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THIS month our cover story features Senior Australian of the Year Dr Suzanne Packer. Our journalist Tracey Johnstone interviewed Dr Packer in her Canberra home and I believe the description of her backyard gives us a special insight into the philosophy that guides her work with children. Her acceptance speech also furthered understanding to what had prompted her ongoing life’s work: “By the current measures our Australian children are not doing as well as they could – middle of the pack, certainly not leaders,” Dr Packer said. “If we want to improve, we adults are the ones who need to change. No more belated apologies, we need to notice children, be curious about their lives – be it our own children, children in the neighbourhood or the children on Nauru. “If our situation in Australia is to improve, then all of us must first learn to truly value all children irrespective of their circumstances, as full members of our society who are learning from all of us. “We are a small but wealthy nation and we already have a reputation for punching above our weight, surely our children

should be our first priority.” Moving forward to another generation, we are pleased to feature the opening of Ozcare’s latest aged care facility in Toowoomba. Conversations with readers and certainly information given to The Royal Commission on Aged Care Quality and Safety reveals a great need for extra beds. But life is many layered and focusing on another dimension, in this edition, our double-page feature highlights a new wave of seniors going back to business. Through various programs and grants, the government is supporting people who are looking for fresh ways to live and make a living in 2019. We have several case studies, so have a read – perhaps it will inspire you.

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History of our soldiers ‘‘ Alison Houston

I was heavily involved in the war and lost a lot of my mates.

— Joffre Bell

125,000 aircrew killed in operations – about 3500 of those were Australian. Joffre also pauses to remember his father, who fought at Gallipoli. Overton Benjamin Bell was one of the first four men in the district to join up in 1914 as part of the 2nd Light Horse Brigade raised at Enoggera. Because of the steepness of the Gallipoli

RESPECT: Joffre Bell, front right, with Clifton RSL secretary Anne Glasheen, president Vaughan Pauli, Phil Moar (back), Gavin Smith, Bernadette Trimingham, Fred Harber and Colin Newport at a Clifton High School ceremony.

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landscape, they were deployed without their horses, and Joffre’s father became a sniper. Joffre’s name comes from France’s Commander in Chief on the Western Front at the time, Marshall Joseph Joffre. Many don’t realise there were almost as many French soldiers at Gallipoli as Aussies, but their efforts became overshadowed through history by the battles they

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were fighting in their homeland. Joffre’s not sure exactly why the Frenchman’s name was bestowed on him because, like so many soldiers, his dad “never said a lot about the war, even though as kids we used to try and grill him”. Joffre’s grandfather came to town in 1900 from North Toowoomba, where they had been milk vendors, to run the Club

Hotel, which they did until 1923. Joffre said he hadn’t missed an Anzac Day since returning home, although for the past five years he has ridden in style rather than marching. About 200 people are expected to attend this year’s Dawn Service at Clifton from 5.30am on Thursday, April 25, with the march scheduled for 10.30am.

For details contact Clifton RSL secretary Anne Glasheen on 0408 718 720. Details of services throughout the region, including Toowoomba, Millmerran, Greenmount, Clifton and Cecil Plains are available by searching Anzac Day on Toowoomba Regional Council’s website tr.qld.gov.au or contact your local RSL branch or sub-branch.

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WHEN Anzac Day dawns in Clifton, Joffre Bell will be ready to join the march as he has for decades, to remember those who didn’t make it home. He turns 99 a couple of days later. “Anzac Day is very important to me because I was heavily involved in the war and lost a lot of my mates, so I go along to pay respect to them,” Joffre said. Joffre (pronounce it Joff, he tells me, “but I’ve had all the translations”) was a navigator and bomb-aimer in Bomber Command during World War II, out of England. They suffered huge casualties, with more than 55,000 of the


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NESTLED in the corner of a summer-dried garden in Canberra is a magical play space for young ones to imagine, create and evolve in safety. Its guardian is pediatrician and Senior Australian of the Year 2019 Dr Suzanne Packer AM. There are no brick walls, just a little timber path winding its way under the thick brush, a mushroom patch, a fish pond, sandpit, touches of folk art and a boisterous cubby house. For the more active there is hopscotch painted on the brick pathway nearby.

The quaint welcome sign calls the neighbourhood school children to discover what is within, under the careful guidance of an adult. “My focus is children in Australia,” Dr Packer said. Her new role of Senior Australian of the Year will give the children’s guardian a greater voice. She will be travelling Australia for the Department of Health sharing her message, “How can we grow them (children) to be the best possible adults for Australia.” “It takes more than the family to do that,” Dr Packer said. And she has grandparents in her

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You cannot underestimate the value of caring, involved grandparents

children and their families. “I followed up a number of these kids until they

were adults,” she said. “You cannot underestimate the value of caring, involved

grandparents.” She cautions that you can’t assume all grandparents will be great carers. Some of them are part of the pathology, she says, potentially looking for what the kids can do for them rather than what they can do for the kids. We’re sitting at Dr Packer’s kitchen table, which looks out to an array of colourful hanging baskets and the play area, as we chat about her national award, which celebrates her contribution to the well-being and safety of children. The guardian is retired from her pediatric practice but that’s about the only retiring the 76-year-old is doing. Dr Packer is vice-president of the National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect and chair of the Mr Fluffy

Dr Suzanne Packer AM with Prime Minister Scott Morrison. Asbestos Response community group. What’s next ? In retirement she has plans – to write some children’s booklets about her time as a little girl when there wasn’t plastic or television and the milk was delivered by horse and cart. “It’s about getting the kids to think that there was good and bad in history,” she said. It’s what she

encourages other grandparents to do, to record memories from their youth and share them with younger generations – how else will they learn what it was like for their grandparents? Dr Packer is also a carer for her sister, Prue, 75, who has dementia and is confined to a wheelchair. And much to her delight, she is heavily involved in the lives of her

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four grandchildren – one aged three, two under two and one under one. Within her vibrant and complex life that has Dr Packer pulled in many directions each day and with the background sounds of children joyfully playing in her secret garden, she retains in the forefront of her mind: “No adult can say, ‘Oh yeah kids, nothing to do with me.’ Kids are to do with everybody.”


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FOLLOWING on from its 2018 sellout concerts and celebrating iconic artists of the 20th century, internationally acclaimed group Boys in the Band is excited to announce its brand new concert experience, Jukebox Revolution… every record tells a story! performing at The Empire Theatre on Saturday, May 25. Launching at the iconic Adelaide Fringe Festival on March 1 to five-star reviews and voted as the

AC/DC. The cast warns audiences: “You better warm up your voices and polish those dancing shoes because there’ll be lots of singing and toe tapping!” Australia’s most talented leading men, Hugh Barrington (We Will Rock You, Ch7 All Together Now), Damon Grebert-Wade (Grease Arena Spectacular), Keane Fletcher (Ten Tenors) and Justin Rynne

number two “must-see show” of the festival by 2AA’s Jan Reilly, the group is now on a 40-date national tour visiting capital cities of Melbourne, Perth, Sydney and Canberra, plus regional theatres. The “feel-good show” travels through 50 years of classic music hits from artists such as Elvis, Queen, The Beatles, The Bee Gees, Jackson 5 and Australian icons including John Farnham and

form a powerhouse cast that sings, dances and fronts a sensational live band. Seasoned performer Fletcher says: “It’s a non-stop, high-energy show that has something for everyone. It’s all the hits you know and love, just like any good jukebox should be!” Boys in the Band last year performed at the 2018 F1 Singapore Grand Prix, a return performance for the group, which over

the years has supported Bon Jovi, Maroon 5 and Pharrell Williams at the prestigious event. Other highlights have included performances in Johannesburg, Jakarta, Wynn Casino Macau and Australian venues, and events such as Arts Centre Melbourne, The Star Gold Coast, Toowoomba Carnival of Flowers and Melbourne Zoo. The show’s creators, Dale Burridge and Dave

Malek, say: “We can’t wait to bring our brand new show to Aussie audiences. It’s a non-stop roller coaster ride through 50 years of iconic hits from the world’s most loved artists. We dare you to stay in your seats.” Boys in the Band perform in Toowoomba at The Empire Theatre, on Saturday, May 25 from 8pm. Tickets from empiretheatre.com.au or call 1300 655 299.


