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Angles of architecture Gail Forrer Seniors Group Editor

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PRESENT and future accommodation is on the minds of many people our age. We might have made a decision to downsize, modify our present home for future requirements, have started to check out granny flats or taken a look 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 hope you find good information in our double page feature on Singapore’s new style retirement village, which recently gained the World Architecture prize award together with news of what is happening in Australia. For many of us travelling has to be one of our favourite things to do. Whether it be exploring Australia in our campervans to cruising the Mediterraean or a slow trip across the continents, one way or another we like to discover new places and meet new people. This month, for the enjoyment of all, I am inviting you to share your travel adventures via stories and/or photos and I will publish either online or in print. I’d love to hear from you. Please send emails to: Gail.Forrer@seniors newspapers.com.au

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HAVE A GO: Tech Savvy trainer Andrew Horton promotes social media as an enjoyable pastime.

WHILE we might not all be taking a grand tour of Europe this year, many of us are nonetheless incorporating adventure into our lives – and photographing these adventures. Whether travelling for a month with a caravan, going away for a short break somewhere more local or exploring our own neighbourhoods, being able to re-visit these experiences through photographs is good for the soul.

For trainer Andrew Horton, teaching people how to share these adventures with the use of technology, sending these photos to friends and family or posting them on social media is one of the delights of training within the Tech Savvy Seniors program. “Starting something new can be a bit daunting, particularly if that something new requires skills that are yet to be acquired,” Andrew said.

“Our students get a lot out of these courses and ask lots of questions. They want to know more and more and I’m pleased that we are able to offer this great opportunity.” Tech Savvy Seniors is a well-designed program because we are able to teach people what they want to know and include the skills that people may not yet know that they need. Tech Savvy Seniors is popular and we get a great mix of people.

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Creative spirit on show Tania Phillips IT IS never too late to try something different as former High School and TAFE art teacher Ray Rixon found out when he was asked to be part of the latest exhibition at the Coffs Harbour Regional Gallery. Ray is one of 50 local artists of all styles and ages to take part in New Year: New Work – a snapshot showcase of artists around the region. The exhibition has also an example of what can happen when the whole community comes together with local businesses being asked to sponsor an artist. “This really showcases the depth of talent in this area,” Ray said. “There were only 50 but the gallery could have come with another 100 quality contributors.” And while Ray is no stranger to the gallery and to art in the region, thanks to a 40-year career as an art educator in the area, the medium used in the pieces was something new for him – plywood.

Gallery Curator Jo Besley said the exhibition includes 50 brand new works all started on plywood but then taken in vastly different and creative directions. “Each artist was given a 50cm by 50cm square piece of plywood and free rein to create a piece,” Jo explained. “I believe visitors will be delighted by the talent and ingenuity on show. The local artists involved work in many mediums and are at various stages of their careers, some are emerging while others have national reputations. “In its scale and scope, the exhibition underlines just how important local artists and creatives are to the economy and social landscape of the Coffs Coast community – which is timely as we move forward with our new Cultural and Civic Space.” For Ray the challenge of taking part in such an all-encompassing exhibition (was too big to turn down – as was painting on the marine-grade wood. “I’m a painter but I have never painted on

ARTISTIC BUSINESS: Artist Ray Rixon and his sponsor First National Real Estate's Caroline Campbell. Picture Jamie Williams. Photo: Jamie Williams plywood,” he explained. “I mostly work on canvas and paper but plywood is a very different surface. Canvas has a lot of give and I love that drum-like feeling.” Although he is an experienced artist and art

educator Ray, who is currently also working on a major collaborative event set to hit the gallery in 2021 , left his – New Year: New Work project, not quite to the last minute but close. “We had lots of lead-in

time but I didn’t really start it until six weeks before,” the fan of palette knives and heavy paints said. “I thought I would do the painting and then use my new artistic toy to gouge bits out but I finished the painting and

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HE’S BACK: Leo Sayer is touring Australia this year with his Just A Boy At 70 show from February to March before heading to the UK. Photo: Ed Fielding

FANTASTIC, wonderful, the best, no fears looking forward, proud to be 70. Leo Sayer brims with enthusiasm 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 told Seniors News. “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 joked. 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’ - 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 that catalogue, there are plenty of songs audiences know word-for-word. You couldn’t help yourself sing along as Sayer belts out 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.

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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 but he has got as far as writing to the end of 1978. But there is a lot to pack in when reviewing a life lived in the spotlight. “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

Every day that you are doing this and really mobilised and you are motivated, it’s just fantastic.

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 swore 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 where “you don’t need to know how to reverse park”, suits the 70-year-old who has blended into the little community. Since moving to Australia in 2005, he has taken to eating organic foods, staying fit and enjoying a life, free of city pressures, with his Italian wife Donatella. “Every day that you are doing this and really mobilised and you are motivated, it’s just fantastic,” he said. “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 visit leosayer.com/shows.

