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Friendly barber Charlie is more than just a snippet of information By JIM BOWDEN “I JUST couldn’t retire and leave these lovely old friends without a haircut and the chance for a friendly chat,” barber Charlie Parrella said as he snipped around my ears. The Italian-born barber was back from holidays and a crowd of faithful customers had crowded into his comfortable salon at Hendra. Some of them have been enjoying his tonsorial flair for decades. “He’s a cut above the others,” said a retired doctor leafing through pages of a National Geographic magazine. The room was full of chatter; there were stories to tell. Charlie, 73 this year, is a fountain of knowledge about the sport of bowls, horse racing – and his new grandchild. He has deftly moved his scissors and combs across thousands of heads since he set up his barber shop in this northern suburb more than 45 years ago. Barber Charlie Parrella and his brother Rob (at rear) get busy in the Hendra shop while old mates and customers look on

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Friendly barber Charlie is more than just a snippet of information Continued from Page 1 “He’s the best in the business,” said a retired friend in a baseball cap brandishing a broom who had volunteered to sweep up the hair cuttings. Business was busy and Charlie’s younger brother Rob had dropped in to help, setting himself up at the second chair. Charlie opened his first barber shop at Inglewood on the southern Darling Downs when he was 16. He arrived from Italy with his parents in 1956. His father took up tobacco growing and worked in the town’s cypress pine sawmill. “Dad, and the town, needed a barber so I gave it a go,” Charlie said. The Hendra shop is festooned with photographs, paintings and framed newspaper clippings that tell stories of some of the life of this friendly barber who stands on his feet for hours every day, except Sundays and Wednesdays when he enjoys getting together with his family. “You must have a love for the profession,” Charlie said, “a dedication, a passion to please each customer that sits to be groomed. “You have to fully appreciate what a person’s appearance means to them. If you don’t, you’re in the wrong business.” After almost half a century of grooming, Charlie has no thought of hanging up his scissors. Footnote: At the entrance to Charlie Parrella’s shop is the traditional barber’s pole. The pole originated in the grizzly days when barbers not only cut hair and shaved bristly chins but also performed tooth extractions, bloodletting and some surgery. A traditional barber’s pole has a brass finial representing the bleeding bowl. The bowl would have been kept at the top of the pole when not in use. The washed but still blood-stained bandages were hung on the pole to dry. The wind whipped them around the pole giving the red and white candy stripes we know today.

NSA Military Memorials ANYONE passing through Toowoomba and stopping for a while in Queens Park is confronted by a number of military memorials. Perhaps the most striking of these memorials commemorates several thousand national servicemen (nashos) who were conscripted in two schemes operating between 1951 and 1973; in particular it pays tribute to more than two hundred men who lost their lives while serving in the Vietnam War. National Servicemen’s Association of Australia was formed in Toowoomba in 1987 and is today a nation wide organisation for the benefit of all those former nashos, the oldest of whom are now well and truly OBE and the wives/ widows thereof. To determine the aims and objectives of the Association, how to obtain medals available to Australian nashos (or

their widows) or to locate a branch near you, phone 3324 1277 or consult website www.nashoqld.org.au’s Membership is open to all nashos who served in the two schemes; wives/widows are invited to join as supporters and associate membership is offered those called-up in countries other than Australia. At Brisbane North West branch meetings are held on the third Sunday of each month (next February 16) at Gaythorne RSL, commencing 10.15am. Meetings consist of business arising followed by a guest speaker and end with a social cuppa. Afterwards there is the opportunity for a relaxing lunch at the RSL. Members are encouraged to take part in fundraising initiatives in support of the branch’s welfare fund. For more information phone Dave 3366 3191.

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community news You’re not the family bank, so hang on to that hard-won retirement cash “Retirees are often the wealthier members of an extended family – or they are perceived as such,” Mr Miller says. “But if a family member needs money, let him or her borrow it elsewhere. The wealth you’ve accumulated has to last you the rest of your life. The best way to remind Dennis Miller . . . your family and yourself the wealth you of this simple fact is to have accumulated simply say ‘no’. has to last you the “Of course, some rest of your life accidents and disabilities cannot be prevented, and there are AS a retirement mentor, times to rally behind US author Dennis Miller family members truly has spent countless unable to put a roof over hours analysing the their heads or food in habits shared by their bellies. But for successful retirees. every truly unavoidable “You are not the family catastrophe, there are bank,” he says. dozens more instances All parents have one of parents encouraging basic responsibility: to a freeloader.” equip their children to Mr Miller says we’ve survive on their own, worked too hard to both emotionally and sacrifice our financial financially. independence. Even if

you have enough to support two generations indefinitely, doing so won’t help anyone in the long run. You must manage your own ‘pension fund’, he says. Independence is the real goal of retirement. That means listening to experts, but also learning to make savvy financial decisions for yourself. Today, pensions are virtually nonexistent in the private sector. Soon they won’t exist in the public sector either. So all of your retirement – including saving, investing, debt reduction, tax planning, estate planning – is up to you. There’s a lot to learn, but the information is there for the taking. “I’ve known too many people who retired with a large chunk of change only to panic because they had no clue how to

Welcome back everyone! WE would like to take this opportunity to send greetings for 2014 to all our readers and advertisers. We wish you a happy, healthy and prosperous year ahead. Our newspaper is made possible because of the support of many local businesses, many of which are small family run concerns. Without them, we would not be able to produce our monthly edition and you would not be able to browse the news, community notices and other items of interest to seniors. We thank them for their continued support and hope that readers will in turn support them whenever possible – tell them that you heard about them through our newspaper.

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community news Grandparents pulling their weight at home

GRANDPARENTS play a key role in the modern Australian family with new research showing that almost the same proportion of children are being cared for by their grandparents as are in long day care centres. The report, Trends in Maternal Employment and Child Care, by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) found that nearly half of children under three years old of employed mothers were cared for – at least part of the time – by their grandparents. The AIFS said the report provided the first comprehensive analysis of trends in childcare in Australia from 1984 to 2011 with a particular focus on children with employed mothers. The report showed that in the early 1980s about four in 10 mothers were employed, compared to more than six in 10 in 2011. AIFS senior research fellow Dr Jennifer Baxter said grandparent-provided care was used by a large proportion of Australian families as mothers sought to find ways to

manage childcare while holding down paid jobs. She said four in 10 children under three years old were cared for by a grandparent at some time during the week – almost the same proportion of children who spent time in a long day-care centre (47 per cent). Similarly, one third of children aged between three and five years were cared for by a grandparent, which again was roughly the same proportion as those attending a preschool or a long day-care centre. “Grandparents were still busy even when children reached school age, with around 16 per cent of children with employed mothers being cared for by a grandparent, only slightly fewer than the 18 per cent of children who were in outside school care.” Dr Baxter said that opting for informal care was often a matter of preference among families with young children. “Involving grandparents is something we know that many parents seek out as a childcare option because children are still

being cared for by family when it comes to family, any other way,” O’Neill timated the over-50s con- economy. in a home-based setting,” and their grandkids, se- said. Through volunteer- tribute around $3.12 bil- Courtesy: Australian niors would not have it ing, National Seniors es- lion a year to the Ageing Agenda Dr Baxter said. Families were looking for family-based solutions so they could maintain the care of children themselves where possible, squeezing in work around caring for children or by bringing in grandparents, Dr Baxter added. Responding to the research, National Seniors said it undermined claims that older Australians were a drain on the economy. “The report touches on the vast contribution – from volunteering to childcare – that older Australians are quietly making across the economy every day,” said National Seniors chief executive, Michael O’Neill. “Older people play a vital role in today’s working family: they’re providing childcare for their adult children and helping them into their first homes to the tune of $22 billion a year. “Most older Australians are already working beyond pension age – they’re just not getting paid for it. Put simply,

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Twitter Alerts to keep Brisbane residents informed LORD Mayor Graham Quirk has today announced Brisbane City Council will join a new Twitter Alerts Service, which will help to alert, inform and connect residents with emergency information. Council was specially invited to join the service, which is successfully utilised by other large government organisations such as police and fire fighters. The Lord Mayor said the program would enhance Council’s already impressive social media presence. “Council has successfully used Twitter as a communication platform in past crisis situations such the 2011 floods and Australia Day storms,” Cr Quirk said. “The new Twitter Alerts program will improve our delivery of these messages by distributing Tweets to subscribers via SMS or as a special notification within their chosen Twitter app. “The program displays these messages in a distinctive manner which differentiates them from regular Twitter feed content, ensuring key warnings and safety messages stand out.” Cr Quirk said Council was always on the lookout for ways to effectively engage with residents via social media, with Council’s Facebook page now receiving more than 31,000 likes and Council’s Twitter account having 30,000 followers. “This new feature complements our existing robust social media strategies and will help us keep the community even better informed if and when an emergency situation occurs,” Cr Quirk said. “Residents can easily subscribe to alerts by signing up via Council’s dedicated URL at https://twitter.com/brisbanecityqld/ alerts.” For more information on Council’s Twitter Alerts service visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au or call Council on 07 3403 8888. www.seniorsnewspaper.com.au

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ON Sunday February 23 at Sandgate Museum Greg Hallam, Historian with Queensland Rail, will present a talk about the beginnings of Queensland’s first railway, what it meant to the people of the colony at that time and how it came to form such an integral part of the story of Queensland. The Museum is at 150 Rainbow St Sandgate where the talk entitled “History Snippets from Queensland Rail” will begin at 1.30pm followed by a “cuppa” about 3.00pm. Admission is by gold coin donation. Visitors are welcome.

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Enquiries phone 0408 073 179, email sandgatemuseum @bigpond.com or visit the w e b s i t e www.sandgatemuseum.com. The talk will take place at an auspicious date as February 25 will mark 150 years since construction work began on the first section of the Southern & Western Railway from Ipswich to Bigges Camp (Grandchester) where the first railway line officially opened in July 1865. Fifty years later in February 1914 Queensland Rail always good promoters of their history - recognised this achievement with a series of events. Brisbane Market Square (now King George Square) was the site of a special exhibit with a display of what was then the oldest (and smallest) steam locomotive that had survived with Queensland Railways from 1865 and

the largest (and most modern) steam locomotive, with carriages. To display the locomotives temporary tracks were laid from Roma Street and the trains were placed side by side on some short track panels. A special display of signalling and “then and now” facts and figures were also on show and the Queensland Railways band entertained the crowds. Greg Hallam is a graduate and post-graduate student of the University of Queensland, a member of the Professional Historians Association of Queensland, and has been employed in the cultural heritage field in Queensland for nearly 20 years.He is also a third generation family member of the Queensland Railways, with a family railway history stretching back over a century.

Seniors oppose weakening of finance sector protections

OLDER Australians are opposed to the Assistant Treasurer Arthur Sinodinos’ moves to reverse consumer protections introduced under the Future of Financial Advice reforms (FOFA). In particular, National Seniors is concerned about proposals to remove the opt-in requirements so that advisers no longer need to seek their client’s agreement every two years, and to remove the retrospective application of the fee disclosure requirement.Moves to reverse consumer protections introduced under the Future of Financial Advice reforms are concerning. This means that advisers will not need to provide fee disclosure statements to clients who entered into a fee arrangement before the mandatory 1 July 2013 start date of FOFA. “What this says is that consumers do not have support for ensuring basic accountability for the services financial advisers are paid to provide,” said National Seniors chief executive, Michael O’Neill. “These amendments are being pushed through without proper consumer consultation. “If cutting red tape means creating a murky environment in which the hard-earned savings of working Australians end up in the hands of financial advisers, you can leave it.” Research conducted by Rice Warner Actuaries in 2013 found that the FOFA laws would boost private savings under advice by $144 billion by 2027; and reduce the average cost of financial advice from $2,046 to $1,163 by 2026/27. Media release: National Seniors

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community news Age no barrier for these friendly ‘golden girls’ of tennis

Haley Creek just outside the town. Nancy and Brenda are off the land, too. Nancy first played tennis when she was 15 growing up on a farm near Mount Kosciuszko in the New South Wales. Brenda grew up on a farm near Perth. Judy says country folk are the salt of the earth. “But we all finally settled at Redcliffe, which is a great place to live.” She works as a A real ‘hit’ at the Australian Tennis Championships in Melbourne.. the volunteer at the informa‘golden girls’ of Redcliffe Marj Wood, Judy Cooney, Brenda Nicholls, and tion centre promoting Nancy Pattison. the peninsula suburb Photo courtesy of Redcliffe Herald. and the Moreton Bay region. “WE’RE all farm girls each Friday for a hit and interview and we were Most of the ‘golden and tennis was a big the invitation is out for treated like royalty,” girls’ have been meeting part of our social life in new members to join Judy Cooney said. for the past 20 years and the bush,” enthused them. “They even let us have would love to welcome Judy Cooney, “so it’s Age is certainly no a hit on the Rod Laver new members. just great to be part of barrier. Nancy, 90, and Arena which was quite a “Men or women, we’ll this special club and Brenda, 81, say they thrill I can tell you. welcome them all,” Judy keep up the sport.” need fresh blood .. “just Rod’s from said. “It’s a fun day and Judy, 70, was talking to come and try and join in Rockhampton, the son it costs just $5 and Seniors Newspaper the fun,” says Brenda. of a cattleman, so there’s there’s no pressure to about the ‘golden girls’ The ‘golden girls’ are another link with tennis play. Just come along of tennis who meet each still raving about their and life in the country.” and join in the friendweek at the Redcliffe recent visit to the Judy (nee Cecil) has ship. Tennis Centre – “for fun, Australian Open Tennis been playing tennis “It’s a weekly social health and the love of Championships in since she was 10 when occasion and an the game”. Melbourne. she lived at Kingaroy. opportunity to stay Judy and mates Brenda “Channel 7’s Sunrise Her parents were dairy healthy and active. Nicholls, Nancy Pattison program sponsored our farmers and grew “We’re looking for and Marj Wood meet trip after a television peanuts and maize at anyone upward of 40

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years who just likes to have a hit and gather around some new friends. “Tennis is a game you can play all through your life and just enjoy it.” Interested players should phone (07) 3284 2349 or visit Court 9 at the Redcliffe Tennis Centre, Oxley Ave, Redcliffe, between 9.30 am and 11 am.

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community news Queensland Government cuts APSL loose THE Australian Pensioners’ & Superannuants’ League QLD Inc (APSL) has been cut loose from the Queensland Government’s Department of Communities funding. For over 25 years the APSL’s quality service to pensioners, seniors and other disadvantaged people has been broadly recognised and sup-

ported by the State Government in terms of funding. Services have ranged from information, advocacy and referrals to research and providing the Government with submissions and reports on major issues impacting upon seniors’ lifestyles, wellbeing and security. The introduction of competitive tendering for ser-

vices in 2013 saw the APSL having to submit a tender demonstrating not only its ability to effectively provide services it has done in one form or another since its formation in 1945, but compete against other organisations who have a much shorter history and have not provided the same level of service. The

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official announcement by Minister Tracy Davis (Dept. Communities, Child Safety & Disability Services) in January, that Council of the Ageing Queensland was the successful applicant is likely to have a serious impact on future services that the APSL has traditionally provided. Ray Ferguson, State Secretary for the APSL says ‘that the APSL has sustained a significant loss. We will need to reassess the services that can be provided’. There is also a ripple effect of which Ray is aware, including the potential impacts for Kurilpa Kitchen services and other pensioner & senior stakeholder campaigns for which APSL has been a main driver. From one

perspective, Ray acknowledges that its new independence enables APSL to ‘speak out against decisions not in the interests of Queensland seniors’. More disappointing to APSL was the impact competing for tenders and funding had on senior networks. APSL experienced a reduction in loyalty and respect among previously collaborative organisations. Ray acknowledged, ‘with one prize for the taking, it became dog eat dog’. While the cut of government funding will make life difficult for the APSL, we intend to remain open for business and endeavour to provide the same quality services we have in the past.

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What event is depicted in the Bayeux Tapestry? In what country is the city of Mandalay? What colours are mixed to get purple? Which NSW town was the scene of an escape attempt by Japanese prisoners-of-war in 1944? On what hill in Canberra is Parliament House situated? What kind of creature is a terrapin? To what part of an orchestra does a timpani belong? Which singer songwriter is known as “The Boss”? What name is given to long, deep sea inlets gouged by glaciers in such places as Norway? Who created the character Bilbo Baggins? What is the traditional source of power for a rickshaw? According to a popular saying, what does “red sky in the morning” indicate? What are the bones of the spine called? What large building in Washington DC is the HQ of the Defence Department? What is the name for a vessel that travels on a cushion of air? Is the average temperature on Mars higher or lower than on Earth? In the Christian calendar, what is the period before Easter called? In what city was John Lennon shot dead? “Nomophobia” is the fear of what? What musical and movie was loosely based on Elvis Presley’s draft into the US army? Answers on page 10

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Helping hard-hit farmers the best medicine for Aussie Helper Brian By JIM BOWDEN FARMER Brian Egan struck his heel on a cake of dry dust, loaded the truck and drove away from his grain and cattle property at Dalby for the last time - broke after three years of drought and not a drop of rain. Like many other good, experienced drought-hit farming families with their hearts in the soil, back then in 1999 it seemed like the end of the road for

Brian and his wife Nerida. Shortly after losing his property, Brian developed co-morbid depression after a long battle with post-traumatic stress following service inVietnam and Indonesia; for a long time he was catatonic, unable to cope with life and went into Greenslopes Hospital. Then advice from a psychologist friend turned his life around. ‘’The best

Lift that bale, tote that truck .. Brian Egan sends off another load of hay to drought-stricken farmers

thing you could do is find someone worse off than yourself and help them,’’ Brian’s friend said. Recovering, Brian formed Aussie Helpers 11 years ago with his wife Nerida, a charity that assists farming families in need. “The most valuable thing we give is someone to sit across the kitchen table and listen to them over a cuppa,� Brian reflected. “Time and time again we see a deep, genuine thankfulness that someone really cares.� Now based at Charleville, the 70-year-old former Queensland Senior Australian of the Year talked to Toowoomba & Darling Downs Seniors Newspaper about Aussie Helpers and responded enthusiastically when we told him the newspaper and its family of publications were going to support and promote the charity. “Good on you blokes,� Brian said. Aussie Helpers operates with about 40 volunteers, among them military veterans, ‘grey nomads’, former farmers, and

truckies, who have travelled more than one and a half million kilometres to assist farming families all over Australia. Brian and Nerida have the support of their four children, too. “They’re grown up now and scattered all over the place.� Brian says it’s a dust bowl out west right now. “I reckon 60% of Queensland is in drought,� he said. “This is the big one that snuck up on us. But it’s not only feed that’s running out – it’s water. “And it worries me that both state and federal governments seem to be fiddling while Queensland burns.� The situation spurred Brian and his volunteers to start up their Buy-ABale Campaign, a joint venture with Aussie Helpers, which already has raised nearly $575,000 to provide mostly feed and diesel to affected farmers. He praised the support of radio personality Alan Jones at Sydney’s 2GB who had promoted the campaign far and wide.

