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Making every day a Valentine’s Day Roses are red, violets are blue. In this month’s Seniors, there’s some great reading for you. Our editorial team has been full of Valentine’s Day enthusiasm for this issue and its theme of maintaining romance and relationships. We also look at how well-worn prejudices – short man/tall lady, gays, young man/older lady – are disappearing in this changing world. It’s also a people paper. We have esteemed, homegrown playwright David Williamson looking back on his many years of

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has been my happiest assignment yet. I’ve met wonderful, inspiring people who belie their years and I’ve been to places in this beautiful part of the world I didn’t know existed. The good news (for me, anyway) is that Gail has given her okay to me sending in the occasional story or two. So ’til then… * My personal thanks to Jim for a job well done and welcome to our new Sunshine Coast Seniors writer Ann Rickard who will take over from our next edition. - Gail

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The Seniors Newspaper is published monthly and distributed free in south-east Queensland and northern New South Wales. The Seniors newspaper stable includes Toowoomba, Wide Bay, Sunshine Coast, Brisbane, Gold Coast, Northern NSW, Coffs and Clarence and Central Coast publications. Published by News Regional Media (ABN 73 064 061 794). Printed by News Regional Media, Yandina. Opinions expressed by contributors to Seniors Newspapers are not necessarily those of the editor or the owner/publisher and publication of advertisements implies no endoresement by the owner/publisher.

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When David sang ‘My Funny Valentine’ Forty-five years of marriage and a new play coming right up Jim Fagan

DAVID Williamson is 75 this month. He’s at the age when he could be putting his feet up at his ocean front home at Sunshine Beach and enjoying the fruits of a career spanning nearly 50 years as Australia’s lauded, and leading, international playwright. He certainly has enough grandchildren to play with. He and his author/ journalist wife Kristin have just come home from California where they welcomed their 12th into the world. But no, David is busier than he has ever been. He is currently adapting Rupert, his 2013 play about Rupert Murdoch, for US cable television. It is a six part miniseries and he has finished part one. He also has a Hollywood movie in development but he wants to keep it under wraps for now. His new play Odd Man Out opened in Sydney last month and Noosa Long Weekend festival director, Ian Mackellar, is bringing it to Noosa in March as a publicity and fundraising precursor to the festival. Tickets are now sale at The J. “I’ve had a very lucky life,” he told Seniors when

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we called to wish him a happy 75th which is on February 24. “I’m one of those rare playwrights who gets just about every play he writes produced. I get such a kick out of constructing something, seeing it come to life with good actors and then the big buzz of watching the audience react.” And even after household name productions like Don’s Party, The Club, The Removalists, Travelling North and 25 screenplays for hugely successful movies like Phar Lap and Gallipoli and Emerald City the need for the “buzz” is clearly still there. David went to high school in Bairnsdale Victoria and attributes his career path to a teacher, Alan McLeod. “He brought Shakespeare to life for me. The basic human emotions of love, hate, revenge, ambition, all of these things are timeless,” he said. “He steered me to being a playwright by making drama seem interesting, relevant and a real exploration of human nature which it is. “I started by writing some university material in the 60s and, oh my goodness, there you go,

ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL: David and Kristin Williamson with grandchildren in Sydney last Christmas. PHOTO: CONTRIBUTED

and Kristin met during rehearsals for The Removalist at La Mama Theatre in Melbourne. “I was looking for a replacement lead actor and suddenly this gorgeous woman turned up. The problem was we were both married to other people at the time. “We’ve been together 45 years and I’ve just dropped her off in Hastings St to have lunch and go shopping with two of the grandkids. Something must have been right about it.” David believes romance is “important in your life. “Kristin would feel very bereft if I didn’t find some good red roses on Valentine’s Day. It’s been a bit of a scramble sometimes but I’ve always managed it. It’s part of our calendar

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I’m still going.” Twelve years ago he developed a heart rhythm problem called atrial fibrillation and atrial flutter. “I had them both and they seemed to alternate. It was stress related. I was working too hard and I went from being a four cylinder car to a three cylinder car,” he said.

“I went on effective medication and I was able to live with it. The fibrillation still reappears from time to time but I have a new lease of life now. The work hasn’t ceased and, fortunately, audiences are still coming in numbers.” David described how he

and I try and take her out for a nice dinner.” The interview ended just as Kristin arrived home. I mentioned Valentine’s Day and she recalled how she and David were in a Chinese restaurant in Umina on the NSW coast. “There was an electric organ and David started playing and singing My Funny Valentine. “Our teenage children were mortified but the restaurant people applauded. Our friend, actor John Bell, who was with us, was astonished. “He hadn’t seen the exhibitionist side of the quiet playwright before that night.”

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WHEN IT comes to relationships, old school rules may still apply, but so do a range of new ones. It used to be that relationships had certain rules: male and female relationships were the norm, the male made the first move, you were engaged for a certain amount of time, marriage and children followed. Pretty soon you were celebrating your 50th wedding anniversary. But times have changed says social commentator Bernard Salt. “Back in the 60s it was mum, dad and the kids and that was pretty much it,” he said. “Over the past 20 years we’ve seen the emergence of a range of different relationships and lifestyle options, for example the gay culture is now celebrated.” Relationships that were once taboo – older women and younger men, gay and lesbian partnerships,

living together and not making it official, and even choosing not to have a relationship – are now more commonplace.

... older women and younger men, gay partnerships, living together and not making it official are now more commonplace. Increasing awareness of other people’s lifestyles or preferences, perhaps through greater connection on social media, is behind our change of attitude, believes psychotherapist and relationship counsellor Shirley Hughes of Life Makeovers. Feminism, as well as the Age of Aquarius, also saw a loosening up of old

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HAVING A GOOD RELATIONSHIP ❚ Remember that, even though you are a couple, it’s healthy to have different interests or even opinions. You don’t have to agree on everything, even if you agree to disagree. ❚ It doesn’t hurt anyone to say sorry, or to be the person who ends an argument by making a compromise. ❚ That said, it’s important to know what needs you consider “essential” in a partnership and expect your significant other to honour those needs. You also need to maintain healthy boundaries. ❚ It’s never too late to begin discussing old issues that are still bothering you, as well as the new ones that will inevitably come up. ❚ It’s true that you should never go to bed angry with your partner. Ask yourself, will this matter in five years’ time?