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Community looks to muster to help support medical costs Tania Phillips THE Macksville Rotary Club is proving small but mighty – busy bringing the inaugural Macksville Music Muster to fruition and also supporting a major children’s charity. Music Muster co-ordinator Rod Edwards said the club was busy building stages and preparing to host the first ever inaugural Macksville Music from March 28–31 at the Macksville Showgrounds. “We are hoping to attract a lot of grey nomads to the event, with plenty of camping at the showground,” he said. Rod, who moved back to home to Macksville to retire several years ago, said it was hoped that the muster would become an annual event and the perfect permanent way to fund the club’s major local project. “The ValleyCATs is a Macksville Rotary Club project, which works with

the Royal Far West and identifies and treats local children who enter school with untreated childhood development problems such as those requiring speech therapy,” he explained. “One in five children in the Nambucca start school with some sort of unresolved medical problem.” He said the two groups launched the ValleyCATs program in 2016 with a speech therapist working via Telecare from the Royal Far West’s Manly base to work with 80 children back at their schools in the Nambucca. Another 50 children were treated through the program in 2018. “But in 2018 we didn’t have a funding source to carry on – we were looking for a sustainable way to fundraise,” Rod explained. It was about that time that local Macksville musician Vanessa Sanger suggested a Music Muster. Vanessa, well-known on the muster

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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 another four or five years.”

EMPTY NESTERS: Bob and Carol Bursill, Josie Ginty with mother Prue Weaver and father David Ginty. 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 children. “It’s on a needs basis,” Bob says. But, both Carol and Bob

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Empty nesters are embracing their freedom wonder, are they now spending more on the children then they used to, but just in larger, lump sums? There are you see, house deposits and grandchild costs to be considered. “We made a deal with them that if they go into university we would either pay their fees or accommodation. We were

then able to budget for the amount,” Prue says. Each couple’s financial obligations haven’t stopped them from finding ways to enjoy the freedom that comes with an empty nest. “We have more time to put into work,” David says. “But we don’t have to be home to put the dinner on,” Prue adds joyously. With the kids out of the house and retirement from work a reality, the couples joined the 59.6 per cent of survey responders who found themselves spending more time on their recreation and hobbies. Carol has joined some social groups and got

stuck into scrapbooking. Bob spends more time in the garden and tinkering with boats. Prue and Dave are travelling overseas to fascinating places, but always on a tight budget. Downsizing is another outcome of becoming empty nesters. While they have retained a spare room in their small apartment, David and Prue are happily out of the much larger family home. “Well, nobody was using half the house,” Dave declares. Bob and Carol are like about 30 per cent of the ASIA survey responders who have turned a spare bedroom into a hobby

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space. “Because we had children who had the grandchildren straight away, we wanted to keep room in the house for them,” Carol said. Downsizing soon is however on the cards for them. Allowing any of the children to return home indefinitely isn’t an attractive idea for these empty nesters. “They come with attachments,” Carol says. “They come with husbands or wives who you may, or may not, get on with. And the children who you may or may not like the way they are being raised.”


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Ceremonies of choice Couple honour the dying through care and support Tania Phillips YOU hear the phrase “dying with dignity” a lot, but it’s one that a Belligen couple believe in so strongly that they are aiming to bring back traditional funerals that were the norm 100 years ago. Leonie Watson and her husband Chuck Reimal are death doulas, people who work with the dying and their loved ones both before and after death. “Leonie and I have been professional community service workers for most of our adult lives,” Chuck said. “We have always been drawn to spend our efforts on the most vulnerable segments of our society. “When we began in the funeral industry, we recognised that a deceased loved one had arrived at their most vulnerable time of life since their birth into this world. “We immediately recognised the sacred trust that had been

bestowed upon us for their care and the care of their family through this difficult time. “Our philosophy is to allow families to reclaim the rightful control of the dying process and care of the deceased. “Dying and death is a natural process. Most families aren’t even aware they can be legally involved in the care of their loved one. “We believe in the gentle honouring that is inherent in the dying process and in learning to embrace it as a natural part of life.” Though the pair have been running their business Barefoot Funerals for the past two years, Leonie, a counsellor, art therapist and registered celebrant, said the idea for the business came five or six years ago when a friend asked her to help allow her to care for her dying teenaged son at home. At the same time her own father was dying in hospital and the contrast stuck with her.

RITUALS AND CEREMONIES: Barefoot Funeral provides very diverse services. Leonie, who started looking after the dying 28 years ago in San Francisco, said while she had nothing against the modern funeral industry at all, their business was about providing more choice. In the US she worked with a team of nurses helping dying people record their stories

and wishes and liaising with the family. She also lived with a Native American woman during her stay there, an experience that fuelled her love of rituals and ceremony, a love that she pours into her funerals (and weddings). Leonie said she saw it as an honour to be

involved both in helping support the dying and their family, and honouring them after death. “We support people who wish to keep their beloved at home,” she explained. “This is a time-honoured and traditional practice that allows humans to process their grief and gently come

to terms with the changing nature of their relationship to the deceased. We also support more modern choices in after-death care.” Want to know more about what Chuck and Leonie do? Go to the website barefootfunerals.com.

