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Angles of architecture Gail Forrer Seniors Group Editor
Living your life with independence
Book and movie reviews to inspire INDEX 3 12 14 21 29 33 38 43
Cover story - Leo Sayer What’s on Community group guide Wanderlust Wellbeing Living Money Puzzles
PRESENT and future accommodation is on the minds of many people our age. We might be making a decision to downsize, modify our present home for future requirements, checking out granny flats or looking through retirement villages. To support your decision making, this month our big read looks at the new wave of retirement villages, in particular, the vertical village. The name hardly denotes the architectural leaps that have changed the face of this accommodation style from the usual sprawling, one storey plan to buildings that have grown to, as I see it, holistic living centres. It seems to me to make a lot of sense to keep facilities such as medical, beauty care, dining, leisure under one roof, but importantly to share appropriate facilities with the general public. As you will see in this edition, there are various articles outlining contemporary studies which prove how human beings thrive on a diverse range of companionship. Indeed it is with others we figure out what's going on, compromise and exchange
information and while that’s happening, share a few laughs, feel empathy and the joy of good company. I have also written a tribute to my newspaper colleague of 25 years, Seniors News reporter (Brisbane and Sunshine Coast) and travel writer Ann Rickard. It’s difficult coming to terms with losing my friend and it will leave a hole in our travel pages. So, I’ve decided to do what what Ann would do – ask everyone who can, to chip in and share a pic or two or a long or short story on your travel adventures. In return, I will endeavour to publish in print or online. You can email directly to me: Gail.Forrer@ seniorsnewspaper.com.au There’s plenty of personality, health, wealth and happiness in this edition. Enjoy Gail
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TALENT AND VITALITY: Leo Sayer is touring Australia this year with his Just A Boy At 70 show from February to March before heading to the UK.
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The real Peter Pan on tour Tracey Johnstone FANTASTIC, wonderful, the best, no fears looking forward, proud to reach 70; Leo Sayer enthuses on the eve of his tour of Australia and New Zealand. He’s just a boy. It’s always been his thing; his song and now his tour, Just a Boy at 70. “I think I am boyish in my ways,” Sayer said. “Everyone looks on me as this eternal youth. Michael Jackson took the title first, but I am the real Peter Pan.” Well, if you take the crazy hair, the lively music, his energetic stage presence, a wardrobe of
loud jackets and a youthful attitude – yes, for him being boyish even at 70 is just fine. “I never grow up,” he jokes. He’s been working up a storm in his barn-sized studio at his home in Sydney’s southern highlands, readying himself for up to two hours of music, if the management allows him to go over time, with a medley of everything old that remains in the memories of the ‘forever young’ as still exciting, entertaining and evocative. “People really come to see me because of the music of the past more than the music of today,” Sayer said. He has 13 albums to
choose from. In there are plenty of songs audiences know and will be singing along too. You couldn’t help yourself when you hear Sayer lead with You Make Me Feel Like Dancing, More Than I Can Say, Train, Dancing The Night Away, and the song he wrote for Roger Daltrey, One Man Band. “Things that weren’t the biggest hits, but at the same time, things that the audience know already and songs which are all part of the story,” Sayer said. His story – and ours. “A song like Moonlighting, or Thunder In My Heart or Orchard Road will trigger memories for people about what they were going through at that time. We have shared
experiences of that time.” In between preparing for his tour, Sayer has been scribing his memoir. “I am writing it by myself,” he said. “I tend to be the kind of person who does everything by himself.” His career launched in 1972. He has got as far as the end of 1978. “It’s already 77,000 words,” he said. “It’s going to be quite a tome. “There is so much work going into it. I have had such a busy life. “I get to a point when I am talking about a particular moment like when I did my first TV series in England, and during that time there a little marks in the diary that I kept and some postcards that I wrote to
my mum and dad. Then more events come out. “Suddenly, oh my God, there I was the night Keith Moon of the Who died. My god, we were together that night and then I saw him off after a party we were at. He gave me a hug and said, ‘I will see you in a couple of weeks’. The next thing he was dead. I was one of the last people to speak to him.” Sayer swears he is on the home run to getting the book finished. There is also new album in the works, but it won’t be out before the tour starts. He is living a busy life, but Australian highland life in a sleepy village surrounded by English foliage and where he says, “you don’t need to
know how to reverse park”, suits the 70-year-old who has blended into his little community. Since moving to Australia in 2005, he has taken to eating organic foods and enjoying a life with his Italian wife Donatella, free of city pressures. When he is on tour he is ridiculously fit. “Every day that you are doing this and really mobilised and you are motivated, it’s just fantastic,” he says. “Standing still is the most dangerous thing for me, so I keep moving.” Just a Boy at 70 tours across Australia from February. For tickets go leosayer.com/shows.
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Old way may be answer ‘‘
MAGIC mushrooms could soon move from the party drug culture into the palliative care wing of Australian hospitals. The drug it contains, psilocybin, has been used for centuries by various religions and spiritual groups. It is naturally occurring and belongs to a group of drugs known as psychedelics which cause changes in a person’s, mood and thought. A new study is set to monitor the effect of this drug to help a person facing a life-threatening disease and receiving end of life care. A group of 30 palliative care patients will be given psilocybin. The trial is looking to alleviate a patient’s anxiety while they are
Psilocybin is a naturally occurring hallucinogen that can affect “perception, mood and thought”.
receiving treatment at St Vincent’s Hospital in Melbourne. It has taken a year for the trial to be given the go-head after researchers battled with the ethics committee and state and federal authorities. “I think it’s fantastic this study has been able
NATURAL WAY: A new study is set to monitor the effect psilocybin has on helping a person facing a life-threatening disease and receiving end of life care. Photo: yacobchuk to obtain the requisite approval,” Vice President of Australia’s Psychedelic Research In Science and Medicine Association, Dr Stephen Bright, told 9News. “There have been multiple attempts to use psychedelics which have all been knocked back. “The fact that this has
been able to secure approval is very encouraging.” During the six-month trail period patients will receive a single dose of the drug and then be examined for their reaction to anxiety, fear and depression. Medical professionals
will monitor the patients on “dose day” while therapists will also be on call. The trial applicants will be screened and will require a State Government permit to take the medication. The Australian Drug and Alcohol Foundation report,
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The joy of being a friend ‘‘ Tracey Johnstone
BEFRIENDING is a proposed new approach to helping reduce depression and anxiety in people living in aged care. National Ageing Research Institute (NARI) researchers are looking to develop a model where befrienders can, through their volunteer work, reduce the all too commonly found conditions of depression and anxiety in aged care residents. The NARI project is being funded by the National Health and Medical Research Council, and Beyond Blue. It will start from this month with field work. The first step is to recruit volunteers who are available to visit a person
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AGED CARE: (NARI) researchers are looking to develop a model where befrienders can, through their volunteer work, reduce the depression and anxiety in Aged Care residents. individual,” Professor volunteer. Professor Colleen Doyle, visits. Doyle said. “We will be providing says her team will be Loneliness is another training for them before doing assessments of issue Professor Doyle’s To register your interest in they go into residential residents before, during researchers will be volunteering for facilities care facility,” she said. and after the field work. studying during this very in Melbourne and in “They will be provided They will be looking to important project. Bolton Clarke facilities in with support from the determine if there has “We will be providing Queensland, contact research team throughout been changes to the some new evidence of Marcia Fearn on the time they are involved person’s depression and what is the impact of 03 8387 2305 or in the project.” anxiety symptoms as a social support and visiting email@example.com The chief investigator, result of the befriender people regularly, on the
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Mixing the past sad with the glad
Talk 'n' thoughts
Tracey Johnstone Journalist
LOOKING FORWARD: It's a busy month and year ahead across many sectors of seniors lives. Photo: Vesnaandjic
There must be a federal election on the calendar, soon.
LOOK up and out is my motto for the rest of the year. Already, and with only one month under our belt, the news has had the power to drag me down. Our dear friend and travel writer Ann Rickard was taken from her family and friends with far too much haste. In late December, the vivacious actress Penny Cook also died. She was only 61. Seniors News had the pleasure of talking with Penny in August in what was possibly her last interview. Penny’s farewell was as enthusiastic as the woman the Australian public came to know and love. Songs, hilarious stories, video snapshots of her various acting roles
and words of great wisdom from her husband, David Lynch, were all part of the celebration in front of a packed audience at her alma mater, NIDA. Tributes flowed for both these exceptional women as we all struggled to know how to contain our sorrow and turn the memories of their vibrant lives into a positive. It hasn’t taken long for our minds to turn back to the present as the onslaught of political commentary and promises fire up. There must be a federal election on the calendar, soon. The Federal Government announced last month the roll out a further 10,000 high-level home care packages to be allocated by June 30 and new regulations for the use of restraints in Aged Care. The Royal Commission into Aged Care Quality and Safety has started. The stories will be difficult to hear and read.
We are preparing for at least 18 months of hard news. Hopefully, the outcomes of overdue changes to the industry and to improving the training and working conditions of the industry’s carers bring some comfort to those families who have fought to achieve a supportive and caring time for their loved ones resident in Aged Care. Those retirees with self-managed super funds, along with many finance industry advisors, appear to be gearing up for a Labor government and a change in franking credits. There are plenty of people trying to discourage Labor from this move, but only time will tell if they can change that party’s stance. Proving age is great fun creatively, Clint Eastwood is back on the big screen at 80 in a new movie. Joining him in movie theatres, soon, will be an impressive Australian and British cast in The Chain
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Police leader unretires to take work in critical role Tracey Johnstone IT WASN’T Andy Henderson’s intention to do any more work after 45 years in the Queensland Police force, but then the former assistant commissioner was headhunted for a contract that needed his empathic character and particular people skills. Andy, 67, and his wife Lyn, 62, both retired from the police force five years ago. They spent two years before that planning what they wanted to do in retirement. Once out of the force, they took up sailing, camping, overseas travel, keeping fit and enjoying an active social life. Andy also accepted a board position with the Police Credit Union, now Q Bank, and the couple were recruited to Crime Stoppers Queensland. Lyn helped with fundraising activities while Andy went
PRACTICAL DEDICATION: Andy and Lyn Henderson at their home on the Sunshine Coast. on the board and into the chairman role. The police force had been an important part of Andy’s life for so long he was pleased to retain an ongoing casual connection even after retiring. This was their retirement. Active.
