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When last night’s $70 million Powerball was drawn, only one of the two winners was clear. Are you the other winner? Each winner will take home $35 million but the Queensland ticket is still unclaimed. The New South Wales winner was actually a syndicate of 15, who are now all … read more

More women suffering health problems from “retired hubby syndrome”… Did you?

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  “It was overwhelming. When John stopped working, my life suddenly felt clustered, consumed and I didn’t know what to do. It was like the freedom I had enjoyed for so many years was suddenly gone and I felt like I was “on duty” every hour of every day. I … read more

Congratulations to our Apia Local Champion for August 2014!

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We have finally selected the Apia Local Champion Award winner for August 2014… Find out who it is here and why they deserve the award! read more

The Ice Bucket Challenge – what is it and have participants missed the point?

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It seems like it’s taken over everything at the moment – you know what I’m talking about…the ice bucket challenge. You can hardly escape it – it’s on the news, on Facebook, on TV – but what is it? If you’ve been confused about this phenomenon, then you’re not alone…I … read more

I’d rather stick pins in my eyes…until I actually had to…

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There is that saying, “I’d rather stick pins in my eyes”. Sadly that is now the reality for those people diagnosed with Wet Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). Here is my journey.. I am 63 years of age – in good health, fit and active and engaged in the community. In … read more

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It affects everyone and does not discriminate – cancer and my father

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  It is true, as the advertisements say, cancer affects everyone and even sex-specific cancers effect members of the opposite sex. I have lost a father-in-law, the mother of a close friend who was... read more

I’ll write to you, my ‘French Connection’…

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Helen Mirren is quite a woman, still firing at sixty seven, and a force to be reckoned with. She has had many successes as an actress, playing the Queen... read more

The hero of Watson Bay

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In the 1950s, everyone expected to find Russian agents under their bed or inside their closets and security in military bases was very tight. I was stationed at HMAS... read more

The colours of Gippsland and surrounds

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I’ve enjoyed putting up some of my paintings in the past, to add a splash of colour to the Starts At Sixty site, and I thought it was about... read more

Seaside frolics – summer holidays that used to be

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How many of you still go on an annual summer holiday – the way we used to? Not many of you, I’m thinking. To start with, annual holidays have... read more

Do you agree with Tony Abbott on this one?

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  I am a caucasian, Catholic, woman and I lived in a Middle Eastern country just over a decade ago. I was there with my husband’s work and while I was there I found... read more

Being really grateful…

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Looking at my Facebook page over recent weeks, we can see a sea of “grateful people”.  They’re grateful for their kids, their jobs, their handbags, their moments, their holidays,... read more

Grandkids say the darndest things…

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Last week we asked “What funny things have your grandkids said?” and had an overwhelming response. Turns out your grandkids are all early stage comedians by the sounds of... read more

Plus size mannequins: Teaching women to love their bodies or normalising obesity?

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  I’m not plus size, but you certainly wouldn’t call me petite either, however I do get a smile on my face when I walk past mannequins that look... read more

Talking to a robot – the demise of customer service as we know it?

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The other day I walked into Big W to buy a new gas cartridge for my SodaStream machine and was told that I needed to go to the service... read more

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Just another day in a retirement village

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  Up in the morning, leading the 6.00am aqua aerobics in one of the three heated pools is an average morning start for 75... read more

Too much time and not enough friends…

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    Friendship and free time are two of life’s little joys, but what happens when you find that you have too little of... read more

New retirement community or older, more established retirement community? What is the difference?

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There is a big difference between moving into an established retirement community that has been around for a few years, and being the new... read more

Featured Village

If inner-city luxury with a distinct flavour of yesteryear is what you’re seeking, perhaps the Aveo Clayfield retirement village in Brisbane is right up your alley. When it comes to retirement living, Aveo Clayfield delivers a lifestyle with a difference. Set high on a... read more

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The benefits of removing sugar from your diet

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Western medicine has long-believed the body runs on glucose, a form of sugar. Natural medicine however believes the body’s nervous system runs on electrical energy or electrons. Natural medicine practitioners have long since viewed... read more

A sweet tooth can be dangerous to your health

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As a nation we are getting fatter and sicker. More than 60% are obese and this percentage is rapidly growing; 25% of Australians are pre-diabetic and don’t know it.... read more

Your say: Should Australian taxpayer money be spent on obesity surgery?