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PAST: Margaret St in 1946–50, looking east from the intersection with Ruthven St, with cars parked in the centre and on both sides of the street. Businesses include National Mutual, Tattersall’s Hotel, John Cay and Co Auctioneers and CMA, heading down to the post office and court house. Photo: TOOWOOMBA CITY LIBRARY

Trips down memory lane to give CBD site character Alison Houston WHAT do you remember about 174 Margaret St? As the Toowoomba Regional Council looks to re-imagine the site as “an attractive, safe, open space for city workers and the public to enjoy” it is also keen to acknowledge the past. The council is asking residents, and seniors in particular, what they remember about the businesses that once occupied the site. Feedback on the draft concept plan has recently been collated and strategic planning and economic development portfolio leader Cr Anne Glasheen said it had been well received. “Council received a range of positive comments regarding plans to construct the lane that will link Margaret St to Jessie and Annand Sts and provide a convenient pedestrian thoroughfare between the CBD and longer-term carparking and other retailers,” Cr Glasheen said. Part of council’s CBD Laneway Strategy aimed at making distinctive

connections between different parts of the city – as Melbourne has done so successfully – the proposal comprises green space, visitor information, public amenities and weather protection. “Historical details could be expressed through integrated art or signage,” Cr Glasheen said. Historic files show the building was owned by the late C W Hamilton from 1930–34. From 1934–37 it appeared on the same rate card as a shop occupied by Archibald Bishop. Rate records show the building was owned by The United Insurance Co Ltd from 1956–66 and by The South British Insurance Co Ltd in the mid to late 1970s, and was tenanted by GE Finance for more than 20 years. Cr Glasheen said the stories and images of its history could give the new laneway its own unique identity. That’s certainly something local businesses are eager to see happen sooner rather than later. They are crying out for the CBD to be given a new heart and new events to

FUTURE: An artist’s impression of the remodelled Margaret St. stimulate business, which is continuing to suffer the effects of the huge Grand Central shopping centre redevelopment. However, Cr Glasheen said while the target was

completion by the end of the year, there was no guarantee. If you have information or photos of any of the businesses of the past, go to info@tr.qld.gov.au or

phone 13 18 72. The draft concept plan is part of the wider City Centre Master Plan, and has been developed in consultation with Margaret St businesses,

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50 years of beautiful sewing Time to celebrate the timeless art of embroidery with guild’s longevity RUBY Jensen had the honour of cutting the cake marking the Toowoomba Embroiderers’ Guild’s 50th anniversary for good reason – she has been a member since it started in 1969. Ruby, 84, said she had enjoyed both the stitching and the friends she had made over those years. Although her mother died when Ruby was just seven years old, she remembers the beautiful work she used to do. Having learnt her first stitches from her cousin as a schoolgirl, Ruby said it was a shame that more people didn’t have the time today to become involved in embroidery and other needlecraft. Also a stalwart of the CWA, which she joined in 1970, Ruby is happy to be able to pass on her embroidery skills and is a dab hand at knitting and crochet as well. President Mary White presented Ruby with a 50-year membership badge at the guild’s golden anniversary lunch, with Kathy Chase, Fay Graham and Elizabeth

Schmidt (in absentia) given life membership. Publicity officer Helen Smith said about 60 people had attended the gathering at the Highfields Cultural Centre. Although the group’s 110 members are predominantly retired, they are reaching out to those still working by holding monthly Saturday classes, and are happy to welcome new members of all ages. “For me, because it’s usually fine work, you have to concentrate and focus, and that’s very relaxing because you can’t be thinking about what jobs you have to do, or what to cook for dinner…,” Helen said. “And it feels good to be able to make something … and make something beautiful. “A lot of people’s mothers and grandmothers did finework or fancywork as they called it, so it’s often continuing a family tradition.” Helen said she had learnt embroidery as part of home economics at

school, but didn’t get back to it again until she was in her 40s. The Toowoomba guild holds two major workshops a year, as well as Stitch of the Month biannually to teach or perfect particular stitches or styles, with internationally renowned embroiderer Alison Cole recently teaching gold work for the golden anniversary. Helen said the guild would again be joining forces with local quilters for a Quilts, Stitches and Textile Trail during the Carnival of Flowers, attracting craftspeople from across southeast Queensland and northern NSW. The guild meets at St David’s church hall, Toowoomba, from 9am–2pm each Tuesday and every fourth Saturday, as well as at Highfields Cultural Centre each Thursday from 9.30am–12.30pm. To learn more about the guild, phone Mary on 4635 2810 or Kathy on 0400 380 802.

HAPPY 50th: Toowoomba Embroiderers’ Guild original member Ruby Jensen cuts the cake with president Mary White. Photo: PETER DENYER PHOTOGRAPHY Left: Fay Graham and Kathy Chase received life membership at the 50th anniversary celebrations.

Sweet rides roll into town for special rally THE Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club of Australia is celebrating two big milestones when it arrives in Toowoomba for its annual rally from May 1–6. Not only is it the 50th anniversary of the Queensland branch, it is also the centenary of Bentley Motors. President and rally director Frank Carroll said Toowoomba had been chosen to host the 61st national event because of its blend of old-world charm and modern city, historic buildings, great roads, scenery and food. He is very familiar with the region, with his brother Bob running the Toowoomba-based Australian Events, and his parents having lived there in the 1970s.

“Toowoomba’s lovely: the roads are good, there are no traffic snarls and the people are really friendly and hospitable,” Frank said. The club hopes to have about 90 Rolls-Royce vehicles and 100 Bentleys (befitting the 100th anniversary) at its Carnival of Motoring display at Frogs Hollow, Queens Park, on Sunday, May 5, and hopes as many people as possible will take the chance to see them. “We are very proud of the cars and want to tell people about them,” he said. Other marques will also be displayed courtesy of clubs including the Darling Downs Veteran and Vintage Motor Club.

“We will have a number of rare and vintage models that people don’t often get to see,” Frank said. That includes Australia’s oldest Rolls-Royce, a 1909 Silver Ghost restored by the late David McPhee, as well as Frank’s own 1927 Rolls, which will be on display at Cobb+Co Museum from April 6 to promote the rally. Frank, a solicitor from Coolum on the Sunshine Coast, said he had always been a car enthusiast, but only bought his first Rolls-Royce in 2010. As well as two Bentleys – 1989 and 2000 models – he now owns three Rolls, the 1927, a 1979 and a 2007 Rolls Royce Phantom Pearl limousine,

ENGINEERING GENIUS: Rolls-Royce Owners’ Club of Australia president and rally director Frank Carroll with his 1927 Rolls-Royce, which is displayed at Cobb+Co Museum to promote the May event. Photo: IAIN CURRY part of a bespoke collection which cost about $1.1 million new, all of which will be on display in Toowoomba. His car collection comprises another 17 predominantly British cars including Austins and MGs, all displayed in a purpose-built showroom

at Coolum Industrial Park. It is also the home of the Henry Royce Foundation, of which Frank is a trustee, which is “dedicated to celebrating Henry Royce as a genius of engineering”. While owners are “predominantly older

folk”, Frank said there was no doubt heads of all ages would turn up as club members drove the country roads to events. These include Warwick’s Abbey of the Roses on the Thursday, Hampton and Jimbour House on Friday, the Downs Steam Tourist Railway and Museum at Drayton on Saturday followed by Concours judging at Toowoomba Showgrounds at 10am, the Carnival of Motoring at Queens Park on Sunday from 10am and a black-tie dinner at the Empire Theatre, with a farewell breakfast on Monday. For information: phone Frank on 0418 775 693 or go to rollsbentleyclub qld.com.


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Community notes

Community group guide 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 ensure it is at least 180dpi or 500kb to 1mb in size and of faces, in a nice bright setting. Email editor@seniors newspaper.com.au.

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MEETINGS are held on the first Thursday of every month at 11.30am tot 1.30pm. Meeting Rooms, top floor, Regional Library, Victoria Street. Shared Lunch as usual.Come and join the group for a very useful and informative session. Everyone welcome. Phone Jan on 07 4635 4844 for further information. he Toowoomba Support Group of Parkinson's QLD Inc. will provide you with information about̀ 1 Parkinson's Disease, support, and valuable friendships. Meetings are held on the 1st Thursday of every month at 11.30 am, located at Community Meeting Room, Level 3, Toowoomba Regional Library, Victoria Street, Toowoomba. The Support Group runs from February to November. Occasional speakers of interest will be invited to address the group.

ST. MARK'S HERITAGE OPEN DAY

OUR Open Day will be April 26-28, part of the Southern Downs and Australian Heritage Festivals, offers Guided Tours of the 1868 Church at 2pm. This year only, we can also give tours of the c.1878 Rectory, home to the twenty-two Parish Rectors for all its life, starting with the Apostle of the Downs, Benjamin Glennie. Afternoon Teas

available 1.30pm-3.30pm. On Friday, April 26 from 5.30-8.30pm: Twilight at the Rectory presents music from the Four Bows string quartet and food for $10 entry at the door with cash bar. Phone Sue on 0427 962 281 or go to warwickanglican.org.au.

