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eaching grand old age is one thing but growing old while still enjoying a meaningful life is something else entirely. Some years ago, I spoke to a couple of centenarians and asked the obvious question – which people are invariably asked after receiving their letter from the Queen, “what’s your secret to long life?” One woman replied: “Hard work”. She had been up to milk the cows before walking miles to school. After her marriage she had continued to work on the farm while raising her children. Her husband died and she was still milking cows long into what we now call the retirement years. She was always busy and never touched a drop other than a cuppa.
The second woman had a different answer entirely: “Enjoy life. Laugh a lot. Have fun.” She spoke of friends, enjoying a whiskey, going to the races, and still placing a bet when she could. They were polar opposites and left me none the wiser on what it takes to outsmart Father Time. I have also met centenarians who had no idea about what was going on around them even as they blew out the candles on their birthday cake. As it’s Seniors Month, Julie Lake, goes on a quest for the secret of life quality in advanced old age, and talks to some amazing “golden oldies” who are still hitting home runs long after their 90th birthday. Although they have some common factors, she concludes that much of it comes down to plain old good luck. So, whether we are growing old gracefully or disgracefully, Monty Python’s wisdom on the meaning of life sums it up nicely: “Well, it’s nothing very special. Uh, try and be nice to people, avoid eating fat, read a good book every now and then, get some walking in, and try and live together in peace and harmony with people of all creeds and nations”. Dorothy Whittington Editor
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Hitting a century – seeking the secret to successful ageing October is Seniors Month and to celebrate JULIE LAKES meets the golden oldies who are living proof that life is good long after turning 90. South Wales is investigating the environmental and genetic determinants of successful ageing. It’s led by Professor Perminder Sachdev of the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing (CHeBA). The study has already determined that up to 50 per cent of us will suffer from some sort of cognitive decline, such as Alzheimer’s disease, as we age but the rest, who continue to function well mentally and physically, are of especial interest. Research also indicates that those with optimistic personalities, strong social connections and a reason to get up in the morning have the right stuff for a long life that remains worth living. Those attributes certainly describe the people interviewed for this story.
hen Greg Champion sang that he’d made A Hundred in the Backyard at Mum’s we took it as a celebration of youthful achievement and aspiration. But today it’s Mum who is making her century, and Dad too – and we are celebrating longevity, not cricket – because centenarians are Australia’s fastest-growing demographic. Never before have we seen so many nonagenarians and centenarians not only making it into what we used to consider extreme old age, but still living life to the full. They are driving cars, sitting on committees, playing music, writing books, taking part in community activities and – often – living alone. Yet exactly why it is that some people live so much longer than others continues
to baffle researchers looking for a common denominator. Obvious reasons for longevity today include better nutrition, better health care including technologies and diagnostics, improved public and domestic safety, fewer wars, shorter working hours and longer holidays, better housing and sanitation, better education and health information and much-improved aged care management. Then there’s what is probably the most important factor of all – luck. Because it’s not just about living long, it’s about living well, or what we now call “successful ageing”. And achieving this is probably due not just to the foregoing factors but to genetics and life choices. A program at the University of New
JOHN LEISTEN, 97, is a former chemistry lecturer who was still involved in youth education in his late 80s. He is now on a mission to convince our governments of the need to improve the quality of science education in our schools. He played tennis until he was 91, squash in earlier years and has been a lifelong bush walker, rock climber and mountaineer. His other passion is opera and he and wife June, married for 62 years, still go to concerts when they can. And when they can’t, they listen to them on YouTube because John is adept with digital technology – he has his own website aimed at helping parents teach their kids science and has just had an article published in an international science journal. John is short and lightly built. Yet, in his own words: “I have always eaten just what I wanted. I drink when I am thirsty, and never drink plain water. I am a sugar
baby and have two or three teaspoons of sugar in tea or coffee depending on the size of the cup. I like salty food and have attracted comment for sprinkling food before I have tasted it. I dislike lean meat very much, and I am liberal with butter. I choose full cream milk and have quite a lot of cream and ice cream. “In recent years I have had half a glass of wine with the main meal (usually lunch) almost every day. “At 97, after almost a lifetime of flouting nutritionists’ do’s and don’ts, I am a virtual proof that nutrition is a charlatan science”. He does eat small portions though, with plenty of fruit and veg and for the past decade has taken 100 units a day of Vitamin E. He thinks the intensity of his passion for science might be a factor in his longevity but attributes it mainly to luck. LIKE THE LEISTENS, World War II veteran Henry Martel, 96, and his wife Diana, 90, still live in their own home and maintain strong connections with family and friends, many of whom belong to the same social group which meets regularly to enjoy trips around south-east Queensland. This helps overcome one of the problems of advanced old age which, Henry says, is outliving so many of your old friends that you have nobody to share memories with. Both John and Henry are retired academics, which tends to reinforce the belief that chances of successful aging are enhanced by a good education that fosters lifelong intellectual interests and helps us make better life choices. However, not all our nonagenarians have had that opportunity, especially women.
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COVER STORY JESS MULLER, 93, left school after Junior and though she had “the brains for university” her family situation meant she had to go to work. She was a bookkeeper for many years and after marriage and five children again considered university but decided her children needed it more than she did. So she continued working and, blessed with a good financial brain, investing. In her 80s, comfortably off due mainly to her own endeavours and acumen, she started doing Open University Courses and thanks to U3A and digital TV has been able to indulge her lifelong love of good music, opera and ballet. Jess has also travelled and enjoyed a long and happy marriage. Her recipe for a long life – stay curious and involved. Her old classmate at Greenslopes State School, Doreen Wendt-Weir, 93, also came to higher education late in life, completing an Honours degree at the age of 75. She is well-read, takes a keen interest in politics and remains a firm supporter of U3A in her small semi-rural community. “You name a course and Doreen will do it” one friend says. Doreen is also the author of several books including Sex in Your Seventies, which gave her the reputation as a
John Leisten “sexpert” for seniors. She has appeared as a panellist on Q and A and pre-Covid, was a regular as “Dear Doreen” on the Channel 7 morning show. She has just published her latest book and does all her writing on a computer: “I embrace modern technology,” she says. “Old people have to work hard to remain visible and to achieve this you have to be both interested and interesting.” It is possible to see common factors with these four 90-somethings. Three of the four had long and happy marriages, all had several children, all have continued to nurture their intellect.
‘Er name’s Doreen ...Well, spare me bloomin’ days! You could er knocked me down wiv ‘arf a brick! …And that’s how most people feel when they meet Doreen Wendt-Weir who was named for the girl beloved by C J Dennis’ Sentimental Bloke – because at 93 she is a stunner! Her blue eyes are full of life, her hair elegantly waved and though she now walks with a stick, she exudes the still-youthful self-assurance of a woman accustomed to achievement. She began life humbly on a farm near Logan Village where holidays were rare and social life revolved around the local hall.
But then there is Elsie Opperman, who goes against this stereotype. Sadly, Elsie died one month short of her 105th birthday and just after I interviewed her – when despite poor hearing she had plenty to say for herself and all of it good, sound sense. Elsie was raised on a farm outside Brisbane and left school at 14 to “dig the potatoes”. She married young but her long marriage to Ernie produced no children. She never travelled far from where she’d been born or read many books but took a lively interest in current affairs, loved going to social events, grew wonderful orchids, knew all the best local places to dine out and lived alone in her old Queenslander, with steep outside stairs, until she turned 102, when she had to move into a nursing home. Despite heart problems and a bad bout of shingles she enjoyed basically sound health – yet apart from a bit of bush tennis when young, Elsie never played a sport or did formal exercise and was raised on fatty meat, cream cakes and sweet puddings. She’d never heard of pilates or cholesterol, but she did work hard most of her long life and continued to walk to the shops until she was over 100 – albeit with a walker for the last few years. Talk to
anyone who knew her and they’ll tell you she was the the happiest, most contented people you could ever meet.
Though hoping to go to university she had to leave school at 15 due to the World War II manpower shortage and worked first for the US army. She then became a nurse and when her training was finished headed to London with a girlfriend to work as a midwife and hitchhike round Europe. Returning to Queensland, she married, had four children and then left her husband while her two youngest were still in school – a bold move back then for an artistic woman who wanted more than being a Brisbane housewife. She began painting professionally, excelled at enamelling and opened her own small gallery/ shop.
At 71, she began a bachelor’s degree in Creative Writing and Indigenous Studies, and was the first person to graduate in the subject from Griffith University. She then went on to do Honours, choosing as her thesis those settlers who in the 19th century emigrated from Germany to the Logan district. She comes from that pioneer stock and has written about it in her books Barefoot in Logan Village and Knee-Deep in Logan Village. Her latest book is Gardening in Your Nineties. “It’s not so much a gardening book,” says Doreen, who still grows her own vegetables, “but a memoir and a love story”.
