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Contents a constant worry for her parents. Money doesn’t help. If they give her money she drinks it. If they rent a home for her she wrecks it. The screaming fits and the violence have twice led to police intervention. Her parents are now left to watch helplessly as their darling little girl continues on her voyage of self destruction. It must be our fault, they tell themselves. We must have done something wrong for her to end up this way. Few if any of us would agree but they can’t help thinking that. Any parent would. They’d absolutely agree with Pauline that the first step on the road to recovery is to get her to admit that she – not the world – has a problem and that help is available. The hardest part, it seems, is to persuade her to take that step. Meanwhile her parents endure an agony they don’t deserve, especially at this stage of their lives. I’m going to send them a copy of our July issue as they live overseas. It may or may not help them. But it certainly will assure them that they’re not alone. Russell Hunter, standing in for Dorothy Whittington who is on leave

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Enduring conflict with children No matter your age parenting can come with its challenges, but it’s important to know that you are not alone. With a little tough love, self-care and support you can get through this, writes PAULINE CLAYTON.

about four gulps.” Mental illness, which includes alcohol, illegal and prescription drug use, and the medically recognised issues caused by bipolar, manic depression, histrionic personality disorder, to name just a few, is not restricted to dysfunctional households. Nor from any one socioeconomic group. One of the best known examples of this is the tragedy of Harriet Wran – the 31 year-old daughter of the late Neville Wran (former New South Wales premier) and Jill Hickson Wran – whose anti-social and illegal acts have resulted in her arrest and national news headlines. Jill Wran, now in her early 70’s, has stood by her daughter who, three years

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the bills piled up. Finally I said we couldn’t keep paying two mortgages. We needed to support her children. “She looked at me with so much hate in her eyes, as though I was the root of all evil, and it was my fault she was this way.” Only then could Lenore take the hardest steps any parent can make. She cut off all contact with her daughter. Increasingly grandparents are turning to psychologists to ease the stress and emotional trauma of their adult children, and to find an explanation for their behaviour. It isn’t always only the emotional pain; the unplanned and unexpected financial cost can be considerable. Helen*, 78, worked 50 years and finally retired with a modest self-managed superannuation fund topped in part by the age pension. “My late husband and I supported our daughter from the time she left school at 15,” she says. “But I always believed, sooner or later, she would start to care for herself, but it is not to be. She cannot hold down a job, and has been on anti-depressant medication for most of her life. “She is a heavy user of marijuana, which she says her psychiatrist agrees with as it is necessary for her health. I have to believe her, she is an adult. “But how would I know? Privacy laws make it impossible for parents to gain access to their adult child’s medical and/or police records. “It is only now, since her children have left home, that I know there were times when she left them alone without food for days at a time.” Helen finally made the decision to stop

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he cooks as she waits for her son who will visit for a few days. He is an alcoholic and living in assisted housing in Brisbane’s Fortitude Valley, which he hates. Five years ago, his wife filed for divorce asking him to leave their northern suburb family home, and he has been virtually homeless and lurching in and out of rehab ever since. His retired parents Janet and Hugh*, feel helpless as they are forced to stand-by and watch as their eldest son is controlled by a deadly addiction. “He has moments of lucidity, but then when he gets lonely, he binges,” Janet says. “He can drink a bottle of sav-blanc in

ago, narrowly missed serving jail time when involved in a drug deal gone wrong. When Harriet went into rehab, she admitted to being ‘hopelessly addicted’ which is evident following her arrest again earlier this year. Her mental illness is the potent and deadly illegal drug crystal methamphetamine, known as ice. This time, Harriet acknowledged that her mother was, “…devastated, and barely able to look at me. She suffers as a result of my failure”. A cruel dilemma for ageing parents is having to make the decision to walk away from their ill child to focus on caring and assisting their grandchildren, and in some cases, great grandchildren. It took many sessions with a psychologist for mother of identical twins, Lenore*, 72, to cut herself off from one of her daughters. For decades, Lenore has battled to accept and understand her daughter’s unpredictable and often bizarre life, which she shares with questionable partners. “The type of men you don’t trust to have in your home. You certainly locked up any cash when they were around,” Lenore reveals. “One, who lived with her off and on, finally left when she became pregnant. At one stage he threatened to kill us all. “My psychologist described my daughter as narcissist with a borderline psychotic disorder.” Lenore worried for her grandchildren, often finding them unfed and missing school. “While my daughter had a full-time professional job, she was irresponsible with money. “She stopped paying her mortgage and

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being involved in her daughter’s life, and to stop helping her both physically and financially. She is focusing on her grandchildren. “I went to a financial adviser who worked out a budget for me and what I could afford annually to give to my 47-year-old daughter. “Then I wrote her a formal letter advising her of the same. She rejected this of course, with a torrent of abuse, but then, she must have gone to her psychologist or psychiatrist (I have no idea who she sees) and she has now accepted this new regime. “She has now stopped shouting at me, and we chat as acquaintances. “But still I walk on egg shells. “It is heartbreaking, but at least manageable, and of course I still worry about her.” Helen says her daughter has made moves to take over the responsibility of her finances: “...you are getting older mother and I see you are getting frail.” Brisbane-based financial planner John McIntosh says financial planners and superannuation fund managers are

aware of adult children attempting to take control of their ageing parents’ finances. “We are living longer, and are most likely to be fitter than previous generations,” John says. “Retirees are also enjoying their retirement, evident by the increase in cruising holidays, which sometimes can lead their children to take the view that this is their inheritance being spent.” Australia does have an excellent welfare system, and support groups for sufferers, including NDIS, Headspace, Opens Minds and Carers Australia, but first the sufferer has to accept and agree to treatment. This happens when they are young and in full parental control, but as Helen’s daughter told her when she turned down a government disability pension: “I don’t want to be seen as a mental case.” “I miss the friendship we should have had,’’ Helen admits. “I miss loving my daughter. There’s always a hole in my heart.” *Names have been changed.

MAKING TIME FOR YOURSELF Supporting someone who is using drugs and alcohol is difficult and exhausting. Leading Australian support service Beyond Blue offers many tips on how to help struggling loved ones. • Help them stay connected with friends and family who are good influences. • Introduce a positive hobby like hiking, bike riding or swimming. • Ask what you can do to help them. • Provide practical support, such as helping with cooking or chores. • Encourage them to talk with you or someone they trust. The Beyond Blue team says it is important to take care of your own health

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Inner peace begins the moment you choose not to allow another person or event to control your emotions. This is the wording on the sign hanging in Sunshine Coast psychologist Rachael Reed’s office. Rachael says that as she has aged, so too have her clients, and she is seeing an increasing number unable to cope with their adult children. “I even see some children in their early 20’s terrorising their parents,” she tells Your Time. “Parents, set out to raise self-sufficient children, but there are some who cannot or do not want to deal with a drama, with someone, or with life, and they hook the parent in and make a triangle. “If the parent tries to pull away from the drama and break out of the dance, the child ups the ante and pulls them back.” Rachael says some adult children with mental and social issues, play on the guilt button. “This is the hardest time for a parent,

to switch off that guilt button,” she adds. “Some have learned to play the victim and the parent steps in to rescue them. “This can go on for decades. “Common is the scenario that when the result is not what the child wants, the rescuer, i.e. the parent becomes the perpetrator. It is all your fault.” It is the ever present fear of opening the door to find police officers bearing the news that something has happened to a child that makes elderly parents hopeful they can “make everything right.” “There can be alarming consequences, once parents step out of the triangle as they then show their child that they are now on their her own journey. “Significantly, they are also declaring they no longer owe them any favours, and they have to be self-sufficient and live within their means. “They have always found money for drugs, or alcohol and by supporting them financially parents are enabling this.”