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rules, she said. Then there were television shows like Sex and the City, where sex before marriage and sexual freedom of women was considered completely acceptable. Men, too, can “play the field” without it being thought immoral, except in strict religious terms. The frenzy that surrounded Demi Moore’s marriage to Ashton Kutcher, not forgetting the widely reported liaisons of stars such as Madonna, Mariah Carey and Sandra

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❚ According to the Bible, King Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines — and men have taken multiple wives in cultures throughout the world, including China, Africa, and among American Mormons in the 19th century. Polygamy is still common across much of the Muslim world. ❚ The first recorded evidence of marriage contracts and ceremonies dates to 4000 years ago, in Mesopotamia, where marriage served as a means of preserving power. In ancient Rome, marriage was a civil affair governed by imperial law. ❚ In 1215, marriage was declared one of the church’s seven sacraments, but it was only in the 16th century that the church decreed that weddings be performed in public, by a priest. ❚ Thanks to feminism, marriage law had become gender-neutral in Western democracy by the 1970s. At the same time, the rise of effective contraception fundamentally transformed marriage. Couples could choose how many children to have, and even to have no children at all. If they were unhappy with each other, they could divorce. ❚ Marriage is now seen to be more about love and that has opened the door to gays and lesbians claiming a right to be married, too.

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AFTER spending almost 18 months coming to terms with the death of his fifth wife, Adam* decided he needed to get himself back into the dating scene. He noticed a surfing friend of his always seemed to have a different girlfriend. “I asked him, where the bloody hell do you meet these girls?” Adam said. “He then told me about this website. “You see, I don’t drink so I don’t go to clubs, so I got onto it.” Adam was 59 at the time and knew he wanted to spend his life with a companion, and maybe even fall in love again. “The only reason you are on these sites is because you are looking for a partner,” Adam said. He registered with RSVP.com, chose a current photo of himself and used the

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MORE than 2000 swimmers will compete in the first of this year’s World Series Swims at Noosa and Mooloolaba this month and in March. For one of them, 62-year-old Alison Windsor, of Nambour, who has been swimming in open water meets for the past eight years, the competitions have a special significance. Since 2015, World Series Swims has staged events in Queensland, NSW and Victoria and this year it is supporting The Kids’ Cancer Project, a national charity dedicated to providing money for childhood cancer research. Cancer is the largest killer of Australian children and the project was founded by Townsville man Col Reynolds, who in

1993 decided to do something to help children with cancer and their families. The project has donated more than $30 million to science for ground-

Alison Windsor, 62, of Nambour, has been swimming in open-water meets for the past eight years. breaking research. As Ms Windsor told Seniors: “I think the charity is wonderful. “I know of a little girl who has been through the cancer thing. She’s been in and out of hospital and, when I see her down at the beach in a wheelchair,

the experience breaks my heart because it is so close to me. “It’s a brilliant cause.” Ms Windsor has been a competitive swimmer since she was five and is an active member of Mudjimba Surf Club, going on patrol every fortnight. “I gained my bronze (medallion) nine years ago and, when I saw how my kids, Sarah and Mark, were doing these openwater swims, I said I can do that.” Sarah has represented Australia 21 times in swimming, Royal Life Saving and Surf Lifesaving teams. World Series Swims Noosa, Feb 11–12 and Mooloolaba, March 5. Enter online at www.worldseriesswims. com.au. To donate to The Kids’ Cancer Project visit kidscancerproject.org.au.

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TWO Sunshine Coast University nutrition and dietetic students, Zoe Richter and Shononi Campbell, have been looking at the eating habits of Noosa Men’s Shed members. Their conclusion: Morning teas of bakery made sweet buns, savoury cheese rolls and leftover sausages from Bunnings sizzles are out and fresh vegetables and fruit are in! As part of their public health placement course, Zoe and Shononi recently completed a survey of 45 of the shed members. Their aim was to identify any barriers to healthy eating and to recommend ways to promote healthier food options. As Zoe told Seniors: “We found the top two barriers to a healthy diet were food knowledge and cooking skills. “Among our recommendations are

HEALTHY CHOICES: Noosa Men’s Shed’s Col Staun and students Shononi Campbell and Zoe Richter.

morning tea of fruit from local shops and produce from the shed’s own vegie garden. “The shed is also installing a new kitchen and we’ve suggested introducing the ‘Cooking for 1 or 2 Program’ run by the Department of Veteran Affairs.”

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THE Smith Family is 95 years old this year and the story of how it got its name is worth retelling. In 1922, five businessmen walked into a Sydney orphanage with toys and sweets. When asked who the children should thank, one of them, preferring to remain anonymous, said “Smith”. “What about the others?” the matron asked. “They’re Smiths, too. We’re the Smith family.” And thus the national not-for-profit, which looks after disadvantaged children, The Smith Family, was born. The charity has learning clubs in three Sunshine Coast state schools – Maroochydore, Nambour and Burnside – and to find out what the clubs do, Seniors spoke to Toni Kirkpatrick, who has been the Maroochydore club co-ordinator for some years. Toni is a former

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Townsville City Councillor whose portfolio included community services. The 66 year old is retired now and she is proud to be a Smith Family volunteer. “I love what it stands for. I didn’t want to be someone who just supports it. I have a social work degree and I wanted to do hands-on stuff. I love the kids. They are such good fun.