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Wheelchair tennis comp

Grafton prepared to host special tournament Tania Phillips

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conversation between a Grafton tennis official and a wheelchair competitor according to event co-ordinator Ayesha Beckman. “We had a wheelchair player at our North Coast Championships – his daughter was there playing in the competition,” she said. “We asked what we could do to make the club more inclusive.” Shortly after the club bought a sports wheelchair and coach Phil Beckman began to coach his first wheelchair student. “The person who delivered the chair remarked that we had a great surface and extra-wide gates and ‘why don’t we hold a tournament?’” Starting times are singles 8.30am on Saturday, finals of the singles will be on Sunday morning followed by doubles.

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Government wants to celebrate seniors and create exciting opportunities for older people to get out in the community, kick up their heels and meet others while sharing new experiences,” Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies said. COFFS HARBOUR To celebrate Seniors Festival 2019, there are two guided tours at the Coffs Harbour Regional Museum. Discover some local

history at the museum, which was originally built as the first courthouse and police station in Coffs Harbour. The Coffs Coast region has a rich and fascinating heritage. From Gumbaynggirr stories of spiritual connection to the land, to the stories of lighthouse keepers, pioneers, timber workers, gold miners and farmers, the Coffs Coast is a place of romance, bravery,

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PIANO FORTE: LEGAL ISSUES FOR OLDER PEOPLE

TO BE held at the Harry Bailey Memorial Library, Coffs Harbour on February 19 from 10am-noon, the Piano Forte program is a community education program that deals with the issue of elder financial abuse. The program consists of a film screening and a panel discussion with legal and community service representatives. Bookings required for catering purposes. For more, phone the Harry Bailey Memorial Library on (02) 6648 4900.

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February 23. The three artists involved will discuss their process-based exhibition with time for questions followed by a short experiential exercise. The focus of the talk is how working collaboratively can enrich individual creative practice. Refreshments included. Phone (02) 6648 4863.

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CELEBRATING 28 years, Flickerfest is Australia’s leading Academy Award accredited and BAFTArecognised short film festival, the country’s largest Australian and international short film competition, screening the best of shorts from Australia and around the world. It will head to the Jetty Theatre in Coffs Harbour on March 1 from 7.30-9.30pm. Phone (02) 6648 4930.

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Keen to collect cane toads to help protect our wildlife? Sign up for a toading event! At dusk, choose some delicious food and enjoy the fly-out of our flying fox colony. Dr Greg Clancy will explain where they go and how much they do for the forests. The Big Bat and Wildlife Festival will be held at the Maclean Showgrounds on Saturday, February 23 from noon till sunset. For more, go to Facebook ‘Big Bat and Wildlife Festival’, email bigbatandwildlifefestival @gmail.com or phone Elizabeth Parker on 0420 292 458.

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BIODIVERSE DESIGN: The Kampung Admiralty complex in Singapore has an extensive green footprint on the new site. Photo: Patrick Bingham-Hall

PCA’s Retirement Living director, Ben Myers. Photo: Anthony Burns

Kampung Admiralty architect Pearl Chee.

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RETIREMENT living design has been thrust into the international limelight as height and style head towards the sky. Late last year, Singapore’s innovative Kampung Admiralty project won World Building of the Year. It isn’t an office tower. It’s not a flashy hotel. Nor is it a cultural centre. It’s a showcase of the latest in vertical biodiverse retirement living design with its social housing, large green footprint, health services, cross generational hub and vibrant community spaces supporting integration, not isolation, for its residents. Kampung architect Pearl Chee, of the Singapore firm WOHA, said the aim of the government-sponsored pilot project was to integrate an independent living seniors’ community within an accessible and vibrant public space. The unique design is layered. At the lowest levels are a public plaza with a food court and neighbourhood retail shops. In the middle is the medical care centre with specialist rooms. On top of that is the quieter activities of an elder care centre next door to the childcare centre, and landscape terraces. Above that again is the social housing. “About 80 per cent of Singaporeans live in

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social housing,” Ms Chee 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 sets 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 was 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. “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

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retirement? is sky high products. It has about 150 one, two and three-bedroom independent living apartments. It also has more than 50 apartments for low to medium care clients plus an aged-care 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 that 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 and opens mid this year. 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

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 are offering in many senses is the opportunity to do that rather than feel this is the last stage of 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.