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At 54 years old, the Sunshine Coast’s Kerrie Bowie has just completed the 2019 Herbalife Nutrition Foundation (HNF) Bike Ride, a gruelling 840 kilometres of pedal power from Torquay to Adelaide. As one of the ride’s organisers, Kerrie has taken part in the event since its inauguration and this was her sixth year riding to raise funds and awareness for the HNF. In 2014, a group of inspirational Herbalife Nutrition Independent Distributors teamed up to tackle the six-day ride from South West Victoria to the South Australian capital city. Their goal to help disadvantaged and at-risk youth with nutrition education. Fast forward to 2019 and the event

saw 23 riders and 21 crew raising money for the six Casa centres across Australia and New Zealand, which support charitable organisations that give vulnerable children the nutrition education they need. Kerrie recalls the struggles of her and her family in 1974. Following the events of the life-changing Cyclone Tracey, Kerrie and her family were evacuated to another part of Australia forcing them to leave their whole life behind them. “The one thing that made the biggest impression on me, during the aftermath of the cyclone, was the Red Cross, the Military Services and other charity organisations – I can’t fathom where would we have been without them. Being able to give back to the community is extremely important to me,� she said. “I jumped at the opportunity to increase the awareness of the Foundation and of course, raise money by participating in the bike ride. “Seeing people push their limits and friendships grow as we raise as much money as we can for the kids is what it’s all about,� said Kerrie. “The older I get, the younger I feel and the more active I have become. I love feeling healthy! The 2019 HNF Bike Ride raised more than $80,000 for the Herbalife Nutrition Foundation.

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Blanket coverage of a people’s decline A replica Aboriginal possum skin cloak has been on display at the Noosa Regional Gallery and AUDIENNE BLYTH was amazed by its artistry and soft, lush texture.

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die out. European diseases were fatal to them. The traditionally used possum or kangaroo skin cloaks were waterproof: the government blankets remained damp and were blamed by some for causing respiratory diseases among Aborigines. A report in The Queenslander, 19 May, 1866 described an Aboriginal gathering

to receive blankets: On Monday morning the annual distribution of blankets to the blacks of the Brisbane district took place. It is customary to distribute the blankets on the Queen’s Birthday, but as the Brisbane races commence on that day the authorities determined to do so earlier this year. About 170 blankets were distributed to portions of the Breakfast Creek, Bulimba, Mooloolah, and Pine River tribes. There were many more women present than men, and all received the blankets with great glee; the pickaninnies especially seemed highly delighted. After the distribution three cheers were given for the Queen and three for Lady Bowen. Two kings of the blacks were present and partook of the bounty provided by Her Majesty without any feelings of delicacy. Last year not more than fifty blankets

were distributed, for the blacks had committed some offences about that time and were afraid to venture into town. A good many blankets remain on hand which will be distributed among the blacks not already provided with them. By the 1880s Aboriginal groups were reduced to small numbers. Larger groups mentioned in the 1860s and 1870s had dramatically declined. In 1880, James Low, postmaster and hotelkeeper of Yandina sent in a list of 25 names for blankets. Brisbane Sawmiller William Pettigrew transported bales of blankets to Maroochydore for distribution though no more than 20 each year. By the 1900s any record is hard to find of blanket distribution on the Sunshine Coast. Note: Brush-tailed possums are protected in Australia. However, in New Zealand they are a nuisance and possum skins are readily available and were sourced for the replica cloak at the Noosa Regional Gallery. Audienne Blyth is a member of the Nambour Historical Museum, open Wednesday to Saturday 1pm-4pm .

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OUR PEOPLE

When music is the food of love After the sudden death of his wife last September, Barry Bull was bereft, but a chain of events helped lift him from the depths, writes MARY BARBER.

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arry and Kayleen had done everything together. They’d raised a loving family and owned Brisbane’s innovative music store Toombul Music for over 25 years. In retirement, they were active members of the Mooloolaba community. They ran fundraising events for Hear and Say. Their new venture, a CD series called Music for Cruizin’ was reuniting grey nomads with the hits of their youth. But for Barry, the joy had gone. He freely admits, “I had nothing inside”. A few months later, an unexpected letter from the Governor-General’s Department lifted Barry’s spirits. He had been nominated for an Order of Australia Medal, AOM for service to the performing arts, particularly through music. “It was a lovely surprise. It came at a time when I needed hope,” he said. The award sparked a flow of positive events Firstly, Channel 7 on the Sunshine Coast filmed the news and Barry Bull was able to publicly dedicate his OAM to Kayleen “because without her I couldn’t have achieved that anyway. We were lifetime partners”. Kayleen had died from a stroke during the Hear and Say fundraising concert.

Queensland Governor Paul De Jersey presents Barry with his OAM. By chance, Keith Urban’s mum saw the Channel 7 report and called Barry. “Keith would like you to come to his concert on Saturday night as his guest,” she announced. Barry had known Keith from Toombul Music days. After school each day, long-haired teenage boys with their shirts hanging out would lope into the music shop, dump their bags and pick up the guitars. Keith had bought his first guitar from Toombul Music. This reunion and other gestures of kindness have helped Barry to look forward again. He was also helped by having grief counselling. And this was not his idea. His

son said, “Dad, I think I need to go to a counsellor. Will you come with me?” Barry agreed. At the appointment it was Barry who did all the talking. So he kept going back. But a few months on he was stuck in the pits. Kayleen’s sudden death had left him no time to say goodbye. At his counsellor’s suggestion, he started writing about his life with Kayleen. Narrative therapy, she called it. This writing has grown into a book, called Unforgetabull. It’s the love story of their rich life together in the music business. It’s filled with anecdotes about the musicians and celebrities the Bulls knew and supported over the years – John Farnham, John Denver, Tommy Emmanuel and Cliff Richard to name a few. It also deals with the challenges of retiring and finding a new purpose. Five years ago, Barry and Kayleen became passionate advocates for deaf children and Hear and Say after their grandson Archer was born with severe hearing loss. Archie has two cochlear implants and has regular sessions at Hear and Say to fine tune the settings. “It’s remarkable. He’s got a normal life,” said Barry. “He says to me, ‘Whatcha doing Grandad? Where you been?”.

Barry, Kayleen, family and musician friends have now staged their Gift of Sound concert three times at the Maroochydore Surf Club. This year, the Hear and Say benefit concert is dedicated as A Concert for Kayleen. The lunch and concert will promote the work of Hear and Say and it will also be an opportunity for the community to celebrate her life. A Concert for Kayleen Club Kawana (Kawana Bowls Club) 476 Nicklin Way, Wurtulla Sunday, July 28, 12.30pm-5pm. Tickets $50 include two-course lunch and entertainment. Booking essential. Call 3850 2111 or visit hearandsay.com.au Barry is now promoting the value of cochlear ear implants for seniors. In Australia, 58 per cent of people aged 61 to 70 have a hearing loss. The percentage climbs to 74 per cent for those aged 71 and older. Barry has found that seniors think the cochlear ear is only for children. They can also be daunted by the idea of having a device implanted in their brain. The technology has been around for 37 years and more than 324,000 devices have been implanted worldwide. In the USA, more adults have cochlear ear implants than children.

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READER STORY

Airport experience takes off Arriving at Brisbane domestic airport early in the morning to allow plenty of time to check in and take advantage of this rare experience BRIAN ROBERTSON found things had changed a lot in six years.

