Nambour

sugar mill and at a Palmwoods sawmill. Buderim in those years was a quiet country town with farms where most of the ginger was grown. The Buderim Ginger Factory functioned 24 hours a day. Local farmers wanting to supplement their income worked the night shift. Nambour accountant Geoff Shrapnel became factory manager and with secretary, Doris Marbech, is credited with its success. There was a staff of 60. The company joined with Warrys of Maryborough to produce the Merrybud brand. In season, two to three tons of strawberries might arrive daily. Women worked as sorters. Cans on conveyor belts received the fresh strawberries and syrup with a colourant. The syrup was made in big steam pans. The cook, Mick Mead, was, Maurie says, the best jam maker. About 15,000 tons of sugar was used each year. Local police arrived almost daily saying there had been complaints about trucks blocking the street outside the factory, while tourist buses delivered, at peak times, 1000 visitors a day. Ginger is seasonal and available for only two months of the year, so it needed to be stored. The crop arrived in bags by

Intensive work as women cut and clean the ginger rhizomes by hand.

trailer or truck. It was weighed and washed and put into 55 concrete vats, each holding 12 tons. The factory made crystallised ginger, ginger in syrup, ginger marmalade and diced ginger. One batch would be 200 cans. About 1000 cans were produced daily. Maurie built a slicer and sliced ginger became a best seller. Products were exported to other manufacturers in 44 gallon drums. A semitrailer left the factory each day with a load of drums. In the 1970s, it became obvious to all that more space was needed in the

building and for the trucks and tourist buses. Land at Yandina was acquired and the new factory was officially opened by premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen in 1980. Maurie is proud of his heritage. His ancestors, two Smith brothers, were the first selectors of Mapleton. The family of his wife, Edna Duffield, were farmers at Palmwoods. They married on November 26, 1949 in the Buderim Methodist Church. He believes their wedding reception was the first at the Buderim Hall. They built their first house themselves in Burnett Street and grew their own produce as there were few shops. “The talkies” were held in the Buderim Hall on Saturday nights, the highlight of the week for locals. When the operator decided to close, Maurie, as the youngest and most agile member of the hall committee, offered to run the Saturday night shows. He and Edna did this without payment from 1955 to 1962. The usherettes and ticket sellers were also unpaid while other volunteers were continually fixing the canvas chairs. Profits went to the hall. Maurie retired from the ginger factory when it relocated to Yandina and the pungent whiff of ginger no longer pervaded the streets of Buderim.

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FRIENDSHIP Force Sunshine Coast is part of a global organisation that is travelling locally this year. Activities over the past 30 plus years have melded journeys and home stays with other clubs, both nationally and internationally, for members to enjoy

friendship and cultural exchanges. The Covid restrictions mean that planning has had to focus on the challenges created, and the group will be going local this year. Activities will include regular luncheons while exploring the local region, Zoom trivia nights, a tag-along driving tour and possible future journeys with other clubs in Australia and New Zealand if and when restrictions ease. The first meeting was held at the Mapleton Men’s Shed, celebrating Australia Day with fine Aussie food, damper, song and mateship. Four new members were welcomed. Join the Facebook page or visit or call 54717338 or 54928114.

The club is part of an Australia-wide network of clubs that promote the voice, interests and education of women and is a great way to meet new friends and become part of the local community with coffee mornings, outings, book clubs and volunteering opportunities. Everyone is welcome to join. Call Maggie 0418 793 906. Glasshouse Country View Club members gather after lunch.

Probus member Trish Shuttleworth gets into the Aussie spirit. PROBUS Club of Currimundi has a busy program of activities arranged for the year, including trips, tennis, golf, walking, craft and book club, lunches, dinners and opportunities for coffee and chat sessions. Members celebrated Australia Day with a barbecue lunch at Crummunda Park where friends, some in creative costumes, caught up after the break, and thong throwing brought some surprising results. Anyone interested in joining is welcome to attend the next monthly meeting on March 10, 9.30am at the Indoor Bowls Club, Burke St, Golden Beach. Call Ros 0458 753 922.

GLASSHOUSE Country View Club will meet at Secrets on the Lake at Montville for morning tea on March 3, at 10am. The next lunch meeting is on March 17, at 10.30am for 11am start at the Glasshouse RSL club. Members recently gathered to farewell founding member De who is moving to Tasmania to be near family. View Clubs raise money for the Smith Family and Learning for Life Program at all their functions. New members are welcome to join. Call Jill 5439 0316 or Janet 0448845303 or visit MAROOCHYDORE View Club has resumed activities for 2021 and meets on the fourth Friday of each month at the Maroochydore Surf Club.

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Barry finds his focus on Vietnam When Barry Cheeseman was called up to fight in the Vietnam War at the tender age of 21, he never imagined the country would ultimately shape his life. GLENIS GREEN meets an award-winning photographer.


OINING A company, 9 Battalion where he was designated as a scout, Barry Cheeseman’s 1968-1969 tour in Vietnam was quite the reality check for the innocent young scholar who had been born and schooled in Newcastle, NSW. “I was young and naive and didn’t fully understand why I was there,” he recalls. “I was in the infantry as a scout for the first part of the tour, but I appreciate going through that experience. It changed me. Photography and Vietnam changed my life around” Once back in Australia, Barry married his sweetheart Lesley and his financial acumen led to him to move to

Beaudesert as CEO of a community credit society. It was while working there in 1998-99 that a friend suggested he take up photography as a form of stress relief. He had not done any real photography before, although his dad had had cameras which he would sometimes use. The idea appealed and, together with his friend, he attended a TAFE photography course and then the Brisbane College of Photography. He also joined the Beaudesert Camera Club and began investing in more and better gear. So began his studio, Mystique of Images in Brisbane

which lasted until 2007 when rents became too exorbitant. Meantime his wife Lesley suggested that to gain some closure from the horrors of the war, they should go back to Vietnam as tourists. “I enjoyed it so much. It brought closure and I wanted to go back again,” he said. By this time Barry was an accredited judge of photography in Queensland and a member of the Photographic Society of Queensland, so the idea formed to put together a photography tour of Vietnam. It was so successful that he has been running the tours since 2008. But it was his skill with the camera and developing rapport with the Vietnamese people that led to him publishing his first book in 2008-9 - Portraits of Vietnam focusing on images of locals going about their lives. As a courtesy, Barry sent a copy to the Vietnamese Consul-General to Australia, Vu Hong Nam. It was subsequently recognised by the Vietnamese

Government as a true representation of the people of Vietnam and their lifestyle. “I wasn’t expecting anything, maybe a thank-you card, and then I got a phone call saying ‘this is Nam’ from the consulgeneral. He said all my visas had been completed and when next in Hanoi I should come and meet his people. “If you’d told me that 40 years after the war I’d be getting introduced to all the senior people in the Vietnamese Government and the Vietnamese Government Publishing House I wouldn’t have believed it,” Barry says. Fast forward through a whirlwind ride of photography tours, government recognition and making firm friends with many Vietnamese officials and country folk. Barry’s photography has been recognised with awards and honours around the world. Now living in Palmwoods, he has twice been runner-up in the Black and White Spider awards and in 2019, was approached to join the Australian Academy which embraces all media types. Only 20 photographers are members. Last year, the prestigious DEK UNU Magazine in the USA published his works, Postcards from Vietnam, for the month of February, which consisted of 11 portraits of everyday rural Vietnamese together with individual comment and an interview with the photographer. It was one of only 11 issues online and in print each year.

In 2019, Barry was admitted as a Chevalier Academicien of the Mondial Art Academia based in France, which selects artists from all genres around the world to be members. He has also published a horse racing themed book of photos entitled They Gallop at Dawn. Most at home behind a Nikon 800E and Nikon D3, Barry is now working on portraits for the first Berliner Art Book 2021. “It’s photographing people that I enjoy – trying to capture the real person, looking beyond the face that we go through life with and seeing the real person (within),” he says. Moving on from his early days of prints and chemicals in the darkroom, Barry has now honed his skills in digital photography and enjoys manipulating and using composite images to achieve the images he wants. Along with an aspiring young photographer Peter Detheridge, he has set up a studio in the Palmwoods CWA Hall where he photographs local people and aspiring models, often working with Mr Beesley’s Vintage Clothing in Nambour. He’s also planning another trip to remote regions of Vietnam once restrictions lift. “Photography has opened so many doors. I’ve enjoyed where it has taken us and I never believed it would. “It’s been an exciting life, and something I never thought would happen,” Barry says.