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be built in several stages. 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

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Driverless car gets trial

The community is invited to come and try the ‘BusBot’ Tania Phillips SAWTELL’S Marian Grove Retirement Village is set to have a new automated driverless bus service as part of a program being trialled in the Coffs Harbour area. The retirement village trial is phase two of the new program following on for a successful trial at the Northern Breakwall at Coffs over the Christmas-New Year period from December 11 to February 7. The second stage will see the shuttle move to Marian Grove – a location selected as a valuable test case, aimed at understanding the future benefit of automated customers, including improved quality of life and mobility for an aging population. The shuttle has a ramp and wheelchair space, as well as an operator on board to assist residents if needed.

The trials are the first of their kind in a regional Australian city, and were originally announced in July this past year by Minister for Roads, Maritime and Freight, Melinda Pavey. Minister Pavey then officially launched the vehicle on the Coffs Harbour Northern Breakwall on December 11. “We wanted regional NSW to experience this technology first hand and I’m excited to see this trial get under way,” she said. “This is about doing our homework today so we can make our vehicles safer, improve mobility and help save lives on our roads.” The vehicle, an EasyMile EZ10 driverless shuttle known as BusBot, is set to be trialled around the region for at least the next 12 months through three unique phases, each testing varying levels of complexity.

PASSENGERS ONLY: Following a successful trial at the Northern Breakwall at Coffs over Christmas, the ‘BusBot’ is set to move into phase two and head to Sawtell’s Marian Grove Retirement Village. “We invite the community to come and experience the vehicle, have a ride on it and tell us what they think,” Managing Director of

Busways Byron Rowe said. “The more participation we achieve throughout the whole trial, the more relevant the lessons

learnt will be for Coffs Harbour and for regional towns in general.” The Breakwall trial has been hailed a success according to a

spokesperson for Busways. The second phase at the nursing home is due to start by the end of this month.

Government funds ‘Movement for Life’ program

The Federal Government will invest nearly $23 million into getting seniors more active.

OLDER Australians are being encouraged to put their best foot forward after the Federal Government announced a major boost into keeping seniors all fit and firing. Nearly 30 organisations will share in around $23 million invested into the Move It Aus Better

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Ageing grants – a program designed to help people aged 65 and over “become more physically active and socially connected”. Minister for Sport Bridget McKenzie said the financial boost was a “really important step” in helping older Australians stay at their

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MATER CHRISTI - TWENTY YEARS OF ‘WE CARE’

Looking back JILL Davis, Hotel services co-ordinator and last “original” staff member, has been a part of the Mater Christi story since the doors opened in 1999. “I was employed as a laundress and cleaner for four days a week,” Jill recalls. “In those days House 3 was our secure dementia unit. I always remember on one of my first afternoons I met a lovely, well-spoken and well-dressed lady who asked me to keep a lookout for her husband. “She asked me to let him know where she was, as she was busy admitting her mother. I said I would, and waited by the door for ages. “Our facility manager Robyn came past and asked me what I was doing. “When I told her, she laughed. It turned out the lady herself was the resident being admitted! She had me so fooled. I’ve learned a lot since that day.”

Now hotel services manager, Jill has been heavily involved in every stage of the expansion of Mater Christi and remembers every Director of Nursing. “There are so many memories. Robyn Barnett, the first DON, stays in my mind because she knew everything that happened in the place,” she said. “Without fail, she’d come and greet the residents every morning and ask how they were. Christine Farrell was the longest serving DON, more than seven years. She was a strong leader and really turned the place around. “She’d never ask you to do anything she wouldn’t do herself. I remember we’d often go and make beds together to help the care staff out if they were short-handed.” One thing Jill never anticipated was that her own parents would one day become residents. “When mum and dad were here in the secure dementia wing it gave me

a different perspective on what it means to care for residents. It was so wonderful to see the love and care they received from the staff and it helped me to understand what the families experience.” This unique understanding of the vision, mission and story of Mater Christi gives Jill special insight into what it means to live the SCCA motto ‘We Care’ on a daily basis. “‘We care’ is more than our motto.” Jill said. “I’m not a nurse, but there are still lots of ways I care for the residents. If someone’s cold, I can get them a blanket, or make them a cup of tea. Sometimes they just want someone to say hello and give them a smile. I can do those things. “It’s about doing for them what you’d like to be done for you, or for your family. I’ve always enjoyed my job, and loved interacting with the residents. I’m very grateful for my years at Mater Christi.”

Jill Davis (10th in from left – back row, centre left) is the last ‘original’ staff member.

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MATER CHRISTI - TWENTY YEARS OF ‘WE CARE’

Who we are 20 years on IN SAWTELL, Mater Christi is celebrating 20 years of faithful striving to live our motto of We Care. Any significant celebration gives us the opportunity to look forward and back. We look back to appreciate where we have come from, to acknowledge the difficulties and obstacles that the dreamers and doers of Sawtell Catholic Care of the Aged encountered. Armed with this information and in awe of the courage and foresight of the efforts of a small community 20 years ago, we are encouraged in the here and now to challenge ourselves to greater things. If SCCA continues to answer the challenge, the system is working properly, and we will be impelled to look forward to what may be if we continue to listen and

SENSE OF COMMUNITY: Families and residents have acknowledged that staff strive to live the mission.