Enjoyable. Body and mind fit. But just over six months ago the Queensland Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships needed the right person to work with the Cherbourg Aboriginal Council and residents to identify the community
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No kids! Time to rejoice! Tracey Johnstone THE house is a lot quieter, there are fewer dishes in the sink and washing on the line, the bills are less and so too the cleaning. The kids have finally left home, the nest is empty. Empty nesters are embracing their freedom from day-to-day family responsibilities according to research from the Australian Seniors Insurance Agency. Many are rediscovering financial and social freedom. Two couples in their early 60s who have seen their children out the door are Prue Weaver and her husband Dave Ginty, and Bob and Carol Bursill. Both watched their children willingly head out within about two years of finishing high school. The reactions to their children’s departure is mostly one of joy, like 51 per cent of those surveyed by ASIA. Prue and Dave fully supported their son and daughter quickly departing the family home. “I was delighted,” Prue says. “It gave them the chance to do what they wanted to do on their own terms, and I was still available if they needed backup or financial support, but basically they were on their own to spread their wings and suffer the consequences, if there were going to be any.” Bob noted he was thrilled to see his three kids happily gain their independence and know what they wanted to do. Carol was the dissenter. “I didn’t really want all my kids out of the house,” Carol admits. “I would have loved for them to stay home
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EMPTY NESTERS: Bob and Carol Bursill, Josie Ginty with mother Prue Weaver and father David Ginty. another four or five years.” Most survey respondents, some 74 per cent, said they had more time on their hands. “The difference was not that the kids were there or not there, it was that that they weren’t at school anymore,” Prue adds. When it comes to finances, life is much better, to start. “But we still forked out a lot of money for them, even though we didn’t have the day-to-day expenses,” Carol says. All agree that even now they are still handing out money to help their
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made the four ‘mop tops’ so much a part of our lives back in those heady days of the ’60s together with the timeless hits of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison and Ringo Starr. Audiences will be encouraged to help recreate that atmosphere – to scream, shout and jump about. Well, maybe parents might leave that to their daughters and grandchildren. On Saturday, February 23, at the Qpac Concert Hall, Brisbane at 1.30pm matinee show and 8pm evening Show. Tickets: go to qpac.com.au or phone 136 246.
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50 YEARS ON: Rock along to one sensational two-hour concert experience presented by the world’s Premier ‘Beatles’ band, the sensational Beatle Boys on Saturday, February 23 at the Qpac Concert Hall, Brisbane.
YOUNG AT HEART FILM FESTIVAL
THE Apia Young at Heart is back for its 14th edition and is the only nationwide film festival in Australia with a film program especially dedicated to an audience of filmlovers 60 and up. February 13 to 27 at Palace St James and Palace Barracks, Brisbane. For more information and to register, go to youngatheart.net.au/ or facebook.com/young atheartff/.
SET on the stunning Jimbour Plains in Queensland’s Western Downs, Big Skies is an annual event celebrating the sights, tastes and unique experiences of the region.
Lead by the iconic Dalby Picnic Races, and coming to a show-stopping pinnacle at the Day on the Plain rock concert, the Big Skies festival boasts an unrivalled events calendar. From tours and long lunches to camp oven feasts and an outdoor cinema, experience the Western Downs like a local and immerse yourself in an authentic rural experience. Complete your ultimate Big Skies adventure by camping out at the grounds of Jimbour House, and take the time to explore where we call home. Dance into the night with two decades of iconic ’70s and ’80s hits. On April 27-May 4, Jimbour Plains, Western Downs.
’70S & ’80S DANCE PARTY
JOIN Kristian Fletcher – Brisbane’s Prince of Retro for a ’70s & ’80s Dance Party at New Farm Bowls Club. Get your friends together, dress-up and dance along to the biggest hits of the 1970s and 1980s. DJ Kristian Fletcher takes you on a 20 year journey of music with pop, rock, glam, funk, disco and more! Chill-out with drinks and bistro or kick up your heels on the dancefloor. Two decades of music will have patrons battling it out on the dancefloor with an irresistible mix of ’70s and ’80s music. With dancefloor, licensed bar, themed performances and bistro. Tickets $10 + booking fee – groups of four receive a special discount. New
Farm Bowls Club, 969 Brunswick St, New Farm, Saturday, February 16 from 6-9.30pm. Tickets $10 per person + booking fee. Bookings: go to kristianfletcher.com.
THE Duke by Shôn Dale-Jones is a semi-autobiographical tale of Shôn, his mum, and their complex relationship with a china figure of the Duke of Wellington that his late dad bought, cherished and kept in a shoe-box under the bed. On Thursday, February 14 and Friday, February 15 at Visy Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse. For more, go to brisbanepowerhouse.org.
THE BEATLES – 50 YEARS ON
FOR the very first time relive all the Beatles classic hits in one sensational two-hour concert experience presented by the world’s premier ‘Beatles’ band, the sensational Beatle Boys touring Australia in 2019. Direct from sell-out concerts in Canada and North America, South Africa and Asia, The Beatle Boys will transport audiences back to those incredible days when the Beatles dominated the music charts with as many as seven songs in the Top 10 starting at No. 1. Hear every classic Beatles song that ever made it to No.1 and relive the magic and unique sound that made the Beatles the greatest rock ‘n’ roll band the world has ever known. No less than 35 chart toppers that
BRISBANE Night Markets is set to become a premier pop-up food and entertainment destination on Brisbane’s southside. Launching on February 15, the weekly markets will offer a variety of dine-in food and beverage options, kids’ entertainment, artisan gifts, lifestyle products and musical entertainment. On Friday, February 15, from 4pm at Brisbane MarketPlace, Rocklea. Go to brisbane marketplace.com.au.
FROM JOHNNY TO JACK
From Johnny to Jack is an unmissable concert experience about the making of an Australian icon John Farnham. Join Australian vocal superstar Luke Kennedy as he explores the greatest untold comeback story in Australian rock and roll history. On Friday, February 15 and Saturday, February 16 at the Powerhouse Theatre, Brisbane Powerhouse. For more information, go to brisbanepowerhouse.org.
Australia’s leading playwright presents in Noosa IN A WORLD obsessed with social media, selfies and celebrity, David Williamson’s new comedy play The Big Time will have its Queensland premiere as part of a four performance only season at The J Noosa. Presented by NOOSA alive! festival in association with Sydney’s Ensemble Theatre company, The Big Time cast includes Claudia Barrie, Zoe Carides, Aileen Huyn, Matt Minto and Jeremy Waters and is directed by Mark Kilmurry. The play follows the story of Celia and Vicki, two women who were best friends at drama school. Celia is a high profile soap
star earning ridiculous amounts of money and enjoying a celebrity lifestyle. Vicki is scraping by playing gritty, critically acclaimed roles in independent theatre. When Vicki proposes they collaborate on an ambitious new film project, it could be a big opportunity for both to prove their mettle in the industry, but are Vicki’s motives as well-intentioned as they seem, or will jealousy rear its ugly head? As the most produced playwright in the history of Australian theatre, David Williamson is renowned for tapping into the social
Williamson is renowned for tapping into the social pulse of the time.
NOOSA ALIVE: Playwright David Williamson.
pulse of the time. The Big Time is no exception with Williamson’s trademark satirical pen finding razor-sharp form in this clever, stylish and sophisticated comedy. “The Big Time has at its core loneliness,
desperation, jealousy, ambition, betrayal while creating a world of likable characters that make us laugh” Kilmurry said. “The Big Time questions the price of fame, ambition, friendship and what it takes to be true to yourself.” The Big Time by David Williamson is on at the J Theatre, Noosa, March 21-23, at 7.30pm, plus a matinee session on March 23 at 2pm. The play goes for two hours with intermission. Tickets are $60-$65. To book tickets, go to noosaalive.com.au.
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All the hits that defined an era THE Songs and Tales of Angry Old Men is a celebration of rock-n-roll and the songs that defined great moments throughout the decades. From the writer and producer of the sell-out Pearl – The Janis Joplin Story, the performance delivers some of the greatest music ever made by singers and songwriters who will never be forgotten. This “rockumentary’’ features more than 20 great songs interwoven with tales that reveal surprising and little-known stories behind the music at the Redland Performing
Arts Centre. There will be music from legendary artists including Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Jim Morrison, Nick Cave, Johnny Cash, John Mellencamp, Neil Young and many more, all backed by amazing visuals that will certainly leave you with all senses filled to the brim. The Songs and Tales of Angry Old Men was written and produced by Chris Keeble, who has had first-hand knowledge of some of her subjects, having toured with a few of them in the 1970s. She certainly has her own stories to tell, but
ROCKUMENTARY: The Songs and Tales of Angry Old Men will be at the Redland Performing Arts Centre on Saturday, March 30. says she’s “not one to kiss and tell … well not all the time.’’ The concert will feature an all-star cast of angry musicians with a wicked sense of humour, including Jeremy Edwards and Matt Ross performing vocals and guitar, Wayne
Kellett on bass and vocals, Di Solomon on keys and vocals, and George Brugmans on drums. Launched in 2017, to full houses and standing ovations, this production at Redland Performing Arts Centre on Saturday,
March 30, at 8pm should not be missed. Whether you are a baby boomer reliving an era of music that some might consider the greatest ever or a new generation of vintage retro-lovers discovering just how good it was, you will love this
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Chelmer and District WE MEET at the Croll Memorial Precinct, 2 Clewley St, Corinda (opposite Sherwood Services Club) on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 9.45am. We have our monthly meeting then a friendly chat over morning tea, followed by a guest speaker covering a wide and interesting range of topics. Members also get together for regular outings, a garden group, a walking group, theatre visits, a book swap and other activities. We welcome retired men and women from Chelmer to Oxley and all surrounding suburbs who wish to join in the fun, friendship and fellowship of Probus and meet for club meetings and outings with other active, like-minded retirees. Phone Kathy on 07 3379 7237 for details. Forest Lake HAPPY New Year to all the readers – may all your dreams come true in 2019. After a month’s break, the Forest Lake Probus Club met on January 8. As one of our most loved and a founding member, Ruth, passed away three days prior to Christmas, our president commenced the meeting with a short memorial service. As it was unexpected, it has been a very sad time for our club. To brighten the mood, after morning tea we had a game of trivia on Australiana and six of the members won Australia Day gifts eg caps, frisbee and beach ball. The usual morning tea is held on the fourth Tuesday of the month. Our next big outing is at the Phenix Restaurant at Forest Lake Shopping Centre for their Chinese New Year celebration banquet on Saturday, February 2. If you wish to take part in our fun, friendship and fellowship, please phone our Membership Officer, Ellen, on 07 3879 7784 or president Barbara on 0422 81 924.
Sunnybank WELCOME back to our members. Speakers are already planned for 2019, the first being a representative from Queensland Ambulance
Service who will give an insight into the valuable work carried out by their paramedics. We will also celebrate our birthday at the February meeting and a cake will be shared by members present. The first bus trip for the year has been arranged. To mark the 50th year of the conclusion of the Brisbane tram service, our branch will take a nostalgic tour through the Tramway Museum at Ferny Grove on Wednesday March 20, followed by lunch at a local club. Visitors and friends are welcome to to join us, if room permits. Monthly meetings are held on the fourth Monday of the month at 10.30am at the Newnham Hotel. Morning tea is available beforehand. For information on our branch activities and meetings, phone Jill on 07 3272 8210 or Bev 07 3341 4170.
