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Editor’s note


hristmas memories for me are firmly lodged in childhood, my own and that of my children, and now my granddaughter. There has been a couple of sad periods of life when it all meant very little and no matter how hard I tried, I just couldn’t get excited or find the spirit of Christmas anywhere. The first was in my late teens and 20s, when Christmas meant only boring family dinners and scrambling to watch nieces and nephews experiencing what I had known a decade earlier. It all came back with the arrival of my own children and once again I would struggle to get to sleep on Christmas Eve, overwhelmed by the anticipation of seeing the kids wake

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Contents up to the wonder of it all. I often thought I got more out of it than they did. Then they too grew up and the Christmas spirit disappeared again. For a few years, I tried putting up a Christmas tree in my empty nest, but then decided it wasn’t worth the effort of having to pull it all down again. Adult children were quite ho-hum about it all, just as I had been as a young adult. And then along came a grandchild and it’s all back again. Once again we can pull out the decorations, and work side by side in the kitchen preparing all sorts of food that we may not even like but still need to have because it’s Christmas. Although my granddaughter is still a bit too young to appreciate what’s going on, for the rest of us, the Christmas spirit is most definitely back. Hurrah for grandchildren. So, for Christmas this year, we have a tribute to the grandchildren in our lives. Three tough old nuts go soft when they write about welcoming a new generation into the world. Best wishes for a safe and happy Christmas. Dorothy Whittington, Editor













































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It’s simply grand The festival of Christmas was founded on new life, when the shepherds and wise men arrived at a Bethlehem stable to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ. Although the celebration has evolved around the globe during the past 2000 years, it remains a time for children, gift-giving, revelry and goodwill. From our own childhood to parenthood and now grandparenthood, kids still remain at the centre of festivities. Three veteran journalists who this year welcomed grandchildren into their lives, reflect on the arrival of a new generation.

SMALL WONDERS Glenis Green ON my morning walk the other day I found a Christmas beetle flailing about under a lamp post and I have to admit I was pretty excited. I picked it up carefully and took it home in a tissue and transferred it to a little plastic box. My two-year-old grandson Jax was due to call in and I knew he would love to see it, touch it and then let it go in the garden. He was nearly as excited as me when he saw it – exploring the word Christmas beetle with his newfound command of language and letting its sticky feet crawl along his little hand. Somewhere between being a latestarter Mum and the arrival of grandchildren, the world and work

overtook that sense of wonder and now, being a Grandma of three – Jax, Lily, 3, and Eva, 8 months - I have it back again. That’s what grandchildren do. They restore that world of fun and wonderment. Whether it’s a swing in the playground, a splash at the beach, going to their first dance concert, catching their first fish or feeding the ducks, there is such a joy in having that little hand holding yours while urging “Grandma” to come and see. Even a coloured leaf, a stone or a worm is a source of amazement and the smiles and giggles light up your day. What they especially like – and so do I – is that Grandma has the time and patience to do things just that little bit more slowly.

A stroll can turn into fact-finding mission with every ant, fallen branch, lump of bark, and puddle, worth examining in minute detail. Even a drainpipe grate with water in the bottom has to have a stone thrown in and closely surveyed for possible fish. Watching their individual personalities and imaginations develop is so rewarding. Shy Lily has become a dancer. She’s also keen on swimming, superheroes and Doctor Who and can imitate Spiderman like a pro. Spi Jax is fishing mad and can name all the species his Dad catches, from spangled emperor to Moses perch. He can spa identify them and is already handy at ide catching them himself. cat Any stick or pole becomes a fishing rod and anything with a rope becomes an instant crabpot. I’m instructed to sit on his “boat” bed and help reel them in. He’s also keen on footy, knows most of tthe Broncos’ names and was overwhelmed and uncharacteristically ove shy when he met his idol Matt Gillett. Little Eva, despite being born with a cleft lip and palate, has proved brave and cheerful through a lip operation and is now a gurgling, giggling tot always full of smiles for everyone. She now has her big palate operation coming up. Of course, each and every milestone, from a new tooth to the first word or step is celebrated by Grandma too. And what’s also so nice about grandparenting is seeing your own children grow as parents and thinking, well, I must have done something right. Christmas will be especially bright – and hectic – this year with my fourth grandchild, a boy, due Christmas week. That will be another little hand to slip into mine and say “Come on, Grandma, let’s go!”

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don’t arrive with an instruction manual. An entire three-way relationship begins to develop: “Of course you can make use of our experience, but just don’t hold us responsible for anything.” It’s at once liberating and deeply worrying. Even though, as every experienced parent can testify, babies are much tougher than we give them credit for, that doesn’t help lower the stress level. Our darling granddaughter lives in Sydney we still “talk” several times a day through the wonder of technology. She’s beginning to recognise those faces on the screen that try to coax her into a smile. Oh yes, we’re quite certain of that and nothing will change our minds. My grandmother, who did much of the child rearing in our family as both parents worked, was born during Queen Victoria’s reign in a tenement in Dundee, Scotland. There was no doctor, no midwife and the experienced mother from across the hallway did the honours supported by several of the other women in the tenement. She was laid in a handmade cradle and had handmade toys for later. My granddaughter arrived in this world in a brightly lit birthing suite full of gadgetry and expert personnel. But she cares about her surroundings about as much as my infant grannie did. Babies need love, breast milk and attention but we’ll never be persuaded that the rest isn’t absolutely necessary. Anyway, why take chances when you don’t have to? (A stroll around any of our older cemeteries will give an insight into the number of infant deaths 100 years ago. It’s a sobering and humbling experience). So, our new arrival is born into to a 21st century crammed with electronic wonders and with access to vastly enhanced medical knowledge. And she doesn’t care. But we do. This little one won’t know a thing about those precious early moments of her life – at least until she gives her own mum a grandchild.

MY first grandson was a long time in the making, coming as he did almost 17 years after the birth of the first of four granddaughters and at the end of 48 hours of labour. And even then, he had to be welcomed into the world via caesarean section; his exhausted mother Romi could push no more. Rex Raj Moipi Thomas – his name acknowledging his New Zealand, Indian and Papuan heritage – arrived at 1.06am on October 30. He’s very likely to be taller, darker and more handsome than me. Quelle surprise. When I emailed a few friends to tell them of his arrival and his birth weight – 3.4kg compared with my 3lbs 4oz – my towering Tasmanian mate of 40 years replied “Weight OK, length ???”. His subtle dig led me to wonder how I would measure up in another way. Would I be able to come close to the example set by my paternal grandfather? I carry with me memories of school

holidays spent in the care of the kindest and gentlest of men. Grandad Thomas, widowed in his early 60s, had some natural advantages. The view from his kitchen/dining room window was of a striking limestone formation and excitement came in the form of limestone chips that landed on his roof after a loud whistle warned of an impending blast in the nearby quarry. The day almost always began with a full English/Welsh breakfast of fried eggs, bacon, sausages and bread; no wonder Grandad later suffered from angina. Sometimes we would spend the day in his smithy, where I would be detailed to man the bellows and then watch in awe as Grandad crafted ceremonial swords for his Masonic Lodge. If the weather was foul, we would often stay in and play endless games of draughts. Grandad could sense when my enthusiasm was flagging and let me win an occasional game. But often we went rambling in the limestone reserve or over adjacent farmland, sometimes collecting water cress for dinner. On the front lawn, Grandad indulged my love of football and cricket, although he was nowhere near competitive enough for my liking. He would send me off with an impossibly heavy sledge to collect pine cones for his fire. No matter how great the burden, I never dreamt of letting him down. It was a simpler time, without mobile phones or television. Not that it mattered. I was ready for bed soon after dark most days. So much has changed in 60 years. Rex has the most loving of parents in my youngest son Ray and wife Romi but the world is full of new challenges. I want him to be as caring and witty as his 16-year-old cousin Kalesha, for

example, yet I worry that racial prejudice seems to be on the rise again and, even worse, climate change might threaten our very existence. At the very least I want Rex to have a solid grasp of science and be sceptical of the outpourings of journalists with an agenda, politicians and shock jocks. Chances are that I won’t be around to see him reach adulthood. My hope is that there will still be a world worth inhabiting. Is that too much to hope for?