Across Sawtell Catholic Care of the Aged, carers and families look out for each other. grow. 2019 is proving to be a good year for We Care. Residents and family surveys in Mater Christi have provided encouragement for the program of mission reinvigoration. Families and residents have acknowledged that staff strive to live the mission.

In short, community is being built: We Care is given the flesh of a living organism, not a stale organisation. Across Sawtell Catholic Care of the Aged, this is noticeable in the way that residents, carers and families look out for each other. Numerous random acts of kindness happen on a

daily basis. Village residents check on each other, helping neighbours who are unwell, and gently guiding those who may be developing a cognitive or physical impairment. In the houses of Mater Christi, staff and residents work together, encouraging and supporting each other. Staff generously cover shifts for each other so that residents are not disadvantaged. Residents respond by showing gratitude for the

care they receive, and also patiently wait when staff members are called to the priorities of other residents. These signs all point to the reality of a community continuing to grow. A community cannot be legislated, demanded or bought. Communities are formed by willing people generously and intentionally committing themselves to each other for the common good. This has been happening in Marian Place for 20 years, and it gives hope to many in the wider community. All involved in the life of SCCA know that this does not just happen, but is the product of sustained

effort by many in the Coffs Coast community, and particularly those who call Mater Christi or Marian Grove their home or workplace. As this year unfolds, dreaming and planning will continue, starting with the “Love Your Life” Seniors Festival in February. There will be great successes to bask in, and occasions that call for improvement and learning. Some initiatives will work, and others will not, but in the process SCCA will continue to strive with and for each other, because We Care. — Matt Digges, Director of Mission

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Expand, innovate grow and inspire AS WE celebrate the past we draw lessons and great inspiration from the legacy left behind by our predecessors here at this wonderful place of care. Mater Christi is set among tranquil gardens and surrounded by a small forest filled with birdlife that creates a peaceful ambience of serenity for our residents, their families and our staff. All of this has taken 20 years to grow and develop, and it might be easy to look and at it and say “enough, it’s perfect!” But that is not the case, for in fact we have so much more we can do. At this moment new works that have been in the planning for several years are now under way, building new units within Marian Grove, the village that nurtures and encompasses Mater Christi. As the village grows our community grows, bringing more volunteers,

social interaction and support for our residents to enjoy. Also, in the secondary planning stage is our new ‘Link’ project which will create an exciting interface for the residence and our village directly with the broader Sawtell and Coffs Coast community surrounding and embracing our village. Our vision for The Link site is that it will create a nexus for community to grow and thrive through outreach programs such as Dementia Support, Creative Ageing and Digital Story Telling for the aged, disadvantaged and those at risk, in an inclusive and tranquil space. Amid this wonderful lifestyle upgrade work we are also undertaking rigorous review of our quality standards, in keeping with the current aged care Royal Commission and their efforts to help lift the

aged care sector up to higher levels of quality, accountability and transparency. It’s the obligation of the stronger and mature organisations such as ours to support the sector in this work and to model systems and services that can provide examples of positive ageing where our seniors are engaging within their community, not as bystanders or observers, but as leaders and active participants with programs that engage with the community across all ages and generations. The future needs of our community continue to inspire us to expand, innovate and grow. But one thing will never change; the commitment to that original vision and mission which has become our touchstone – We Care. — Michael Darragh, CEO, Sawtell Catholic Care of the Aged

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Why we care...

TWENTY years of caring is a lot of care, for a lot of people. We asked some of our Mater Christi Staff members for their thoughts on why they do what they do. Mercy: I enjoy working with older adults, listening to their stories. I learn from what they have gone through. I think We Care is about looking at a person holistically, remembering they are a whole human being and should be cared for as a whole human being. Sabrina: I love the residents and working with my team. I love looking after the residents and helping them live a happy life. They are my other family. I think that’s what We Care is about, treating people as well as if they’re your family. Kerri: I love working here because I like all the residents and staff. It’s a beautiful facility where

residents all have their own lovely rooms and access to the gardens and it’s a great place to work. We Care means exactly what it says, we care about the residents and each other. We care what happens to each other. Rebecca: I like working at Mater Christi because it’s a great team environment

Staff member Mercy.

Staff member Sabrina.

lives and we care about each other a team, about supporting each other so that we can give better care to the residents. Libby: I’ve been volunteering at Mater

faces to see they’re well cared for. Charlotte: We have a great team that I enjoy working with and lovely residents to care for. I think We Care is how everyone cares in their own different way to make the whole place special, a really beautiful home for our residents to live. Krista: I love working here. I’m director of nursing but I’m also a nurse. For nurses and others who work in health care, as well as those we care for, moments are what matters. We are privileged to be called to be present in some of the most life-changing moments of others’ lives. We Care is about community, about being

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All you have to do is look around at the smiles on people’s faces to see they’re well cared for. where everyone helps each other. It’s almost like being part of a family, and the residents are part of that family too. We Care means a range of things, we care about every aspect of our residents

Christi for about three years and I really like it. I enjoy my day and I enjoy helping others enjoy their day. We Care is just everything here. All you have to do is look around at the smiles on people’s

A SPECIAL PLACE: There’s many happy residents and staff at Mater Christi and Marian Grove.

