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he story is becoming all too familiar – despite all the social and medical advances, quality hasn’t necessarily accompanied quantity of life. The old sense of community and family looking out for each other seems to have become lost. I heard a disheartening story recently, about a 71-year-old woman who lives alone in a little coastal flat with a small dog for company. She is an only child, has no children and her closest relative is a cousin who lives half an hour away. She was diagnosed with cancer, reacted badly to chemotherapy and decided to let nature take its course. Her health and mobility have since declined rapidly. She lost her appetite, cancelled Meals on Wheels and lives
Contents on one or two protein shakes a day. Her cousin arranged for her car to be sold and kept the proceeds. She is now housebound and spends most of the day in bed. After discontinuing chemotherapy, she fell between the cracks of the health care system and has become increasingly reliant on her cousin, who may be more interested in preserving the cash reserves she stands to inherit, than obtaining proper home care. The point is, you could call the RSPCA and they would come and collect the dog and take it into care, but the human owner is another story. Alas, it is not an uncommon scenario as Russell Hunter discusses in this issue. The cover picture story this month is a nod to my recent ice-capade in Iceland, where I learnt age is no barrier. My travel buddy and I, two old gals, were easily the most senior travellers driving the icy roads. Mind you, being wrapped up from head to toe, it was hard to tell. Travel is a great leveller though and age becomes irrelevant – even creaky knees. Dorothy Whittington, Editor
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Open to abuse â€“ Australiaâ€™s vulnerable seniors As medical science finds ways of delaying the ageing process, weâ€™re living longer. That the greying of Australia is becoming a political issue is well known but, writes RUSSELL HUNTER, the legal and moral issues are less well known.
he older we get the more vulnerable we become. And as the traditional family unit comes under increasing pressure just to survive, the less productive members of that unit can easily â€“ if mistakenly â€“ be considered no more than a cost. Worse, they can be, and increasingly are, exploited. Itâ€™s why we hear more and more about elder abuse. Thatâ€™s when seniors are taken advantage of â€“ often though not always - by those they trust as their nearest and dearest. Add to this highly volatile mix the increasing incidence of dementia â€“ now Australiaâ€™s second most common cause of death â€“ and lifeâ€™s twilight can be bleak for many lonely and confused Australians. Though not exclusively a by-product of the ageing process, dementia â€“ the deterioration of the brain â€“ affects seniors more than other demographic groups. One of Australiaâ€™s leading legal practitioners in the area of wills and
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estates, Tim Whitney of McCullough Robertson lawyers, has seen close up how much damage can be done. And itâ€™s not only dementia that can lead to abuse. Other diseases or disorders which affect the brain or increase vulnerability generally can be cited. HE LISTS THEM: 1. People are becoming more aware of elder abuse issues and the avenue for reporting these concerns due to education and media focus on the topic; 2. The rates of dementia are increasing, meaning that there are more people in the community who are vulnerable to abuse; 3. People are becoming more aware generally about the amount of money that is involved in estates and financial abuse in this context comes along with the increase in litigation over inheritances. People who would not otherwise be eligible to make a claim on an estate because they donâ€™t satisfy the criteria are instead looking at other ways
to receive a benefit from an estate (whether before or after death); and 4. There is an increase in blended families and more complicated family dynamics which naturally give rise to more disagreements about fairness and perceptions about what people deserve. One characteristic of dementia is increased susceptibility to the suggestion of others. Most commonly, this is characterised by a positive response to â€œyes or noâ€? questions, or being agreeable generally to suggestions made by others. Sometimes, family members will use this suggestibility to influence a person to change a decision â€“ in their will, for example. A sample from Mr Whitneyâ€™s experience: (Not their real names) Adam is married to Anna. Adam has three children from a previous marriage. Anna does not have any children from past relationships and there are no children of the marriage of Adam and Anna. Adam entered the relationship with Anna having already built up some assets that he wished to see pass to his children eventually. However, Adam was also concerned to ensure that Anna was appropriately provided for during her lifetime. Adam drafted his will accordingly. At the time, Anna agreed that this arrangement was fair to all. Adam was subsequently diagnosed with Alzheimerâ€™s disease. As the disease progressed, Anna became worried about her financial security when faced with the real possibility that Adam did not have much longer to live. Adamâ€™s disease had progressed and while he was often able to maintain the appearance of being well, he was susceptible to influence and easily swayed. Anna convinced Adam that the provision he had made for her was inappropriate, and took him to the
solicitor to change his will to provide his entire estate to her. â€œNaturally, this situation often results in messy litigation where the adult children feel that the new spouse has taken advantage of their parent in order to benefit,â€? says Mr Whitney. â€œIf the will was not changed, the belief by Anna that she was not adequately provided for would be more appropriately dealt with by a family provision application after Adam had passed away.â€? Another potential danger zone is power of attorney. â€œThere are many instances of appointed attorneys misusing their power, whether by a spouse as attorney, a child as attorney, or a friend or other family member,â€? says Mr Whitney. Justin was the appointed attorney for Anna, his mother, who had recently died. Justinâ€™s brother, David, is the executor of Annaâ€™s estate. In the course of administration of the estate, David has reviewed the bank accounts for his mother and noticed multiple transactions for expensive dinners at a local restaurant, large electronics purchases and multiple cash withdrawals. David questions Justin about the transactions, and Justin says that each transaction was specifically authorised by his mother, as she was grateful for his help and care of her, so she instructed him to withdraw cash to spend on himself. He says she authorised him to make large purchases from an electronics store and took him out to dinner at his favourite restaurant. David knows that Anna was diagnosed with Alzheimerâ€™s disease, and at her later stages of progression she seemed to lose appreciation for the value of money, and started trying to give money away to all of her friends, family
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COVER STORY and even some strangers. David estimates the amount of money that Anna “gave” to Justin before she died was about $30,000 and he is unsure what to do as the executor of her estate. The above scenario is not uncommon and is clearly likely to cause a dispute between David and Justin. “Another scenario is where an attorney sells a home for the principal and purchases a substitute residence in different names,” says Mr Whitney. “For example, the principal may hold their residence in their name solely, and the attorney purchases the substitute residence as joint tenants with the principal, so that on the death of the principal the attorney will automatically inherit the house.” However, the most talked about elder abuse scenario seems to involve elderly or vulnerable people without an established support network. Often, elderly people without family members or close friends are lonely and crave companionship. Neighbours, carers, cleaners and even professional advisers have often received a benefit from the estate of a deceased person as a result of providing that person with kindness and compassion during a time when they felt lonely and unsupported. It can be difficult to determine whether that benefit has been obtained by coercion or whether the testator has truly appreciated the friendship and has made a carefully considered decision. It is in these circumstances that it is critically important that lawyers are taking steps to question their clients about changes being made to their documents, particularly where the changes demonstrate a significant departure from previously made wills. Elderly or unwell people often rely heavily on others for assistance, whether that assistance is day to day care,
provision of transport or companionship. And it can be a source of real terror to find that assistance will be taken away. Robert’s elderly father, Raymond, lived with him in his home. He could no longer drive due to his eyesight, so relied on Robert to drive him. Robert would drive him to the shops, to get coffee and play bridge with his friends, and to medical appointments. He also relied on Robert for companionship, and they often watched television together. One day, Robert stumbled across Raymond’s will and power of attorney. Robert noticed that his older sister, Jane, was appointed executor under the will and as attorney under the power of attorney. Robert was offended that Jane had been appointed in these roles. He felt that, given his sacrifice in caring for his father and providing a roof over his head, he should be the one to take care of Raymond’s finances and administer his estate. He was also upset that he and Jane were treated equally under Raymond’s will, as he believed he should receive a greater share while Jane was financially well off and lived in a different state. Robert was very angry and did not speak to his father for a few days. He also refused to drive his father to his weekly bridge game, telling him instead to ”take the bus”. Raymond was terrified at the idea that Robert might permanently withdraw his support and care. Raymond did not want to be isolated from his friends and valued his relationship with his son. Raymond thought there would be no harm in changing his will and enduring power of attorney to appoint Robert as executor and as his attorney and giving Robert a larger share of his estate, if that would make Robert happy. Raymond spoke to his son and asked his son to arrange an appointment to change the documents. Robert and Raymond
went to the solicitor together and Raymond made the changes. While in this case, Raymond was not suffering from any disorder affecting his mind, he was in a position of vulnerability with respect to his son. We should bear in mind though that elder abuse isn’t always malicious. Particularly with misuse of powers of attorney, some attorneys simply don’t know their obligations and may truly believe that there is no harm done in spending the principal’s money for their own benefit, particularly if the principal is not in a position where they will need that money. Others may not be wellinformed about the effect of a person’s illness on their personality. Meanwhile, Australia’s banks (the scandals exposed by the Banking Royal Commission not withstanding) are finding increasing instances of blatant elder abuse. So much so that the Australian Bankers’ Association has urged the Federal Government to act now on financial abuse against the elderly and resolve three key issues by Christmas. “Financial abuse against elderly Australians is a significant problem, with the Seniors Rights Service estimating 40 per cent of elder abuse cases relate to financial exploitation,” says the ABA. In a speech to the 5th National Elder Abuse Conference, ABA CEO and former Queensland Premier Anna Bligh said that three key decisions needed to be made by the Federal Government to empower banks to help address the issue. “There are far too many heartbreaking stories of elderly, vulnerable Australians who have been financially exploited by family members or close friends,” she said. “Bank staff are on the frontline of this issue and see firsthand the financial abuse against the elderly, however are often hamstrung to confront the issue.”