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Cyberspace meeting place relationship. Until you get yourself moving you will never find out just how much choice and how much enjoyment you can have searching for and finding a new partner. ONLINE SITES If you are prepared to get online and start talking to potential new friends via the keyboard, there is an extensive choice of websites with many open to registration for any age and persuasion, while a handful are fully focused on the over 50s and over 60s market. Several site names are very recognisable, such as RSVP.com and eHarmony, which are open age sites. Then there are the age-specific sites; single60s.com.au, seekingsingles.com,

10 TIPS ❚ Protecting your identity can seem complicated, so here are 10 simple identity security tips from the Attorney General’s Department: 1. Secure your personal documents at home, when you are travelling and if you need to destroy them. 2. Secure your computer and mobile phone with security software and strong passwords and avoid using public computers for sensitive activities. 3. Be cautious about using social media and limit the amount of personal information you publish online. 4. Investigate the arrival of new credit cards you didn’t ask for or bills for goods and services that aren’t yours. 5. Learn how to avoid common scams at www.scamwatch.gov.au.

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sixtydating.com/Australia, Singleandmature.com which has sub-sites for differing ages and fiftydating.com/Australia, just to name a very few. Whichever site you access, you need an email address. Most sites have free

registration, but having a credit card on hand becomes a necessity to progress into the detail of the site. It’s always advisable to click on the Terms of Use. The document contains important information, and interestingly is often

familiar on several sites which are owned by the same company. Take time to have a good look through a website so that you can determine if it is offering the types of contacts you want. Not all sites will

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FIVE months ago I published the first of these stories in Seniors Newspaper ‘Talk n thoughts’ section, and I have since noted there is plenty of talk going on with Australian committees, working groups, governments and private interests. On the other hand some not-for-profit building companies such as Brisbane Housing Company or the Tiny Homes Foundation are flat out with fundraising and building appropriate housing. I have also published a story on Sydney’s Paramatta Council, which is taking a look at alternative housing models through a house sharing initiative. However, right now

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demand far outweighs available accommodation, and as the older demographic increases so does the urgency of this issue. Nevertheless, in a decent society there are always people who, rather than sticking their head in the sand, raise their hand and take solid initiatives in the quest for affordable housing for the older person. Here, I introduce you to Linda Mina, whose own experience led her to set

up an online housing site, and Anglicare North Coast NSW chief executive officer Estelle Graham, leader of a group who has gone to work to raise affordable housing construction funds. ■ House sharers Gold Coast resident, 68-year-old Linda Mina, has set up Facebook groups to help older people find share housing. She said her inspiration for creating the Seniors Share Houses Facebook groups evolved from personal experience. “At 60, due to ill health, I retired. My children had moved out and I was left with a mortgage struggling to make ends meet,” she said. “I decided the only way to afford any sort of life

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things big things grow was to sell my house and rent.” However, a look at the price of rentals and the realisation that her pension wouldn’t even cover a one-bedroom apartment, meant she had to consider alternative housing styles. “I remembered the share houses from my youth and decided to check Gumtree. I found most were seeking younger people. “Luckily, I did eventually find a flatmate of similar age and interests and we became close friends.” Linda’s career background was in community development and with that knowledge she took a further step and created a specific space just for seniors to

advertise when seeking or offering share accommodation. “You may wonder ‘why Facebook?’, because it might not be considered

months and she told me it had helped many find their perfect flatmate (and friend). “There are currently 550 members and

At 60, due to ill health, I retired. My children had moved out and I was left with a mortgage struggling to make ends meet. senior-friendly,” she said. “However, it is free to use, has the capacity to reach many people, and libraries and community groups are now offering courses in the use of social media.” Linda’s Facebook site Seniors Share Houses Gold Coast has been running for about 18

growing,” she said. This month, due to its success, she has developed a similar Sunshine Coast group. In a little over a week Seniors Share Houses Sunshine Coast had grown to 60 members and has several adverts for people seeking and places to share.

You can search for and join Seniors Share Houses Gold Coast, Seniors Share Houses Sunshine Coast and Seniors Connect on Facebook. ❚ Anglicare North Coast Anglicare CEO Estelle Graham said the North Coast area reached from Port Macquarie to the Queensland border and while on the surface this area represented a sunny holiday destination, there was a problem with affordable housing. Ms Graham said high rental costs were exacerbated by increased demand from the influx of road construction workers, and homes, formerly permanent rentals, reassigned to the Airbnb pool.

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She also pointed to research by Sandy Darab and Yvonne Hartman from the School of Arts and Social Sciences at Southern Cross University, Lismore, and their studies on the housing situation of older women in the Northern Rivers area. In an article for *ProBono (16/11/2016) the researchers said they had found a “massive problem”. They went on to describe the issue as “a sleeping giant”. In an effort to generate affordable housing funds, Ms Graham said in December last year, Anglicare North Coast launched the Gr8Cleaning business. GR8CLEAN is a specialist cleaning service for Ballina, Alstonville, Lismore and Byron Bay

residents. It does specialised work such as air conditioner cleaning and pressure cleaning of houses/offices, driveways and footpaths. The not-for-profit is run by qualified and trained Anglicare North Coast employees and all profits from GR8CLEAN help Anglicare North Coast continue to provide vital services.

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What’s on ODD MAN OUT

TICKETS are on sale for David Williamson’s new play Odd Man Out, starring Lisa Gormley and Justin Stewart Cotta which Noosa Long Weekend festival director Ian Mackellar will bring to

from their nests to the ocean. Sign on at 6.15am at beaches across the Coast from Shelly Beach to Marcoola. Free barbecue breakfast at La Balsa Park from 8am.

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A MARVELLOUS exhibition by 2016 Sunshine Coast Art Prize winner Michael Cook. Mother is a journey through 13 images of a woman in a deserted Australian landscape. On display until February 26. www.gallery.sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.

LANZA SINGS AGAIN DON’T miss tenor Roy Best singing Mario Lanza’s greatest songs and soprano Alison Jones cloning Kathryn Grayson. Chris McKenna narrates Lanza’s life story and accompanist is Len Vorster. Events Centre Caloundra, Saturday February 11. Book online or call 5491 4240.