SOUTHSIDE (BRISBANE) BLIND AND LOW VISION SUPPORT GROUP
WE WILL meet on Monday, February 11 and every second Monday of each month at 9.30am in the community meeting room in the Brisbane City Library at Garden City Shopping Centre, Upper Mount Gravatt. Any visually impaired person and friend or carer is welcome to attend and enjoy a chatty morning and express experiences that are causing concern. Tea and coffee will be served. Guest speakers are organised when possible. Contact Peter on 07 3345 7421 for further information. If you know anyone who is experiencing vision impairment please pass this message on.
ASPLEY ORCHID SOCIETY SUMMER SHOW
A WONDERFUL display of flowering orchids, foliage and ferns will fill the hall. Plants for sale – eftpos available in plant sales. All orchid growing requirements on sale. Potting demonstrations and cultural advice. Light refreshments available. Entry: $4. Under 16 free. Phone Jan Patterson on 07 3269 7537 or 0402 252 264 or go to aspleyorchidsociety.com.
NEW TEAM: Zone councillor Betty presents the new committee for Pine Rivers VIEW club with their badges.
OUR LADY, QUEEN OF APOSTLES SOCIAL CLUB
ARE you looking for friendship and interesting activities? Come along and join us for a cuppa every second Wednesday at the Queen of Apostles School Hall on Appleby Rd, Stafford. We are a small club and welcome new members and visitors to our warm, friendly atmosphere. Our next meeting is on Wednesday, February 6 at 9.30am. We have bus trips, entertainment, trading tables, guest speakers, bingo and hoy. We have been going for 37 years and we are a happy group so come along and see us. On alternate Wednesdays we have indoor bowls. Club membership is $2 a year. Activities in the hall $2. Bus trips cost is advised when booking For further information contact Julia on 0467 680 551 or Carolyn on 3356 8223.
INTERNATIONAL Day of People With Disabilities Australia recently launched a Mainstream Opportunities Program for Brisbane people with a disability. Under the NDIS we are working with those interested to secure jobs and work-placements, join community or sporting groups, and meet career or social goals which align with their personal skills and interests. Sign up or more go to idpwd.org/ pages/ndis-mainstream -opportunities.
THINKING ABOUT RETIREMENT LIVING?
COME along to our free retirement living options talk at Carindale library on Friday, March 1, 1-2.30pm. This community legal
education session will be presented by a lawyer from Caxton Legal Centre, and will cover different legal issues in retirement villages, manufactured home parks and other types of accommodation, with a focus on what you need to know before making the big decision about where to live in retirement. Places are limited – bookings essential. Phone Michelle on 07 3214 6333 to RSVP.
sessions, where a member has one on one learning with a specific coach for an hour, who happens to teach a subject selected by the member. Irrespective of the type or duration of a class they only cost $10. Our classes can commence from a very basic level so don’t be afraid to make a start. For more information phone Lavina on 0411 806 154 or go to wroccs.org.au.
SOCIAL LADIES TENNIS
MITCHELTON AND DISTRICTS GARDEN CLUB
YOUNG at heart tennis players wanted, Tuesdays 9am-noon Mt Gravatt Central. It’s not Wimbledon but a game, a cuppa and a laugh are all included. A recent article from the ABC stated that “Tennis tops the list of sports for increasing life expectancy. Tennis players lived more than nine years longer than people who were sedentary, topping the list of sports. Social connection is the key to longevity benefits.” Phone Margaret on 3398 8143 or Myrna on 3397 8584 for more information.
WYNNUM REGION ORGANISED COMPUTING CLUB FOR SENIORS INC
WE WILL be holding the annual general meeting on Tuesday, February 12 upstairs at the Wynnum RSL at 10.30am. The club is for anyone who would like to know more about their computers, laptops, tablets and phones and is run by volunteers. You can join the club, on the day, for an expected annual membership fee of $10. We offer classes that can be up to four weeks of two hours a week or some of lesser duration. We are continuing with our popular “one on one”
WE MEET at Enoggera Memorial Hall (junction of Wardell and Trundle Sts). When information had to be submitted for publication there was uncertainty about who would be the guest speaker. It will be either Bruce Harkness or Peter McCloskey. The guest speaker’s topic is Bonsai. Meetings commence after morning tea which is served at 9.45am. Visitors and new members are welcome. The hall is close to public transport and accessible by wheelchair. For more information phone Pat, the president, on 07 3356 1256.
BEGONIAS ON SHOW
BEGONIAS – Bold and Beautiful is the title for the 2019 Annual Show by the Queensland Begonia Society to be held in the auditorium at Mt Coot-tha Botanic Gardens on Saturday, February 23. The show is a “one day affair” – Saturday only from 9am to 3.30pm. Admission $4. This is the largest and only show of begonias in Queensland. Species begonias which originated in various parts of the world will be featured along with many
outstanding hybrids created by keen begonia growers from Queensland, other Australian states and also international enthusiasts. Another added feature will be demonstration workshops by experienced growers, at 10am and 11.30am. Sale plants and refreshments will be available. Regular meetings are held in the Uniting Church Hall, 52 Merthyr Rd, New Farm on the third Saturday of the month at 1pm. For further details, contact the show organiser, Shevanti Seneviratne: email firstname.lastname@example.org. Show secretary, Phil Adams: email email@example.com.
SENIOR CITIZENS CLUB
MAKE new friends. Come along any Tuesday between 9am-noon to the Community Centre, 19 Nerida St, Rochedale. Members of a Senior Citizens Club play indoor bowls or are entertained with a concert on alternate Tuesdays. Tuition provided for new players and new members are most welcome. For more information contact Shirley on 07 3209 1682.
VIEW stands for Voice, Interests and Education of Women and was founded by The Smith Family in 1960 as a service to women and the community. Arana WE MEET on March 6 at the Arana Leagues Club, Dawson Pde, Keperra, 10.30am for 11am start. Cost is $30 for the two-course lunch and we will be having our usual lucky door and raffle prizes. CONTINUED ON PAGE 16
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FROM PAGE 14 All proceeds go towards supporting our Learning for Life students and the Smith Family. Visitors and new members are always welcome. Our guest speaker for March is Gillian Nastro who has had an extensive career in nursing. We will be having our first Make, Bake and Grow table in March so bring along all your goodies to sell. We had our annual general meeting in February and all positions were filled so we are ready for an inspiring and active year. Bookings are required by noon Monday, March 4. Contact Carol on 3355 5349. Centenary Evening WE HOLD a dinner meeting at the McLeod Country Golf Club, 61 Gertrude McLeod Cres, Middle Park on the second Monday of the month from February to December. VIEW offers women the opportunity to meet with other women from all walks of life, to share a meal and listen to guest speakers who can educate and entertain, to form friendships and at the same time to support disadvantaged Australian children through The Smith Family Learning for Life program. As well as monthly dinner meetings, Centenary Evening VIEW Club ladies enjoy coffee mornings, visits to the theatre, various social gatherings and fundraising activities. If you would like to attend a meeting or require more information, email centenaryeveview @gmail.com or phone 0413 138 967 before noon Friday before the meeting. Kenmore HAPPY New Year to all the members of Kenmore VIEW Club and also other community organisations in our area. Monthly VIEW luncheons will resume on Monday, February 18 at the Bellbowrie Tavern at 11.15am. Cost $5 and members order their own lunch and drinks. This will also be our annual general meeting. Guests and visitors are always welcome especially if you are new to the area. On this occasion the guest speaker will be Lexie Smiles, on the theme Soul Whispering. Lexie will be speaking on her journey in the world of ballet. Coffee and Chat will be on Saturday, February 23 at 10am at Perfect Blend coffee shop, Kirkdale Rd, Chapel Hill. We are looking forward to another fun-filled and active year as we work in partnership with The Smith Family to provide educational opportunities for disadvantaged children in the community.
FESTIVE FIFTY CLUB: The Forest Lake Fifty Plus Club enjoyed wonderful Christmas celebrations with members. New members are always welcome, meeting on the third Friday of the month at The Lion, Pine Rd, Richlands. style lunch at a venue. Our Kedron meetings are held at the OES Hall, 2 Boland St, off Kitchener Rd. Off-street parking is available. We close our meetings around 11.30am.
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Logan VIEW Club ladies receive their 10-year badges at our birthday lunch. Contact Jean on 0409 268 646. Logan OUR ladies are urging the local community to support disadvantaged children and young people with their education by joining the club which sponsors three schoolchildren. We meet at 11am on the second Wednesday of the month at the Rec Club, Alba Lane (off Jacaranda Ave), Kingston. Cost of $25 includes a two course lunch and a guest speaker. Proceeds from the day go to The Smith Family’s Learning for Life program. Phone Pat on 07 3804 6931 for further details. Newmarket A NEW year and a new committee. The Newmarket VIEW Club, Brisbane, is a small, friendly club seeking community-minded women. VIEW members come from all walks of
life, and we would be delighted if you could join us in our mission to provide better educational opportunities for young Australians. We would welcome you as a visitor to our lunch meetings ($25 for a two-course lunch) and so perhaps become a member of our club. VIEW was founded by the general secretary of The Smith Family, George Forbes, in 1960 to support the charitable work of The Smith Family. VIEW stands for the Voice, Interests and Education of Women. It is one of Australia’s leading women’s volunteer organisations and support networks, and empowers women to have their voices heard in issues of importance for the future wellbeing of Australian society. If you wish to know more about the Newmarket VIEW Club and also join us for lunch,
phone Estelle on 07 3356 7598. Pine Rivers OUR club supports three children with funds raised from raffles and outings. We also donate directly to The Smith Family for their Winter and Book and Toy Appeals. Our next luncheon meeting will be held on Wednesday, February 20 at 10.30am for 11am. It will be held at Murrumba Downs Tavern, Dohles Rocks Rd, Murrumba Downs. The guest speaker for February will be Merv McDonald who will be telling us all about cheese making. We are not just about raising money though and a lot of fun, laughs and friendship are enjoyed by all our ladies at our monthly luncheons, coffee mornings and outings. If you are interested in attending or want to know more, phone Elizabeth on
07 3886 4937 or Sandra 07 3880 9965.