WHAT you can do 1. Always see a specialist in the area that you need assistance. Never feel pressured to sign a document by a solicitor or other adviser – they should be most concerned with ensuring that you are comfortable with the documents that have been prepared. 2. Don’t put off appropriate estate planning. Every person over the age of 18 should have a will and power of attorney and those documents should be reviewed regularly. 3. Be realistic about your family dynamic. It is not reasonable to hope that your family members will “sort it out” on your death, particularly if there is already tension. Do not appoint family members who cannot agree to act jointly as executor or attorney. In blended family situations, consider whether your spouse and children from a prior marriage should have equal involvement in decision making. If they cannot get along, consider appointing an unbiased third party. 4. Develop a support network of people that you trust that you can speak with if you have concerns. Always remember that there are organisations such as the Elder Abuse Helpline, ADA Australia and the Adult Guardian that are available to speak to you. 5. For people acting as attorneys – educate yourself and be aware of your obligations and restrictions on your power. Because an attorney is acting for another person in circumstances where that person has lost capacity and is vulnerable to others, there are substantial duties. For example, you have an obligation to keep records of all financial transactions entered into and unless expressly authorised, you have a duty to keep your property separate from the principal’s.
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Have your say. Send letters to Editor, Your Time Magazine, PO Box 6362, Maroochydore BC 4558 or email firstname.lastname@example.org IN his letter (YT, May) Brian Irving raises some important issues regarding recent changes to superannuation regulations. He describes his pension payment of $1.80 a fortnight as “laudible”. I was unable to find “laudible” in my trusty dictionary, but if Brian means “laudable” (meaning praiseworthy), it would be inconsistent with the views which expresses elsewhere in his letter. “Laughable” (or “risible”) would perhaps be more appropriate to describe his paltry pension entitlement. Or perhaps he was just being ironic about the government’s generosity. Ian Wood I AM 69 years old and make heaps of sponges (Time Warp, YT, May) but there is a secret. Large eggs, like jumbo, are good. Fresh is important and I have noticed a lot of new recipes tell you to beat the egg whites until stiff. Wrong. If you overbeat your eggs the sponge will not rise.
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You need to be quick putting it in the oven and never bang a sponge or it will not turn out. I have some great recipes and can make them very quickly. A lot of people do find it hard to make a sponge. And yes, my mum was a fantastic cook and I learnt from her. Robyn Lyndon AFTER reading Kate Callahan’s article: “Cash still wears the crown in this realm” (YT, April) and Kay McMahon’s: “Fast fashion goes on the back burner” (YT, March), I hear echoes of my matriarchal predecessors’ voices and philosophy in both! It’s common sense which, today, is not so common! No need for household insurance policies on the few items we had then. No-one had much. No mega shopping centres to entice. Nothing like cash in your pocket and hand-me -down clothes, now in abundance: of high quality in every op shop and so cheap! Today, clothes not “up to scratch” are sent on to developing nations without welfare programs, where poverty creates an under-class who struggle on as little as $1 a day. We made our own everyday clothes and had one special outfit, which we passed on to friends and relatives when we outgrew them. No op shops back then. Raised in an age when recycling, especially in large families of the day, was
inevitable; life was very measured. We learnt to appreciate the little we had and the few treats which made birthdays and Christmas special. It was not a fast-food era; healthy home-made plain food only. Saving sixpences in our school Commonwealth passbooks for our futures was our parents’ way of: “present pain for future gain” through their sacrifice. Finding bottles to cash in was gold. This was an undeserved and unexpected joy, to use as we pleased. No electronics and technology to play endlessly, apart from the nightly radio shows. Neighbourhood children together became creative at using what lay around to make go-carts and kites. We climbed trees and made “cubbies”. We swam in the creeks and played for hours in the bush. Doors didn’t need locking and people in our communities knew one another. They all kept an eye on each other and children at play. Most families didn’t own cars. We walked and rode the bus. It was an innocent age which television and technology has radically changed, continuing to manipulate our time, money and lives. A cashless society with insurmountable credit-card debt was unheard of then. We all, including our governments, lived within our means and were content. Eloise Rowe
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Heather answers the rallying call Heather Christie was turning 50 and wanted to mark the occasion by doing something a little different. She tells JOANNE CRANSTOUN that the wheels started turning in her head – why not a road rally?
ow 59 and dozens of road rallies later, the Caloundra driver is revved up for her next adventure behind the wheel of her aptly-named vehicle, Why Not. Heather and her 1966 HR Holden will take part with 70 other vehicles in this year’s Road Boss Rally, an epic nine-day 5000km charity fundraiser leaving Brisbane on July 9. The rally will carve a path off the beaten track, south through outback NSW, South Australia and Victoria, zig-zagging the mighty Murray River before its final destination in the tiny Riverina township of Booligal, 760km west of Sydney. Heather says it’s a wonderful sense of camaraderie that keeps the Road Boss entrants coming back every year. “Believe it or not, we’re not all there to win,’’ she says. “There is an underlying competiveness but when you say goodbye to everyone at the end of a rally, it’s like saying goodbye to family. When we meet again the next year we all just pick up where we left off. I call them my ‘rally-tives’.” Heather says taking up rally driving at the age of 50 was completely out of the box.
Heather Christie and her faithful Holden. “I suppose I grew up a bit of a tomboy. I’d be with Dad working on cars in the workshop rather than working in the kitchen with Mum,” she says. “I learned how to find my way around a car and how to get myself out of trouble if I needed to. “I bought an ex-Variety Bash vehicle in 2009 and I heard about a rally, so I entered and fell in love with rallying.” Friend and navigator Kristy-Lee Kahler, of Toowoomba, will be sitting beside Heather when she takes her place on the starting line in Brisbane.
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She estimates she has raised more than $70,000 for various charities through her love of rallying. “I also have some wonderful sponsors who look after the car. They take care of the mechanicals and the tyres. I’ve never had to buy a tyre,” she says. And with the help of sponsors Heather is excited to be heading off on this year’s rally with “a total new front end on the car’’. It’s hard to imagine how she will manage to top all this adventure when her 60th birthday rolls around next year. The Road Boss Rally was founded by Queensland’s Jamie Lawson whose family have been organising rallies for more than 30 years and in the process have raised more than $15 million for charities. The rally now supports online charity GIVIT and last year Jamie and people like Heather raised $264,321 for the national not-for-profit. It is also a bonus for remote towns doing it tough. Rally entrants spend tens of thousands of dollars along the route in fuel, food and accommodation and remote charities also benefit from donations from rally entrants and GIVIT. roadbossrally.com.au or givit.org.au
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Ask no questions, hear no lies ... We so often use old short, pithy sayings without even realising they are part of our vocabulary, so, writes DAVID PARMITER, let’s talk about proverbs.
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he Bible has a whole chapter in the Book of Proverbs. These are in the Old Testament and were written in the 5th Century BC. That means that they were Jewish folklore from the time of Abraham and not always reflective of the later teachings of Jesus Christ. There are two things that we can learn from proverbs: one is that every proverb is a truism. They have been around since the days of the Romans, and even centuries before. So, what is a proverb? And what makes a proverb different from an aphorism, an epigram, a motto or a truism? The Macquarie defines the proverb as “a short popular saying, embodying some familiar truth or useful thought in expressive language”. To the OED it is “a concise sentence often metaphorical or alliterative in form, which is held to express some truth ascertained by experience or observation and familiar to all.” Well, thanks. Please explain? There are many classical authors who have coined or repeated well- know popular sayings of their day, from Chaucer to Shakespeare. Erasmus, (1466-1536) expressed the feelings of many of his age/era.