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NOOSA and Mooloobala is where the swimming action is. Compete against Olympic stars Michael Klim, golden girl Libby Trickett and 1960 gold medallist John Konrads in the World Series Swim Festival at Noosa, February 11– 12. On March 5 Mooloolaba will host the festival.

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Travel to new worlds

Ann Rickard takes us out of Australia and into great, new spaces LET’S face it, those in the gay community seem to have far more fun than the rest of us, so it makes sense to follow their instincts and holiday where they do. Check out these ten gay destinations from around the world and around the country.

SAN FRANCISCO, U.S.A.

The Big Daddy of all the gay cities, the place where it all came out in the 1960s and gay pride spread its tentacles all over the world. With its Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf, Lombard St and those cute cable cars, exploring San Francisco

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MYKONOS, GREEK ISLANDS

If San Francisco is King of the gay destinations then Mykonos must be the Queen. The entire Greek Island is gay – from the seafront tavernas at Super Paradise Beach to the myriad clubs and bars hidden in the maze of cobbled streets in Mykonos town.

SITGES, SPAIN

This small fishing village with its sunny beaches and quaint old town was

home to a sprinkling of fishermen and their families in the 1960s, until the gay crowd discovered its laid-back charm and arrived in droves. The clubs, gyms and saunas quickly popped up and now Sitges is famous the world over for its vivacious gay nightlife and colourful festivals. It’s a perfect European summer destination for all of us.

all over the world. A sweep of sandy beach fringed with over-sand taverns buzzes with gay women hanging out, having fun. How Lesbos will recover from the massive influx of refugees in the past couple of years won’t be known for some time. It is cheaper than most Greek islands.

SKALA ERRESSOS – GREEK ISLAND OF LESBOS

Super gay-friendly city, Sydney pulses during the biggest annual gay party in the country each February/March. We all know about Mardi Gras but how many of us have made the pilgrimage to

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BERLIN, GERMANY

A pulsating city that welcomes everyone and loves the gay community. Berlin enjoys a reputation as one of the world’s most dynamic gay capitals. The gay community has made Berlin a hedonist’s dream destination, why shouldn’t we join the party?

PUERTO VALLARATA, MEXICO

Probably Mexico’s most popular gay destination with more than its share of gay bars, night clubs and hilarious drag

shows. Watching the parade of fabulously fit bodies in Speedos while sipping icy margaritas at a beach-front bar is going to make us seniors hold in our tummies and vow to get to the gym when we return home.

BANGKOK, THAILAND

While not exactly a gay destination, Bangkok is known for its myriad bars where the lady boys love to slip into something glam. Thai people are among the most sweet, friendly and tolerant people in the world which makes this city a drawcard for the gay community.


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Be sure to savour Italy

The beautiful sights and sounds of this wonderful country will stay with you forever Ann Rickard

ITALY is one of the countries on the bucket lists of so many travellers – even though it has suffered heartbreaking disasters lately. But intrepid seniors do not let a potential calamity of nature turn them off their travel plans, do they? Everyone should see Italy just once if it is possible within time and budget restraints. The first time you visit Rome and set eyes on the Colosseum will be embedded in your memory forever. The same goes for St Peter’s. Even if the Trevi Fountain is packed with tourists, and it will be, and you will find it hard to snap a selfie without a dozen others in the background, and you will, it won’t take away from the spine-tingly thrill that you are there, right there at this world-famous landmark. The first time I entered

the Piazza del Campo, the historic centre of Siena in Tuscany, I experienced a feeling of mouth slack. My jaw dropped considerably, not quite to the ground as many a colourful writer would embellish, but it definitely did drop as I took in the sight of arguably Europe’s most renowned medieval square.

We tried to keep our jaws from gaping too much at the absolute Italian splendour of it. The breathtaking architecture of the shell-shaped piazza, the soaring Torre del Mangia,

that slender tower rising from the square, the Fonta Gaia, the fountain that first brought water to the square, halted me on the spot. Our Siena visit was just days before the famous Palio di Siena, the bare-back horse race around the periphery of the piazza where thousands of people cram into every centimetre of space on the ground and hang off the surrounding balconies to watch and cheer. There was much ceremony and colour during our pre-Palio visit, many celebrations with groups of young men draped in brilliant colours, carrying flags, beating drums. We sat at one of the cafes around the edge of the square for aperitvo and tried to keep our jaws from gaping too much at the absolute Italian splendour of it. The first time on the Amalfi Coast was another jaw-dropping experience.

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on your next holiday The huddled towns of Positano and Amalfi clinging to the cliffs, the death-defying ride on the local buses around the hairpin bends of the coastal mountains that plunge to the sea, it was all so thrilling, despite the hundreds of steps up and down to the beach; they allowed us to eat and drink more, there is always a positive side. The Cinque Terra was another first that offered a buzz beyond words as we walked along the cliff faces to each of the five villages, stopping for refreshments in each one, wondering if we had the stamina to walk on to the next. We did, but only after fortifying gin and tonics. Even though it took an entire day and there was much climbing and puffing and cursing along the Cinque Terra towards the last town of Monterosso, it was one of the most unforgettable experiences of all our travels. Now if I am fortunate to

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ACTIVE AGING WEIGHT-bearing and resistance exercises are the answer to helping your bones get stronger. Osteoporosis Australia exercise specialists say hopping and jumping, and progressive resistance training such as lifting weights in the gym, are the most effective exercises for improving and preserving bone strength throughout life. Other exercises that involve the feet making impact with the ground such as running and jumping, tennis and dancing are all good for bones. OA’s Professor Belinda Beck recommends regular exercise that raises the heart rate is important for reducing the risk of common lifestyle

diseases such as heart disease and diabetes. “But we know that aerobic exercise on its own makes little or no difference to bones,” Prof Beck said.