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Staff member Kerri. there in those moments for each other.

Village residents check on each other, helping neighbours who are unwell, and gently guiding those who may be developing a cognitive or physical impairment.

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Old way may be answer ‘‘

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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,

“...what is evident from the current trials is that psilocybin has the potential to break an individual’s habitual patterns of thought, which can help produce a change in their outlook – what some people are referring to as ‘resetting’ the brain”.

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THE MARVELOF RAIL TRAVEL: Meet with an effusive welcome from locals in Jaipur.

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Eight epic rail journeys EXOTIC, elegant, exciting, and you have only to unpack once as you travel onboard a luxury train to discover extraordinary destinations.

the African sub-continent. Elegant high teas, fine dining and pure nostalgia – a step back in time.

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Board the iconic Rovos Rail, known as “the most luxurious train in the world”, in Cape Town and seven days later arrive at the majestic Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe. An iconic journey.

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Lovingly restored steam trains descend from Ecuador’s high-altitude capital Quito, through 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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Hop on the Andean Explorer and take a journey on one of the highest train routes in the world from Cusco, over the Andes to Lake Titicaca and UNESCO World Heritage site, Arequipa, with an optional day trip to Machu Picchu.

The Deccan Odyssey oozes opulence with its private butlers, gourmet dining and even an onboard health spa, and will take you to some of the most inaccessible reaches of India in comfort. You will love this experience.

Join Rovos Rail and cross the entire continent from Angola to Tanzania in 15 days including a stop in Zambia’s wildlife-rich South Luangwa. Experience the “dark heart” of Africa from the comfort and security of a luxurious locomotive. A

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

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Fish Weipa to Cape Trib Nige Webster takes us to the far north for the best fishing you can find. 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

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CAPE FISHING: Cape York is 4WD territory. 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 barramundi, golden snapper, mangrove jack, queenfish and many, many more. The bluewater 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

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Seisia. This is 4WD territory and the trip needs to be well planned. 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 outfits (20 to 40kg). Great lures include 90 to 120mm bibbed

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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

The Xiqu Centre in West Kowloon is a platform for the conservation, promotion and development of Cantonese opera.

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:

Join the grandchildren, or go alone, and step into popular Disney stories at Hong Kong Disneyland Resort. It has new immersive attractions and exclusive Disney experiences.

CULTURE

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

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.

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A traditional performance at the Xiqu Centre. 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.

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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.

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The exterior of the new traditional performance space, Xiqu Centre.

Hong Kong fine-dining cuisine. Bruno crafts seasonal menus supported by premium quality, fresh 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.

DRINK

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 A mont-blanc cake from Japanese pâtissier-chocolatier city’s first cocktails on tap Hironobu Tsujiguchi. bar concept, Draft Land.

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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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Bangkok is full of surprises Kathleen Clare

BANGKOK SURPRISE: Traveller Kathleen Clare shares a great way see this delightful city. marvelled at the quirky curves of the laneways 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. 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

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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

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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 for our first four days in Thailand 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

catapult device. Excitement builds and the bell rings again. The unicycle speeds towards the stage and the catapult clunks. The roast chicken flies through the air and is expertly speared on the helmet. Dinner cost, don’t know as Andrew paid. Next day I walked to M.R. Kukrit’s Heritage Home. It’s a green oasis amongst Bangkok’s concrete jungle. Entry, $2. Using Grab, Thailand’s Uber, I ordered a motorbike rather than a car and flew pillion across town (and full of adrenalin) to another historic estate, Jim Thompson House. There were loads of tourists, gorgeous pavilion architecture and great espresso. Motorbike ride, $3.50. Entry, $7. It’s hard to briefly encapsulate everything Bangkok offers including Wat Po (golden reclining Buddha), the Grand Palace and Chatuchak markets. Head to the Mandarin Oriental river jetty where a porter can arrange a long scenic boat tour, cost, $45.


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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 or don’t know how 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

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. discussions occur. “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.

Ensure seatbelt protection

ROAD SAFETY: As we age, our body shape changes and so too should our car seat belt settings.

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 shoulder belt is across your collarbone. And pull the belt so it is snug across your body. Seat belt height adjusters Many seat belts have height adjusters on the column behind your window which you can adjust to make the belt fit just right. If you have trouble finding this adjuster, check your vehicle’s user manual, or contact the vehicle manufacturer or car dealer.