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Printers make their point The proliferation of misplaced apostrophes and the misuse of commas and other punctuation marks leaves DAVID PARMITER wondering what’s the (full) point?


ne of the best of our English grammarians was Eric Partridge. Among his many books on grammar, his English Usage and Abusage: a guide to good English, (Hamish Hamilton, 1947) contains a lot about correct punctuation. He points out that the English language didn’t employ punctuation until after printing was invented. Typesetters and publishers needed a way to signal how the sentences should be read or spoken. Punctuation was a way to separate the words and clarify their meaning. I also have a wonderful book by Lynne Truss called Eats Shoots and Leaves. This is known as the Panda Joke. The Panda version follows the verb Eats with two objects that the panda eats. Insert a comma and it becomes three verbs – Eats, Shoots and Leaves, which may describe a visiting gentleman who dines, hunts and departs. Her entertaining book analyses the greengrocer’s

Shirl has the shells but who knows what her shellfish possess. apostrophe, the one that urges you to buy banana’s and avo’s. Even supermarket advertisers spruik this week’s special’s. And ads for retirement villages tell us that they are for the over 55’s. We may be among the over 55s, but we can still spell. But I digress. Before Gutenberg, manuscripts were handwritten on parchment or vellum and were not punctuated. Words, not marks, were needed.

Stories were passed to each new generation by the spoken word. The advent of printing in the 15th century brought a barrage of prose and dilemmas about where to put pauses, and how to indicate questions or separate clauses for readers. Laying out brass letters on wooden frames before going to press, meant some new brass indicators were needed. And so, the ongoing

predicament of punctuation was born. As Truss points out, you read as you speak, so you need some indicators showing when to pause, to take a breath or to change your voice. “What are you doing?” is an enquiry, so a squiggly curve says question. “What are you doing!” indicates annoyance, so requires an exclamation mark. Same words, different inflection. Punctuation becomes a road-map for communication. You speak and I respond, but my response is influenced by your verbal or written punctuation. Many of today’s television presenters need to know that – take a breath at the end of the sentence, get rid of the autocue and think! At school, we were taught that a comma separates a subordinate clause from the main clause. Not many today even know what a clause is, much less a subordinate clause, a dependent clause or a


conditional clause. When you use the word ‘if’, the verb has to be in the subjunctive mood: “if I were to leave you now ...” Who knew? Do we use a comma or a semi-colon? Answer: a comma is used in lists, between phrases and between some clauses. A semi-colon is used only between self-contained clauses following the main subject. A colon is used before a list or a statement like this: which indicates “are you ready? Here it comes” and then the list. The single inverted comma also denotes missing letters or numbers, so we don’t write: the possessive 50’s, but the plural ‘50s (for 1950s) or 55s for the demographic. Let’s go back to Grade 5 and teach box analysis. At least we learned about punctuation, grammar and sentence construction, something that is disappearing into cyberspace, that black hole that is consuming the printed word.

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Mexican Dip Serves 16 as an appetizer Difficulty • 1 x 435g can refried beans • 1 x 300ml jar hot salsa • 1 tablespoon reduced-salt taco seasoning • 1 cup (250g) avocado mashed • 1 x 200g tub natural no fat yoghurt • ½ cup tomato small diced • 2 shallots thinly sliced • ¼ cup capsicum small diced • 1/3 cup (33g) 30% reduced fat tasty cheese freshly grated

Serves 10 Difficulty • 1/3 cup slivered almonds • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds • ½ cup 100% fat-free French dressing • 1 tablespoon soy sauce 43% less salt • 1/3 cup brown sugar • ½ large Chinese cabbage (wombok) • ½ cup celery sliced • ½ cup shallots chopped • 1 cup Chang’s® Fried Noodles Place almonds on a sheet of foil under griller and toast. Be careful as they burn easily. Leave to one side. Place sesame seeds on a sheet of foil under griller like almonds and toast. They will brown quickly so keep an eye on them. Combine dressing, soy sauce and sugar in a small container that has a lid. Shake until sugar has dissolved. Wash cabbage well then remove core and finely slice. Place into a large mixing bowl with celery and shallots. When ready to serve add the sesame seeds and almonds, folding through cabbage mix then fold in noodles. Pour dressing over cabbage and combine. Serve. Note: Don’t add the noodles until ready to eat as they will go soft. (not suitable for freezing) Nutritional information per serve: Total fat 4.7g, saturated fat 0.8g, fibre 3.4g, protein 4.1g, carbs 11.7g, sugar 8.2g, sodium 224mg, 433kj (103 cals), Low GI rating. Dietitian’s tip: Chinese cabbage is a good source of vitamin A and vitamin C and is low in kilojoules.

Combine refried beans with salsa in a medium size mixing bowl. Spread over the base of a pie dish (23cm). Mix the taco seasoning with avocado and gently spread over top of bean mix. Spread yoghurt over avocado then sprinkle tomato, shallots and capsicum over top and then the cheese. Refrigerate until required. (not suitable for freezing).

Nutritional information per serve: Total fat 4.5g, saturated fat 1.4g, fibre 1.8g, protein 3.3g, carbs 5.9g, sugar 3.0g, sodium 289mg, 321kj (77 cals), Low GI rating. Dietitian’s tip: A clever swap using natural yoghurt instead of sour cream and so many salt- reduced products which can help fight heart disease.

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Recipes from Annette Sym’s bestselling low-fat cookbook series, Symply Too Good To Be True. Visit symplytoogood.com.au © Annette Sym 2019.

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by Mocco Wollert THE signs are everywhere: “Only days to Xmas”. I received an early card for the festive season: “Merry Merry Xmas”. I wonder who or what this Xmas is – surely not the celebration of Christ’s birth? I feel offended by the abbreviation of one of the holiest events in the Christian calendar. Would the millions of Hindus shorten the name of their Festival of Light Diwali or the followers of Islam shorten the name of their festival of Ramadan? I really don’t think so. I am not a particularly religious person but being brought up a Catholic, the holy feast days such as Easter and Christmas always mean something special to me. I loved baby Jesus when I was a little girl. I was terribly upset when I broke off one of his arms trying to make him fit into his crib in the nativity scene under the Christmas tree. It was only when my mother was able to convince me that that it was sort of a baby Jesus doll and not the real baby Jesus, that I stopped crying. She fixed the arm with superglue. If only we could fix all sad and frightening things with glue. Then there was the Christmas when the tree caught fire from a candle. Only the big jug of Christmas Punch poured

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over the flames prevented a disaster. The tree wasn’t drunk but it sure looked like it. Christmas was such an exciting time. Wish lists had to be written early. In spite of my long list of things I wanted as a child, I knew that there would be only one or two presents under the tree. I would take a long time to unwrap each one, dragging out that anticipation, wondering which wish had been granted. Watching children rip wrapping paper off present after present, and pile them up without savouring them, leaves me sad. I won’t bring up the general complaint about the shops displaying toys and Christmas decorations in October. It is what it is, and we oldies have to put up with listening to Jingle Bells for nearly 2½ months before December 25. If it was White Christmas by Bing Crosby, I might not complain. Being born in Germany, to me, the predominant factors of Christmas were softly falling snow, green spruce and church bells. Those memories come back briefly when my brother sends photos. For me, Christmas Day needs to rise with a hot sun warming long stretches of sand. Sitting on the beach, my vision filled with the incredible blue of the ocean, I savour sipping sauvignon blanc cold from an ice-filled esky. Hot toddies and mulled wine are not for me. May your Christmas tree sparkle and your sauvignon blanc be cold.

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THE closest many Australians get to a snow-covered Christmas is the scene on the greeting cards that arrive in December, that is, if you still know anyone who sends cards. It was a new experience for me to spend last Christmas in Sweden, where celebrations are done and dusted on the 24th, and the 25th is an extra day off. It was pre-dawn when hubby and I rugged up for the walk to the local church in Vallentuna, north of Stockholm. At times, the stroll was more like ice skating. The church is a majestic, 800-year-old building surrounded by snow-covered tombstones, and with a frozen lake behind it, it is truly postcard material. In more ways than one, it was a long way from the little weatherboard church at home where ceiling fans whir their

hearts out circulating humid air. Once inside the stone walls, several layers of outer clothing were peeled off. This process is repeated a lot in the cold climate and the novelty quickly wore off. Even so, we were still covered by several layers. We shuffled into one of the many long, wooden pews and sat amid a mountain of discarded clothing. The service began with a burst of sound from a massive pipe organ. Following the cue of the rest of the congregation, we opened hymn books and joined in the singing. Everything was in Swedish, so we can only assume that the words were appropriate. The best we could do was sing softly so as not to amuse locals with our butchering of their language. Prayer and message followed but I chose to simply enjoy the atmosphere, having given up any attempt to understand the words. It would take a lot more than a Swedish phrase book for this. As the glow of sunrise reached the windows, an excellent tenor voice led another hymn. My goose bumps were no longer from the cold. Once the service was over, we donned our winter woollies again and stepped into the white wonderland beyond the huge, wooden doors. I loved the experience of a white Christmas but give me shorts and T-shirt weather any day. Happy Christmas to all!