.. .hopping and jumping, and progressive resistance training such as lifting weights in the gym, are the most effective exercises . . . “Bones need to be stressed in very specific ways in order to get stronger.”

To get successfully active, you should: ■ Be regular – exercise for about 30 minutes, at least three times a week. ■ Exercise intensity should increase gradually over time – the amount of weight used, degree of exercise difficulty, height of jumps, and so on, must increase or vary over time to challenge the bones and muscles. ■ Routines should be varied rather than repetition. ■ Exercises should be performed in short, intensive bursts. ■ Regular short bouts of weight-bearing exercise separated by several hours are better than one long session. ■ Lifting weights quickly is more effective for

improving muscle function than lifting them slowly. ■ Rapid, short bursts of movement such as jumping or skipping are more effective than slow movements. Exercise specialists recommend that before

HEALTH HELP: Strengthen your bones using regular weight-bearing and resistance exercises. PHOTO: OSTEOPOROSIS AUSTRALIA

anyone starts exercising, particularly those people who have osteoporosis or already had a fracture, a qualified exercise

professional should be consulted so that an appropriate program can be designed to obtain the most benefits.

The single, retired and invisible need feel alone no longer WHEN WE look at most of the promotional literature produced by the retirement industry, we see lots of pictures and stories of attractive couples on cruise ships, at parties and walking along beaches. When was the last time you saw a picture showing a single retired person in any of these situations? Many single retirees complain that they feel invisible. It’s as if the whole idea of life in retirement is only about couples having a good time. The reality is that there

TUNED UP FOR THE THIRD AGE PAUL McKEON are currently more than one million single people over 50 in Australia and the numbers are growing fast. While singles have the distinct advantage of not having to compromise with a partner when deciding what to do and where to go, they generally have to manage a range of

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issues which are quite different to those facing couples. These include having to pay the dreaded “singles supplement” when travelling, having to fund living expenses out of one income, having only one salary going into your superannuation, and being solo in many social occasions. Not only do singles have to make all their decisions on their own, there is virtually no assistance or information which can help them prepare for the transition from full time work to some form of retirement.

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Staying together for longer KEEPING older Australians and their pets together is the goal of the national lobby group, Pets and Positive Ageing which is the first of its kind. The voluntary organisation is a specialised advocacy group which is helping to find ways for domestic pets to stay with their elderly owners at home or in retirement villages, in hostels, at independent living units and in low care areas of nursing. President Jan Phillips said the organisation realised from very early days that pets and ageing was a national issue. Since 2012 it has confronted and challenged the issues surrounding when older Australians need to move to supported accommodation and the vexing problem of what to do with their pets which can at times stop people from making the choice of moving to more suitable accommodation. Ms Phillips said PAPA is continually engaging with several animal welfare and in-home pet support programs across

Australia. Its community consultations have led PAPA to offer, “practical initiatives such as promotion of support services in other states, holding public forums on key issues, talking to key senior groups and service providers, and mentoring community organisations looking to emulate the PAPA programs,” Ms Phillips said. The group’s newest campaign is focused on pet support becoming one of the standard services offered to home and community Care clients within home care packages. Other PAPA projects on the table for 2017 are developing advice on end-of-life for pets, promoting the use of emergency or home alone contact cards, and opening discussions on taking dogs into public places and onto public transport. For more information on the group, go to www.petsandpositive ageing.com. This is the first story in a series on Pets and Positive Ageing.

PET SUPPORT: PAPA president Jan Phillips with her dogs Kirsty and Mintie.

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Walking back to a healthy place Marjie driven to create a group for silver fitness enthusiasts IN 1970 Helen Shapiro was belting out Walking Back To Happiness and the then 30-year-old Marjie Andrews was getting ready to leave Melbourne to live on the Sunshine Coast. Today, the British pop star’s hit could well be Marjie’s theme song as she has one simple piece of advice for anyone thinki ng of getting fit –it’s never too late to start walking. Marjie, who now lives in Maroochydore, started a Welcome to Walking for Fitness, Fun and Friendship class three years ago and among her members are a 90-year-old (”she’s wonderful”), a few men and women in their 80s, and some younger. And for someone who’ll be 77 this year, Marjie is pretty sprightly herself. She told Seniors how

ACTIVE AGEING: Marjie Andrews walking for fitness and fun.

the idea came while she was driving along the South Bank of the Maroochy River. “I saw the good folk enjoying the fresh air and the ambience as they strolled along the riverside path,” she said. “There and then I decided to start a class which would combine walking with exercise interludes, including Tai

Chi for arthritis management, and falls prevention.” The idea caught on and Marjie’s current class of silver fitness enthusiasts showed their appreciation when they nominated her as Senior Citizen of the Year in last month’s Sunshine Coast Council’s Australia Day Awards. A former school

teacher, she has had lifelong interest in health and fitness. In 1986 she attained accreditation in both group exercise and aqua-fitness and conducted classes in Woombye and Maroochydore until recently. She believes much of the physical decline associated with ageing is due to inactivity rather than disease. “My aim is to keep people healthy, away from doctors and out of hospital. I love what I do.” The walking group meets at the Cod Hole Boat Ramp Vehicle Park in Bradman Avenue at 9am on Mondays and Tuesdays. It’s $5 for two hours and classes resume for 2017 on Mon-Tues, February 13-14. Phone Marjie on 5448 4229.

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RESEARCHING for this month’s travel top 10 gay destinations (see Page 17) brought back so many memories I laughed out loud at my own writing. The first time we stumbled on a gay beach, my husband – usually a very open-minded man – was discombobulated. It was 25 years ago on the Greek island of Mykonos, what a surprise?

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We had no idea we were entering a gay beach as we stepped off a wooden boat that chuffed us around a series of bays.