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When it’s time to hang up the keys Getting a driver’s licence is a rite of passage for most young Australians, but how do you know when it’s time to give it up? KENDALL MORTON discusses the ways and means of calling it a day.


driver’s licence brings the sweet promise of independence and freedom at 17, but decades later, you may have to concede and hang up the car keys for the last time. It’s also a life milestone, but not a joyful one. Many older drivers recognise that they are not enjoying driving and are not coping with difficult situations. They make a gradual transition to not driving. They stop driving at night and avoid peak hour traffic and highways. Instead, they stick to familiar routes and local areas. These moves can keep you driving safely for longer, but the time still may come when you or a family member needs to stop driving completely. How will you know? The Queensland Government website lists some of the changes that can come with aging and will impact driving ability. For instance, your vision can deteriorate. You may not see pedestrians or cyclists as well as you did previously. You may not be scanning for the unexpected. Night vision or peripheral vision can deteriorate. You may have trouble changing your focal length from looking at things up close, such as a crossing sign, to

what’s in the distance. Be sure to have an annual eye test. Keep your windscreen clean and wear sunglasses during daylight. Physical condition will affect driving ability too. If you have a stiff neck, you may not scan the traffic to your side as frequently as in the past. If you have knee pain, using the pedals quickly can be awkward. Driving requires muscle strength, flexibility and quick fluid responses. You need to process information quickly: How fast is that bike travelling? Is

that child about to step out on the road? If your mental processing slows, it’s hard to make safe choices quickly. Your slow reaction time can annoy other drivers too. They will let you know with tooting horns which only adds to the stress of driving. The RACQ offers a useful service to help seniors stay safe on the road. It’s called The Years Ahead program. It’s a free 45-minute presentation for community groups and at retirement villages. The motoring club recognises that many seniors first learnt the road rules more than 50 years ago. Much has changed. We have merging lanes and roundabouts. The RACQ presenter will review the road rules, tell you about medical reporting and allow plenty of time for questions. To book a talk for your group, call the RACQ Community and Education team on 1300 853 658. In Queensland, the law requires that any driver over 75 must have a medical certificate. This certificate is usually valid for a year. If your doctor approves you to keep driving, this will show as an M on your licence.

Your doctor may put certain conditions on your licence such as daytime driving only. You will need to carry this certificate with you when you drive and show it to police if asked. There is another resource your doctor can help with. Many driving schools offer driving assessments for older drivers. On the Sunshine Coast, Roadwise Driver Training runs this service. Director Michael Stibbard conducts about 20 driver safety assessments with older drivers each month. Each is done in a dual control vehicle. Mr Stibbard meets the driver at their own home and returns them there. The driving assessment takes about 45 minutes. The assessor looks at a range of factors, including how well you respond to traffic conditions and how you operate the controls of the car. Afterwards he puts together a report for your doctor who will decide whether you can keep driving or not. Kendall Morton is the Director of Home Care Assistance Sunshine Coast to Wide Bay. Call 5491 6888 or email

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Hunched shoulders are a common curse of our high-tech life. TRISTAN HALL suggests some easy ways to get your posture back into shape.

WHEN I struggle to lift my kayak on to the roof of the car, I often have some wellmeaning people offer to help me. Last time I did it, someone said there was a small, inexpensive machine that makes it easier. Don’t get me wrong, I appreciate all the help I can get, but while I am still capable of lifting my own kayak on to the car, I want to keep doing it – and for as long as I can. One of the reasons we now find ourselves in a national physical state that leaves a lot to be desired is, in my humble opinion, because many of us strive to make life easier. In the process, we may well have made our bodies weaker, less resistant to disease and tending towards obesity. If you cannot possibly lift your own kayak, then of course seek assistance in whatever form that comes. But all too often we take the easy option when it is not necessary.


f you spend hours tapping away on your computer or leaning over a mobile phone or tablet, your body will bear the cost. You can easily develop the unsightly hunched look. Rounded shoulders mean many chest and back muscles have tightened up. To restore your posture, you need to release and strengthen these neglected friends. Here are some easy ways to get started: DOORFRAME STRETCH FOR PECTORAL MUSCLES. Stand in a doorway. Put your hands and forearms behind the door frame in an L position. Keep your feet close together. Lean forward. You will feel a stretch in your major and minor pectoral muscles. Hold this for about 20 seconds. Release and then lean into the stretch again. Repeat 5 times. You may also feel a pleasant stretch and softening around your shoulder blades. To stretch your small pectoral muscles, the pec minor, do the same exercise with your hands

higher on the door frame. Your hands will be above your head height. THE YWTL STRETCH. This exercise gives you an overall stretch for your upper back. Stand in an open space. Raise your arms above your head palms facing forward. Push your arms back. They should be in a Y position to your body. Hold for 30 seconds. Next, lower your elbows to make a W shape in line with your body. Your palms will now be at shoulder height. Stretch back and hold. Next, move your arms out to

the sides at shoulder height, making a T. Stretch your arms back and hold for 30 seconds. The last shape is an L. Put your upper arms alongside your trunk. With your elbows bent and hands facing out to the side, make and hold an L shape. BROOMSTICK BACK AND CHEST STRETCH. Take a broom stick. Remove the brush head. Put the stick across the back of your shoulders. Hold the stick near the ends then lift it high above you. Push the stick backwards to stretch your chest, back and shoulder blades. Check in with your posture and use your core muscles. Hold for 20 seconds, release and then repeat five times. Once you are comfortable with this stretch, you can adapt it. Move the broomstick lower to access different muscles. Look out for tight sore spots and give them some extra attention. Tristan Hall is an exercise physiologist with Full Circle Wellness. Call 0431 192 284 or visit

The kayak is just one example, but it is indicative of the way we live. Most of us take the elevator rather than the stairs; use the car to travel short distances; park near the entrance to the store rather than in one of the many vacant carparks further away. The list goes on. Of course, many of us are no longer able to do some of the stuff we did when we were young, but it is still important to carry on as best as we can. Lift, pull, push should be part of our daily plan, be it in a programmed exercise scenario or in doing the gardening, cleaning out the shed, or mowing the lawn. All of these require us to work our bodies. My advice is to do as much as you can for as long as you can. Obviously, consult your doctor before commencing any exercise program and listen to your body. That, at least, is easy to do. Tom Law is the author of Tom’s Law Fit Happens. Visit


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Meet the dementia myth buster Three common myths about dementia were immediately busted in conversation with author Kailas Roberts, writes DOT WHITTINGTON. And there was plenty more to come.


ith three close family members affected by some form of dementia, I considered myself relatively well educated about dementia, sufficiently so that, like many over 60s, I have a mortal fear I might be next. Kailas Roberts (pictured), who this month releases his book Mind Your Brain – The Essential Australian Guide to Dementia, quickly and simply dispels the myths – and to some extent the fear – as he explains the realities. First of all, early diagnosis does make a difference. Secondly, memory loss is not the only symptom to watch for, and thirdly, doing crossword puzzles every day isn’t going to help as much as you might think. Kailas’ job title is quite a mouthful – psychogeriatrician – which means that he knows much more about dementia than most. After gaining his medical degree, he specialised in psychiatry and then about 15 years ago took his specialty a step further into old age psychiatry. “I was put into a community old age mental health team and found it was a breath of fresh air,” he says. “I really enjoyed working with the elderly and in the cognitive assessment side of things. I realised this was the subsection I wanted to do.” These days, 70 per cent of his work is with older people and he has come to realise that many people don’t seem to know that much about dementia, hence his decision to write the book. “People come to me with memory problems, and many don’t know the difference

between dementia and Alzheimer’s,” he says. “Many think that dementia is due to normal ageing and this, with a fear of diagnosis, means they leave it too late. We can do a lot more when it is diagnosed earlier.” Once recognised, it is easier to make clearer plans, anticipate issues, foreshadow interventions and have discussions with the person while they can, rather than relying on relatives to make decisions later. Dr Roberts has also been surprised at how much uncertainty there is about diagnosis. “Many think it is just a

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memory problem, but it could be language, behavioural changes, or planning and organisational abilities,” he says. “If there is a change in function in any of these areas, you should see about it. The more people can understand what is causing the issue the more power they have to deal with it.” In addition, severe depression and anxiety can look like dementia and medications can cause cognitive problems. With his experience, an urge to write, and a gift for giving simple explanations, he set about making Mind Your Brain as user-friendly as possible. “It was important to make it readable,” he says. “There are few dementia books around and most are too medical and heavy. I wanted to write something accessible that could be read on different levels.” The books is in two parts. The first explores the science of dementia: how the healthy brain functions, how it changes as we

age, the causes of cognitive decline and how to prevent it, and what dementia actually is. It explains the main types of dementia: Alzheimer’s disease, vascular dementia, frontotemporal dementia, alcohol-related dementia and forms of predominantly subcortical dementia. Part Two focuses on the lived experience of dementia, in all its aspects – being assessed and diagnosed, symptoms and treatments, the physical and psychological challenges and practical life changes that can maximise comfort and happiness. It also discusses legal and ethical issues, residential care options, and dying and end-oflife care. One chapter is devoted to trying to prevent or delay dementia onset, which raises the question of the daily crossword puzzle. “If you are exercising the brain in the ways you always have it won’t be as effective as doing something you are not used to,” he says. “If you have always done a crossword puzzle, try Soduku. Complex mental activity is good for your brain.” His other key message is to not avoid diagnosis as there are things that can be done to help. “It’s not the end of the world and there can be some years of reasonable quality of life,” he says. “Memories are going to become increasingly impaired, but you don’t have to have a fully functioning brain to derive pleasure and happiness.” And my final question: “Why do we hear so much about

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dementia now. Is it more common or are there more of us?” In Australia, more than 400,000 people are known to have dementia and this is projected to keep increasing. It’s simply that only now are we living long enough to get it. “Medicine has come a long way so we are no longer dying of heart disease but vascular problems are still there and can cause dementia,” Dr Roberts says. “We live longer but we have not quite worked out what to do with our brain when it gets to those later years.” Lifestyle factors are relevant too – poor diet, fast food, lack of exercise, and excessive alcohol may be more prevalent and not helping the situation. If you have any concerns, the best person to see is your GP as they know you best. The GP can do some screening and basic testing and depending on the outcome, will know which specialist to send you to.