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Brain says he may be 70, but he enjoys working up to 16 hours a day for the cause. And the figures for Aussie Helpers speak for themselves – more than 3000 families assisted and the delivery of 3000 tonnes of groceries, 4000 tonnes of stock feed and 20 tonnes of personal hygiene and paper packs – all donated. ‘I wouldn’t be alive if I wasn’t helping people,’’ Brian Egan said. ‘’It’s my medicine. All negativity is driven out of my head. Nothing in life makes you feel better than caring for someone else.’’ Visit: www.aussiehelpers.org. au or www.buyabale.com.au

ANZAC Centenary Grants

JUST an update - it has been drawn to our attention that there are two ANZAC centenary grant programs currently on offer at two different levels of government. The Anzac Centenary Local Grants program is the Australian Government’s. Applications are open now, to DVA via your local MP, until 25 May 2014. Refer towww.anzaccentenary.gov.au/grants. There is also a Queensland Anzac Centenary grants program. The first round of these opens in February 2014 and applications close 14 March 2014. Refer towww.qld.gov.au/.../event.../events/anzac-centenary/grants.

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community news Many older people too sick to retire, report shows

NEW figures out today show that the vast majority of older workers with chronic health conditions are on low incomes and cannot afford to retire. The second study for National Seniors Productive Ageing Centre (NSPAC), headed by Professor Deborah Schofield of the University of Sydney, shows 80% of those aged between 65 and 74 with ongoing health problems are earn-

ing $500 a week or less. Only 2% earn more than $1,500 per week. This is in sharp contrast to the 54% in the same age group but without chronic health problems who earn $500 a week or less and the 12% who earn $1,500 a week or more. National Seniors chief executive, Michael O’Neill, said the new report Working beyond 65 – what’s realistic? backs up existing evidence that

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it’s in the interests of both governments and individuals to have older people working longer – if they are willing and able to do so. “Staying in the workforce past age 65 lightens the load on taxpayers,” O’Neill said. “It also helps older people enjoy a higher standard of living in retirement and gives them the social interaction of the workplace which has its own mental health benefits. “If they have chronic health conditions but can manage to keep working, they

will be better able to afford the medical care and equipment they need. “Unfortunately, many older people in poor health but still working believe they will never be able to afford to retire.” Flexible working hours or workstation modification may help an arthritis sufferer stay at work beyond the traditional retirement age of 65, he said. But further preventative measures for a range of health problems are perhaps the best solution to keeping older people at work so

they can better fund their own retirements.” Other findings include : Men were almost three times as likely to be employed past retirement age as women, Arthritis was the largest single contributor to the loss of full time employment, and those with other conditions including back problems, diabetes and heart disease were twice as likely to be out of the workforce than those people with no such health worries. Nearly half (49%) of those with a chronic health condition

said they had no plans to retire, compared with one quarter (23%) of people without a chronic health condition. NSPAC also released a report in November last year containing research headed by Prof Schofield. The report A Widening gap: The financial benefits of delaying retirement found workers in their early 60s who had a chronic health condition had better retirement savings and a higher level of wealth than those who had quit work.

Could technology be the next big thing in dementia care? TECHNOLOGY has been on a swift ascension over the past few decades with little sign of slowing down. At RSL Care Fairview Retirement Community at Pinjarra Hills, residents and their families have experiencedfirst-hand the potential technology has to offer,as Director of the Centre for Health Practice Innovation at Griffith University’s Health Institute, Professor Wendy Moyle and her team have been trialling robot technology to assist people living with

dementia. VGo is a robot with a screen that enables a resident and a family member to connect so that they can see and hear each other, much like Skype. What is unique about VGo is the family member connects with VGo and remotely steers the robot which is located in the residential care facility. The family member can live a long way away and the technology is used to bridge this distance. RSL Care Residential Manager, Pam Sherman Carr said VGowas being trialled at Fairview and

the response has been overwhelmingly positive. “We have had a terrific response from residents and their families who have been included in the trial,” she said. “A mother and daughter can take a ‘virtual’ walk together with the aid of VGoand view our beautiful gardens here at Fairview together. “Residents living with dementia have responded positively.” RSL Care CEO Craig Mills said innovative technology like this had so much potential for the way customers

would be able to connect with their loved ones and the external community. “While the concept feels relatively new now it will most probably be a way of life for all of our customers in the future. “We are so pleased to be able to partner with Wendy and her team at Griffith University to work on such an exciting project. “Innovation like this, where we can enrich the lives and experiences of our customers, are a great motivator for me and set the scene for an exciting future for RSL Care.”

Trivia Answers from page 8 1. Norman conquest of England 2. Burma 3. Red and blue 4. Cowra 5. Capital Hill 6. Turtle 7. Percussion 8. Bruce Springsteen 9. Fjords 10. J. R. R. Tolkien 11. Human 12. Warning 13. Vertebrae 14. Pentagon 15. Hovercraft 16. Lower 17. Lent 18. New York 19. Having no mobile phone contact 20. Bye Bye Birdie Disclaimer for Trivia quiz Answers are correct to the best knowledge of our quizmaster Allan Blackburn. Sometimes people may have different views and some answers considered correct by Allan may be considered incorrect by others. While all care and attention is taken with these answers, mistakes can happen. If you find one, please live with it! No correspondence will be entered into regarding Trivia Quiz answers.

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community news Harrier celebrates 1000th run

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BRISBANE Halfway Hash House Harriers commenced as a group on the 16 July 1980 and was a mixed social group running from locations halfway between Brisbane and the Gold Coast and running on a night halfway through the week (Wednesday night). There are over 10 groups in Brisbane operating on different nights throughout the week and even weekends. Some groups include families with children. Recently a long standing member reached his 1000th running milestone and was presented with a number of mementos and awards for this achievement. Kerry Best (aged just over 60) who has also been a member and run with Adelaide and Cairns clubs, is a Brisbane resident and a currently a member of the Halfway group. The group will celebrate its 1800th run in April 2014 which will be an overnight event. Whilst there is a very social aspect to club membership, there is also a very serious side. Many members travel around Australia and overseas to run in significant events such as the Gold Coast half and full marathons, Boston marathon, Sydney City to Surf and

the like. Clubs also participate in fundraising by holding special runs for charity and raise thousands of dollars for good causes across Australia and overseas. Members come from all walks of life and occupations and join for the camaraderie, exercise and fun and as such are treated equally regardless of their personal status in life. Originally the hash house harriers were formally established in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 1938 but there had been other clubs in Jahore Bahru and Malacca in the 1930s. The organisation has continued to grow and international meets in 1994 in New Zealand drew in excess of 4000 participants; 6000 in Cyprus in 1996 and over 7000 participants in Kuala Lumpur in 1998. These international events held every two year continue to attract large numbers regardless of where they are held. Australia also holds a national event in the alternate years to the international event. There are thousands of clubs registered across the world in hundreds of countries and all continents. For more information about the Halfway running group, ring 0411 654 077 or go to www.brisbaneh4.com

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PEOPLE are urged to take care and look out for each other as Queensland experiences scorching weather conditions. Redland City Deputy Mayor and Emergency Management spokesperson Alan Beard said it was important for people to stay hydrated and take precautions to stay cool during the warmer weather. “It is important to drink plenty of fluids – don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink,” Cr Beard said. “I also encourage you to check on your family members, friends and neighbours who may be more prone to heat-related illness to make sure they are okay. “The elderly, infants, overweight and obese people, pregnant and breastfeeding women and people with pre-existing health conditions can be more prone to heatrelated illness. “In particular, severe heat stress may cause deterioration for those people who suffer from heart, lung or kidney problems. “If there is any chance they may be suffering heat stroke, call Triple Zero (000) immediately. “If someone is www.seniorsnewspaper.com.au

affected by the heat they need to be cooled down immediately. “Always provide cool, non-alcoholic fluids, but only if the affected person can swallow.” Tips to avoid heat stress include keeping healthy, urine colour is a good guide to hydration – it should be clear to light straw-coloured, not dark or gold, public venues, such as air-conditioned shopping centres and pools, can provide refuge from the heat, people can also stay cool by taking cool showers or baths, soaking their feet in a basin of water, or wetting a bandana or washer and wrapping it around their neck, take time to adjust to the environment, pace yourself and limit strenuous outdoor activity. Heat exhaustion symptoms include muscle cramps, heavy sweating, paleness, dizziness, nausea or vomiting, fainting. Heat stroke symptoms include extremely high body temperature, red, hot, dry skin, but possibly some clamminess, a rapid pulse, headache, confusion. February 2014 - Brisbane Seniors - Page 11


community news Make your New Year’s Resolution to support your ageing loved ones AS we celebrate our Christmas holidays and New Year period gathering with family and friends, many will be surprised to notice a decline in the physical or mental health of elderly loved ones. These changes can be upsetting, but you are not alone. According to Seasons Group CEO Nick Loudon, there is a significant increase in the number of enquiries for care for ageing parents during the holiday season. “Being able to identify that it is time to access care is an important step in securing your loved one’s future and the start of the year is a great time to develop a New Year’s resolution with your loved ones to plan for their future care needs. Mr Loudon said this resolution may be difficult at first but talking to loved

ones about their plans for the future is extremely important and should include estate planning, wills, advance care plans and aged care options. “With ageing, mental and physical problems eventually will appear, but it’s often up to family members to help recognise the warning signs that mum or dad might need to seek medical help,” Mr Loudon said. “It is a daunting responsibility to try to determine whether your loved ones can remain safely at home, how to evaluate the circumstances and what to do once the decision has been made. “But one thing is certain; the Aged Care Sector in Australia faces a significant amount of change in 2014. Mr Loudon said the Australian aged care system is complex so know-

ing the options, understanding the changes and planning ahead can make all the difference. “I urge relatives to act now to understand the impact of these changes, rather than leave it another year before they consider the health, welfare and living support needs of their elderly loved ones. “Knowing what to do, where to start, what is available and how much it costs is important to make an informed decision about your future. According to Mr Loudon Seasons Private Aged Care provides a surprisingly affordable alternative to government funded nursing home beds by allowing people to maintain personal independence in modern selfcontained private residences, while enjoying a great community and

having the convenience of full service Private Aged Care provided in their apartments if and when it is needed. “Moving to a Private Aged Care Community such as Seasons while still independent is a smart choice for couples and people who are currently living alone as well as people who are concerned about future health needs and would like to avoid moving into a nursing home,” Mr Loudon said. To find out more about your options, visit www.seasonscare.com.au or contact Seasons on 1300 506 116. Mr Loudon suggests seven signs which may indicate that it is time to consider additional assistance or a move into supported living or aged care: Condition of house: The

house has become cluttered and the yard is in disarray. Physical appearance: They no longer take care in dressing and might wear the same clothes for several days. Mail and bills: Mail has piled up and is unorganised; bills are not up-to-date. Eating habits: The refrigerator is empty or contains spoiled food; they are losing weight. Change in decision-making: They occasionally forget to turn off a burner on the stove. Physical decline: They are exhibiting physical problems such as hearing and eyesight loss, (dragging a foot or exhibiting difficulty getting out of a chair). Increased confusion: They appear confused about time and place; questions are often repeated in a short time; there’s a struggle to find the correct words.

New changes to Super accounts take effect in 2014 AUSTRALIAN workers should check their superannuation accounts to ensure they have adequate insurance cover under new reforms that came into effect on1 January, 2014. It is now compulsory for superannuation funds to provide death and total permanent disablement (TPD) insurance as part of the new

MySuper scheme. MySuper is the new super account that most funds will offer as the default option. Slater & Gordon Superannuation Lawyer Andrew Weinmann said in his experience most people do not have adequate TPD insurance to cover them in the event they can no longer work. “TPD insurance is the for-

gotten part of superannuation. A lot of people do not know they are able to access insurance through their super funds if they have to permanently give up work because of injury or illness. For that reason many people are not adequately covered,” MrWeinmann said. Research commission by

Slater & Gordon in 2010 found only 47 per cent of Australia had heard of TPD insurance as provided through superannuation funds. Under the MySuper scheme, employees will be offered minimum levels of death and TPD cover on an optout basis. “Now is a very good time for you to review the insurance offered

through your super fund and to ask yourself whether you have enough insurance to cover your debts if you are unable to work again. “Having the right amount of insurance provides peace of mind and, in the event you need to use it, can protect you and your family from financial hardship,” MrWeimann said.

Shop well, stay well! CANCER Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift helps us stay well by shopping well! If it’s in the pantry, you’ll eat it. I know it sounds like common sense, but it’s true! If we shop well, and keep tempting treats out of our reach, it makes it far easier to make healthier choices every

day. It’s a fact that one in three cancer cases are preventable through simple lifestyle adjustments, including eating healthier and maintaining a healthy weight, so it’s important we get our dietary habits right for every meal. Australian Dietary Guidelines recommend we enjoy a wide variety of nutritious foods

from the five main food groups every day – grain foods, vegetables and legumes/beans, lean meats and poultry, fruit and dairy. Sticking to a healthy eating plan actually starts at the supermarket – here are CCQ’s top tips to shopping well and staying well! Plan! Create a meal plan for the week based

on the recommended dietary guidelines. Plan for healthy snacks too, so you can always grab something nutritious on the go! Make a list! We all get tempted by weekly specials and 2-for-1 deals in the supermarket, but if you use a list and stick to it, it’s easier to make better choices. Don’t shop hungry – you may find

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community news St Valentine . . . it’s never too late for love

VALENTINE’S Day has almost arrived – that day for love and lovers is celebrated on February 14. Your age and past might make you think that you’ll never find love again. Think again! There is no rule in matters of love, and definitely no age limit. Finding love past 60 is as possible as it was when you were 20. Single for what feels like forever, widowed after only a short time or divorced after many years of marriage, the solitude can weigh down on you. Social scientists and ‘sexologists’ are telling us to get rid of old prejudices (like ‘you’re too old’) and get out there! Let’s say one of your friends has announced they are getting remarried at the age of 65. Why should that be so surprising? It’s well known that love has nothing to do with age. Haven’t we all got the right to grab hold of life with both hands? To convince yourself, all you have to do is to look

around you at all the couples getting together during life’s later years. Today, with life expectancy increasing, we have more time stretching in front of us when we retire. Suddenly there is more time for your hobbies, for devoting yourself to your passions, travelling, making friends and also for finding love. There is no reason to let yourself fade into the twilight zone. On the contrary, make the most of your time, your experience and your freedom, so you can grow emotionally. All the more so when your children have left home and the house mortgage is finally paid off. It’s time to put yourself first. Some may have stopped thinking about themselves as just parents and become lovers once more. Others seize the opportunity and take advantage of the fact that their children have left home and are married themselves, and decide to separate, which they have been waiting to do for a long time – then starting a new life with someone else. But where to meet someone when you are

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Jim Bowden again, even at 75. And after all, what could be more normal than wanting to be surrounded by love and attention? It is true that with age, your health does become more delicate and illnesses are more frequent, with tiredness creeping up on you more and more. But this is no reason to let yourself go and not to make the most of your age by meeting someone special. All the more so, as new love can be so liberating, like having a second youth. Don’t forget that you have the advantage of experience behind you with the maturity that

comes with age, along with the tenderness and desire that comes with new love. And what could be better than to grow old with someone you love? The origin of Saint Valentine, and how many Saint Valentines there were, remains a mystery. One opinion is that he was a Roman martyred for refusing to give up his Christian faith. But Valentine really existed because archaeologists have unearthed a Roman catacomb and an ancient church dedicated to Saint Valentine. In 496 AD Pope Gelasius marked February 14 as a celebration in honor of his martyrdom.

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no longer 20? While travelling, through one of your hobbies or even through support groups for widow(er)s, it’s up to you to get out there and make contact. Many seniors search for someone who they have things in common with, someone to listen, and yearn for the companionship of being in a couple. But this isn’t all; at 70 years of age, six out of 10 women and seven out of 10 men continue to make

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Elderly drivers are safe drivers, but a regular refresher course is a good idea

Elderly drivers and competent drivers, but a refresher course every now and then is recommended for drivers of all ages

A TASMANIAN retiree is standing up for the competence of older drivers. Graeme Barwick, who is branch president of the Northern Tasmanian Association of Independent Retirees, has been a driver for almost 60 years and says driving ability depends on the individual, not the age. He has spoken out after a road toll report claimed older drivers made up the most driving fatalities in 2013. Last year, 37 people died on Tasmanian roads, including 13 people aged over 64. Their ages ranged from 65, with the eldest a driver and a pedestrian, both aged 96. There were also drivers aged 82 and 92 who died. However, the report said older people were less likely to be in serious injury crashes, with people aged over 64 making up 18.1% of the 250 serious injuries reported last year. Mr Barwick said there were drivers from every age group who could benefit from a refresher course. “It’s a controversial subject,’’ Mr Barwick said. “There are definitely some older people who need a refresher course, but the vast majority are quite capable and careful drivers and never have an accident. “So, too, some middle-aged people could do refresher courses and definitely some younger groups, when you see the way they drive and ignore the signals. “`But I wouldn’t target the older drivers alone; they are safer drivers.’’ Mr Barwick, 76, said he knew people

in their 90s who were safe drivers. He said he was a confident driver and drove thousands of kilometres during a multi-country overseas trip in 2008. Meanwhile, the RACQ’s Years Ahead program is assisting older motorists to drive safely for longer, making them aware of their own capabilities. It covers topics such as changes to the Queensland road rules; medical considerations when driving; and alternative transport options (such as motorised wheelchairs).’ Contact the RACQ on 13 1905. Drivers who are 75 years or older, as well as drivers with medical conditions that affect their ability to drive, are required to obtain a medical certificate from their medical practitioner in order to continue driving. An ‘M’ will be shown on the licence as a condition. The driver must carry the medical certificate at all times when driving and produce it to police if required. Failure to carry a medical certificate could incur a fine. For both older drivers and drivers with a medical condition, doctors can suggest the limitations or conditions on a driver’s licence. While doctors and health professionals may be able to assess an older driver’s medical fitness to drive, it is not necessarily possible to evaluate a driver’s ability to interact with the road environment unless being assessed while driving. The doctor may suggest a formal driving assessment be carried out to evaluate a person’s ability to drive safely.