■ Having your belt low across your lap, high across your collarbone, and snug means you have positioned the belt the way it was designed for maximum protection. One of the most serious errors those who experience discomfort make is repositioning the seat belt away from the strong parts of the body. For more information: neura.edu.au/wp-content /uploads/2018/12/ Seat-Belts-and-Seniors .pdf

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Tips to help make right 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 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.

STAYING HOME: 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. ■ Household tasks – if looking after your home is getting harder, they can take care of things like washing, ironing, gardening, cleaning and vacuuming – or whatever you need done around your home. ■ Nursing – maybe you are recovering from an operation, or need help with looking after a wound, monitoring blood pressure or managing diabetes. The help of a caring nurse around the house can make a huge difference. ■ Shopping – is getting to the shops becoming difficult for you or your loved one? The carer can either come along or do the shopping for you,

including carrying and unpacking the groceries back at home. ■ Meal preparation – for many older people, preparing nutritious meals becomes harder. This can lead to a negative spiral of poor nutrition and worsening health. Many home care providers can help plan and prepare healthy home-cooked meals for you, which includes catering for special dietary needs. ■ Aids and equipment – perhaps you or your loved one could benefit from supportive aids. Things like mobility aids, arthritis-friendly cutlery and grab rails in the bathroom and toilet

can make life at home safer and easier. This can be organised through a government-funded package. ■ Social support – this may be an organised group activity, or simply a chat over a cup of tea. Social connection has been shown to have many positive health benefits. ■ Transport – when you or your loved one has an appointment or event, transport can be arranged to get you from A to B. These simple things can all add up to maintaining a comfortable life at home. For further information, phone Benetas on 1300 236 382.

Secure your medicines away from grandkids 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

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(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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What to know before you choose cataract surgery LENS CHOICES

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If you have the common problem of dry eyes, the accuracy of the critical measurements being taken pre-surgery can often be affected, so a specialist is likely to treat that particular condition firstly. “When you have cataract surgery we take a range of measurements and they are used to calculate the power of lens that is going to be put in your eye, like a pair of glasses, but it goes inside the eye permanently,” Dr Chen said.

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There are two choices of surgery – manual or laser-assisted. With the commonly used manual operation the surgeon uses a scalpel to make an incision into the eye and then uses other devices to remove the cataract. “Even the best surgeon in the world when they have a blade in their hand, not every operation is going to be exactly the same,” Dr Chen said. “So, there is a little element of unpredictability in surgery

no matter how good the surgeon is.” In laser-assisted surgery the first few key steps are performed by computer guided laser. “It removes some element of human error,” Dr Chen said. It also increases the predictability of the surgery outcomes. The choice of laser surgery is often limited by cost and availability. Many seniors have both cataracts and macular degeneration. “If you have macular degeneration, that will limit the improvement you

get (from surgery),” Dr Chen said. “Even if you have a perfectly performed operation, you will probably see a lot better, but you may not see perfectly afterwards. “It’s important you ask the surgeon what outcome you are expecting. “For a lot of people who have additional eye conditions such as glaucoma or macular degeneration, there is increasingly a wide range of different procedures we can do at the same time as cataract surgery.”

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WE all know that adequate sleep is incredibly important to our health and overall wellbeing, with a lot of us wishing we could get more. But what do you do if you think it’s more than the common tossing and turning keeping or waking you up at night. With this week being sleep apnoea awareness week, it’s the perfect time to get your shut-eye sorted. Sleep disorders like sleep apnoea can have a huge impact on your life, leaving you feeling not only tired but can lead to conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, stroke and diabetes. Sleep apnoea is not uncommon, with estimates suggesting about 5 per cent of Australians suffer from sleep apnoea. The condition is caused by the walls of the throat coming together during

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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 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

PEER SUPPORT: Bowel cancer patient and Peer-to-Peer Support Network volunteer, Bobby McKeown. 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

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Are you planning to age at home? You’ll need this BRAND INSIGHTS WHEN most of us think about ageing, we think about staying in our own home. According to a 2015 Government Report, 76% of those aged over 60 would prefer to stay in their own home. We want to feel safe and secure, but we also want to continue to live an independent life. We want to continue to host Sunday night family dinners, visit our local church, and have our hair cut at the same hair salon

we have been going to for over 20 years. Everyone values different activities, and whatever these are, most of us don’t want them to change. In fact, not only do we want this, it’s also more convenient and cost-effective for the government if older Australians age at home. The good news is that staying at home is not only achievable, but can also help you live a better and longer life. Here are some examples: Familiarity Staying in your own home means you know exactly

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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.