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’d been brave enough to check in, on-line, the night before our flight. But it was past my normal bedtime and weary eyes failed to follow the instructions. I completely screwed it up. I did not realise that seats were required to be chosen for both outward and return journeys. I was waiting patiently for the software to confirm the outward-bound seats only. This resulted in the system eventually forcing me to accept seats that were completely apart. Computers are great! So there we were in the Qantas area complete with our crappy seat allocation print-outs wondering what to do next. I vaguely remembered that six years ago there was much queuing at airports so we joined the first one we saw only to discover that no one else had baggage — oops! Looking around we saw people, with baggage, at a group of strange stands in the middle of the concourse, each with a small screen. Careful observation informed us that these stands were spitting out white strips of paper. Turned out they were luggage tags. Who would have believed it? Presenting our seat allocation print outs to

these magic machines we finally obtained our very own bag tags. I am unsure if the instructions are adequate or perhaps it was my ignorance but after careful reading about ‘peel here’ and ‘stick there’ I still managed to get the label on my case inside out. My wife helpfully noted that the labels could not be read in this position. With great difficulty I managed to peel it off and re-stick it the other way around. We were then able to approach the next bank of automated airport machinery—the baggage acceptor. As our bags disappeared along the conveyor I had a great feeling of achievement and freedom. All that remained was to enjoy the airport facilities until our plane was called. This feeling did not last long. We approached the security check. I placed our cabin bag on the conveyor and my coins into one of the trays as my wife placed her handbag into another. They disappeared into the tunnel and Marjorie went through the body scan. I followed her. She was successful, but I was beeped. The security lady, with no compunction, ordered that I take off my

Bag tags cannot be read inside out trouser belt. I did as requested; went back and put my belt into another tray, all the while holding up my oversized trousers. (I’d been slimming.) I staggered through the gate and was beeped yet again. Suddenly I remembered my new metal security card wallet in my back pocket. I reversed again, still operating one handed, and off loaded the metal case into yet another tray. It would have been faster to take my trousers off. I came back through the gate, this time successfully, but by now feeling very vulnerable and the centre of attention

from passengers and security staff alike. Still holding on to my trousers I went over to the conveyer to recover my belt, coin, credit-card case, and what little dignity I had left. I noticed the young male security at the end of the belt shaking his head and laughing to the young female security officer. “Got a problem mate?� I said to him as I fastened my belt, immediately regaining my composure. He looked away. Just wait, your turn will come sooner than you think lad, I thought. The process had taken so long that we had little time left to enjoy the airport facilities. The flight was called. At the gate a very obliging Qantas lady noticed we were not sitting together. “How did that happen I wonder?� came the rhetorical question. I shrugged in reply. But with magic fingers she typed on her keyboard and our boarding passes were produced. “There, that’ll be much better for you,� and she smiled as she handed them over, listing seats opposite each other across the aisle. People are so much better to deal with than computers.

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CHICKEN COTTAGE PIE SERVES: 2 | Difficulty 2 FILLING • 2 cups (175g) pkt frozen carrot, cauliflower, broccoli mix • 2 tablespoons frozen peas • 2 tablespoons frozen corn kernels • ½ cup water • 200g skinless chicken breast • cooking spray • ½ teaspoon crushed garlic (in jar) • ¼ cup onion diced • 1 tablespoon cornflour • 1/3 cup skim milk • 4 teaspoons Spring Vegetable Simmer Soup mix (sachet) • ½ cup evaporated light milk • pepper POTATO TOP • 300g potatoes • 1 teaspoon (5g) Flora® Light margarine • ¼ cup skim milk • 2 tablespoons 12.5g) 30% reduced fat tasty cheese freshly grated METHOD: 1: Filling: Microwave all frozen vegetables in ½ cup water for 7 minutes on high. 2: Cut chicken into bite size pieces then place into a medium saucepan or boiler that has been coated with cooking spray. Sauté chicken for 2 minutes then add garlic and onion, cook a further 2 minutes stirring frequently. 3: Drain water off cooked vegetables then add to pot. 4: Add cornflour to skim milk with soup mix and blend together then pour into pot with evaporated milk stirring continuously until mixture has boiled. Add pepper to taste and leave on low temperature until potato is ready. 5: Potato top: Peel potatoes then cut into small dice. 6: Microwave on high in a little water until cooked (about 10 minutes). 7: Once cooked drain then mash potato. Add margarine and milk and continue to mash until smooth. 8: Assemble: Place heated filling into a small lasagne or casserole dish. Using a spoon and fork place small dobs of potato over top of filling then run a fork over top to blend potato evenly. 9: Sprinkle grated cheese over potato then place under grill until cheese has browned. Suitable to be frozen for 2-3 weeks. DIETITIAN’S TIP: Having lots of vegetables in this recipe provides vitamins and minerals making it healthy and the extra fibre will fill you up. To lower the GI use Nicola potatoes. © Annette Sym 2019 | SYMPLY TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE – Cooking for 1 or 2 people | Used by permission from author 16 YOUR TIME MAGAZINE / July 2019

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Now’s not the time to pack on the kilos As the days get cooler and healthy summer salads become a distant memory, it’s tempting to start reaching for unhealthy comfort foods. Winter doesn’t have to mean weight gain. ANNETTE SYM provides two delicious low fat, healthy recipes from her latest cookbook. Annette Sym is bestselling author of the Symply Too Good To Be True cookbook series 1-7 and has sold over 4 million copies. Her latest cookbook – Cooking for 1 or 2 people – is perfect for single, couples, grey nomads and empty nesters. These simple, easy and tasty recipes have made weight loss deliciously healthy.

• 1 egg white • 1½ tablespoons white sugar • 1 tablespoon fresh orange juice • 1 tablespoons (15g) Flora® Light margarine melted • 1/8 teaspoon bicarb soda • ¾ teaspoon finely grated orange rind • 1/3 cup self-raising flour • cooking spray • 2 tablespoons brown sugar • ¼ cup fresh orange juice METHOD: Preheat oven to 180ºC fan forced. 1: Beat egg white and white sugar for 30 seconds in a small size mixing bowl using an electric beater. 2: Combine orange juice with melted margarine and bicarb then add to bowl, mix well. 3: Add orange peel then sifted flour and mix together using a wooden spoon. Divide mix into two small ramekin dishes that have been coated with cooking spray. 4: Sprinkle 1 tablespoon of brown sugar over the top of one pudding, then gently pour half of orange juice over top. Repeat this with other pudding. 5: Bake 20 minutes or until firm to touch in centre. Leave to rest for 10 minutes before serving to allow the syrup to thicken. Suitable to be frozen. DIETITIAN’S TIP: This is a celebration pudding for that special occasion. It’s not a suitable dessert for everyday weight management.

ANNETTE SYM’S COOKNG TIPS FOR GOOD HEALTH The secret to long term weight loss success is to include the food you enjoy. Knowing how to make your favourites into low fat versions will help you to enjoy your food and not feel deprived. Making simple changes to how you cook can achieve major health benefits and also shift those unwanted kilos. Here’s 5 cooking tips to get you started: 1. CUT THE FAT. Put the dripping and butter away and instead use cooking spray. Baking paper is also a very clever way to prevent food from sticking to a pan without having to add fat. Give the deep fryer away and instead grill, barbecue or bake. 2. BUILD THE FLAVOUR. Many dishes taste good because they are loaded with lots of fatty ingredients. To make a dish come alive use fresh herbs to enhance the flavour, such as basil, coriander, mint and parsley.