STUDIES on ageing have identified seven zones around the world where the population enjoys above average longevity yet, again, no common factor can be positively identified. Some, but not all, are comparatively isolated and while a Seventh Day Adventist community in California maintains a vegan diet the same can’t be said of the Sardinians. It seems likely that rather than looking at social factors to solve the mystery of successful ageing the answer will be discovered in the laboratory, in studies such as those being conducted by CHeBA’s neuroimaging group. It aims to accelerate development in prevention of the vascular dementia which is such a factor in NOT ageing successfully. In the meantime, let’s give the final word to Queensland grazier and writer Dexter Kruger who died in July aged 111 and was still active and making the most of life. In one of his final interviews, he said: “There’s no secret. Keep breathing, have three meals a day and the time goes on”.
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ast month, Roy McFadyen turned 103. He still lives independently in his Golden Beach home on the Sunshine Coast, still takes and develops his own photos in a darkroom he built, and recently celebrated his remarkable book – an autobiography called At A Cost – going into its third reprint. Lively and quick witted, he lost his driving licence at the grand old age of 102, and has even conquered rounds of throat and bowel cancer. His life has been full of ups and downs, from orphanages as a small child to becoming a successful mechanical engineer, businessman and inventor. Born in the year of the Spanish flu, he has lived through the Great Depression and World War II and yet still has an amazing recall of the places, names and dates that contributed to putting his life’s story into words and pictures when he retired from Melbourne in 1981. As one reviewer of his book, Rod Moss, wrote: “This is not just an historical account of life in rural Australia from 1920 to 1960. It is an acutely personal story of the pain of growing up with a father he never knew, a mother incapable of normal maternal care and an early
childhood spent largely in orphanages.” “My Mum decided to kick me out when I was 15 and I was sent on my way,” Roy says. “I had a myriad of small jobs. It was the middle of the Depression and you had to be lucky to get a job at all.” With just a bicycle and a box camera
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will focus on Alzheimer’s disease, as this accounts for about two-thirds of cases of late onset dementia (the most common, occurring after the age of 65). Risk factors can be divided into modifiable, those we can change, and unmodifiable. The two unmodifiable risks are increasing age and your genes. We are aware, through decades-long research, of one particular gene that influences the risk of developing late onset Alzheimer’s disease. This is known as the apolipoprotein E gene, or APOE for short. It controls the production and function of a protein that helps ferry fats around the body, though exactly why it increases Alzheimer’s remains unclear. There are three types of this gene – APOE2, APOE3 and APOE4. You inherit one gene from your mother and one from your
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like, and those who could mount a robust inflammatory response were more likely to survive infection. At that time, humans did not survive long enough for the damaging effects of chronic inflammation on the brain to be a major problem. If you have one of the E4 genes (2/4 or 3/4), then your chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease is doubled. If you have two (4/4), the risk increases 12-fold. This sounds like a lot but having two APOE4 genes does not guarantee that you will get
the disease. The disease also occurs in people who don’t have this gene, so it is only one factor. Having an APOE4 gene, or even two, just means that you need to be extra vigilant about addressing the other, modifiable, risks such as eating healthily and exercising. Back to that burning question of family risk. If I see someone who only has one or two relatives who developed dementia much later in life – say in their 80s or 90s – then I don’t become overly concerned about the genetic risk. Age, along with the other modifiable risk factors, may have an equal if not greater influence than family history. Although they are very much in the minority, there are some unfortunate families who have a genetic mix that significantly increases the risk of Alzheimer’s disease. In these cases, family members tend to be affected at a considerably earlier age,
perhaps because they carry certain genes that increase the production of beta-amyloid, the protein that accumulates in the brain with this condition. If I am assessing someone who has one or more family members who had dementia in their 50s or 60s, then I become more concerned about the risk. In these cases, genetic testing may be prudent, but this is very much an individual choice – some wish to know, and some do not. At the end of the day, it is important to focus on what you can change, and not what you can’t. Kailas Roberts is a psychogeriatrician and author of Mind your Brain — The Essential Australian Guide to Dementia now available at all good bookstores and online. Visit yourbraininmind.com or uqp.com.au
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Start talking and share your stories of the old days We all have a story to tell, and Seniors Month is a good time to start drawing on memories from a different time to pass on to the family. AUDIENNE BLYTH opens her family album and finds that the grandchildren love hearing the old stories.
Maypole dancers in the 1940s wait in pairs for the music to begin. Hair ribbons have been specially chosen to match the streamers.
emember those old photo albums with small black and white photographs carefully held in place by a small sticker in each corner? You would also recall the spools of film carefully loaded into, say, your box brownie, and then the wait after delivering the finished spool to the local
chemist. There was great anticipation as to what the photos may be like and great excitement to show them off. All this was before television when many an evening would be spent filling out another page of the album. Entertainment for visitors often involved taking out the album. There was much
talking. For my grandchildren, my young days are like a foreign country. “What do you mean?”, they say. “No computers, no electricity, no internet, no mobile phones?” The album opens: “This was the school I went to and it was just a single building. “Here are students riding horses to school. Most of the children rode horses and there was a horse paddock. Some even arrived in a horse and sulky.” A student once took a carpet snake to school for show and tell but that was not allowed. It’s a wonder he did not get “the cuts” and that was the punishment for homework not done, lessons not learnt or misbehaviour. The teacher had a cane and gave whacks across the hand once or twice or more depending on the crime. One day a week, students from the top class travelled by train to the local rural school where the boys learnt
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gardening, woodwork, and metalwork and the girls learnt sewing and cooking. Learning was for the future, the boys would be farmers and the girls would be housewives. There’s a photo of grandfather’s bullock team loaded with logs. And there is grandmother on wash day with the clothes in the copper. And here is a steam train taking on water at the railway station. Roads were bad and hardly anyone had a car, so we liked train travel. In World War II, air-raid trenches were built at the school. Here are the children in their specially made camouflage hats. When a siren was heard the children had to leave the building and sit in the trench until the all-clear was given. World War II put many restrictions on people. There were shortages. Most children of that time never had toys. Here we are doing the maypole dance and that was for
special days. The ribbons in our hair matched the streamers. There were special days such as Arbor Day and Wattle Day. Break-up Day at the end of the school year was the best, with parents coming for a picnic. We waited all year for those small tubs of ice cream which arrived in canvas bags packed with dry ice. Races were held and everyone could win a sixpence. This great grey box was on issue to all state schools in the 1950s. It was a radio and a record player, a radiogram. Such an innovation. Students were able to listen to records such as The Man from Snowy River which we heard over and over again. There was also a record for marching into school. Radio reception was often poor and that was disappointing. That was as far as the school got with technology. “Well Granma, that was OK. You know you can be quite interesting.”
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WHEN I was pregnant with my second daughter, I knew it was the only chance I would ever have to eat all I wanted. After all, I was eating for two. Ours was the generation where the
new mother stayed in hospital for ten days after the birth, wearing nothing but nighties. We were taught how to feed and bath baby but not about diet. The attitude was “don’t worry, the weight will fall off when you are breast feeding.” I did not worry, I was breastfeeding. When the day came to leave the hospital, I asked my husband to bring me one of my dresses from home. I was looking forward to wearing something normal again. The rude awakening came when I did not fit the dress – size SW – at all and I had to send him out to buy a dress size W that I would be able to fit into, including the still protruding tummy. My point is, I could send someone out, give that person my dress size and knew it would fit. In today’s world, dress sizes are a hit and miss affair. I can fit into dresses, skirts and tops from size 10 to size 18 or the European size 40 to size 44. I have learned not to look at dress sizes and be upset when I need an “extra large” because in another shop, “extra small” might be too big. A most important thing – in the good old days – were the side seams. If you were on the cusp between SW and W your first look would be for the width of the side seams and how
much you could let them out. No such luck anymore. There are no seams of any width in modern dresses and skirts. There are no big seams to be let out in men’s trousers or shirts either. Their shirts are all cut for non-beer drinkers, no allowance for an expanding girth, buttons groaning, grimly holding the two front panels together. These days, I am stalking the world in shoes which are too big for me. My shoe size is 36½ but there are no more half sizes in shoes. Putting in inner soles often does not quite do the trick. And who invented the pointy shoes? The front of my shoe is either empty because the point is so far out – that half size I don’t need – or the pointed-toe part of the shoe so tight it compresses my feet, leaving my toes squashed and red. Wherever I look in shoe shops anything elegant is so pointy, my poor round foot would creak in agony. Lace-up joggers are a-plenty, with nice round fronts and room for toes but they don’t quite fit an elegant outfit. Or do they? It seems anything goes these days and maybe that is good. I just might be able to go out to dinner in shoes that are kind to my toes. May you wear any size dress and your shoes fit.
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WHAT’S exciting about October? Well, it’s Queensland Seniors Month and the last Sunday of the month is Grandparents Day. It’s about recognising the contribution of grandparents to the family unit, and it might be another chance to spoil the grandkids too. To be honest, I didn’t know this was an actual day, but as hubby and I have recently joined the grandparent club, it has suddenly become relevant. Our first grandchild arrived in May and the second in July. Thanks partly to the accommodation situation since Covid, the second little family are staying with us. I was pretty chuffed at becoming a granny but was
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From left, Maroochydore View past presidents Sharyn Sherrington, Lynda Maxwell, Rita Isherwood, Jocelyn Mackay and Val Heathcote.