No extra GST to be added to moveable homes

The ATO has considered comments on its draft ruling and decided not to change the GST treatment of moveable home estates. The draft ruling hasl now be withdrawn and moveable home estates will continue to be treated as commercial residential premiseswith the same GST rules for longterm accommodation. “We have carefully considered the legal arguments and practical implications and decided that we don’t need to change the existing GST treatment of these estates. “Our preliminary view had been that moveable home estates were not sufficiently similar to caravan parks to be commercial residential premises. “With the benefit of submissions, it is evident that while moveable home estates have changed, they are still similar enough to caravan parks to receive the concessional treatment. In particular, both involve letting of sites separately to the building, and provide communal facilities to residents. “Our draft ruling process encourages the community and stakeholders to put forward their views on our interpretation of tax issues. We received many comments from industry groups, residents and tax professionals during the consultation process. We thank the community for their involvement.” www.seniorsnewspaper.com.au

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task for her. Some level of independence and dignity in wiping herself after using the toilet is a goal for Mrs Barnier whilst still able to do so…. Trevor & Eileen Brown (Customer): Eileen and I are thrilled with our Bidet and would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone. We first saw the Hyundai Bidet advertised in the South Australian RSL magazine. As a WW2 returned serviceman I immediately saw the benefits of having a Bidet and since it has been installed we have found it has assisted us both immensely. We found the service from the Bidet Shop excellent and would be happy to recommend the Hyundai Bidet to anyone. We are happy to speak with anyone who in considering purchasing a Bidet. Regards Trevor Brown Lynne Whittingham (Carer of her Husband): I have had my Bidet since the middle of 2006 and the only thing wrong is that I didn’t know about it earlier. The Bidet Shop staff told me I could install it myself. I was able to do this in about 30 minutes. My Husband is a paraplegic and the Bidet has liberated me completely. I

still have to take trousers and pants off and on, but that’s a small task after what I have had to do before (for 3 years). I can’t speak highly enough about the Bidet and of course I get the benefits myself of a lovely warm seat in winter, which I’d dreamed about for years (I hate the cold ) and of course it is lovely and refreshing, to feel properly clean after my visits to the toilet. Laurel Budd (Customer):

I am very pleased with my Bidet; it has been a Godsend to me. I have found the Bidet has assisted me with my daily toileting and will recommend it to anyone with complications caused by ageing. To find out more about how a Bidet can help you or your loved ones, call The Bidet Shop’s support team today! We are more than happy to assist you in purchasing the right bidet for you and your budget, as well as

helping to arrange installation of the product. The Bidet Shop offers extended warranties and 24/ 7 support for all of it’s customers. Are you an Occupational Therapist or Carer? Please Freecall 1800 140 900 (North Brisbane to Wide Bay) or 1800 243 387 (Qld wide) and mention OT (SB 2) to receive a free Occupational Therapy support pack, or to register with The Bidet Shop OT online website!

Is your house roof wasting your money EVERY house roof within Australia has a flaw that can only be fixed by replacing the roof with a better material than those currently available. The flaw of course is that heat is allowed into the roof space because all available domestic roof coverings have no insulation value. Roof space temperature rises rapidly as the insulation is at the bottom of the roof space on top of the ceiling and fibreglass batts or other air entrapping insulation is used to keep cost down. However, all such insulation materials are air permeable and on a summer day the 60-70°C of the roof space is soon passed down to the habitable areas of the house. A properly insulated roof can save 45 per cent of household electricity cost for air conditioning as most winter heat loss or summer heat gain of dwellings occurs from the roof or ceiling. Cement roof tiles have been used on

the majority of houses built in Australia since the 1950s and most have gone beyond the end of their useful lives. Early coatings employed to waterproof cement roof tiles were not durable and an industry has developed for the recoating of cement roof tiles. However, this does not fix the problem as the recoating of the tiles is only a temporary fix as the paint employed also breaks down and peels off making further coating next to impossible. The solution to the extreme heat generated in the roof space of a house is to use a BONSUL insulated panel as the roof covering so that temperature build up within the roof space is eliminated and the roof tile problem is solved permanently. Michael Manninning (BONSUL) is seeking assistance to set up operations in Australia and full details can be viewed at www.bonsul.com.au.

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community news Chaplain tracks down resident’s long-lost family support of Brookfield Care Manager Nadia Fletcher because a number of people had tried to locate his sisters before,

Ian Crellin & Chaplain Lyndon Niemann

THE chaplain at Carinity Aged Care – Brookfield has helped grant a resident’s heartfelt wish – to track down his long lost sisters. Lyndon Niemann

said that 77-year-old Ian Crellin lost track of his three sisters after moving to Brisbane from Sydney and hadn’t seen them in almost 20 years.

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However, a major Google search on his sisters’ names and numerous phone calls finally bore fruit and one of Mr Crellin’s sisters made contact with the Brookfield aged care centre and is now coming to visit. “Ian is a lovely man who has had at least two heart attacks and two strokes that I know of. He had spoken to a number of Dart Wing residents about wanting to make contact with his sisters, who he hadn’t seen in 18 years. He was really missing them and even thought that his third sister had passed away. So I was approached to help track them down and I’m just so excited at how it’s worked out. Ian is going to be over the moon when he gets to see his sister in person later this month,” he said. Chaplain Niemann said that he was delighted when Mr Crellin’s sister finally returned his call after he left a message on her answering machine. “There were tears on both sides when Ian finally spoke to his sister after all these years. He has now spoken to his two older sisters and we found out that his third sister isn’t dead but still lives in Victoria. One of the sisters has now booked her flight to come up and visit and because her daughter also lives in Brisbane, she plans to bring her out along with the grandchildren. So it’ll be a big family reunion,” said Chaplain Niemann. Ian worked as a Trans Australia Airlines (TAA) engineer in Cairns and Sydney, but he ended up moving around from job to job after leaving this profession and eventually ended up in Brisbane where his health started deteriorating. This is one of the reasons why he lost contact with his three sisters who are all now living in rural Victoria. Ian said that he was “very grateful” for Chaplain Niemann’s help and the

to no avail. Staff at Carinity Aged Care – Brookfield in Brisbane create communities of care where residents feel

safe, welcome and valued, in a real homely environment. Residents enjoy spectacular views from the peaceful gardens and

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ONE of the many happy aspects of our recent Christmas gathering was a presentation by President Geoff Harris of “Certificates of Appreciation” to some notable members of our volunteer team. Notable due to the fact that they have all spent years of their personal time, talents and energies in the rapid and significant development of Samford’s museum complex. This has

community news Samford Museum Awards of Appreciation

in some instances required as many as four to five days dedicated effort in a week doing work ranging from catering for our many visitors, entertaining and doing demonstrations, building and rejuvenating a huge variety of objects as well as the very important work of compiling a large treasure trove of Photo of the group. Samford history. Congratulations and our Lto R. sincere thanks to each and Ron Domrow, Jim Kelly, John Domrow, Ray Lind, Stan Chambers, Gil Chard, Vito Rosso, Gwen Chard, John and Kath Cummins,

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Robert Kemp, Alan Morris Front: Irwin Draper. Absent: Pam Smith, Jack and Joyce Mitchell

every one of these wonderful awardees. There are other volunteers who have already been

awarded “life membership” in recognition of their efforts. However the success of our museum

would not occur without the dedication and enthusiasm of all volunteer members who richly de-

serve the highest accolades. Whilst the museum has become a popular Samford

attraction there is still so much more to be done and we welcome anyone interested in joining us.

New breakthrough in mozzie repellent A NEW insect repellent is promising to be a game changer in the long running battle between humans and mosquitoes. A team from the Department of Agriculture in Florida has found a mix of chemicals, found on the skin of people who don’t often get bitten, makes humans almost invisible to the insects. Research chemist Ulrich Bernier and his research team have found that, when such chemicals are released into the air, mosquitoes avoid exposed skin. University of Sydney mosquito researcher Dr Cameron Webb says the repellent is a real breakthrough in the fight against mosquito-borne diseases such as Dengue Fever and Ross River virus. “Firstly, they have got these products that protect against bites,

but most importantly of all, what they are playing around with is these chemicals which don’t need to be applied to the skin as a topical lotion or a cream. “They can actually be dispersed into the air and I guess that’s what we are really hoping for in terms of future development.” Dr Webb says traditional repellents do work effectively, but are harder to manage. “The real beauty of these new products that are being developed is having a delivery method which is better. “So if we can stop having to put on a lotion and maybe just flick a switch on a device or spray something around the room, that’s going to be much easier and much more effective.”

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community news Tennis .. get into this fitness racquet

TENNIS is often referred to as ‘the sport of a lifetime’ and the Golden Girls of tennis in our article on Page 7 would agree. According to world-renowned scientists from a variety of disciplines, there is no doubt that tennis can improve overall health, including mental and physical fitness. People who participated in tennis three hours a week at a moderately vigorous intensity cut in half their risk of death from any cause, according to Dr Ralph Paffenbarger, a world-recognised exercise authority who studied more than 10,000 people for 20 years. Tennis players scored higher in vigour, optimism and self-esteem while scoring lower in depression, anger, confusion, anxiety and tension than other athletes and nonathletes, according to an international study. Since tennis requires alertness and tactical thinking, it may generate new connections between nerves in the brain and promote a lifetime of continuing development of the brain, report health scientists. They say tennis outperforms golf and most other sports in developing positive personality characteristics and competitive tennis burns more calories than aerobics or cycling. Tennis enhances aerobic fitness by burning fat, improving cardiovascular fitness and maintaining higher energy levels. Short intense bursts of activity followed by rest help muscles use oxygen efficiently. And tennis helps general body coordination since you have to move into position and then adjust your upper body to hit the ball successfully.

Brendale Evening VIEW Club

NEW members are always welcome. For more information phone Trish on 32642213. Brendale Evening VIEW Club meet on the 3rd Tuesday of the month 6.30 for 7pm start at the Aspley Hornets Football Club, 50 Graham Rd, Carseldine. Brendale Evening VIEW Club 15th Birthday: 18th February with guest speaker Sue-Belinda Meehan who will tell us all about the origin of nursery rhymes. Come dressed as your favourite nursery rhyme character. Please phone Julia on 32852153 before 8pm on Sunday 16th February. Bookings are essential. Coffee and Chat Morning: We meet on 1st Saturday of each month at 10.30am at “Gloria Jeans,” Bracken Ridge Tavern, 154 Barrett St, Bracken Ridge. These mornings are very enjoyable, a great opportunity to get to know each other better and have a chat. For more information on Brendale Evening VIEW Club please phone Trish on 3264 2213.

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Tennis has kept people of all ages fit for a very long time. French player Jean René (the Crocodile) Lacoste dominated the game in the 1920s and early 1930s and was renowned for his physical fitness which stayed with him until his death in 1996 aged 92.

OUR first meeting for 2014 will be on Tuesday, 11 February with morning tea at 10am followed by the meeting at 10.30am; then entertainment and lots of raffle prizes. The February coach trip will be on 25 February to Tropical Fruit World for Devonshire Morning tea (provided); on to Byron Bay, then lunch (own cost) at Kingscliffe Bowls Club. On the trip home, we will enjoy a visit to Poppy’s Chocolates at Beenleigh. A five-day coach trip to Roma, Charleville, Miles and Chinchilla is planned for 21-25 July. More details will be available at the February meeting. We are looking forward to welcoming five new intending members at our first meeting for 2014. Come and join our cheery group of seniors at the Greenbank R.S.L, Southern Cross Room on 2nd Tuesday of each month. For further detail contact Bev on 3809 0697 or 0402 094 887.

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Commencement of the Quality Agency THE Australian Aged Care Quality Agency (Quality Agency) commenced functions relating to residential aged care services from 1 January 2014 and will commence functions relating to home care services from 1 July 2014 replacing the Aged Care Standards and Accreditation Agency Limited (ACSAA Ltd). The Quality Agency is the new agency responsible for the accreditation and Pre-loved monitoring of Australia’s residential aged care prohomes start viders. The Quality from Agency is also continuing $135,000 the ACSAA Ltd’s important work of supporting to and promoting quality in $290,000 aged care service delivery through its comprehensive industry education program. The Quality Agency will become the sole agency that aged care service providers will respond to regarding quality assurance of aged care services, whether in an aged care home or in a person’s own home. For more information, go to the Australian Aged Care Quality Agency’s website at www.aacqa.gov.au www.seniorsnewspaper.com.au

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community news Queensland Family History Society

THE Queensland Family History Society is Queensland’s leading family history organisation, assisting people to research their families in Queensland, in Australia, and all over the world. The Society has a Library and Resource Centre located at 58 Bellevue Avenue, Gaythorne. This facility is free for members to use. The Library and Resource Centre has an extensive collection of books relevant to family history, a collection of cemetery records and photographs, a microfiche collection, and maps related to family history research. In addition, members have access to the Society’s networked computer system providing electronic records and subscription websites for family history. To assist people in researching their families, the Society has an education program, which will commence the 2014 year in February. The education program

includes training course held at the Library and Resource Centre on the second Friday morning of each month. These courses, which run for one and a half hours, cover various aspects of the Society’s collection. Details are available on the website: www.qfhs.org.au/activities/qfhs-training-courses. As well, the Society will be running four seminars during 2014. The first of these, On Death and Burial will be held at the Baptist Convention Centre, 53 Prospect Road, Gaythorne, on Saturday 1 March 2014. To book, see www.qfhs.org.au/activities/qfhs-seminars. The QFHS Library and Resource Centre is located at 58 Bellevue Avenue, Gaythorne, and is open six days a week. Details are available at qfhs.org.au or by contacting the secretary (email secretary@qfhs.org.au)

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Living it up at Living Gems

LIVING Gems Lifestyle Resorts for active over 50 year olds is already enjoying a very happy New Year. Living Gems Opal Gardens Resort sales manager Glenys Lowry says celebrations before, during and after the holiday season attracted a number of new buyers. “People love the style of the homes, the hassle free lifestyle and all the activities,” Glenys says. “We are now seeing buyers who want to move from large rural properties while retaining the tranquillity of a country lifestyle near city amenities. Opal Gardens in Logan Village is a perfect fit,” she says. Glenys says people take a new lease on life when they buy a home at a Living Gems Resort. “The homes are lovely and the grounds are immaculate but the five star facilities and community atmosphere are the major attractions,” she says. “People enjoy walking their dogs in the grounds and David & Marilyn Doeke make the around the lake; they love the easy access to the move to Opal Gardens gym and swimming in the heated pool. Residents have the advantage of an onsite bowling green, ten- cember. She says a couple called in after visiting their nis courts and a croquet lawn. family at Yarrabilba. Glenys arranged a preview of prestige homes in De- “David and Marilyn Doecke bought the beautiful Jabiru display home. It’s a prestige home in a delightful location. They are a lovely couple and I know they will be valuable members of the Opal Gardens community,” Glenys says. Living Gems Lifestyle Resorts enjoyed a successful 2013 with record sales and a host of building industry accolades. The over 50s lifestyle resorts set an industry benchmark by winning Queensland’s Housing Industry Australia (HIA) Special Purpose Housing Award and Master Builders Queensland Seniors’ Living Award. Living Gems represented Queensland in the Australian Government National Lifestyle Housing for Seniors Award for purpose built dwellings and is now a finalist in the Australian HIA-CSR Special Purpose Housing Awards to be announced in March. Living Gems master planned communities are situated on the Gold Coast, in Brisbane and on the Sunshine Coast. General manager Adrian Puljich says Living Gems offers an idyllic lifestyle most people can afford. “It’s all about a fair deal for people who have worked hard for most of their lives. We don’t charge entry fees, exit fees or legal fees,” he says. Adrian says home owners who choose to sell keep all of their capital gain. “Our site fees are the lowest in Australia. Living Gems Resorts are situated on Brisbane’s south side, on the Sunshine Coast and the Gold Coast. Our established resorts are almost sold out but we plan to release several new resorts this year,” he says. For more information about Living Gems Resorts visit www.livinggems.com or freecall 1800 458 177.

Chinese New Year 31st January 2014 PEOPLE born in the Year of the Horse are traditionally clever, kind, animated and energetic. Although they sometimes talk too much, they are cheerful, perceptive, talented and love to be in the centre of a crowd. They are popular among friends, active at work and have a deft sense of humour. 2014 is the year of the Wooden Horse. Wood Horses are strong and stable and have a better ability to make decisions. Excellent at interacting with others, they are successful personally and professionally. The Chinese clean their home from top to bottom and pay off all debts before New Year. They decorate the home to welcome in the New Year - red is a popular colour as it scares away evil spirits and bad fortune. They place mandarins in bowls throughout the house, being careful to keep their numbers even, as uneven numbers bring unhappiness. Mandarins with their leaves still intact are the fruits of happiness for the New Year. They also wear new clothes and are polite to others on the first day of the New Year – it sets the tone for the year to come. New Year is celebrated with a family dinner. Traditional dishes include uncut noodles – a symbol of longevity – and fish and chicken, symbols of prosperity. Those born in 1930, 1942 and 1954 were born in the Year of the Horse.