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Care, support and guidance Tailored home and community services to enrich your life BRAND INSIGHTS FOR more than 18 years, Catholic Healthcare has provided tailored home care services to the Mid North Coast and, more broadly, to the community of New South Wales. Catholic Healthcare, has more than 24 years of experience in providing quality aged care and support to older people in Australia. The home and community team provides tailored, specific solutions for individuals who want to maintain their independence and health at home. Almost 3700 satisfied clients in New South Wales 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 personal circumstances are considered when tailoring the care. Services can be expansive or minimal as needed, for example, dayto-day living, including housekeeping and meal preparation to clinical services and in-home

respite. “My parents are very appreciative of the gardening and house cleaning services provided by Catholic Healthcare,” said Marita, whose parents are clients of Catholic Healthcare. “They frequently express their joy and gratitude to relatives and friends. It is nice to know they are looked after so well and the housework is done. I can then concentrate on other duties. “The services provided by Catholic Healthcare have given my parents and I invaluable peace of mind”. Catholic Healthcare also focuses on helping older people maintain physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing by keeping active and connected through such Health and Wellness programs as Feelfit. This eight-week, evidenc-based, top-to-toe program is aimed at building muscular strength, balance, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness as well as health knowledge. The program was

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members who help them incorporate the exercises into everyday activities. Feedback has been positive with participants reporting improved mobility and reduced pain. Other exciting care offerings from Catholic Healthcare include a first-of-its-kind computer tablet to clients as part of

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HELPING others is in our nature at The Community Transport Company and we would like to encourage you to do the same and join our team. We are looking for some special people in Coffs Harbour willing to help us, enable others to get where they need or want to go. The Community Transport Company chief executive officer Bethany Langford said the

organisation provided a unique and valued service to many residents by providing a way to get to everyday appointments and social activities. “Our volunteers are the heart of our organisation, they become part of our family and we find by helping others, our volunteers get back more than what they give,” Ms Langford said. The Community

Transport Company has more than 5600 clients who live throughout the Coffs Coast, Nambucca Valley and Bellingen regions and last year provided more than 95,000 trips to people who are elderly, disabled and financially disadvantaged. “Safety and training is a big part of being a community transport volunteer, we provide all

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Take a look ahead towards your super

Impact of election and Bank Royal Commission 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 this year. 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 royal 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 be most likely But it will be the reaction and promises from the political parties to the final report 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 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

last year, 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. 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 YEAR AHEAD: What's in store for 2019 for SMSFs? days before the election. Asset returns looking year. Certainly, direct shaky What’s on the radar for residential property looks Figures out in recent this year? almost certain to record days confirm returns for Few are predicting any further falls in Sydney and most super funds with return to strong gains in Melbourne. diversified investments the growth markets of But often, market were likely to be sitting shares and property, corrections are simply very close to 0 per cent domestically or buying opportunities for for the 2018 calendar internationally. the patient.

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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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SUDOKU

Fill the grid so every column, every row and 3x3 box contains the digits 1 to 9.

QUICK CROSSWORD 1

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5x5

ALPHAGRAMS

Insert the missing letters to make ten words — five reading across the grid and five reading down.

Solve the anagrams. Each solution is a one-word anagram of the letters beside it, and the five solutions are sequential. For example, if the fiveletter solution starts with J, the six-letter solution starts with K, and so on.

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S C

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R

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Note: more than one solution may be possible.

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SOLUTIONS

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QUICK CROSSWORD Across: 1. Dais 8. Extinguish 9. Martinet 10. Heir 12. Voiced 14. Streak 15. Dilute 17. Scaled 18. Stop 19. Construe 21. More or less 22. Knew. Down: 2. Antagonist 3. Sent 4. Atoned 5. Unites 6. Euphoria 7. Char 11. Inadequate 13. Crumpled 16. Escort 17. Sunder 18. Same 20. Task.

ALPHAGRAMS: GAPES, HELMET, INTONES, JANITORS, KIDNAPPER.

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How many words of four letters or more can you make? Each letter must be used only once and all words must contain the centre letter. There is at least one nine-letter word. No words starting with a capital are allowed, no plurals ending in s unless the word is also a verb. TODAY: Good 22 Very Good 28 Excellent 33

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WORD GO ROUND

SUDOKU

5x5

A S S E T

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Down 2. Opponent (10) 3. Despatched (4) 4. Made amends (6) 5. Joins (6) 6. Elation (8) 7. Burn (4) 11. Insufficient (10) 13. Crushed (8) 16. Accompany (6) 17. Break apart (6) 18. Identical (4) 20. Job (4)

GK CROSSWORD Across: 5 Smith. 8 Oklahoma. 9 Cream. 10 Pancreas. 11 Nancy. 14 Mad. 16 Kimono. 17 Reefer. 18 Bay. 20 Fence. 24 Fourteen. 25 Curry. 26 Mea culpa. 27 Aesop. Down: 1 Loupe. 2 Flint. 3 Charm. 4 Impala. 6/7 Margaret Thatcher. 12 Sinecure. 13 Concerto. 14 Mob. 15 Dry. 19 Apogee. 21/22 Grace Kelly. 23 Snead.

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)

WORD GO ROUND

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