ASSOCIATION OF INDEPENDENT RETIREES
WE ARE the North Side branch of our national group which meets monthly at Kedron. We are either fully or partially self-funded trying to enhance our lifestyle socially or financially with special interest groups in our structure. Our meetings are normally held on the third Friday of the month starting around 9.30am and finishing at noon. Morning tea and bickies are provided for a small charge. We have guest speakers on most months. Also we have a finance discussion group meeting on each second Friday at Chermside for members, we do not give financial advice. Bus trips are a very popular event, providing morning tea at a picnic spot and a super
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said. As they age, most of them look to downsize. Kampung has 104 apartments sized either 35sq m and 45sq m, each with an open kitchen, one bathroom and one bedroom. The design also set out to encourage different generations to interact. “The idea was to have a mix so the community was more vibrant,” Ms Chee said. “It’s not a closed-up project. This is a very public building where everyone can access 24 hours. There is no fence.” The terraces are designed to encourage exercise, social interaction among the residents and spending time with young visitors. “The operators of the care centres have arranged for combined programs so on a weekly basis the young and the old are actually interacting in arts and craft programs or meals together,” Ms Chee added. For some residents, their grandchildren attend the Kampung childcare centre. Australia is there alongside the Singaporeans in design and innovation. Its models may vary because of the needs of this country versus those of Singapore, but when it comes to smart downsizing, Australia is on-trend. Australia’s Retirement Living Council executive director Ben Myers said there were a range of design innovations, including mixed-used developments and multi-generational
connections such as in Kampung, being seen in Australia and which were changing the concept of retirement living away from the horizontal villages in gated communities. Two of the newest vertical retirement living choices are Adelaide’s U City and Brisbane’s Aveo Newstead. The 2018 PwC/Property Council Retirement Census reports only 4 per cent of Australian villages are now vertical, and this number isn’t likely to change soon. Firstly, there are some significant hurdles to overcome. “One of the challenges is certainly the planning schemes that exist around Australia that in some instances, make that really hard,” Mr Myers said. “In West Australia, for example, the planning laws preclude the villages from carrying out anything other than retirement accommodation. “In the minds of many planners, retirement living and aged care are one and the same. But, they’re not.” It’s the community support and facilities that are not being included in planning schemes Mr Myers said. “The other challenge is the investment side and getting the capital,” he added. “Retirement villages can only take intentions to buy into account. “They don’t have that binding deposit to help finance (a project).” A horizontal village can be built in several stages.
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retirement? is sky high three-bedroom independent living apartments. It also has over 50 apartments for low to medium care clients plus an agedcare facility with nearly 100 residential bedrooms. Mr Grady noted this structure “enables residents to transfer seamlessly between those offerings when their care needs are elevated”. On the lower levels there is a hotel unit for overnight rental by family members and 4000sq m for a resident recreational facilities area which includes a large community garden, gym, day spa, library, movie theatre, a-la-carte restaurant, bar, business centre, beauty salon, sky bar and private dining room on the top floor. All of this is wired for the technology of today and into the future, including Google Home. On the bottom level and open to the whole community is a supermarket, coffee shop, pharmacy and medical centre. Mr Grady was finding the age group buying into the building were mostly in their 70s, which was consistent with the PPCRC report finding that the average entry age was 75. “Why they are buying is because of the integration of their care,” he added. Adelaide’s U City South Australia’s Uniting Communities U City has taken a similar approach to Aveo’s Newstead with its development, but with a few key variations. The inter-city layered development is on an existing UC-owned site
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and opens in mid-2019. It is central to many of the amenities its new residents will require and want. The 20-storey building incorporates 41 independent living apartments, 21 specialist disability independent living accommodation, 18 short-stay serviced apartments suitable for people with disabilities, open access indoor and outdoor recreational areas and public access retail including a bar and food outlets with the balance taken up by a 420-seat function and convention centre plus commercial tenancies. Its chief executive officer Simon Schrapel AM believes U City reflects the organisation’s commitment to providing social services and an inclusive and integrated, dynamic community in the city, in a financially viable model. The site, both retail and its short-stay accommodation, will be run 24/7. Its entrance is designed to welcome the public with the doors able to be pushed back to facilitate flow to and from the street frontages. The Baby Boomers’ needs have taken a high priority in the design of the centre. Internet savvy, wanting better health options, ability to mix with other demographics - they are showing a great deal of interest in U City. “It’s indicative of the group that want to continue to explore new horizons and territories, and I think that is what we are offering in many senses is the opportunity to do that rather than feel this is the last stage of
VERTICAL LIVING: Uniting Communities U City development in Adelaide, due to open in mid 2019.
The top floor bar area in the new Aveo Newstead retirement living complex in Brisbane. Photo: Graham Philip your life,” Mr Schrapel said. The vertical living innovations are being driven by the retirees’ desires said Mr Myers. Some, but not all want
cross-generational spaces. Others want high interaction with the wider community. “This comes in so many different forms,” he said. “The industry is getting its
head around that and trying to navigate through the investment and planning hurdles to bring some of these to life.”
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A vertical village has to be in one. “There is a transition away from the traditional financial models, which have helped the industry to grow, to now the operators saying if they are going to go vertical, which is what many people are desiring, particularly in capital cities, then they need the capital to build that all in one stage,” Mr Myers said. “It’s a riskier proposal and requires great confidence that the operator can turn intention to buy into residents.” Brisbane’s Newstead Mr Myers sees the Aveo development, which won the Award for Design Excellence at the 2018 National Retirement Living Awards, as a great example of the new thinking in mixed-use development. The 19-storey, inter-city tower ticks the boxes for retail, community dining, aged care and retirement living. “It’s a new concept in an urban renewal area,” Mr Myers said. “I think that is going to be something we see more of over the next few years.” Aveo Group chief executive officer Geoff Grady talks with great pride about what has been achieved with Newstead which opened last year. “It’s the future of retirement living in this country,” Mr Grady said. The secured upper levels of the layered complex have brought together three distinct accommodation and care products. It has around 150 one, two and
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Retirement villages growing in popularity Baby boomers are the most active generation of retirees ever and they have no plans to slow down. Abounding with energy and a zest for life, Australia’s over-55s are looking for an environment that promotes independence and provides a rewarding lifestyle. And it is only going to become more so. Currently, more than 200,000 retirees live in retirement villages and resorts across Australia. With around 90% occupancy rate nationally, it’s clear that Australia’s over-55s have embraced retirement village living and its many advantages. Demand for retirement housing is set to double by 2025, according to Property Council research. Low- maintenance living and the opportunity for an expanded social life are key factors driving this trend. A 2013 Australian National University study found retirement villages offer unique lifestyle benefits, including: Community: Residents highly value the company of compatible neighbours at the same stage of life.
Where to find the perfect retirement lifestyle Australia’s over-55s have a wealth of lifestyle options available to them. Retirement communities run the gamut from luxury resort-style developments to laid-back residential parks. With so much variety there’s something for everyone but it can be difficult for the average person to wade through the paperwork to find their ideal situation. Sometimes, you just need to talk to a person.
That’s where the Retirement Village Expos can make a real difference. These free events are dedicated to bringing together the general public and the retirement living sector in a no-pressure, informal setting. At the expos, retirees can meet with representatives from leading retirement housing providers, collect information and ask any questions they might have about retirement living.
Freedom: Fewer home maintenance chores leaves more time for leisure activities and socialising. Convenience: Most villages are located close to essential facilities and services and provide reliable transport to nearby metropolitan centres. Independence: For residents who enjoy travel, the ability to simply “lock and leave” their home at any time, safe in the knowledge that it will be taken care of in their absence, is a significant advantage. Security: Retirement villages are perceived by residents as safe and secure environments.
Visitors are encouraged to take their time and engage in detailed conversations with village staff to gain a real insight into the life of a community as well as the rights and obligations of residents. Moving into a retirement village is as much a lifestyle decision as a financial one and both aspects should be carefully considered. Retirement villages offer real benefits to residents. A 2013 survey conducted by McCrindle Research found that 98 per cent of new residents were happy with their decision to move into a retirement village and would do so again, given the choice. The survey also found that more than 90 per cent of residents experienced improved physical and emotional wellbeing following the move.
Retirement villages offer residents many benefits from physical security to eventful days spent in the company of friends but it is important to remember that the decision to move into a village is primarily a lifestyle choice. While communal life can be immensely rewarding, a few well-timed, open ended questions can quickly reveal the essential character of a retirement village. To maximise your chances of finding the perfect place, take your time and do your homework. Visit as many villages as you can to find the residential situation best-suited to your needs and pace of life. Talk to residents and staff to get a sense of a village’s atmosphere and daily life. A happy well-maintained village should be your starting point. Once you have found a few suitable options, you can narrow your choice with more specific enquiries. As with any important decision, research is imperative and the place to start is at the Brisbane Retirement Village Expo at the Broncos Leagues Club, please see details below. Don’t miss this great opportunity, it could change your life.
A strong sense of community, greater physical security and low-maintenance living are among the top attractions of these communities but they are not a standard real estate proposition. They provide special-purpose housing for the 55-and-over demographic and are governed by specific legislation that varies from state to state. It is vital that prospective residents fully understand how retirement villages differ from other property purchases so they can enjoy the best years of their lives relaxed and worry free.
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winding Andean valleys, traditional villages and tropical rainforests, arriving in Guayaquil – your launch point for the Galapagos Islands – 4 days later.
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MACHU PICCHU, PERU
Aboard the Hiram Bingham train depart Cusco in the morning, sink into the armchair of a 1920s-style carriage, take in the stunning Sacred Valley views and arrive at Machu Picchu by lunch time. Explore the awe inspiring ruins of this sprawling Inca citadel, enjoy a fabulous high tea, then return to Cusco in the evening. Experience
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Considered to be one of the most beautiful rail trips in the world, the Kandy-Ella train is the best way to reach Sri Lanka’s tea country. Twice a day, it snakes through impressive mountains, verdant jungle and rolling plantations, arriving in Ella by mid afternoon. Popular among both tourists and locals, this is the way to travel. Info: costs and dates, ph: 02 9327 0666 or classicsafaricompany. com.au.
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Fish Weipa to Cape Trib ‘‘ Nige Webster takes us to the far north for the best fishing you can find.
The coast and river fishing is second to none in these parts.
Nige Webster A PLACE every angler has to visit in their lifetime is the Cape York Peninsula. Preferably sooner rather than later as the road north is gradually being sealed the whole way, which in my opinion takes away some of the charm of the adventure. There is something special about heading up the range from Cairns, getting to Lakeland and then turning off on the big trek up through Laura, Coen and on towards places like Weipa. The town of Weipa is a mining town, but a great place to base yourself to explore the area. From here you can head further north to fish rivers such as the Wenlock and further up the west coast to visit towns such as Bamaga and Seisia. While here you have to visit Cape Tribulation or the most northern tip of Australia. The coast and river fishing is second to none in these parts. There are plenty of fishing charters in this part of the world and if you want to tow a tinny here, there’s plenty of creek and river fishing to be had. This area offers fishing for the likes of barramundi, golden snapper, mangrove jack, queenfish and many, many more. The bluewater
CAPE FISHING: Cape York is 4WD territory. options are second to none with the likes of mackerel, tuna, coral trout and species such as sailfish on offer. There is a great caravan park in Weipa and similar options in places such as Seisia.