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community news Forest Lake 50 Plus Club

Terrific Christmas Luncheon enjoyed by all

I WOULD like to thank on behalf of the members the hard working Committee, for without them our outings and morning teas and Christmas luncheon would be very boring. There is our Activities Officer who spends his time booking all the various venues we visit. Also our Welfare officer who is always ready to visit and send get well cards and flowers to our ailing members, just call to let her know who is sick. Last but not least our coach drivers, from Concorde Coaches, for without them there would be no outings. Our Christmas luncheon, held this year at the Sherwood Services Club was attended by 92 members and guests, all dressed up for a party. On arrival we were given a numbered ticket for the lucky door prize, of which there were many, then shown to our seating and at each setting there was a

present for everyone. Lunch was great and after we had eaten our fill, the raffle and lucky door prizes were drawn. Too many winners to mention but all had a great time. While this was happening there was background music being played by the band. To sum it up, all present really enjoyed themselves and those who for one reason or another couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be there missed a very good day. Forest Lake 50+Club meet the third Friday of each month at the Queensland Soccer Club, Pine Road, Richlands at 10.30am, and new members are always welcome. For more information on the club and its activities please contact Kay our treasurer on 3278 9406 or Les our activities officer on 3279 9449 or mobile 0466 377 618, or email fl50plusc@gmail.com Date claimers for the next meetings February 21st and March 21st 2014.

Carina Senior Citizens HAPPY New Year to all seniors and the staff of the Seniors Newspaper. Our club activities are commencing again and we hope that seniors may visit us or ring for more information. We aim to give you fun, company and many laughs. If you are lonely or need to socialize, visit us. Our activities are mornings only, Monday to Saturday and costs $3 per session with the exception of Tai-Chi Gentle Exercise which is $4. All our activities include morning tea. Our monthly bus trips and major functions are costed separately. Our program is as follows: Mondays - Cards 9am-2.30pm; Painting Partners 8.30am-12 noon. Tuesdays - Social Indoor Bowls 8.45am-11.45am. Bridge 9am-12 noon. Wednesdays - Creative Stitching 9am-12 noon. Thursday - Darts 9am-12noon; Creative Stitching 9am-12 noon and Social Indoor Bowls 9am12 noon. Fridays - Patchwork-Quilting 9am-12 noon; Craft 9am-12 noon; Tai Chi Gentle Exercise 8.45am-9.45am. Saturday - Cards 9am-2.30pm. All activities have convenors that are there to advise and help new members. Once a month we have a Friday Concert by our own talent group followed by a bbq. We also run a monthly bus trip to places of interest. Bookings for all major functions must be booked and paid for ahead. An annual fee from April 2014 to March 2015 is $3. To obtain more information please phone 3395 4636 mornings, except Wednesday, or 3390 6039 afternoons until 5pm; or visit us at 1 Edmond Street, Carina. Hope to see you soon.

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community news Freedom of the City honour for Air Force THE Redlands will celebrate its proud military past and build stronger links with the Royal Aus-

tralian Air Force (RAAF) by granting Freedom of Entry to the City to an RAAF unit.

Approximately 100 personnel from RAAF Base Amberley, supported by local Defence Force ca-

dets march into the City on Saturday April 12, 2014. Redland City Mayor Karen Williams said the celebration would take on greater significance in the lead-up to Anzac Day and next year’s centenary of the start of World War I. “This will be a wonderful way for Redlanders to show their high regard for the role of the Australian Defence Force in defending our way of life and promoting peace and stability around the world,’’ Cr Williams said. “We want to make the parade and ceremony a big community event open to all Redlanders and I encourage residents to put April 12 in their diaries so they can show their support and cheer on the contingent along the route. “While granting Freedom of the City bestows no legal right or privilege these days, it has deep historical significance and is accepted as the most honourable distinction a City can bestow on a contingent of the Australian Defence Forces.’’ During the ceremony, the 395 Expeditionary Combat Support Wing will march in Cleveland where they will be challenged by the police officer in charge. Cr

Williams thanked Cr Julie Talty who she said had championed the cause to bring the honour of this event to Redland City. Cr Talty said Freedom of Entry to the City would be a great event that would strengthen our relationship with the RAAF. “This event will be a great asset for our city and make for an especially significant Anzac commemoration,’’ Cr Talty said. “A greater partnership also develops between the units granted Freedom of Entry and the city’s cadets, so I am confident that Redland cadets will benefit. “Granting Freedom of Entry to the City recognises the Redlands’ proud connection with the Defence Forces, particularly with the RAAF during World War II. “The RAAF’s No 40 Squadron operated Sunderland flying boats from Redland Bay and the local hotel was commandeered as officers’ quarters. “The US Army Signal Corps also had radio transmitter sites at Redland Bay and Capalaba, with Australian and US Army radar units based at the aptly named Point Lookout. “Meanwhile the Australian

Art in Bark is still Barking

We would like to encourage new members to the association Art in Bark Association operate classes: Monday - Brisbane City Hall 9.30 - 11.30am. Thursday - Apostolic Church of Qld, 43 Robinson Road, Nundah, 9.30 - 11.30am Thursday - Inala Community Centre Sittella St, Inala, 9.30 - 11.30am Saturday - St Andrews Church Hall, Cnr Ernest & Vulture Street, West End - 9.30 -11.30am Please contact us prior to attending one of the classes as places are limited.

Women’s Land Army established camps at Redland Bay, Birkdale and Victoria Point. “Coochiemudlo Island also played a role as a training base for two divisions of Royal Australian Engineers bound for New Guinea.’’ One of the great travesties of World War II occurred off North Stradbroke Island in 1943, when 268 lives were lost after the Australian hospital ship Centaur was torpedoed. It rests today 30 nautical miles off the southern tip of Moreton Island. Group Captain Peter Davis Officer Com-

manding 395 Expeditionary Combat Support Wing attended yesterday’s Council meeting, describing Council’s announcement as an honour. “We feel privileged to be welcomed by the people of Redland City,” he said. “Over our 93 years of Air Force history, a number of Air Force members have come from the Redland community and we are very much looking forward to being part of such an important civil-military ceremony that reinforces the pride the local community have in their airmen and airwomen”.

Freedom of entry to the city background The granting of the “Freedom of Entry to a city” has very old origins. The early history of Europe shows that walled cities and trained soldiers protected citizens. The right of entry by outside soldiers was rarely granted. When such grants were made, the privilege was accompanied by much ceremony, demonstrating the trust bestowed by citizens. Cities are no longer walled; however, there is long association between the Royal Australian Air Force and Redland City for which strong links have been forged. This significant military-civilian tradition will include military members parading in ceremonial attire displaying operational medals, carrying ceremonial swords and rifles, military colours and battle honours being flown and a band supporting.

Art in Bark has just celebrated 40 years of barking and it all started in 1973 when a group got together, meeting in Corinda, with the founder, late Danny Zam. To celebrate this wonderful milestone, Art in Bark will have on display, for the first time in 6 years, the World’s largest Bark picture of ‘The Olgas’ as in the 1984 Guinness Book of Records. This remarkable display is made up of 10 panels, which are 4ft wide x 9ft high (1220cm x 2745cm), (9ft x 40ft.) Approximately 88 Brisbane Members worked together for upwards 61,760 hours to complete the work. This art form is unique to Australia. It is made from the bark of the Melaleuca trees (paper bark) which sheds its soft bark all year round. We take a very thin layer off the outside of the trees and the colours range from delicate pinks to yellows, greys, reds, browns, oranges and white. No artificial colours or paints are used at all in the pieces. You will be able to view this remarkable piece along with other bark pictures framed & unframed, jewellery, cards, bookmarkers etc., at the Ipswich Plant Expo, Ipswich Turf Club (Race Course) 219 Brisbane Road, Bundamba, Saturday 8th and Sunday 9th March 2014, from 8am – 4pm. The Ipswich Plant Expo will have two stages featuring local guest speakers, over 100 stalls of dedicated plant sellers and related products, an organic and edible gardening area, native and non-native plants, plant crèche, a variety of food stalls and educational sessions for both adults and children alike. Children under the age of 15 get in for free and it will only cost $5 for adults. Free car parking is also available. For more information, please visit www.plantexpo.com.au. We are also pleased to announce that Art is Bark Association is a bronze sponsor of the event. In the meantime, you can view Art in Bark pictures & other artwork on display at The Gift Tree, 81 Downs Street, North Ipswich. You are welcome to drop in and have a chat and a cuppa during the hours of 9am-4pm, 7 days a week.

For more info Phone Barbara 3271 2130 I Joy 3278 1120 I Hazel 3818 2038 I Website www.swnc.org.au/artinbark I email ababrisbane@gmail.com

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community news No stopping sprightly Russ Hoult

Sydney and Brisbane bowlers on a roll AS part of the Brisbane Transport Lawn Bowls Association program, the interstate carnival will commence in Brisbane on Saturday 8th February with 7 days of bowls, social events and sightseeing. Eighteen bowlers and 3 wives will fly in from Sydney for games starting at Toombul Bowls Club on Sunday 9 February as well as games at Norman

Park (Tuesday) and Logan City (Thursday) during their stay. All interstate players are accommodated this year at a Kangaroo Point motel and transported to all events and activities daily. The presentation and dinner will take place at the Logan City Bowls Club on Thursday night 13 February. The event is planned in Brisbane for every

second year with the alternate year Brisbane Transport teams flying to Sydney to participate. The tournament commenced in 1948 and has been running for 66 years. Victoria joined the tournaments in 1951 but

pulled out in 1987. From then it has only been Queensland and New South Wales participating. Sponsors are Brisbane Transport; Bus Institute Sports Assn; Rail, Tram and Bus Union and Twisties

Bowls Shop at Everton Park. Spectators are welcome at all bowls events. More information can be obtained by contacting Glenn Norton from the Brisbane Transport Lawn Bowls Assn 0451 085 414.

Community Friday Evening Fun Bowls

Happy 92nd Birthday to Russ Hoult

ON the day the photo was taken - 8th December 2013 - Sprightly Russ Hoult was celebrating his 92nd Birthday. He enjoys his Sunday game of Bowls with other residents from our adjoining village Kurrajong Sanctuary and Bindawalla Gardens and afterwards a drink at the bar in our village community hall. Russ and his wife Daphne have lived in Kurrajong Sanctuary for almost 10 years and enjoy the village life. We have many activities in our village and a good social life.

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THE Community is invited to enjoy a fun, relaxing game of bowls at the Northern Suburbs Bowls Club, 175 Edinburgh Castle Road, Wavell Heights, each Friday from 6pm to 7.30pm. The evening is a friendly, social game of bowls for individuals, groups, families, barefoot bowlers and club members. Those with disabilities are welcome. Aids for persons with back problems are available. The low impact, therapeutic exercise of bowls has health and social benefits. Bowls is $6 with children free. A BBQ meal of steak sausage, onions, bread

and salad is available at $6. Children’s hot dog or sausage with salad is $3. Wavell Heights Quality Meats, Shaw Road Shopping Village, is sponsoring the event. For bookings and details contact Sue, Events Manager, on 3359 2142 or email events@nsbc.com.au For clarification or other information, contact Christine at the club, on either a Wednesday or Thursday between 9am and 1pm on 3359 2142 or emailbowls@nsbc.com.au.

Active Living THE Heart Foundation values active living and strives to support all Australians to be active across the lifespan. The Heart Foundation support the National Physical Activity recommendations of Australians, which outline the minimum levels of physical activity required to gain a health benefit and ways to incorporate incidental physical activity into everyday life. Getting active everyday can be great fun and shouldn’t be seen as a chore! Find as many ways as you can to get active for 30 minutes or more, on most, if not all days of the week. The Heart Foundation’s Active Living program and The Active Living team seeks to increase opportunities to increase physical activity where people live and work. Heart Foundation Walking is a fun, social and easy way to be active and best of all it’s FREE! Why not join one today? Contact a Heart Foundation office in Brisbane at 557 Gregory Terrace Fortitude Valley QLD 4006 or phone 07 3872 2500. February 2014 - Brisbane Seniors - Page 23


community news Welcome to 2014! A bit of news BLHNs annual Cultural Heritage Tours Program is now live online! There is an exciting mix of old and new tours on offer, including commemorative tours for WW1 and Brisbane’s police force. BLHN continues our partnership with Brisbane City Council’s Growing Older and Living Dangerously (GOLD) program. Visit the BLHN website for more details... http:/ /www.blhn.org/portfolio/annual_public_program/.

I am pleased to announce that due to the positive feedback from our last seminar for members, ‘Milestones not millstones’, BLHN will be offering another similar event in 2014. Further details to be advised soon the proposed date for your diaries is Thursday 15th May 2014. Brisbane’s Living Heritage Network, National Trust House, 95 William St, Brisbane Qld 4000. Contact 07 3223 6606 for further details.

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ing fires and much, much more! The goals and philosophy of Parrots in Paradise is to educate people about the intelligence of parrots, both physical and mental, through entertainment and interaction with our birds. Parrots in Paradise want to encourage people to look at conservation and preservation. As well as being a sanctuary for surrendered and rescued birds, we also are a breeding, grooming, and boarding establishment. As we are a non-profit organisation we have a little shop full of birdy goodies, all the proceeds of which go towards the care of the birds we look after. When you come for a show or tour you may explore our grounds and enjoy a picnic by our dam, make friends with our chickens, geese, turkeys, swans, ducks and cats! Bookings are essential to come for this amazing and unique experience and you can do this by calling us on 07 5438 7719. For more information, photographs and fun videos go to www.parrotsinparadise.net Whoppa looks forwards to greeting you!

Call for Logan to get support to quit LOCALS in Logan are being urged to seek support to quit smoking, with new stats showing the region’s daily smoking rates are 35 per cent higher than the overall Queensland rate. The State Government has released findings from the self-reported health status 2011-12, categorised by local government area. The report found around 20 per cent of adults in Logan smoke daily – the prevalence higher in adults aged 18-34 years than adults 55 years and over. Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said the results were alarming, and more locals needed support to quit smoking. “Evidence shows that there are high levels of community support for smoking bans, and 80 per cent of adult smokers want to quit,” Ms Clift said. “We have asked the State Government to step up and take action on smoking by establishing smoke free public places in State legislation. “Latest estimates show the burden of smoking in Queensland costs more than $6 billion every year in health care, lost productivity, and premature death. “Making public places in Brisbane smoke-free will protect people from the

harmful effects of second-hand tobacco smoke, and encourage established smokers to quit. “It’s also important that individuals take steps to get the support they need to quit smoking. “We encourage locals to call Quitline 13 7848 to get the best advice, resources and ongoing support to help them quit smoking for their long-term health, and the health of their family.” It’s estimated around 3000 Queenslanders will die from a tobaccorelated disease in 2013. About 300 of these deaths will be caused by secondhand smoke exposure. Cancer Council Queensland believes statewide bans on smoking in public places are critical to protecting Queenslanders, especially young people, from the harmful effects of tobacco. Smokers can obtain free information, practical assistance and support from Quitline, 13 QUIT (13 7848), or join the QUEST to quit at www.quest.org.au. More information about Cancer Council Queensland is available at www.cancerqld.org.au or Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20.

Improved heart attack prediction for diabetics AUSTRALIAN researchers have found a simple screening test that boosts the ability to predict heart attacks and death in people with type 2 diabetes. Lead author Associate Professor Graham Hillis, of The George Institute for Global Health and The University of Sydney, said the study had found that two biomarkers, High-Sensitivity Cardiac Troponin T and N-Terminal Pro-BType Natriuretic Peptide, appeared to greatly improve the accuracy with which the risk of cardiovascular events or death can be estimated in patients with type 2 diabetes. “The addition of either marker improved the prediction of major cardiovascular events within the next five years. Likewise, both markers greatly improved the accuracy with which the five-year risk of death was predicted. “The combination of both markers provided optimal risk discrimination.” In contrast, levels of total cholesterol or high-sensitivity C-reactive protein provided minimal additional prognostic information, he said.