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You don’t have to like tech to use it Every day NATHAN WELLINGTON meets someone who is struggling with technology. The reasons among his more than 2500 clients, are remarkably similar.


City SUV enjoys a run in the country Perceptions can be the new reality when it comes to cars. BRUCE McMAHON takes a look at Volkswagen’s T-Cross, a so-called compact Sports Utility Vehicle.


he T-Cross is the German manufacturer’s first foray into this part of the market and, with retail prices from $27,990, the cheapest of VW’s range of SUVs. Yet, while many will see the T-Cross as a small car in today’s world, it’s wider and taller than the 1963 EH Holden, a car considered a proper, full-sized family sedan back in the day. (As a hatchback the VW is a tad shorter than the EH.) And consider this: The famous 179 Holden motor produced 86kW from six cylinders, the VW manages 85kW from a three-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine. So, while the VW is aimed at citified drivers it does have the ability to conquer indifferent road conditions past city limits; way beyond the perceptions. It’s just that some folk now won’t head west unless sitting up in a three-tonne LandCruiser with all the mod-cons. The front-wheel drive T-Cross does miss out – as do most so-called SUVs – on a full-sized spare, it doesn’t have pushbutton start and you need to plug the phone into the infotainment system to get satellite navigation. But there’s airconditioning, electric windows all round, a decent stereo system and a host of safety aids including driver fatigue monitoring, rear view camera and front sensors to warn, and help brake, for wandering pedestrians and such. Added to a fair degree of substance is a goodly amount of style, for the VW is one of the smarter-looking SUVs in this market niche. The interior also looks smart with a clean and tidy layout and excellent ergonomics, although it is let down by

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hard plastic trims across dashboard and doors. More appreciated is the amount of cabin room. A six-footer (in the old language) can sit behind a six-foot driver while head and shoulder room are great for four proper-sized adults. Cargo space isn’t huge, although the back seat can be slid forward for extra room. Out and about, the VW’s engine is always looking for work. It can be a touch sluggish getting off the line – waiting for the fuel-saving stop-start system to fire and auto clutch to engage – but it runs smartly through to 6500rpm, shifting through a seven-speed automatic which likes to shift into higher gears as soon as possible. This can cause a little drivetrain grumble, overcome by a bootful of revs or manually shifting gears. Past city limits, the T-Cross is quiet and comfortable, riding on 16-inch wheels with road-biased tyres. With front-drive and 185mm of ground clearance the VW has a tendency to understeer with some body tip if harassed into a turn. Drive to conditions and the VW is a competent highway machine, despite its positioning as a city-to-suburbs SUV. It rides, steers and brakes with confidence and a fair suppleness over rougher conditions and, given a prod, doesn’t shy from overtaking lumbering LandCruisers. Fuel consumption for a combined city-country outing should be around 6 litres per 100 kilometres or better. So, despite the perception that city-centric SUVs should not be let out of town, VW’s T-Cross won’t be upset by the occasional run into the countryside.

he struggle with technology is a subject dear to my heart. People tell me about their frustrations and the reasons they don’t want to use it. Often it’s a lack of understanding of how it works and, when it doesn’t work the way it’s meant to, immediately thinking it’s something we have done wrong or that we’ve broken it. It brings out the worst in us –hidden insecurities, frustrations, second guessing or even throwing up our hands in exhaustion. Believe me, I have heard it all. The purpose of this article is to offer a brief explanation for some of the most common questions and statements that we hear. WHY DID IT DO THAT? Generally, we have heard this same question many times. Often, the problem is to do with an update issue that corrupted another piece of software, or one device won’t talk to another because Microsoft hasn’t communicated with Epson or HP hasn’t checked with Canon. Sometimes hardware fails due to poor manufacturing or worn-out components. Then there are some issues where there is no obvious technical reason for the error and no matter what your technical skill, you probably won’t get to the bottom of it. WAS IT ME? Granted many of our calls may be put down to “user error” and these require some gentle guidance and written instructions. If it is you, don’t worry because 90 per cent of users are in the same boat. There is a misconception that because you’re over 60 you don’t know what you’re doing, but neither do most of the younger ones. They just won’t admit it. It is common for me to receive many phone calls on a Monday morning from clients whose kids and grandkids visited on the weekend and made their computer problem worse. A word to the wise, don’t let anyone else try and fix your computer problem for free, it generally ends poorly. I’M JUST TOO OLD TO USE IT Doris, one of my oldest clients – she’s 97 – has a Windows 10 computer she uses to track her family tree, an iPad for listening to classical music through YouTube and a Samsung smart phone for texting, email and using google maps to direct her taxi driver. Ron is 95, blind and partially deaf and uses his Windows 10 computer to play his favourite music playlist and his Samsung phone to talk to his kids every day. You are never too old, and granted, it can be frustrating – learning anything new is frustrating – but with persistence

and patience it will reward you in many other ways. I DON’T SEE WHY I SHOULD USE IT This comment is like standing on the beach and pushing back the tide with your hands. The wave of technology is here to stay and despite your best efforts to resist it, it is fast becoming the norm for most means of communication, including major retailers, banks, energy companies and telecommunications providers. I have seen those who have decided to shun technology to their detriment. In the long term, they talk to friends and family less and become more isolated. As they become frail, they find it more difficult to perform daily chores such as paying bills by cheque at the post office or shopping. I DON’T KNOW WHERE TO START There are many resources to access, from local community groups to library courses and even online videos. We have many clients we tutor in their home. They keep a little note pad of questions to ask, and when they get to the end of the page, they call us for an appointment. We then go step by step through the list and help them with their learning and even leave them with homework. The key is persistence; the way to learn is to practise every day, even for just 30 minutes a day. Don’t be too hard on yourself, but give yourself time to make mistakes and continue to practise. No one ever jumped into a car and drove perfectly the first time and technology is no different. You may never like using it, but it will enhance your life in subtle ways, like keeping you connected to friends and family and helping with simple chores in daily life as you grow older. Email Nathan Wellington at info@home or call 1300 682 817. March 2021 / YOUR TIME MAGAZINE 21

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Extending the hand of friendship a healthy habit Retirement can be an opportunity for friendships to flourish or a time when interests diverge, and contact is lost. JUDY RAFFERTY discusses the value and importance of having other people in your life.


OMETIMES retirement means you have time to reinvest in old friendships or make new ones, or it can lead to a loss of contact with others. Existing friends do not seem to be available, or you or your friends move away from your local area. It is well known that having and making connections with others is good for your health. According to research, when you have friends you see yourself as having a better quality of life. You are more satisfied with life and have a lower risk of dementia, less likelihood of developing anxiety or depression, better self-esteem, recover faster from illness and live longer. It is important to have a range of

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friends. Different friends fill different roles in your life. Bill told me that his low mood began when he lost his friends and his mood was in danger of developing into a full depression. He lived alone as his wife had died many years earlier, but he had three good friends. Two had been in the same club for many years as fellow motor bike riders and they had weathered many good and bad times together. The third had joined them more recently (10 years ago) but was not good at planning or commitment and did not like playing cards. Together, the three met Bill’s social needs and provided support as needed. Then, one left the area to live with and support his daughter. Not long after, one had a stroke and went into care. Bill was bereft and suddenly left with the non-card playing bloke who did not like to plan ahead. The pleasurable planning, anticipation of outings and get-togethers, and the card mornings all disappeared. Over a few months, Bill became more introverted and less enthusiastic about life. The obvious answer was for him to make new friends. So why had he not done so?

Making new friends, even just being friendly, is hard work. As a minimum it takes self-confidence and energy. These are hard things to find when you are feeling a bit bereft or are in a new place. I am suggesting something very small but powerful. The suggestion is that you find, and take, every opportunity just to say a friendly hello to another person. If you are getting to the end of the day and have not had contact with another person make sure that you go out and about and create the opportunity, even if you go no further than your front garden or the foyer of your apartment building. Once you are doing this each day you are in the process of forming a micro habit. A micro habit is a small positive behaviour completed every day. Over time, it becomes an established habit. Often, we fail to make new behaviours into habits

“You can’t stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.” – A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

because we try to do something that is too big or too hard, and we give up. It can be hard to be friendly when you are feeling down and a bit isolated. What seems simple – giving a smile and saying hello – can be surprisingly difficult. This is a case of JUST DO IT. Remember that others often feel as awkward as you do. Take the lead. Be friendly. Be positive and smile. You are not committing to a marriage or to being mates for life. You are just saying hello. Don’t forget your body language. Keep your eyes up and smile ready. Looking at the ground doesn’t help. Even that small contact (especially if you look into someone else’s eyes) will give your brain’s dopamine reward system the boost it needs so that you will feel better about yourself and about the day. Be the change you want to see in your own life. If you want people to smile at you and say hello, then you do it first and see what happens. 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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Granny flats – be safe not sorry The concept of a granny flat arrangement seems commendable yet, writes LESA MACPHERSON, it easily can – and often does – end badly for everyone involved.


he idea is so sweet – a loving child provides care and accommodation for the elder person, while perhaps enhancing the home and saving money in the process. Three generations share meals, stories, and happy times.