CLUBS WITH A VIEW MAROOCHYDORE View Club celebrated its 20th birthday with a Black and Bling theme. More than 100 ladies attended, with visitors from other local View clubs. There were five past presidents, and 10 foundation members present to help cut the cake and Judy Hamblett received her 20 year badge. New members, guests and visitors welcome. Each month is a lunch meeting with an interesting speaker, a beautiful view and lots of fun and friendship. Call Maggie 0418 793 906.
Leonie Palmer has been a valuable member of the Buderim VIEW club as secretary, co-secretary, vice president and assistant treasurer over the past 10 years. She excels in providing members with trivia questions on varying subjects at club meetings and despite her Parkinsons’s disease remains a positive member. Lyn McGannon joined Merimbula VIEW Club in 1980 and transferred to Buderim in 1999. She has served on committees for 12 years and has participated in Walk with a VIEW to help raise funds for The Smith Family. “Forty-one years in VIEW has certainly enriched my life,” she says.
BUDERIM View Club has two members nominated for the Making a Difference award.
GLASSHOUSE Country View Club members enjoyed fish and chips at Caloundra and was joined by Logan View Club members for its lunch meeting. On October 6, there will be a sausage sizzle at the Page St park in Glasshouse and the lunch meeting is at 11.30am on October 20, at Glasshouse Country RSL with a guest speaker from Beerwah Community Library. The club currently supports four Learning for Life students. Call Jill 0417 793 708 or Janet 0448 845 303. View clubs raise funds for the Smith Family and the Learning for Life Program. Visit view.org.au or follow on Facebook
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BLACKALL Range Woodcrafters Guild members have produced some impressive pieces of equipment for the dementia ward at Nambour hospital. They have created a life-size bus shelter, including a bench, where patients can sit and relax. It is used by the hospital as an effective dementia aid, by providing patients with a familiar place to go. The Woodies have also made a workbench for woodworking activities at the dementia ward. All timbers used were generously donated by Queensland company, Hyne Timber of Kunda Park.
VALERIE Thornton has stepped down as president of Caloundra Family History Research group. Her huge contribution has been recognised with life membership. She joined the Caloundra Family History group in 2006, and was elected secretary the same year. She became vice-president in 2009, and then, in 2011, president, a role she has held for the past nine years with only 2013-2014 off. That makes 14 years on the executive committee. Apart from being the longest serving president, she has also worked to build the group into one of the best family history societies in Queensland.
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VIEW RALLIES FOR DISADVANTAGED CHILDREN CALOUNDRA Evening View Club members are calling on the community to sponsor an Australian child through leading children’s education charity, The Smith Family. Anti-Poverty Week is October 17-23. The club sponsors 10 children through the Learning for Life program, which provides educational and personal support, but with one in six young Australians living in poverty, more help is needed. This year has been challenging for students experiencing disadvantage, with thousands forced into remote learning. Many don’t have access to a reliable internet connection, an appropriate device, or a comfortable, quiet space to do their schoolwork. Caloundra Evening View Club president May Thomas said joining View
or becoming a sponsor had never been more important. “This year has been extremely tough on children experiencing disadvantage, with COVID-19 exacerbating many of the challenges they already face. This is why View is so passionate about supporting the work of the Smith Family, because it’s through education that we can help break the cycle of poverty and allow these children to create better futures for themselves” she said. “Joining VIEW is not only a wonderful way to help out children in need, it’s also a great way to get involved in the community, make friendships, hear inspiring guest speakers at our monthly meetings, enjoy other social interactions such as morning walks and lunches.” Call Enid 5491 5502.
CALOUNDRA CWA CALOUNDRA Branch of the QCWA, a group of women of all ages, meets on the first Thursday of the month at their hall at 17 Kalinga Street, Caloundra, 1pm for 1.30pm. All are welcome to attend the craft morning each Wednesday, except the last
of the month when Sconetime is hosted by Martin of Sunshine Coast Foodies. Bookings are essential for this and are online. There is also a monthly lunch meeting. Call Jill on 0401 299 197 or follow QCWA Caloundra on Facebook.
FRIENDSHIP FORCE ON THE ROAD AGAIN THE latest adventure of the Sunshine Coast Friendship Force club was a road trip to small communities in far south-west Queensland. From Dalby on the Darling Downs, members drove to towns such as Dirranbandi, Cunnamulla, Eulo, Thargomindah, Eromanga, Quilpie, Mitchell and Roma. The usual focus of Friendship Force is cultural exchange through home-hosting club members from other parts of the world and travelling to visit clubs in other countries. With Covid preventing international travel, members are exploring regions closer to home. As Ron Usher, leader of the recent tag-along, observed: “To experience the lifestyles of rural and remote communities is a special cultural experience.
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“The group learned local history of early exploration and settlement, as well as current land use and response to drought,” he said. “We sometimes stayed in shearer’s quarters on working stations. We arrived at one station just after a young man had come off a farm bike and broken his leg. One of our members, a nurse, was able to assist until the RFDS arrived.” On the trip, they saw art on silos and water towers, bathed in artesian spas and visited the Dinosaur Natural History Museum and the Bilby Centre. The club is beginning to plan overseas travel for 2022 once international borders reopen. Until then, local exploration continues with the next tag-along journey north to Bundaberg region this month. New members welcome. Visit friendshipforcesunshinecoast.com.au
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How old are you, really? We have all heard it said many times that you are only as old as you feel – and it just may be true. JUDY RAFFERTY explains the three different measures for deciding our age.
here are days when I feel like an octogenarian and others when I am 20 again. So how old are we really? Is it our psychological age, our physical age or our chronological age that dates us? We tend to believe that all three ages – psychological, physical and chronological – will be consistent, but this is not the case. The difference between them can result in a significant difference in how we age and how we experience ageing. Psychological age is about how you think, respond and behave. It is hoped that as you age you become more mature emotionally. This does not mean becoming more staid and serious but being able to handle emotions without reactivity. Psychological age is about attitude. Professor of Public Health and Psychology at the Yale School of Public Health Becca Levy, and other researchers, have shown that negative beliefs and stereotypes about ageing
predict many adverse outcomes among older individuals. Levy’s studies have shown that the stereotypes we have about age influence cognitive and physical performance. People exposed to positive cognitive or physical stereotypes performed significantly better compared to those exposed to negative stereotypes. Those with more negative age stereotypes demonstrated significantly worse memory performance (a 32 per cent decline) than those with less negative age stereotypes. One of the highest risk factors for developing Alzheimer’s disease is a particular variant of the APOE gene. Those with the gene variant but with positive age beliefs were 49.8 per cent less likely to develop dementia than those with the gene variant and negative age beliefs. Another study by Levy and her associates found that people with more positive self- perceptions of ageing lived, on average, 7.6 years longer than people
with more negative views. Psychological age reflects our beliefs, attitudes and stereotypes about age. And those beliefs, attitudes and stereotypes are important determinants in how we age – whether we become younger than our years or older than our years. Physical age, sometimes called biological age, relates independently to all the different systems and organs in the body. Biological age is hard to reliably identify as a single figure. Perhaps the one that many people worry about most is brain age. Anxiety around dementia is notable in the many jokes about it. There is often a selfdepreciating reference made by an older person to a “senior moment” even though everyone has these moments regardless of age. Research is showing that individual cognitive decline can begin anywhere from age 20 onwards. And then there is your chronological age. This age is simply the number of birthdays you have had. Are you chronologically challenged? Are you
challenged by aligning the age you are according to your birth certificate with the felt age of your body and mind? Which is the older? If you didn’t know how old you are, what age would you be? As a psychologist, I spend time talking to people about their retirement, helping them to plan for it and to make decisions about it. It is important in those discussions for individuals to consider their chronological age and their felt age. It is important for them to challenge expectations of retiring at 65 or 67 or at any specified age. It is important not to be restricted by expectations of your behaviour based on age. Some of us will not live according to stereotypes of ageing and will break the age barriers. Perhaps you will be one of those who make 80 the new 50. Judy Rafferty is the author of Retirement Your Way, A Practical Guide to Knowing What You Want and How to Get It, at all good bookshops and online.
Establish a routine for life after work After years in the workforce, adjusting to life as a retiree can be a challenge. DAVIE FOGARTY suggests ways to establish a healthy retirement routine.
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PATRICIA MUNRO has been described as an angel to seniors residing in social housing. She is an advocate for those forgotten by the system. Patricia, who also resides in social housing, provides transport, food and counselling and has stayed by the side of people during their final hours. “It is the compassionate actions of people like Patricia that make this community great,” Tanya said. IAgeWell helps people age well, working with service providers, local government and peak bodies to help create age friendly communities.