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Although of Dutch birth, he spent 40 years collecting Latin and Greek proverbs, and in 1500, just as print was emerging across Europe, he published his Collectanea. His most famous work was the Adagia, published in 1536. “You scratch my back, I’ll scratch yours”, according to Erasmus, comes from the Latin to indicate mutual support; but ever since it has come to mean devious dealings in business and in politics. Other writers, including Martin Luther (1484-1546) used them in various attempts to include the masses before he posted his 95 articles on the door of the Wittenburg Church. He was, perhaps, the medieval version of today’s televangelists, protesting the religion of Rome. The famous French collections of the Fables de la Fontaine by Jean de la Fontaine (1621-1695) included many French proverbial sayings, some of which were drummed into me at the age of six in my French primary school. One of the intriguing facets of proverbs is that they are often contradictory. If “out of sight, out of mind” were true (the subjunctive), how come we also say “absence makes the heart grow fonder”? It was meant to refer to love; but does
this work with separation from one’s dearly beloved? The classics scholars invented a few proverbs of their own. “Beware of Greeks bearing gifts” was contradicted by “never look a gift horse in the mouth”. The Trojans, if they had been proverbially wise, might have looked into the horse’s mouth and discovered all those soldiers hiding inside. The Greeks might have thought “nothing ventured, nothing gained” but the people of Troy would have been “better safe than sorry”. They weren’t. “Once bitten, twice shy” perhaps? “You can’t teach an old dog new tricks” but at the same time “you are never too old to learn”. In today’s hyper-fast, time-poor, get-outta-my-way society it seems that the simplicity and veracity of the proverb has been lost. “A stitch in time saves nine” was quoted by the author of Little Women, Louisa M. Alcott (1832-1888), in her somewhat cynical Proverb Stories. Today, even the title of her best-known book is so un-PC. But has anyone actually read it? I suppose that’s also why Snow White’s little friends are also not acceptable. “Vertically challenged” indeed! If you are interested or intrigued by the
history and derivation of proverbs, the Oxford Dictionary of Proverbs was first published in 1935. There have been several more recent editions; but why did it take so long? “More haste, less speed” perhaps? And why has “proverb” come to replace the Greek word “epigram” or short pithy saying? They both mean the same. And so does “aphorism”. It’s all Greek to me. If you are sceptical about the veracity or value of proverbs, just remember: “There’s many a slip ‘twixt cup and lip”. Finally, remember Bob Dylan. As we get older, surely we do not wish to gather moss. We can carry on “just like a Rolling Stone”. From the Macquarie Dictionary: aphorism – a terse saying embodying a general truth epigram – any witty, ingenious or pointed saying tersely expressed maxim – an expression, especially of an aphoristic or general truth motto – a maxim adopted as expressing one’s guiding principle proverb – a short popular saying ... embodying some familiar truth truism – a self-evident, obvious truth
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What the Budget means for you Sunshine Coast seniors are among the winners in this year’s Federal Budget, writes Member for Fairfax TED O’BRIEN. For starters, an extra $5 billion committed to aged care will allow seniors to live the life they want to live.
ore than 60,500 Sunshine Coast residents are aged over 65 – that’s more than 20 per cent of the Sunshine Coast’s total population – so these measures are extremely relevant. The Budget has committed $5 billion to improving or increasing aged care programs, including the Home Care Package Program. The program allows services to be individually tailored to each person and can include assistance with household chores, meal preparation, transport services, personal care, clinical care and home maintenance. Increasing the program means an additional 14,000 elderly Australians will receive up to $50,000 a year to pay for high level care in their own homes. When I speak with older people, one of their main concerns is their ability to remain in their own home as long as possible, not only because it’s safe and familiar to them but because it holds a lot of precious memories which are hard to leave. Being in a familiar, secure environment is essential to happiness
and wellbeing, which is why increasing the number of high-level home care packages nationally by 14,000 is so important. Increasing the Pension Work Bonus is one of the key reforms for people on an aged pension because it means they can now earn an extra $50 a fortnight without reducing their pension payments. And for the first time, self-employed pensioners will also be able to benefit. The Government is also offering one-off $2000 payments through a new skills and training incentive to keep senior Australians in the workforce. Many pensioners I have met are keen to continue working in some capacity, so this is an opportunity for them to supplement their income. The Government is also expanding the Restart wage subsidy for Australians aged over 50, providing employers with up to $10,000 each to support workers as they start a new career, while new “entrepreneurship facilitators” will help those interested in starting their own business.
Pensioners needing to top up their income can also borrow up to $11,799 (singles) or $17,787 (couples) a year from the Federal Government, using their homes as collateral. The loan will be recouped whenever the home is sold. Australians will also be able to keep
more of their retirement savings with bans and limits on fees on Super accounts; and exemption from the superannuation work test will give those aged 65 to 74 more time to boost retirement savings.
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NEEDLES ARE CLACKING READY FOR KNITFEST Maleny’s main street will be yarnbombed when the Knitfest Yarn and Fibre Arts Festival fills the range town with fun, colour and all things yarny this month. Designated trees are decorated by community groups and the Knitfest Yarnbombers for the “Tree Cosy” competition. The event has been created from recycled, repurposed or donated yarns, fibres and materials. Visitors can discover new skills talents and creativity with yarns: knitting, crochet, basket weaving, spinning and weaving and felting. “The Knitfest team are the craftiest recyclers ever,” Festival Director Debs Swain said. “They have taken unwanted
yarn, unfinished knitting and crochet projects, yarn from deceased estates and donated yarns, to put together enough pieces to yarnbomb the main street.” For the free fun-filled weekend festival on June 30-July 1, Maleny Primary School hall becomes Knitfest
Central, with 35 workshops and loads of trade and market stalls. Maleny RSL will be Spinning Central, when Saturday’s schedule includes guest speakers, demonstrations and displays. Visitors can meet alpacas from Banyandah Alpaca Stud and see the fleeces being judged at the Alpaca Society Fleece and Halter Show, and a free Yarnbombed bus will travel the festival precinct. Saturday night is for stargazing hosted by the Brisbane Astronomical Society in keeping with this year’s theme “Outer Space and Sci-Fi”. They will bring four of their largest telescopes for some rare cosmos action.
And don’t fear anything will go to waste as the crafty Knitfest folk have a plan for when the festival concludes. “Any pieces that can be used again for next year will be saved. Anything in excellent condition will be given to Busy Needles, a group who send knitted items to aged care, homeless and struggling families through the Salvation Army, premature babies and also to groups who take clothing out to indigenous communities,” Debs said. “Some pieces will be combined to provide blankets and bedding to animal shelters. Some of the knee rugs will be donated to nursing homes.” Details at knitfest.com.au
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Simpler, more contented times Sociologists tell us that the way we are raised affects as much as 90 per cent of who we are, while nature determines the rest. KATE CALLAHAN counts her lucky stars that she had very good parents.