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Dream a little dream of Macan It’s unlikely his Christmas wish will be granted, so BRUCE McMAHON has two resolutions for the New Year – win the Lotto and buy a Porsche Macan.


n the weird and wonderful days of the evolving motor business, it may be time to consider one last blast of a sporting, yet practical, petrol-engine machine. Maybe it’s time for one last indulgence. For sure, now that the likes of Porsche and Mercedes-Benz have embraced electrification of personal transport, there appears to be room down the track for the thrill of driving; of challenging the law of physics on a misty mountain road but it may take time before electric motor cars are as convenient as current machines for country outings. Today’s Porsche Macan is a very convenient machine indeed. It looks good – one of the tidier, more handsome of SUVs out there – and it rides and goes just as well with all the premium touches expected from a high-end German brand. There’s an issue though, and perhaps the need for a Lotto windfall: the Macan range starts off at an easy $81,000 or so. That’s before on-road costs and that’s before you start adding a couple of options. Sports tailpipes in black? That’ll be $1890, thanks. Plus, there’s the choice of performance. Move to the Macan S and the base

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price is $97,500. Never mind, the grandkids don’t need much in the way of fancy presents this Christmas or next. Instead, kids will be happy tucked away in the back of a very comfortable wagon, beach holiday luggage secure behind. Upfront, the driver and passenger are tucked into cosy cockpits with a tonne of switches and buttons for all manner of safety and convenience features from audio systems to phone hook-ups to an off-road mode for V6 engine and seven-

speed auto transmission. It’s all-wheel drive, hooked up to 250kW of power and a decent load of torque. Performance is delivered with smoothness and purpose. The German SUV can be as docile or as determined as a driver might decide, but it always burbles well. And while the “sport” side of this Sports Utility Vehicle is well-served with excellent steering response, impressive braking, and top-class handling for a family wagon, it’s out on back-country

roads, bitumen or dirt, where the Macan is most appreciated. Fast Saturday morning runs or Sunday afternoon strolls, rough surfaces or sudden turns masked by bumper-high roadside grasses won’t disturb the wagon’s serenity out here. Ride comfort is premium and noise, vibration and harshness levels minimal. All this comes with a reasonable-sized cargo space under the tailgate. A family of four – grandparents and two grandkids – could make this work although back seat and cargo space may not suit travel with a pair of older teenagers behind. That’s when you need to dip into the Lotto win and move on up to Porsche’s larger SUV, the Cayenne. For many drivers and dreamers though, the Porsche Macan S is a fine machine to aspire to. It’s sporting yet practical with premium quality inside and out, all with the comfort and competence to head down a rutted farm track. There are other class European SUVs in these price brackets – Jaguar’s F-Pace for one – but the Macan, updated here and there since its launch five years ago, continues to hold its own among this mob of fine petrol-powered machines.

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Aged care refers to a person not a medical condition Ageism is alive and well and the sometimes-patronising assumptions we make about aging can influence care for older Australians. KENDALL MORTON discusses the importance of keeping people at the forefront of care.


ging and the Art of Living was written by Dutch philosopher Jan Baars. His ideas challenge us to reflect on how we care for older people in our communities. He argues that science does not produce objective knowledge but serves to legitimise and regulate the social processes and forms of domination. It helps us view aging as a medical condition. But – newsflash – aging is not a disease! When we focus exclusively on the physical effects of aging, such as lower bone density and diminished sight and hearing, it’s easy to devalue and disempower seniors. It’s easy to bow to the medical descriptions of ourselves as frail, impaired … less than. You may not think this matters to you now, but God willing, we will all be old one day. And ageism diminishes us all. Baars says terms we use, such as “the aged” and “the elderly” are part of the problem. These terms allow us to think of older citizens as objects of special care, rather than people with ideas, histories and innate value. He goes on to challenge the health

sector to deliver care differently. In his words, care should be “embedded in the life of persons with dignity in their own right, not simply problematic beings needing care.” (The Aging and the Art of Living, 2012) It’s common to reflect at the end of life. Did I matter? Did I love enough? These are questions about connections and purpose. Baars has coined a new word. He says rather than being human we are “interhuman”. We are born, live and die in relation to others. Taking on this interhuman concept lets us re-evaluate how we give home care. It’s not possible to be in someone’s home three or more mornings a week without becoming part of their lives. Love and connection happen. It’s natural and it’s enriching for the home care worker and the person living at home. However, the language we use such as “receiving care” is difficult. It paints the client with a home care package as a docile recipient of a service. We are alert to this language and the cultural tendencies to disempower older people.

As someone loses mobility or strength it’s easy to take decisions away from them, to infantilise them or see them as a collection of medical or nursing dilemmas to be managed. It’s faster to do things for them than let them stay in control. Language is one way we give or take power from people. Have you heard a younger person address an older person with “Hello darling. How are we today?” in a sing-song voice. I cringe. I’m sure you do too. Home care happens in a cultural context. We are all influenced by advertising and stories. Ageism is deeply embedded in our society. It’s not cool to have wrinkles. Our corporations can sell more potions and lotions when looking old is something to be avoided and ashamed of. Let’s talk about power again. When care staff go into a client’s home we need to remember the client is the decisionmaker. For example, they choose the time of day we arrive, the services we provide, what they wear each day and the outside activities they join. They choose what we call them, “Mrs Lee” or “Susan”. Home care is often seen as

transactional. We give someone a shower and we are paid by them or the government. The senior person gets to remain safely at home for another day. This is a very impoverished way of looking at things. A better approach is person-centred not task-centred. Carers need to enter the home thinking about WHO rather than WHAT. It’s a challenge to create relationships in a short space of time. But staff do this again and again. They share jokes, they listen. They do their work in a warm human context. And the service we provide is directed by the client. If there’s time to spare, they decide whether the carer makes them a cuppa or waters the patio plants. This may seem like a minor thing, but being an adult means making decisions. If we take that away in the home care relationship, we turn private homes into mini-institutions. And we are all poorer for that. Kendall Morton is the Director of Home Care Assistance Sunshine Coast to Wide Bay. Call 5491 6888 or email kmorton@homecareassistance.com


Doors finally close on Windows 7 Windows 7 has been a staple for all Windows users for almost a decade, but now, writes NATHAN WELLINGTON, it’s time to say farewell to a faithful old friend.


remember when Microsoft first released Windows 7 and what a breath of fresh air it was after Windows Vista – it made it so much easier to navigate around my computer, while the simple menus made it easy to find programs and files. But, as with all technology, all good things must change, and with that, Microsoft has announced that from January 2020 it will no longer support Windows 7. What does this mean to for us? Put simply, Microsoft calls this the “end of life”, which means there will be no more updates for Windows 7 – no bug-fixes, no security patches and no new functionality, making any user significantly more susceptible to Malware attacks. Since this announcement, many clients have called seeking guidance. For many, I have suggested that this is the time to look into upgrading their computer. If you have Windows 7, chances are

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your computer may not be compatible with newer operating systems due to its age. That, coupled with the $199 it costs for a Windows 10 licence, makes it difficult to justify. I am not one to change for the sake of change, but, for the price of a reliable new computer with Windows 10 preinstalled, the benefits of upgrading to a new computer vastly outweigh the potential trouble you encounter upgrading the operating system on your old computer. Only a couple of weeks ago, I heard from a client who had been using her PC for 10 years. She had it set up just the way she liked it, and it was loaded with her embroidery and card making software. She used it to check her emails and make Christmas cards. Due to its age, it was slowing down to the point of needing new parts. It simply wasn’t worth the new parts and with the impending expiration of Windows 7, we discussed if it was time to purchase a new one. I have known her for many years and

had been able to keep her existing computer going for her. I also knew what she used it for, and that she was living on her own and would find it scary to go into a big retail store. Together we went online, and I guided her through the online purchase of a small but reliable computer, from the comfort of her lounge room. She paid for it securely and it would be delivered to her door within the next day or two, without a salesperson or retail store in sight. When it arrived, she gave me a call and we organised for me to pick up her

computers and over the next few days, I transferred everything over to her new computer. I registered it, installed all the updates, transferred her embroidery programs, set up her email and made it look just like her old PC. Once completed, I installed her new computer at her home, connected it to the internet and her printer and spent an hour going through the basics so she knew what new things to look out for. Over the course of the week she emailed me a few questions, after which, she was rocketing along, painlessly. Many may find it a little daunting to transition from Windows 7 to Windows 10, but with the right help, this process can be simple and painless. If you have any questions ask your local tech, or if you just need someone to sort it all out for you, give me a call. Wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas season. Call 1300 682 817 or email nathan@hometechassist.com.au Sunshine Coast

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Family gatherings a good time for forward planning The end of one year and start of another, is a time to reflect on plans for the future, and changes needed to improve lifestyle, writes DON MACPHERSON.


ommon resolutions at this time involve such things as losing weight, getting healthy, being more careful with money, and generally doing things better in the year ahead. For many retirees, this is often a time of year to consider whether our accommodation continues to be suitable, and whether a change is needed. It is also the time of year when families get together and there can be recognition that Grandma and Grandpa aren’t looking as sprightly as they did last year – perhaps the time has come to consider moving into a retirement village, or even aged care. These decisions are not easily made,

and often meet with some initial resistance, but over time there is usually a recognition that the house seems bigger, the maintenance workload greater, or even that the lack of community and communication is becoming burdensome. Retirement villages inevitably involve downsizing accommodation, but often upsizing community involvement through the retirement village. In fact, some in the industry call it “right sizing”. A decision to move into a retirement village is best done as a whole-of-family decision, with the involvement of the elderly persons, as well as their supportive children (who are often in their 50s or beyond).