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There is no common hierarchy of worries for the ageing, as circumstances, culture and health often change. KENDALL MORTON looks at the concerns that most often arise for seniors and how those around them can help.
nowing in advance can help with problem solving, especially for family members who want to understand and support seniors when they become troubled. Here are the issues most likely to cause heartache. Giving up the driver’s licence: The car is a symbol of our independence and freedom. Giving up driving is a major concern to many elderly Australians. This is especially hard if you live in a regional or remote area where public transport is limited. Ease into the situation with some advanced planning. Many supermarkets and pharmacies have a home delivery service or perhaps a church or social club has a driving companion service. The RACQ lists the average running costs for small cars at $875.67 a month or $10,508.03 a year. For a medium-sized car it’s $1148.51 a month or $13,782.14 a year. This covers fuel, tyre and battery replacements, services,
repairs, registration and insurance. Specific costs by vehicle type can be found on the RACQ website. Not having a car frees up these funds for other purchases. This can be some compensation. However, losing the freedom of
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driving yourself around is a major hurdle. Allow a family member to express disappointment and when the time is right, help them find solutions. Fear of declining physical health: It’s hard to watch your body slow down and limitations set in. Some common reactions are denial, frustration, anger and depression. Poor health and reduced mobility can mean you may no longer be able to change a light bulb or hang Christmas decorations safely. You may have to give up active hobbies you love. Find out about ACAT (Aged Care Assessment Team) assessments. You may qualify for some home help hours and take away the burden of household chores such as vacuuming and lawn-mowing. Getting help for a few tasks is also a way of easing a parent into the idea of accepting help. Rather than thinking of outside help as a threat to independence, reframe
it as “support to keep living at home for longer”. The death of a spouse or loved one: Friends, family and neighbours of the same age are dying. If a family member such as a spouse is caring for them, seniors can become worried that this person will die before them. This is a legitimate concern as 30 per cent of caregivers die before the person in their care. There is no cure for loss of significant relationships. You can help the person feel less isolated by working with them to build a network. This may include family members, a community visitor, a dog walker, an exercise physiologist and a cleaner who has time for a chat each week. Running out of money: Some elderly people are living longer than they expected. They may have put funds aside for their golden years only to find they have outlasted their bank balance. The pension helps but it is limited. Money is a very personal subject so tread lightly.
Start by sharing your own plans and concerns. The National Debt Helpline 1800 007 007offers free financial counselling and moneySmart. gov.au has a handy assets and debts calculator. Some churchbased organisations also offer free financial counselling. Perhaps family members can offer to vet tradespeople to ensure you are treated fairly. Unfortunately, there are unregistered tradies and others who will take advantage of elderly people. Don’t keep a lot of money in the house. The advice to family members is to keep visits fun and positive. It does not always have to be about fixing something. Maintain an open, nonjudgmental relationship and an ageing relative is more likely to ask for help when they need it. Kendall Morton is Director of Home Care Assistance Sunshine Coast to Wide Bay. Call 5491 6888 or email kmorton@ homecareassistance.com
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apanese-designed and Thai-built, the secondgeneration MU-X wagon costs a few more dollars than its well-regarded predecessor and is a complete re-work of a successful formula. Again based around Isuzu’s D-Max ute, four-wheel drive versions of the MU-X remain competent off-roaders in the rough and tumble, but these new wagons offer more in the way of on-road comforts. Australia is Isuzu’s second largest market outside Thailand and here the MU-X has been favoured by caravanners and families chasing a no-nonsense wagon for travelling across town or across the country. Isuzu has paid attention to customer feedback here, as evidenced by a beefier chassis with re-enginered rear suspension for more ride comfort and towing ability up to 3.5 tonne. Style-wise these new SUVs look familiar although they
arrive a tad longer at 4850mm and a little wider and lower. It’s a clean, bold look though the coupe-like roof line at the rear means those distinctive rear windows have gone. The Isuzu sticks with a five-door, seven-seat body on full ladder-frame chassis with coil suspension and choice of two or four-wheel drive; 4WD comes with rear differential lock with centre console dial for 2-H, 4-H and 4-L. There’s decent ground clearance plus good approach and departure angles while a
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IN MY book I detail nine exercises that you can do by yourself at home, in the park or wherever room permits. I believe these exercises will keep you in good shape and should you be able to do all of them, well done! But there is hope for those of us that can no longer do some of these exercises. The nine exercises are push-ups, squats, lunges, chin-ups, crunches, walking, running or jogging, swimming and cycling. Okay, you need a bike and a pair or swimmers and a bar for practicing chin-ups would be handy, but most parks now have exercise stations. The point about these particular exercises is they include body strength, core and aerobic or cardio exercises and that is really all you need to do. Follow the basics of working out at least four days a week, with two days of resistance exercise and you will reach the recommended amount of exercise. Should you no longer be able to do chin-ups, join the rest of us because it is a very hard exercise to do, but it is achievable. If you Sunshine Coast
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improve quality of life. People who get together with friends and family, volunteer or attend classes have more robust grey matter and healthier brains. The key is to avoid social isolation and cultivate safe ways to maintain social interactions to enhance your grey matter and amp up your wellbeing. People on the Sunshine Coast can enjoy a range of activities from workshops to an expo, dance classes and movies. Learn about your mobile phone, try your hand at pickleball or tackle walking football Find events near you at qldseniorsmonth.org.au or call 3316 2999. Queensland Seniors Month is coordinated by Council on the Ageing (COTA) Queensland on behalf of the Queensland Government and supports the building of age-friendly communities.
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• Help your loved ones avoid messy legal disputes down the track. Nambour Library Monday 11 October, 1pm–2.30pm
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• Listen and engage with academics from the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) and the USC Thompson Institute as they present the latest findings in brain health.
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Sunshine Coast Stadium, 31 Sportsmans Parade, Bokarina. $10 – complementary popcorn provided. library.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au/ Whats-On/Footloose * Event listings supplied to COTA Queensland and Your Time Magazine were correct at time of printing. For updated event information please visit qldseniorsmonth.org.au
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BOOK REVIEW MARY BARBER Ben Lawson has written a homage to our beautiful land. The book is about the megafires of the 2019-20 summer and the devastation they left. It is a plea to politicians to take care of our country, to protect our wildlife and stop mining and burning coal. It is an easy read. It flows well from the first page to the last. The book is beautifully illustrated by Bruce Whatley.
BILL MCCARTHY A little treasure of a book. Ben Lawson tugs at our heart strings with his reminiscences of growing up and life in Australia, before taking the plunge and travelling overseas to live and work. The bushfires of 2019 came as a shock and wakeup call. Especially the heroic efforts of the firefighters and the impact on the victims balanced against the poor response of our government to the threat of global warming. It was stroke of genius to match his heartfelt words with the wonderful illustrations of Bruce Whatley. These cleverly highlight the emotions in Ben’s text. Whatever your attitude to the causes of global warming, you cannot help but sympathise with this young author.
BOOK review SUZI HIRST This is the most charming book and I feel every home should have it. The nostalgia felt by Ben Lawson on leaving Australia behind him is so real and I feel exactly the same when I think of my beloved Rhodesia. The illustrations by Bruce Whatley are beautiful. This book is a two-minute read but a two-hour book to ponder and bring back old memories. Leave it on your coffee table or your desk and pick it up every so often and smile. Read it to the kids at bedtime, send it to family spread out all over the world because … all royalties from sales are donated to the Koala Hospital. 10/10
TO MY COUNTRY By Ben Lawson
Actor Ben Lawson was preparing for another Christmas away from home when the Black Summer bushfires began to burn their way across Australia’s eastern coast. As the bushfires continued to rage into the new year on an unprecedented scale, Ben, feeling angry, helpless and broken-hearted as he watched the devastation from across the ocean, sat down and put his feelings into words. To My Country is an ode to the endurance of the Australian spirit and the shared love of our country. The 41-year-old former Neighbours star is from Brisbane and is now working in the US. Proceeds of To My Country are being donated to The Koala Hospital.
JOHN KLEINSCHMIDT This book was a challenge to review as it is an illustrated ode to the Australian spirit, especially the firefighters who were tested more than ever by the bushfires of January 2020. I found the illustrations by Bruce Whatley far more engaging than the verse, giving the story real life and meaning. Other commentary praises the public reading of the poem by the author, and I suspect that would be a better way to understand his description of the way Australians living overseas feel about their country and the things they miss while away. Nothing outstanding in the verse and only a very short read.
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TONY HARRINGTON This book is an illustrated long poem by an expat Aussie actor written in the style of traditional Aussie bush poets. I wonder if he’s related to Henry Lawson? Themes of love of country, homesickness and anger about lack of action on climate change were triggered by the devastating 2019-20 Australian bushfires resulting in the death of billions of native flora and fauna. Bruce Whateley’s lyric-matching warm and fuzzy iPad electronic Procreate artwork helps enhance the author’s simple and sentimental verse. Best thing about this book is that the royalties will provide a few bob for the Koala Hospital. All the sentiments expressed in this poem have already been extensively and well covered by Australian print and visual media. Average work 6/10
JO BOURKE This is not a book for the bookshelf! This is not a book to read once and discard! This is a book for the coffee table, a conversation starter and one to re-read when we need to be reminded of the spirit of Australia. Bruce Whatley’s unique illustrations are perfectly in tune with the poetry of Ben Lawson. Heat seems to rise from the double-page spreads of the all-consuming bush fires. I took six minutes to listen to Ben reading the poetry (YouTube) while I followed the words, with Bruce’s illustrations in front of me, page by page. Worth doing. This is book is already a treasure for me. I intend to save a few more koalas by purchasing To My Country for my expatriate children, Annie in USA and Pete in Canada, to make them more homesick than ever.