erhaps Mum and Dad practised on my three older brothers, but by the time I arrived on the scene, they had shed the trainer wheels and had parenting down pat. They were patient and loving, encouraged conversation and debate, and treated their children with respect. They were also great teachers. Aside from a range of practical skills, they taught me many lessons in life, two of which have prominence â€“ rejoice in what you have, whether thatâ€™s a little or a lot; and donâ€™t waste anything. After they were married in 1946, Dad took his new bride back to the family station property outside Pentland, in the Charters Towers region. Home was a typical pyramidal-roofed house with enclosed verandahs and casement windows. Built between the wars, the new house, which replaced the original two-roomed cottage, was made from milled timber and clad in fibro. To protect against white ants and snakes, it sat on one-metre hardwood stumps, felled and cut locally. For further protection, the stumps were topped with metal ant-caps and treated with something sticky and black, probably
creosote or sump oil. The house had bare timber floors and a haphazard floor plan that allowed my mother to rearrange her sparse furniture frequently, much to my fatherâ€™s annoyance. But aside from sleeping, not much happened in the main house. The kitchen, where meals were prepared and served, was the focus of activity. It was located in the original
detached, ground-level structure, which like all the outbuildings â€“ menâ€™s quarters, sheds, butcher shop and laundry â€“ had been built by bush-carpenters many years before. Made from squared-off, hand-cut logs and clad in galvanised iron, the kitchen had a rough cement floor, a â€œRexâ€? cast-iron wood stove with side fountain, a large refectory table and a single sink. Food storage options were limited. Mum kept butter and jam handy in the â€œSilent Nightâ€? kerosene fridge in the kitchen, but stored fresh meat and home-made ice-cream away from the heat of the kitchen in the more efficient Electrolux kerosene fridge in the house. Both fridges sat with their metal feet in cut-down fruit tins, filled with water, to keep the ants at bay. (If you are interested in acquiring a â€œSilent Nightâ€? kerosene fridge, â€œBobâ€? has one on Gumtree for $350. Itâ€™s a â€œvery funky looking piece, perfect for the mancaveâ€?.) The kitchen was separated from the main house by a covered breezeway, which offered respite from the oppressive heat of summer. A canvas water bag and pannikin were strung from the rafters,
ensuring a ready supply of cool drinking water. Furnished with a motley collection of squatterâ€™s chairs, the breezeway was a popular location for â€œsmokoâ€? (morning tea) and smoking â€œrolliesâ€? (hand-rolled cigarettes). Many problems of the world were solved over tea and cake in that breezeway. Although we lived on a cattle property, meat, like all food, was to be respected and certainly not wasted. Dad and his brother, my uncle Pat, were expert home butchers in the original â€œnose-to-tailâ€? tradition. Nothing was wasted. And if youâ€™ve eaten heart, liver, kidney, brains, tongue, tail and tripe, you will know exactly what I mean. Dad and Pat made the best dry salted corned beef. It had excellent keeping qualities but had to be soaked for a day before cooking. When I look back, I see that Mum and Dad actively practised contentment. Life was not easy, but they worked hard, made do and wasted nothing. They were grateful for any good fortune that came their way, including the arrival of their four children.
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Retirees want a bit of peace in their lives but instead they are constantly harassed by others wanting to steal from them, writes NATHAN WELLINGTON, who is called out at least once a week by a client who has been taken for their money.
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IF it’s not a phone scam, it’s an email scam, or a text scam, or its some sales person selling them tech they don’t need at expensive prices with add-ons they will never use. On Mother’s Day morning my wife showed me a text message she had received from Apple saying that her account was compromised and to tap the link to secure it. She had just upgraded to a new iPhone that week and she thought there may be an issue with her account. The sender said Apple and it sounded legitimate. “Hold on”, I said in my techy voice. “Don’t tap that link. Let’s have a look.” It was a scam. The link went to a fake Apple page where you enter your details and the scammers have all the info they need to compromise your account. It’s that easy. Here are a few points to think about. PHONE SCAMS People are getting, on average, upwards of three sales calls or phone scams a day on their home phone. These are from people pretending to be in a position of authority advising you that you owe money, or that your account is compromised, or your computer has been hacked and they need access to fix it. There are two ways of dealing with these. If you are in good health and you have a mobile phone you are comfortable using, consider unplugging your landline. If you aren’t in good health, consider upgrading to a home
phone with caller ID and an answering machine. If you don’t recognise the phone number that comes up on the screen let it go to the answering machine. If they leave details and you recognise them, you can call them back on your own terms. EMAIL AND TEXT SCAMS These are getting more sophisticated in their delivery. Many scammers are part of organisations that have psychologists, and interpreters and programmers who make sure they send you and millions of other unwitting people an email that seems legitimate enough for you to click on a link. This is all they may need to gain access to your computer, so just don’t click on the link. If you have an account with them, go to their website independently from the email and see if what the email states is actually true. Otherwise junk it. This includes test messages from anyone you don’t know, including businesses! TECH SALES This is one of the most prevalent and despicable I come across – the unwitting recipient of a new computer that costs way more then they needed, or the phone plan that suddenly doubles their monthly payment for no additional benefit. It is one of the most blatant and ethically compromising – and I see at least one person a week who has been oversold a new computer or oversold a phone plan by a sales person who has used techniques to quickly gain your confidence, then baffles you with jargon and bullies you into buying
more than you need. They are motivated by the commission and are so good at it you don’t even know it is happening to you. You leave the store, the salesperson having goaded you until you signed on the dotted line, and realise you don’t even know what you bought and that you are possibly thousands of dollars lighter. It can be daunting purchasing new equipment or upgrading your phone. I suggest doing your homework before you go in, shopping around online for prices and being prepared to not buy anything while you are there. I often can help clients through the process by providing a shortlist of specifications and the price range that will suit their needs, so they can enter any store with. Sometimes we purchase the equipment online at their home and have it delivered to the doorstep without having to enter a shop. It’s not all doom and gloom. There are a lot of wonderful people out there who are willing to help with the best of intentions, but if you get the feeling that there is something not quite right with what they are saying then walk away and go somewhere else. I guarantee they won’t run out of computers before you buy one. If you would like an objective opinion about a new computer you are considering, or think you may have been scammed, give me a call and we can check it out. Call 1300 682 817 or email email@example.com
EVERYONE’S use of these wonderful devices is different but one thing stands out more than all others – the “phone” function is usually not the most used feature of your iPhone. To check what is using your battery go to Settings > Battery and scroll down to the heading battery usage. For a better average, tap on “Last 7 Days” and then on the small clock symbol to its right. This will show you the battery usage as hours and minutes which is much easier to understand. Apps like Safari for browsing the internet and Facebook tend to be high on the battery usage list but there is one you should keep an eye out for called “Home & Lock Screen”. If this is high (eg. more than 30 mins per day) then there is every chance you have your Auto-Lock feature delayed too much. Auto-Lock is how long after the screen has not been touched that it turns off to save battery. On an iPhone, I recommend 30 seconds or 1 min (iPad 2-5 mins) but so many people have longer times that are unnecessary. Some even have “never” which means if you forget to click the sleep button your device stays on and your battery goes flat. Dropping the brightness of the screen will also have a major impact on battery life so drop it down a little but still keep it comfortable and easy to read. Unfortunately, there is also a lot of misinformation. There are many articles recommending you to force-
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he inaugural Seniors Lifestyle Expo celebrates the best years, our senior years, and is a fun day out to see what the Sunshine Coast has to offer to live life to the fullest. Itâ€™s on at the Lake Kawana Community Centre on June 15, 10am to 4pm. Entry is free, thereâ€™s plenty of parking and it will include entertainment, food stalls and door prizes. A range of businesses dedicated to providing services for seniors will cover topics such as travel, health and wellness, recreation and fitness, employment and education, finance and business, fashion, beauty services, independent living services and products and holistic living options. Free workshops will cover healthy living, travel and retirement planning. Visit iagewell.com.au
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WATCH OUT FOR A WORKSHOP 10.30-11am Never 2 Old 2 – Just Keep Doin’ it by Rob Cross Ever thought of doing something you used to or always wanted too, but think you are too old to? Think again. This 30-minute workshop is designed to inspire, intrigue and excite those who want to keep living life and having new adventures. The 5 Keys to Unlocking a Successful Move by Kym Philips Kym Philips from Moving Made Easy share her advice on preparing yourself and your furniture to move, how to select the right removalist, the secrets to packing and unpacking, insurance and the different moving experiences available. 11.15-11.45am Stay at Home Longer by Matt Lesko Learn how the government is helping Australians stay at home longer, the services available, And what to consider when choosing an in-home care provider and developing your home care plan. Financially preparing for Aged Care by Sharon Coleman Your living arrangements and care needs
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12-12.30pm How to apply makeup that suits me by Anne Purchase Learn how to choose the right foundation or tinted moisturiser, to apply eyeshadow for your eye shape and choose the right lip colour for your skin tone.