Often it is the children who first see that Mum and Dad/Nanny and Pa are only just managing, and a change from the home to a retirement village may be timely and beneficial. A move to a retirement village is a significant legal decision as well, as the terms of the contracts are complex, lengthy, and onerous. It is essential that everyone involved understands the ramifications of what they are signing, and what it means to

them down the track. Generalist advice isn’t good enough. Sunshine Coast Elder Law is expert in the area of retirement village and aged care contracts and its website has, among other information, 24 points to look for in a retirement village and all the 2019 changes to law relating to retirement villages. Don Macpherson is an expert in elder law. Call 1800 961 622 or visit sunshinecoastelderlaw.com.au

Attention turns to hybrid securities Hybrid securities are not broadly understood but are attracting more interest as term deposit rates reach new lows, writes TROY DERWIN.


ow interest rates are making it difficult for retirees to generate a sufficient return on their investment assets to maintain a comfortable lifestyle – so, what are hybrids and are they a sensible investment for you? Hybrid securities are a way for banks and other companies to borrow money from investors in return for interest payments. They are called hybrids as they blend some features of debt (fixed interest) and equity (shares). Each has different features, time frames and interest rates. Most hybrids have a face value of $100 and trade on the ASX. They usually have an element of fixed and floating rates, in that they typically pay a fixed margin above the bank bill rate which floats. For example, the current issue of Commonwealth Bank PERLS 12 will pay a fixed margin of 3 per cent above the 90-day bank bill rate (currently at 0.88 per cent). Hence, the new issue will give investors a total income of 3.88 per cent based on the current bank bill rate. Importantly, this return includes the

benefits of franking. This is a higher return than term deposits which offer between 1.1 per cent and 1.7 per cent for a 12-month term. However, hybrids are higher risk than term deposits and are not government-guaranteed. In this example, if CBA struck financial difficulties, investors in the Commbank PERLS 12 could lose some or all of the value of their investment capital. Typically, the maturity dates can be lengthy, with some 20 to 30 years. Many have early redemption or reset dates. Most hybrid prices now sit between $100 and $108. The premium above $100 consists of a small accrued-interest component plus the premium that investors are willing to pay for the higher yield inherent in hybrid securities. The Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) has published guidance on its MoneySmart website moneysmart.gov.au Troy Derwin is a representative of Ord Minnett. Call 5430 4444.

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In the vitamin alphabet, D is for bones Vitamin D is an essential vitamin that works in conjunction with Vitamin K2, to keep your bones and teeth strong and healthy, writes TRUDY KITHER. It’s a deficiency you can’t afford.


itamin D also regulates the calcium in your blood. It works in conjunction with vitamin K2, which takes the calcium that’s in your blood and tissue and sends it into your bones and teeth. Rickets is a vitamin D deficiency that affects the mineralisation of your bones, so it will also affect your teeth. Some signs of how a vitamin D deficiency can affect your teeth are: • Enamel hypoplasia – this means that the enamel (the protective white coating around the teeth) is not developing correctly. It can result in white spots, yellow colouring on the tooth, pits and grooves, sensitivity to cold and heat, and a higher risk of cavities. • Missing teeth – this is very common. It is teeth that haven’t formed so they don’t grow or come through. • Delayed teeth – teeth that are coming in more slowly than usual. People who crave butter are often lacking in K2. Vitamin D deficiency also relates to low back pain, low calcium, loss of bone, low immunity, inflammation, bone pain and muscle weakness. Other vitamin D deficiency signs can

be so subtle that many people don’t even realise that they have a deficiency, yet low blood levels of vitamin D have been associated with serious health risks such as cardiovascular disease, severe asthma in children, cognitive impairment, and even cancer. Vitamin D is not a vitamin but a hormone that regulates calcium in the blood. It is essential for the immune system and is an immune modulator. Many people with an autoimmune condition are deficient in vitamin D, making them more susceptible to viral

and bacterial infections, influenzas, and loss of bone. If you identify with any of these conditions, then chances are you may have a vitamin D and K2 deficiency. Also, if you do have any of these conditions now, it could mean that you were deficient as a child, and you are still inadequate. Vitamin D deficiencies can occur for a variety of reasons and can happen over a length of time. Often people on vegan diets will be deficient unless they are supplementing with vitamin D, as most natural sources

of vitamin D are animal-based. Foods that contain vitamin D are beef, liver, fish, fish oils, herrings, and egg yolk. If you are homebound and don’t get a lot of exposure to the sun, you may be deficient. This is because your body makes vitamin D when your skin is exposed to sunlight. If you have dark skin, the melanin pigment of the skin reduces the skin’s ability to make the vitamin in response to sunlight exposure. As you age, your kidneys become less able to convert vitamin D to its active form. Other contributing factors are if your digestive tract cannot adequately absorb vitamin D. Certain health conditions such as Crohn’s disease, coeliac disease, cystic fibrosis, alcoholism, parasites, and leaky gut will affect the absorption of nutrients across your gut wall. This information is not meant to treat or diagnose any conditions. Always consult your trusted natural healthcare professional for personal requirements. Trudy Kither is a naturopath and owner of Nature’s Temple, Palmwoods. Visit naturestemple.net

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Pick the right professional It’s worth knowing the difference between physiotherapists and exercise physiologists so you can choose the best match for your health needs, writes TRISTAN HALL.


oth physiotherapists and accredited exercise physiologists study a four-year university program that includes anatomy, physiology and rehabilitation subjects. Both professions have the same end goal – your full recovery from injury. Two differences are that physiotherapists can assist with further diagnosis of your problem, such as sending you for scans and further testing. They also offer hands-on treatments, such as massage and manipulation. If you have just injured yourself, a physiotherapist is the person to see. They focus on the early stages of rehabilitation, known as the acute and sub-acute phases. Exercise physiologists also help with diagnosis using their own assessment tools, such as manual muscle testing. They work with you once you have a diagnosis and create an exercise plan to help you overcome your injury. They focus on getting you fully rehabilitated over the long-term. A key goal is to help you become pain-free and acquire or regain the strength and co-ordination needed for

everyday activities. Whether it’s golf, gardening or walking, your body needs to serve you. An exercise physiologist can create an exercise program to support you across a range of health conditions including osteoporosis, asthma, obesity and neurological difficulties. There is evidence that exercise can help these conditions. Exercise physiologists design practical programs to help you maintain and improve muscle strength, balance and co-ordination. Gaining these skills can support your goal to live independently at home and prevent falls. If receiving a home care package, you can speak to your care provider about accessing either a physiotherapist or an exercise physiologist. Exercise physiologists are funded to run group exercise programs for people with particular health conditions, such as diabetes. They also focus on lifestyle modifications to help you improve your independence and functioning. You do not need a medical referral to see either a physiotherapist or an

exercise physiologist. As for Medicare, both professions are recognised and you can receive some rebates. WorkCover and private health funds also recognise both professions. Both are allied health professionals who work with each other for your best health. If you are unsure about which to choose, speak to your GP. Tristan Hall is an exercise physiologist. Visit fullcirlcewellness.com.au

TRY SOME CHAIR YOGA CHAIR yoga at The Avenue, Maroochydore, is a mind-body workout that combines strengthening and stretching poses with deep breathing and meditation. Sessions, with instructor Shell, provide the benefit of yoga poses from the comfort of a chair to help with balance and anxiety. The Avenue Maroochydore Retirement Community, 32 Baden Powell St, Thursdays, 9.30am. First session free then $5 a class. All welcome. Call 5479 6482.

EVERY five minutes, someone in Australia is diagnosed with diabetes, the nation’s fastest-growing chronic condition. And as its prevalence grows, dietary supplements are being increasingly used in a bid to reduce risk of the disease. Researchers from the University of South Australia have examined the efficacy of some of the most commonly used supplements. They found that resveratrol (a compound from grapes), curcumin (from turmeric) and cinnamon were all effective in combatting various elements of diabetes, including regulating glucose, improving insulin resistance and reducing cholesterol. UniSA researcher, Dr Evangeline Mantzioris said it was important to recognise the role of nutraceuticals, especially given their popularity among consumers. “More than 40 per cent of Australian adults regularly use dietary supplements to enhance and improve their diets,” she said. “They’re easily available, accessible and affordable, and unlike pharmaceuticals, they don’t need a prescription. The challenge is knowing which will deliver on their promises.” The research found nutraceuticals that used the active ingredients cinnamon, curcumin or resveratrol were all effective, but in different ways.