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MOTHERS' Day Cent Sale on Wednesday, May 1. It will be held at All Seasons Function Hall, cnr North and Tor Sts Toowoomba. Doors will open at 8.30am for a 9.30am start. For an entry fee of $5 each will receive a free sheet of tickets, lucky door entry and a buffet morning tea. Excellent prizes including generous meat and fruit trays and Mother's Day gifts are to be won in the multidraw raffle. For further information contact the Sisters on 07 4632 1818. Also, we are hosting a fundraiser at the Repertory Theatre 94 Margaret Street Toowoomba on Tuesday, May 14. The play is entitled "Crossing Delancey" and is written by Susan Sandler. Doors open at 7pm for a 7.30pm start. A delicious supper is included. This is the story of Izzy, a modern young woman, and her 80 year old Bubbie who is worried that her granddaughter is not yet married. Giving cupid a nudge, this irascible

granny hires a matchmaker and sets out to find Izzy the perfect mate. This delightful play takes a bemused look at the clash between traditional Jewish-American immigrant culture and the more modern aspirations of the next generation. Tickets are available now and can be purchased by contacting The Sisters on 07 4632 1818 or Helen on 0416 055 976. All proceeds go to Charity.

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NASHO meetings are held at the Irish Club hotel on the second Tuesday of the month at 7pm in May, July, September and November; and on the second Sunday of the month at 1pm in April and October. On June 9 we honour the widow’s of Nashos with a luncheon at 12 noon at the Irish Club Hotel- everyone is welcome to attend. On August 11, we celebrate with all Nashos who turn 80 in 2019. Once again everyone is welcome. A Christmas luncheon is to be held on December 7 and once again you are invited to come along and enjoy the company of your fellow Nashos. Our Welfare officer, Rick, is happy to visit if he knows you are not in the best of health. Please keep us informed. Phone 07 4633 2564 to contact our secretary.

TEA TIME: Di Winterton enjoys afternoon tea at St Mark's.

LEAFMORE GARDEN SOCIETY INC

WE ARE holding our 10th biennial Winter Garden School on June 12-13 this year in Toowoomba. This year’s Winter Garden School promises to be as inspiring and enjoyable as previous schools. The impressive line-up of speakers includes well-known horticulturist and Gardening Australia presenter, Millie Ross. She will be providing attendees ideas on gardening anywhere with anything and great gardening ideas from around the world. Local horticultural educator and radio presenter Mike Wells will be giving tips on how to improve water efficiency in the garden.

Linda Brennan will inspire attendees to grow and cook edible flowers. Others presenters will be giving tips and ideas on growing roses, management of soils, garden and plant photography, giving your garden that wow effect and sustainable gardening. Attendees at the Winter Garden School will be able to purchase a range of garden related items at the trade stalls including plants and seedlings, gardening tools, decorative pots and hand-made jewellery. Attendees also have an opportunity to win fabulous prizes in the multi-daw raffles, the proceeds of which are donated to charity. For the Winter Garden School

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program, speakers’ profiles, fees and registration form email leafmore4350@gmail. com or phone Ed Power on 07 4632 5499.

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OUR branch holds a morning tea on the first Thursday of each month at All Seasons Function Centre, cnr. North & Tor Streets, Wilsonton commencing at 9.30am. Lucky door and raffle prizes to be won. Visitors welcome. May 1 is our Cancer Morning tea. We also have a bus trip on the third Thursday of each month. For information phone Desma on 07 4613 6750 or Yvonne 07 4638 5252.

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Health insurers began rolling out four new tiers of hospital cover from early 2019. The four tiers of Gold, Silver, Bronze and Basic each have minimum

inclusions and became mandatory from April 1, 2020. Private health insurers have one year from now to introduce the tiers. Insurers have commenced informing consumers with existing health insurance policies about how their policies will change or have changed to fit into one of the new tiers.

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What is and isn’t covered in the Gold, Silver, Bronze and Basic tiers will be based on new

standard clinical categories of treatment. These categories are groups of hospital treatments that are covered under each policy. Each category – for example ‘bone, joint and muscle’ category, or ‘heart and vascular system’ category – sets out the hospital treatments that must be covered by the private health insurer. If a policy covers a certain category, then it must cover everything included in the category.

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Insurers are required to send consumers a statement summarising what their policy covers at least once a year, and again each time their policy changes. Consumers can search for and compare a standard PHIS from every insurer in Australia on privatehealth.gov.au. Insurers can also offer a customised PHIS for their members and in their emails, letters and websites, which may include further information.

MENTAL HEALTH TREATMENT WAITING PERIODS

Since April last year, health insurers have been providing greater access to mental health services by allowing people to upgrade their hospital cover without serving the usual two-month waiting period for in-hospital psychiatric treatment. Policyholders are able to use this exemption from the usual waiting period on a once-off basis.

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From now, private health insurers will no longer be able to offer benefits for some natural therapies as part of a health insurance policy. The affected natural therapies are Alexander technique, aromatherapy, Bowen therapy, Buteyko, Feldenkrais, western herbalism, homeopathy, iridology, kinesiology, naturopathy, Pilates, reflexology, Rolfing, shiatsu, tai chi and yoga.

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Back into business for seniors

Older people riding a fresh career wave Tracey Johnstone WHICHEVER title you want to use – silverpreneur, olderpreneur, seniorpreneur or just simply entrepreneur – these seniors are growing into an economic force in Australia. They’re the innovators, job seekers and risk takers of the over-50s who want, need, dream of building financially viable businesses whether they are sole operators or become small or large-scale employers. La Trobe University Professor of Entrepreneurship Dr Alex Maritz said these senior entrepreneurs were essential to the Australian economy. “People are living longer,” Dr Maritz said. “Straight away, what does that say to you? We can work longer, we can be active in business for longer and they want to be.” He reports senior entrepreneurs are contributing about $11.9 billion per annum to the Australian economy. The Benevolent Society’s Older Australians campaign director Marlene Krasovitsky said the senior entrepreneurship phenomenon was not limited to Australia. “It’s one we are watching with great interest,” Ms Krasovitsky

said. “The Federal Government is starting to recognise that entrepreneurship is not only about young people, there is a very significant role for older people to play as well.” In January the Federal Government poured money into the further development of its Entrepreneurship Facilitators network across Australia. The funding is for the network of 20 professionals tasked with helping mature-age Australians prepare for self-employment. Ms Krasovitsky said through the work of The Benevolent Society’s EveryAGE Counts campaign, they had evidence that ageism often happened in the work environment. “It’s in that context that we look at a range of initiatives,” she said. “Certainly, self-employment or starting up a new business is an attractive option for many older people to continue contributing to the workforce in the economy and to continue to get that sense of meaning and purpose that work brings.” Why start-up? Becoming an entrepreneur is often driven by necessity, opportunity or passion. “Traditionally people think as a retiree they

have stopped work,” Dr Maritz said. “So what do they do now? They go get themselves a little sideline job to supplement their income. That is true but that is not your stereotype senior entrepreneur.” They are more often serious entrepreneurs, with their age irrelevant to their work choice. Entrepreneurship is often a high-risk environment. It requires a person to be proactive, innovative, opportunityobsessed, willing to draw on their life experiences, learn on the run and use whatever resources there are at hand, including their business and friendship networks. Having enough money to start up a business is one of the biggest hurdles for entrepreneurs. “Senior entrepreneurs in Australia start 14,000 new businesses each year,” Dr Maritz said. Anecdotal evidence says about as many close down each year. A hobby that pays Maree Machin’s business, Telltale Designs, bucks that trend. Her “cottage” business is a year old next month and still in the black. The Sunshine Coast home-based business owner has experienced past start-up failure, so this time she did her numbers to ensure the

HELPER: Phil Daly, of BuildGrowRun, supports senior entrepreneurs going into small business.

LaTrobe University professor Dr Alex Maritz, professor of entrepreneurship. business was going to make money. She had a clear picture in her mind of what she wanted to do and how to go about it. “I also got my supply chain organised and did

Money for Jam program member Sharon Carroll.

some market testing,” Ms Machin said. Her success came from limiting the amount of money put into getting the business going and in using her small business background and personal

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Telltale Designs owner Maree Machin is celebrating being in the black after the first year in business.