Dementia ‘Live Experience’ Workshop every 30 mins Taking only four at a time. This workshop costs $15 per person. As times and places are limited it is advisable to book and pay online prior to the event to guarantee your spot. Any remaining availability will be payable at the door. Book at dementialiveexperience. eventbrite.com.au
1-1.30pm Managing Stress and the Health of Happiness by Annie Clark This presentation is all about stress observation, food combining, essential oils for vibrancy and a whole lot of comic relief. You will have a laugh at this one, guaranteed, and feel a whole lot better after this talk. Do You Have a Will or Power of Attorney? by Elizabeth Fairon Wills, enduring powers of attorney and estate planning are not the most exciting things to have to consider but is fundamentally important to your family. 1.45-2.15pm The Aging Paradox by Tanya Dave A thought-provoking seminar delivered by gerontologist Tanya Dave, who looks
MAKE IT A DAY OUT The Seniors Lifestyle Expo will be showcasing the work of some of the Sunshine Coast’s talented seniors, with performances by the concert band playing old favourites. There also will be a tai chi demonstration by the Taoist Tai Chi Society and a fashion show. Check the workshop timetable and inspect the exhibits where there will be plenty of friendly advice on hand. There will be plenty of seats and refreshment stalls to stop for a cuppa and a bite to seat.
When you move into care you will be asked to pay for your accommodation as either a refundable lump sum (refundable accommodation deposit – RAD) or a daily “rental” payment (daily accommodation payment – DAP). Some residents may choose to sell their home to make these payments, others may choose to keep their home so that other family members can live there, or so they can earn rental income. The choice is up to you. You are not forced to sell your home. The choice you make may impact how much you pay for your care as well as how much age pension you are eligible to receive. It is important to understand the direct link between the means test for age pension and cost of care when moving into residential aged care. It is important to make sure whichever choice you make, that you have enough cash flow (or available assets) to pay your fees and meet other expenses. A specialist financial planner can help you with your decision. email@example.com
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AWARD-WINNING over 50s developer Halcyon has reached new heights with the final release of homes at Halcyon Lakeside, Bli Bli. The final offering at Halcyon Lakeside, aptly named Elevation, will comprise 43 homes on a flat, elevated site. Many of the homes will have stunning hillside vistas from the highest vantage point within the thriving community. The final stage is being delivered ahead of schedule, just two years after the first release at Halcyon Lakeside, which has proved popular with local buyers and Brisbane retirees. “We’ve saved the best for last, offering a small exclusive precinct that’s within
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walking distance to The Local tapas bar and neighbourhood park,” project director Chris Carley said. “There is a strong focus on outdoor living where we have introduced our largest covered alfresco areas designed for those who love to entertain friends, or who just like a bit of extra space. And the elevated position is ideal for capturing sea breezes in the fully landscaped backyard. “While there’s a lot of space around these homes, we’ve ensured that they also have the privacy home owners need as there are only two homes in this release with neighbours backing on to them,” he said. High-end inclusions start in the kitchen with an induction cooktop and quality AEG appliances, while solar panels and ducted air-conditioning are standard. “Halcyon’s tried and tested formula of wide streets, lush gardens and green verges bring harmony to the streetscape at Elevation,” Mr Carley said. Homes in Halcyon Lakeside’s final stage are priced from $569,000 and range in from 174sqm to 302sqm. The luxury homes at Elevation are close to all amenities within the Halcyon Lakeside community. Halcyon Lakeside’s enviable lifestyle is enhanced by the state-of-the-art Rec Club, which offers the Sunshine Coast’s most extensive lifestyle and recreational precinct in an over 50s lifestyle community.
AFFINITY Sheep Station Creek, a boutique over 50s lifestyle resort in Morayfield, offers a country lifestyle with urban convenience. Nestled between nature reserves with views down to Sheep Station Creek, Affinity Sheep Station Creek will offer the latest in quality inclusions with six house designs in the current stage. Careful planning in the design and concept of the village ensures that it embodies the full meaning of the name – Affinity: a feeling of closeness and understanding because of similar backgrounds, qualities, ideals or interests. “Affinity Sheep Station Creek aims to give residents and visitors a feeling of coming home,” director Rob Farrell says. “It should be seen as new adventure in your life. While you might be sizing down, you are stepping up in lifestyle and community. Residents will enjoy the benefits of freeing up capital to enjoy a sense of belonging in a community based on old time values.”
In keeping with traditional communities, Affinity also provides a social hub and recreational facilities. Construction of five new display homes is steaming ahead and all is on track for a grand opening this month. Affinity Sheep Station Creek is at 70 Amy St, Morayfield, less than 5 minutes’ drive from the Morayfield Shopping precinct and medical centre. “When you buy at Sheep Station Creek you own your house and pay a weekly rental for the land and services,” Mr Farrell says. “Services include maintenance of all common areas, roads, clubhouse, swimming pool and mowing of all common property. “When you decide to sell, you retain all the profits and we charge no exit, entry or deferred management fees. You don’t even have to pay stamp duty.” All homes in Affinity Sheep Station Creek have been built by Ausmar Homes. Visit affinitylifestyle.com.au or call 1300 295 807.
FINE LIVING IN THE RAINFOREST HIDDEN in the foothills and surrounded by thriving rainforest, Nature’s Edge Buderim is an exclusive over 50s community offering architecturallydesigned homes at affordable prices. Award-winning architect Mark Hudson designed the home collection with nature in mind, while maintaining the structural integrity that has become synonymous with the Nature’s Edge Buderim name. With prices starting from $479,000 it
is affordable luxury at its best. There are no exit fees, stamp duty or body corporate fees and if you decide to sell, you keep 100 per cent of the capital gain. Home prices are less than the Buderim median, which makes selling the family home and buying a new home an attractive option. The 5-star $4 million Leisure Centre is now open, with a Teppanyaki barbecue on the expansive deck, cinema, bar,
library, billiards table, massage and beauty therapy room, semi-commercial kitchen, gymnasium, spa and 20m heated Grecian pool. Life is resort-style every day. Experience the peace of mind that comes from knowing you can lock up and leave to head out on your next great adventure and your home will be secure on your return. For a tour call 1800 218 898; or visit naturesedgebuderim.com.au
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Balance the Budget and budget the balance The normal federal Budget propaganda was flowing fast and fearlessly with carrots for individual taxpayers offered by both sides, writes BRIAN MOONEY.
here weren’t any big-ticket items but that was because there isn’t much money to play with and with a federal election a possibility before May next year, the Government and the Opposition in its Budget reply had to appear to be concerned about reducing our debt as well. More of us voters are becoming concerned that we are still running yearly deficits. That means the Government is paying off debt and we are borrowing more just to stay afloat. That’s the same as an individual borrowing more money than they already have because their income isn’t enough to meet their living costs and existing loan repayments. It is only when the Government collects more tax revenue than they are paying out in benefits, services etc that we will begin to reduce Credit Card Australia. It is this ground level concern that forced the pollies to tighten the reigns this year, which is a good thing. We probably all, in some way, approach the announcements with a “what’s in it for
me?”. Some of the goodies announced (not yet LAW) are outlined below. Firstly, the government will introduce tax cuts in three stages from July 1, this year through to the year 2024-25. It starts with a new tax offset for low and middle income earners, which cuts out when an individual’s income reaches $125,333. The maximum offset is $530 in the form of a lump sum after you complete your tax return. In a great result for small business, the instant asset write-off of $20,000 will continue for the next financial year. This proved very popular and it encourages small businesses to spend money. Gerry Harvey apparently isn’t the only one that likes this incentive. In one of the recent past Budgets it was announced the government would remove the work test for eligibility to contribute to superannuation for people aged 65-74. They later removed this but have now announced that the work test will be removed for those whose super balance is less than $300,000. They will be able to make contributions for 12 months from the end
of the financial year when they last satisfied the work test. This is due to commence from July 1, 2019. As an example, say Bill and Mary (both with super balances below $300,000) continued working fulltime until they were both aged 66 and retired in October 2019. They would have met the work test for the 2019-20 financial year and could potentially contribute up to $25,000 as a concessional contribution, depending on what their employer had contributed, and also contribute $100,000 as a nonconcessional contribution that financial year. Additionally, under the new rule, in the 2020-21 financial year they could also contribute up to $100,000 each as a non-concessional contribution. Not everyone has the cash to do this but if you do, it allows more funds to enter the low tax superannuation environment. The Age Pension Work Bonus will be increased with non-assessable fortnightly earnings (from work) going from $250$300. Self-employed pensioners will be able
to benefit from this incentive. This is positive encouragement for partially retired people to still earn a certain amount of income that won’t affect their age pension under the income test. As Budgets come and go, some of the announcements are implemented but in recent times, more and more have been knocked back because the government of the day hasn’t held power in the Senate and the opposition (both sides) have blocked key elements. We have had many enquiries from people near or in retirement in recent months who are confused by what they can or should do and also what they shouldn’t be doing. If you have any questions or want some guidance send me an email, like many others have done. And finally, a goodie but an oldie from Unknown: “After the government takes enough to balance the budget, the taxpayer has the job of budgeting the balance.” Brian Mooney is a Certified Financial Planner and Authorised Representative of Logiro. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
SCAM ACTIVITY HITS A NEW HIGH Australians lost more to scammers in 2017 than in any other year since the ACCC began reporting on scam activity. According to the ACCC’s ninth annual Targeting scams report released today, more than 200,000 scam reports were submitted to the Australian Cybercrime Online Reporting Network (ACORN) and other federal and state-based government agencies in 2017. Total losses reported were $340 million – a $40 million increase on 2016. It is the first time reported losses to scams have totalled more than $300 million and demonstrates the increasing impact of scams on Australians.