When adding dried herbs and spices, use sparingly as they can be quite strong. 3. MORE FLAVOUR TIPS. Another way to enhance a dish is to use salt reduced stock powders. Be careful you don’t overdo it as they still have quite a high sodium count and don’t forget a little freshly ground pepper can really add flavour to a dish. 4. HEALTHIER WAYS WITH CREAMY SAUCES. Evaporated light milk is perfect for making creamy sauces. Thicken with cornflour and remember it may separate if you over-boil the milk. You can use the canned milk to replace cream for most sauces and also in some desserts. If you want a substitute for coconut milk add a teaspoon of coconut essence. 5. BAKE THE LOW FAT WAY. Low fat baking can produce heavy cakes. To avoid this happening, stir a teaspoon of bicarb soda into 110g jar pureed apple baby food (it will froth); use this instead of oil or butter in a cake or batch of muffins. Apple sauce gives the moisture that butter or oil would normally give, but has no fat so this is a great way to cut down the fats when baking. Sunshine Coast

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STAGES & PHASES

Life has its stages and phases. CHERYL LOCKWOOD turns 55 and decides that life’s an adventure, while octogenarian MOCCO WOLLERT revels in life in the slow lane.

by Mocco Wollert I am not obese by any means but over the years my skirts have become tighter and my dress size has gone up by two. Recently I looked at myself in in a full-length mirror side-on. Not a good look! I had tried various methods to slim down. After listening to a television guru prattling on about the power of the mind, telling the audience that we could think ourselves slim, I tried it. Standing in front of my mirror I closed my eyes, and thought slim visualising my ample tummy shrinking to nothing! Somehow my thoughts were distracted because suddenly there were yummy pizzas on my mind. When I opened my eyes, my tummy was still its fat, round self. I have tried the two-day fasting diet, the Atkinson diet with all its yummies, like full cream and ripe cheese. I tried the Israeli military diet which consisted of a lot of apples, all without success. Finally, I decided to attend a WW meeting. I left my car in a remote spot and furtively entered the building through a back door. I was not keen for any acquaintances to see me. Weight Watchers Anonymous I called it in my mind. I would attend anonymously, and emerge free of my chocolate and wine addiction, sylphlike and beautiful, minus ten kilos.

Inside I joined the queue of men and women, standing in line to be ‘weighed-in’. I was given a little book into which my weight would be recorded every week until I reached ‘goal weight’. Foolishly, I told them that it was my aim to lose ten kilos. Had I said five kilos it would have been a lot easier to achieve ‘goal weight! Wise after the event, as usual. Now I am committed and faithfully trot off to the meetings once a week. Oh, that dreaded moment when the WW leader says with her Cheshire Cat smile ‘Step up on the scales dear, let’s see how we went last week.’ I know exactly how we went last week - not good! I had firm intentions to only have one glass of wine at Tuesday night’s dinner with friends and to wave the sweets away. Somehow, I forgot all my good intentions and now I stand shivering on those dreadful scales. My sins will be entered into that little book in the form of kilograms or grams, lost or gained. I had no breakfast and only a small sip of water before leaving for the meeting, so the damage should not be too bad. After an ominous silence she proclaims in a tragic voice ‘Well, you have gained 0.2kg last week.’ I immediately fall into a deep pit of despair. I have put on 200 grams! I knew I should have gone to the bathroom before the weighing-in. When an alcoholic ‘falls off the wagon’ he or she is strongly encouraged to go to the next meeting for support. After ‘ falling off the wagon’ food-wise, members of WW are also encouraged to go back to a WW meeting to meet their failure head on and to be cajoled and assured that they would do better next time. ‘What, do think, caused your relapse, dear? Was there anything special that put the scales up AGAIN this week?’ my WW counsellor asks me. Of course, I know what it was. It is called FOOD and WINE and CHOCOLATE. Do I need to say more? I collect my little book, hang my head and promise meekly to do better next week. May your days be full of chocolate and wine

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Hot and steamy but good for the thyroid. Hot yoga can be bring you out in a sweat CHERYL LOCKWOOD discovers. Camel, turtle, rabbit, cobra – a zoo perhaps? No! I was at my first ever yoga class. Not just your run-of-the-mill yoga either. This was hot yoga. I’d heard of downward dog, but these other animal inspired poses were new to me. With the temperature at a steamy 38 degrees Celsius, we laid out mats and towels. Limbs were stretched in readiness for the 60-minute class. I chose an inconspicuous spot at the rear. Turned out, I got a view of someone else’s rear. Clad in skintight togs, the gentleman in front twisted about leaving little to the imagination. I tried hard to avert my eyes,

“Breathe!” I did forget a couple of times. You’d think I would have the hang of that by now”

times. You’d think I would have the hang of that by now. Less than half way through and I had never sweated so much in my life. There was a constant drip on to my towel. At one point, sweat trickled into my nose. As for balance, I thought mine was adequate, but I began to tire and swayed like a stack of child’s building blocks. I checked the space between myself and the next person, fearful that if I teetered we’d all go down like dominoes. A pile of pretzels…wearing Lycra! “Relax”. That part I could do. The door opened and in came a nice flow of cool air. Session over. Prior to the class, I had little interest in yoga. Yet there I was feeling relaxed and somehow refreshed despite my saturated clothes. Sadly, I discovered my flexibility levels are not the best, perhaps a good reason for a return visit. I wouldn’t say no! Ah, life is a sweaty adventure. Namaste!

but oh so many mirrors. Our cheerful yogi entered and we started with some breathing and warming up. As it was my first time, I was told to aim for staying in the room for the entire class. Too hot to handle for some, apparently. Her voice was soothing as we progressed through a variety of poses. She added information on the part of the body that would benefit from each move. “Shoulders relaxed, stomach in, arms straight, elbows locked, thumbs crossed”. My brain tried to process it all and send the instruction to the body. At times, communication was lost! “Good for the thyroid”. I hoped my thyroid appreciated it. “Breathe!” I did forget a couple of

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WELLBEING

That ‘down’ feeling and what causes it TRUDY KITHER has the lowdown on what adrenal fatigue really is and the adrenal body type.

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o you have trouble sleeping? Do you wake in the morning feeling exhausted and flat with no motivation for the day? Or do you drag yourself through your day, needing some type of pick-me-up in the mid-afternoon to get you through to the evening? Then, when it’s time to go to bed and sleep do you find yourself not sleepy but actually tired and wired? If you answered YES to any of the above, the chances are you are suffering from adrenal fatigue. But don’t worry. You’re not alone. It is more common than you think and it is treatable. The adrenal glands control stress. In the presence of stress, they produce cortisol. The typical fight and flight response to perceived danger, it was designed as a survival mechanism to alert us to take action. However, if it produces too much cortisol then belly fat will develop as a hormonal response. The adrenal glands are also the backup glands to the ovaries in women. This is why when women have hormonal issues, they most often will have adrenal issues at the same time and vice versa. When people have adrenal fatigue, they can’t sleep and then they don’t have enough energy to generate their body’s

fat burning ability because fat burning occurs in the deep sleep cycle. The adrenal glands have one job to do and that is to counter stress. Emotional stress and physical stress are the big contributors of cortisol release and yet emotional stress can actually deplete the adrenal glands 1000 times more than physical stress can. That is why the loss of a loved one or a traumatic event in a person’s life can create a major problem with a person’s health. The adrenal body type person will almost always have belly fat. Or at the very minimum, they will have more belly fat than they used to. The fat in the belly comes from cortisol. Why does the adrenal body type person always gain weight in the belly? Because that is where our vital organs are, in the mid-section of our body. As a survival mechanism back when we were hunters and gatherers, the belly fat would increase so as to protect our bodies during war and famine. We hold it in that region because it is our body’s way of feeding ourselves should the worst happen. When you’re 18 cortisol is at its lowest. When you’re 58, that is when it is at its highest because it accumulates over

time. All stress is accumulative. So basically, we are like a bucket that fills up and up over time, until it’s so full that it starts to create problems. Then the next major issue that happens with adrenal fatigue is the effect on the body’s cognitive (brain) function. The adrenal type person will always be thinking and thinking and not be able to turn off that thinking mind. Especially when they are meant to be winding down for the sleep cycle. It creates excessive thinking, affects memory and focus (brain fog). The adrenal person will have less tolerance for certain personality types. For example, slow drivers and incompetent people will drive an adrenal body type person crazy. Even to the point that some people are so burnt-out that even the sound of a ticking clock drives them crazy. These are some very extreme cases, yet don’t be fooled because they are actually very common. I see many people in my practice with these symptoms. Most don’t realise it is not normal to feel this way and that they are symptoms of a very debilitating health issue. If left untreated it can result in chronic fatigue syndrome. Unfortunately, adrenal fatigue is a

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GARDENING

Beds to beat the bends Gardeners, like divers, can suffer from the bends but, writes JULIE LAKE, in their case the “bends” are the pain and discomfort that come to knees, back and hips from long hours of bending over garden beds.