This is 4WD territory and the trip needs to be well planned and prepared for. Lures and bait will work so take a mix of outfits from barra size (4 to 10kg) to medium weight (8 to 20kg) and the heavy
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outfits (20 to 40kg). Great lures include 90 to 120mm bibbed hardbody lures that dive from 1 to 3 metres, 3 to 4 inch prawn imitation soft plastics, 3 to 5 inch paddletail soft plastics and 95mm vibe style
plastic lures. The trip to the top of the Cape York Peninsula is one that should be undertaken during the dry season. This means travelling between May and October. The excessive rains
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Bangkok: hot surprises and The other end of the foodie spectrum was Eat Me, a modern fusion restaurant owned by Australian siblings and where I tried street food cocktails like Laab-Moo
Kathleen Clare SA WAH Dee Ka! The Banyan Tree welcome letter was itself a delight, listing the many free things offered with our five-star hotel package – breakfast buffet, daily club lounge, laundry and cocktails. Hard as it was to leave the hotel, Bangkok proved a delightful place to visit. Quintessentially smoggy, concrete and high density, it’s surprisingly clean, with smiling people and a deep sense of history that you don’t really feel in Australia. With Google map downloaded and Luxe Guide aboard, my sister Mary Bridget and I went out for a two-hour Thai massage at Health Land, a 15-minute walk from the breakfast buffet. Side by side in a room, we were gently squidged and stretched into our holiday. Total price, $52. Limping the streets afterwards, we visited an art gallery in a gorgeous heritage home and marvelled at the quirky curves of the laneways
BANGKOK SURPRISE: Traveller Kathleen Clare shares a great way see this delightful city. and post-modern mess of overhead wires creating a canopy in every street. Later at the hotel’s famous Moon Bar we joined an Aussie friend and her journalist mate from Brisbane who has lived in Bangkok for 30
years. Moon Bar cocktail, $20. I love both Thai food and a bargain, so my favourite meal of the trip was at the MBK shopping centre – mushroom soup, fried spun egg and rice. Cost, $2.50. The other
end of the foodie spectrum was Eat Me, a modern fusion restaurant owned by Australian siblings and where I tried street food cocktails like Laab-Moo, garnished with a slice of crispy bacon. Cost, $17.
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The prize for best dinner experience, however, went to Flying Chicken. Our Brisbane-Bangkok friend, Mr Andrew Biggs, as the Thai people call him, took us there and we were greeted like celebrities.
We were seated at a choice table right next to a catwalk which cut curiously through the restaurant. The smiling staff brought us fans. Andrew ordered barbecued chicken, deep fried whole fish, som tam (green papaya salad – the Thai national dish), kai jeow (omelette) and kra pao (minced pork and basil). Then suddenly, commotion. A man on the catwalk is ringing a bell and holding a roast chicken aloft. Another enters on a unicycle, wearing a helmet bearing a unicorn-style spike. Unicycle man wheels off stage as the chicken is placed on a catapult device. Excitement builds and the bell rings again. The unicycle speeds towards the stage and the
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Beijing’s imperial cuisine is characterised by its elaborate detail
HONG KONG: One of the great cities on the planet showing a ancient history and a vibrant, exciting, non-stop culture show.
Ancient and modern COLOURFUL festivals, big sporting events and new cultural hubs are just some of the reasons to visit Hong Kong this year. Then there is the fabulous shopping and eating. Here are some top insider visitor tips:
immersive attractions and exclusive Disney experiences.
The Xiqu Centre in West Kowloon is a platform for the conservation, promotion and development of Cantonese opera.
The Xiqu Centre in West Kowloon is a platform for the conservation, promotion and development of Cantonese opera and other genres of Xiqu (Chinese traditional theatre) in Hong Kong and beyond. There are performances to enjoy inside the striking building which blends traditional and contemporary elements. Down at Tsim Sha Tsui the Avenue of Stars has a new collection of celebrity handprints and statues on display. Visitors will be able to step back in time and relive the successes of past Hong Kong movies, set with the backdrop of the stunning Victoria Harbour.
A traditional performance at the Xiqu Centre. The Mills project has seen the former textile mills turned into a destination for innovation, business, experiential retail, arts, culture and learning. The former mills have been transformed into a single complex incorporating The Mills Fabrica, The Mills Shopfloor and the Centre for Heritage, Arts and
Textile. The Peninsula Hong Kong is the first luxury hotel in Hong Kong to offer a trinity of deluxe transportation options – the existing fleet of Rolls-Royce Phantoms, a customised helicopter and now a yacht. The Sunseeker Manhattan 60 is a 19-metre cruiser that can
carry up to 15 guests each evening on a two-hour evening cruise featuring the Symphony of Lights on the mesmerising Victoria Harbour during the Harbour Sunset Cruise. Join the grandchildren, or go alone, and step into popular Disney stories at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. It has new
Japan’s ramen noodle champion Hayashi Takao and a leading specialist in Japan’s national culinary artform, Matsumura Takahiro, have launched Ramen Cubism at a chic basement venue in Wellington St, Central. Daarukhana, a contemporary concept delivering a new take on Indian food, has opened in Wan Chai. It features lofty interiors while the kitchen shrugs off convention by using ingredients rarely seen in Indian cooking. Guests can indulge in pairings including chilli honey glazed French langoustine with South Indian beans as well as other culinary innovations. Former three Michelin Stars chef Bruno Ménard has joined the Junon, a establishment that combines live musical performances with fine-dining cuisine. Bruno crafts seasonal menus supported by premium quality, fresh
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The exterior of the Mojo Nomad Central, a new concept in hotel-motel accommodation. Photo: Kevin Mak, Kingymak
HONG KONG: Avenue of Stars, Bruce Lee statue.
Chef Bruno Menard's kitchen, lightly Tasmanian trout, chlorophyll jelly, wasabi.
The exterior of the new traditional performance space, Xiqu Centre.
Hong Kong ingredients sourced from Hong Kong and around the world. Mokutan, a Japanese Izakaya, is open in Tsim Sha Tsui at Empire Prestige. It has a repertoire of high-quality, seasonal specialties, highlighting three affordable Omakase menus. Peking Garden in Star House, Tsim Sha Tsui, is celebrating its 40th anniversary. It offers dishes inspired by Beijing’s imperial cuisine, characterised by its elaborate detail and craftsmanship. Occupying a multi-storey complex in Kowloon City, Sanwa Jo has five master chefs at the helm, the curators of Japanese gastronomic classics sushi, teppanyaki, robatayaki and washoku. Celebrity Japanese pâtissier-chocolatier Hironobu Tsujiguchi has opened four Super Sweets Galleries in Tsim Sha Tsui, Central, Causeway Bay and Shatin. The celebrated Iron Chef confectioner introduces a range of his
signature cakes, roll-cakes, desserts, pastries, truffles and chocolates with a French twist.
Fans of holistic tea purveyor Basao tea can now enjoy a cuppa of its exceptional single-origin clean-grown brews at the brand’s first dedicated teabar located on Moon St, Wanchai. Taiwanese drink maestro Angus Zou has partnered up with Tasting Group’s Antonio Lai to unveil the city’s first cocktails on tap bar concept, Draft Land.
Mojo Nomad Central, a ground-breaking concept that turns the traditional hotel model completely on its head, is now open on Queen’s Road Central. It features exceptional food and beverage offerings and 24-hour facilities including a contemporary fitness centre, laundry area and an expertly appointed co-working space.
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Catholic Healthcare expands home and community service BRAND INSIGHTS FOR more than 18 years, Catholic Healthcare has been providing tailored home care services to the community of New South Wales, and now these services have expanded to Queensland. Catholic Healthcare has more than 24 years’ experience in providing quality aged care and support to older people in Australia. The Home and Community team provide tailored, specific solutions to individuals who want to maintain their independence and health at home. More than 3800 satisfied clients have been able to maintain their lives at home with the help of Catholic Healthcare. The services focus on a More of You approach, so that personal circumstances are considered when tailoring the care. The services can be expansive or minimal
as needed, for example, day to day living including housekeeping and meal preparation to clinical services and in-home respite. Catholic Healthcare also focuses on helping older people maintain their physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing by keeping active and connected through health and wellness programs, such as Feelfit. This eight-week, evidence-based, top-to-toe program is aimed at building muscular strength, balance, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness as well as health knowledge. The program was created on the principle that small amounts of activity performed consistently can make a positive difference to people’s quality of life by building confidence, preventing falls and improving energy levels. Participants are guided by Catholic Healthcare’s clinically trained team who
CARE AND SUPPORT: Some things can get a little harder to manage later in life but, with the right services and support, you can remain living independently at home for longer. help them incorporate the exercises into everyday activities. Feedback has been very positive with participants reporting improved mobility and reduced pain. Other exciting care offerings include a first-of-its-kind computer tablet to clients as part of a standard Home Care
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the motto is ‘Engage, Empower and Safeguard’,
AGED CARE: the commission flags a new beginning for aged-care quality and safety.
A fresh start for aged care Seniors news IT’S here –the one-stop Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission has opens its doors. A website, agedcarequality.gov.au, and a single phone number for aged-care concerns and queries 1800 951 822 are now active. Senior Australians and Aged Care Minister Ken Wyatt AM said the new commission was a landmark aged care reform and targetted sub-standard care and ensured the safety and security of senior
Australians. “With the motto ‘Engage, Empower and Safeguard’, the commission flags a new beginning for aged-care quality and safety,” Mr Wyatt said. “A single commissioner overseeing compliance monitoring, complaints and customer service means no more silos. “For the first time, senior Australians and their loved ones have one place to go when they need help, want to raise a concern, or access information about an aged-care service. “In another first, the commission includes a new chief clinical adviser
to oversee quality care delivery across the nation. “The commission will also be empowered by the new aged-care charter of rights and will implement the new, stronger set of Aged Care Quality Standards, the first upgrade of standards in 20 years.” The commission has a budget of about $300 million over four years, with about $48 million to be used to continue increasing compliance checks and risk management, including the employment of dozens of new compliance officers and developing options for a Serious Incident Response
Scheme. The inaugural Aged Care Quality and Safety Commissioner Janet Anderson said she was delighted to open the new commission for business and was ready for strong engagement with senior Australians, their families and aged-care providers. “Our key focus will be on safeguarding the more than 1.3 million senior Australians who receive some form of aged-care service,” Ms Anderson said. “The commission’s vision is to support a world-class aged-care service driven by empowered consumers who enjoy the best
possible quality of life. “In recent weeks I have met with staff transitioning to the new commission from the former Australian Aged Care Quality Agency and the former Aged Care Complaints Commissioner, and I know they are totally committed to quality care. “Our new website has also been carefully designed and tested to ensure it is user-friendly, with easily searchable information for consumers and providers.” Website includes details on: ■ Aged care consumer rights.