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Senior entrepreneurs are contributing about $11.9 billion per annum to the Australian economy. idea, nor the business skills to bring the idea to fruition. However there are support networks, grant opportunities and organisations, such as the government’s EFs, that are available to seniors. Help is at hand One of the EFs, Phil Daly of BuildGrowRun, said there was a huge demand for the EF program.

It’s free and open to anyone, no matter why they want to set up a business or whether is it going to be micro, small or medium-sized. “I think a lot of people may have an idea and may have even started the business but often they don’t have all the skills to run the business themselves,” Mr Daly said. “In Australia we have a failure rate up around 75 per cent in businesses in the first three years. “Often there isn’t sufficient support there for people going into small

business. “They need assistance in planning and organising things, marketing and having a general vision of what they are trying to achieve by developing their business.” Micro steps to battle homelessness Some people, such as Sharon Carroll, are pushed into entrepreneurship. She was retrenched from her job, suffered depression as a result and then found herself homeless. Ms Carroll had worked in many places but hadn’t

enterprise as a result of Mr Mackenzie discovering there wasn’t a single website with information on outdoor activities around Adelaide. It sparked his passion for developing a go-to answer. Mr Adams was the obvious partner. They received seed funding from the South Australian Government through its 2017 D3 Digital Challenge, which was run through the Office of the Ageing. The outcome was the challenge-winning website Parkapiki.com, which lists parks, outdoor places and events promoting health and well-being for older South Australians. “We wouldn’t have done it if there wasn’t an opportunity to make money,” Mr Mackenzie said. “The original business model didn’t work. “The underlying reason is we invested all the funds and time into developing the platform. It was a conscious decision to do that rather than providing a cheap product. “We wanted a quality product but now we have no money to market it. We have got to think of ways to earn money that we can reinvest in telling people this product actually exists.” Is it for you? Mr Daly said not all people in their 60s wanted to go into graceful retirement. “I like working in doing what I’m doing,” he said. “Dealing with entrepreneurs and people in small business, there is a lot of positive energy around that. “Research indicates that a lot of baby boomers don’t want to retire.” Dr Maritz concluded: “Entrepreneurship isn’t for everybody. Going out on your own can be very stressful. “Entrepreneurs don’t fail, their ventures do. It’s not about failing. It’s about learning failure.”

Win a double pass to see “The Chaperone” The Chaperone takes place amid the backdrop of the tumultuous times of the early 1920’s. The life of a Kansas woman (Elizabeth McGovern, Downton Abbey) is forever changed when she chaperones a beautiful and talented 15-year-old dancer named Louise Brooks to New York for the summer. One of them is eager to fulfil her destiny of dance and movie stardom; the other hopes to unearth the mysteries of her past.

The Film reunites the writer, director and star of Downton Abbey TV Series. The Chaperone, based on Laura Moriarty’s best-selling book, is scripted by Julian Fellowes, directed by Michael Engler, and stars Elizabeth McGovern, who played Lady Grantham in the hit series. Movie hits cinemas on April 25th. Want to see what happens in the movie? We have three double passes to giveaway. To be in the draw, just fill in our form online at seniorsnews.com.au/competitions Image credit to StudioCanal

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said. “I am doing something good for the environment, it aligns with the heart and stays in the black.” Her success, she said, was in starting small and keeping the business tight. “If I grow it, I will then need to go into the grant space,” Ms Machin said. Not everyone has the capital like Ms Machin to pursue a new business

IT consultant JC Shin with the Parkapiki team Adrian Adams (middle) and Neil Mackenzie (right).

acquired any specific work skills. Throughout this tumultuous period, Ms Carroll kept hold of a ribbon printing machine she had purchased several years before but had been unable to work out how to use properly. When the Victorian Government’s think tank Per Capita offered her the chance to join its Money for Jam program, she leapt at it. The program’s goal is to empower older women to earn as they age through micro-enterprise. Project leader Myfan Jordan explained that through class-based learning and a smartphone app, the pilot program members – all of whom had experienced homelessness – were given training in core business skills and personal growth. Money for Jam gave Ms Carroll sufficient business skills and confidence to unpack the old printing machine and use it to create a micro-business that is helping her rebuild her financial base. “I got so much more out of doing the course than I thought I would,” Ms Carroll said. “What has been achieved since the course has been amazing. There haven’t been any great sales but I have got my ribbons out there.” She has started to get orders and is in the process of developing a website. Just as importantly, Ms Carroll has found the confidence to get out among the community talking up her micro-business, happily handing out her unique business card printed on a ribbon. “It’s been small steps – no leaps and bounds but it’s all been extremely positive and all forward steps,” she said. Passionate about well-being Neil Mackenzie and colleague Adrian Adams were pulled into their


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It’s here the Anzac Day dawn service originated

SOLEMN BEGINNINGS: King George Sound at Albany, where the Anzac troop ships left from on the way to Gallipoli in World War I.

Photos: Erle Levey

Albany honours the In honour of Anzac Day, we publish Erle Levey’s account of his visit to Albany, believed to be the place of the first Anzac dawn ceremony

YOU CAN STILL HEAR THE SOUND OF SOLDIERS MARCHING THE small West Australian coastal town of Albany has a big Anzac history – it’s here the Anzac Day dawn service originated. Atop of the town’s Padre White Lookout is the perfect place to stand at dawn or as the sun sets and reflect on those who have gone before. In the spring of 1914, thousands of men and hundreds of horses gathered at the town’s railway station, coming there from all points of the country. They marched down to the jetty to join those on the ships already anchored in the harbour, ready for their grand adventure, their journey across the seas to fight for king and country against the oppressor. These were young, free-spirited men from a sparse continent on the other side of the world. The Australians and New Zealanders responded to the clarion call of the British Empire. It was Europe’s war but

these young men and a handful of women serving as nurses of this newly formed federation of states answered the call with “Australia will be there”. The first and second convoys carried the Australian Imperial Force and the New Zealand Expeditionary Force. Twenty-six Australian and 10 New Zealand transport ships assembled in King George Sound and departed on November 1, 1914, escorted by three warships. The second convoy of 15 Australian and three New Zealand ships departed unescorted on December 31, 1914. Today you can stand on the headlands of Albany and look across the waters of King George Sound, the site where 30,000 Anzac soldiers and horses were gathered aboard a fleet of 40 ships before setting sail for Gallipoli in World War I – just as they had gathered at this magnificent harbour before heading off to the Boer War in 1899. Just as they would

The grounds of the National Anzac Centre on Mt Clarence at Albany, WA. again for World War II. If someone said spend a day at the Anzac Centre, you would wonder why you would spend a day at a war memorial and museum. But you can. It’s like a walk through time and history. Everywhere you look it’s a reference to someone’s life. Stand up there on the top of the hill and virtually picture the scene – the departing ships. You can do that at sea level as well, at the replica jetty on the edge of

Princess Royal Harbour, next to Anzac Peace Park. Among the men and women who gathered in Albany before departing to serve in World War I were the troops who landed at Gallipoli, including the Light Horsemen, who fought on the battlefields of the Middle East and who entered Jerusalem and captured Damascus. Soldiers also fought in France and Belgium as part of the eight-month campaign. Anzac Peace Park was

opened in 2010 and pays tribute to the Australians who served in World War I and all those who have served the nation in conflicts and peacekeeping missions since. As well as the Pier of Remembrance, the park features an Interpretive Walk and the Lone Pine Grove. Each departing ship is represented by an engraved panel on the Pier of Remembrance as well as the HMAS AE2 submarine plaque that sits at the end of the pier. The AE2 was one of two submarines commissioned for the fledgling navy and she joined the second convoy of AIF troops in King George Sound at Albany on December 31, 1914, going on to serve in the Dardanelles. The Lone Pine Grove provides a major focus for the theme of peace within the park. The memorial was planted in 1974 to commemorate the departure of the first contingent of troops 60 years earlier.


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The grounds of the National Anzac Centre on Mt Clarence.

The monument to the Desert Mounted Corps at Mt Clarence, Albany.

The old railway station at Albany, WA.

The grounds of the National Anzac Centre on Mount Clarence at Albany, WA.

The monument to the Desert Mounted Corps at Mt Clarence, Albany.

history of the Anzacs

It expresses a direct and living connection between Gallipoli and Albany. The Battle of Lone Pine was between Australian and Turkish forces on the Gallipoli Peninsula and the ridge provided a vital position. When Australian troops landed at Gallipoli on April 25, 1915, they saw a stunted pine grove growing on the commanding position of 400 Plateau. It was held by the Australians until December 1915 when Allied troops were evacuated from the peninsula. Two Australian soldiers collected pine cones from the Lone Pine Ridge in 1915 and from them seedlings were propagated. The pier is a stretch of boardwalk, which curves into Princess Royal Harbour. It provides a site for respite and reflection of those lost in the war. The National Anzac Centre on Mount Clarence takes two to three hours to go through.