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aised beds are the obvious answer and Green Zeen Garden Technology has taken this basic idea a lot further to make growing flowers, vegetables, herbs and shrubs much more accessible for the ageing and physically challenged. Or, indeed, anyone who wants to take the hard work out of gardening. Buderim-based Green Zeen Garden Technology was formed in 2017 by Graeme Rickards and Ross Richardson to develop raised wicking beds. The beds are branded as Green Zeen Garden Beds and the current model is named The Woodlands after an aged care facility at Meridan Plains where the first four beds were installed. They are constructed from 200mm x 50mm aluminium box section with round corners made from fibreglass reinforced plastic. Ross Richardson says A Green Zeen garden is principally conceived as a ‘wicking bed’. Wicking technology provides an on-board reservoir to create a saturation zone which lowers soil levels and the term refers to moisture being drawn upward, by capillary action, from more saturated to less saturated soil. This concept is familiar to most gardeners as a way of developing strong root growth, reducing inputs, maintaining stable, healthy soil and eliminating the need for surface watering. Plants that are not subject to

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over or under-watering stress are less prone to pests and disease. The Green Zeen beds do away with the top-filling inlets common to other raised aluminium-sided growing beds and instead feature the discreet integration of side-filling and overflow drainage which can also eliminate the need for potentially hazardous loose hoses and drainage lines that might trip up the unwary. The side-mounted overflow incorporates a visual water-level gauge and the development of specific lightweight wicking and growing media means that the soil can be maintained in an uncompacted, moist, light and friable condition, ideal for minimal digging and

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deep root penetration. Another major design consideration is the elimination of risk factors associated with gardening – including raised bed gardening - such as: • sharp corners • heavy manual activities • gardeners’ loss of balance while reaching from a standing or seated position • loose gardening tools and equipment • loose hoses and heavy watering cans • a less-than-ideal ergonomic height of gardening surface • inefficient size of beds – beds need to be large enough to facilitate optimal growing area in relation to mass and volume (of the raised bed) in a variety of residential or community contexts • loss of structural stability of beds over time leading to potential for collapse • loss of surface integrity over time leading to splintering or sharp, rusted edges The robust construction and stability of the beds provides reliable physical support to gardeners who may need to lean against the bed while planting or interacting with produce. The top timber surround acts as a hand-rail and a logical place to safely keep tools (or a hydrating drink) within easy reach. Materials were selected for their strength to weight qualities, durability, aesthetics and environmental performance. Ross says he became aware of the

need for an improved raised garden bed model when his father’s lifelong interest in gardening began to wane, due to diminished mobility and the risk and discomfort involved in working safely at ground level. When he built a new raised garden his father’s interest, joy and physical activity returned. So Ross and Graeme set out to design above-ground beds which would suit people of all ages and special needs. Those needs include homes where space is restricted; they are ideal for courtyards because they have little impact on existing level surfaces such as paving. Due to their size and mass, placement of Green Zeen beds on suspended structures (decks, balconies or roof terraces) may require evaluation by an engineer. Ross and Graeme can arrange an inspection of the proposed site where necessary. Also, they will install the garden beds on a rental basis. For some older or physically challenged gardeners this monthly rental can be covered by the client’s Home Care or NDIS package. Your Time readers wanting to know more about Green Zeen will be able to inspect the beds at this year’s Queensland Home Garden Expo where raised beds are the theme in the kitchen gardens section.

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BOOK REVIEW

ELIZABETH PASCOE

This is an extraordinary story calmly told. The Second World War is over and Lewis Morgan, a colonel in the British Army, has been given the task of rebuilding the German city of Hamburg. On meeting Lubert, the owner of his sumptuous abode and his not quite teenage daughter, Lewis invites them to share the house with himself, his wife Rachel and son Edmond. German is the main language spoken by the maids in the house. But behind this facade of normality people are starving. There’s looting going on while the underbelly of this despair and ugliness is about to pop. And so this heartfelt story begins. Highly recommended reading and beautifully written story.

TONY HARRINGTON

This is a very well written novel about entwining stories of an English and a German family thrown together in Hamburg in order to rebuild after it was destroyed during WW2. It is unusual in that most novels have prewar or war themes. People don’t remember the rebuilders or integration stories of opposing countries and their people. Not being a literary aficionado the author’s sesquipedalian style led me to read this book with an online dictionary beside me. That being said, I enjoy learning new words. Themes of love, hatred, grief and loss, romance, guilt, decency and forgiveness are perfectly woven together. The story has lots of interesting twists and turns with a happy but probably unrealistic ending. I enjoyed this book. 8/10

BOOK review JOHN KLEINSCHMIDT

This book opens in Hamburg a German City destroyed by Anglo-American bombing in 1943, killing more than 40,000 inhabitants and displacing one million others. British occupation reveals a myriad of tensions. Relationships between occupation forces, their families and the defeated, hungry and homeless Germans, a small band of resistance fighters, are examined. More personal tensions are between the British Morgan family and the German Lubert family who share the house requisitioned by the conquerors. The author writes almost entirely about the destruction of Hamburg and little about the circumstances that led to it. Easy reading but predictable.

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THE AFTERMATH By Rhidian Brook

I read this book in a flash. It is easy reading and an engaging story that opened up a new perspective to me about post war Germany - an era I had no real knowledge of. The intertwined lives of the British and the Germans living together, yet apart. Trying to build bridges after being at war would have been very hard. The love lost and found, the affair that brought two lost souls back to life, the effect on the children and orphans are all well created. The fact that it is based on a true story made it all the more interesting. I did however feel that the book ended abruptly with more to be told. 8/10

Thousands remain displaced in the British Occupied Zone in Hamburg in 1946. Charged with overseeing reconstruction of the city and the de-Nazification of its people, Colonel Lewis Morgan is requisitioned a fine house on the banks of the Elbe, where he will be joined by his grieving wife, Rachael, and only remaining son, Edmund. But rather than force its owners, a German widower and his traumatised daughter, to leave their home, Lewis insists that the two families live together. In this charged and claustrophobic atmosphere they all confront their true selves as enmity and grief give way to passion and betrayal.

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This novel gave me an insight on what life may have been like in post-war Germany. It was well-written with great characters. I particularly liked the ragtag gang of ‘motherless children’ who survived by stealing and trading cigarettes, coal, pills and whatever else was going. Brook gave you an idea of the complexity that faced the Allied occupiers in a divided Germany. The north had the factories and the south had the farmland. The Russians would not release food to the north, such as Hamburg, without the factories closing. Some historical novels throw all their research at you, whether or not it moves the story along. Brook doesn’t make that error.