GORD, SEE A GP ANYONE taking medication for gastrooesophageal reflux disease (GORD), is being advised to speak with their GP about how to best manage the condition. The Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee has found high-dose Proton Pump Inhibitors (PPIs) appear to be overprescribed in Australia, for excessively long periods of time and particularly among older people. It is estimated that up to 63 per cent of PPIs are inappropriately prescribed and changes have been made to restrict their accessibility on the PBS. Those using PPIs are encouraged to talk to their GP about regularly re-evaluating the best lifestyle and medical management

of symptoms. Notre Dame University Professor of Medicine Dr Hans Van der Wall said many heartburn and reflux sufferers could find simple, effective relief for mild symptoms from an over-thecounter solution. “An alginate-based solution available in a supermarket or pharmacy could assist Australians suffering from mild symptoms of GORD, such as heartburn or reflux,” he said. “Alginate-based products work differently to antacids within the stomach. “They are not like-for-like. Patients should speak to their GP about how they could use diet and lifestyle changes as well as over-the-counter medicines in their treatment plan.”

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Self Funded retirees protest the high cost of hearing aids Sunshine Coast The high cost of good quality digital hearing aids has been a significant barrier to Self Funded Retirees obtaining help for their communication problems. One local clinic has decided to take the issue head on. Senior Clinician Lisa Burley says “It became apparent to us that it was becoming almost impossible for people to get the help they needed and it was effecting their day to day lifestyle.” If you have been quoted thousands of dollars for hearing aids you need to get a second opinion. Ms Burley says “ We have set up the only Locally Digital Hearing Owned and Operated fulltime Hearing Clinic in Aids from Golden Beach to specifically help Self Funded Retirees get high quality hearing aids at sensible prices”. As the clinic is independently owned itt has access to all major brands of hearing aids and d the pricing is quite often thousands of dollars cheaper than what is being quoted elsewhere. e.


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Greying population demands change FOYERS with a five-star feel, concierges, cinemas, shopping arcades and designer decor are the ‘’new black’’ as Australia’s greying population leads the evolution from care-focused retirement living to lifestyle. By 2066 almost one in four Australians will be aged 65 and over, and it’s the Baby Boomers demanding greater amenities while creating a surge in the retirement living market. “It wasn’t that long ago Australians had a choice of either nursing homes that were clinical and sterile like hospitals, or ‘old-age’ retirement villages with limited facilities and activities,” says Woollam Constructions seniors living manager Danny Hammon, who has more than a decade of experience in seniors residential design and living. “More and more we are seeing seniors living taking on the look, feel and offerings of upscale resorts. They offer similar services and infrastructure to the five-star luxury lines, laundry, dining gym, hair salon, lounges, private rooms and ensuites.” Mr Hammon joined representatives from 10 of Australia’s top care providers and Leading Aged Services Australia (LASA) officials on a research tour of the UK exploring the ‘’game-changers’’ in seniors communities. ‘’I was fortunate to share in people’s stories and I’ve seen the difference the right environment, the right building and the right care can make for the rest of their lives,’’ he said. The research identified the top emerging trends challenging the old models of retirement living: Mixed use retirement neighbourhoods: A former chocolate factory near Bristol in England’s southwest is an example of out-of-the-box thinking. With the ambience of a buzzing neighbourhood more than a retirement village, it raises the bar, with beautifully designed apartments, a grand atrium with the luxury extras of a five-star hotel.

There is a high-level care home within the development for long-term nursing, dementia care, respite and palliative care. Vertical villages with varied levels of care: Cashed-up empty nesters are moving back into city centres seeking the vibe, bright lights and entertainment they enjoyed in their footloose younger years. This has inspired vertical villages from two to 10 storeys. Chamberlain Court is a multiple award-winning 72-bedroom village in Kent that provides relationshipcentred care and a “home for life” which means residents can adjust their accommodation to their changing health needs. The upside-down approach: The ground floor was high-end residential living where residents could receive care if requested. Level 1 was dementia care and Level 2 provided nursing care dedicated to those with both simple and complex needs. The top floor contained all the back of house functions and also a bar and terrace area for residents. While in the Australian market the top floor is seen as a premium offering, the ground floor rooms come at a premium because of direct access to private courtyards. Community destinations: Two decades ago, retirement villages were more like compounds, shut off from the wider community. Modern retirement villages are opening the gates – to their pools, gardens and grounds – and welcoming in the outside community. From flower shows, to concerts and family reunions, they are becoming destinations in their own right. Design for lifestyle rather than old people: How do we accommodate a lifestyle desire that’s vastly different to previous generations while also providing care? Changing demographics mean changing demand so seniors living must evolve as a service and lifestyle industry. Care shouldn’t drive the design. Engage with architects who specialise in service delivery-type models: think hospitality, resorts, retail.

STAY CONNECTED WITH FUN AND FRIENDSHIP CONNECTION is important at any age, but cultivating strong friendships becomes even more important as we get older. Many studies have found that as we age, friendships become a strong predictor of health and happiness, boosting aging hearts and helping the body resist disease. It’s one of the many reasons Klaus Lindenau (pictured) loves living at Nature’s Edge Buderim over 50s lifestyle community. Klaus, who loves the convenient location, rainforest backdrop and range of facilities at Nature’s Edge Buderim, is a regular face at the many social events. “It’s a perfect location,” he says. “You have Buderim village nearby and you have easy highway access, but what I love most is the surrounding rainforest. “I live on my own, but I never feel

alone with all the beautiful people here. There are so many things to do.” Every day he can do something different – a swim in the pool, a weekly game of table tennis, and the gym, among others. “I also love the monthly social dinners and we recently had a wonderful Melbourne Cup luncheon in the Leisure Centre,” Klaus says. There has never been a better time to buy at Nature’s Edge Buderim, with up to $20,000 cash back plus free Platinum luxury upgrades up to the value of $10,000 available on a selected range of homes. Both offers are available to lucky buyers who go unconditional before Christmas. Call 1800 218 898 or visit naturesedgebuderim.com.au to find out more.

REST EASY WITHOUT LIABILITY FEARS REPORTS highlighting the scale of defects in new apartment buildings around the country have rung alarms bells for potential buyers. A landmark inquiry into Australia’s building industry investigated buildings with major structural issues that included Sydney’s Opal and Mascot towers, and others with serious defects in Melbourne and Brisbane. Freehold apartment owners can be left footing the bill for a building’s poor-quality construction. But retirees considering a leasehold apartment in a vertical village can be confident they won’t have financial responsibility if issues arise. Aura Holdings director Mark Taylor said anyone buying into one of Aura’s six 26 YOUR TIME MAGAZINE / December 2019

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vertical retirement villages in various stages of development in Queensland could be assured that, under strict legislation, the company would take full responsibility for the quality of the building. “We own and operate the villages. When our residents purchase a leasehold property they have complete protection for any ongoing construction issues,’’ he said. “Aura has full responsibility for the maintenance of all its buildings. Unfortunately, retirees who buy into a freehold residential apartment do not have this same assurance if things go wrong.” Mr Taylor said as owner and operator, retirement building providers were responsible for all maintenance through the life cycle of the building.

RELAX AND ENJOY THE SERENITY A HIDDEN gem tucked away in the heart of Nambour, Laurel Springs Over 55s retirement village is locally owned and operated. Close to all amenities, Laurel Springs has a relaxing ambience in affordable surrounds, a friendly environment and many great amenities, including a pool and community hall. Exceptionally appointed new leasehold units are available now. They are complete with stone benchtops, high-end appliances and beautiful finishes so you will feel at home the moment you step inside. If you are looking for life of serenity, independence and security act quickly, as they won’t last long. Call 5411 4711 or visit laurelsprings.com.au Sunshine Coast

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Renegotiating relationships when working days are done As we move towards retirement, most of us are thinking about whether we have enough super and worry about our pensions, but there are great changes in many other aspects of life that need to be considered. Relationships, writes STEVE MENDL, are the ultimate wealth.


ut simply, great relationships equal a great life. And when I talk about relationships, I mean your relationship with yourself as well as with your partner, family, friends, and people you meet on a regular basis or those you have just met. A recently published 80-year longitudinal study, undertaken as part of the Harvard Study of Adult Development, found one surprising outcome. Close relationships are what keep people happy throughout their lives and in later years. These close, positive relationships support and protect people in life’s challenging times and help delay mental and physical decline. The study found that ongoing and close relationships are better predictors of happy lives than money, social class, intelligence or inherited genes. Relationships have the power to enrich your life, but they also have the power to negatively influence your journey into the next stage of your life. Toxic relationships can send you emotionally broke. So which relationships should you be considering?