You can explore the outside, including great views of the ocean where the troops left Australia for the last time. The old gun emplacements and ammunition storage areas are dug into the hill. Walking tracks lead up to the peak and from here you can look over the whole city, including Anzac Peace Park. The Garrison bar restaurant beside the Anzac Centre also gives a great vantage point of King George Sound in comfortable surrounds. Perhaps the most touching monument is that to the Desert Mounted Corps – so gallant in the Middle East. That and the Padre White Lookout, a memorial to the man regarded as the instigator of the Anzac Day service. The 10th Light Horse Regiment was the only regiment of mounted infantry recruited in Western Australia during World War I. It formed part of the 3rd Light Horse Brigade and served at Gallipoli as infantry in the Australian

St John’s Church, Albany. and New Zealand Army Corps. The regiment participated in the disastrous charge at the Nek on August 7, 1915, and their courageous actions were immortalised in the Peter Weir movie Gallipoli. After Gallipoli, the regiment served in the Middle East as part of the Anzac Mounted Division and later the Australian Mounted Division. The 10th Light Horse Regiment was largely supplied by the waler

breed of horse that originated in NSW, hence the name. The horses possessed amazing courage and endurance in harsh desert conditions, remaining alert and dependable even when short on rations. The Light Horse combined the mobility of cavalry with the fighting skills of infantry. They fought dismounted, with rifles and bayonets. However sometimes they charged on horseback, notably at Magdhaba and

Beersheba. On October 31, 1917, the Australian Light Horse bravely charged head-on into the machine guns to take Beersheba. Never would history see such a full-scale charge again. Horses usually need to drink about 30 litres of water a day. However during the campaign they often went for up to 60 hours without water while carrying a load of almost 130kg comprising rider, saddle, equipment, food and water. At the end of the World War I, Australians had 13,000 surplus horses that could not be returned home for quarantine reasons. Of these, 11,000 were sold, the majority as remounts for the British Army in India. Of all the walers that served in World War I, only one made it back. Sandy was one of Major General Sir William Throsby Bridges’ mounts. The gelding accompanied Bridges to Gallipoli but was not landed. After Bridges was killed

by a sniper, Sandy remained in Egypt until transferred to France in 1916. At the request of the Australian Government, Sandy returned to Melbourne in 1918 and was turned out to graze. Similarly, only one New Zealand horse that had served in the Middle East returned home. That was a mare named Bess. From 1916–18 Padre White served as an army chaplain with the 44th Battalion and, upon his return to Australia, delivered sermons in remembrance of locals who died in World War I. He led parishioners from St John’s Church to the summit of Mt Clarence at dawn on April 25, 1932 – the site where he, along with so many others, gathered to watch the convoys depart in 1914. Today the Padre White Lookout is the region’s most visited lookout and serves as an enduring place of reflection: a lasting monument to Ernest White and Australia’s first dawn service.


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The veteran adventurers

Photo: Ray Mustey

Practice walks up Mt Coot-tha whip Brian Eales into shape for a Himalayan adventure Kerry Heaney TWO senior trekkers have set off on a five-month journey along the world’s highest and longest alpine walking route, the 1700km Great Himalaya Trail. Brisbane local Brian Eales, who will celebrate his 71st birthday on the trail, and Dennis Frost, 65, from the Sunshine Coast, were unknown to each other before they embarked on this ultimate trekking experience. Brian, who has travelled to the Himalayas 15 times, prepared for the

trek by regularly walking different routes up Mt Coot-tha, down the other side, up again and back as his morning exercise. He followed that with a 50-minute walk to his local shopping centre for lunch. His anticipated tour highlights include abseiling off the West Col and traversing the high passes in Dolpo. Dennis loves the contrast between the excitement and vibrancy of Kathmandu and the serenity and natural beauty of the mountains and their people. He previously

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INTREPID: Dennis Frost, with Mt Warning in the background, during a training walk. completed the Snowman Trek, crossing 11 high passes on the mountainous borders that define Bhutan and Tibet. Organised by adventure travel specialist World Expeditions, the Great Himalaya Trail carves a path of more than 4500km through the

Himalayas from Bhutan to Pakistan. “As well as being an incredible adventure, the trail itself triggers the most inspiring stories of determination, achievement and personal growth,” World Expeditions chief executive Sue Badyari

said. The Nepal section begins in the country’s far east. It crosses to the high plateaus on the Tibetan borderlands in the far west, along the way encountering some of the wildest and most remote mountain environments on the planet.

Trekkers can see all eight of Nepal’s 8000m peaks and visit villages where traditional culture has remained intact for centuries. “A thousand words cannot describe how absolutely amazing the Great Himalaya Trail was and always will be,” Ray Mustey, also of Brisbane, who trekked the full traverse in 2014, said. “I am often asked if I would do it again. The answer is always yes.” Brian and Dennis will join a select list of just 21 people who have completed this trek. World Expeditions has divided the Great Himalaya Trail into seven treks that can be completed individually or together. Find out more at worldexpeditions.com.

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The Villas in a park-like setting.

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Tangalooma Island is the world’s third-largest sand island

NATURAL BEAUTY: Wild dolphin feeding off Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island.

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Birdlife abounds Tangalooma.

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A dive into Tangalooma Shirley Sinclair

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IT STARTS the moment you step off the ferry, stand on the jetty and take in that view. Your gaze immediately falls on the golden sands stretching from the resort in front of you to the snorkelling haven known as “The Wrecks” at the extreme far left. You’ve taken the scenic route and arrived at this island haven. You’d swear you’ve been teleported to the Whitsundays or North Queensland. Then your eyes turn back to the calm, jewelled waters that graduate in

colour – deepening from aquamarine to sapphire. Time-poor but fun-loving over-50s can discover a tropical getaway virtually on their doorstep and feel like they’ve had an exotic holiday in just one or two days. Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island – the world’s third-largest sand island after Fraser and North Stradbroke islands – is only a 75-minute ferry ride from Pinkenba in Brisbane’s north. It’s so close, yet a world away from the everyday. While we’d visited Tangalooma before, it had been in the colder months for some winter sun – a time of year when having a

scenic water view is enough. Today, it’s all about frolicking in the 23C water on a 26-degree day under cornflour-blue skies. And we’re not going to waste this opportunity, having taken the first ferry at 7am and cramming as much island time into our overnight itinerary as possible. For our 10am booking with Tangatours on the Wrecks Snorkel Tour, we mosey up the garden path where palm fronds and pandanus leaves cast shadows on to bottle-green lawns, to be suited up in wetsuits and decked out with snorkel and fins. Before the mandatory

safety briefing, we strike up a conversation with two Swiss travellers who couldn’t pass up the one chance they had to swim around 150 types of coral and 100 species of colourful tropical fish, as well as the possibility of sighting bottlenose dolphins, green sea turtles, wobbegongs and dugongs. Our instructor, the aptly named Sandy, expertly guides us on a tour beside, around and through the 15 wrecks. Over the next 75 minutes, we are mesmerised by nature. While I’ve snorkelled all over the world, this is my first wrecks dive and it’s a titanic experience.

Nothing can quite describe the feeling of following tiny colourful fish through the bones of a sunken hull of a ship, kicking past portholes and floating above decks. The tour snorkels with the current, the length of the shipwrecks from end to end. The snorkelling reminds me how the simple things in life are often the best. And with that in mind, we head off to enjoy a half-hour relaxation massage. The climax of our day on Moreton Island is its world-renowned wild dolphin feeding. Guests on selected accommodation and day cruise packages can feed

dolphins once per person per stay. But anyone can sit in the stands and observe this nightly heartwarming human/dolphin encounter. The grateful recipient of our tasty herrings is pregnant 14-year-old Silhouette. Her calf now named Comet made its first appearance on January 13 – the fourth generation of the same family to turn up at Tangalooma and the 12th member of the Moreton pod to frequent the jetty. * The writer was a guest of Tangalooma Island Resort on Moreton Island: a 75-minute ferry ride from Pinkenba in Brisbane's north.

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Fishing the crater lakes in the Victorian district Anglers travel here in winter and summer Nige Webster IN THE last of my six-part fishing series, I want to introduce you to a truly unique part of Australia to visit and fish – the crater lakes district in Victoria. A short drive to the west of Melbourne will have you in the midst of an ancient landscape that was shaped by our last volcanic era. There are a few lakes in the area but the most notable are Purrumbete and Bullen Merri. These lakes are found in the area around Camperdown. These dams are circular and very deep, having been formed by violent volcanic eruptions millions of years ago. Today they are filled with cool waters and plenty of brown and rainbow trout, salmon and redfin perch.