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Laws affecting older Aussies can change Despite a common perception that laws are hard to move and rarely change, the legal landscape for retirees and older Australians is in a constant state of being updated and improved. DON MACPHERSON explains.
fter many years of complaints about the state of the retirement industry the Queensland Government embarked on a complete revamp of the rules and forms in various stages during 2019, with ongoing changes filtering through progressively. The aim is to ensure greater clarity and transparency for people entering into retirement village contracts. Similarly, the rules and obligations for manufactured home parks – described, more as a marketing term, as over 50s resorts – were completely changed and updated as of September 2019. The idea is that the “dog’s breakfast” of
contracts that were historically presented were systematised and regulated to make sure people actually understood what they were signing up to. The legal landscape for Wills is also changing, with recent cases granting probate to documents that don’t meet the strict requirements of the Succession Act. Handwritten notes, notes scribbled on an old will, even a text message, have been endorsed by the court as a last will and testament. A warning though – while in some cases an informal document has been accepted by the court, the costs of achieving such an outcome, particularly when different beneficiaries have
potentially different outcomes, could easily exceed $50,000 in legal costs. This is all for the sake of avoiding the cost of a simple will. Aged Care, which is a federal jurisdiction, is due for a significant shake-up arising out of the Royal Commission, with very substantial changes likely in the not too distant future. Most recently, as of July 1, significant changes have occurred in relation to the
tax treatment of granny flat agreements which are likely to make formal agreements more important than ever. Perhaps we will soon see a flood of discrimination cases based on ageism, a growing issue for our society. Don Macpherson is an expert in elder law at Sunshine Coast Elder Law. Visit sunshinecoastelderlaw.com.au or call 1800 961 622.
SUPER REFORM BENEFITS WOMEN SUPER Consumers Australia has welcomed a new law that ensures visibility of super balance information during family law settlements. “For many Australians, super is the largest asset they own after their home,” Super Consumers Australia director Xavier O’Halloran said. “One person not disclosing their super in divorce proceedings can have disastrous financial consequences for the other.” She said the change fixed a problem that overwhelmingly impacted women
who typically have lower super balances due to inequalities in pay and unpaid caring roles. “Right now, many women are retiring in poverty. Women over 55 are the fastest growing group experiencing homelessness in Australia. Removing the ability for former spouses to hide their super will help address part of this inequity,” Ms O’Halloran said. “We will continue to advocate for reforms that make the super system fairer and improve people’s financial well-being in retirement.”
RETIREMENT COULD BE CLOSER THAN YOU THINK SCAREMONGERING about how much superannuation is needed to retire, and out of date predictions about the best age to retire has left many thinking they have to work for longer than they actually do. Cameron Dickson, managing director of family financial advisory company The Moreton Group, said seven in 10 people over 55 he spoke to could retire sooner than they think. “Predictions about how much super you’ll need to retire will be completely irrelevant if they aren’t calculated for your situation and lifestyle,” he said.
He believes retirement calculators provide an overly simplified formula without a deep or informed analysis of present and future position based on financial, health and life scenarios. “They perpetuate a myth that Australians can’t afford to retire and exacerbate anxiety in a huge proportion of working Australians looking to retire in the next five to 10 years,” he said. The Moreton Group data shows that currently the top triggers for seeking financial planning advice are ill health or ill health of a friend or family member.
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ith spring in full swing, many of us are eager to head outside and enjoy the warmer weather. But as we soak up the sun, it is important to ensure we take care of our skin health in preparation for another Queensland summer. The Sunshine State is the skin cancer capital of the world, with melanoma rates reaching up to 57 per cent above the national average. The disease claims one life every five hours which is why experts recommend regular head-to-toe skin cancer checks. Picking up small changes early can significantly improve chances of successful treatment; in fact, 99 per cent of skin cancers are curable if detected and treated early. “Many Australians underestimate their risk of skin cancer, including potentially deadly melanoma,” says Professor David Wilkinson, Chief Medical Officer of National Skin Cancer Centres. An esteemed expert in skin cancer medicine, Prof Wilkinson is a published researcher and skin cancer subspecialist of nearly two decades. He is the former Deputy Vice-Chancellor of Macquarie University and former Dean of Medicine at The University of Queensland, and has taught over 7,000 GPs
how to manage skin cancer through universityassured programs by HealthCert Education. More recently, Prof Wilkinson joined the Skin Surveillance (Birtinya) and Caloundra Skin Cancer Centres to provide essential care for high-risk patients on the Sunshine Coast. “The earlier we detect skin cancer, the higher the chances of successful treatment. That’s where the latest total body photography technology helps, especially for high-risk patients,” says Prof Wilkinson. Using total body photography, the patient’s entire skin surface is photographed prior
to their skin cancer check and the images are compared at follow-up appointments. The software monitors patients’ skin for tiny changes over time and detects skin cancer at its earliest stage. Experts recommend total body photography for patients at high risk of skin cancer, including Queenslanders who are over 40, male, or with a personal or family history of skin cancer. The risk is also higher for people who have had severe sunburn, used a solarium, worked outdoors, or have multiple moles, fair skin, or light-coloured hair or eyes.
High-risk patients should monitor their own skin between professional checks, looking out for lesions that stand out from the others. Check for any sores that won’t heal, freckles that have recently developed or changed, or areas that are crusting, itching, or bleeding. If a blood relative has been diagnosed with melanoma, the risk of immediate family increases by 50%. Skin cancer can develop very fast and become fatal, and sometimes shows no signs until an advanced stage. “It’s frightening how many skin cancers we see that show no signs and are nearly invisible to the naked eye,” says Prof Wilkinson. “Using the newest total body photography technology in combination with our expertise, we can identify early skin cancer risk. This means we can minimise complex, invasive and expensive treatments, and ultimately save more lives,” says Prof Wilkinson. Prof Wilkinson is accepting new and existing patients at the centres in Birtinya (Skin Surveillance – phone 5438 8889) and Caloundra (phone 5492 6333). Total body photography is available at Skin Surveillance (Birtinya). Learn more at skincancercentres. com.au.
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Digest the facts about stomach acid Using a quick fix antacid for indigestion and heartburn could be compounding the problem. TRUDY KITHER explains the cause of low stomach acid and how to find a better solution.
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KNOW THE SIGNS OF HEART DISEASE VALVULAR heart disease, which can include aortic stenosis and mitral regurgitation, is a common cause of death or disability in seniors. The heart’s job is to pump oxygen-rich blood through the body. The aortic valve controls the flow of blood as it is pumped from the heart to the rest of the body. When an aortic valve becomes narrowed with age, usually due to a build-up of calcium, the valve is unable to fully open. Mitral regurgitation occurs when the heart valves do not close properly. The blood leaks back and puts more pressure on the heart as it struggles to pump the blood through the body. Symptoms of valvular heart disease can include breathlessness, chest tightness, fatigue and dizziness. These symptoms are often mistaken for “getting older” but should be checked. If you experience these symptoms, consult your GP who can advise if a cardiologist review is needed to help diagnose the problem. Sunshine Coast residents have access to a leading provider of world-class cardiac care locally. Heart HQ, formerly Sunshine Coast Heart Specialists, is the only truly multidisciplinary, comprehensive heart team on the Coast. Cardiologists collaborate to provide integrated,
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WHAT’S ON John is now the resident trumpet player with the Caxton Street Jazz Band. Featuring plenty of improvised, inventive, but always cohesive, ensemble playing, the band plays the music of early to mid-20th century America. Caloundra Power Boat Club, Golden Beach. October 17. Tickets $25, seniors $22.50. Bookings call Richard 0427 782 960.
FIRST RATE JAZZ COMES WITH A WATER VIEW THE Sunshine Coast Jazz Club this month presents the Braben-Jenner Hot Five, the latest musical collaboration between Andy Jenner (reeds) and John Braben (trumpet). The pair have been friends since 1960 when they played in their first band around Merseyside. Andy emigrated to Australia in 1969 and John in 1973. Together with pianist Jo Bloomfield they formed the Vintage Jazz Band, one of Australia’s hottest bands from the 1970. Peter Freeman (double bass) was also a member in the ‘80s and ‘90s. The newest band member is Dave Burrows (guitar).