As we trudged along the sand we were confronted by row upon row of naked bodies, mostly men. My own man didn’t know where to look. “I’m not comfortable here,” he said. “I’m comfortable here, I love it,” I told him. When the men got up and began throwing frisbees, the husband declared his intention to

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depart the beach. We spotted a bar on top of a hill above the beach. “This is better,” the husband said and pulled up a bar stool. We could see the nakedness cramming the beach below but we were distanced from it. We felt comfortable, until an hour later when the naked men donned tiny Speedos and joined us at the bar.

“They’ve all come up here,” the perplexed husband said, lowering his eyes and dipping his nose deep into his mojito. “It’s their space,” I said. “If we don’t like, we must leave.” We didn’t. We ordered another round and enjoyed a wonderful afternoon on this gayfriendly beach and we’ve been back every year. .

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JUST over two years ago Michelle Poole had the idea that grandparents who look after their grandchildren while parents are working might want to do it in a playgroup setting. Michelle works for the not-for-profit Mons Playgroup Centre at Buderim and, as she told Seniors, “We have 10 at the moment and there is room for more.” Michelle said she had looked for ways the Centre could adapt to the changing needs of the local community. “I did a bit of research and discovered there were grandparents and retired couples living near the centre looking after their grandchildren,” she said. “Mons Playgroup is on one acre of land with 200 member families and wonderful facilities. “To me it made sense to offer what we had to

COLOUR FUN: Grandparents and children at Mons Playgroup Centre.

anyone in that position of caring. “They could come together socially and be a support group as well. “I started putting on local events to give awareness about what Playgroup could give to families. “We call it the Grandparents and Carers

Playgroup and as well as family members we also have some people coming along who are looking after someone else’s children.” The two-hour sessions are held on Wednesdays at 9.30am. Cost is $3 plus membership of Playgroup Queensland. Michelle said: “The

sessions are run by the families themselves and they have the use of the sandpit, cubby house, community garden, plenty of toys, paints and crafts and equipment.” For information call Michelle 5453 4938 or email mpoole @playgroupqld.com.au

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last year by then president Noelene Hughes after Penny was nominated for this award by the Nambour club’s 2016 management committee for her outstanding contribution to the club. Penny joined the club in 2002 when she came to live at Nambour from Bowen where she had her own nursery.

TO ALLOW for readers’ requests for the publication of more neighbourhood news, please keep notices short and to the point (100 word maximum). If you would like to submit a photo please ensure it is at least 180dpi with faces in a nice and bright setting. The deadline for the March issue is February 22. Email Nicky or Chris at communitynotes@ seniorsnewspaper.com.au

RETIRED BUSINESS FRIENDSHIP GROUP MAROOCHYDORE

WE WOULD like retired single men to join us, over 65 to 75 is our age group. We need a balance of men and ladies to enjoy our social outings. Theatre, home dinner parties, barbecues, picnics and dining out are some of the venues we would like to share. These are the outings one doesn’t enjoy on one’s own. Phone 5443 7663 after 5pm.

CALLING ALL SINGERS

JOIN a choir and sing some heavenly harmonies. Andrew Emmet, former chorister at Christ Church Cathedral, Oxford, UK, directs three A Cappella (voice only) choirs in Tewantin and Cooroy. One

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FRIENDSHIP DINNER: Caloundra Evening VIEW club members Val Lawrence, Clare Seddon, Sandra Jones and Debra Peut celebrate a new year and new friends.

“Classical” and two “Popular”. Andrew creates many of his own original arrangements, particularly for the “Popular” choirs. If you would like to sing in one of these choirs, email Andrew at andrew jemmet@gmail.com or phone 5474 1498.

VIEW CLUBS ■ CALOUNDRA EVENING

AT THE beginning of each year, the Caloundra Evening VIEW Club holds a Friendship Dinner for members and guests. This is the opportunity for us to renew acquaintances and gain new friends. It is a largely informal evening which is much enjoyed by

members who spend time with catchups and introductions. This event was held at the Pelican Waters Golf Club on Tuesday evening.

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OUR next luncheon will be held on Friday, February 24 at 11am at the Maroochydore Surf Life Saving Club. The cost for the delicious two course meal is $28. Newcomers are always welcome and if you would like to attend this meeting or hear more about our VIEW Club, phone Terri on 5390 9783.

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OUR Club’s Meetings/Lunches are held on the first Wednesday of the month

at Buderim Tavern, 81 Burnett Street at 11am, the next on Wednesday, March 1. Cost is $28. There are always interesting guest speakers and also a social activity on the third Wednesday of the month. Have lunch with a friendly group of ladies and make new and lasting friendships. Phone Pat on 5445 6329 to make a reservation.

NAMBOUR GARDEN CLUB

MEMBER Penny Hegarty recently received the Ann Williams Clark medallion for outstanding service by a member of an affiliated club with the Garden Clubs of Australia. Penny was given the award late

A SUCCESSFUL Christmas lunch for the seniors of Bribie Island and near surrounds was held in memory of the local Lions member who instigated this project some five years ago. Lions have decided to rename this function as ‘Phil Carnes Memorial Senior Christmas Luncheon’. Seniors were dined and entertained in a lovely Christmas atmosphere in the hall of The Bribie Island Primary School. They were entertained by One Voice and Golden Entertainers. Some 360 meals were prepared and served by Lions members (dressed in lovely Island-style shirts). The Lionesses, in their lovely stylish uniform,served morning tea of Lions Christmas Cakes. Organiser Graham Cole said this was a way of giving back to the community.

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MAROOCHY North Shore Lions Club are proud to announce that they are sponsoring one of their members, Nicole Carty as an entrant in the Lions Medical Research Personality Quest 2016–17. This quest is open to all women over the age of 18 and is run over 12 months. Maroochy North Shore Lions look forward to the support of the Local Community in this most worthwhile project. Phone Carol Goldsworthy, publicity officer on 5450 5721.

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FIFTY Shades Darker. $20 includes a drink and nibbles. Caloundra Big Screen Cinemas Bulcock St, Caloundra on Thursday, February 9 at 6.15pm for a 7pm movie start. Contact: Debbie 0407 110 073 or Kristy 0447 833 234 for tickets. All proceeds to Cancer Council Queensland.