Investment scams topped the losses at $64 million, an increase of more than 8 per cent. Dating and romance scams caused the second greatest losses at $42 million. Some scams are becoming very sophisticated and hard to spot using technology like social media to contact and deceive victims. The ACCC recommends visiting scamwatch.gov.au to report scams so others can be warned and to learn more about what to do if targeted. Subscribe to Scamwatch radar alerts to keep up to date with advice to avoid the latest scams affecting the community.
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Lale was picked from the street, imprisoned and eventually interred in Auschwitz. He was appointed assistant to the head tattooist, learning how to brand prisoners with the numbers which would identify them. On becoming sole tattooist he is able to move around the prison more freely and puts this to good purpose helping other prisoners. One morning a young woman comes to be branded and while rubbing the green ink over the tattoo he looks into the most beautiful eyes and, as they say in the classics, he’s a goner. This is a love story tenderly told which takes many twists and turns. I thoroughly recommend this book. As Lale said, “every day you wake up alive it’s a good day”.
This is a heart-warming tale of survival against all the odds. The theme running through the book is that some humans will do anything to survive and live another day. The author has an easy to read and flowing writing style which makes you able to complete the book in one session. Although the brutality and horrors of the death camp are described I didn’t feel them viscerally. I felt this was the book’s biggest weakness. The love story was the best bit for me. A quote from the book says it all “ ... the salvation of Man is through love”. Love and kindness to others prevail over hatred and barbaric intolerance. A good read 7/10
BOOK review JOHN KLEINSCHMIDT I have avoided Holocaust books because of the horrific and unimaginable misery inflicted on Jews by the Nazis. However, this book is a believable story about survival in the brutal and ruthless environment of Auschwitz and Birkenau. Lale, a Slovakian Jew, is determined to survive by “doing whatever has to be done” including working for the Nazis as the tattooist. He is courageous and clever, building networks that contribute to the survival of other prisoners including Gita, a girl who steals his heart while tattooing her number on her arm. I enjoyed the author’s writing style and character description – clear, concise and unforgettable.
THE TATTOOIST OF AUSCHWITZ By Heather Morris
I have read many books about Auschwitz over the years but this one is in a league of its own. That Lale and Gita could meet and find such love and survive in such a brutal, unforgiving environment is in itself a miracle. Heather Morris has written their story with such respect and passion I was in tears on many occasions. Their story is heart wrenching but at the same time enlightening and shows the strength of character of Lale and his determination to survive the cruelty of Auschwitz so that he could live out his life with his beloved Gita. Do yourself a favour and read this book. I could not put it down.
This is the true story of Lale and Gita Sokolov, two Slovakian Jews who survived Auschwitz and eventually made their home in Australia where their son was born. Like many survivors, they told few people their story but when Gita died, Lale could no longer carry the burden alone and chose to tell his story. He had been given the job of tattooing the prisoners marked for survival— literally scratching numbers into arms to create what would become a potent symbol of the Holocaust. One of those in line to be tattooed was a young girl called Gita.
MARY BARBER This is a tremendous book and very powerful. Heather Morris has done a great job in being a scribe and voice for Auschwitz survivor Lale Sokolov. It’s both a love story and a window into the horrors of everyday life in the concentration camp. It shows the frictions, abuses, risk-taking and love-in-action of those who sought to survive, not knowing when the end would come. I am glad that Mr Sokolov decided to tell his story. It’s a courageous and important gift to humanity from an old man nearing the end of his life. Thank you Mr Sokolov.
Personally, like probably most of us, I have read or watched documentaries about the Nazi concentration camps with incredulity and horror that ordinary people could endure such deprivation and cruelty. How could we have any idea of what it was like really! We shake our heads and move on. This Auschwitz story is different. It personalises and transports the reader into the day by day existence of Lale (the tattooist) and Gita and the love that grew between them over three years. The main characters are historically authentic and the photos of Lale and Gita as they aged during their years of freedom brought tears to my eyes. It is the ultimate depiction of survival and triumph. What a legacy has been left by Lale who, over three years of interviews, “told his story piecemeal, sometimes slowly and sometimes at bullet-pace”. Thank you to first time author Heather Morris who wrote a moving and memorable story. It is a story we all need to read and remember, especially high school students. Lest we forget.
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GIRLS DAY OUT with a difference This month, grab your girlfriends and have a day out together. The team at Coastal Medical & Specialist Women’s Imaging Centre encourages groups of women to visit the centre together for mammograms. We love the idea of mammograms and lunching!
ach day in Australia, 50 people are diagnosed with breast cancer. Prevention is the key. Here is what you need to know. What is a mammogram? A mammogram is the name for an X-ray of the breast. The X-rays pass through the breast and are detected by electronic sensors, which send the information to a computer. Digital images are produced, which can then be viewed on a screen. Images are taken at different angles of each breast.
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How long does it take? Around 20 minutes. Generally, the images will immediately be looked at by a radiologist and a report will be sent to your referring doctor. How vital is a mammogram in diagnosing breast cancer? Mammograms can be used to check for breast cancer in women who have no signs or symptoms of the disease. This type of mammogram is called a screening mammogram. The X-ray images often make it possible to detect cancers that can’t be felt. Screening mammograms can also find microcalcifications that sometimes indicate the presence of breast
cancer. Mammograms can also be used to check for cancer after a woman has noticed a lump or other breast changes such as breast pain, thickening of the skin, nipple discharge or a change in breast size or shape. Source: Coastal Medical & Specialist Women’s Imaging Centre
Eating oily fish like salmon and tuna every week may help protect against cardiovascular disease, arthritis and dementia and emerging evidence suggests the rich source of omega-3 fatty acids could also be a weapon against multiple sclerosis, which is on the rise. Preliminary results of a US study of more than 1000 Americans, recently presented at the 2018 American Academy of Neurology’s annual meeting, found people who were consuming fish at least once a week, or were consuming fish oil supplements, were nearly 50 per cent less likely to get MS. Very similar results have been found in Australia, says Dr Lucinda Black, from the School of Public Health at Curtin University. Researchers, led by Dr Black, examined the diets of more than 650
Australians and found the regular fish eaters were significantly less likely to experience an initial demyelinating event – a precursor to MS. “What I found is that there was a 50 per cent reduced risk of MS with people consuming two serves a week of oily fish,” Dr Black says. Other risk factors include smoking, a history of glandular fever and low vitamin D.