■ Access to free advocacy services to support senior Australians. ■ Consumer Experience Reports about individual aged-care services. ■ Access to audit reports on aged-care homes. ■ How to register complaints, including tips on documenting concerns. ■ New resources to help providers meet the standards.
Contact:The Aged Care Quality and Safety Commission: 1800 951 822 or by visiting agedcarequality.gov.au.
Isn’t about time you took a Life Check?
CHECK IT OUT: The Life Checks website helps Australians live longer. Photo: shapecharge
DO YOU want to live a longer life? Then it’s time to take a Life Check. That’s the advice of the Federal Government after it launched the Life Checks website in its ongoing campaign to help Australian live a longer and healthier life. Minister for Seniors Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt said taking a Life Check “is one of the best New Year’s resolutions you can make in 2019”. “Taking a Life Check means having more
choices for a longer life,” Mr Wyatt said. “Average Australian life expectancy is now 82.5 years and it is projected by 2050 there will be more than 40,000 centenarians. “We’re already living 25 years longer than we did a century ago and we owe it to ourselves, our families and the nation to live the best we can.” The minister said the Life Checks website was “designed to help your health, wealth, work and social wellbeing” –
including your finances. “An important aspect of Life checks is assessing people’s financial preparedness for the future,” he said. “Four in 10 Australians over the age of 55 do not have a financial plan for the next five years, with even fewer people having a plan that extends beyond that. “Options for employment are also included. “With so many types of work available and flexible working arrangements,
retirement is no longer the only choice.” The Life Checks website is private, stores no personal information and can prepare you for the next stage of life. “Just taking the quiz is a positive step, offering encouragement and accessible resources to improve things you may want to change to realise your dreams and help futureproof your life,” Minister Wyatt said. To take a Life Check, go to lifechecks.gov.au.
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EYECARE : SPECIAL HEALTH SERIES
SLOWING AMD: Some of the latest AMD treatments may achieve an improvement in a person’s vision or slow down its progression.
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Do you think you have macular degeneration? DISTORTED central vision in one or both eyes can be a sign of the early stages of Age Related Macular Degeneration or AMD. Reading and writing becomes difficult and the faces around you seem to be blurry, while your side vision can still be clear. It’s the retina in your eye that is being affected. It’s the light sensitive layer at the back of the eye, like the film in an old-fashioned camera, which is degenerating. People with the highest risk of acquiring AMD are aged 60 and over, have a family history of AMD or are smokers. Other risk factors are hypertension, cardiovascular disease, poor diet, lack of exercise and obesity. It is unlikely AMD can completely be reversed, but some of the latest treatments may achieve an improvement in a person’s vision or slow down its progression. Reduce the risk Adjusting the variable risk factors is the first place to start says Optometry Australia’s chief clinical officer Luke Arundel. “We can’t stop ageing, but smoking is by far the
easiest one to modify,” Mr Arundel said. “Try a diet rich in green leafy vegetables, fish and lots of antioxidants. If your dietary intake is inadequate, consider taking nutritional supplements after discussing with your GP. “We are all living longer so it’s super important to retain good vision for as long as possible.” Getting regular eye checks by your optometrist is critical to detecting the onset of AMD and then effectively managing its progression. Mr Arundel recommends making this a yearly promise to yourself to get checked. Some of the optometry AMD diagnosis techniques are retinal examination, optical coherence tomography (a machine that can image layers in the retina not visible to the human eye), visual field testing and photographing the retina. New treatments There isn’t a cure for AMD, but there is a new AMD management choice. It’s an injection into the back of the eye to stop new blood vessel growth. As AMD progresses
new blood vessels can start to grow under the retina, and they can leak fluid or blood, causing other problems. “These new drugs slow down the blood vessels growing,” Mr Arundel said. In some cases, a person’s vision may improve after this treatment. Other management choices for the abnormal blood vessels are lasering of the blood vessels to seal them and destroy any that are leaking, and photodynamic therapy which involves injection of a light-sensitive drug ahead of laser treatment. “These drugs have been an absolute godsend for some of the more advanced cases of AMD which have been able to be treated,” he said. “Researchers have also been doing some interesting new work with laser treatment and drops instead of injections. There are many clinical trials under way looking at slowing, preventing and reversing the effects of AMD.” Proactive monitoring AMD patients can use an Amsler Grid at home to self-test the state of their condition. An optometrist
can provide the grid and show you how to use it. “If we see someone with early AMD, we will say you have early signs and these are the things you need to be thinking about – UV protection, ceasing smoking, diet and
nutritional supplements,” Mr Arundel said. “Check at home once a week. “While wearing your reading glasses and looking at the grid, cover up one eye and then do the same with the other eye. If you are seeing wavy
or distorted lines, go back to your optometrist straight away. “The earlier we get onto any of these changes with treatment, the better the prognosis.” For more, go to mdfoundation.com.au.
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Peer support changing bowel cancer experience Tracey Johnstone IN ONE life he is an expert risk manager and in another Victorian Bobby McKeown is a reluctant expert on the impact of bowel cancer. He’s been through the journey twice. As a result, Bobby, 64, has come out with what he describes as “peculiar” allergies, particularly when it comes to food. Onions is one example. It’s amazing how many foods contain onion or onion flavouring. It’s his willingness to be open about his treatments and their outcomes, like his food allergies, that has led Bobby to become a vocal supporter of the work of Bowel Cancer Australia, and to volunteering with
its Peer-to-Peer Support Network. The informal network connects patients with similar treatment pathways so they can support each other and family members through the physical and mental trauma of this cancer, and help to raise awareness of bowel cancer and funds to assist BCA’s work. “They (BCA) put me with a mentor, someone who was further along the line than me. I was talking with that guy on quite a regular basis and it was really good,” Bobby said. “You can talk to all the nurses and doctors that you like. But until you talk to somebody whose actually been there and done that, it’s still very theoretical. “You don’t know if what is happening to you is normal. So, just to get that confirmation and to get advice on how they overcame a certain
situation, I found it very good.” Bobby has taken that experience into the conversations he now has with other bowel cancer patients. He’s currently supporting a fellow, called John, who he meets in Sydney once a month when he is there on business. “The problems he has and the similarity to the problems I had mean that we get on like a house on fire,” Bobby said. “We both like it because we can both talk quite openly.” While Bobby has been clear for three years, John’s cancer has come back for a third time. Bobby is determined to remain by John’s side. Sometimes Bobby finds his peer contacts very reluctant to talk. But once he explains that he has “been there, experienced that” the conversation often opens up to become valuable to
PEER SUPPORT: Bowel cancer patient and Peer-to-Peer Support Network volunteer, Bobby McKeown. the patient. Keeping well while remaining very busy with his work and volunteering is a challenge for Bobby. He visits a psychiatrist regularly to help him deal with what he calls his “guilt trips”. “There are two sides to this,” Bobby said. “Sometimes it’s ‘why me’ and then sometimes it’s ‘poor
me’.” He also survives on tablets, some 20 of them each day. His food allergies have forced him onto a White Diet – all white food – because he can’t handle fibre. And now he’s a diabetic. Through all this Bobby is upbeat and remains enthusiastic about supporting the “great
work” being done by the team at BCA. He wants other bowel cancer patients to put up their hands to volunteer for the support network. Like Bobby, that person will probably find the support will end up going both ways. Info: bowelcancer australia.org.au
It’s time to tackle test
IT’S THE second most common cause of cancer-related death in Australia, but with early detection bowel cancer can be managed successfully. If more Australians understood better the benefits of bowel cancer screening, more lives could be saved. It’s free and simple to do. During this year Australians aged 50, 52, 54, 56, 58, 60, 62, 64, 66, 68, 70, 72 and 74 will be invited to screen using the home test kit. The test kit contains a full instruction booklet, a zip-lock bag, two flushable
collection sheets, two sampling sticks and sterile collection tubes, two identification stickers for the collection tubes, two transportation tubes, and a prepaid envelope and checklist with which to return your samples. During the year 2015-26, 3.2 million Australians were invited to use this free screening kit. Only 41 per cent chose to participate. “Participation in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program has remained fairly stagnant since 2006, with just four in 10 Australians invited to screen taking up the
potentially life-saving opportunity,” Bowel Cancer Australia CEO Julien Wiggins said. “We will be closely monitoring participation rates to see if this funding will have its desired impact.” Already there are 17,000 Australians diagnosed with this cancer each year. But, if the screening participation rates increase to 60 per cent, more than 83,000 lives can be saved by 2040. From the age of 50, the risk of bowel cancer increases. One in 11 men and one in 15 women
develop bowel cancer before the age of 85. Symptoms can often be silent, so screening is absolutely critical for early detection. Testing can find the early warning signs even before bowel cancer develops. Research shows that 90 per cent of bowel cancers can be successfully treated through early detection. The new national Bowel Cancer Screening awareness campaign is being boosted by $10 million from the Federal Government. It will target increasing awareness about the benefits of early
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Staying independent with help from friends BRAND INSIGHTS COLLEEN Maynard has several reasons why she shouldn’t be living independently. Fortunately, she also has a very simple reason why she is. “There is no way I could continue to live on my own without Feros Care,” the 79-year-old says of the not-for-profit organisation that provides her with crucial in-home support courtesy of a government-funded Home Care Package. “I had my hips and both my knees replaced about 12 years ago and the doctor said I needed some help. Back then I would just get a cleaner once a fortnight but these days they help with so many things. “A cleaner drops by once a week, the gardener visits every fortnight and then there are the big jobs they tackle once or twice a
year like cleaning the carpets and windows and blasting the footpath. “Someone even comes to give me a pedicure every six weeks. I’m properly spoiled.” Colleen is like so many Australian seniors in that she loves where she lives and is in no rush to move into assisted living or a nursing home. That said, she is realistic enough to know she needs a little help and with that help comes peace of mind. “Feros has even set me up with a personal alarm and you don’t know how grateful I am for that,” says Colleen. “I’ve had two very bad falls and having that alarm around my neck was so important. It just let Feros know I was in trouble and they sent someone straight away. “Then there’s the care they’ve given me after stints in hospital – oh, it’s absolutely wonderful. “I just let them know
I’m going in and they know exactly what I’ll need when I come out. “Every day someone came to shower me, do a bit of house work and water the garden before heading off. Then they would pop back in the afternoon to turn my bed down and clean any dishes I’d used during the day. “They even organised for a physiotherapist to visit when I needed it.” Colleen knows the day will come when she has to reconsider her living arrangements. For now though, that day is a long way away thanks to a handful of special people she looks forward to hearing knock on her door. Senior Australians can apply for a government-funded Home Care Package worth up to $49,500 a year. Phone 1300 763 583 or go to feroscare.com.au /feelright.