The trout and salmon fishing is first class and many anglers travel here in winter and summer to sample the fishing. The pick of the fishing occurs in winter and the changeover seasons. Popular techniques include fly-fishing with bait fish profile flies around the weed edges of lakes, particularly in Purrumbete. Bait fishing with live baits under floats is popular in both Bullen Merri and Purrumbete. Many anglers opt to troll lures around these dams and fare well on some very big trout and salmon. Trolling lures behind attractors and down deep on downriggers is a popular pastime here. Standard trout lures such as bibbed hard-body minnows and winged options such as Tasmanian Devils are

Victoria’s Lake Bullen Merri.

worth packing. Standard trout spinning equipment will cover most options – 2–4kg weighted rods with 2500-sized thread line reels and 4–8lb braided or fluorocarbon lines. There are boat ramps on these dams and 4m-plus boats are perfect for navigating these waterways. There are plenty more locations that I could write of but I am afraid I have run out of space. My next big trip is planned to the beaches and rock headlands to the west of Port Lincoln towards Yalata, which is another remote fishery I have heard should be on the bucket list of anglers. Nige Webster works for AFN Fishing and Outdoors and presents and produces The Fishing Show on 7Mate. Search Facebook: “AFN The Fishing Show”.

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Robyn driven to research dementia in Peter’s honour Quinn Jones ROBYN Hilton just had to grin and bear it. There she stood, halfway around the world, next to her husband as he openly flirted with a woman on the side of the road in Africa. “Peter thought he’d been married off to a lovely lady selling beautifully painted fabrics,” Robyn says. “She made it clear she liked Peter. “It took some talking on my part to convince her that he was spoken for. “He did have lovely blue eyes, and a cheeky smile, so I could well understand her attraction.” She recalls the tale with fondness – “it’s important to try to maintain a sense of humour” – but it’s a poignant reminder of the couple’s life living with dementia. “Peter was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in February 2000 at the age of 66,” Robyn says. “The impact of that diagnosis was profound.

Peter Hilton and Robyn Hilton.

Robyn Hilton, founder of the Peter Hilton Fellowship at the Queensland Brain Institute (QBI). “Some time after the initial shock I felt pretty helpless because there’s no known cure, there’s no timetable for the inevitable decline, and there’s little effective medical treatment.” Peter died in 2011 and that “helpless” feeling inspired a passion to raise awareness for

dementia research, culminating in Robyn starting the Peter Hilton Fellowship at the Queensland Brain Institute at The University of Queensland. The fellowship currently supports an outstanding early-career researcher based at Queensland Brain Institute’s Clem

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Top tips for a good fit The right bra makes being active more comfortable Tracey Johnstone WOMEN are told that ageing well involves getting physically active, but do they know how to make the right clothing choices when doing recreation and competition activities? We asked Berlei’s head designer innovation, Adele Kershaw, to share her tips for choosing the right bra whether we are striding the streets or hitting a competition field. What type of active bra best suits women 60 and over? As we age, our tissue becomes softer and our skin less firm. It’s natural for the Cooper’s ligaments that support the breast to stretch out over time, becoming less effective. The skin also becomes more sensitive and prone to irritation, making close-to-skin comfort of active bras even more important to ensure the skin is not damaged from chaffing or ill-fitting support. For these reasons it’s particularly important for this demographic to ensure they are wearing the correct size and support level for their activity. Should we get fitted for a bra? The bra will only provide the level of support advertised if you are wearing the correct size and so it’s crucial that you get fitted and understand your breast size and shape. It’s important to get professionally fitted every six months because

BREAST HEALTH: Always consider the type of activity you will be using the bra for and therefore what support factor you need. Photo: Berlei

women’s breast sizes change over the course of their lives: ■ Our bodies change all the time as we gain and lose weight, and as we lose muscle tone. ■ There are many health risks in not wearing the correct size bra. Scarring under the breast is a common problem if the bra is far too tight, which

causes it to dig into and rub on flesh. ■ Lack of support in the bra frame adds extra pressure on the shoulders and chest, which can cause complaints in the back, shoulder and neck, especially in women with large breasts. ■ Breast pain due to tight-fitting bras that are uncomfortable with

Elder abuse initiatives AUSTRALIA has its first national plan to combat abuse of older Australians – and victims have a new hotline to help them. Attorney-General Christian Porter recently launched the National Plan to Respond to the Abuse of Older Australians and announced the first key initiatives. “Our population is ageing and the release of this national plan reflects the commitment of our nation’s governments at both the federal and

state/territory level to work together to ensure that older Australians can feel and be safe and supported in their later years,” Mr Porter said. By 2056 it is estimated that 22 per cent of Australians or 8.7 million people will be aged over 65. “There’s no doubt that a key benchmark of any society is how it treats and protects its older citizens,” Mr Porter said. The Attorney-General also officially launched a new national, elder abuse

freecall number. 1800 ELDERHelp (1800 353 374) will connect callers from anywhere in Australia to a state or territory phone line where they can discuss potential or actual elder abuse and get the information and referrals they need to protect themselves. The plan, its companion documents and further information on elder abuse initiatives are available at www.ag.gov. au/ElderAbuse.

underwire poking out can also lead to blisters on the skin due to rubbing. ■ Breast sagging can result from wearing a loose bra that fails to support the breasts and help keep them in shape. We recommend being open-minded about your size. It’s just a number and the proper fit of a bra is the most important

part. How important is breast bounce? Breast support is important for all women when active. Women with softer tissue are particularly prone to pain and damage when active. It’s not possible to cure the damage to breasts once they have been impacted and so the

solution is really in support for prevention. What to look for in selecting a bra? Consider the type of activity you will be using the bra for and therefore what support factor you will need: ■ In a sports garment a contour cup will provide more shaping and modesty. ■ Underwire helps separate the breasts and anchor the bra to the body, while a wire-free garment offers more relaxed comfort and freedom to move. ■ Wider straps help distribute the weight of a heavy bust and relieve any pressure you feel through the shoulder. ■ Material should have a strong stretch and feel. When you stretch it in your hand, you should see it return. And as always – fit, fit, fit! Will one bra do? Our research shows that breasts move differently depending on the sport or activity women are doing, however an astounding 76 per cent of women admit to wearing the exact same sports bra no matter what the activity is. A sports bra for yoga will not be the same sports bra for running. Most women are conscious of how their breasts feel during exercise because they can bounce around, feel uncomfortable and painful, however they are often unaware of the damage that can happen below the surface to the soft tissue and delicate Cooper’s ligaments inside their breasts. It is important to wear the correct sports bra during exercise activities and we encourage women to prioritise their breasts by choosing the correct support when it comes to sport.

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How to stay safe in your home for longer Living

BRAND INSIGHTS FOR seniors who wish to live independently for as long as possible, a medical alert system is essential for the peace of mind and security needed to age in place safely. What is a medical alert system? A medical alert system is a wearable device that helps you summon emergency assistance when needed so help is literally at your fingertips should you fall or experience a life-threatening emergency. When the button is pushed, it connects to a call centre. The call is received by a dispatcher who is able to speak to the person in distress over a loudspeaker. Once they have assessed the situation, they can send emergency assistance or contact a friend or family member depending on the nature of the situation. When is it time for a medical alert system? 1. If you’re a senior living

The safeTwear pendant has a built-in SIM card and speaker. Essentially it is a mini mobile phone. alone 2. A fall has occurred or there is a history of falls 3. Unsteady gait or weakness 4. You worry a lot 5. There is no one nearby to help 6. Your medications have side-effects Paul Joseph, from Emergency Medical

Services Pty Ltd advocates the safeTwear medical alert system because it has automatic fall detection and safeTcare 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week emergency monitoring, by a professional call centre with trained emergency responders. “This is not at all like

the old systems (a box that connects to your home phone),” Mr Joseph said. “The safeTwear pendant has a built-in SIM card and speaker. “Essentially it is a mini mobile phone… with only one button so it’s very simple to use. “You can take it with

you wherever you go. “It’s lightweight, and as I said, easy to use, yet the system is incredibly smart. “It has fall detection, GPS tracking and we see first-hand every day how it really does save lives.” “We often hear horror stories of people who fall and aren’t found for days.

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“With this advance in technology those situations are now avoidable. “Anyone living alone will benefit from this system,” he said. To arrange a free safeTwear medical alert system demonstration call 1300 699 159.