Diabetes is the world’s fastest-growing chronic disease. In 2013, 382 million people had diabetes in 2013; a figure expected to almost double to 592 million by 2031. About 956,000 Australians have type 2 diabetes, which is diagnosed in up to 90 per cent of all diabetics. The study is important because the incidence of heart attacks is increased twofold to threefold in patients with type 2 diabetes, to the point that about two in every three patients with the condition will die due to cardiovascular disease. “Simple screening tests that better detect high risk Type 2 diabetes patients would be particularly valuable,” said Associate Professor Graham Hillis. Existing risk prediction methods, he said, were imperfect, and classical cardiovascular risk factors were relatively poor predicators in patients with diabetes. The study looked at 3,862 patients who participated in the Action in Diabetes and Vascular Disease (ADVANCE) trial, and was published in Diabetes Care. Source: seniorau.com.au

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ONCE again we had a very successful Open Day in November which attracted many new members and some new tutors. Committee members John Wright and Bill Bryson were in “happy mode” the night before during setting up. Deputy Mayor Mike Charlton and many MBRC Councillors, State Member Trevor Ruthenberg attended. Our next meeting on Friday 21st February at Bray Hall, Petrie will be titled The Eyes Have It, an Expo

Age is just a number at WROCCS

ARE you a SENIOR 50 and over. and would like to learn to use your computer at a very low cost.Our eldest member is 98years young and we have a few over 90years.They are enjoying surfing the net & keeping in touch with family all over the world don’t let this opportunity pass you by in 2014. Please phone 0411 806 154 Website: wrocc.org.au Email wroccs@gmail.com. The management committee for Wynnum Region Organised Computing Club for Seniors Inc better known as “WROCCS” welcomes all Seniors 50+ to our AGM. Tuesday 11th February 2014. All meetings are held monthly at the Wynnum RSL, 174 Tingal Rd, Wynnum.10.30am in the Pandanus Room(door opens 10am) A small membership fee is charged. Lessons are held

elsewhere at a training facility in Wynnum. WROCCS is run by Senior Volunteers. It is a relaxed social atmosphere at these meetings, as well as a great learning experience with an interesting Guest speaker monthly. Covering many topics. Learn how to protect your wireless connection. Learn the Do’s and Dont’s keeping safe on the internet. Learn how you can talk to your friends and family on the net Learn much more......Stay and enjoy a meal in the bistro with fellow WROCCS members. Classes offered weekdays are Computer Basics, Operating System Windows 7 & Windows 8 Microsoft Office programs, Excel, Digital Photography, Family History, Computer Maintenance, Gmail, Internet , Email, iPad, iPhone, Android Tablets, Smart Phones.

on Vision Impairment. Representatives from Vision Australia, Macular Disease Foundation, Guide Dogs Qld, Qld Blind Association, Moreton Bay Regional Council Library, Pacific Vision Equipment, Quantum and

Human Ware, Retina Australia and Aid for the Blind will be in attendance to answer all your questions about your sight, and to let you know what goods and services are available today to enhance or correct any vision problems

you may have. The day starts at the earlier time of 9.00am. Entry is free. Visitors and prospective members are welcome. Light refreshments are provided for a gold coin donation. Support us by purchasing raffle tickets at

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the sun left the sky, a brazier was lit and enjoyed. In 2014, we hope to have the development application approved, have 3 phase power installed and add some more working space to what we have now. The shed is opening Monday mornings in 2014, as well as the usual Wednesday and Friday mornings between 8.30 and Noon. Any men interested can drop in for a chat, the shed is adjacent to the Sunnybank Uniting Church Car park in Hillcrest St, Sunnybank Hills (follow the green arrows) and have a look at what goes on there. You will be made welcome. Ring Des on 3345 2876 for information. www.sunnybankshed.org

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living in the Carindale area and also the western suburbs of Brisbane around Mt Ommaney, two free public events are being run where existing BSOL members including volunteer mentors will be in attendance. Mentors will be available to answer your computer and internet questions.On Monday 10 February, a free session on the Cloud will be held at the Carindale Library meeting rooms from 2-4pm. Following that, a Q& A session will be run so that your computer and internet questions can be answered. Depending on time, help may be available with any portable devices that you may bring along (iPads, tablets, laptops, smart phones and iPhones). Residents of the area and nearby are welcome to attend. No bookings are required and the event is free.On Friday 14 February, a new BSOL group will start meeting in an initiative initiated by mentor Julie Vejle at the Mt Ommaney library meeting room from 2pm. This will be repeated on the 2nd Friday of the month. Seniors and over

50s are welcome to attend along with any existing BSOL mentors and learners from the West and Inner West hubs. Each month, a technology topic will be discussed and this will be followed by a general question and answer session on computers, the internet and emerging technology. Portable devices such as iPads, tablets, laptops and smart phones can be brought along. This event is free. For more general information about BSOL and how to become a volunteer mentor or join as a learner, contact BSOL on 3210 6983 or go to www.bsol.asn.au

Mentors Brian Korner, Ray Lockett and Sue Leveritt draw up plans for the Mt Ommaney technology session

New era for public transport in Ipswich A PUBLIC transport dream became reality in January for Ipswich residents with the official opening of the new Springfield passenger rail line in the city’s booming eastern suburbs. The $475 million Richlands to Springfield transport corridor project also includes a dual carriageway upgrade of the Centenary Highway to Springfield Parkway. Dressed in full mayoral regalia Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale was joined by Town Crier Mark Overell to give a rousing ceremonial welcome to the first passengers as they arrived at Springfield Central station. “Today marks the most significant opening of a completed infrastructure project since the Centenary Highway extension was completed to Springfield Parkway and more recently the Ipswich Motorway upgrade. “Since then we have seen Springfield Lakes and nearby Springfield Central, Brookwater and Augustine Heights experience extraordinary population growth to boost our city-wide population to 180,000. “In 18 years Ipswich’s

population will increase to an estimated 462,000. “Ipswich is part of the sustainable solution to population growth in south east Queensland. “The Springfield development has the strong support of council and from all side of politics at all levels of government. “I want to acknowledge the previous state government’s commitment to the Springfield rail project, and the current government for their commitment to completing this most vital piece of infrastructure for our city. “The opening of the Springfield rail line will go down in history as a major milestone, not only in the development of Springfield, but in the history of Ipswich as the birthplace of Queensland Rail. “It marks the beginning of the next chapter of development. “Ultimately we want to see the line extend to Redbank Plains, through to Ripley Valley, Yamanto and Ipswich Central.” Cr Pisasale also paid tribute to the vision of Maha Sinnathamby and his business partners in Springfield Land Corporation (SLC).

Genealogical Society of Queensland OPEN DAY. Helping to discover your family history. The Genealogical Society of Queensland (GSQ) will host an Open Day on Saturday 22 February 2014 between 10.00am to 4.00 pm at 38 Fisher Street, East Brisbane. GSQ has a large family history library and lots of

resources to help you research your family tree. Come along and take a free tour of our Resource Centre, and chat to our knowledgeable volunteers. For further information email: gsq1@optusnet.com.au

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community news Redcliffe City Mixed Probus Club Beach. At night time there was a different destination for innocent fun and enjoyment among the houses. Who remembers the Hokey Pokey and the song “It’s hot in

Brisbane but its Coolangatta”.We arrived at Twin Towns, and were soon seated in the spacious showroom. The show was called “From ABBA to MAMMA MIA to

…FABBA”. The packed audience were really enthralled with all the popular songs from this memorable musical era. After the performance we headed for one of the many restaurants for

lunch. Later we relaxed and watched the Show Band and dancers in the main auditorium. The poker machines were also a popular destination. A very enjoyable day was had by all.

Part of our group in front of Point Danger Lighthouse

soon near the Gold Coast and some passengers were worried that we had missed our Morning Tea break. However, Brian our coach driver had in mind a great place to enjoy this break. Driving through Coolangatta we turned the corner at Greenmount and headed up the steep hill to Point Danger. We enjoyed our cuppa in an empty shed

FROM ABBA to MAMMA MIA to FABBA On Wednesday the 8th of January, the Redcliffe City Mixed Probus Club, made an early departure from the new departure point on the foreshore of Bramble Bay. It was a full coach for our first day trip of the year. Our destination was Twin Towns RSL at Tweed Heads. We were

with four tables. Just perfect to stretch out and enjoy the beautiful sea scenery. It was here that many of our senior members talked about the nostalgic days of the late 50’s and the early 60’s. What a time it was with guest houses Beach House, 77 Sunset Street, Greenmount and St Leonards. There were daily competitive activities among the houses on Greenmount

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Christmas wrapping at Stafford Shopping Centre L-R Lyn, Joan, Santa, Michelle and Rowena

VIEW stands for Voice, Interests and Education of Women. In December, Pine Rivers VIEW members volunteered for a day Christmas wrapping at Stafford City Shopping Centre for a gold coin donation. Money raised assisted The Smith Family and “Learning for Life” program. The next monthly luncheon will be held on Wednesday 19th February at Murrumba Downs Tavern, Dohles

Rocks Rd, from 11am-2pm. Guest speaker will be local comic author, Lenore McDonald. View is a valued part of The Smith Family, committed to working with disadvantaged Australian children to transform their lives through education. Ladies interested in friendship and contributing to the community are most welcome. Bookings for lunch, contact Joy on 3285 5989 or 3204 4410.

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Redcliffe Peninsula VIEW Club Welcomed Christmas THE Redcliffe Peninsula VIEW (Voice, Interests, and Education of Women) Club concluded a successful year of friendship, fun and fund raising by holding an Auction. With enthusiasm, members bid for the many donated items that made ideal Christmas presents. Money raised was donated to the Smith Family ‘Toy and Book Appeal’ as well as their ‘Learning for Life’ programme that assists disadvantaged children reach their educational potential. We welcome new members so why not make a New Year resolution to come and join us for fun and laughter while supporting a worthwhile cause. Our next luncheon meeting will be held on Thursday 13th February 2014 at the Moreton Bay Boat Club, Bird O’ Passage Pde, Scarborough at 10am for 10.30am start. For more information and bookings for lunch contact Robyn on 3293 6003.

Marilyn Summerhayes and Suzanne Schulze get into the Christmas Spirit

NSA New Farm Branch NEW Year is a time for taking stock of the past year, for New Year’s Resolutions and turning over a new leaf, and we at New Farm Branch wish you all a happy, safe and healthy 2014. In 2014 let us all take pride in the fact that we Seniors are an asset to the New Farm community – not the drain on resources some would try to label us. We are all unique, we all have different life stories, and as individuals we have all contributed to our community in our own inimitable way; and we continue that contribution some working well past notional retiring age, others volunteer, while others again enjoy their retirement, but each and every one of us is a consumer – and taxpayer! The variety of our life’s experiences are a valuable resource for our families and the community, we are the repositories of family history and culture and the wisdom and experience we have gained through long lives well-lived is available to the younger generations as they

prepare to take on responsibility for managing our brave new world. Our generation invented many of the labour saving devices we now take for granted – some like mobile phones and computers may have been ‘improved’ to the extent that we need help using them, but we have learned to embrace change. In short, we seniors are part of the solution to the ageing of Australia’s population, not the problem, and if we get no other message across over the next year, we will have done well. Our first General Meeting for the year is on Wednesday 5th February at 09.30 for 10.00 at the Merthyr Uniting Church in Merthyr Road when we will be entertained by Ryll Paul, an author herself who encourages all her readers and listeners to tell their own stories. For further information on any of our activities or to learn more about National Seniors, please call Tony Townsend on 33152523 or go to our website www.nsanewfarmbranch.com.

Centenary Evening VIEW Club IT is the New Year and you may be interested in making new friends and/or helping disadvantaged children. You would be very welcome at the Centenary Evening VIEW Club. The Centenary Evening VIEW Club meets for a dinner meeting once a month at the Mount Ommaney Hotel/ Apartments. You may have had a pleasant encounter with our members when

we wrapped your gifts at the Mount Ommaney Shopping Centre prior to Christmas. As a club, we are very proud of the success of our fund-raising for The Smith Family’s Learning For Life Program which helps children in need take advantage of educational opportunities. For more information please contact Di 3202 9759 or Linda 3376 1996.

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community news Wellington Point Seniors

Members joined in the fun with the cloggers

Break up day on 17 December was a very enjoyable afternoon. The Cloggings entertained and members were invited to join in and learn a few steps. It is not quite as easy as it seems, but then we did have a lot of fun. Nice refreshments were served with lots of Christmas festivities. The Club re-commenced on 14 January, where Social Indoor Bowls are played in the Community Hall, Birkdale Road, Wellington Point. For more detail, please phone Edith on 3390 3196 or Madge on 3824 6160.

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Experience the joy of choral singing with the Queensland Choir

IF you enjoy singing and would like a rewarding new challenge, the Queensland Choir would like to hear from you. The Choir is currently preparing for the start of rehearsals for its exciting 2014 season of concerts and is inviting singers interested in participating in these events to apply now to join the Choir. The Queensland Choir is one of Australia’s oldest performing arts organisations and is a large community choir with members of all ages and differing levels of experience. “We are a friendly welcoming bunch” said Chorus Master, Kevin Power, “and we would love to hear from anyone who has an interest in choral singing.” The Queensland Choir has presented a series of choral concerts in Brisbane each year since it was founded in 1872, and will begin its 2014 season with performances with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra for Anzac Day and in the orchestra’s Music on Sundays series at QPAC. The Choir will also perform in the 4MBS Festival of Classics in St John’s Cathedral in May with the Badinerie Players, and later in the year will repeat last year’s

highly successful visits to Sandgate and Wynnum, as well as singing concerts with orchestra in the Old Museum Building and St John’s Cathedral. “The experience of singing great music as part of a large choir is hugely rewarding.” Kevin Power explained, “The opportunity to work with like-minded people in a collaborative performance that is at the same time both disciplined and fun makes it a particularly satisfying experience.” The Choir currently has vacancies for all voice types but, unlike many other choirs, is especially looking for sopranos for its 2014 season. Details of the Choir’s 2014 programme and the audition requirements are available on its websitewww.qldchoir.com Singers wishing to join the Choir in 2014 should contact the Choir office now as auditions will be held shortly and rehearsals resume in early February. For further details, including photos of the choir in performance and interviews with singers or the Musical Director contact Ian Orchard 0407 593 788

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Enoggera & Districts Historical Society AS this issue goes to press so the society begins another year of presenting Enoggera and districts local

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community news Probus Club of Jindalee THE Probus Club of Jindalee will meet at the Jindalee Golf Club on Tuesday 11 February. The general meeting is held following morning tea at 10 am and concludes with an interesting guest speaker. The speaker

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at this meeting will be Astrid, a chaplain at Jamboree Heights and Pallara state Schools. If you are interested in attending a meeting or wish for more information, ring Neville 3376 1824. HOME renovators will be better able to

identify and safely handle asbestos thanks to a free online course being promoted by Cancer Council Queensland. Cancer Council Queensland spokesperson Katie Clift said the course would provide vital information to help protect home renovators from exposure to the deadly substance. “Even short-term or occasional exposure to asbestos fibres can cause mesothelioma and other fatal cancers,” Ms Clift said. “Alarmingly, Queensland’s home-renovation boom could see a future increase in asbestos-related diseases – if renovators don’t follow recommendations. “Buildings built before 1990 in Queensland could contain asbestos, but many home renovators do not know how to handle it safely.” A report tabled in Queensland Parliament found incidents of mesothelioma were expected to peak from 2013 to 2021. “When breathed in, asbestos fibres raise a person’s risk of asbestosis, lung, larynx and ovarian cancer, mesothelioma and other diseases of the lungs and stomach,” Ms Clift said. “And while many renovators may feel fine today, asbestos-related illness and disease can take between 10 and 40 years to develop.” In 2010, 640 deaths in Australia were caused by asbestos. In Queensland alone, 120 men and 27 women were diagnosed with mesothelioma in 2010. “It is vitally important that

Queenslanders educate themselves about the risks of asbestos exposure and participate in this course if they are planning home renovations,” Ms Clift said. “Australia has the highest per capita incidence of mesothelioma in the world and it’s estimated that up to 18,000 Australians are likely to die from this disease by 2020.” The online learning course, ‘kNOw asbestos in your home’, educates DIY renovators about identifying and handling asbestos. “It will make renovators aware of jobs that should be handled by a licensed and qualified professional,” Ms Clift said. “It is essential to seek professional advice before starting home renovations in order to protect against asbestos-related illness and disease. “Asbestos is a hazardous substance. We encourage all DIY renovators to use a licensed and registered asbestos removalist for any amount over 10m2.” ‘kNOw asbestos in the workplace’ is available now at eLearning.cancer.org.au. Visit www.health.qld.gov.au/asbestos and www.deir.qld.gov.au/asbestos/ for guidance to work safely with asbestos in Queensland. For more information on Asbestos Awareness visit www.asbestosawareness.com.au. For more information about Cancer Council Queensland, visit www.cancerqld.org.au or call the Cancer Council Helpline 13 11 20.

Recycle your TV or computer free DROP Zones provide a FREE recycling service to residents and small business’ for televisions, computers and computer parts under the National

Television and Computer Recycling Scheme. What can be dropped off? Residents can drop off free-of-charge household and small business items as listed below. A limit of 15 items per drop off applies. Under no circumstances will products be returned once disposed of. All televisions, such as CRTs, Plasma, LCD and Projection televisions; personal computers; laptops, notebooks, palmtops and tablets; computer monitors; parts for personal computers for example internal hard drives, motherboards, cards, internal power supplies, CPUs, DVD and CD drives; computer periph-

erals - for example mice, keyboards, joysticks, game pads, scanners & web cameras and printers - for example ink-jet, dot matrix, laser printers and multi-functional devices. Printer cartridges can be disposed off free of charge via the “Cartridges for Planet Ark” program. Drop off locations can be found at: http:// cartridges.planetark.org/ involvement. If you have a product for recycling that is not accepted under this scheme there may be other options. Please consider searching for appropriate services via Planet Ark’s website, www.recycling nearyou.com.au.

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WE have a Guest Speaker at each monthly meeting in our rooms at the Wavell Heights, Community Hall in Edingburgh Castle Road, above the bowling green on the top of the hill. These meetings take place on the third Friday of each month starting at 09.30 am finishing around noon. As our name indicates The Association of Independent Retirees is geared around assisting on Financial matters without giving advice directly. We also have a dedicated Financial Meeting on each second Friday at the same times at the Chermside Library. We offer morning tea and a bickie at Wavell Heights as it is more of a social meeting than our Chermside meeting. Bus trips are one of our features as well. Visitors interesting in joining as well as members are welcome. For details please contact sitram@powerup.com.au or week days at 0423 211 711.

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Nudgee College aqua classes resume after Xmas and New Year break held throughout the year. Summer schedule includes aqua aerobics on Monday and Wednesday mornings and Monday night. Deep water running is held on Wednesday evening and Friday and Saturday mornings. Masters swimming is held on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings as well as Tuesday and Thursday evening. In

addition, specialised small personalised classes are run by appointment. Why not come along and try it out for one session? Adequate free public parking

is available in the vicinity of the pool. For more information, please contact the St Joseph’s Nudgee College pool manager 3865 0516.

Male tennis players needed SENIOR Men’s Tennis Club at Corinda/Graceville would welcome new players to join us on Tuesdays, from 7am-10am. Phone Max on 3378 5283 or Bob on 3378 8611 if you are interested.