EARLY next month, the Sunshine Coast Jazz Club proudly presents Australian jazz legend Wilma Reading (pictured). A contemporary of Duke Ellington and Oscar Peterson, she sang highlights from her dazzling international career as part of the Melbourne International Jazz Festival. Growing up in what she describes as “the village of Cairns” in the 1950s, the indigenous singer was discovered at a Brisbane jazz club while on a school softball tour. It was the catalyst for an international career and recently saw her inducted to the National Indigenous Music Awards Hall of Fame. Wilma will be backed by Sweet Thunder, a 13-piece band. Caloundra Power Boat Club November 7. Tickets $25, seniors $22.50 Bookings call Richard 0427 782 960
JOIN LEADING BLUESMAN FOR A BIG AFTERNOON AFTER the forced cancellation of his sellout album launch in June, Adam James returns for a special Jazz and Blues Collective show this month. A bluesman, sophisticated storyteller and a pioneering indigenous artist, Adam is not just a singer, but a songwriter and dynamic live performer on the big stage. He is also an intimate performer with his melodious voice and effortless on-stage appeal. Known for his debut on the country music scene, Adam has transformed into a bluesman and storyteller. The afternoon will be in two parts, the first featuring songs from his new album and the second with blues favourites from Chuck Berry, Eric Clapton, Boz Scaggs, BB King, and others.
A coffee van will be on site from 12.30pm. BYO licence (no glass) so bring drinks and food. Millwell Road Community Centre, 11 Millwell Rd East. Maroochydore October 24, 1.30pm. Tickets $26, seniors $24. Bookings ticketebo.com. au/jazz-blues-collective Call Graeme 0417 633734
CONCERT CELEBRATES ALBUM LAUNCH SUNSHINE Coast based jazz singer and organiser of The Jazz Sessions, Robyn Brown will this month launch her new album Bound for Glory: The Gospel Project with a special concert. “Doing an album with songs born out of slavery was, in hindsight, an appropriate project to start during 2020,” she says. Exploring one of the threads in that
history, Gospel, she brought together traditional tunes, negro spirituals and songs from Blind Willie Johnson, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Sam Cooke and many others in a live show that has been extremely popular. It grew into a recording project. Bound for Glory is a selection of new versions of gospel classics and also shares the stories behind the songs. “In the live shows, I share a bit of the history of how this music came about and the stories behind the songs,” Brown says. “For example, some of the spirituals that were sung by the slaves were actually coded messages on how to escape.” Some of Queensland’s finest jazz musicians, David Spicer (piano), Peter Walters (double-bass), Max Sportelli (drums) and Rob McWilliams (trumpet/ flugelhorn), worked on the project with Brow, bringing a modern jazz approach to songs from the 1800s to the early 1900s. CDs can be purchased at the concert. New Life auditorium, 2 McKenzie Rd, Woombye. October 31, 3pm. Tickets $10-$15. Bookings stickytickets.com.au/ TheJazzSessions. Call 0403 152 397, email email@example.com or visit robynbrown.bandcamp.com
WATCH OUT FOR A FAIR DAY OUT THE ninth A Fair Day Out is coming up to again celebrate inclusive communities with free creative performances and more than 30 stalls of creative wares produced by people with disability. Since 2013, Equity Works has been the lead agency, and collaborates with many other local disability support organisations and individuals in bringing the event to life each year. In addition to market stalls, there will be performances by accomplished artists. The Sunshine Troupe was incorporated in 2010, by a group of committed parents wanting to create opportunities for their adult children in the performing arts. Popular local musicians, The Outsiders, will be back again with original works and beloved covers, and a big rock sound. The Self Advocacy Anthem is one of their more recent original compositions.
“Some people drop by for a quick browse as part of their visit to the Eumundi Markets, while others come and stay for the day,” Equity Works lead organiser Kylie Moore said. “We provide seating and shade and lots of refreshments are available through the markets, making the event something that can fit in anybody’s day. “People with disability strive to be part of the community like anyone else, and A Fair Day Out is where everyone is included, and the diverse talents of our community are recognised.” Stallholders follow the Eumundi Market ethos of Make It, Bake It, Sew It, Grow It. Visitors can pick up well priced art, craft, jewellery, plants, cards and more. Eumundi Markets amphitheatre October 9, 9am-2pm. Entry free Follow A Fair Day Out on Facebook
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@ Buderim Magnesium House We sell a wide range of fast acting: decorated with floral arrangements. Light refreshments will be available on site at the Craft Cottage, and the Buderim Village Green across the road is ideal to wander and picnic. Local co-sponsors are Manawee Garden Centre and Buderim Bendigo Community Bank branch. An inclusive weekend festival ticket for all of the above is $15, or $2 entry to the Spring Flower Show in the main hall and the garden photography in the foyer. Bus groups welcome and pre-booked groups of 10 or more at $12. Buderim War Memorial Hall, cnr Main and Church St, Buderim Friday, October 15, 3pm-7pm; Saturday 16, 8am-4pm. Sunday 17, 8am-2 pm. Group bookings 0448 714 561 or email firstname.lastname@example.org Visit buderimgardenclub.com
GRAB A BARGAIN AT THE VINNIES SALE BOOKS and plants will be the order of the day at the annual St Vincent de Paul book fundraiser. There will be piles of fiction, nonfiction and children’s books, many by popular authors, as well as DVDs, CDs, and jigsaw puzzles and much more. For anyone wanting to stock the garden, they will be plenty of indoor and outdoor plants. All proceeds will help the St Vincent de Paul Society continue to support and give a hand up to those going through difficult
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THE annual Buderim Garden Festival is coming up and will attract gardeners from around the state. A major feature is the competitive Spring Flower Show including cut flowers, floral arrangements, potted plants, foliage, hanging baskets, bonsai plants and garden photography. This year’s theme is “blue and white”. A quality plant market will sell a variety of garden plants such as bromeliads, gerberas, orchids, staghorns and ferns, sub-tropicals, roses, geraniums, cottage garden plants, begonias, cacti and succulents and garden novelties. A Friday twilight session includes a sausage sizzle and coffee and cakes at the adjacent craft cottage, which will also be displaying a Garden Sculpture Exhibition with unique planters, outdoor wall art and functional and decorative pottery. There will be exclusive open gardens in the Buderim area, selected to showcase the diversity in size and style of gardening in the area. Visitors will be able to see the open gardens without traffic and parking problems as a free small bus service will operate from the hall. The gardens will be open Saturday 8am-4pm and Sunday 8am-3pm. St Mark’s Church next door will be
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times due to homelessness, domestic violence and unemployment, as well as those affected by Covid in the local community. Vinnies volunteers look forward to welcoming visitors wanting to grab a bargain at a sale that promises to be bigger and better than ever. Kawana Catholic Community Centre, Nanyima St, Buddina. October 8-9, 8am-3pm, October 10, 9am-1pm. Call Maria 5478 2954
THE Sunshine Coast Concert Band presents Springtime-Swingtime. Kawana Community Hall, Nanyima St ,Buddina. October 9, 2.30pm. Tickets $20. Pre-booking essential 5375 6090.
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ROAM THE GARDENS FOR SCULPTURE ON THE EDGE SCULPTURE on the Edge, an annual outdoor sculpture prize held on the escarpment at Maleny, brings together the work of renowned artists from around the region in a well-curated paradise. Visitors are invited to immerse themselves in the picturesque Spicers Tamarind Retreat which provides a special setting for site specific works and installations. The event opens with a twilight viewing and awards presentation on Friday, October 22. The public is invited to attend at the stunning gardens of Tamarind from 4pm, for drinks and an Asian inspired travelling feast. The twilight event will culminate in an awards ceremony. The exhibition continues daily and promises a great day out with more than 40 sculptures to discover while wandering through the 7ha landscaped gardens.
Picnic baskets are available from the Tamarind Restaurant and tea and scones are available every day. On Sundays, there will be jazz playing in the garden. Spicers Tamarind Retreat is dog friendly, provided that the pooch is on a lead. All Sculptures are for sale October 22-November 7, 9am-4pm Spicers Tamarind Retreat. 88 Obi Lane South, Maleny. Free
CRAFT COTTAGE PRESENTS ITS SCULPTURE EXHIBITION
CELEBRATE Spring with crafted artworks by resident potters and sculptors at Buderim Craft Cottage’s Sculpture Garden
exhibition. Every year since 1997, the artists have created individual pieces for the exhibition of indoor and outdoor pieces. “The Cottage studio allows artists to employ complex building, glazing, and firing methods to transform humble clay into works from the heart,” Deirdre Phipps says. “The exhibition brings these pieces together and artists welcome discussions with visitors.” Support a talented local artist, and find a special treasure at the 2021 Sculpture Garden exhibition. Atrium Gallery, Buderim Craft Cottage, 5 Main St. October 9-17, 9am-4pm. Free entry Visit buderimcraftcottage.com.au
FEAST FOR ORCHID LOVERS A TREAT is in store for orchid lovers when the Nambour Orchid Society hosts a one day species show. There are almost 3000 species of Bulbophyllum, making it one of the largest genera in the orchid family. There are 1200 species of Dendrobiums – and these are just two genera in the orchid family. A wide range of them will be on display with orchid clubs from Caboolture to Gympie also taking part. Major growers, Robertson Orchids, Orchid Mania and Rolin Farms Orchids will have a large range of plants for sale while Orchidaceous Supplies, which specialises in growing mediums and fertilisers, will also be showing. There will be plenty of other items for orchid growers to enjoy the beauty of their plants. 38 YOUR TIME MAGAZINE / October 2021
Palmwoods Arts and Crafts group will have a display of handmade craft for sale. There is ample parking on site and disability access. Uniting Church Hall, Gloucester Rd, Buderim. October 23, 8am-4pm Admission $4 with morning tea available to purchase. Call 0438 177 855 or email email@example.com
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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.