Parkinson’s management drug on PBS

MEDICAL SCIENCE: Professor Simon Lewis of the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney.

FROM this month, the Parkinson’s management drug Xadago will be listed on the PBS. Xadago, or safinamide, is intended to slow down the breakdown of dopamine in the brain, which then decreases symptoms, but only for a limited time. Minister for Health Greg Hunt expects that more than 11,000 people with

Parkinson’s are expected to benefit from this listing. “Without PBS subsidy, patients would pay more than $1400 per year for treatment,” he said. Professor Simon Lewis of the Brain and Mind Centre at the University of Sydney said while adding another drug to the list would give people more drug options, he wasn’t sure what impact this

drug would have in the treatment of Parkinson’s. “It’s a class of drug that’s said to be a little bit different in that it is supposed to have combined actions,” Dr Lewis said. It is intended that the drug will give people with Parkinson’s more “good time during the day”, but there are other drugs that are already on the PBS

that can create the same response. “We are going to need to wait to see if this is actually going to change a lot of the landscape of prescribing that we have in Parkinson’s,” Dr Lewis said. Dr Lewis has a website with videos related to Parkinson’s. Go to www.profsimonlewis.com.

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Colour and comfort at new aged care facility Ozcare full of clever design and thoughtful little touches BRAND INSIGHTS NEW dementia care residents arriving at Toowoomba’s OzCare aged care facility will be greeted with some of the comforts of home. Colourful, hand-crafted local quilts will be laid out on the beds at the new 150-bed facility which opened on April 8. It’s a new approach by designers as the demand for residential aged care shifts towards more privacy and staying connected. Ozcare’s head of aged care Lanna Ramsay said a collection of 30 quilts, created by the Toowoomba’s Quilters Club, would be used to help those residents with memory loss to easily identify their rooms at the facility. “Making the transition into aged care can be a daunting experience for people living with memory loss and we aim to make that move as seamless as possible for them in the beginning,” Ms Ramsay said. “It is often items like quilts that can conjure up some nostalgia for our residents and that can really give them that sense of home straight away. “Our staff are focused on providing lots of reassurances, kindness and love, but having each bed decorated with beautiful quilts in the dementia wing has provided the facility with a

Toowoomba Quilters Club’s Fay Suley and Lee Hicks and Ozcare facility manager Libby Klein. real sense of home.” Toowoomba Quilters Club community quilting co-ordinator Fay Suley said she was inspired to help people living with dementia through the donation of quilts after her own husband spent his final months in aged care in 2011. “My husband passed away in 2011 and his last 16 weeks was spent in care and I could see how much

having a quilt helped him to find his room easily,” Mrs Suley said. “I made the quilt from fabric that came from my late mother. “We do get a bit sentimental about our quilts.” Each quilt has taken 10 hours to construct with many of the 43-year-old club’s 130 members, including a male cotton farmer, helping to

complete the latest project. Some of the other features at the facility which are designed to help bring people out of their rooms are intimate private lounges and dining areas for residents to entertain family and friends, extensive grounds and gardens with walking paths and seating, a coffee shop open to the public, a children’s

playground, and putt putt and lawn bowls for family and friends and to bring the wider community into the facility. The unique design features of the Toowoomba facility include softly curved corridors that are more homely and private, warmer colour palettes in the interiors, interior design to help people living with dementia and

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those with vision impairment including way-finding fabrics and artwork at lift areas and nurses stations, furniture in seating that is a different colour to help people identify seats, neutral floor colours when surface materials change to ensure flow, and patterned furniture so it can be easily identified in contrast to floor colour.

Ozcare: People and places to support seniors in Queensland FOR more than 20 years, Ozcare has been caring for seniors with a complementary range of aged care services including home care, respite care, dementia services and aged care facilities. The experienced team members work with you, and each other, to ensure you get the very best care possible, tailored to your needs. The Ozcare team works to support you to increase

or maintain your level of independence and reduce the need for more complex services. The Ozcare team can be there with you through all stages of aged care, assisting you to transition from one service to another as your needs change. Aged care facilities More than 1250 residents enjoy living in the 11 aged care facilities throughout Queensland, where you can get support

with daily living activities and enjoy extra company. You’ll be cared for by Ozcare’s experienced team of nurses, carers, allied health professionals, cooks, and support service staff, there to provide you with round-the-clock care, delicious meals, and an array of social activities to enjoy. All our aged care facilities offer: ■ Permanent residential care in single

or shared rooms ■ Secure dementia wings for people living with dementia ■ Residential respite for people needing to move temporarily into a facility. Home care Ozcare’s home care services are designed to help you keep living in your home for longer with services to: ■ Help you with chores ■ Transport you to appointments

■ Provide respite to your carer ■ Support you to cook nutritious meals ■ Get access to nurses and allied health professionals. Ozcare’s team of carers, nurses, occupational therapists, and other allied health professionals offer a complete suite of services in the comfort of your own home. ■ Day respite centres Ozcare’s eight day

respite centres throughout Queensland offer you the chance to meet new people, enjoy activities, and have a fun day out. If you have a carer, it also provides them with the opportunity to complete chores, attend appointments, or go to work. Three of our centres also offer additional support for people living with dementia, including extended hours for carers to pursue work or study.


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Could your home be a financial lifeline in your retirement? Paul Clitheroe AUSTRALIAN retirees are sitting on an estimated $500 billion in home equity but the options for using this resource are tightening up. A number of lenders have bailed out of reverse mortgages, a product that lets over-65s borrow against the value of their home to generate extra income. With lenders like the Commonwealth Bank and Bankwest jumping ship, seniors looking for a reverse mortgage are left with a choice of just IMB, Heartland Seniors’ Finance, and P&N Bank. However, other strategies to harness home equity are available. The Pension Loans Scheme (PLS) run through the Department of Human Services, works in a similar way to reverse mortgages. Your home equity acts as security for the loan, and the amount borrowed

is repaid when you sell up or pass away. Right now, the PLS is only available to age pension recipients, and the payment received is a top-up to the maximum pension payment. That’s about to change. The government has just passed a Bill, which from July 1 this year will see the PLS become open to all retirees including self-funded retirees, with the maximum payment worth 150 per cent of the full age pension. At present the PLS comes with an interest rate of 5.25 per cent. This compares favourably to commercial reverse mortgage rates. P&N Bank’s loan for example, comes at a rate of 6.24 per cent. Lump sum payments aren’t available through the PLS, but it’s still a welcome opportunity for seniors to increase their regular income. Another option for older Australians is downsizing their home to take

advantage of the new downsizer super contribution. A couple aged 65-plus can make combined contributions of up to $600,000 using proceeds from the sale of their home. All of these choices can mean leaving a smaller estate. The MoneySmart website has a calculator that shows the possible impact on home equity of taking out a reverse mortgage. But after years of paying off and maintaining a home, it seems only fair that older Australians should be allowed to use their equity to fund a decent lifestyle rather than focusing on what they can leave for their adult children. The possibility of using home equity is also far more palatable than throwing money into a dodgy “get rich quick” scheme in a desperate bid to generate some extra cash.

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FINANCIAL CHOICES: One option for older Australians is downsizing their home to take advantage of the new downsizer super contribution. The latest investment scam report from consumer watchdog, the ACCC, shows that older Australians are more exposed to scams, and often wear some of the biggest losses.

The main point is that as we age, every legitimate resource is worth looking into. After years of service providing a roof over your head, your home could be a financial lifeline in retirement.

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ENGLAND’S Archbishop of Canterbury is dying and with him the power of the Church. Seizing his chance, King Henry II is determined to enforce the rule of law that he has painstakingly established and bring the violent, corrupt and criminal clergy before his courts. The ever-scheming Thomas Becket uses his mastery of deceit, sycophancy and wit to undermine the King and the Plantagenet dynasty. Should Becket be elected as the next Archbishop of Canterbury, against the wishes of Queen Eleanor and Empress Matilda, he will be one step closer to becoming England’s strongman. A story of passion, jealousy, rebellion and downfall, The Lions’ Torment follows Henry, Eleanor and Becket in an era of power and vengeance that leads to one of the most scandalous and tragic murders in history. It’s the third book in author Blanche d’Alpuget’s compelling Birth of the Plantagenets series, which follows the battle for dominance between the Church and the Crown. Published by Simon & Schuster and available in April. RRP$32.99.