I was not aware of the British involvement in the re-building of Hamburg in 1946. Animosity and resentment between the residents and the British would have been tangible and explosive with the residents being forced to relinquish their homes. The action of the British Colonel deciding to share the home with a German and his daughter would have been criticised and abhorred by many – most of all by the Colonel’s wife grieving for their son killed in a bombing raid. There are so many grieving characters in this novel and the author portrays them vividly, as they each deal with it in their own way. I know I have enjoyed a book when it encourages me to research. It was interesting to find out that the author’s grandfather had actually shared accommodation with some residents in the re-building and the interview with Keira Knightley and the director revealed more about the film’s background. An interesting read!

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FINANCE

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What is in a name? NARELLE COOPPER navigates a way through the Centrelink maze.

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his month I am staying away from ‘figures’, and before I write anything else, I need to clarify a couple of points from my May editorial. My ‘explanations’ earnt me a slap on the wrist. Don’t get me wrong my figures were correct, just not enough IFs and BUTs, which is a problem when trying to explain Centrelink matters in limited space. It is not my intention to be ambiguous, these articles are about covering some of the intricacies of Centrelink’s assessments in an attempt to inform. I always encourage readers to seek further advice as everyone’s situation is different, and one size does not fit all. Subsequent to previous advice, Centrelink have told me firmly that there will NOT be a dedicated line for those looking for assistance relating to the ‘work bonus’. That said and not to be discouraged, I want to move on and explore the new Centrelink Lifetime Annuity rules. Over the years, there have been a number

of changes to the calculations used to assess Income Stream Products. Whilst we are not talking along the lines of Einstein’s theory of relativity, E=mc2, some of the maths can be confusing. I would like to explain it as E=maths+Centrelink is too complicated. But first the terminology needs to be understood. In relation to the July 2019 changes to Lifetime Annuities, my aim is to demystify the wording, to assist when viewing the Centrelink website. Firstly though, life insurance and superannuation companies change the name of their products and add different features all in an attempt to attract customers. This does not help when navigating the ‘wordology’ of these products (yes that one from a dyslexic). Annuities form part of ‘Income Stream Products’ where Centrelink describe them as: Account based or market linked: Products that allow you access to your capital, the

account balance generally changes depending on market movements. Whilst they can have guaranteed terms and rates, along with other nuances, mostly we know them as Allocated Pensions or Allocated Annuities. Defined benefit pensions: Generally referring to pensions from public sector superannuation schemes and some larger private sector employee schemes. Non-defined benefit pensions: This category covers current Lifetime and Term Annuities. Now that that is cleared up… In relation to the new assessment of Lifetime Annuities, Centrelink seem to be using the words “Lifetime Income Streams (LIS)” or “Pooled Lifetime Retirement Income Streams Products”. This gives us a new category, but don’t forget if you currently have a Lifetime Annuity you come under the old rules! OK if you feel the need to

take a break and lie down in a very dark room, totally understandable, that is where I am headed! Let me just say the new rules around Lifetime Annuities may be worth a closer look, particularly if you are a part pensioner under the asset test. But, before you take action, you need to understand the nature of Lifetime Annuities and how they could fit into your overall financial plan. The above information is presented as ‘general information’ and should not be relied upon in isolation. The complexity of Centrelink’s assessment processes means that your individual circumstances affect the results and differ from person to person. Always refer to Centrelink or a Centrelink expert for advice relating to your personal situation. Narelle Cooper is director of the Centre for Age Pension Admin Services. Call 1300 043 197, visit capaservices.com.au

AUSTRALIANS are losing more money to NBN scams, with reported losses in 2019 already higher than the total of last year’s losses. Consumers lost an average of more than $110,000 each month between January and May this year, compared with around $38,500 in monthly average losses throughout 2018. “People aged over 65 are particularly vulnerable, making the most reports and losing more than $330,000 this year. That’s more than 60 per cent of the current losses,” ACCC Acting Chair Delia Rickard said. “Scammers are increasingly using trusted brands like ‘NBN’ to trick unsuspecting consumers.” It is important to remember NBN Co is a wholesale-only company and does not sell services directly to consumers. “Never give an unsolicited caller remote access to your computer, and never give out your personal, credit card or online account details to anyone you don’t know.

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FINANCE

Managing a deceased estate When a person dies their will must be administered, their assets must be dealt with, their debts must be paid, and any bequests to beneficiaries must be distributed.

beneficiaries according to the wishes of the deceased. An executor must not make distributions to beneficiaries until he or she is sure that there is no likelihood of a claim being made for a share of the estate. What steps does an executor need to take? The executor’s first task is to determine the assets and the liabilities of the estate.

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n executor is the person named in a will who the deceased wishes to administer the estate. If there is no will, then someone must apply to the court to be appointed as administrator of the estate. The executor or administrator is responsible for the deceased’s property and for payment of all outstanding debts and taxes from the estate funds before distributing the assets of the estate to the beneficiaries of the will. THE EXECUTOR OR ADMINISTRATOR’S DUTIES INCLUDE: • Protecting and auditing the deceased’s assets and obtaining valuations for assets; • Applying to the Supreme Court for a

grant of probate or letters of administration; • Contacting the beneficiaries of the estate to advise as to entitlements under the will (or the next of kin in an intestacy); • Collecting and recovering (where appropriate) the deceased’s assets; • While assets are being collected, and debts paid maintaining the assets of the deceased in the interim; • Paying any debts of the deceased owing prior to death and any incurred during the course of the estate’s administration; • Defending the will of the deceased where litigation is commenced against the estate; • Obtaining advice in relation to and attending to any tax liability of the

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CARE AFFAIRS

Home care or residential care Deciding between the two can be a very weighty decision, writes MARY BARBER.

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Home care support is different for everyone. “It’s about sitting down and making a home care plan that suits that person’s needs and goals,” she says. “For instance, you can have help such as phone call reminders about medication, support with self-care and meals, exercise programs, assistance to get to a social event or the supermarket. It all comes down to the individual.” Your home care provider can also help you to make your home safer. For instance, they can arrange better lighting, ramps, alarm services and 24-hour phone support. Evening care, weekend care and overnight stays are all available. Ms Morton states that with good planning, it is possible to live well at home until the end of your life. Residential care is the second option. For some families, as Ms Arlott knows, moving into residential care is scary. “A lot of people have this perception about aged care facilities that it is jail and the end of everything. They worry that they will lose their independence, their social contacts,” Ms Arlott says. Over the last decade, facilities have improved greatly according to Ms Arlott. “They now have endless activities. The

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could be up to four different fees. “There’s a lot of confusion. It’s essential that you get the right facts for your individual situation,” Ms Arlott points out. Ms Arlott is not affiliated with any care facilities. She meets people face to face to find out their needs and budgets. She then guides them through every step in this major change and takes care of the paperwork. She recommends people use their residential respite care allowance to try out a facility. Also, if you have moved in and are not happy, you can go on a waiting list for a different facility. “Where you live is your choice. We help you get the best place to suit you,” says Ms Arlott. Ms Morton and Ms Arlott agreed that deciding between home care and residential care comes down to your personal situation. After all, it’s your life. Kendall Morton is the Director of Home Care Assistance Sunshine Coast to Wide Bay. Call 5491 6888 or email kmorton@homecareassistance.com. Simone Arlott is a Placement Consultant with Aged Care Guidance, on the Sunshine Coast and Gympie. Call 0408 889 795 or email her at simone@ agedcareguidance.com.au

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HEALTH

DOES EXERCISE HOLD THE KEY TO PREVENTING DEMENTIA? A team of researchers needs volunteers to help find out