Varicose veins are common. They can be unsightly and may ache. Sometimes they cause bleeding, blood clots or skin ulcers. Smaller varicose veins can be treated with a process called sclerotherapy. Larger varicose veins require ablation or surgery. Thermal ablation is a keyhole technique that heats the main superficial vein using radio frequency energy. At the same time the varicose veins are removed through tiny incisions. The technique is undertaken as a day procedure in hospital under a light general anaesthetic. Bandages, which are applied at the conclusion of the procedure, are removed the next day and compression stockings fitted. Time off normal activities is usually three days. Walking is important after treatment, and the stocking is worn for 10 days. Discomfort is minimal. The procedure has been used by many thousands of people Australia-wide as a way to treat unsightly, problematic varicose veins. For a free appointment with the practice nurse to discuss if thermal ablation is a good option for treating your veins, contact Sunshine Vascular on 5453 4322.
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Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of hospitalisation and death in Australia, claiming on average 21 lives every day. CVD can be caused by a combination of socio-economic, behavioural, and environmental risk factors. Family history, ethnic background, gender, and age can also affect your risk. Thousands of Australians remain unaware that they are at high risk of CVD. Often, there are no underlying symptoms, and the first sign is a heart attack or stroke. Like most medical conditions, cardiovascular disease is easier to treat when detected early, but is there a way we can find out if we are at risk? X-Ray & Imaging offers Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring, a simple, quick and non-invasive way of evaluating the amount of calcified plaque in your heart vessels, providing an accurate assessment on the health of your heart, using a low-dose CT scan. Your GP will use the results of the calcium score to determine if you need further examinations, treatment or lifestyle changes to assess and/or reduce the risk of a future heart attack or other heart problems. Take charge of your heart health and ask your GP about CT calcium scoring at your next appointment.
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Before recommending surgery to someone suffering with hip or knee osteoarthritis, I recommend exhausting all non-operative methods of treatment first. These include physiotherapy, weight management, lifestyle modification, medication and, potentially, injection therapy. Visit a physiotherapist for range-ofmotion and strengthening exercises for managing the symptoms of joint pain. Maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle is vitally important. Ask your GP to check your BMI and suggest effective methods of weight loss if necessary. It is important to modify the activities you perform if you suffer from joint pain. Choose low-impact activities such as walking, swimming, and cycling. A good medication for joint pain is Panadol Osteo (or equivalent), but always check with your GP before commencing, particularly if you have liver disease. There are also injections available to help treat joint osteoarthritis. These can be discussed at the Sunshine Coast Injection Clinic. Being educated about your condition is important. Consult an orthopaedic surgeon about the best course of treatment for you or attend one of our knee patient education seminars.
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GEMLIFE LIFESTYLE HITS THE ROAD IN A first for over-50s lifestyle resorts, Life has launched an innovative new travel initiative – a fleet of strikingly-designed motorhomes available exclusively for resident hire. GemLife director and CEO Adrian Puljich said the initiative recognised the importance of travel for the over-50s market. Explore by GemLife brings a ground-breaking new offering to its growing number of lifestyle resorts including GemLife Pacific Paradise, Maroochy Quays, and Bribie Island. “Travel is a huge passion for so many of our residents, it’s a big part of their lives,” Mr Puljich said. “At GemLife we are always striving to innovate and bring something fresh to our offering, and that was the spark for Explore by GemLife.” A fleet of four motorhomes was recently unveiled to GemLife residents, each featuring stunning original artwork of Australian landscapes commissioned especially for the project. The luxurious Jayco
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DOWNSIZERS UPSIZE LIFESTYLE THE one undeniable fact about downsizing is that it almost always involves discarding some household possessions. Rather than viewing this as a loss, it can be seen as a gain – financially and emotionally. Make the most of Spring and start decluttering the family home. Many downsizers find the whole process to be therapeutic, with the sense of rejuvenation and renewal that comes with saying farewell to the old lifestyle and welcoming a new one.
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Upsize your lifestyle at Ingenia Lifestyle Nature’s Edge, an exclusive resort-style community with a tranquil rainforest backdrop. A refreshed suite of home designs and plans for the new community clubhouse are now on show. Visitors are welcome to come and see how to downsize your home and upsize your lifestyle. Call 5406 7829 or visit ingenialifestyle.com.au/naturesedge-buderim
A PRIVATE conservation sanctuary has opened at over-50s lifestyle development Greenwood, Forest Glen. Making it easy for residents to connect with nature, and the intrinsic health benefits that come with it, has been an essential ingredient of the development’s overall activelifestyle and wellness focus. Described by Greenwood’s community manager John Warner as “our own enchanted forest”, the 5ha natural bushland sanctuary features an extensive trail network through the reserve. The easy-to-navigate bushland trails have extensive interpretive signage highlighting key botanical and historical features. A series of rest spots are positioned at key sections along the trail for residents and guests
to sit, relax and enjoy the bushland serenity. The sanctuary is home to a wide variety of native flora and fauna, including the local forest giants, the flooded gum and stringybark. A spectacular palm grove lining the creek line is another popular feature. Residents of the Greenwood, Forest Glen community are invited and encouraged to take an active role in the protection
of the sanctuary and its enhancement. The development’s green credentials are also bolstered by extensive common garden facilities, including easy-toaccess beds for vegetables and herbs, a large orchard, and greenhouse and propagation facilities, available for use by all residents. Stage three of Greenwood, Forest Glen is now selling. Visit GreenwoodForestGlen.com.au
MCKENZIE ALWAYS PUTS FAMILY FIRST McKENZIE Aged Care Group was founded by a family who saw a need to create an environment that truly felt like a family home. Over more than 20 years, the creation and growth of 17 homes that have become warm and welcoming communities, has been based on the foundations of family values. Like the core of any strong family – to put family first – McKenzie has always proudly stated that, “we put people first”. The McKenzie family vision – to provide aged care homes that they would be proud to live in – started when sisters Sally and Mary-Ann McKenzie opened their first home in 2001, in Melbourne. Resident needs still remain the focus at every home so at every stage they truly feel part of
the McKenzie family. “In a world where we are all impacted by COVID-19 and continually experiencing periods of isolation, lockdowns and separation from our loved ones, the family unit has never been more important,” director Mary-Ann McKenzie says. “When families entrust loved ones into our care, they will feel happy knowing we are a family business that will care for them like one of our own.” Residents are encouraged to bring personal items to help make the transition into their new home feel more comfortable. “We want to provide the community with the confidence they need when it’s time to make a decision to enter aged care. McKenzie is a place where they’ll know their family will matter,”
director Sally McKenzie says. “What we say about ourselves is never as important as what families say about us. The letters and messages of gratitude we receive confirms to us that we are providing the quality care and support at a time of their lives when they need it most.” McKenzie Aged Care homes are at Buderim, Beerwah, Deception Bay and Bongaree. Call 1300 899 222 or visit mckenzieacg.com
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n the heart of Queensland’s untouched Gulf Savannah, between Mount Surprise and Georgetown, is a magical landscape alive with culture, nature, history and natural beauty. It’s home to the state’s newest tourist attraction – the Talaroo Hot Springs experience, which combines the culture and hospitality of Ewamian people with a globally significant and one of North Queensland’s most important geological wonders. On the Savannah Way – the epic 3700km road trip from Cairns to Broome – it’s about 4.5 hours from Cairns on roads that are accessible to 2WD vehicles, trailers and caravans, although the final 10km from the Gulf Development Road (Savannah Way) to Talaroo is unsealed. There’s a caravan park and campground just 200m from the Einasleigh River and a stone’s throw from the spectacular hot springs. Visitors can join an exclusive guided tour, experience the
healing waters of the hot springs and take a walk to the river, and are encouraged to make the most of “Talaroo time” by connecting with Ewamian traditional owners. Ewamian Elder and cultural advisor for Talaroo’s tours and experiences, Jimmy “JR” Richards, is passionate about sharing his culture and knowledge with visitors and has a unique connection to his country. In his youth, he worked as a stockman at Talaroo Station and went on to become the first indigenous tour guide at the Undara Experience before developing some of Queensland’s most important indigenous ranger programs, including Talaroo. His wealth of knowledge and deep cultural insights have shaped the Savannah guides training program and he is inspiring a team of new guides to share Talaroo’s stories with visitors. “Every part of our country
tells a piece of our story,” JR says. “From the plants we’ve used for thousands of years to the history and culture of our people and the future we’re building right here. “It’s an incredible evolving journey that mirrors the constantly changing springs at the heart of our land.” The Hot Springs Discovery Tour takes visitors to the heart of Talaroo – the ancient and breathtaking hot springs. Expert guides share the secrets of this unique geological wonder, Talaroo’s fascinating history and the connection Ewamian people have had with their country for thousands of years. Tours are 90 minutes and include the hot springs boardwalk and a soak in the springs bathing pool. Tours depart regularly throughout the day from 8am to 4pm subject to demand, and visitors can check availability and times online. Visitors can also immerse in the geothermal waters and experience the traditional healing and tranquillity of Talaroo’s blissful private soaking pools, the ultimate in Outback relaxation.