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Go Swimming with Men for a refreshing mid-life crisis flick FEEL good with the laugh-out-loud Swimming with Men movie, which is in theatres this month. Coming to terms with a mid-life that includes a cheating wife, boring job and boringly grey daily commute, accountant Eric, played by Rob Brydon, dons goggles and hits the water at the local swimming pool. Nearby are a group of group of men with similar life challenges, but they are at the bottom of the pool and wearing nose

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Alison Houston Journalist Indigenous art TOOWOOMBA Regional Art Gallery is celebrating 25 years at 531 Ruthven St with an exhibition of indigenous artists, Country: Enduring Connections, from its Toowoomba City Collection. Each work has been chosen for the story it embodies and the maker’s connection to Country. The exhibit will include some recent acquisitions and continues until July 14. Phone 4688 6652 for details. Dalby District Show THE 149th annual Dalby District Show includes a rodeo, live music, pavilion displays, fireworks and, of course, rides for the young and young at heart. There’s cake decorating to cattle and cut flowers to fine art, metalcraft and horses, poultry to sheep dogs and a ute show. It’s on at the showgrounds April 12 and 13 and costs just $10 adults, $5 kids. Friday night’s entertainment runs from 8.30pm to midnight. Phone 4662 5251, or the gRound steward on 0428 654 680. Country music afternoon GARDEN City Country Music Association’s Country Music Afternoon at Wilsonton on Sunday, April 14 features guest artist Desree Illona Crawford, who has been singing professionally since she was 4 in 1947. Her career included

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Big Skies and Day on the Plain IN ITS second year, thanks to Western Downs Regional Council, Big Skies is a nine-day calendar of events celebrating the sights, sounds, tastes and unique experiences of the Western Downs. Running April 27 to May 5, events include the Dalby Picnic Races, tours of majestic Jimbour House, camp oven experiences and long lunches, as well as outdoor cinema. But the biggest of all is the Day on the Plain rock concert at Jimbour Ampitheatre this year featuring Jon Stevens, John Paul Young, Ross Wilson, Deni Hines and Pseudo Echo on Saturday, May 4. Go to bigskiesevents.com.au. Pittsworth Lions Market PITTSWORTH Lions Market is held just twice a year at Pittsworth Pioneer Village, and the next one is Sunday, April 28, from 8am-1.30pm. Local and visiting stallholders sell crafts, plants, home cooking, jewellery, preserves, confectionery and clothing, while the Lions’ Trash and Treasure stall has a bit of everything. There’s music, the Lions’ barbecue as well as morning tea. Entry is free. Phone 0438 933 308. Stalls are $20. Irish folk WITH John McNally having to cancel his April concert due to poor health, those looking for a taste of Irish music may want to consider Foster & Allen on Wednesday, May 1 at Empire Theatre. The pair have been singing since 1975 with record sales over 20 million. Cost is $71. Phone 1300 655 299 or go to http://www. empiretheatre.com.au.

Knowing the difference between upward and downward dog Graeme Wilson GeeDubWords MY hamstring was burning, my breathing was laboured and I was fighting a desperate desire to expel wind. My belated introduction to yoga was definitely not proving the relaxing experience I’d been promised. To make it worse, I was surrounded by universally lithe yogis (definitely all smarter than this average bear!) effortlessly

contorting their bodies as I simultaneously suffered in a world of pain. As I grappled with the challenge of sending my legs in opposite directions, the irritatingly calming voice of the instructor urged us all to breathe deeply through each stretch. While those around me comfortably inhaled and exhaled with long and soothing breaths, I was huffing and puffing like a steam train negotiating a mountainous pass. And who knew such strength was required to survive a yoga class unscathed? Certainly not me. My quivering quads

silently screamed a united protest each time I attempted an extended squat, and it became increasingly difficult to resist the urge to just stay prone on my mat until the session came to a merciful end. I know it’s not supposed to be about comparing yourself to others, but a furtive glance around me confirmed that this newbie had a long way to go. My more experienced classmates were all moving seamlessly through imitations of cows, cobras, cats and any number of other animals, while each pose

I attempted more closely resembled a clumsy baby elephant. I thought I’d made a breakthrough when the instructor requested we all take up the “Child’s Pose”, but apparently sitting with arms crossed, scowling, with your bottom lip drooped was not what was required. This yoga baptism of fire could have left me literally bent and broken, but I’m proud to report that practice does makes perfect (well, not perfect but at least better) and my perseverance is starting to pay off. I now know the difference between a Downward Dog and a

POSITIVE EXERCISE: A stretch with benefits. madsoul1 Dagwood Dog (although in honesty still derive more pleasure from the battered/sauce-drenched one), and have mastered many of the basic poses. I’ve even done some research and have added

my own personal touch to classes with the introduction of an occasional sneaky Wind Relieving Pose (seriously, it’s a thing…Google it!). But let’s keep that our little secret. Namaste!


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PUZZLES

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The challenge is to rearrange a crossword which has been broken into 25 sections. One letter has been given to get you started. Work out which 3x3 square fits in with that letter and write in the letters. You can also shade the black squares if you find it helpful. After completing the first 3x3 area, work out which square joins on to it, and continue until you have made a complete crossword.

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QUICK CROSSWORD Down 1. Strange (5) 2. Mergers (13) 3. Unbiased (9) 4. Dives (6) 5. Vehicle (3) 6. Explanation (13) 7. Appears (7) 11. Rented garden (9) 12. Conversation (colloq) (7) 14. Be quiet! (4,2) 17. Long-limbed (5) 19. Man (inf) (3)

Across 1. Tires (7) 5. Pedal (5) 8. Unsuitable (13) 9. Excavate (3) 10. Restoring (9) 12. Carry out, execute (6) 13. Lashes out (6) 15. Intelligence (9) 16. Weaken (3) 18. Daydreaming (13) 20. Windy (5) 21. Power (7)

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Can you complete these four words, using the same three-letter sequence in each?

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

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8 LETTERS DISARRAY DOORSTEP PONYTAIL UPPERCUT

QUIZ

W A D E I C O N N E O N R U A S S I E A T O R E N I P P S C A R P O N Y A D O T E N

7 LETTERS COUNTER SAVELOY

1. In the 17th Century, European explorers named Australia what, after their home country? 2. In mythology, who supported the Earth and the heavens on his back? 3. In land area, which country is larger, Canada or China? 4. Who did Sheriff Pat Garrett kill on July 14, 1881? 5. What was the surname of the man who founded the Battle Creek Toasted Corn Flake Company in 1906? 6. Junko Tabei was the first woman to do what: climb to the summit of Mount Everest, take a space walk or eat 17 pies in 60 seconds? 7. Does the starling hop along or walk along when on the ground? 8. Which opera was written to celebrate the opening on the Suez canal?

WORDFIT

6 LETTERS AMUSES ASSIST SCARCE VACATE

QUIZ

1. New Holland, 2. Atlas, 3. Canada, 4. Billy the Kid, 5. Kellogg, 6. Climb Mount Everest, 7. Walk, 8. Aida.

5 LETTERS ACTOR CITED ENEMA ENNUI ERASE LEASE NEPAL

QUICK CROSSWORD

Solution opposite

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4 LETTERS AEON AGUE ANON CANE CODE DYED EARL EDAM EMIR GETS ICON ISLE NEON OMEN ONCE OSLO RELY RUIN SACS SARI SPAT TRIO UNIT WADE

Across: 1. Wearies 5. Cycle 8. Inappropriate 9. Dig 10. Replacing 12. Commit 13. Flails 15. Intellect 16. Ail 18. Woolgathering 20. Gusty 21. Potency. Down: 1. Weird 2. Amalgamations 3. Impartial 4. Swoops 5. Car 6. Clarification 7. Emerges 11. Allotment 12. Chinwag 14. Belt up 17. Leggy 19. Guy.

Fit the words into the grid to create a finished crossword

3 LETTERS ACE ADO AGE AMP DUO EAT GAP ILL INN IRE LAB LEG NIP OLD ORE PAD PAL PRY RUB SAG SIC TEN WIN

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Good 18 Very Good 22 Excellent 26+

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TODAY no plurals ending in s.

ALPHAGRAMS

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LEERS, MoDELS, NoURISH, oPTIMIST, PACEMAKER.

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REELS SELDOM IN HOURS MOIST TIP CREAM PEAK

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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, e.g. he burns with anger.

M A C A R O O W A I N N U E N D E N U I D S T H I N G A T U P A N Y M O O N R A Y U E O G B Y A L E T R I O N C T D C A C H E

WORD GO ROUND

WORD GO ROUND

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 five-letter solution starts with J, the six-letter solution starts with K, and so on.

aids ails aims amid amiss dais dial dials dims dismal dismiss DISMISSAL diss ilia laid maid mail mails midi mild mislaid miss missal missis sadism said sail sails salmi sild sisal slid slim slims

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