Sometimes there is the fairytale ending like this, but sadly, the arrangement can also fall apart and end in acrimony and bitterness. Putting aside the complex social security and tax issues that can arise with Granny Flat Agreements – which are lengthy topics in their own right – to get them right and protect all parties there first must be careful and detailed discussion. If not, there is a substantial risk that the end of the arrangement will not be pretty, with recrimination on all sides. The key rule is to put the agreement in writing. A recent case involved the classic scenario. Mum put $200,000 into the construction of a self-contained unit on her son and daughter-in-law’s property. Happy days. What could go wrong? In time, the mother and the daughterin-law started to get on each other’s nerves, then it progressed to outright shouting, and the situation became (in the older person’s eyes) intolerable. The son took his wife’s side. There

was nothing in writing. Mum now lives in a caravan and would like her money back. The response: “But Mum, it was a gift. You chose to move out. It’s our property. Sorry, but it’s bad luck for you”. Mum, who is in her 80s, now faces expensive court action to get her money, or at least some of it, back. Before a Granny Flat arrangement is entered into, consider such things as: • What happens if a party changes their mind? • Can it be unwound? How? At what/ whose cost? • What happens if granny needs to go to aged care, because her needs become too great for the child? • Who pays rates, insurance, electricity, maintenance, and other outgoings? • What if the child becomes sick, has to move away, dies, or separates? • What happens if the property is to be sold – does the granny flat interest pass to the new property? • Is the payment treated as a debt, which is eroded over time, or a percentage of

the property value which increases? • Is there a fee (offset against the contribution) for the care assistance, and living accommodation the flat provides? • What do the other children say, if their hoped-for inheritance is effectively (partially or wholly) passed on to one child only? This list only scratches the surface of the matters that should be discussed, and then documented. Expert legal advice is essential. When these arrangements are first discussed no one wants to face up to what may happen if the arrangement fails, but the reality is that it often does, and then there is the challenge of trying to determine what the parties are entitled to when there is no agreement setting that out. Lesa Macpherson is an expert in elder law issues, including granny flat agreements, at Sunshine Coast Elder Law. Visit au or call 1800 961 622.

REVERSE MORTGAGES AND THE PRIVATE SECTOR — By Russell Hunter WHILE it’s true you can’t eat the family home, there’s more than one way to cash at least some of the equity tied up in it. As the Your Time February feature on reverse mortgages mentioned, the Australian sector offers a range of products that have a higher set of conditions than the Centrelink option, but reverse mortgage specialist Paul Dwyer takes that several steps further. And after 18 years in the reverse mortgage sector, he’s in a position to know the ins and outs. “The regulator, ASIC, reviewed the industry in 2018 and found that while it was generally working well, there was room for further examination of future needs,” he said. Reverse mortgage providers and the brokers that serve them began to dig deeper. “We look at things such as the

condition of the house to be mortgaged,” said Mr Dwyer of Reverse Mortgage Finance Solutions. That asset, he explains, could be the principle place of residence or other residential security such as a beach house. The Centrelink options offer commercial property or vacant land “We’ll want to look at factors such as the condition of the home,” he said. “Will repairs and maintenance be needed? We’ll want to know the client’s specific aims – life aims as well as financial goals.” The traditional reverse mortgage will provide a lump sum, an income stream line of credit, or a combination that suits the borrower’s needs. The private sector, Mr Dwyer says, actually has more consumer protections in place such as guarantees that debt will

never exceed equity – that is to say, you won’t owe more than your equity is worth. For those who take the reverse mortgage route, it’s a major issue to be discussed with a qualified adviser. And that’s where licensing comes in. As far as the private sector’s concerned, that adviser will need to hold a credit licence, (plus an equity release accreditation from either FBAA or MFAA) – something that isn’t required under the government scheme. That’s a piece of paper that may – or may not – be held by your CPA, solicitor or financial adviser. It’s vital to ask. “In general, the Centrelink scheme requires you to be of pensionable age and own property,” Mr Dwyer said. The private sector doesn’t quite approach it from that angle. In fact, 95 per

cent of private reverse mortgage clients have assets they can offer while the public sector looks to provide additional income. “If a potential client comes to us, we’ll begin by asking them a series of questions,” he said. These are likely to include: • Do you need an income stream? Or can you live on a pension? • Is your home in good condition? • Will repairs be needed? • Is there any debt with the home? • Is there other debt, for example outstanding credit card bills? Most potential borrowers are concerned about a reverse mortgage affecting the pension, being able to provide an inheritance, and staying in the home. “Reverse mortgages are possibly the most protected of home loan products,” Mr Dwyer said.

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HEALTHY ageing will be a focus of the inaugural Sunshine Coast Health Symposium on March 18-19. If you would like to know more about treatments, systems and programs being developed to enable wellbeing as we age, simply register to join the free online, virtual event. Healthy ageing is about creating the environments and opportunities that enable people to be and do what they value throughout their lives. The symposium’s healthy ageing, primary and secondary prevention session on March 18, from 1.15pm, will cover the latest research in the detection, prevention, and management of chronic and age-related conditions, including diet and nutrition, kidney disease, cardio pulmonary disease and exercise. The session will provide information about real solutions that can advance all aspects of human function. Once registered, you will be notified of the live stream link to take part. The symposium, at the Sunshine Coast Health Institute, will also showcase collaborations with diverse components of the health sector including primary, tertiary and

community health organisations, as well as health education and interprofessional learning. It is an opportunity to learn more about innovation, education opportunities and health advances in the community. This free online event is a collaboration of Sunshine Coast Health Institute partners Sunshine Coast Hospital and Health Service, University of the Sunshine Coast, TAFE Queensland and Griffith University. To view the program, learn about keynote speakers and to register, simply go to the website.

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THE Normal Pressure Hydrocephalus (NPH) Centre of Excellence is now open. The centre, the first of its kind in Australia, is based at Briz Brain and Spine’s main clinic at the Bowen Hills Medical Specialist Centre in Brisbane, and is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of NPH. NPH is a condition caused by an abnormal build-up of fluid in the ventricles of the brain, but without increased cranial pressure. There are two forms of the condition – idiopathic NPH which mostly affects adults over 60 years; and secondary NPH which can affect adults of any age. Idiopathic NPH is the most common form and in many cases, is reversible. Symptoms include problems walking,

reduced cognition or dementia, and urinary control problems. Often, patients presenting with this triad of symptoms are diagnosed with other, non-reversible forms of dementia. The NPH Centre of Excellence is the brainchild of one of Briz Brain and Spine’s founding neurosurgeons Dr Frank Tomlinson, in collaboration with QSMC Physiotherapy and I-MED Radiology. “NPH is a potentially reversible condition that is under-diagnosed,” Dr Tomlinson said. “We hope that this centre will help change that so that more GPs can identify the condition in their patients which will ultimately lead to an improved quality of life.” Visit, email info@ or consult your GP.

Sunshine Coast Neurosurgery is the specialist practice of Dr Stephen Byrne, where we apply cutting-edge technology and the latest techniques to deliver world-class healthcare and personalised medicine. Sunshine Coast Neurosurgery have a specialist interest in minimally invasive brain & spine surgery and use their extensive experience to treat many common conditions such as: Cervical and Lumbar degenerative conditions, Brain, Spine & Pituitary tumours, and Chiari malformations. All patients receive one-to-one pre-operative counselling and tailored personalised care using the latest techniques. Please contact us - or speak with your GP for a referral - and we look forward to helping you along the road to recovery. Sunshine Coast University Private Hospital Suite 17, 3 Doherty Street, Birtinya Q 4575

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Magic massage Feeling overwhelmed, fatigued and stressed, KRISTINE MILLER decided it was time to rebalance, recharge and reconnect.


booked in for a remedial massage with Kana at Kansha Natural Therapies and felt peace descend as soon as I walked through the door into the calming spa-like reception area. In the treatment room, Kana took me from a million miles an hour to bliss in no time. Her gentle, intuitive and skillful techniques worked wonders on my tight, wound-up muscles, which magically released with minimal pain. She combines Japanese-style

HEARTFELT HELPER THE human heart beats about 100,000 times a day. Give a tennis ball a good squeeze and you are using about the same force that the heart uses. As a result of this action, 5.5 litres of blood circulate through your whole body three times a minute. That’s roughly 9000 litres travelling many times through 96,000 km of branching blood vessels daily. This is done by a 280g muscle the size of your fist. It’s little wonder some hearts just wear out. A number of studies clearly demonstrate that the heart muscle is in a constant process of regeneration and that

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massage with her treatments to alleviate pain and reduce muscular and emotional tension. I felt my body and mind letting go and by the time she was finished, I was ready to float out the door. Kana is at Kansha Natural Therapies on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. She also specialises in lymphatic drainage and reflexology. Visit or call 5473 0724

circulating stem cells play an important role in the process of cardiac tissue renewal. The National Institute of Health has identified 74 treatable diseases using stem cells, including stroke, heart attack, auto-immune, diabetes, arthritis, and liver and kidney diseases. The role of stem cells is to patrol the body and migrate into areas needing assistance. An aqua botanical known as AFA, has the ability to release our own stem cells. It is available as a supplement and one dose can release 4-9 million of your own stem cells. Visit

WHEN Garth Greenway’s wife Christine suffered migraines so debilitating that she was twice hospitalised, he began researching prevention and possible cure solutions. Ultimately, it led him to a new business – Rejuve Health Products and Buderim Magnesium House. Garth found a book on transdermal magnesium therapy by Dr Mark Sircus, who has researched and qualified the health benefits of magnesium chloride. He also read The Miracle of Magnesium by Dr Carolyn Dean. He discovered that rather than taking supplements, magnesium could be more effective if used topically. “Dr Sircus’ book states when you rub magnesium chloride into the skin, which is our biggest organ after all, it can absorb up to 10 times more than tablets or powders,” he said. “We knew it helped relieve muscle cramps but we had no idea it would help relieve migraine pain.” Garth said Dr Dean, who regularly appears on US television, had found that only one per cent of magnesium showed in the blood so it could not be readily measured if there was a deficiency. “Dr Dean says we must look to symptoms, much as Dr Sircus states, but also take it from her research that almost everyone is magnesium deficient, many chronically so,” he said.