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Eat your way to peace of mind Ever noticed that your food choices are directly linked to your mood? Psychologist Kathryn Smith explains.
hen mood is low, we often crave carbohydrates, sugar, or junk in an attempt to feed the foul creature. In contrast, when feeling content, we tend to make healthier choices, considering the long-term health benefits of the food rather than its immediate effect or release. It’s commonly known that carbohydrate and sugar cravings are due to a dip in serotonin, a neurotransmitter in the brain affecting mood and something carbo/sugars help fuel. But when low mood is more than a passing wave, a healthy diet is absolutely paramount. It is difficult to make healthy food choices when depressed, and often people in this state of mind fall into a trap of making poor food choices in an attempt to improve mood, all the while impairing physical health, brain function, motivation levels and capacity to exercise. After a binge of junk food, feelings of guilt and disgust often creep in and exercise can fall to the wayside, as energy levels plummet. All in all, the attempt to improve a low mood was completely counterproductive. Being aware of your relationship with food and eating behaviour is an important
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first step to making healthier choices. Taking a moment to ask yourself “why” before you eat, will help you become a more mindful eater. The next step is finding a distraction or an alternative “comforter” to food. What do you love doing? What is another indulgence that can replace the habit of eating to improve mood? Mindful eating is a good practice to be in, whether you are suffering from depression or not. Although, it may be coined as the latest craze, in actual fact, it’s more traditional than trendy; our grandparents would have eaten this way. It involves simple things like, sitting down to eat, not eating on the run, enjoying your food guilt-free and appreciating the nourishment it provides your body. Eating well may also improve energy levels, giving you the motivation to exercise, the best non-pharmaceutical drug around, with benefits too long to list. But in short, exercise will improve cognitive function and mood by increasing serotonin levels in the brain, while recuperating self-esteem with its positive cosmetic effects. psychologyconsultants.com.au
NEVER TOO LATE TO GET MOVING IF YOU HAVE YOUR HEART IN IT ALMOST one in five Australian seniors feel too old to do physical activity, according to Heart Foundation research. Other barriers to being physically active included ill health, injury or disability (32 per cent of senior survey respondents), preferring to do other things (13 per cent) and not enjoying exercise (13 per cent). “The good news is that you’re never too old to benefit from physical activity,” Heart Foundation spokesman on physical activity Trevor Shilton says. “Evidence shows that physical activity really is a wonder drug and the easiest thing you can do to improve your health.” At least 30 minutes of physical activity a day can reduce the risk of heart disease by 35 per cent. It can also help manage depression and anxiety, reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes and some cancers and lower the risk of dementia later in life. Professor Shilton said regular physical activity was important at all ages and stages of life. “Almost all of us can incorporate three 10-minute blocks of activity a day,” he says. “Easy ways to achieve this include going for a walk around the block or doing active household chores
such as vacuuming.” The Heart Foundation survey revealed that seniors were less likely than younger Australians to be excited about getting active (29 per cent of seniors compared to 38 of younger Australians). “Despite many Australians being reluctant to start getting active, our research shows that more than 80 per cent of people feel that physical activity has a positive impact on their mood as it makes them feel happy, energised, satisfied and uplifted,” Prof Shilton said. And Australians are almost twice as likely to be excited about getting active if they have someone to be active with – whether that’s a friend, family member or pet. Almost half of Australian seniors said walking for exercise was the last physical activity they had done for at least 30 minutes (49 per cent), followed by “played sport” (8 per cent) and “walking for transport” (6 per cent). Seniors are most likely to be active in urban parks or walking trails (40 per cent) or at home (27 per cent). To find out more about the Heart Foundation Walking visit walking. heartfoundation.org.au or call 13 11 12.
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MUSIC DRIVES SAXY LADY’S STROKE RECOVERY
QUEENSLAND musician Lynette GordonSmith was told there was a strong chance she would never be able to play her saxophone again after she suffered a stroke last year. But 12 months and plenty of determination later, the 67-year-old “Saxy Lady” is back doing what she loves best. Lynette, who has been playing since she was 13, said she couldn’t imagine life without music so she was desperate to prove the doctors wrong. “I was devastated when I had the stroke. I spent five months in hospital and had to re-learn to swallow, talk, walk and
use my hand,” Lynette said. “But I was committed to my rehabilitation and would do extra work on my own. It has been painful at times and I’ve wanted to yell and scream out of frustration, but it has been worth it. “When I played again for the first time it felt like someone had handed me a winning lotto ticket,” she said. Lynette was one of 56,000 Australians who suffered a stroke last year. It is one of the nation’s biggest killers and a leading cause of disability. “I was one of the lucky ones. My husband Chris recognised the signs of stroke instantly when I couldn’t move my right side,” she said. “He called for an ambulance and I was able to access treatment quickly as a result. Many others were not so fortunate.” Stroke Foundation CEO Sharon McGowan said stroke was largely preventable, treatable and could be beaten. “With the right treatment at the right time many people are able to make a good recovery from stroke,” she said. “Lynette is testament to the importance of accessing high quality treatment fast, but also demonstrates that recovery from stroke does not end when people leave hospital. Recovery from stroke can be
long and it can be hard, but with determination, assistance and support many people are able to make a meaningful recovery and live well.” Ms McGowan said Lynette’s recovery was remarkable. “Being able to return to your passion after stroke is a major milestone,” she said. The Saxy Lady is now looking forward to performing in concerts again, with her husband and trusted sound engineer Chris by her side. Visit strokefoundation.org.au
SIGNS OF STROKE The FAST test is the best way to remember the most common signs of stroke. It involves asking these questions: Face – Check their face. Has their mouth drooped? Arms – Can they lift both arms? Speech – Is their speech slurred? Do they understand you? Time – Time is critical. If you see any of these signs, call 000 straight away
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TALK LIKES THE EGYPTIANS The next Australian Decorative and Fine Arts Society presentation will be by Dr Rodna Siebels who will explain how the ancient Egyptians decorated their tombs with scenes of daily life. Extraordinary detail in the paintings provides modern viewers with an opportunity to glimpse how people lived along the Nile Valley 4000 years ago. ADFAS is a not-for-profit organisation providing superbly illustrated monthly presentations on diverse topics within the arts and related disciplines. The goal is to enable members and guests to learn more about the arts in a friendly, welcoming environment – plus to enjoy meeting like -minded people – and chat over supper. Monthly raffles raise funds to support local young art projects. Lecturers are specialists in their fields from a variety of professional backgrounds. The presentation is on Monday, June 18, 6.30pm for 6.45pm start at the Drama Theatre Matthew Flinders College, Stringybark Road, Buderim. Email email@example.com
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THE Jazz Kings and Nicole Parker-Brown, a new all-star band, makes its debut at the Caloundra Power Boat Club on Sunday, June 3, from 2pm. Led by Peter Uppman (trumpet) whose award -winning style is instantly recognisable, it brings together a wealth of experience. Uppman has a massive repertoire and is joined by George Matheson (guitar) who has performed with The Seekers, Liza Minnelli and Peter Allen; Mark Nathuysen (rhythm guitar) a Brisbanebased composer; bassist John Conley who has played and recorded with many bands including Winnifred Atwell, The Four Kinsmen and Errol Buddle; and drummer Rodney Ford, a well-known member of Galapagos Duck. Nicole Parker-Brown has worked extensively throughout Europe and UK, with a repertoire inspired by Nina Simone, Bessi Smith and Ella Fitzgerald. Tickets $22.50 seniors and Sunshine Coast Jazz Club members. Purchase at the door call Carlyn 0427 782 960.
AUSTRALIA’S largest scale Pink Floyd concept show Echoes of Pink Floyd arrives at the Caloundra Events Centre Saturday, June 16, 8pm. The two-hour full-scale concert production celebrates 35 years since Pink Floyd last toured The Wall, and includes tracks from the band’s popular 1979 album as well as a selection of Pink Floyd’s greatest hits. Local schools will provide the “Brick in the Wall” choir. Synchronised to the music and designed to recreate the sights and emotions of a genuine Pink Floyd concert, it’s an experience. Tickets $75, concessions $70. Call 07 5491 4240 or visit theeventscentre.com.au NATIONAL Jazz Award winner and Freedman Fellowship finalist Zac Hurren and the Appian Way will play the Jazz Sessions in Nambour on Saturday, June 30, from 3.30pm. Nambour is part of a national tour that includes the Brisbane and Melbourne international jazz festivals, SIMA Sydney and COMA Adelaide, for the launch of a new album, Asylum. Zac Hurren, a tenor saxophonist, is joined by Sam Pankhurst on double bass and drummer Ritchie Daniels and will perform material from the new album.
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The wild and wonderful land of fire and ice The name gives a hint it might be a tad chilly, but the spectacular and remote landscapes of Iceland makes it well worthwhile layering up with winter woollies and heading out to explore the land of fire and ice, writes DOT WHITTINGTON
The geyser shoots up through the icy ground about every five to 10 minutes at Laugarvatn.
t was a beautiful, clear, sunny afternoon when we picked up the hire car at Keflavik airport and set off to Reykjavik where the Icelandic capital is more like a small town. It’s not surprising, as Iceland has a population of only 335,000 and even though two-thirds of them live in the capital, it still doesn’t make it a big city. It’s March, and I expected it would be spring, but it appears there are only two seasons, freezing cold and not quite so cold. The highest temperature ever recorded in Iceland was 30.5C in 1939! A piece of trivia comes to mind – Iceland was named by explorers from the south who found it remarkably icy, while
Greenland was named by explorers coming from the north who found it surprisingly green. In fairness, Iceland is greener and Greenland is icier. I remind myself of this as I pull on yet another layer of clothes before heading out. There’s a bone-biting wind and waterbirds cluster in the corner of the town pond that’s not covered in ice, but there’s not a cloud in the sky as the sun sets over Arctic blue waters around 7pm. The biggest shock is the price of food. It is expensive, and that’s without testing smoked puffin and a whale peppersteak. Four tiny dumplings for $24, and then it’s off to the supermarket to check out some dining options for the next 10 days.