Aqua aerobics class at St Joseph’s Nudgee College, Boondall

THE aqua aerobics, deep water running and master swimming classes as well as specialised personalised programs have recommenced after a short Xmas and New Year break. Aqua aerobics and deep water running are a fantastic and fun way of helping get fit. They can also have therapeutic benefits by helping recover from injuries and operations and also a great way to re-introduce a regular exercise regime. St Joseph’s Nudgee College, Boondall has been operat-

ing both aqua aerobic and deep water running classes for many years under the Brothers Swim Program. New members are always welcome so if you are a local resident or live nearby on the north-side of Brisbane and prepared to travel to the classes, you are welcome. Activities offered in both the 25 and 50 metre heated pools increase fitness in a social environment through a low impact program with a full cardio workout without joint stress. Water resis-

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tance strengthens muscles and there is no need to be able to swim. The 25 metre pool is shallow enough to stand up throughout all activities and the deep water running program utilises buoyancy vests during the sessions. Participants are encouraged to work at their own pace whilst still getting the benefits of a whole body workout including cardio, conditioning, core stability, balance and stretching. Benefits also include falls prevention through balance exercises.

Classes run for one hour. Whilst new members are encouraged, it is important that anyone with health issues or who may be recovering from an operation or injury should seek professional medical advice before undertaking any exercise program. There is a mixture of ages and both male and female adult participants are welcome. Many members have established long term friendships through participation in these programs. Morning teas and a Xmas lunch are

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Caboolture VIEW Club held their Xmas break up party in December. Members had a great day with entertainment being provided by The Caboolture Community Choir and also Committee members. Pictured are Glen Potts and Doris Christensen. Doris celebrated her 90th birthday on 11th December. It was great to have her with us again as she is now living in Buderim and it is difficult for her to get to Caboolture. Doris was able to meet Glen, the lady who bought her house.

Caboolture VIEW Club would like to take this opportunity to invite interested ladies who have been thinking of taking on a new interest to join us as a visitor at our next Luncheon meeting with will be held on Thursday 20th February 2014 at the Caboolture RSL at10.30am, so you can decide if VIEW is for you. Please phone Esther on 3888 2558 for more information. The committee of the Caboolture VIEW Club would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has supported the club throughout the year as a member, a sponsor or media out- to continue to be a vallet. We appreciate your ued member of The Smith support as it enables us Family.

BrisAsia active and healthy MEDICATION and relaxation for all - Improve your self-esteem, physical fitness and confidence and enjoy a healthy mind, body and soul. The Japanese breathing techniques increase the lungs aerobic capacity and aid circulation that is more efficient. Remember to bring sun protection, water, towel, hat and shoes. The free sessions to be held on Saturdays from 1-22 March from 9.15am-10.15am at Canterbury Park, Bald Hills; and then 8am-9am at Moora Park, Shorncliffe. Tai Chi Qigong - This dynamic mind and body activity is invigorating and will help you feel relaxed, refreshed and calm. The easy to follow moves are repeated each week to enable participants to get a feel for the gentle flowing exercise. For more information call Australian Academy of Tai Chi and Qigong 3358 1955 or visit www.livingchi.com.au. Bookings not required. The free sessions will be held at Anstead Bushland Reserve, Anstead on Wednesdays until 26 March from 9am-10am; City Botanic Gardens on Tuesdays until 18 March from 12.30pm-1.30pm; Hercules Street Park, Hamilton on Mondays until 17 March from 7.30am8.30am. For a full list of activities, visit www.brisbane.qld.gov.au/activeandhealthy.

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Discover the diversity of Rochedale/Springwood National Seniors Australia Branch News

AT a well-attended first meeting for 2014 held on Wednesday January 15th Rochedale/Springwood National Seniors Branch was joined by guest speakers and supporters. President Charles Achilles welcomed to the branch five new members attending the meeting. He also welcomed Springwood Bendigo Bank Manager Peter Wild who was accompanied by Director & Company Secretary Robert Herriot and staff member Anne Newbegin who paid the branch a visit. Robert gave a short address to members. Main event was a presentation by Staff from medicare local John Marchant, Susi Tippett, Jenaya Wyatt and Michelle Nielsen who then presented the meeting with a full report on activities including current Health and Wellbeing Programs that attracted great interest from members attending. These programs are offered across the

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Logan Friendship and support group

THE Marvellous Mature Women’s friendship and support group commenced their weekly meetings in the Logan Central library (next to K. Mart’s in Wembley Rd) at 9 am 28th January. Formed eight years ago, the group started with a membership of fifteen and now boasts over 80 members. Our members are primarily over 50 yrs, our oldest a young 89 yrs. We especially welcome women who might feel vulnerable due to bereavement, marriage break-up, abuse or just feeling the need to connect with like minded women. If you want to change your life come and join us. For more information call Norma 3208 7339.

Cent Auction QWCA Oxley Hall. Come along to Cawonga Park, 80 Lincoln Street Oxley. Wednesday 19th, February 2014. Commencing at 10:30 am. Admission $6.00. Includes light lunch, lucky door prize and 1 sheet of tickets. All welcome. For further information please contact Jean on 3372 5965.

John Marchant, Jenaya Wyatt, Michelle Nielsen, Susi Tippett, Loretta Muenchberger (Vice-President)

Greater Metro South Brisbane Medicare Local Region and have helped make an improvement in the lives of many seniors. Bob and Beth Cox with their helpers conducted the usual round of raffles putting a smile on many faces. First tour for 2014 was aptly named “Food

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Farms and Factories”. Commencing with Tour director James joining the coach at Yatala BP first call was to Poppy’s Chocolates Beenleigh. Ozkleen and VIP pet food factories followed before a visit to the prawn farm. Harrigans Irish Pub at Calypso Bay supplied a tasty lunch

prior to a return homeward. February’s tour has been brought forward to Wednesday 5th due to the availability of a booking with the ESK BUSH BASHERS a group always in popular demand. Phone Charles on 3208 2387 or chas.ach@bigpond.com for further information.

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ASPLEY CLASSES FOR SENIORS 2014 Enrolment Morning Wednesday 12 February at Aspley Uniting Church, Robinson Road 9-11am 2014 Classes Commence 19th February

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Courses Include: • Computers (Windows 7) • Ancient History • Painting • Indoor bowls • Mah Jong • Line-Dancing • Singing • Greeting Cards • French, Italian, German, Russian • Tapestry • Crochet / Knitting • Poetry • Weekly Lecture Program

Discover BRISBANE Combined VIEW Clubs of Queensland celebrate IWD 2014 I N T E R N AT I O N A L Women’s Day will be special this year for VIEW Clubs across Queensland as they come together to celebrate the extraordinary work of women, local and international. Held first in 1911, IWD draws attention to what women have achieved socially, politically, and economically and what still needs to be done in Australia and around the world. The theme for VIEW’s 2014 event is ‘Ending Poverty for Women and Girls through Economic Empower-

Members of the organising Committee, Lyn Holmes & Convener, Jean Clarke (VIEW National Councillor)

ment’. VIEW actively works to overcome disadvantage among Australian children through the Smith Family’s Learning for Life Program and provides friendship and support for women members while promoting their needs and interests. Join the celebration on 8 March at lunch at Pull-

man-Mercure (cnr Ann and Roma Streets) from 10.30 to 2.30 and hear Mary Kelly, Equity Director, QUT. Bookings are essential. Further information may be obtained by contacting VIEW National Councillor, Jean Clarke on 073378 0205 or by email: jean.russclarke @bigpond.com

Greenheart program

BRISBANE City Council is running the Greenheart research program and are seeking people over 60 who hold a current Pensioner Concession Card, live in a detached house, own or are paying off their home and do not have solar power installed in their house. You must be able to attend a two-hour meeting once a month for four months from February to June 2014. You will meet in groups of 8-12 and refreshments will be served. You will be asked to respond to two surveys and provide consent for the CSIRO to collect your gas and electricity meter data. You will receive $50 in grocery vouchers for your efforts. Courtesy SABOT, Vol 25

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OLD “screws” and “crims” stories are soon to be preserved under the plans of Boggo Road Gaol Pty Ltd. Over the next 12 months, Jack Sim and his team of Researchers, will begin interviewing and recording the incredible stories and tales of those who were part of the history of Boggo Road. “People often ask me, how did I become fascinated with Boggo Road. I count among my friends a number of former OfficFormer Officer Marty Kreisch entertains visitors on the ers and Prisoners who Ex-Officer/ Ex-Inmate tour have a wealth of memories and tales which are impossible not to become has made it into the tours members of the public to tours. We will digitally that we run through the be able to access this liv- record these men and fascinated by. Some of their information Gaol, but we would like ing history outside of women, and make their

tales available online to everyone. It will be a great way for people to learn about the Gaol, and promote its value to Queensland”. As well as regular guided tours, the Gaol also runs Ex-Officer / Ex-Inmate Tours taken by a former Warder and a Prisoner. “Many of the people who we are interviewing are either retired, or close to retirement, and the tours

we offer give them the opportunity to come into contact with younger generations and make them aware of the changes that have taken place regarding Crime, Justice and Society.” Over the past 12 months, Boggo Road Gaol has been visited by many Seniors Groups and Social Clubs. Discounts apply for large groups. Tea and coffee is provided complimentary.

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WHY not get a group of friends together and join River City Cruises for a trip out to see the majestic Queen Mary 2 ocean liner. Get up close and personal with one of the largest passenger ships to visit Brisbane. Your cruise will include a delicious afternoon tea, informative commentary and fantastic viewing of this regal vessel. Spaces are limited so bookings are essential. The perfect day is out is onboard M V Neptune cruising the Brisbane River with River City Cruises. Organise a group of friends and join us on the 10.30am or 12.30pm departures from South Bank Parklands (on the river right in front of the Wheel of Brisbane). For only $18pp (groups of 10 or more seniors), you can enjoy a delicious Devonshire Tea while listening to the captain talk about Brisbane and the ever changing scenery during the cruise. Reminise about “old” Brisbane while we tell you about the changes you will undoubtedly notice during the journey. On the 10.30am river cruise, you have the option of disembarking at Breakfast Creek precinct. Here you can do a selfguided tour through magnificent Newstead House (Tuesday – Friday) or visit Breakfast Creek for lunch or a thirst quencher. Meet the afternoon cruise for your journey back to South Bank. Facilities onboard in Coffee Shop, Licensed Bar, toilets, comfortable dining area and plenty of outdoor deck space. Proudly owned by Darren and Carolyn Timms, this local, family-owned small business have been cruising the Brisbane River for 10 years, they look forward to welcoming you aboard.

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FEELING GOOD dependent and Staying In Doctors unclear on advance care planning laws MANY doctors are confused about the legality of advance care directives and the authority of substitute decision-makers, leaving them open to possible legal action, new research has found. According to the study led by Professor Colleen Cartwright from Southern Cross University only half of surveyed doctors in New South Wales correctly understood that an enduring power of attorney does not allow the person appointed to make healthcare decisions. Doctors were also unclear about the order of authority if no enduring guardian had been appointed, which in NSW is not the next-of-kin. Professor Cartwright said a lack of knowledge in this area may lead medical practitioners to accept the decision of a person who does not have legal authority to make those decisions for the patient, with potentially significant legal consequences. “Medical practitioners need to understand who has the authority to consent for someone who has lost capacity and are putting themselves at legal risk if

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they don’t follow a valid advance directive or the instructions of an appointed or legally authorised substitute decision-maker,” she said. While the majority of doctors (77 per cent of specialists and 76 per cent of GPs) in the study said they would respect the patient’s autonomy and follow their wishes in an advance care directive, older doctors were least likely to agree with this action. Professor Cartwright said further education and training would need to target this cohort in addition to strengthening training in medical schools for new graduates. The standardisation of terminologies and systems across different states and territories would also assist in addressing these issues, she said. “My message to healthcare professionals is to know the law in your state or territory, respect the documents and the appointments that have been made unless you have a very good reason for doing otherwise and encourage your patients, residents and clients to complete their documents because it will give you certainty and the patient certainty.” The results of the study, which surveyed 150 GPs and 110 medical specialists, were recently published in the Internal Medicine Journal. Courtesy: Linda Belardi. Source: Australian Ageing Agenda

February is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

EACH year in Australia Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month is held in February to raise awareness of ovarian cancer and to recognise women, their families and friends affected by ovarian cancer. Throughout the month Ovarian Cancer Australia will be hosting a range of activities and events to raise awareness and funds for their support, awareness and research programs. Every woman needs to know the symptoms of ovarian cancer. The four most common symptoms include abdominal or pelvic pain; increased abdominal size or persistent abdominal bloating; needing to urinate often or urgently; difficulty eating or feeling full quickly. If you are worried about symptoms or would like information about OCA support services, please call 1300 660 334. Chemmart Pharmacy holds fundraising and awareness events and activities in stores throughout the month. They are launching a new teal nail polish, with proceeds going to OCA, and they will be inviting the community to wear teal nail polish throughout February and on Teal Ribbon Day (26 February) to raise awareness.Teal is the international colour for ovarian cancer.

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IF a loved one who is a resident at an aged care facility is restless during summer nights, Ron Grunstein, Professor of Sleep Medicine at Sydney Medical School, may be able to help. “Sleep and body control of temperature are intimately connected. Body temperature follows a 24 hour cycle linked with the sleep wake rhythm,” he writes. According to Professor Grunstein, body temperature decreases during the night time sleep phase and rises during the wake phase. Sleep is most likely to occur when core temperature decreases, and much less likely to occur during the rises. He adds the hands and feet play a key role in facilitating sleep as they permit the heated blood from the central body to lose heat to the environment through the skin surface. The sleep hormone melatonin plays an important part of the complex loss of heat through the peripheral parts of the body, Professor Grunstein explains. “At sleep onset, core body temperature falls but peripheral skin temperature rises. But temperature changes become more complex during sleep as our temperature self regulation varies according to sleep stage,” he says. Research has shown how environmental heat can disturb this delicate balance between sleep and body temperature. For instance, an ambient temperature of 22 or 23 degrees Celsius is ideal. Any major variation in this leads to disturbance of sleep with reduced slow wave sleep (a stage of sleep where the brain’s electrical wave activity slows and the brain ‘rests’), and also results in less dreaming sleep (rapid eye movement or REM sleep). According to Professor Grunstein, during REM sleep, our ability to regulate body temperature is impaired. Restless sleep may contribute to problems with complex memory retention, higher judgement (poorer decision making and increased risk taking behaviour), blood pressure control and regulation of glucose in the body. As we age, our sleep patterns change. In general, older people sleep less, experience more fragmented sleep, and spend less time in stages 3 & 4 and REM sleep (deep sleep and dream sleep) than younger people. Courtesy: DPSnews.com.au

Local pain-management organisation supports community LIVING with persistent (chronic) pain can feel isolating and overwhelming, but a Brisbanebased non-profit organisation provides hope, information and life skills. The Australian Pain Management Association (APMA) believes that with the right tools, it is possible to live well. APMA helped grandmother Penny Curnow to turn her life around. ‘Before APMA, I was very isolated,’ recalls Penny. ‘I was bedridden for months at a time, seeking someone who understood my pain. APMA offered me real support and strategies that helped me to help myself. ‘APMA made me feel normal, when everything around me felt like it was out of control.’ APMA volunteers operate local

without having to leave community pain-support ‘Their Pain Link helpline management.org.au and online information at mean that we can access home.’ Contributed by groups in north www.pain options and hope Karyn Markwell Brisbane, south Brisbane, Logan, Gold Coast, Sunshine Coast and Bribie Island. Each group is run by a trained facilitator (who manages their own pain), who encourages a supportive environment and teaches practical pain-manageIf your dentures are causing you discomfort, perhaps it’s ment skills. APMA also time to talk to Michael Hearsch. Michael has long been has a telephone helpline, Pain Link (1300 340 357), known as ‘the denture maker to the dentists’, specialising which members of the in beautiful looking teeth that fit perfectly. Now you can community can call for be treated direct by Michael at any one of his convenient information about Northside locations. APMA’s services or to chat with a trained volunteer. Businessowner Graham Scott FREE CONSULTATION cares for his wife Terina, & QUOTE who has chronic pancreatitis. • Dentures • Full Dentures ‘APMA has made a difference in our lives by • Relines • Partial Dentures providing support and • Repairs • Professional Cleaning information,’ says Graham.

Spinal Injuries Association THE Spinal Injuries Association Brisbane Post Polio Network will meet at 2.00p.m on Saturday 8 February 2014 at the Spinal Injuries Association 109 Logan Road, Woolloongabba. (Entrance and parking off Balaclava Street). Guest speaker from Australian Pain Management. New members are welcome. For more information please ring the facilitator Albert on 3381 0976.

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MSSS helps you to become Socially Active STEP 1: in order to become socially active you need to inform yourself about what activities are available in your local area. Decide what type of activities you would like to try, and go try them. Pick three to begin with, target them, ring and find out if you can try them first and see if you like them. For instance, you want to increase the amount of activity you undertake but you have a few issues which you are worried about. Look for gentle forms of exercise that are designed to increase your strength and flexibility, and can be done sitting down or standing up. We have Yoga every Wednesday at 1.30 pm for $5.00. This includes afternoon tea and a chance to sit down and talk to new people afterwards. Call Metro Seniors on 3252 2731 for more information.

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FEELING GOOD dent n e p e d In g in y a t S and Better future for Australians with Alzheimer’s AN urgent national approach to the diagnosis and care of people with dementia is critical according to the findings of a report launched recently at the Aged and Community Services Australia (ACSA) conference in Melbourne. Stemming from a roundtable discussion between a team of leading health professionals from around the country, the report reveals barriers and potential solutions as part of a national approach to the diagnosis, treatment and care of Australians living with dementia. ItaButtrose, Australian of the Year and national president of Alzheimer’s Australia, launched the report titled ‘Collaborating for a better future for Australians living with Alzheimer’s disease’, released by Alzheimer’s Australia and sponsored by pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly Australia (Lilly). MsButtrose said the report would provide valuable input to the development of a new National Action Framework on dementia by Australian health ministers. “The report recognises that every individual with dementia is unique and that care services and support should respond to the needs of the particular individual,” MsButtrose explained. “This is why the principle of partnership between the person with demen-

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tia and the family carer on the one hand and health care professionals and care services on the other is so important,” she added. Professor Henry Brodaty, director of the Dementia Collaborative Research Centre and co-director of the Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing, University of New South Wales, who chaired the roundtable, agreed a national approach was imperative. “The report puts forward a number of potential solutions that may form part of a national approach. One such solution is a National Dementia Registry aimed at ensuring that patients and their carers do not ‘fall through the cracks’,” Professor Brodaty said. He also recommended therapies and services were logged and followed up on, to improve the timely access to and delivery of appropriate information and services. Professor Brodaty also noted that together with an ageing population, a lack of specialist dementia and aged care professionals would pose significant challenges to society, indicating a critical need for a well-trained and remunerated dementia care workforce. The Collaborating for a better future for Australians living with Alzheimer’s disease report is available for download at www.fightdementia.org.au.