“There is medical research on magnesium that shows one of the biggest problems in health is over-calcification. In our bodies, the ratio should be two parts calcium to one part magnesium. “We all know calcium makes strong bones, but calcium needs magnesium, and Dr Dean’s research shows thousands of people have ratios more like 6-1 and 10-1 in favour of calcium. “We get calcium through just about everything, but magnesium has been stripped out of most things over the last 30 to 40 years and the gap is getting wider and wider,” he said. Dr Dean reports that the effects of lack of magnesium can be seen in arthritis, high blood pressure, heart disease and kidney stones. “My wife had no idea her migraines were related to magnesium deficiency,” he said. Magnesium deficiency is one of the most common causes of muscle cramps and Garth says the spray works quickly in relieving cramps but if applied regularly will be more effective in preventing them. Garth stresses he has no medical qualifications and while his wife experienced migraine relief through using magnesium topically, sufferers should consult their GP. Dr Mark Sircus’ writings are at Visit

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Never under-estimate the B team

The importance of the whole range of the B complex vitamins cannot be overstated. They are vital for almost every function and system of the human body, writes TRUDY KITHER.


he B complex vitamins are water-soluble. They are depleted from your body whenever you are stressed, tired, ill or physically active. Overall, B complex vitamins nourish and support your nervous system and convert food into energy. Additionally, they create neurotransmitters such as tryptophan, tyrosine, dopamine, seratonin and melatonin. The three phases of the liver methylation cycle are very much dependent on these vitamins. Because the water-soluble B complex vitamins are so essential, it is vital to ensure that you are supplementing with a high-quality product. It is also necessary to understand that you should not take just one B vitamin on its own. It will create a deficiency in all the other Bs, so when taking a particular B vitamin, always take it simultaneously with a B complex. Here are some examples to demonstrate the importance of

what each vitamin B does: Vitamin B1 is responsible for carbohydrate metabolism, nervous system, adrenal and cardiovascular function, and provides the co-factor for glucose metabolism. It also creates neurotransmitters for your brain. Deficiency symptoms are a tired, weak heart, peripheral neuropathy, calf tenderness, nightmares, restless legs, nervousness, anxiety, muscle weakness, headaches, depression, muscle wasting, and fluid retention in legs. Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin) is essential for energy production and the metabolism of fats, proteins, and carbohydrates.

Deficiency symptoms can be cracked red lips and tongue, cracks around corners of lips, bloodshot or itchy, watery eyes, inflamed tongue, and sore throat. Vitamin B3 (Niacin) is needed for DNA repair, creating steroids (such as adrenal hormones), stabilizing blood sugars, breaking down fats, and lowering cholesterol to maintain normal levels. Deficiency symptoms are lack of appetite, digestive issues, low tolerance to cold, memory loss (dementia), skin inflammation (dermatitis), redness around the neck, diarrohea, and muscle weakness. Vitamin B5 (Pantothenic Acid) supports the metabolism of

proteins, fats, and carbohydrates. Deficiency symptoms are morning stiffness, burning feet, fatigue, acne, irritability, insomnia, apathy, muscle cramps, low blood sugar, tingling pricking or numbness, and excessive soreness after exercise with a poor recovery rate. Vitamin B6 supports more than 100 different enzymes involved in metabolism. B6 is involved in blood cell creation, amino acid creation, and neurotransmitter synthesis. Without B6, all amino acids become essential (meaning they cannot be made from your body). It is needed to make serotonin and convert tryptophan to B vitamins. Deficiency symptoms are cardiovascular weakness, carpal tunnel syndrome, dandruff, headaches, and high homocysteine levels. Vitamin B9 (Folate) is essential in the formation of new cells, especially in pregnancy and infancy. B9 supports metabolism, nerves, blood, and growth

development while being vital for energy production. Deficiency symptoms are a sore tongue, depression, anxiety, fatigue, neural tube defects, and anaemia. Vitamin B12 supports liver function, the gastrointestinal tract, and healthy blood cells. Deficiency symptoms are an overwhelming feeling of tiredness despite enough sleep, sighing or yawning frequently, shortness of breath, heavy breathing while climbing stairs, irritability, brain fog, mood swings, and memory loss. You could also have a swollen tongue, brittle nails, pins and needles or numbness in your hands and feet, nerve pain in the bottom of your feet (peripheral neuropathy), or a constant full feeling in your stomach. This information is general only and is not meant to treat or diagnose health issues. Trudy Kither is a naturopath and owner of Nature’s Temple. Visit

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CLUBHOUSE NEARS COMPLETION AFFINITY Lifestyle Resort, one of the newest over 50s gated communities between Brisbane and the Sunshine Coast, is surrounded by natural bushland with Sheep Station Creek flowing on the perimeter. Life at Affinity Lifestyle Resort will be in full bloom with construction on track for the new 5-star clubhouse to open soon. In a matter of months, homeowners will be able to spend their days relaxing in the magnesium spa, swimming lengths in the lap pool, working on joint flexibility in the fully equipped gym or gathering with neighbours for a game of lawn bowls. Not only will the resort clubhouse make it easier for owners to stay fit and healthy, it will also give the confidence to try new things in a supportive environment. The resort has been designed to naturally set the scene for social connections. Social engagement is essential for health and wellbeing at all ages and is especially important for promoting health in later life. The resort will have a dining

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area, boutique coffee bar and alfresco lounge so there is plenty of space to enjoy a cup of tea with new friends. Homeowners will even have an off-leash dog area so their pets can make some new friends too. Affinity Lifestyle Resort sales consultant Lyn Morrison said the new resort clubhouse would be the cherry on the cake for the community. “Everyone is excited to see construction progressing so quickly and we are experiencing a lot of people requesting tours of our three new display homes,” she said. “Affinity Lifestyle Resort has so much to offer and the best way to experience it is to join us at one of our free events.” There will be free Wednesday morning teas for all guests in March and April. “I have found that people who attend these events love the fact they get to experience first-hand what it’s like to live at Affinity with the added benefit of getting to meet current homeowners, who could be future neighbours and friends,” she said. Call Lyn or Dee 1300 386 156 or visit

INCREASING numbers of singles are choosing to move into over-50s lifestyle resorts, drawn by the combination of a secure environment, fun social life, and an active lifestyle. GemLife Maroochy Quays Sales Manager Joanne Michalowsky said she had seen a significant jump in the number of singles choosing to live at over-50s lifestyle resorts. “Eight years ago, singles made up 15 to 20 per cent of homeowners but now it’s much higher. At GemLife Maroochy Quays, about 35 per cent of residents are single,” she said. “In addition to the fantastic lifestyle, the sense of security living within a gated community, as well as the ease in making new friends, is very attractive, especially for single women.” Rosemary Arrold said security played a prime role in her decision to move to GemLife’s

Maroochydore resort last year. “The sense of security is a big plus when you’re single. Being able to lock-up and go away without worrying about home safety or maintenance is hugely appealing,” she said. “I’m active and sporty so the facilities were also a big draw.” Jeanette Mackenzie, who also moved to the resort last year, said that in addition to security, making a diverse network of new friends had done wonders for her social life. “I’ve met lots of lovely people and formed good friendships already. The residents get together regularly and have lots of laughs and catch-ups. Being single, I wanted to be among others around my age and feel safe and secure,” she said. For single men, the opportunity for an active and social lifestyle is attractive. Gordon Perlic will soon be

moving into GemLife’s premium Sunshine Coast resort, GemLife Pacific Paradise, drawn by the location and lifestyle offering. “I absolutely love the Sunshine Coast. When I saw the resort and how close it was to the beach, I was sold,” he said. “Being able to enjoy an extremely active and social life really appealed to me.” Call 1800 317 393 or visit

KNOW WHERE YOU STAND BEFORE YOU MOVE IF MANAGING daily tasks at home is becoming difficult for you or someone you know, decisions need to be made about the next step. For some, in-home support is a good option, while for others, moving to an aged care residence is the best choice. For those who choose and are eligible to enter residential aged care, understanding the costs that apply and the level of government funding available is an important first step. Within Australia’s aged care system, there are four possible fees you may need to pay. The fees that apply and the amount you need to pay varies, and is dependent on circumstances and choice of residence.