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It’s not cheap either, but when you think this is a small island that’s covered in ice where most food must come in from Europe, it is hardly surprising. The next day the Winter Wonderland Magic tour begins in earnest. The Iceland Tours 11-day package is heartily recommended. It includes hire car, bed and breakfast, and a comprehensive itinerary detailing where to head each day and what not to miss on the way, complete with mileages and expected travel times. For the most part, navigation is by GPS coordinates rather than name, which works well as most places are impossible to spell and unpronounceable. There is only one main road circumnavigating the island – a total length of 1300km – with some, but not a lot, smaller roads leading off to sightseeing spots and tiny clusters of houses, so it is hard to get lost. Daily distances are an average of only 300km. It seems to be an icy version of the Outback, with limited roads and houses so remote you wonder how anyone can live there. The first day is the day of waterfalls, lots and lots of them and most of them frozen. Pingvellir National Park is world heritage and a geological wonder of the world. You can see the effects of tectonic plate movement, cracks and fissures in the earth’s surface. It’s a desolate and barren landscape and a surprising place for the first Icelandic parliament to have been founded in the 10th century. Picnic tables encased in ice are a sign
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that this will be a different place in that brief window they call summer. A dog sled team leaves it tracks across the wilderness. Among the frozen waterfalls is a thermal area where steam billows out of the ice, boiling pools and a geyser at Laugarvatn. Strokkur, the main hot spring, fires up every five to 10 minutes. Gullfoss the “golden waterfall” drops into a deep ravine and is billed as one of the country’s most beautiful. Houses are few and the landscape swings from volcanic rock to snow and ice. The next day is glaciers. Lots of them. Through lava fields known as the Black Desert of Myrdalssandur and Eldhraun (lava of fire) formed during a huge eruption in 1783, we arrive in Skaftafell National Park at the base of Vatnajokull, the largest glacier in Europe. Glaciers lined up one after another, ooze out of the mountains. A beach the “polar” opposite of Queensland is clean black sand dotted continued page 32 >
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Clear skies and icy roads but driving is not as precarious as it might appear. with chunks of crystal clear ice and icebergs sit at the surf’s edge. Day three and it’s fjords. Lots of them too, as we head north along the east coast and then west to Egilsstadir. The Almannaskard tunnel replaced a steep and narrow pass that regularly cut traffic during winter. Thank goodness, as there was to be enough winding around fjords and over mountains on icy roads while the snow came down in clouds. Fortunately, rather than snow chains, the car’s tyres have metal studs which give good grip in the ice. And of course,
we are driving much slower than the average Icelander, although the speed limit is always 90kmh on road No.1. At Djupivogur we see one of the few manmade attractions. Eggin, a sculpture by Sigurdur Gudmundsson, is a series of 34 giant stone eggs sitting on plinths around the harbour. The drive passes spectacular towering mountains on one side and sparkling blue water on the other before turning monochromatic in heavy snow. Eggilsstadir is the main town of East Iceland and is on the 35km long Lake
fence is made of turf. The buildings are extremely well preserved and to think people lived here is mind boggling. Next stop is the Grabrok volcano formed in an eruption 2-3000 years ago. We climb up and walk around the crater. Then it’s on to the Deildartunguhver where hot springs pouring out of the ground are harnessed for power. A trip around on the Snafellsnes Peninsula is another full day, easy on one side and a whiteout on the other as snow blows down from the mountain tops. Stopping on the coast to admire the sea and the birdlife and, with Reykjavik in the distance, we felt some sadness that this was the last day out on the road. We had made it around Iceland. But not quite willing to admit it’s over, we spend the last day exploring Reykjanes Peninsula. There’s the famous Blue Lagoon, the tourist hot spot of Iceland; an Icelandic version of the 12 Apostles; and the bridge between two continents where the Eurasian and American tectonic plates meet. Although we were a couple of old girls more than twice the age of most other tourists we met on the road – not that there was a lot of them – it was a grand escapade in a wild and beautiful country. Iceland delivers beauty in bucketloads and the self-drive tour gives security and independence in equal measure.
Logurinn, Iceland’s third largest. Heading into north Iceland and Lake Myvatn, it’s still snowing as we pass volcanoes, craters, lava fields and thermal pools. It’s a lunar landscape through the Modrudalur highlands of the north-east. Deep white snow over black lava rocks looks like choc chip icecream as far as the eye can see, while snow drifts dust the mountain tops like sugar on a muffin. Dettifoss, Iceland’s most powerful waterfall, is 100m wide and thunders 44m into a deep gorge. Again, there’s the contrast of a sulphurous hot spring area. Through fields of fat marshmallow snow we stop at the 12m Godafoss waterfall “waterfall of the gods”. In the year 1000 a chieftain was entrusted with deciding if Icelanders should adopt the Christian faith. When his decision was formally accepted, he went home and threw his statues of pagan gods into the waterfall, hence the name. Akureyri, the capital of the north, is at the end of a fjord and was literally breath-taking as it appeared bright blue out of the white. It has a population of about 15,000, an imposing church and an outdoor swimming pool. An Icelandic swim team training in the pool brings to mind the Jamaican bob-sledders. Heading south to Borganes, the roads are still ice covered through a valley of heath most of it dusted in snow, and stop at the Glaumbaer turf houses. Even the
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In vibrant Shanghai, walk along the famous Bund, ascend the Pearl TV tower – the third highest in the world – and get a feel for the vast area of the Shanghai CBD in a city sights tour. Explore the Yu garden and end the day with dinner at the famous Acrobatic Show. Travel on the world-famous Bullet train, an experience in itself, and visit ancient Tunxi, a photographer’s delight with 600-year-old buildings and stunning scenery. A must-do is a full day on Mt Huangshan Yellow Mountain which is off the beaten track and only recently has been discovered by western tourists. Travel to the top by cable car and stay overnight to see the spectacular sunset and sunrise in this magnificent place of jagged peaks and breathtaking scenery. A walk on the Great Wall is always one of the essentials in a visit to China. Walk a little or a lot on this amazing feat of engineering and ancient history.
Floral magnificence. Join in the fun on a local on a rickshaw ride as you make your way through local markets and sights. Experience the famous Peking Opera Show with its amazing back drops and colourful costumes. In Beijing, China’s capital, visit the Forbidden City and Tiananmen Square. For garden lovers there are many ancient gardens, the highlight being Fragrant Hills Park, which has flowers as far as the eye can see. Many of the plants grown in Australia originate in China, including the chrysanthemum.
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1. How many letters are in the Brisbane suburb known as the “Gabba”? 2. What is not a field position in cricket: slip, long on, wing? 3. Arithmetically, what is one half divided by one half? 4. Which planet in our solar system has the most oxygen? 5. Which Australian capital city was bombed during World War II? 6. In the Olympics, what country has the abbreviation SUI? 7. How many degrees does a car turn through when doing a U turn? 8. Which six letter word can be a structure on a ship or a river, and a card game? 9. What animal does a matador traditionally fight? 10. In the lunar cycle, what is the opposite of waxing? 11. In tennis, what country does Daria Gavrilova represent? 12. Which two consecutive months have the most days? 13. What is the noun from “humble”? 14. What geographical feature is abbreviated to “prom”? 15. What Chinese airline is based in Hong Kong? 16. Which island was the origin of copper’s name? 17. What is the usual shape of a man’s handkerchief? 18. Which American state has only one syllable in its name? 19. What kind of things are tweeters and woofers? 20. What relation was Charlotte to Emily and Anne Bronte?
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Form at least one nine letter word from the given letters and as many other words as possible of four or more letters. Each word must contain the letter in the central circle. Simple plurals, formed by adding “s” are not counted as extra words. No preﬁxes or suﬃxes. Reference: The Macquarie Concise Dictionary.
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