Exercise may be great for the mind and body, but can it prevent dementia? That’s the question a group of researchers at the University of Southern Queensland (USQ) Ipswich have asked in a new clinical research study. PhD candidate and lead researcher Edward Bliss said more than half of Australian dementia cases were preventable through healthy lifestyle choices, and this new study will dig deeper. “Dementia is the second leading cause of death in Australia and the number of people living with dementia is expected to triple over the next 20 to 30 years,” Mr Bliss said. “Exercise improves the health of our heart and blood vessels in our body, and we’re exploring if it can also improve the health of small blood vessels in the brain that are responsible for the delivery of nutrients the brain needs to function. “Our research team believes that if we

can improve the health of these vessels, then we may be able to prevent or slow the progress of cognitive disorders, such as dementia.” Mr Bliss said they were looking for more than 130 volunteers, aged 50 to 80, to participate in a 16-week trial at USQ’s new Clinical Research Facility at Ipswich. “We are seeking older adults who are not physically active but are keen to see if aerobic exercise, such as fast-paced walking, can help them make a lifestyle change and improve their health and wellbeing,” he said. Participants will be divided into two different groups: an exercise group and a waitlist control group. Participants in the exercise group will exercise up to four times a week for 16 weeks under the supervision of an accredited exercise physiologist. The study will bring together a team of experts in medical pathology, exercise science, cardiovascular physiology, psychology and biomedical science. The team will use cutting-edge diagnostic equipment and non-invasive techniques to assess blood vessel and cognitive function, as well as basic health tests. To get involved in the study, or to learn more, contact Edward Bliss at edward. bliss@usq.edu.au or phone 4631 1488.

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FRIENDSHIP AND FREEDOM FOR OVER 50S RETIREMENT living has been reimagined and reinvented by GemLife’s premium resort-style over 50s communities. With a focus on freedom and friendship, each GemLife resort is painstakingly designed to create a highend yet affordable oasis for its residents, offering first-class recreational facilities and high quality homes. Every GemLife resort features a luxurious country club which forms the heartbeat of the community. The clubs boast everything from a gold-class style cinema, ten pin bowling alley, golf simulator and gym, to an indoor heated pool, flood-lit tennis court, championshipgrade covered bowling green, BBQ pavilion and much more. Adrian Puljich, GemLife CEO and director, said a strong social network and an active lifestyle were essential for emotional and physical well-being, particularly for people heading towards, or already at, retirement age. “We take great pride in creating the perfect environment to support an active and friendly community and our country

clubs are a major part of that,” he said. Residents’ architecturally-designed homes are also designed to the highest standards. Each home features high ceilings, indoor-outdoor living, premium appliances from top brands such as SMEG, and chic, stylish finishes, all within a secure, gated, pet-friendly environment. The unique character of a resort’s location inspires the design of a GemLife community. At GemLife Bribie Island, for example, a large seven-hectare lake with boardwalk and jetty forms a tranquil centre-point for residents to enjoy a relaxing waterfront lifestyle. GemLife, a family owned Queensland company, now has six over 50s resort properties across Australia, with three on the Sunshine Coast. Locations include Bribie Island and Maroochydore, with a new property in Pacific Paradise to launch soon. To learn more about GemLife’s Sunshine Coast properties, visit www.gemlife.com.au To register for an information pack on the new Pacific Paradise resort, visit www. gemlife.com.au/gpp

Any given Wednesday afternoon, you will find a number of residents from Living Gems Caboolture Riverfront touring the streets of their awardwinning over 50’s lifestyle resort on bikes. Resident, Marie Arps, who coordinates the group, says it is a fun way to keep fit. “Our resort is set along wide boulevards making it safe for bike riding as well as providing us with beautiful views of where we live along the Caboolture river,” she said. “We all feel young at heart and like to keep active - riding is a perfect way to do this,” she said. There are many benefits to bike riding; including increased cardiovascular fitness, flexibility, joint mobility, posture and co-ordination - as well as decreased stress levels and reduced anxiety. “It is also another opportunity for residents to catch up with each other,” said Mrs Arps. “Everyone is welcome to join in, whether they ride a two wheeler, three wheeler or mobile scooter.” Resort manager, Michelle Perry said the bike riding group was just one of the many activities residents have access to. “Our country club houses a

swimming pool and spa, undercover championship bowling green, floodlit tennis court, ten-pin bowling alley, gym and a fitness room for our ever growing active community,” she said. The bike riding group has future plans to venture outside Living Gems Caboolture Riverfront to utilise some of the scenic bike tracks close by. “In the meantime, it is great to ride around our resort as it is changing on a weekly basis. “We are constantly amazed about how our community is developing and growing,” said Mrs Arps. For further information please contact Living Gems Caboolture Riverfront on 1800 860 356 or livinggems.com.au

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INNOVATIVE SENIORS LIVING AND COMMUNITY CAMPUS NOW OPEN AT LITTLE MOUNTAIN THE latest Churches of Christ in Queensland development at Little Mountain is open now. The campus includes a community centre, café and new aged care service which is uniquely designed incorporating the latest dementia-design friendly principles and the organisation’s unique cottage model of care. Churches of Christ in Queensland Chief Executive Officer Gary Edwards said the aged care service is equipped with the latest technologies to support clinical and personal care in a modern environment and its unique cottage design gives it a homelike feel. “It offers six cottages each with 16 private bedrooms with ensuites. Each cottage has tailored décor and named to reflect popular local beaches: Dicky, Golden, Bulcock, Kings, Moffat and Shelly,” Gary said. The facilities, space and programs mean people from all ages can come together, connect and enjoy themselves. 28 YOUR TIME MAGAZINE / July 2019

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“Families can spend time together in the café, enjoy watching grandchildren in the playground or participate in a swim program in the aquatic centre, or become involved in one of the activities that will take place in the auditorium. “Moving into aged care can be a difficult time for people and their families, our aim is to help people to maintain independence as much as possible and enable family connections to be maintained and grow. “Facilities are designed to support people and their families to remain close and involved with the people who matter to them most,” Gary said. For people whose family and friends are not nearby, they have access to a place where they can become part of a community and feel safe, secure and valued. The organisation is holding an Open Day at the Little Campus, 211 Parklands Boulevard on Friday August 2 from 10am to 1pm.

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Hydrogen gas ‘game changer’ With all the talk and talk these days about all-electric vehicles perhaps it’s also time to consider fuel-cell electric vehicles, writes BRUCE McMAHON.

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higher costs just yet and refuelling infrastructure. Yet is it easier to have hydrogen stored in Thargomindah or an extra power station? Plus another 240-volt outlet 300 kilometres back down the track? Toyota also have FCEVs in sight and prototypes driven across Los Angeles four years ago proved quick enough to refuel and keep up with the cut-and-thrust of freeway traffic. And very quietly too. Back then the LA hydrogen price was

mandated at about twice that for a gallon of petrol, but with at least twice the mileage at a conservative 88 kilometres per kilogram. Despite the issues, FCEVs are the right solution at the right time, according to the US National Fuel Cell Research Centre’s director Scott Samuelsen. Professor Samuelsen accepts that the combustion process, which turns fuelbound energy into thermal energy, has provided useful power for 80 per cent of