To help understand more about the four types of aged care costs, the team at retirement living and aged care providers Tricare, has put together an overview. Basic daily fee – covers some living costs including meals, cleaning, laundry, and heating and cooling. This charge is set by the government and is capped at 85 per cent of the single person rate of the basic age pension Means-tested fee to contribute towards living costs. The amount payable is set by the federal government and is calculated by assessing your income and assets Accommodation fee – set by the aged care provider and covers costs associated with

accommodation, including room, bathroom facilities and communal areas. You have the option of paying as a RAD (lump sum), DAP (daily charge) or RAD & DAP (combination of the two). Additional and/or extra services fee – The extra services fee is set by the federal government and the aged care provider to cover the cost of hotel-type services and a higher standard of room. Finding the right residential aged care can be challenging so knowing where you stand financially is a must. It will help you understand options and guide you in finding the right residence for your needs and budget. Visit

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SWINGING SUNDAYS THE Jazz and Blues Collective presents two swinging Sundays this month, with crowd favourite The Session Band on March 7, and the Aaron Jansz Band on March 28. The Session Band is a group of highly skilled musicians who are individually recognised as among the best performers in the country. They will be performing dixie, swing, modern jazz, latin, rock, pop and country with guest vocalist Cherryn Jane Bray. The Aaron Jansz Band presents The Songbook of Rodgers and Hart in a performance celebrating the prolific

SWEET THUNDER FROM JAZZ ORCHESTRA SWEET Thunder Jazz Orchestra presents 100 Years of the Big Band for the Sunshine Coast Jazz Club. In Sweet Thunder the 13-piece Gold Coast-based jazz orchestra traces the development of the big band, decade by decade, from the 1920s to the present day. Large jazz groups, simply called “big bands” grew out of the marching bands of New Orleans in the early 20th century. While jazz had previously been largely improvised or played with arrangements created and memorised by the players, in the 1920s pioneers such as Jelly Roll Morton and Duke Ellington began writing jazz music down on paper. Larger ensembles developed and the big band was born.

Authentic performances of the music of the great bands and their arrangers, such as Count Basie and Benny Goodman, as well as some of today’s masters, such as John Clayton and Gordon Goodwin, are presented by this polished and energetic 13-piece orchestra. The repertoire includes Jumpin’ at the Woodside, It Don’t Mean A Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing), Don’t Be That Way, Take the A Train, and King Porter Stomp. The show is open to everyone, and bookings are recommended. Caloundra Power Boat Club Sunday, March 21, noon and 4pm. Tickets: $25. Seniors $22.50. Bookings: Richard 0427 782 960.

songwriting partnership of Rodgers and Hart (pictured) who worked together for 23 years writing more than 500 songs for 28 stage musicals. The timeless nature of the Rodgers and Hart songbook has been displayed by Frank Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Peggy Lee, and Tony Bennet through to Dianna Krall and Harry Connick Jnr. Millwell Road Community Centre, Maroochydore. Sunday March 7 and 28, doors open 1pm. Shows start 1.30pm. Tickets $25, seniors $23. Book early at or call 0417 633 734.

ART EXHIBITION BACK FOR EASTER THE Coolum Art Collective Easter Art Exhibition returns with a three-day exhibition featuring a diverse range of art and craft works from some of the Sunshine Coast’s leading artists. More than 200 original artworks in both traditional and current styles, from oils and watercolours to acrylic and pastel works, will be offered for sale. Entry is free. Visitors also have the opportunity to vote for a favourite artist in the People’s Choice Award. Coolum Civic Centre, Friday, April 2, 10am-4pm; and April 3 and 4, 9am4pm. Official opening Saturday 3, 4pm

RELIVE THE GOOD TIMES RELIVE the great songs of three music legends performing in concert. Normie Rowe was Australia’s first King of Pop with hits including Shakin’ All Over, Ohh La La and It Ain’t Necessarily So, and starred in many stage shows. Dinah Lee, the Queen of the mods, is a New Zealand born singer whose hits include Don’t You Know Yockomo, Reet Petite and Do The Blue Beat. Jade Hurley dubbed by O’Keefe as Australia’s King of Country Rock, is Australia’s Piano Man. Every record he released achieved gold, platinum and double platinum status. They come together in one amazing concert, one night only. The Events Centre, Caloundra Saturday, March 13, 8pm Tickets: $65. Bookings call 5491 4240 or visit

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ARTS RETURN AND NOOSA’S ALIVE NOOSA alive! REiGNiTE 2021 is, as the name says, a reignition – a return for the arts in Noosa, with a big program of events from Thursday March 11 to Saturday 13. THE LINE-UP FEATURES: Thursday, March 11, 6pm, Noosa Springs Resort: Paris Je T’aime. A night of fine food, wine and music with Pauline Maudy and friends. Enjoy a French inspired three-course meal and drinks. Sit back for the enchanting songs of Paris and re-capture the joy of travel. Tickets: $165 (+ booking fee) Friday, March 12, 6pm, FISH Parkridge, Noosa: Shimmer – Party Tonight? An evening of Spanish food, drinks and dancing to live music from the awardwinning MZAZA, and Carlie Wacker as MC. With accordion, exotic strings and percussion, MZAZA embraces diversity, the old, the new, familiar and foreign. Dancing encouraged. Tickets: $165 (+ booking fee) Saturday, March 13, 6pm, Noosa Boathouse: Trent Dalton – Literary Dinner with a Difference.

Fabulous food, wine and music with solo saxophonist Jake Muggleton for pre-dinner drinks. After a three-course dinner, enjoy conversation with Trent Dalton, the bestselling author of Boy Swallows Universe. Tickets: $150. Saturday, March 13, noon-4pm, Noosa Dolphins Rugby Union Club: Sunshine Festival. Fun for all ages with live music and entertainment from Mason Hope, Lizzy Lamborn and Nyssa Ray. Tickets: $10. Saturday, March 13, 6-10pm, Noosa Dolphins Rugby Union Club: Sunset Vibes. Live music outdoor concert with OKA, Bobby Alu and The Lyrical to celebrate the return of live music outdoors. Tickets: $50 The NOOSA alive! REiGNiTE 2021 program is a precursor to the annual July festival. “Last year was incredibly challenging for so many in the arts,” president Andrew Squires said. “We know how important the events are for performers and artists, and indeed, the wider arts-loving community.” Visit



MORE than 70 local artists and galleries will open their studios to the public for the week-long Open Studios Sunshine Coast beginning on March 20. Designed to showcase local artists in their working environment, it provides art lovers and collectors a glimpse behind the scenes and a rare opportunity to purchase directly from the makers. “This year’s event will be bigger than ever,” coordinator Toni Eggleston said. It’s an opportunity see the work of local artists of all disciplines, and gain an insight to their lives and work spaces. Visitors can take self-guided tours to meet artists, purchase art and participate in workshops. Sunshine Coast Open Studios represents artists from all disciplines. March 20-21, hinterland studios March 27-28, coastal studios March 22-26, workshops Visit

HEAD to Brisbane to hear the Queensland Symphony Orchestra present an evocative mix of music from the movies, with a bit of classical thrown in, to create a visceral music experience. Cinematic presents Heroes and Heroines – a tribute to heroic characters, big and small, super and ordinary, across the ages. From blockbuster classical to blockbuster films, you’ll hear why – when it comes to music of action and inspiration – there is nothing more powerful than a live symphony orchestra. The orchestra will bring to life musical moments from the big screen, including music from Gladiator, Star Wars, Miss Marple, and The Man from Snowy River. It’s a magical experience to hear more than 80 musicians performing together. QPAC Concert Hall. Saturday, April 24, 3pm and 7.30pm. Bookings: specials/cinematic

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When is it time for a joint replacement?

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Patients with symptomatic hip and knee osteoarthritis will often ask me if they should have joint replacement surgery. This decision comes down to a balance of risk versus benefit. Considerations in this analysis include the severity of the pain, the impact on their quality of life, activity profile, age, other health problems as well as having appropriate attempts to manage the problem non-operatively. If the potential risks are higher than the potential benefits, I will inform patients they are not a candidate for surgery. We will then have a long conversation about the non-operative measures they can take to improve their quality of life. When patients are a candidate for joint replacement surgery, I always present the non-operative options as well as inform them about the risks and benefits of the surgery. It is never for me to tell patients when it is the right time to have elective surgery. This is an intensely personal decision with so many factors. Only the patient knows when the time is right.

If you or a family member have stopped receiving home care services fearing contracting Covid, I urge you to reconsider. The risk of contracting the virus while receiving home care is minimal and needs to be weighed against the risk of not getting the help you need. Slipping in the shower, forgetting to take your medication and cancelling your nurse’s home visit, can compromise your health. If you have concerns about your service, pick up the phone and ask some questions. Here are five ways many home care services have adapted to life under Covid: 1. Limiting the number of carers who visit, by giving multiple shifts to the same carer. 2. Services have set up infection control protocols and trained care staff in these. 3. Shopping online and getting groceries home-delivered. 4. Use telehealth through Skype calls. 5. Social isolation can lead to depression and a higher risk of mental decline. Home care services are focused on the whole person. A carer’s visit is an opportunity to talk or share a joke as well as to attend to the basics.