Strengthen hands and wrists HERE are some good range-of-motion exercises to keep your hands and wrists mobile. All exercises need to be done slowly and deliberately, to avoid pain or injury. Hold each position for 5-10 seconds. Do one set of 10 repetitions, three times a day or whenever it crosses your mind; unless you have some sort of injury, in which case you would be best to check with your doctor. These exercises actually feel good. Wrist extension and flexion: Place your forearm on a table on a rolled-up towel for padding with your hand hanging off the edge of the table, palm down. Move the hand upward until you feel a gentle stretch. Return to the starting position. Repeat the same motions with the elbow bent at your side, palm facing up.

Wrist supination/pronation: Stand or sit with your arm at your side with the elbow bent to 90 degrees, palm facing down. Rotate your forearm, so that your palm faces up and then down. Wrist ulnar/radial deviation: Support your forearm on a table on a rolled-up towel for padding or on your knee, thumb upward. Move the wrist up and town through its full range of motion. Thumb flexion/extension: Begin with your thumb positioned outward. Move the thumb across the palm and back to the starting position. Hand/finger tendon glide: Start with the fingers extended straight out. Make a hook first; return to a straight hand. Make a full fist; return to a straight hand. Make a straight fist; return to a straight hand. Source: www.health.harvard.edu

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HOLIDAY & Leisure An event-full year for Norfolk Island THERE are many good reasons to plan a trip this year to Norfolk Island, undiscovered by many Australians yet only just over 2 hours flight from Brisbane. I’ve often been asked “why go to Norfolk when there are so many

island options in the Whitsundays, North Queensland and the Pacific. What’s the big attraction?” For a start, if it’s true R&R you want [not the Bangkok kind] you’ll find N.I. one of the most relaxing places on earth.

by Phil Hawkes

That’s probably one of the reasons people like Colleen McCullough and Helen Reddy have their havens there. You can spend days among the stately pines and observing the seascapes, just communing with nature if that’s on

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your current bucket list. Alternatively, there are plenty of things to do if you want some action like golf, tennis, fishing, walking along beautiful trails or horse riding. And if you’re interested in Australia’s colonial past and the saga of the Bounty mutineers whose descendants now populate the island, there’s a rich vein of history with significant buildings, museums and exhibits to explore. Food and wine buffs are well catered for, with everything from “paddock to plate” fine dining to “fish fries” in hotels and other outdoor locations, making use of the island’s excellent fresh seafood and vegetables. There’s also a thriving coffee culture and a distillery producing alltoo-drinkable liqueurs which make good souvenirs or gifts to bring back, duty-free. Other spirits are available at the town’s duty-free shop. As well as all that, N.I. has a surprising and varied special events programme right through the year. One worth noting is the

“Christmas in July….Aussie Icons” series of concerts and other activities 12-19 July, with guest appearances by Normie Rowe, Colleen Hewitt and Johnny Young. A special highlight will be a lunch and afternoon hosted by acclaimed author Colleen McCullough. A similar event last year organised by Trade Travel was a rousing success. Here are a few other event highlights: First Fleet Anniversary celebrations 3-6 March; Quilting Retreat 7-11 April; Country Music Festival 18-22 May; Bounty Day celebrations 9 June; Rock n Roll Festival 2226 July; Food Festival 22-29 November; Norfolk Island Jazz Festival 6-13 December. It’s time to think about Norfolk Island this year, and maybe plan for Christmas as you’ve never experienced it before….in July. www. norfolkisland.com.au www.tradetravel.com

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Russian river cruising LOOK at a map of Russia and you will not see much in the way of a waterway between St Petersburg and Moscow. There is, however, a well-used route between these two iconic Russian cities, albeit a somewhat indirect one, looping initially in a north-easterly direction. Five rivers and canals, four lakes and reservoirs and 18 locks comprise the link. It is a major economic route as well as being a developing tourist drawcard. The length of the waterway between St Petersburg and Moscow is 1334km. It begins with the Neva River in St Petersburg. After a short journey of only 40km, this river joins Lake Ladoga, the largest lake in Europe, covering an area of over 17,000 square kilometres and with over 600 islands. Its fresh waters abound with fish life and are home to the endangered Ladoga seal. During the siege of Leningrad (former name for St Petersburg) in World War II this lake was an important lifeline connecting the city to the rest of the Soviet Union. Leaving the lake, cruise boats enter the heavily forested Svir River where the first lock is soon encountered. These locks are engineering marvels, built to allow ships to traverse the considerable height variations between the various sections of the waterway. The cruise ships and cargo vessels that ply these waters have been specially built to fit the locks. There is barely one metre to spare on either side of the ships so navigation while entering them is critical. Huge doors close off the lock and pumps move the water, raising or lowering the ship to the next level. Traversing each lock takes about 20 to 30 minutes. While in the Svir River, a stop is made at the tiny village of Svirstroy to allow passengers to visit a typical Russian house and sample the local customs. The waters along the rivers and canals are totally sheltered and passengers are barely aware of the movement of the ship – even the most seasick-prone person should be able to cope! The trip then enters Lake Onega, second largest in Europe. This lake is dotted with over 1600 islands. Located in the rugged northern region of Karelia, it is renowned for its severe storms which can generate swells as high as five metres – maybe not the

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place for the seasick! For over half of each year the air temperatures are below zero. The timber industry is a major employer of people living around the lake. A visit is made to Petrozavodsk, a city of about one quarter of a million and only a short distance to the border with Finland. While this city has little to offer visitors, we did get a guided tour and sampled a Russian Orthodox Church service – unusual in that the congregation stands for the entire duration. A visit was also made to see a display of Karelian folk dancing, a lively and energetic performance with some strange musical instruments. One of the most interesting visits of the trip was to Kizhi Island, almost in the geometric centre of Lake Onega. This was one of the most ancient inhabited sites of Russia. The island is about one kilometre wide and six kilometres long and has a collection of historic wooden buildings that comprise a national openair museum. Some of the structures date to at least the 15 th Century. The amazing 22-domed Church of the Transfiguration towers over the site. The thousands of silvery shingles of the domes were handmade from aspen. Nearby was the 10-domed Church of the Intercession, built in 1764 without nails. It is still in use. The oldest building was the 14th Century Church of the Resurrection of Lazarus, reputed to miraculously cure illnesses. More than 80 other buildings made for an enjoyable and informative visit.

At various times throughout the cruise the Russian crew presented talks on different aspects of Russian culture, including drinking vodka, the participation in World War II, Russian cuisine and also entertained with fairy tales and the Liar’s Club. The cruise continued through a succession of rivers, lakes and reservoirs. In the town of Goritsy we were taken on a tour of the largest monastery in the world, Kirillo-Belozersk, covering 25 hectares. A lake next to the monastery was supposed to have restorative waters, but, judging by some of the swimmers, it was not working! In the Volga River we called at Uglich and wandered around the waterfront. The Church of St Dmitry on the Blood commemorated the murder in 1591 of Ivan the Terrible’s 10-year-old son. A bizarre story was told of a large bell that tolled when the murder occurred. It was flogged, had its clapper removed and was exiled to Siberia! The final stage was through the Moscow Canal, a 128km structure built by prisoners during the Stalin era. It surpasses both the Suez and Panama canals as an engineering feat and provides a vital economic link between the Russian capital and major waterways including the Baltic, Caspian and Black Seas. The appearance of awful boxy high-rise apartment buildings heralded our approach to Moscow. The six-day cruise was thoroughly enjoyable and the Russian crew delightful. Many cruise lines offer similar trips so the choice is wide open.

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HOLIDAY & Leisure Our trains are not just a part of history!

My journey to Delhi in India By Antoinette O’Connor

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IT is time for me to venture into places that are far from Europe. Some of my friends were concerned, others who had been to India said I would love it. The Diwali Festival, A Festival of Light was beginning its five day Hindu celebration the evening my group of twelve arrived in Delhi. We were given a marigold garland and a gift from our Indian Guide, Amar in the tradition of the Festival. Then our bus took us to our hotel. Fireworks burst in the city celebrating the Festival believing that it drives away evil spirits thus resulting in a smokey haze throughout the colourful streets. Shops were decorated with flowers for the Festival with colour, colour everywhere. Our tour was for three weeks with two internal flights taking us from Varanasi to Mumbai and then from Mumbai to Mysore in the South. On the following day as we toured through the

City, my first impression was of the many trees and parks (usually with boys on holidays having an impromptu game of cricket). On our first stop we visited the Jama Masjid Mosque, built in 1650 by Shah Jahan, the fifth Mughal. Shah Jahan’s name is predominant in this part of India, for of course, he built the Taj Mahal. After some time at the Mosque, we walked through the streets to see The Red Fort. These streets were narrow, cramped and the pavements were unmade and full of litter. The wiring to the buildings were either dangling or fastened together in the most haphazard way. There were lots of food stalls and to my surprise signs dangling down with a skull and cross bone demanding NO SMOKING, for it is against the law to smoke in public in India. These small streets were crowded, the noise raucous with tuk tuks sounding their horns continually as we made our way

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to The Red Fort, one of the three World Heritage sites in Delhi. It was commissioned in 1638 by Shah Jahan when he moved his capital from Agra to Delhi. We didn’t go into the Fort, but we could see that it was very huge. There was much to see in such a short time. We went onto the Qutb complex to see the Qutb Minar, the amazing five story tower in red sandstone. It is decorated with geometric designs and Koranic verses. It was intended as a victory tower,and is the tallest brick minaret in the world it is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. At this complex we also saw The Iron Pillar a metallurgical curiosity, 7.21 metres high. It was originally erected in 375 AD and shifted to its present location in the 10th century. The real highlight of the day was to see Humayum’s tomb. Humayan was the second Mughal emperor who ruled present day Afghanistan, Pakistan and parts of Northern India. The tomb is quite beautiful and is said to be the precursor to the Taj Mahal. It was commissioned by his wife in 1562 and designed by a Persian architect. It was the first garden tomb on the Indian subcontinent and is the third of the World Heritage sites in Delhi. Our day was completed with a visit to Jantar Mantur where there is a collection of Astronomical Instruments. Built about 1724, the primary purpose was to predict times and movements of the sun, moon and planets. Alas I was starting to get tired now and perhaps didn’t appreciate the site as much as some of my companions. On our way back to the hotel, we went to see The India Gate also known as the All India War Memorial dedicated to Indian soldiers killed in World War 1. This site has been at the forefront of the News recently as a rallying point for “Women’s Rights”. Back past some of the beautiful tree lined streets, where once the British Raj had the “bungalows” that are now possibly diplomat’s homes with lush green gardens and trees behind their walls. Two nights is hardly enough to see Delhi, yet there were many more sight to see over the three weeks, and the following day we had a long drive to Jaipur, the pink city of Rajastan.

THE excitement of a day out by steam train commences at Roma St as you go walk along the platform to find your carriage with a reserved seat. It is then a quick walk to the head of the train to inspect the great “Iron Horse” which is simmering away quietly waiting for the grand departure. Final boarding announcements are made , the guard blows his whistle and waves the green flag and the engine bursts into life with it’s whistle blowing to signal departure and steams out of the platform heading for the day’ destination. The Australian Railway Historical Society (Queensland Division) has now entered iti 57th year of operating rail tours. Over 970 excursions operated by both steam and diesel hauled trains to many destinations in Qld have been run by the Society since 1957, of course the steam hauled tours are very popular and give passengers a nostalgic tour in travel of a bygone era – travelling in style in the heritage carriages. Come along, be a part of history as you travel on the first steam train to Springfield on Saturday 8th March. This exciting day by steam train takes you out through the western suburbs and along the newest railway line. It is 45 years since the Brisbane Tramway System closed, so join us for a “1960s Transport Day” travelling by Silver Bullet Rail Motor out to the Ferny Grove to visit the Tramway Museum for a nostalgic day riding a variety of trams that have been lovingly restored. Also in April we head to Maitland Steamfest. Join us for six days as we travel by coach and train through the New England Tableland to Maitland for a week end of riding steam trains at this annual event. A three hour luncheon cruise on the Hunter river is also included as well as a two day tour by historic rail motor to Gulgong and Binnaway exploring rail lines and towns that are not serviced by regular passenger trains. To book or order a brochure phone our office on 3252 1759 between 10am and 3.00pm Tuesday, Wednesdays and Thursdays. A recorded message operates at other times.

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Kundasang and of course the Sandakan Memorial Day Service. The tour also includes flights to Labuan Island where the Japanese surrendered – leading to the end of the war in the Pacific. The tour departs from Brisbane on 11 August so give Go See Touring a call on 1300 551 997 for more information or check the details at www.gosee touring.com

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Included in the fully inclusive tours are return international economy class airfares, all meals and accommodation, transportation, sightseeing and entrance fees, taxes and charges as well as visas for Australian passport holders, tipping and the services of national escorts/and or local guides. Wendy Wu Tour’s wide range of fully inclusive group tours and destinations ensures there is something to

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RIVERWALK Gardens Open Gardens Australia. Palms underplanted with striking foliage plants create a vibrant entrance to this lush tropical garden, while five diversely planted terrace gardens lead down to a lovely salt-water creek. The canopy in the rainforest area shelters many shade-loving plants, including bromeliads, gingers and ferns, creating a tranquil oasis. “It’s a lovely, cool area and just the thing for a hot summer’s day in Queensland,” say owners Jill and Rudy Dokter. An impressive

Guided walks and light lunches, soft coloured water lillies

dry-climate garden in the top corner of the property features many large cacti and succulents – some of which

the owners have had for more than twenty years. Gorgeous, soft-coloured water lillies dot the pretty dam and a

recently built boardwalk across the nearby wet gully is surrounded by a newly planted area. There will be guided walks of the garden at 10.30am and 1.30pm and refreshments and light lunches will be available. Plants will also be for sale and there will be a display of vintage engines. The garden is located at 58 Enkleman LRoad, Yatala. Opening from 15th and 16th February 2014, 9am to 3.30pm. Admission $7 (under 18 free). Open Gardens Australia: 25 Years and Growing www.opengarden.org.au

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‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . LIVE performance,cinema and community arts at Redland Performing Arts Centre in 2014 REDLAND Performing sixth performance season. music and theatre to the film. Arts Centre (RPAC) is Each year we bring excel- Redlands and as a new There is a wonderful opvery excited to present its lence and diversity in regular addition in 2014… portunity to see the Southern Cross Soloists and a Bell Shakespeare production for the first time in the Redlands for a maximum ticket price of $40, which is amazing value! Southern Cross Soloists will be joined by tenor Alexander Lewis and the Queensland Shakespeare Ensemble for the stunning Shakespeare’s Seductions in March and Bell Shakespeare will perform Damien Ryan’s courageous production Henry V in September. The world’s most acclaimed vocal ensemble, Great Entertainment The King’s Singers, will New Menu – More Options also travel all the way Every Thursday Choice of Roast of the Day from the UK to perform a with tribute to the most endurCrumbed Fish or ing and influential AmeriChicken Schnitzel can popular songs of the Morning Melodies 20 th century, including Dessert Cole Porter, Richard Tea & coffee Rogers, Gershwin and From $12 to $15 per more, in July. We also have an exciting double person

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bill of Allegro Trio playing The Great Masters, Beethoven and Haydn and Nick Parnell’s Vibes Virtuoso in October. If comedy is your thing make sure you don’t miss the weird and wonderful Kransky Sisters when they bring their brand new-baked show Piece of Cake to town in November or the Calendar Girls when they return in March for one night only, with the poignant and hilarious play about a group of women who proved they would do ANYTHING for a good cause! There is also children’s theatre galore when TASHI performs for the first time and The Gruffalo makes a very welcome return. Younger children will also love the charming LOOK from Imaginary Theatre, which has been designed especially for children aged 2 to 5 years; while older children and their families will enjoy the audacious heart stop-

Calling for a children’s festival volunteers Would you like to play a part in nurturing young children’s imagination and learning? Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) is calling for volunteers for its 2014 Out of the Box festival for children eight years and under at QPAC and across the Cultural Precinct, South Bank, Brisbane from 25 June 2 July. In its 22nd year, the 2014 Out of the Box festival is aiming to recruit some 450 volunteers and is calling on South East Queensland residents to volunteer their time and skills. This major children’s arts event would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of volunteers who carry out vital roles and are essentially the backbone of the event. Volunteers require a Blue Card that is valid until 3 July 2014. QPAC will ensure Blue Card applications and renewals are processed and will cover costs involved. For volunteering enquiries, please email ootb.volunteer@qpac. com.au. Applications to become an Out of the Box volunteer close Friday, 14 February. For more information, go to www.outoftheboxfestival. com.au.