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SAHARA Beck will return home to Noosa at The J for an all-ages gig on Wednesday July 24 as part of NOOSA alive! 2019. After taking off with her soaring single Here We Go Again, Sahara is set to shine even brighter with her new red-hot release, I Haven’t Done A Thing Today. She will be supported by songstress Angharad Drake. Produced by ARIA Award-nominated magic-maker Tony Buchen (Mansionair, Courtney Barnett, Montaigne), I Haven’t Done A Thing Today delivers an irresistible art-pop anthem that’s impossible not to smile and bop to - in your bedroom, in the car, on the street. Written on a lazy day with her brother in their family home, the song reveals a dizzying stream-of-consciousness that flits

between wry observations and random thoughts about partying too much, unjudged sexuality, making mistakes and more. And yet at the song’s core lies a bright, beating heart and a joyous tribute to love. “Deep down, this song is about accepting yourself and everything around you with effortless love,” she explains. “I’m saying trust that you can be vulnerable and expose your love. Don’t be afraid that you will be left hanging as love is everywhere.” Her song may be called I Haven’t Done A Thing Today but Sahara’s been doing plenty lately. Since the release of Here We Go Again, she’s starred at the Bigsound Festival and been busy touring, most recently with Kim Churchill. The song also scored big love from Triple J and community radio nationwide, as well as coveted spots on Spotify and Apple’s new music playlists. “I spent two years throwing my heart and soul into these songs and my instinct was that Tony could help me take these songs to a place I’d only been dreaming of,” she says about her studio buddy. “I like how much he pushed me every day - more than anyone had before - and he got me to sing in ways I didn’t know I could.” Tickets are $26.50. To secure your seat and for further information, visit www.noosaalive.com.au

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A workshop suitable for men of all ages on the topic of Gratitude as a way to feel happier, stronger and more satisfied with life, is being held at Tinbeerwah Hall on Saturday 27 July, 10am-11.45am. Debbie, a Louise Hay Life Coach, looks forward to presenting lots of informative and practical ideas on how gratitude can transform life in a very positive way. Morning tea is included. For bookings and enquiries please phone 0436104237.

WOODCRAFTING DEMO THE Blackall Range Woodcrafters Guild is proud to be a part of the Robert Sorby 2019 Tour in conjunction with Carbatec. Renowned wood turner Chris Pouncy will deliver compelling demonstrations packed with information and entertaining advice. Chris is touring all states. He will be at the Blackall Range Woodcrafters Guild’s sheds from 10am to 1pm on Tuesday, 2 July. Entry is free and Woodies from other clubs are welcome to attend. There will be a $200 Lucky Door prize donated by Robert Sorby. Inquiries may be directed to the Guild’s secretary, Don Lear at secretary@ blackallrangewoodies.org.au.

KNITFEST 2019 is a Yarn and Fibre Arts Festival, celebrating fibre arts and crafts, and embracing the community of Maleny. Now in its fourth year and attracting thousands of visitors, it is a festival for families to discover new skills, talents and creativity with the use of yarns including knitting, crochet, basket weaving, spinning and weaving, felting and lots more. Knitfest features competitions for community groups, art associations and skilled artisans to decorate trees in our beautiful streetscapes with handmade art installations made of yarn and fibre. There are also competitions for the best beanie, scarf, shawls, tea cosy and others. Running on July 6 and 7, the theme for this year is “Australiana”.

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THE Maroochy Jazz and Blues Collective are holding their 8th Jazz N Blues Sunday at the Old Soul Lounge Bar on August 4. The doors of Ocean Street’s Old Soul Bar will open at 1pm, with music from 2.00 - 4.30pm by the David Bentley Trio with special guest Mark Spencer joining on saxophone. Pianist/vocalist David Bentley, bassist Andrew Shaw and drummer Nathan Goldman deliver original songs, timeless

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BUDERIM HISTORICAL SOCIETY THE Buderim Historical Society is presenting an Irish and Country Spectacular Concert at 2pm Sunday 21 July at the Buderim Memorial Hall, Main Street Buderim. Featuring top Irish band McGuinness, Athol Matcham (Australia’s own Roy Orbison) Ian B Mcleod (award winning county star) Edith Elaine, Bev Gourlay and Aart Schouten. The concert is to help the Buderim Historical Society raise funds for the upkeep and restoration of exhibits at Pioneer Cottage Buderim. Tickets from the Old Post Office Information Centre, Burnett Street, Buderim or by emailing info.bsg@westnet.com.au

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Beach holidays with Aussie appeal OLD TAKUA PA TOWN Well known to local tourists but largely shunned by foreigners, the old Sri Takua Pa district, located about 7 km south of the main Takua Pa town, features picturesque old architecture that comes from Takua Pa’s glory days as a tin mining and port centre. Both sides of the main Si Takua Pa Road that bisects the old town are dotted with period buildings conspicuous by their Sino-Portuguese architecture, Chinese shrines and tea houses. The town seems to house mainly elderly people who sit chatting in front of their homes or walk or ride bicycles to the local market. It is very much a laid-back attraction but if history or architecture have any interest to you, it is easy to spend several hours wandering around absorbing the scene. Little Amazon cruises on small inflatables offer a host of beauties

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LITTLE AMAZON At the Little Amazon entrance. The sign says “Welcome to Thailand river jungle version of the Amazon. Here you will experience ancient Banyan trees, exotic animals, and other beauties Thai nature has to offer.” Perhaps this is overstating it a little bit but the one-hour trip in small inflatable canoes with a paddler/guide was fascinating. You cruise slowly along a little river which winds gently through the swamp and you can see monkeys, egrets, monitors, mangrove snakes, and mud crabs. The huge banyan trees with their spreading roots are quite spectacular and majestic. Unfortunately, our trip was dampened by a heavy tropical downpour but in fine weather this would be a photographer’s paradise.

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Khao Lak, Thailand – Now recovered from a devastating tsunami, LEN RUTLEDGE finds it good for a relaxing beach holiday, perfect as an attractive retreat from the bustle and noise of Phuket.

Police Boat Memorial area from here to Banglut Beach many kilometres to the north. Stately trees line the edge of the beach and a headland blocks this beach from its neighbours to the north. The most peopled beach is Nang Thong Beach - La On Village. The half-dozen resorts that front the beach have sea-view pools so some guests don’t ever make it all the way to the sand. Bang Niang, immediately to the north, is the second most populous beach. There are a few longtail boats here, while resorts overlook the beach, and basic-butcheap Thai restaurants and massage huts are found nearby. Further north again, Khuk Khak Beach, with only a couple resorts tucked among the pine trees and palm groves, runs north to Pakarang Cape. continued page 34>

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contributes to help the local community as most of the benefits go to victims. The Ban Nam Khem Tsunami Memorial Centre is further north near the coast in an area that suffered very badly. Unfortunately, this doesn’t appear to be well managed and some visitors are quite disappointed in the faded photographs and cracking concrete.

Old Takua Town POLICE BOAT MEMORIAL Nothing brings home the power of the 2004 tsunami better for me than seeing Police Boat 813 that was swept 2 kilometres inland and is still sitting on site, now as a memorial. This boat and another that sunk killing all on board was anchored about a kilometre out at sea as a protection to members of the Royal Family who were holidaying in Khao Lak at the time. Adjacent is a two-storey International Tsunami Museum created by an American university in association with the local authority. A visit here helps to put things in perspective and your entrance fee and anything you buy

ACCOMMODATION We stayed for several nights in the excellent Khao Lak Laguna Resort which fronts the Andaman Sea. The resort has villas and extremely large well-furnished rooms which are set in delightful gardens. There are several restaurants, a spa with excellent service, two beachfront swimming pools, gym, sports facilities and a lounge with evening entertainment. We thoroughly enjoyed our time there and we expect that the same could be said for several other resorts in the same general area. There is some budget accommodation in Khao Lak but this tends to be away from the beach. GETTING TO KHAO LAK There are buses and vans from Phuket International Airport. It takes about 45 minutes to reach the main part of Khao Lak. There are also buses travelling the long route 4 from Bangkok. Feature supplied by: wtfmedia.com.au

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