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Free seminar to help with care decisions With increasing life expectancy and continual improvement in medical technology we can all expect a longer and more productive retirement. But there is still a high chance of needing help with daily living activities and medical care, especially in advanced age. Accessing support services does not always mean having to move out of your home. Help to stay in your home longer is available through home care services. Home care packages provide a greater level of support than the CHSP. They provide a co-ordinated package of services tailored to meet a client’s more complex care in-home needs. These services include: • personal care • support services • clinical care How does home care work? There are four levels of home care package. Level 1 is for clients with lowlevel needs, through to level 4 for clients with higher needs. Eligible clients will be assigned a home care package on their approved level. Each level is assigned a budget and clients can spend their budget on care and support services outlined in their individual care plan. The budget for each level is: Package Annual budget Level 1 – Basic needs $12,442.85 Level 2 – Low needs $19,425.30 Level 3 – Intermediate needs $38,000.15 Level 4 – High needs $55,731.85 These services do not work for everyone, especially those living alone or with high care needs, and for some people, a move into residential aged care may be a better alternative. The range of fees and calculation

methods may appear complex but fees can be divided into four categories. The table below provides a quick overview of the fee structure for residential aged care. Accommodation payment • Published rates • RAD or DAP • Concessions for low-means Basic daily care fee • All residents • $52.25 per day Means-tested fee • Based on income and assets • Up to $28,087 per year or $67,410 lifetime Additional services fees • Extra-service package • Additional services opt in or out Careful planning ahead of time can make all the difference and remove a lot of the stress at the time when a decision often needs to be made quickly. If you would like more information, we are holding a FREE age care information seminar at Maroochydore RSL at 10.30am-noon on March 11.


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Finding the work, pension balance

Who gets your super when you die?

Just because you work, doesn’t mean you automatically fail to qualify for a part age pension. As always, it is all about the numbers. It seems there are a lot of older Australians who have chosen to continue to work beyond age pension qualifying age. While retirement is not for everyone, I am also seeing potential retirees needing to delay their retirement after the financial and economic challenges of the last 10-15 years. My partner also is above age pension qualifying age and chooses (or not, as I hand out the jobs) to continue to work. Sometimes the inquiry is about work-pension balance and finding that sweet point or the combination of working to supplement your income and receiving a part age pension. If you are over the age to qualify for a pension and your income (including investment income) is below $82,243.20 as a couple or $53,731.60 as a single person, then you may qualify for a part age pension. Contact CAPA Services if you would like to discuss your age pension eligibility.

People are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of a Binding Death Benefit Nomination (BDBN) to dictate who receives their superannuation on death. Your superannuation is not an asset of your estate. The Trustee of your superannuation fund will determine how benefits are paid on your death – unless you have prepared a BDBN to override any discretion of the Trustee. Recently, the Queensland Supreme Court had to consider the ability for an Attorney (under an Enduring Power of Attorney) to prepare a new BDBN where the member had lost their mental capacity. The Court examined: 1. the superannuation fund’s Trust Deed; and 2. whether there was any specific authority allowing the Attorney to take steps with respect to a BDBN. The Court found that the Attorney was authorised to prepare a BDBN for the incapacitated member. It is important that you regularly review and update your estate planning and consider whether your Enduring Power of Attorney should enable your Attorney to make a BDBN to ensure that your best laid plans are not disrupted.

TREND GROWS TO BETTER INTEGRATE AGEING LIFESTYLES SLOWER growth in Australia’s population will boost the size of ageing communities but emerging housing and planning solutions will better integrate older Australians into our cities, according to a leading urban planner. Craig Christensen, Queensland principal at Hatch RobertsDay, an awardwinning urban planning and design practice, said Australia’s immigration shutdown in recent months would result in 1.1 million fewer people by 2031 than previously forecast, which would see a larger proportion of older Australians. But, he said, it was encouraging to see living for over 55s rapidly evolving to enable older Australians to live in smaller dwellings while enjoying more integrated and independent lives, through accessible and inclusive housing, amenities, infrastructure and support. “Over 55s living has evolved to the point that it has become an attractive model for Australia’s population overall,” he said. “There is a nexus between the housing needs of an individual working from home and those looking to scale back their careers.” Mr Christensen said it was as much about housing as to how neighbourhoods were designed. “Maintaining a house is expensive and demanding,” he said. He listed seven living trends that will help the ageing population integrate independently into their communities: 1. Mixed-use developments and apartment buildings. Integrating over-55s housing more closely with the rest of the community will help older Australians avoid isolation and loneliness and be independent longer. An emerging trend is the incorporation of over-55s and aged-care living in major mixed-use masterplanned communities. The new Ripley Town Centre (pictured) south-west of Brisbane is designed to include residential lots, retail space, underground train station, hospitality venues, community spaces, hospital, senior living and aged care. 2. Multigenerational housing. One in five Australians live in a multigenerational household. “Expect to see a growing trend whereby grandparents move into a granny flat or tiny house on their property – or a self-contained floor of the main house – while kids move into the main house with their families.”


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3. Universal housing design. Building more “livable” housing with the inclusion of more accessible doorways and stairs, grab rails and step-free entrances could reduce the need for care and promote greater independence. If 20 per cent of new homes in Australia included

universal housing design, the Australian health system could save up to $54 million a year. Mr Christensen predicts that we will see better residential designs that meet the needs of people during all life stages, but which particularly helps the older population “age in place”. 4. Aged living above shopping centres or in CBDs. Mobility is an important part of over-55s living, as it helps live independently while integrating with the local community. “We expect to see a trend for retirement units being built above shopping centres, giving residents community access while ensuring shops remain busy during off-peak times. “We will also see over-55s living in CBD and central areas, allowing residents to be within easy walking distance of theatres, shopping precincts, restaurants, and health facilities.” 5. The rise of urban gardens. Expect to see further growth in the number of urban community gardens. These are mentally and physically beneficial for older residents who live in garden-free housing. 6. Age-friendly precincts. Mr Christensen predicts a growth in age-agnostic infrastructure, amenities and services in local communities. Some examples are public transport that is more accessible, widespread street furniture for pausing and resting and public facilities (especially toilets), parklets and piazzas, and level, shaded and wider footpaths, which can encourage older Australians to feel safe in their community. 7. Age-friendly businesses. While many town and neighbourhood centres are seeing revitalisation, the abundance of youth-focused retail and entertainment is missing the opportunity to serve one of our biggest markets, older Australians. For example, we can encourage food and beverage venues to undertake fit-outs that reduce reflected noise and provide comfortable seating, or entertainment venues that are accessible, themed and programmed for older tastes. Visit March 2021 / YOUR TIME MAGAZINE 31

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The WORLD in Your Hands

Travel in Your Time

Head to the heart of the Channel Country The little township of Windorah at first glance appears to have little more than its surrounding corrugated red dunes but, writes BEVERLEY EVERSON, despite its small population it has a big heart.


AKE a drive on the Barcoo Way skirting tranquil billabongs with backroads showcasing prime grazing land through Tambo (famous for Tambo Teddies), Blackall (art and cultural hub of Central Outback Queensland), Isisford (home of the Yellow Belly country), and Yaraka (opal mines and two national parks nearby) and you come to Windorah. The Barcoo and Thompson Rivers join here to form a creek, the majestic Coopers Creek. Sometimes if you stop a while, you will discover little treasures. Windorah has a population of about 80 and was gazetted a town in 1880. Its first police station, school and post office came a year later and the telegraph line in 1885 to connect the Outback to the big smoke. It now has a police station, primary school, two council-owned caravan parks, the Windorah Outback shop for groceries, two fuel stations, a Western Star Hotel Motel and restaurant next door and one of the best tourist information centres you could find. The woman at the info centre was knowledgeable and helpful, and guided us to wonderful experiences around the town including the red dunes at sunset and free bush camping on Coopers Creek just

outside of town. She also suggested extending our drive to Jundah and Welford National Park on the Barcoo River, where Mitchell grass plains and arid mulga woodlands, spinifex and ghost gums make a distinctive landscape. Windorah’s water is pumped from Coopers Creek just 10km out of town. Its main income is primary industries, mining and tourism. Apart from the red sand dunes it is quite flat and is only 136m above sea level. The Art Garden walk in town features local flora, sculptures, and mosaic artworks. Just down the road is the drinking water and dump point. We filled our tanks as the water was excellent.

Let’s get cruising

The town was named by the local Mithika people and means “big fish”. Yellow belly is sought after here, along with the tasty red claw. Heading to our camp on Coopers Creek , we travelled the 12km Nature Drive developed by the community to give tourists a better understanding of the natural state of the land and its flora where shrubs and trees have been tagged to help identify the species. The statement on their brochure is worthy of note: “Take nothing but memories and photographs. Leave nothing but tyre tracks and footprints.” We camped on Coopers Creek for two nights and had a choice of spots either side of the Cooper Bridge. The location is peaceful and pleasant, with views of fishermen in their punts, pelicans floating by and parrots landing in the coolabah and acacia trees. It was private in most locations and open fires are permitted. Just out of town is Ergon Energy’s first solar farm, established in 2009. The five mirrored dishes 13.7m across reflect sunlight radiation to high capacity solar cells. Each generates about 26kw of electricity, depending on the weather, time of day and cloud cover. It has a capacity to generate 360,000kw of electricity each year; power that would otherwise require 100,000 litres of diesel to run the town’s generators. Windorah has two caravan parks with all the usual facilities and is very reasonably priced. If you are bush camping out of town or just passing through, you can access the coin-operated washing machines, a real treat at the end of a dusty road. There is a lush green public park with toilets and taps, shaded picnic tables and even a flyscreen enclosure for peaceful eating.

This little town has everything a traveller needs. The grocery store even sold home grown vegies –we bought two punnets of juicy fresh cherry tomatoes grown by the shopkeeper. It is always worth stopping to have a chat with a local or pick up a brochure to discover something special and particular to the town – and often the tidbits of history that we didn’t learn at school.