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Physical love is healthy
It’s time to start talking to your GP about your sexual health Tracey Johnstone SEXUAL health researcher Dr Sue Malta is getting closer to creating a viable nexus between GPs and seniors who to date are rarely found talking about sex issues for seniors. “It’s been a huge conundrum about how to get these conversations to occur,” Dr Malta said. “Many GPs think older people aren’t interested and older people are generally too shy or embarrassed to bring these matters up.” Staying sexually active is known to be good for a person’s physical and mental wellbeing, and for relationships. And age isn’t a reason not to stay active. “We all have skin deprivation, like skin craving,” Dr Malta said. “You need to be held and cuddled. “People lose touch if they are not in a relationship.” An important barrier to
driving forward the conversation on sexual health has been the dismissive or condescending responses to those seniors who have tried to take up the subject with their GP. Part of the problem is that sex as we age becomes less about intercourse and more about other sexual activities which can be just as intimate and fulfilling. One of Dr Malta’s research group female members, aged in her 60s, commented, ‘In the GP world there seems to be a view that nothing happens between my neck and my knees. ‘We’re still active sexual beings; it’s just a normal part of who we are’. The University of Melbourne’s Sexual Health and Ageing Perspectives and Education (SHAPE) project run by Dr Malta is investigating how to ensure these GP discussions occur.
GOOD HEALTH: The SHAPE project is one step closer to developing a resource for GPs and patients which they can use to start the conversation about sexual health. “We know that time pressures mean that GPs tend to focus on chronic health conditions, like diabetes, high blood pressure and so on and anything to do with sex
becomes the last thing they will bring up – that is, if they even consider it at all,” she said. But for many people, no matter their age, sexual health and wellbeing
problems can have a major impact on how they deal with their chronic health issues. Helpful information can also be found at andrologyaustralia.org, at
jeanhailes.org.au/ health-a-z/sex-sexual -health and the online SHAPE blog at shapeprojectblog .wordpress.com.
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ROAD SAFETY: As we age, our body shape changes and so too should our car seat belt settings.
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AS OUR body shape changes we should regularly review the fit of our car seat belt. to Neuroscience Research Australia (NeuRA) in partnership with Transurban has developed information on the correct usage of seat belts for seniors. Here are some of their tips:
■ Ensure your belt is very low touching your thighs so that is positioned over the hip bones as opposed to higher up on your belly where critical organs are. ■ Position the belt low, in contact with thighs and below any belly fat. ■ Make sure the shoulder belt sits across the collarbone midway between the neck and the
shoulder. ■ The belt should also run diagonally across your chest. ■ It is also critical to make sure that the belt is snug. ■ When you put on your seat belt, first be sure to push the lap belt down as low as possible, so it touches your thighs. Then check to make sure the
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Make an informed decision AS YOU or your loved ones get older, living a safe and comfortable life at home can seem increasingly difficult. But it doesn’t have to be. People’s concerns about aged care often revolve around balancing independence with safety and health, and providers have addressed these issues with their service offerings. With the focus on keeping people at home for as long as possible, an array of services are available to help you or your loved one stay there. How do I know if I should stay at home or consider residential care? Residential aged care is a fantastic option when you or your loved one needs a greater level of assistance than what can be provided at home. Until that time comes, many people prefer to stay in their own house. Ultimately, it’s a personal decision you and your family need to make, possibly with the help of your doctor and other health professionals. Where do I start? There is a process to follow that starts you on
the pathway to in-home care or residential aged care. A visit to the My Aged Care website will show you that this starts with an assessment. Home support assessments are provided by a representative from a Regional Assessment Service. They will arrange a time to visit you to talk about your current situation and needs. The assessor can approve you for services under the Commonwealth Home Support Program, to help you remain at home and participate in your community. If the assessor feels you need a higher level of care, they may refer you for a comprehensive assessment with someone from an Aged Care Assessment Team. An ACAT assessment is also necessary for accessing home care packages. What services are available at home? The RAS assessor will help you arrange a plan of care based on your strengths, difficulties, goals and service preferences. This plan
Ultimately, it’s a personal decision you and your family need to make
can include the services that will best help you or your loved one and whether the services will be ongoing or short-term. The assessor can make a referral to a service provider for you, including to your provider of choice. Some of the services offered by home care providers are: ■ Personal care – carers can help you or your loved one with personal tasks such as showering, dressing, grooming and toileting. ■ Household tasks – if looking after your home is getting harder, they can STAYING HOME: With the focus on keeping people at home for as long as possible, an take care of things like array of services are available to help you or your loved one stay there. washing, ironing, gardening, cleaning and vacuuming – or whatever either come along or do special dietary needs. chat over a cup of tea. you need done around the shopping for you, ■ Aids and equipment – Social connection has your home. including carrying and perhaps you or your loved been shown to have many ■ Nursing – maybe you unpacking the groceries one could benefit from positive health benefits. are recovering from an back at home. supportive aids. ■ Transport – when you or operation, or need help ■ Meal preparation – for Things like mobility your loved one has an with looking after a many older people, aids, arthritis-friendly appointment or event, wound, monitoring blood preparing nutritious meals cutlery and grab rails in transport can be arranged pressure or managing becomes harder. the bathroom and toilet to get you from A to B. diabetes. This can lead to a can make life at home These simple things The help of a caring negative spiral of poor safer and easier. can all add up to nurse around the house nutrition and worsening This can be organised maintaining a comfortable can make a huge health. through a life at home. difference. Many home care government-funded For further information, ■ Shopping – is getting to providers can help plan package. phone Benetas on the shops becoming and prepare healthy ■ Social support – this 1300 236 382. difficult for you or your home-cooked meals for may be an organised loved one? The carer can you, including catering for group activity, or simply a
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CAUTION: Ensure your medications are stored away from small hands.
ARE your grandchildren coming to visit? Then it’s time to check the medicine cabinet is secured from small hands. According to a Galaxy survey, about half of all Australian households are likely to have insecurely stored medicine that can prove dangerous to children. “It’s important to always keep medicine in a safe place,” NPS MedicineWise Medical Adviser and GP Dr Jill Thistlethwaite said. “Children are naturally curious and can easily swallow medicine left within their reach. “Medicine not meant for them, possibly taken in multiple doses, can have frightening effects on their little bodies.” The NPS Medicine Wise
Pay attention to where you put your handbag if you’re carrying medicines.” survey found children accessed non-prescribed medicines in the bedroom (18 per cent), in the kitchen or lounge room (18 per cent) or the fridge (14 per cent). Dr Thistlethwaite warned grandparents to treat medicines like the old saying: “out of sight, out of mind”.
“This can be a safe place in the home at least 1.5 metres from the ground out of sight and reach of children,” she said. “When travelling or out and about, always pay attention to where you put your handbag or backpack if you’re carrying medicines.” However, if the worst should happen, Dr Thistlethwaite said to immediately seek help. “It’s important to act quickly by contacting a healthcare professional or the Poisons Information Centre on 131 126,” she said. Info: nps.org.au/medical-info /consumer-info/how-togive-medicines-tochildren.
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Downsize well with expert advice BRAND INSIGHTS ARE you starting to take the next steps towards retirement and contemplating a move to smaller accommodation, a retirement village or somewhere else? As more and more Baby Boomers start to organise their “what’s next” a trio of Queensland property industry professionals has launched an informative seminar program designed to provide great insights into how to go about downsizing, selling and styling your home. Real Estate Institute Queensland media manager Felicity Moore will draw on her vast knowledge of Queensland’s property
sector to offer tips on how to choose a real estate agent, how to negotiate the sale of a property and how to maximise your sale price. Jodie Hansen, Queensland state manager of style powerhouse Coco Republic, will be presenting on how to declutter and style your home to sell. Ms Hansen brings a wide breadth of industry and styling experience having worked for 20 years on styling display homes and properties. Halcyon joint managing director Dr Bevan Geissmann, who has been at the forefront of lifestyle community design and management for more than 17 years, will present the different downsizing residential
RELAX: Enjoy a community lifestyle living in your Halcyon villa. options available and how to discover what is best for you. Dr Geissmann said the seminars would offer information on making the home selling process as pain-free as possible. “Selling your home can be a daunting process and these seminars will certainly help guests create a check-list of what needs to be done,” Dr Geissmann said. “There are so many aspects to take into
Australian Government to help seniors live at home for longer THE Australian Government is helping seniors stay in their home for longer after announcing a $15 million boost to support independent living. Minister for Senior Australians and Aged Care Ken Wyatt said the commitment would offer “greater certainty, more options and more independence for senior Australians”. It will also help Commonwealth Home Support Programs deliver better services to their customers. “This $15 million is a significant increase to help meet the growing demand for home-based services,” Minister Wyatt said. “This means many more people will be able to live safely at home, secure in the knowledge they can remain in the communities they know and love for as long as possible. “We know senior Australians want as many choices as possible to keep them at home in a secure environment that supports healthy living, especially if they are
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SMSF predictions Bruce Brammall WITHOUT what seems an unlikely bounce in asset prices, there’s probably not a lot of joy for DIY super trustees looking into their crystal balls for 2019. And let’s face it, few are predicting a rebound in any growth assets this year, with property prices likely to continue to slide and shares showing no promise. So, what’s in store for 2019 for SMSFs? Banking Royal Commission ■ RESULTS from the commission are due this month. There are likely to be significant structural changes to parts of the industry that will impact on everyone’s super and, in some cases, specifically for SMSFs. Those areas are superannuation, insurance and lending products.
While this is most likely going to impact the major institutions and their intermediaries (financial advisers and mortgage brokers) the most, there will be inevitable flow-on for all. While Hayne’s interim report was out in November, it will be political reaction to the final report that will most likely. But it will be the reaction and promises from the political parties to the final report that will be where the real impacts come for consumers, including SMSFs. Federal election ■ LABOR HAS several policies specifically designed to hurt both SMSFs and those who traditionally use SMSFs (wealthier Australians). There’s the banning of franking credit refunds and a possible increase in capital gains tax (CGT) for super funds. But Labor has recently reiterated their intentions to reduce the threshold at
which Australians must pay an extra 15 per cent tax on super contributions,to $200,000. It also opposes the five-year catch-up provisions. These allow members to put extra into super if they didn’t fully use their $25,000 concessional contributions limits in previous years. And it proposes to reduce the non-concessional contribution limit further, from $100,000 to $75,000. The reduction in the CGT discount from 50 per cent to 25 per cent will hit traditional SMSF trustees in their personal names, but Labor is not intending to adjust the current 1/3 reduction for SMSFs themselves. Similarly, the removal of negative gearing provisions (except for new property) is also likely to hit SMSF trustees in their personal names hardest. This is also likely
to impact SMSFs, but less so. LRBA loans ■ WITH THE departure of the major lenders from the LRBA market through 2018, interest rates from the remaining providers have been trending slightly upwards. Contrary to some commentary, however, LRBAs are not dead. The second and third-tier lenders that remain are likely to now be able to get some scale from a less fragmented market. This might actually have a medium-term positive impact on competition in the market. However, there remains a possibility that LRBAs could be banned. Three-year audits for SMSFs off the table? ■ IN LAST year’s budget, the Government announced that it would allow SMSFs with a good audit history to move to having audits every three years, instead of every year.