ping circus spectacular, Controlled Falling Project. The popular Musical Melodies Concert Series returns with five fabulous performances this year and we present music of excellence with our local company partner, Vocal Manoeuvres. There are also a number of other great concerts at RPAC presented by local and national touring organisations throughout the year. The local community is also well represented in 2014 with music from Redland Sinfonia, and a range of other new exciting community arts events and programs; including the DramaFest LINKS program for people who are interested in writing plays or acting, which includes two FREE workshops. For our first venture into film there will be a Studio Ghibli Film Festival in March, where three award-winning anime films from the ‘Disney of the East’ will be screened, including the Oscar-winning film Spirited Away. This will be followed by a FREE screening of For The Term of his Natural Life accompanied with an original score composed and performed live by local musician Colin Offord. All in all it will be a packed and exciting year and we

hope you will take some relaxing time out to visit us and enjoy some of the world’s best performances and cultural experiences. This year’s performance season brochure for the first time includes the programs and events at Redland Performing Arts Centre and Redland Art Gallery in one comprehensive brochure. So whether your preference is LIVE performance, VISUAL ARTS or CINEMA the 2014 Creative Arts Redlands program has it all, so we hope you will join us for another year of exciting entertainment. Tickets for all shows in the RPAC 2014 performance season are now on sale with EARLY BIRD savings available on many shows for a limited time only! BOOKINGS AND ENQUIRIES: Phone the RPAC Box Office on (07) 3829 8131 between 12noon – 4pm Mon – Fri and 10am – 1pm Saturdays. FREE SEASON BROCHURE: For a free season brochure, phone RPAC on (07) 3829 8131 or visit the Box Office (2-16 Middle Street, Cleveland) during opening hours. Alternatively, you can download the brochure from the RPAC website www.rpac.com.au

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‘Let Us Entertain You’ . . . Redland Performing Arts Centre presents Musical Melodies 2014 Concert Series REDLAND Performing Arts Centre is delighted to announce the 2014 musical Melodies Concert Series! This season presents a series of five high quality shows featuring some of Australia’s best-loved superstars with history’s greatest music. Sharon Rowntree returns to open the concert series on February 22 with her fabulous new show Legendary Ladies of Showbiz, which promises the same glitz and glamour as her sell out ‘Dusty and the Divas’ show. Next in May, Opera’s Golden Era. An enjoyable trip down memory lane, you’ll be swooning along with beautiful melodies and some cheeky vocal antics. Starring local Brisbane opera artists In the Mood Four, joined by Mark Leung at the piano. Then, our very own superstar, Simon Gallagher, returns to the concert stage in With a Sing in My Heart in August. Packed with favourite songs and good humour, Simon’s pure and smooth tenor voice is better than ever and his inimitable approach to performance will de-

light as never before. Our fourth concert, has the larger than life star Rhonda Burchmore bringing all the character and buzz that she is renowned for in her revealing new show Up Close and Personal in October. Finally, bringing Musical Melodies to an end, a Christmas show with Kamahl. Performing his most popular ballads and a selection of Christmas favourites in Ballads and Christmas Carols. A special and heart felt Christmas show will play on December 10. Guests are invited to join us from one hour prior to each performance, for a complimentary cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit. The performances are conveniently timed on a Wednesday at 11am and on Saturdays at 2pm, with shows running for approximately an hour and a half. Tickets are: Seniors/Pensioners $18; Seniors/Pensioners groups of 10+ $16; Adults $24. To book: phone the RPAC Box Office on 3829 8131; visit the RPAC Box Office Monday – Friday 12noon – 4pm and Saturday 10am -1pm; or book online at www.rpac.com.au.

Queensland Symphony Orchestra QSO’s Season 2014 will be led by the critically acclaimed Maestro Series of 12 concert events, together with the classic and much-loved Morning Master Works program, the inspiring Music on Sundays series and the more relaxed and intimate Chamber Players offering; all up, 27 world class musical experiences. In a monumental start to the season on 15 February, the QSO takes on the Titan, Mahler’s Symphony No.1, with a spectacular season opener featuring legendary Australian conductor Simone Young and one of the world’s most phenomenal violinists, Shlomo Mintz, performing Beethoven’s Violin Concerto. The Morning Masterworks program presents five 11am concerts in

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QPAC’s Concert Hall, a program of classics with engaging, empowering titles such as An Unforgettable Morning, Irresistible Grace, Treacherous Rach 3, Symphonic Adventure and Pure Artistry. The inspiring and always popular Music on Sundays program is another five-concert series hosted by the much loved Guy Noble, with titles likeThe Food of Love, Passion and Madness, World Inspiration, Happy Mother’s Day and (Not) The Last Night of the Proms. QSO’s Chamber Players in 2014 present intimate musical sessions including The Soldier’s Tale, Brahms Clarinet Quintet, Beethoven Septet, Schubert String Quintet and the namesake of the launch this morning in Pictures at An Exhibition.

West Moreton Country Music Association THE first social for 2014 will be held at the Ipswich show grounds in the greyhound pavilion on Friday the 21st of February at 7.00pm to 11pm, our guest artist is Dennis Morgan, who is Chad Morgan’s brother, he is an entirely different entertainer from his brother he has stories to tell and sings great country music members $5 and non members $6, meals available.

Clem Jones City Hall concerts WITH thousands of seniors enjoying the concerts each month, come along and share in the experience. During February, the concerts feature musicians from around Asia as part of Brisbane’s BrisAsia Festival. No bookings are required for this free event. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance. Concerts commence at 12 noon until 1pm. Tuesday 11 February - Experience a musical journey to Japan; Tuesday 18 February - Journey through the keys and colours of Asia with violin, cell, and piano performances; Tuesday 25 February - A musical journey of landscapes, people, traditions, spirits and love; Tuesday 4 March - A unique style and sounds of New York in 1950’s that influenced the music of The Platters, Elvis Presley, The Four Seasons and many more.

The music hour at SLQ EVERY Friday afternoon in the State Library of Queensland’s (SLQ) Poinciana Lounge, enjoy an hour of music with volunteer musicians. Performances range from classical, jazz and contemporary melodies on piano, to guitar and a variety of other instruments. It is the perfect way to wind down at the end of the week. The music hour is on Fridays from 3.45pm4.45pm in the Poinciana Lounge, Level 2 at State Library of Queensland.

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Enjoy a host of entertainment at Birch Carroll & Coyle and Event Cinemas THERE is something for everyone at Birch Carroll & Coyle and Event Cinemas, with a host of great entertainment hitting the big screen in 2014. Kicking off the laughs in early February, ‘Last Vegas’(M) sees the collaboration of Hollywood mega stars Robert De Niro, Michael Douglas, Morgan Freeman, and Kevin Kline in the hilarious story of Billy, Paddy, Archie and Sam – lifelong friends who head to Las Vegas to celebrate Billy’s impending nuptials, and relive their glory days. Cine Buzz Seniors Members can enjoy morning tea and a screening of the film at selected sites on Wednesday 12 February. Also releasing early February is ‘Mandela: A Long Walk to Freedom’(M), charting the extraordinary story of history’s most beloved leaders. Based on President Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, spanning his childhood through to his inauguration as the first democratically elected President of South Africa, this epic film

is an intimate portrait of the making of a modern icon. Looking to make your cinema experience even more memorable? There is no better way to enjoy the latest releases than in the comfort of Gold Class, available at selected Event Cinema sites. Relax in the comfort of fully reclining armchairs in an intimate setting of no more than 60 guests. Gold Class guests can also enjoy full on-call waiter service from a decadent food and beverage menu, delivered directly to your seat before or during the movie. It’s the most luxurious way to enjoy the latest film releases. There is something to entertain everyone at Birch Carroll & Coyle and Event Cinemas. Be sure to head to www.eventcinemas.com.au to check out up to the minute film releases, and to reserve your seat or pop in and say hi to the friendly staff to find out about all the latest events and screenings for seniors.

Taste of Asia TASTE of Asia is the signature culinary event of the 2014 BrisAsia Festival and will be a feast for foodies and lovers of Asian cuisine. Be inspired by a local celebrity chef as they host two free open-air master classes. Relax at a long table with a culinary feast of Asian cuisine to choose from. A Friday night not to be missed. Taste of Asia is a free event and will be held at Reddacliff Place, Brisbane on Friday, 21 February from 4pm-9pm. Food will be available for purchase.

Yum Chat CHAT with local Asian artists, producers and creative industry professionals as they whip up a frenzy of conversation at Yum Chat. This fun and informal artist networking event will give you the opportunity to co9nnect with some of Brisbane’s best and brightest as they share insights into their creative process and how their Asian heritage has influenced their work. Yum Chat is featured at Brisbane Powerhouse on Tuesday, 11 February from 5.30pm for 6pm start, concluding at 8pm. To book call 3358 8600 or visit www.brisbanepower house.org.

Motivational quote “A single conversation across the table with a wise man is worth a month’s study of books.” Chinese Proverb.

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community news Folk Artists of Queensland HAVE you seen decorative art and thought you couldn’t do it? The Decorative Folk Artists of Queensland may be the place for you! We are an enthusiastic group who meet regularly to practice our craft of folk art. We also hold special workshops which are open to the public as well as conducting a number of hands-on workshops at the Stitches and Craft Show where people can try this craft. Both experienced painters and those interested in learning how to paint in this style are welcome at our meetings. The Association meets on the 1st Saturday of the month (except January and public holidays) at 9am in the Arthur Scurr Room at the Mt Gravatt Showgrounds, Logan Road, Mt Gravatt. Morning Tea provided. More information from dfaqinc@gmail.com or http://dfaqld.blogspot.com.au/

World Theatre Festival

RUNNING over 11 days from 13-23 February 2014, WTF is Brisbane Powerhouse’s iconic global contemporary performance event where culture and spectacle collide. Performance times vary and free entry. Featuring works that challenge the traditional definitions of theatre, WTF14 brings together a worldly ensemble of performance artists unlike any other. For further information visit: www.brisbane powerhouse.org/wtf

AT LAST! The Etta James Story encore performance FOLLOWING standing ovations for the 2013 national tour, the critically acclaimed AT LAST! The Etta James Story, tells the story of one of the most influential soul singers of all time. Starring Vika Bull and the Essential R & B Band, AT LAST! The Etta James Story will return to Brisbane for one night only on Friday, 14 February - the perfect Valentine’s Day treat! Performance held at Concert Hall, Queensland Performing Arts Centre (QPAC) at 8pm on Friday, 14 February. Bookings at QPAC Box Office 136 246 or www.qpac.com.au or Ticketek.com.au or call 132 849. Cost: $69.95.

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ACROSS 1 Controls a bicycle in arid escarpments 4 Classify grazing land 7 Infringes upon disputes 9 Cleverly conceals Adam’s lady friend 10 A religious song from a vehicle centrefold 12 Briefly detonating a prominent school 13 Wash and scrub Uncle Angus shortly 15 Flat out of ammunition 17 Hasty licensees produce gramophone needles 19 Recently bought, in one way 21 Being romantic sent the first person mad 22 Wait on some closer velocipedes 23 Powdery, in the Hindu style

ACROSS 1 Sits on 4 Scope 7 Transgresses 9 First lady 10 Christmas song 12 Boy’s college 13 Unsoiled 15 Single entity 17 Hard pointed devices 19 Up-to-date 21 Maudlin 22 Work for 23 Slim ... DOWN 1 Tracks 2 Benefactor 3 Walk leisurely 4 Wander about 5 Group of nine 6 Absolutely necessary 8 Occurrence 11 Eight singers 14 Go up 16 Not obvious 18 Abominable snowmen 20 Telegram Paddy’s in the bathroom and Murphy shouts to him. “Did you find the shampoo?” Paddy says, “yes but it’s for dry hair and I’ve just wet mine.”

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Golfing humour A YOUNG man who was also an avid golfer found himself with a few hours to spare one afternoon. He figured if he hurried and played very fast, he could get in nine holes before he had to head home. Just as he was about to tee off an old gentleman shuffled onto the tee and asked if he could accompany the young man as he was golfing alone. Not being able to say no, he allowed the old gent to join him. To his surprise the old man played fairly quickly. He didn’t hit the ball far, but plodded along consistently and didn’t waste much time. Finally, they reached the 9th fairway and the young man

found himself with a tough shot. There was a large pine tree right in front of his ball – and directly between his ball and the green. After several minutes of debating how to hit the shot the old man finally said, “You know, when I was your age I’d hit the ball right over that tree.” With that challenge placed before him, the youngster swung hard, hit the ball up, right smack into the top of the tree trunk and it thudded back on the ground not a foot from where it had originally lay. The old man offered one more comment, “Of course, when I was your age that pine tree was only three feet tall.”

“Live your life each day as you would climb a mountain. An occasional glance toward the summit keeps the goal in mind, but many beautiful scenes are to be observed from each new vantage point. Climb slowly, steadily, enjoying each passing moment; and the view from the summit will serve as a fitting climax for the journey.” Harold V. Melchert

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8 One sporting contest out of seventeen 11 A group of eight briefly concoct, etc 14 A top scientist, towards the finish, may move up 16 Esoteric main nerve centre 18 Yes, it turns out to be Himalayan yowies 20 A current carrier in new Ireland

NSA Albany Creek

THE Albany Creek branch of National Seniors Australia meets on the second Friday of each month at the Albany Creek Community Centre, Ernie St. Albany Creek.5.30 pm for 6.00 pm. Visitors are most welcome, Ring Len 32641509. We have a number of interest groups (Some numbers are limited), Reading, Exercise, Craft, Photography, Golf, Coffee, Dining out and movies. Some groups are open to other N.S.A. members and visitors. Contact numbers for the convenors are in our newsletter and on our website, www.nsaalbanycreek.org.au

Bowls – a therapeutic experience for the community

NORTHERN Suburbs Bowls Club is inviting the community (of all ages) to experience Bowls. Bowls has been around for several hundred years and is a low impact, therapeutic form of exercise with health benefits. The club has bowling arms for those with back concerns, and coaches can help those with physical disabilities in getting them into the sport socially. Anyone interested in trying bowls for health, social interaction or sport can contact the club on 3359 2142 or email bowls@nsbc.com.au.

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community news Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club Inc THE first meeting in 2014 of the Mitchelton and Districts Garden Club Inc. is on 6th February. The guest speaker’s (Kate Stumer) talk is about Bougainvilleas. This plant, originating in South America, has been developed to grow in pots in a miniature form and is ideal for growing on balconies. The topic of the guest speakers at the next meeting on 6th March, is Growing Orchids. Margaret and Les Lobley will have specimens to illustrate the subject matter of their talk and will be there to give advice about problems. Orchid growing is easy once you know the conditions they require and they do not need a lot of care. The beautiful blooms which appear periodically are very rewarding. This club meets on the first Thursday of the month at the Enoggera Memorial Hall, corner of Wardell and Trundle Streets, Enoggera. Morning tea is served at 9.45 a.m. with the actual meeting commencing at 10 a.m. The hall is close to public transport and accessible by wheelchair. Visitors and new members are most welcome. There are vacancies for new members. For more information, please contact the president Pat on 3356 1256.

the Moreton Bay Boat Club, Bird O’ Passage Parade, Scarborough. We are seeking new members so come as a visitor and see what our friendly club is all about. You will be met by a hostess who will welcome you and introduce you to other members. Each month we have raffles, lucky door prize, an interesting speaker followed by a 2 course lunch. Between meetings we have social activities and outings. We would love to meet you so come and join us. You will be glad you did. Please contact Robyn 3293 6003 for more information and bookings for lunch.

Clean Up Australia Day - Sunday 2 March CLEAN UP Australia Day is a simple way you can take action to clean up, fix up and conserve our prized Australian environment. In 2013 an estimated 550,300 volunteers removed 16,150 tonnes of rubbish at 7,341 sites right across the country - but we can do better! So lend a hand on Sunday 2 March and help clean up Australia. There are registered sites right across the Sunshine Coast. For your nearest site go to cleanupaustraliaday.org.au and lend a hand to clean up part of your local area.

Do you know seniors rights SEVERAL members of Sixty and Better on Track (SABOT) Wynnum recently attended a Uniting Care presentation on Seniors Rights. The presenter informed members of their rights as a senior adult. No one can pronounce you not competent to make decisions other than a medical professional. Family may suggest you see a doctor and there is no harm in that, but presuming to make decisions is an infringement of your rights. They were also informed about Power of Attorney, Enduring Power of Attorney and Advance Health Directives. It is advisable that you make these decisions and do this planning while still capable. Power of Attorney is when you authorise someone to make financial decisions on your behalf and takes effect immediately. It is important that you get legal

My wish for you in 2014

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May peace break into your home and may thieves come to steal your debts. May the pockets of your jeans become a magnet for $100 bills. May love stick to your face like Vaseline and may laughter assault your lips! May happiness slap you across the face and may your tears be that of joy. May the problems you had forget your home address! In simple words . . . May 2014 be the best year of your life!!! Happy New Year!

Seniors Card 137 468 or 1800 175 500 (free call outside Brisbane) Centrelink: Retirement 132 300 Disability, Sickness & Carers 132 717 Employment Services 132 850 Seniors Enquiry Line 1300 135 500 Department of Veteran Affairs 133 254

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advice on this because you can place restrictions on it, for example, that your house cannot be sold until your death. Enduring Power of Attorney is when you nominate someone to make decisions on your behalf about your health treatment in the event you become unable to make decisions yourself. For further information see a Solicitor or the Public Trustee; phone 1300 360 044. An Advanced Health Directive is a plan you make about certain medical treatments. You can use your directive to outline your views about the quality of life that would be acceptable to you. For instance, you might decide to specify that you would like lifesustaining measures withheld or withdrawn in certain situations. Find out more from your doctor. Courtesy SABOT, Vol 24

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IF your 2014 Resolution is to make new friends and have fun while supporting a worthwhile cause then the Redcliffe Peninsula VIEW Club is for you. Our club is one of 350 VIEW Clubs around Australia. VIEW stands for Voice, Interests and Education of Women and we are seriously committed to supporting The Smith Family’s ‘Learning for Life’ programme that assists disadvantaged school children to reach their educational potential. We meet on the 2nd Thursday of the month and our next meeting will be on Thursday 13th February at 10am for 10.30am start at

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Hostess Lorraine Neuendorff greets guests on arrival

Members Orchid on display

3 bedroom house, fenced, wooden floors, open plan living, cathedral ceilings, freshly painted, eco friendly, bush setting, many inclusions, 31,000 litre rain water tank. Great community, good neighbours, swimming pool & more.

Reduced from $209,000 to $199,000 for quick sale. Phone Dorothy on (07) 3297 1390

Code 2590

Redcliffe Peninsula VIEW Club

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