DID YOU KNOW? Cooper’s Creek was named by Charles Sturt in 1845. In Sturt’s own words: “I gave the name of Cooper’s Creek to that fine watercourse we had so anxiously traced, as a proof of my respect for Mr Cooper, the judge of South Australia. I would gladly have laid this creek down as a river, but as it had no current, I did not feel myself justified in doing so.” Mapmakers have in more recent times dropped the possessive “s” but residents are determined to preserve the historical as well as the natural heritage of this magnificent dry river.

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Discover the diverse delights of Shoalhaven There is a remarkable pocket of coastline goodness that sits just south of the city of Wollongong. SCOTT McCRAE explores beautiful Shoalhaven.


here are so many opportunities for a holiday that with the relaxing of travel restrictions, it just may be the perfect starting point for a coming-out sojourn. Covering an area of 1763 sq miles in old school measurements, Shoalhaven, 200km south of Sydney, begins just outside of Kiama and heads south to just inside South Durras. West, it spreads its charm through Kangaroo Valley as far as Bungonia and just inside of Braidwood, including the remarkable Budawang National Park, with its rugged slopes and deep chiselled valleys. The region has a superb coastline with surrounding waterways, lakes and bays offering engaging activities. Firstly, if you like the idea of fishing but have always been unexcited by the thought of getting your hands dirty, messing with fishing lines and slippery bait, and, god-forbid, having to gut and clean your catch should you succeed, then you need to

meet the gang at Ulladulla Fishing Charters. Laura and Dan Cockroft and their trusty deckie Benny Somerfield deliver a fantastic fishing experience, not only because of their local knowledge, but also by sharing their secret location. And they do everything – prepare the rods, bait the lines, unhook the catch and clean and prepare the fish reading for cooking. That’s my style of

fishing. They also supply light refreshments and talk about the ones that got away. For $120 for a six-hour adventure, it’s to be recommended. We had a great day: The sun was shining, the fish were biting and there were even a few whales heading past on their journey north. Cupitt’s Estate is another must-visit. A short distance directly west from Ulladulla Harbour, this local gem celebrates

its 14th birthday this year. It is a family owned and operated venture that has aged and matured as charismatically as a fine wine. Matriarch Rosie Cupitt, with the assistance of the clan, created a venue and experience with many cards in its deck – it is not only a winery producing a top-class tipple, but also has its own micro-brewery and fromagerie onsite. These add to the established food offerings and delightful outlook over Stony Creek and Burrill Lake to the distant ranges. For a longer stay, there’s a charming cottage available. A Shoalhaven body of water worthy of exploration is the mighty Jervis Bay. I ventured on to the bay waters from the delightful seaside village of Huskisson. Huski is well known to tourists and has been a favourite destination for families for years. Getting out on the surrounding waters is easy. I paddled a kayak from the team at

Jervis Bay Kayak and Paddlesports, and spent a pleasant few hours exploring the turquoise waters of Currambene Creek. The creek is easily accessible and when the tide’s up, you can get among the mangroves to see all sorts of sea and bird life. The bay’s local dolphins put on a show for us. Dolphin Watch Cruises - Jervis Bay has been operating here for years and offers a great experience, taking advantage of their local knowledge. The local pod of more than 100 is almost always out to play. There are also whale watching eco-adventures and the opportunity to experience the towering cliffs of Point Perpendicular. Between the recent bushfires and the pandemic, Shoalhaven is eager to see its visitors return, and will make it well worth the while getting there. Visit Scott McRae is The Travelling Guy at

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JUST an hour from the Melbourne CBD by car, Mornington Peninsula has a range of experiences for a day trip or short stay that is affordable, enjoyable and Covid-safe. Start at Arthur’s Seat Eagle’s blue gondolas for expansive views of Port Phillip Bay and the city. Treat yourself with one of the Eagle’s picnic packages containing a variety of goodies from local producers at nearby Seawinds Gardens. The gondolas are spacious and wheelchair accessible and parking is handy too. Open seven days a week, Arthur’s Seat Eagle offers discounted

return ticket rates with a Seniors Card for $21 a person. Red Hill Truffles offers truffle hunts during autumn. Stroll the grounds and, with truffle dog Thomas’s assistance, find a truffle. The hunt takes about two hours and is a leisurely stroll. The tour, tasting and hunt come as a package at $150 a head. Sip some of the region’s finest wines at Montalto, with its courtyards and outdoor sculpture park doubling as a picnic spot. Picnics are available for purchase and can be booked seven days a week 11am-4 pm. Montalto has 10 exclusive picnic sites around the winery for groups of 2-10 people. For $100 a head, they set up the picnic tables with umbrellas, white linen, tableware and glassware for a three-course picnic. Alternatively, take a farmgate tour and collect some of the Peninsula’s finest produce. Pure Peninsula Honey explains how fresh honey is made and collected onsite and has a huge selection of honey varieties, beeswax products and honey-flavoured ice cream kiosk. Main Ridge Dairy has a selection of cheese made from goat’s milk produced at the farm. Sample and shop in the cheesery or join the local goats for a stroll around the grounds. Nearby Torello Farm is a one-stop-shop for a variety of local fruit, vegetables and

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BILL MCCARTHY OCCUPIED France. A famous songbird, a clever spy, nasty Nazis, brave Resistances fighters, treacherous traitors and unrequited love – all the elements of a pot-boiler set in the fog of war which, quite frankly, left me less than lukewarm. There is far too much internal dialogue that leaves no doubt what the heroine is thinking at any moment. An unlikely plot with an unbelievable ending. If you found this book on your seat at the start of a 16-hour long haul flight and the aircraft’s entertainment system was broken, you just might read it. Otherwise …

SUZI HIRST WORLD War II, Paris, resistance groups, a beautiful and famous French singer with a secret history, an undercover British soldier, love and romance – this book has it all. This is a very easy read and should appeal to women readers who will enjoy the fast pace with well-developed characters. It’s a true page turner, but maybe not so much for male readers. This is historical fiction that gives one some insight to the world during those troubled times. The author did a lot of research, so much so she was talking about it in her sleep! 7/10


In this historical thriller set in Paris in 1944, celebrated singer Genevieve Dumont is both a star and a smokescreen. An unwilling darling of the Nazis, her position of privilege allows her to go undetected as an ally to the resistance. When her estranged mother, Lillian de Rocheford, is captured by Nazis, Genevieve knows it won’t be long before the Gestapo succeeds in torturing information out of Lillian that will derail the upcoming allied invasion. The resistance movement is tasked with silencing the singer by any means, but Genevieve refuses to let her mother become one more victim of the war. Reuniting with her long-lost sister, she must find a way to navigate the perilous cross-currents of Occupied France undetected.


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WITH over 50 published novels to her credit, Karen Robards knows how to spin a good yarn. This World War II story is set in German-occupied Paris. Spies, lies, deceptions, evil Nazi SS characters, a Bond-like English operative, a beautiful French Piaf-like singer, and an incredibly dangerous rescue from an impregnable fortress are some of the essential ingredients of this novel. The story is woven together with themes of nefarious activities, brutal torture, murder, death of loved ones, a dead child, an orphaned child, revenge, redemption and a passionate love story. How could this book not be entertaining? It is quite an emotional read and will bring tears to your eyes. With such a well-written tale, I’m sure the movie is already is in the pipeline! 9/10

JO BOURKE WITHIN the first few pages we are drawn into the period of history when France was under Nazi control and terror was tangible. Sub-plots are many and the author weaves them in a way that meshes tidily, despite the ending which bordered on a stretch of my imagination. While not a true story, the author’s thorough research of the Resistance movement was the perfect platform for her distinctive characters. Even though I sensed the ending would be happy, the buildup of suspense had me hooked and reading late into the night. This is a story of resistance and resilience – hard for us to imagine from the safety of Australia. Fortunately, there are excellent documentaries such as The Freedom Trails on SBS that help to keep the courage and persistence of the brave resistance fighters alive. I am looking forward to reading more from this prolific author.

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When you’re stressed and drunk (5) 6 Sister takes a top card with a subtlety (6) 7 Reinterpret Tim’s comment on his undertakings (11) 8 Correct people have the last word (4) 9 Put them in the boat in twos, somehow (4) 13 Berate loyal workers in a fairly complex fashion (11) 14 Surgical suture inserted into particular organ (6) 15 They stang terribly when they bit me (5)

You can tell when an athlete’s at their best (6) 3 This little flier would like to sing but evidently doesn’t know the words? (11) 4 I am not metal. Somehow that explains my sadness (11) 5 Pick up the drift of perfumes, by the sound of it (5) 6 Its unending trouble for parasites (4) 10 A product of the tree fell on the manicured lawn on the fourth of January before tea, I heard (6) 11 Insurer is leaving but coming back for a repeat performance (5) 12 The favourable aspects of four top sopranos (4)


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Using the nine letters in the grid, how many words of four letters or more can you list? The centre letter must be included and each letter may only be used once. No colloquial or foreign words. No capitalised nouns, apostrophes or plural words ending in “s”.


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Otic membrane (7) Winds (5) Spirit to stimulate appetite (8) Legal counsel right (7) Antenna (6) Clear of blame (9) Warned (7) Chatterbox (6) Sickens (9) Explosive (1.1.1.) Broken down (8) French bacteriologist (7) Elf (6) European country (7) Missing digits (7)

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