There are many relationships to explore, and there are more levels to relationships than you can poke a stick at, but we will concentrate on the five key relationships that affect most people: Relationship with self, romantic relationships, family, friends and casual relationships. Relationships are conducted on one of three levels: Intimate, sharing and ritualistic. Most of our day-to-day interactions occur on the ritualistic level and are rather superficial in the way they play out. As we get to know people and loved ones, we open up and the relationship moves to the sharing level. The intimate level is reached when the relationship is open and we’re free to share deeply personal thoughts, beliefs, experiences and information. When relationships reach the higher levels, the quality rises, and they enrich your life. By being aware of the levels and conscious of what level you’re on with different people, you can not only assess your relationships but also work on the

ones you want to develop further, especially if you wish to move from ritualistic to sharing. This is powerful moving into the next stage of your life, when you want to enjoy the great source of wealth and happiness your relationships can provide. A client once opened a meeting with the comment, “I have realised that the space in the kitchen has got a lot smaller in the past few weeks”. It’s an observation that sums up a lot about what happens in a couple’s relationship when they transition into the next stage of their lives. Meanwhile, for singles, it is fair to say that the spaces in the home get a lot cleaner! Small things that went unnoticed during the busy-ness of work life come to the fore when you spend more time at home. Transition into your next age is a time of reorientation. It is also a time of renegotiating relationships. It’s important to explore the effect of this transition on our relationships. When relationships need to be renegotiated and the process is not handled well, conflict and resentment can result, building into a lack of

confidence, lack of control and, in extreme cases, anxiety, fear, anger, frustration, confusion and stress. In a family context, the common expectation is having a more time with family members, particularly children and especially grandchildren, but explore the reality, keeping in mind that they may have their own family and work life, and routines. Here are some questions to consider: • What relationships in your life are most important to you? • What aspects of your current relationships are working well? • In the next stage of your life, what relationships may need renegotiation? • Who do you want to spend time with moving forward? • How can you invest time in yourself, your partner, family, friends and social networks? Have you thought about how your relationships may change when you leave full-time work? It’s a question well worthwhile considering. Steve Mendl is author of Beyond the Money: A Practical Guide for Successful Men Leaving Full-time Work. Visit beyondthemoney.com.au

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SAT JANUARY 4 TO TUES JANUARY 7, 2020 9.30AM TO 3.30PM WED JANUARY 8, 2020 ~ 9.30AM TO 12 NOON 5 NORTH STREET, CALOUNDRA For more information contact Jonathan 0413 085 838 or CACA Gift Gallery 5491 6488 caloundraartsandcrafts.org.au

THE Jazz and Blues Collective’s Christmas Special will feature popular Brisbane and Gold Coast musicians Nicole Parker-Brown and The Jazz Kings. Jazz is the band’s main genre, but they also swing, play the blues and recently had everyone dancing with rockabilly and country music. Nicole Parker-Brown is vocalist; Gordon Matheson and Russell Bayne on guitar; Rod Ford, the drummer; Peter Uppman, trumpet; and John Conley, bass. Old Soul Lounge Bar. December 1, 1pm for 2pm show. Tickets $24, concessions $21.Enquiries 0417 633 734. THE Sunshine Coast Concert Band presents Christmas Cheer, an afternoon of top entertainment with a great variety of music and talented vocalists under the

baton of music director Ken Chadwick. Special guest entertainers will be the Coastal Caring Clowns. Kawana Community Hall, Nanyima St, Buddina. December 7, 2pm Tickets $15 at the door include afternoon tea. Visit sccb.org.au

SUNSHINE Coast Choral Society soloists are set to shine at their annual Celebration of Christmas concert. The selection of Christmas favourites includes choruses from Handel’s Messiah and Bach’s Christmas Oratorio. Free parking available. Gregson and Weight Memorial Chapel, 119 Wises Rd, Maroochydore. December 8, 2pm. Tickets $25 at the door include afternoon tea. Call 0431 550 713

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Open Day 2020 At the University of the Sunshine Coast “Innovation Centre” Saturday, January 11th 9am until Noon • Free Parking • Meet the Tutors • Check out some of the 136 courses on offer • Grab a coffee • Enjoy the entertainment, from Ukulele players to Tai Chi Join our 2300 strong community to actively promote your wellbeing, via: • Meeting new people • Making new friends • Get the mind and body working in new ways Enroll on line for as many courses as you find interesting or Take a stroll down or drive round to our U3A Office in B block where our friendly office volunteers will help you to join, enroll in courses, or “sign up” as a volunteer, a lecturer or a tutor.

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ABBA fans can pull out the pantsuits and have the time of their life when Bjorn Again comes to Caloundra on its 30th anniversary tour. The world’s leading ABBA show, which has the endorsement of the originals, is famous for its musical excellence, authentic voices, costumes and energetic on-stage performances. The show began in Melbourne in 1988 and has been performed more than 7000 times in 100 countries since then, to become widely regarded as the most successful tribute band of all time. The key is not just delivering ABBA’s biggest hits to perfection in a lavish production but also incorporating parody and stage theatrics. Bjorn Again will perform all the biggest ABBA hits. The Events Centre, Caloundra, December 6, 8pm. Tickets $69, concessions $59. Bookings 5491 4240 or visit theeventscentre.com.au

COOLUM Theatre Players are wrapping up another successful year of performances with a showstopper featuring music from Queen. We Will Rock You is a full musical theatre show by David Spicer Productions, based on a book by Ben Elton and with the music of Queen inspiring the storyline. A diverse and talented cast of local performers has been rehearsing since early August to sing and dance their way through a powerful performance. The show tells the story of a group of Bohemians (pictured) who struggle to restore the free exchange of thought, fashion, and live music in a distant future where everyone dresses, thinks and acts the same. Seating is in tables of eight and audiences can bring food and drinks to sit back and enjoy the favourite Queen hits with a fantastic, creative story and amazing characters. Coolum Civic Centre, Park Street, Coolum. December 6-7 at 7.30pm; December 8, 2pm. Bookings: North Shore Realty, Coolum; call 5446 2500 or online at coolumtheatre.com.au


THE fourth biennial Unite Inspire Paint, a major exhibition and sale of quality fine art from the Caloundra Arts Centre Association, is coming up next month. Proudly presented by the association’s Friday Art Group members, Unite Inspire Paint 2020 will be a gallery of quality artworks by predominantly Caloundra and local artists, in watercolour, oil, acrylic, pastel and mixed media. The stand-alone collection covers a wide range of subjects, and works range from traditional, realism and impressionist to contemporary and semi-abstract, in all sizes. There will be four different art spaces to explore, and up to 250 paintings for sale. All of the 2D artworks, original and signed by the artist, will be for sale. A UIP 2020 team guide will be hand to provide a casual brief on the

Caloundra Arts Centre and its attraction as a community asset for creative Sunshine Coast residents and visitors, and to give a glimpse into future expansion plans. CACA already has more than 600 members and provides space and support for more than 23 groups of creative endeavour, including an artful music group known as “The CACAphonics”. Artisans from some of these groups will present displays of lacemaking, embroidery and special printing, at UIP 2020. “As an established and successful biennial fine art showcase embedded in the Sunshine Coast arts community’s inspiring larger art exhibitions, UIP 2020 welcomes visitors to explore this great repository of fine art and immerse themselves in our world,” team leader Jonathan Jones said. “UIP 2020 offers a memorable sensory experience and an opportunity to appreciate the respected space and place that fine art retains in regional Australia.” Caloundra Arts Centre Association, 5 North St, Caloundra. Saturday January 4-Tuesday, January 7, 9.30am-3.30pm and Wednesday, January 8, 9.30am-noon. Entry by gold coin donation.






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Check up on pain

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MOST women experience breast pain at some stage of their life. The most common type of pain is cyclical and occurs just before or during menstruation. Non-cyclical pain is more common in older women, before and after menopause. Breast pain can also come from other areas in the body and cause pain in the breast area. This type of pain often involves the bones, joints or muscles Some simple methods to relieve breast pain include ensuring that you have a correctly fitted bra, reducing fat, salt and caffeine intake, applying heat or cold to the painful area, and managing stress. Some women find that natural supplements such as Vitamin B6 and B1 relieve breast pain, but it is important to check with your doctor or pharmacist before starting any new supplements. Talk to a doctor if a sharp or stabbing pain begins suddenly, continues and is confined to one spot in the breast. Most breast pain is not related to breast cancer, but it is important that any unusual or persistent pain is checked. It is also important that women over 50 have a breast screen every two years. Breast screens can detect breast cancer when it is very small and long before you or your doctor can notice any symptoms.