New camping facilities are only 200m from the Einasleigh River. Creating a new tourism business at Talaroo has been a long-held dream of the Ewamian people. Talaroo Station, a 31,500ha property on the Einasleigh River, was purchased on behalf of Ewamian people in 2012 through the National Reserve System and since then has been managed by Ewamian Rangers as an Indigenous Protected Area and Nature Refuge. “It is truly moving to see our vision coming to life,” Ewamian Aboriginal Corporation general manager Sharon Prior said. EAC chairman Ken Georgetown discovered in his late teens that his grandfather had been taken away from Georgetown. This inspired him to join with Elders to seek a base for all Ewamian people to get back to their homelands. “Every time I return, I see the strength and determination of our people slowly transforming Talaroo into a sustainable future that has great potential not just for Ewamian people but for a deep reconciliation between all people, culture and place,” he said. Visit talaroo.com.au
Join the Ewamian people around the firepit at the free Yarning Circle each evening – a chance to learn more about the people and the country and swap traveller’s tales around dancing flames. There are also self-guided activities. Pick up a map at reception and take a walk. There are hundreds of wildlife species recorded at Talaroo, including more than 200 bird species plus wallabies, wallaroos, frogs and turtles. The caravan park and campground has 16 powered and 14 unpowered sites around a clean and modern camp kitchen, new amenities block, reception, gift shop and small kiosk.
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Mapleton Men’s Shed is based in the restored forestry barracks.
SECRETS AND SURPRISES AT MAPLETON TOURISTS invariably head to Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve at the southern end of the Blackall Range, but as BURNARD COLLINS explains, they are missing out on something special at the northern end. Although it is about 200 times bigger than the Mary Cairncross Scenic Reserve and has so much to offer, Mapleton National Park is rarely visited by tourists and is little known by the wider community. Mapleton National Park is a wilderness area with magnificent stands of hardwood trees, areas of tortured scribbly gums, moist shady gullies filled with palms and
ferns and waterfalls that come to life after rain. The park is crisscrossed with miles of tracks and roadways that indicate its past as a state forest and these tracks provide access for those with an adventurous spirit and a wish to explore. Mapleton National Park has a fascinating history. The area is part of Jinibara territory and was certainly traversed by visiting Aboriginal people as they moved to various places in the hinterland to feast during the times when the bunya cones were ripening. Bunya pines are found in three places in the park and the two trees on the
Bonyee Walk are possibly the biggest specimens on the Range. The Forestry Department carefully managed the park as a state forest for nearly 100 years and it was never clear felled. If a sawmiller desired logs, he would apply to the department and then he was allocated trees that he could cut – even the direction of the tree-fall was specified. Forestry staff regularly measured the growth of the trees and allocated volumes of wood for removal that were equal to the volumes that had grown. The fact that the park still has magnificent stands of trees is proof that a well-managed forest is not necessarily a degraded one. While many people have some knowledge of the park as a state forest few people know of the early years of the area. Large amounts of timber for the famous Hornibrook Highway bridge between Sandgate and Redcliffe were sourced from Mapleton Forest and transported on the Mapleton-Nambour tramway in the 1930s. During the Depression, six-acre banana blocks in the forest were allocated to unemployed men so that they could support themselves. These blocks were concentrated on the high country north of Cooloolabin where the men lived in tents or shacks on their blocks. When the venture soon failed, the
blocks were taken over by the Forestry Department for enrichment planting. During World War II military training was undertaken in the forest by Australian and American troops and guns were sometimes mounted on the high ridges looking down to the Coolum Beach area where a Japanese invasion was considered a possibility. A small logging party of American troops was stationed in a Fosters sawmill house at Cooloolabin during the war to try to increase the supply of timber for the Pacific war effort.
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Towering blackbutt trees sprouted after the 1923 forest fires. Trees were thinned by the forestry department to provide space for growth. Eucalyptus forests are often of great concern for bushfires. In October 1923, a massive fire burnt out 18,000 acres of forest between Mapleton and Kenilworth. The superb stands of blackbutt trees around the Mapleton Day Use Area sprang up after this. The regrowth was so prolific that the trees had to be repeatedly thinned and tags in trees from as early as the 1930s can still be located at former experimental sites. On World Environment Day in June 2011 Mapleton National Park was created.
There was no fanfare at the time and few people in the surrounding towns were aware of the transition. Fortunately, the Mapleton Men’s Shed have taken over and fully restored the former forestry barracks. These buildings now stand as a reminder of a bygone era. Burnard Collins is the author of Mapleton National Park: Secrets and Surprises, $20 from the Mapleton Post Office or by emailing the author at firstname.lastname@example.org All profits to the Mapleton Men’s Shed
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6 Day Fraser Coast & Carnarvon Gorge Departs 21st July 2022 Adult: $3,266 pp Single Supplement: $480 pp
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11 Day Nullarbor Plain, Great Australian Bight & Eyre Peninsula Departs 5th September 2022 Fly/Coach/Fly Adult: $5,858 pp Single Supplement: $1,081 pp
14 Day Adelaide, Painted Desert & Uluru Field of Lights Departs 8th August 2022 Fly/Coach Adult: $6,826 pp Single Supplement: $1,437 pp
7 Day Stanthorpe & O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat Departs 31st August 2022 Adult: $2,863 pp Single Supplement: $639 pp
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5 Day Merry Mackay Christmas Departs 23rd December 2022 Adult: $2,333 pp Single Supplement: $491 pp
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Model of The Bounty in Bounty Square at Burnt Pine
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL RETURNS AT HOME IT’S a dream to think about packing and travelling offshore – but it’s guaranteed to come true next year. You won’t need a passport or a visa, and while you’ll be flying out of the international terminal you will be a domestic traveller – that’s the magic of Norfolk Island, an Australian territory in the Pacific 1500km east of Brisbane. A short flight of just over two hours will bring you to a new world of natural beauty, history and culture. Paul Brockhurst of CT Travel has carefully planned an eight-day tour for next February that has a Norfolk adventure covered, from steep ocean clifftops and patches of sub-tropical
rainforest to convict ruins and the famous Norfolk Pines. “This is a fully escorted tour that allows you to get offshore and travel overseas again, but at the same time feel safe and secure on Australian territory,” he says. The Paradise Hotel and Resort in the township of Burnt Pine is the perfect base to discover all there is to know about Norfolk, from the historic St Barnabas Chapel built from the ruins of the New Gaol, to the Pitcairn Settlers Village. There’s a glass-bottom boat to see the reef and coral gardens, local farms tours, and mouth-watering dining experiences, including an Island Fish Feast on the clifftop overlooking Anson Bay.
You’ll meet the locals who can answer all your questions about the island’s rich culture and contemporary life – how is petrol and gas brought to the island? How is it powered? “This will be a trip that makes sure you don’t miss a thing on Norfolk,” Paul says. For a short escape, he suggests seven days in the Carnarvon region next March or May. After a scenic drive to Roma via Chinchilla, it’s easy cruising around “big sky” country. Retired farmers and graziers lead a tour of the Roma Saleyard, the largest in the southern hemisphere. Get to know Roma before heading off to Injune and on to the beautiful Wallaroo Outback Retreat for four nights. For a quick getaway, four days in the World Heritage-listed Lamington National Park while staying at the award-winning O’Reilly’s Rainforest Retreat in the Gold Coast hinterland is a luxury break on offer next March and June. Gourmet dining, wine tasting at the Canungra Valley vineyards, early morning birdwalks, a visit to the glow worm caves and the famous treetop walk are all on the menu. Rainforest, wildlife in their natural habitat, remote sunset drinks, campfires and a 4WD Billy Tea history tour are all part of the program. Full details and a list of upcoming tours are on the CT Travel website. Visit cttravel.com.au
ITINERARY WITH PLENTY TO OFFER ALTHOUGH the guide book has been rewritten for travellers during the past 18 months, nothing has changed in Queensland. Tour host Penny Hegarty has introduced groups to many parts of the state including Roma, Chinchilla, Pittsworth, Wondai and Esk Garden Expos, and has three more tours this year. Day trips are also popular, and are good introduction for those who haven’t previously tried group travel. “So many friendships are made on these trips and many are waiting for the next one to catch up again,” Penny says. “Of course, on the extended trips it is nice not having to cook or make your bed. It’s a great way to recharge.” She has recently returned from the Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers, where she and her guests enjoyed the spectacular parade, parks and private gardens full of plants, colour and perfume. Penny is expecting her 2022 Uluru tour to book quickly and is also planning a tour to Fraser Island. She also arranges specialty tours for clubs. “We are all waiting for overseas travel, but in the meantime we have so much to explore in our own backyard,” Penny says. Call 5441 2814 or email penny. email@example.com
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