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It is now widely speculated that the government doesn’t have time to get this legislation through the parliament, considering the very limited number of sitting days before the election. Asset returns looking shaky ■ Figures out in recent days confirm returns for most super funds with diversified investments were likely to be sitting very close to 0 per cent for the 2018 calendar year. What’s on the radar for 2019? Few are predicting
any return to strong gains in the growth markets of shares and property, domestically or internationally. Certainly, direct residential property looks almost certain to record further falls in Sydney and Melbourne. But often, market corrections are simply buying opportunities for the patient. ■ Bruce Bammel is a columnist for InvestSMART. www.investsmart.com.au To read the full report, go to seniorsnews.com.au.
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The news is all good Paul Clitheroe JANUARY 1 saw a raft of new reforms introduced that can help consumers avoid unmanageable credit card debt. If you apply for a new card, the credit limit will be based on what you can afford to repay over three years assuming the maximum card rate, which is usually the cash advance rate. For the record, that can be more than 20%. This could mean your credit limit is less than expected. That’s not always a bad thing. We
have a tendency to overestimate our ability to repay debt and underestimate how much we’ll rack up on the plastic. Putting the brakes on how much debt you can get into if the card is maxed out is a positive step. Balance transfer deals could also be less generous. Instead of being able to transfer all your card debt to a 0% transfer card, chances are you’ll only be able to shift over a smaller chunk of the balance. This comes back to the new rules
SAVING MONEY: New credit card rules are in and the news is all good. about maximum credit limits. The downside here is you may end up with two cards – one for the balance transfer deal, as well as your old card, still laden with debt. The risk is it’s easy to reload both cards with more purchases and potentially end up owing more than you started with. Unless you knuckle down to pay off both cards, it can be worth using a personal loan to
clear the slate. It could end up saving you money in overall interest charges. Card reforms also involve changes to the way interest is calculated. If you don’t pay off the card in full each month, you’ll only be charged interest on purchases from the date they were made, rather than from the payment date of the last statement. This change isn’t restricted to one or two card issuers, it
Prepare wills to avoid litigation WHEN you leave behind a will, you do so with the heartfelt intention to look after you loved ones. But unfortunately, family members don’t always agree with the wishes in a will. Relatives might want more than what ‘they got’ from an estate, or be spurned into litigation by finding out they were left out of a will all together. A poorly prepared will, without a fair consideration of how assets should be distributed to close relatives, can mean a will is contested through a family provision claim. These claims can be made for some or, or a larger share of, a deceased’s estate, and are lodged to the Supreme Court. Only some people are legally eligible to apply – usually a spouse, child or grandchild or a person with whom the deceased was living in a close personal relationship with. This does not include carers. The court considers whether the deceased maintained the eligible person. If eligibility can be established, further
Family members don’t always agree with the wishes in a will. information is considered in a two-stage process. First, the court considers if there is adequate provision from the estate for the applicant’s maintenance, education and advancement in life. Second, the court considers what, if any, provision should be made out of the estate in favour of the applicant. The court considers anything relevant – with no exhaustive list of issues to examine. This might be the applicant’s financial circumstances, the relationship between the applicant and deceased, the responsibilities to the applicant, contributions by the applicant to the estate and the applicant’s character. Estate litigation is costly for all parties and legal costs can come out
applies across the board, and could see plenty of cardholders paying less interest. The latest reforms are a step in the right direction but the single best way to keep down interest costs is by paying off the balance in full each month. If you carry an ongoing card debt, look around to see if you could get a better deal. Getting on top of any debt is harder when you’re paying above the odds
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of the estate. Worse, those involved are usually still grieving for a loved one. The best way not to prevent a contest to a will is by preparing the document with legal hindsight into potential legal challenges.
Lucy McPherson is a senior associate at Attwood Marshall Lawyers, located at Robina, Coolangatta and Kingscliff, NSW. Phone 1800 621 071 for a complimentary estate planning review.
and plenty of smaller banks and credit unions like Northern Inland Credit Union (8.99%) and G&C Mutual Bank (9.49%) are offering low rate cards that can cut your interest costs, freeing up cash for extra repayments. Paul Clitheroe is chairman of InvestSMART, chairman of the Australian Government Financial Literacy Board and chief commentator for Money Magazine.
Use these tips to save up to $5000 Paul Clitheroe
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LOW household savings are a real source of financial stress, yet it’s possible to grow a pool of cash without having to sell a body part or scrimp on lifestyle. Let’s take a look at five ways to save more than $5000 in 2019. 1. Pay less than 4% on your home loan The average home loan is worth $386,000 – a big chunk of money, so there’s plenty of scope to save. Not so long ago, if your mortgage interest rate doesn’t start with a ‘4’ you were paying too much. But shop around and you’ll find smaller lenders like Move Bank (3.59%) and Reduce Home Loans (3.44%) are charging even less. The thing is, home owners are still paying an average rate of 4.65%. Yes, refinancing can come with costs but here’s a chance to cut close to 1% off your loan rate, potentially saving around $3860 in interest this year alone. 2. Clear the credit card Australians owe an average of $3220 per credit card. Reserve Bank
describes as ‘low rate’ cards, the rate is typically 13%. Aim to pay off your card in 2019. 3. Use unit pricing Consumer group Choice estimates we could save $1600 on groceries in a 12-month period just by looking at unit prices. You’ll find these displayed on supermarket shelves just below the ticketed price. 4. Drop your biggest money waster We all tend to have at least one habit that sees us waste valuable cash. Think of just one habit you could drop to boost your savings. 5. Cut investment costs I’m a big fan of investing however I’m not so keen on paying more than necessary to keep my money working hard. Canstar research found the annual fee on a ‘balanced’ investment fund can be up to 2.42%. It’s possible to pay far less. Paul Clitheroe is chairman of InvestSMART, chairman of the Australian Government Financial Literacy Board and chief commentator for Money Magazine.
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An unlikely road trip to save you IN THEIR tiny pale green cottage under the trees, Mallory Cook and her five-year-old son Harry are a little family unit who weather the storms of life together. Money is tight after Harry’s father Duncan abandoned them to expand his business in New York. So, when Duncan fails to return Harry after a visit, Mallory hurries to boards a plane to bring her son home any way she can. During the journey, a chance encounter with three retirees on the run from their care home leads Mallory on an unlikely group road trip across the United States.
A wedding and deadly secrets SUPENSE could be well be Jonathan Kellerman’s middle name. The international best-selling author’s latest book, The Wedding Guest, does it again as it reels you in with a gripping tale of an uninvited guest, a missing identity and a trail of deadly secrets. When a horrified bridesmaid finds the body of a young woman at a wedding reception, it makes the bride and groom’s choice of a Saints and Sinners theme all the more macabre. There are no means of identification and nobody knows the victim. The bride is convinced someone is trying to sabotage her big day. The groom is sure it’s a dreadful mistake. It’s up to brilliant psychologist Alex Delaware and LAPD Lieutenant Milo Sturgis to uncover the truth. They have a hundred guests to question, and a strong suspicion that the motive for murder is personal. The party’s over – and the hunt for the killer is on.
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Nobody can run forever from both sides of the law CLINT Eastwood returns as the director and in the lead role in a crime drama about an elderly war veteran in his 80s who smuggles cocaine through Michigan for a Mexican drug cartel. Eastwood is Earl Stone. He is broke, alone, and facing foreclosure of his business. Then he is offered a job that simply requires him to drive. Easy enough, but unbeknown to Earl, he’s just signed on as a drug
courier for a Mexican cartel. He does well. So well, that his cargo increases exponentially and Earl is assigned a handler. But he isn’t the only one keeping tabs on Earl. The mysterious new drug mule has also hit the radar of hard-charging DEA agent Colin Bates. And even as his money problems become a thing of the past, Earl’s past mistakes start to weigh heavily on him, and it’s
uncertain if he’ll have time to right those wrongs before law enforcement, or the cartel’s enforcers, catch up to him. The co-stars are Bradley Cooper and Laurence Fishburne, Michael Peña and Taissa Farmiga. The Mule is based on the story of Leo Sharp, a WWII veteran in his 80s who became a drug courier for the Sinaloa Cartel. The Mule in cinemas now.
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Down 1 What small magnifying glass is used by a jeweller? (5) 2 What hard quartz produces a spark when struck with steel? (5) 3 What small ornament is attached to a bracelet? (5) 4 Which African antelope can leap nine metres? (6) 6/7 Which daughter of grocery shop owner Alf Roberts became known worldwide? (8,8) 12 What is a paid ofﬁce or post involving minimal duties? (8) 13 What is a composition for an orchestra and a soloist? (8) 14 What is a disorderly or violent crowd? (3) 15 What does “sec” on a wine label mean? (3) 19 What is the opposite of perigee? (6) 21/22 Which blonde starred in Hitchcock’s Dial M For Murder and Rear Window? (5,5) 23 Which golfer (Sam ___) was the ﬁrst PGA Tour player to shoot his age (of 67)? (5)
Across 5 What is the most common surname in Scotland? (5) 8 Which musical was the ﬁrst to feature an on-stage death? (8) 9 What is the main ingredient of butter? (5) 10 Which body organ produces insulin? (8) 11 In Oliver Twist, which member of Fagin’s gang is murdered by Bill Sikes? (5) 14 Alfred E Neuman is closely associated with which magazine? (3) 16 An obi is worn around what? (6) 17 What word for a cannabis cigarette originated in the 1930s? (6) 18 What word can precede leaf, window and rum? (3) 20 What is a dealer in stolen goods? (5) 24 Napoleon’s surgeon Baron Dominique Larrey could amputate a leg in how many seconds? (8) 25 Mulligatawny is seasoned with what? (5) 26 From Latin, what is an expression of guilt? (3,5) 27 Which 6th-Century Greek collected fables? (5)
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Find a ﬁnished crossword by deleting one of the two letters in each divided square.
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Across 1. Platform (4) 8. Put out (10) 9. Disciplinarian (8) 10. Successor (4) 12. Spoke up (6) 14. Run naked (6) 15. Weaken (6) 17. Climbed (6) 18. Halt (4) 19. Understand (8) 21. Approximately (4,2,4) 22. Was aware of (4)
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