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Christmas is coming up and as this is a time when families get together, it’s a good time to start making decisions about the coming year. 1. Have the conversation with the family – do you move or stay put? 2. Over the Christmas holidays have a think about what’s on your bucket list. Is mowing the lawns getting too much? Are you tired of cleaning a family home? Would you prefer more time with your grandchildren? 3. Consider your options. There are villages for over 50s springing up all over the Coast and that’s happening for a reason: demand for community lifestyle living. 4. General upkeep of your home is more important over the “silly season”. If small jobs need doing, line up the family while they are available to lend a hand! 5. Be extra vigilant with safety and always lock doors and windows. If you are going away, turn off your water and let your neighbours know you won’t be around. 6. Enjoy the holidays and if you would like to discuss how to make that next step, give me a call .


What do we do with home sweet home? When the time comes to move into aged care, deciding what to do with the existing home if often a big decision. Sell it or keep it? This can be a hard decision as the person and their family may have strong personal and sentimental attachments to the family home. The answer may also depend on who is still living in the home (if anyone), personal preferences and the impact on their financial situation. The decision process needs to take into account financial as well as emotional implications. Our role is to help you understand the financial implications with each option and the best way to structure the selected arrangements to manage cashflow and overall net wealth. These are some of the questions to be considered when making a decision regarding the family home: • Who else is living in the home? • Is renting the home an option? • If renting it out, what are the costs to maintain the property? • If considering selling, how much would need to be spent to get the home into a suitable condition for sale? • What are the net proceeds likely to be after selling costs? • Will the proceeds be enough for the next stage of life? It may be that your home is an exempt asset for aged care purposes.

This may be the case if you have a protected person still residing in the home. A protected person is a spouse, a dependent child, carer or relative, although there are conditions and this will need to be assessed by the Department of Human Services. If the protected person vacates the home, then it may no longer be exempt for aged care calculations. If you decide to rent the home, the rental income may count towards your personal income, which could impact your pension or other entitlements. Our team is highly skilled at discussing the options available, taking into account any Estate Planning implications and eliminating concerns for the family.


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Surgery a last resort when it comes to joint pain

Implant retained dentures

Get into the garden

A matter of capacity

The health benefits of gardening for seniors are as plentiful as seeds on a poppy. Studies show getting down and garden-dirty is an excellent way to boost mental and physical health. Gardening forces you to exercise your body and your brain. It’s also a great form of therapy and community involvement. Four health benefits of gardening for seniors are: 1. Exercise and burning calories – Planting and pulling weeds can help you burn 200 to 400 calories an hour. Gardening gets the body moving by requiring some bending, squatting, stretching and pulling. 2. Muscle-strengthening – You don’t have to push around a heavy wheelbarrow to keep your muscles from weakening. A few hours of gardening per week will give you the workout you need. 3. Vitamin D – While you don’t want to overdo it, a few hours of exposure to sunshine will give you more vitamin D than your nightly glass of milk. 4. Stress-reducing – Gardening increases hand-eye co-ordination, which helps to keep the brain and body in sync. It also lowers stress-producing cortisol levels and raises serotonin; a calming chemical in the brain that puts you in a good mood.

As we approach Christmas, many of us will be visiting family. When we see our distant loved ones, we may notice changes – in their appearance, their ability to recall recent events, or in their general presentation and conversation. You may wonder if your loved one needs assistance to manage their daily affairs. A term that often comes up in these circumstances is “capacity”. To understand whether someone may have impaired capacity or not, it is important to understand that capacity can mean different things in different contexts. Capacity, generally, refers to a person’s ability to make decisions on their own behalf, with an understanding and full appreciation of the consequences of those decisions. Capacity can be relative to the task to be performed. For instance, someone may have capacity to pay their day-to-day bills, but not have the capacity to sign complex legal documents. If concerned, first discuss any capacity concerns with a loved one’s treating doctor and then seek advice from a solicitor about what to do when assistance to make important decisions is required.

Pain in the joint can be caused by many different conditions, one of the most common is osteoarthritis. The pain caused by osteoarthritis can often cloud patient’s judgement when it comes to seeking advice and treatment. It can feel like there is no help available, or there is so much information but none of it makes any sense. This can often result in poor decision-making or incorrect treatment of your symptoms. A very effective way to treat osteoarthritis is with a correct diagnosis and the right education provided by a health professional. Talking to a specialist will enable you the best possible treatment options to help with managing your pain. Often it is recommended to seek treatment with an allied health professional such as a dietician or physiotherapist. Surgery should always be the last option to treat joint pain. With the right tools and education, surgery can be delayed or even avoided. I would recommend speaking to a specialist about your joint pain today. Remember, never be afraid to ask questions.


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In my clinic I see many patients who present with dentures that have lost stability due to bone loss, especially on the lower ridge. These patients are especially prone to sore spots and they experience difficulty with chewing food effectively as the denture moves in and out of position easily. Relines and soft liners only offer limited success. In these cases, implants can restore much-needed stability to maintain good function and improve mastication. Your dental prosthetist will refer you to a dentist or specialist to be assessed for implant treatment. Once treatment has been approved, a minimum of two implants are placed in the bone on the lower ridge. These are allowed to heal for three to four months. The implants are then exposed and healing caps placed. After a week, the locator abutments are screwed into position and your dental prosthetist will fit the housings that are fixed into the denture. Different plastic inserts can be inserted to reduce or increase retention of the denture. The denture can easily be removed for cleaning and maintenance.




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The WORLD in Your Hands

Travel in Your Time

Support the bush and enjoy the trip Western Australia has come up with one of the largest outdoor art galleries in the world, as drought-hit residents seek new ways to earn a dollar. MICHAEL OSBORNE explores the innovative Public Silo Trail.

Silos in Pingrup. Artworks on the huge silos are varied along the trail through the southwest.


USTRALIANS are amazing when it comes to creativity, in particular when times are tough in the bush. Now enduring one of the worst droughts for many a year, the people are looking at tourism dollars to tide them over until the next wet. So along comes FORM, an independent, non-profit cultural organisation that develops and advocates for excellence in creativity and artistic practice in Western Australia. They come up with a concept – The Public Silo Trail – in partnership with the Co-operative Bulk Handling Group (CBH Group). One can imagine the conversation: “Look, we have all these giant white grain silos, so why don’t we get together with the local communities and check-out some artists and get a few murals painted on them. Might look pretty good!” The result is a 1000km self-drive art trail that you can start in Perth, and then travel through Northam, Merredin, Ravensthorpe, Newdegate, Pingrup, Katanning, and south to Albany. At Northam, the Bilya Koort Boodja Aboriginal Centre is a brilliant audio/

visual presentation on indigenous people. I had to keep walking back and rechecking the exhibits as there was so much to absorb. bilyakoortboodja.com There are other attractions along the way, including a yabby farm at Kukerin where local yabbies are readied for transport to the finest restaurants in Australian and around the world. cambinatayabbies.com.au At Newdegate, the Hainsworth Museum, a corner store and tearoom built in 1933, has been restored by the locals to a time-warp history exhibit. australiasgoldenoutback.com Near Lake Grace, we enjoyed a wine tasting at Walkers Hill Vineyard: a very dry chardonnay crisp with fruit tones, a big and peppery shiraz, and the pick for me, Drought Rose with plenty of fruit and a little tingle on the tongue. walkershillvineyard.com.au On to Denmark where Singlefile Wines, apparently named for the resident geese that parade around the lake in single file, gather fruit from across The Great Southern and create many awardwinning wines. singlefilewines.com

Heading west along the coast we arrive at Walpole, an area highly-rated as a tourist destination. We opted for a dinner cruise around the lake. Living legend Gary Muir, who has so much passion for his area, had our group rolling around the deck with his comments and antics. wowwilderness.com.au A short drive has us at the Valley of the Giants at Tingledale. See giant, ancient trees, learn about nature and take the aerial adventure – a tree top walk. Wheelchair accessible, it slopes into the canopy of the Walpole-Nornalup National Park and Walpole Wilderness, offering spectacular views over denselyforested hills. Descend to the boardwalks to explore the Ancient Empire Walk, where you’ll enter a grove of towering tingle trees. valleyofthegiants.com.au All of the towns along the trail have their own character and the locals welcome visitors, many of whom arrive in caravans and campervans. Most towns have a free parking area with facilities for visitors to overnight. Caravan parks, motels and hotels are good to high-end. We tried a variety of accommodation styles, including a farmstay at Mary Farm Cottages, modern, fully-equipped

There’s even some roadside art.