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OUR monthly meeting will be held in the Buderim Bowls Club, Elizabeth St, Buderim at 9.30am on Monday, February 27, morning tea will be served. Cost is $5 per person. Coral from the CONTINUED ON PAGE 25

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stroke foundation will be our guest speaker. All over 50s are welcome to join our group of happy seniors who enjoy each other’s company. We have regular outings to places of interest, restaurants and picnics. Phone Robyn on 0458 773 387 or 5476 9032.

HEADLAND BUDERIM CROQUET CLUB

HEADLAND Buderim Croquet Club will be having a come and try day on Sunday, March 5 between 2–3.30pm at the club at Syd Lingard Dr. Come along and expand your physical and mental skills in a fun and new way. Comfy and closed in shoes are the only requirement. For more information phone 0423 534 909.

SUNSHINE COAST JAZZ CLUB INC

OUR next event is featuring Brad Leaver’s Quartet. Sophisticated, super suave Brad (vocalist) has been melting hearts world wide for 15 years. His Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tony Bennett style takes you back to the romantic area when ladies were wooed by handsome strangers. At

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the Currimundi Hotel, Buderim St 2–4.30pm. Doors open 12.30pm. Cost: Non members $25. Seniors / U3A $22.50. Members $20. Bookings: Carlyn on 5444 7502 or 0403 405 420.

Care Portal with real-time live demonstrations. Learn your consumer rights and how to compare care providers, their fees, hourly rates, exit fees and service agreements. At libraries: Caloundra – February 7, 10–11.30am. Beerwah -– February 9, 10–11.30am. Kenilworth – February 10, 10.30am–12pm. Kawana – February 20, 10–11.30am. Coolum – February 23, 2–3.30pm. Bookings essential: library.sunshinecoast. qld.gov.au/Whats-On/ Legal-and-Finance/ Senior-Care.

SUNSHINE COAST COMPUTER CLUB

IF YOU need computer technology help or assistance with an updated program, Sunshine Coast Computer Club Inc may be able to help. Come as a visitor to a weekly meeting at Buderim or Caloundra and have an introductory chat and see what goes on at a meeting. Have a cup of tea or coffee with the Clubs friendly members as a start to getting to know your computer and technology devices. Information Line: 5492 1005, visit the website: www.sccc.org.au or email: sccc@internode. on.net.

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A CARBOOT sale is held at the Tewantin State School, Poinciana Ave on the second Saturday of the month, between 7–11am. The next carboot sale is on February 11. $10 per car bay and all funds go to local projects.

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EVERY Tuesday from 7–9.30pm, Pat and Norm Young organise a social evening at the Pomona Memorial School of Arts Hall. The cost is $4 which includes supper. It is a very enjoyable evening with New Vogue and Old Time dancing. Come and be a spectator and see if you will enjoy it. Everyone is welcome. Phone

THE first tour for this year will be departing from the Blue Care Centre, West Tce, Caloundra on Monday, February 20 at 8am. On arrival in Brisbane, we will board the MV Neptune for a two-hour cruise of the Brisbane River. While cruising and viewing the great sights of Brisbane from the river, we will enjoy a Devonshire

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WEDNESDAY’S in Tewantin with Ruth Eedy. 9.45am. $5 donation. Phone or text on 0467 250 757. Everyone welcome.

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WE ARE looking for volunteers to assist with the management and care of our new farm animals at our five-acre hobby farm for people living with disabilities located in Cooroibah. We have welcomed two goats, two mini dexter cows, a donkey and two sheep to our Butterfly family and need some farm hand assistance or animal husbandry care. If you are experienced with drenching, worming or hoof trimming. Register your interest: email admin@sunshine butterflies.com.au or phone 5470 2830.

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HAVE YOU thought about the health benefits of singing? Singers use diaphragm breathing which has huge advantages for your bodies aerobic system. More oxygenated blood flows through the arteries to allow greater oxygen uptake by your vital organs. The Sunshine Statesmen Barbershop Chorus will present a four week voice training program for men at their Buderim rehearsal rooms. The Wednesday night training will be hosted by the chorus members and led by musical director Brian Martin from Maleny. No previous experience is necessary and you do not need to be able to read music. The free course, begins with an introductory night at 7.30pm on February 8 at the Buderim Uniting Church Hall, corner Gloucester and King St. Phone Graham Nicholson on 0401 261 840 or: www.sunshinestatesmen. org.au.

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LEARN more about anxiety and how to manage it. Join us for four, two-hour sessions over four consecutive weeks. Noosa: February 9–March 2. Caloundra: March 3–24. Maroochydore: March 16–April 6. The Sunshine Coast Hospital & Health Service. Contact a social worker on 5449 5944.

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MEETING at 1pm on the fourth Thursday of each month. The next meeting is February 23. Meetings are held in the Catholic Church Parish Hall, 61 Edmund St, Caloundra, circuit books, stamp displays, accessories and bargain table. New members and visitors are always welcome. For more information: phone secretary Jill Hughes on 5494 7233.

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NEXT LECTURE: Venice, Canaletto and his rivals. ADFAS is a not-for-profit organisation providing superbly illustrated monthly presentations on diverse topics within the arts and related disciplines. The goal of ADFAS Sunshine Coast is to enable members and guests to learn more about the arts in a friendly, welcoming environment. Our monthly raffles raise funds to support local young art projects. The next presentation on March 13 at 6.45pm at the Drama Theatre, Matthew Flinders College, Buderim. Bookings: phone Karin on 5479 0550.

ASSIST AND HAVE FUN: A group of happy volunteers from the Sunshine Coast Riding for the Disabled.

AUSSIE PRIDE: 70 Pebble Beach Freehold Retirement Community residents turned out to enjoy their annual Australia Day Breakfast, cooked fittingly on the barbie. :

the arrival of the Band’s 2017 season on Sunday, February 26 at 2pm. What better item to launch the year than Vivaldi’s “Four Seasons” and a selection of wonderful music featuring vocalists Tanya McFadyen and Dave Stygall? Come and join maestro Ken Chadwick OAM and this fabulous group of volunteers as they support the work of fellow volunteers in Rotary Club Maroochydore and the Maroochy Men’s Shed. Kawana Community Hall, Nanyima St, Buddina, cost is $15 pp, includes afternoon tea. Tickets available at the door or to be sure of securing a seat phone 0417 649 686 or contact Rotary Maroochydore at secretary@maroochydore rotary.com.au.

CELEBRATE ST PATRICK’S DAY

A CONCERT will be held at 2pm Sunday, March 19 at Buderim War Memorial Hall, Main St, Buderim. Quirky humour and lively tunes represent the Irish way of life, and this variety concert will be an enjoyable afternoon of the Irish harmony and humour. Top artists will perform, including entertainer Ken O’Flaherty with his McGuiness Irish band, singers Bev Gourlay and

Aart Schouten, piano accordionist Christina Hanley, Irish dancers and Irish poet Joe Lynch. It will be a toe-tapping, exciting afternoon – and all for the good cause of raising funds for the Buderim Historical Society’s Pioneer Cottage in Buderim. Ticket cost is $20 and includes an Irish afternoon tea. Tickets will be available at the old Buderim Post Office and at Pioneer Cottage Buderim or at the door. Enquiries: Bev Gourlay on 5444 8675.

CALOUNDRA FAMILY HISTORY RESEARCH

THIS month’s guest speaker at the Caloundra Family History Research Inc’s general meeting will be local historian, Paul Seto, with his presentation on “Emily Hemans Bulcock OBE – Our Forgotten Poet”. Paul’s talk will begin at 1.30pm on Thursday, February 16. Upon payment of a $5 fee, members of the public can attend guest speaker appearances, or to research their family at the SCTC, GATE 2, Pierce Ave, Little Mountain. Opening hours of the library and resource centre are on the group’s website, together with a

calendar of events to March at www.caloundra familyhistory.org.au or phone Roz 5493 1197.

SUNSHINE COAST RIDING FOR THE DISABLED (RDA)

ARE YOU recently retired and looking for a worthwhile cause to support? Do you have specific skills to share or just some spare time? Then we have the answers for you! A fast-growing, fast-moving volunteer organisation and we are looking for motivated and reliable people to assist. There are so many opportunities for people to help. For more information: www.sunshinecoastrda. com or phone us on 5472 7280.

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Finance What to keep an eye on throughout 2017 THE main topics to keep an eye on in 2017 are: The US economic policy under President Trump – in particular whether the focus is on fiscal stimulus and deregulation as opposed to starting a trade war with China; How aggressively the Fed raises interest rates – faster inflation could speed it up putting more upwards pressure on the $US; A rapid rise in bond yields – this would be bad for shares and growth assets but a gradual rise would be okay; Elections in the Netherlands, France, Germany and maybe Italy which could reignite Eurozone break-up fears if anti-Euro populists win. However this is thought to be unlikely. Whether China continues to avoid a hard

landing in their slow down phase; Whether non-mining investment (housing activity; retail; resource export) picks up in Australia – a failure to do so could see aggressive RBA easing – and how a surge in apartment supply impacts property prices. And of course effects of any geopolitical flare ups e.g. the South China Sea. With all these factors playing on the global stage it is a good idea to stay in touch with your financial adviser and ensure your investments suit the climate.

For more information, contact Mark Digby at Maher Digby Securities Pty Ltd - Financial Advisers – AFSL No. Phone: 07 5441 1266 or visit maherdigby.com.au This document was prepared without taking into account any person’s particular objectives, financial situation or needs. It is not guaranteed as accurate or complete and should not be relied upon as such.

Be aware of pitfalls of reverse lending THE latest round of figures showing rising home values means many Australian retirees could have a valuable resourceat their fingertips. For senior Australians, home equity can be a source of retirement income. It’s all thanks to the availability of reverse mortgages – a financial product that allows homeowners, usually aged 60-plus, to draw on home equity with loan funds secured by their home. No repayments are necessary with a reverse mortgage, at least while

THINK MONEY PAUL CLITHEROE you live in the place. Interest charges and fees are added to the loan balance with the total to be repaid when the property is sold or the last borrower has passed away. It’s an option for asset-rich, cash-poor seniors to boost retirement cash. But reverse mortgages do have downsides. For some retirees

MORTGAGE OPTIONS: Retirees finding it tough to meet the cost of living may find a reverse mortgage is the answer.

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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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GK CROSSWORD

Across: 1. Aura 3. Lynchpin 9. Recants 10. Noise 11. Supernatural 14. Opt 16. Aloft 17. Eye 18. Police states 21. Among 22. Odorous 23. Badlyoff 24. Thus. Down: 1. Abrasion 2. Recap 4. Yes 5. Consultation 6. Primate 7. Need 8. Increasingly 12. Arose 13. Persists 15. Twofold 19. Tooth 20. Daub 22. Oaf.

WORD GO ROUND

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 23 Very Good 31 Excellent 39

QUICK CROSSWORD

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ALPHAGRAMS: HATED, IGNORE, JOSTLED, KANGAROO, LIBERATES.

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Across: 5/8 Spike Milligan, 9 Octal, 10 Linoleum, 11 Minsk, 14 Bit, 16 Biafra, 17 Ack-ack, 18 TNT, 20 Choir, 24 Appliqué, 25 Bluff, 26 Penknife, 27 Sears. Down: 1 Smolt, 2 Flint, 3 Viola, 4 Watusi, 6 Pachinko, 7 Knapsack, 12/13 Michelle Pfeiffer, 14 Bat, 15 Tat, 19 Napier, 21 Fluke, 22 Squid, 23 Seven.

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