Silos are just one attraction in Albany. cottages in a beautiful setting. marysfarmcottages.com.au At Katanning, we were spoilt at the Premier Mill Hotel, a former flour mill that was destined to be demolished but instead has been restored to perfection. premiermillhotel.com Heading to Walpole, we glamped at Coalmine Caravan Park. Modern, fully self-contained tents which although compact, have everything needed for an overnight or a week or two. A downpour overnight was a sleeping potion with the rain on canvas. coalminebeach.com.au Last on our adventure was Albany, where the grain is sent to sea. It is also the home of the National Anzac Centre. More than 41,000 soldiers departed from Albany harbour. For many, it was their last view of home. nationalanzaccentre. com.au In many places I saw the sign “Best Coffee in Town” and I must admit, all those we tried were excellent. For dining, many locals have formed a type of co-op to source fresh produce and create delicious menus in quaint country restaurants. publicsilotrail.com australiasgoldenoutback.com australiassouthwest.com Feature supplied by wtfmedia.com.au

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stopped just to walk in silence into the Never Never, to feel the primal power and overwhelming stillness of the desert. The next overnight stop was the remote hamlet of William Creek, South Australia’s smallest town with a permanent population of just one. Trevor Wright is owner of a quirky pub, which is pretty much the only building in “town”. He also owns Wrightsair, a fleet of light planes for scenic flights over Lake Eyre and the little-known Painted Hills which stretch across Anna Creek Station, the largest cattle station in the world. No roads reach the Painted Hills, so flying low over these remarkable, ochre-topped, sandstone formations was enthralling. The mining town of Cooper Pedy was next on the horizon before returning to bitumen and the Stuart Highway heading into the physical and spiritual heart of Australia, Uluru. Coming face to face with the 348m monolith, plonked improbably in the middle of the desert, is a powerful and moving experience. We circled the base of the rock by bike along a fun and easy 11km circuit that reveals secret canyons, caves, waterholes, multi-coloured textures and colourful ancestral stories. An even better view of Uluru was revealed on a brief but thrilling flight with Ayers Rock Helicopters – a must-do experience that will become more popular now that the climb is closed. We toasted the last night of our desert journey at Sounds of Silence, a spectacular, outdoor dining experience that began with chilled sparkling wine and canapes atop a sand dune as we watched the sun set on Uluru. This was followed by fine cuisine enlivened by indigenous flavours and an astronomical scan of the night skies. Next morning, as we headed into Alice Springs to drop off the Trailfinder and fly home, we vowed to feel the freedom of the open road again soon.

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TRAVEL River with fine wineries and breweries and spectacular coastline at Cape Leeuwin, Australiaâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s most southwesterly point and meeting place of the Indian and Southern Oceans. Thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s plenty to explore down this way â&#x20AC;&#x201C; scenery, top wines and beers and food; and bigger wineries offering the choice of fine dining or drinks on lush lawns. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d be easy to spend a good week or so down south but good light in Broome beckons and the Hertz Subaru Outback â&#x20AC;&#x201C; an ideal wagon for this â&#x20AC;&#x201C; is pointed north. Highways are in good nick and thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a welcome tidiness about WA roadsides with few hoardings. Pointers for fuel, food and accommodation are limited to official generic signage. Lunch at the Lobster Shack in Cervantes heralds the beginning of some 3000km up Highway One with various side excursions down dirt roads such as to the Pinnacles, a natural wonder of big limestone pillars standing proud in a sea of yellow sand. A night in Geraldton and then into Denham on Shark Bay for sunset over the Indian Ocean plus feeding dolphins at Monkey Mia. While some jumps between highway stops can be a haul, there are numerous opportunities for breaks plus hundreds of free camp spots. Timeâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the

Sundown at Cable Beach is hard to beat. limiting factor, so we press on from Carnarvon through to Karratha and bypass Exmouth and Onslow. Karratha and Dampier are big business for gas and minerals but thereâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s also the chance to catch up with the Red Dog story of famous kelpie-cross Tally that wandered the Pilbara in the 1970s. Port Hedland is another hot and dusty town dedicated to the mining industry yet boasts first class accommodation, and excellent food and service at the Esplanade Hotel on the

doorstep of the port. Along with ever-changing scenery, this North West Coastal Highway continues to surprise with food and service, right down to affogatos on coffee menus in remote roadhouses with huge road trains parked out front. Unleaded petrol averaged around $1.60 a litre in October. Remember to insure against windscreen and tyre damage on hire cars, carry some cash for isolated attractions and think about getting some calling cards printed with your name, phone number and email address. They are handy when checking into accommodation or making new mates. East to Marble Bar (worth the drive for the marbled rock) and from Port Hedland to Broome, the Pilbara fills the windscreen with deep and dramatic reds, and green-yellow spinifex running right down to white beaches. Broome today is a bustling little town on the edge of the Kimberley, still with charms from sundowners at Cable Beach while camel trains saunter past, to pearl emporiums and mango beers at Matsoâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s brewery. Save some time though and hire a four-wheel drive to head up to Cape Leveque for a day or three to stay on the tip at Kooljaman or the Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm, glamping on the edge of King Sound.

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I FOUND this a stimulating and interesting read. It didn’t “hurt” me but it made me angry that junior doctors were working such incredibly long hours. It amazed me that the hospital system didn’t collapse. Adam Kay has written a warts-and-all story with humour and compassion and shone a spotlight on what it is really like to be an intern working at a large hospital. Words can be powerful and inspiring and hopefully this book will stimulate discussion and motivate change. I enjoyed his humour.


THIS is not a book I would normally choose to read as I believe that gory details of surgery are best kept within the medical profession, particularly so when it’s the field of obstetrics and gynaecology. While I found traces of humour and some interesting but bizarre anecdotes in the book, I was constantly distracted by the explanatory notes on medical terminology. However, the book provides a graphic message for the British government about the unrealistic workload placed on junior doctors in the UK National Health Service and I sincerely hope that some good came from the publication of Adam Kay’s diary notes. Reluctant to recommend to others.



I FOUND this book tolerable. I nearly laughed lots of times and actually laughed twice. It’s a personal look at the NHS by Dr Adam Kay. His anecdotes and diary entries are from incidents during this training. It reads like a bunch of pub conversations with beery, bleary 30-somethings. That said, Kay showed great empathy for his patients. The book gave me a good insight into the crazy bureaucratic nonsense that hospitals have to contend with. Kay mentions that hospitals are financially penalised if a patient in Accident and Emergency is not seen within four hours. There are plenty of penalties and paperwork but not much funding.

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THIS IS GOING TO HURT Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor By Adam Kay

THIS book gets off to a hilarious start with short, punchy accounts of a junior doctor’s first few years in the NHS. Using his diary, the author recounts his cases with a cynical humour, sometimes with a crudity only those at the coalface would find palatable. For those with no medical background, there are comical footnotes offering explanations. The NHS is described as a “roller coaster” and you feel this as you page through the highs and lows of being a junior doctor in the system. Two-thirds of the way into the book, as his personal life and relationships disintegrate, the feeling of being swamped is palpable. He obviously has a great wit, is compassionate, dedicated and quite self-deprecating, so the ending leaves you with a profound sense of loss.

Written in secret after endless days, sleepless nights and missed weekends, this is the no-holds barred account of the life of a junior doctor who works 97-hour weeks to earn less than the hospital parking meter. Hilarious, horrifying and heartbreaking, Kay’s diary as a junior doctor from 2004-2010, is everything you wanted to know about life on and off a hospital ward. Tales from the frontline of the NHS are interspersed with reflections to give a first-hand account in all its joy, pain, sacrifice and maddening bureaucracy.


TONY HARRINGTON YES, the UK health system is seriously hurting both doctors and patients. Who is to blame? I preface my biased words by saying I am a retired emergency physician who worked for two years in the NHS, both as a junior doctor and as a consultant. The author’s diary entries are a funny and sad record but sometimes a bit overdone with all types of foreign bodies in orifices. I suppose it helps sell the book. Sadly, one of the best and most cost-effective health care systems in the world has been screwed up by politicians and their faithful administrators who want to break up the NHS and privatise most profitable aspects of health care. This book helps shine a spotlight on why the NHS is disintegrating. Being too exhausted to fight for a better deal, dozens of my UK colleagues have jumped ship and come to Australia for a better worklife balance. Thanks for letting the public know the real story: 6/10.

THIS is one for my bookshelf! But then, I am one of those who loves to watch real-time hospital programs on television and gory operations on YouTube! Adam Kay has written an honest and heartfelt account of his years on the wards as a junior doctor. It is factual, with detailed explanations of medical info when required. It is humorous, and it is poignant. He carries the reader through long days and nights, often swamped by the sheer load of responsibility and life and death decisions. It is too easy to think that this is about the UK and surely would not happen here. But it does – the AMA Queensland website has a recent media release stating that “Nearly half of Queensland’s trainee doctors are worried about making a clinical mistake because they are exhausted from working excessive hours”. Scary stuff! Reading this account leaves me in awe of all doctors, but especially our junior doctors. A must-read for medical students and high school students who aspire to become doctors.

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