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  Many of us make health conscious lifestyle decisions. We exercise, eat healthily, don’t smoke, don’t drink (too much) and do our best to make wise health decisions. It... read more

Six health checks for over 60s

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Now that you’re over 60, you probably already know that you need to keep on top of your health in every way possible. Most of us have our own... read more

Society needs to change the stigma around male depression

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  When we think of a man, we think tough, burly, big, strong, determined, confident and outgoing. We admire them in society for so many reasons, but how often... read more

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Becoming a local on your travels [Rogue Nomads]

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This is the next instalment of Dee’s incredible international nomad adventure. To read her previous blog, click here. On my list of “wanna dos”, I had a visit to Rousay Island, which is known... read more

There’s a different landscape around every corner of Ireland…

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Ireland is such a compact destination and around every corner there’s a different landscape. In our last article we featured Northern Ireland and the Causeway Coastal Route. It was voted one of the top five... read more

All I can say is, maps and I don’t get along [Backpacking over 60]

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This is the third instalment in Libby’s incredible overseas adventure. You can read the previous one by clicking here.  Well we made it to the other side… other side of the English Channel that... read more

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East Coast Adventure – New York City to New York City

$2172 per person

East Coast Adventure – New York City to New... read more

A taste of Scotland with Carolyn Robb!

$5,125.50 per person

Embark on a truly once-in-a-lifetime journey with former executive... read more

Head South for Sophistication and Charm

from $4,625 per person, twin-share per person

  Enter an era of refinement, sophistication and good... read more

How to get ten awesome things for free

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  There’s nothing like getting something for free. If you’re like me, you’ll love a bargain and anything that has the words “sample”, “freebie” or “trial inside”. Well, I’ve recently learnt that there are... read more

A good financial plan will help you sleep at night

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If we suddenly enjoyed a windfall financial gain, like winning the lottery, we all have pretty fanciful ideas about what we’d like to do with the money.   #175139822... read more

Can money buy happiness?

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  If survey data are to be trusted, there’s a surprisingly weak relationship between money and happiness. As national incomes rise, happiness does not increase. Consider this: happiness in... read more

The three numbers critical to a happy and comfortable retirement

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    Retirement planning is one of those things that we tend not to think about until we have no choice. And it is easy to see why. When... read more

No new jobs in the economy: will this make it harder for older workers?

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The announcement of no new jobs in the economy in July in yesterday’s employment data might be debatable but I ask you to think about whether this shift in... read more

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Baileys Women’s Prize – To Kill A Mockingbird and other life-changing novels

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee takes top spot in #ThisBook campaign to find the most life-changing novels written by... read more

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Treasures within treasures

My father decided I loved books before I turned a year old and bought me Wind in the Willows... read more

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The seven ages of a woman: A book-filled life

  Childhood I have some fuzzy memories of being aged about four and my mum helping me to learn... read more

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Coffee table books – the last surviving of their kind?

  Just inside the front door of our local bookshop, there’s always a table of marked-down books…coffee table books.... read more

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IKEA is making dreams come true…

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  Whether you love the giant, blue box store or can’t stand the sheer volume of “stuff” inside, there’s one thing for sure, IKEA is a great place for playing games. You walk around... read more

The video that proves Helen Mirren has still got it…

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Remember in January when Helen Mirren twerked? Well, now she is back to prove she can still do it, and even better than before. Check out the stunning 69... read more

Two Aussie 60s music icons performing together in a huge first!

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Overnight it was announced that two of the biggest names in Australian music history are coming together this year to give one concert that is sure to make any... read more

Turning something you love into something you’ll loathe – TV ads are about to get worse

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We’ve all sat there watching the TV on the edge of our seats waiting for our favourite character’s next line, then all of a sudden…it’s an ad. It’s over... read more

Barbara Streisand did this at 72, here are six reasons why you should too…

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  Instagram. It’s something most of us have already heard of, perhaps the grandkids have talked about it? Or you’ve heard about it on the news? Or you’ve seen... read more

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Your say: Is Pope Francis bringing back religion or has its relevance disappeared in our society?

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Pope Francis is a pretty ‘hip’ religious leader. Aside from the fact that he is a very open-minded man, his most recent comments made me reflect on the Catholic leader and what it is... read more

Why does high range drink driving have such a low range punishment? Have your say.

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  For anyone who has had a loved one hurt, or even killed in a drink driving incident, the court’s decision on Jodhi Meares high range drink driving incident... read more

Fears seniors will delay filling scripts with PBS changes

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Will you delay filling your prescriptions if the Federal Government increases the PBS co-payment?  Or do you know someone who will?  This is the greatest concern of COTA, the peak... read more

Julian Assange to leave the Ecuadorian Embassy – should he walk free?

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  Yesterday Wikileaks founder Julian Assange announced he would soon be leaving the safety of the Ecuadorian embassy in London. Assange was granted political asylum by Ecuador back in... read more

When personal issues become a national problem

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If you saw Clive Palmer on Q&A last night, you might be a little worried for our country’s diplomatic stance today.  I suspect Abbott will have to divert his... read more

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Creamy Spinach Tomato Tortellini

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If you’re looking for a cheap, easy and delicious recipe for dinner this week, this pasta could be just what you were looking for! Ingredients 1 package of three cheese tortellini (preferably the refrigerated kind) 2 tbsp butter 2 cloves garlic, minced 3 tbsp all-purpose flour 1 tsp onion powder … read more

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Black, white and gold style

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Have you noticed that there is a hint of spring in the air? Then it is time to brighten up your winter darks with a winning combination of black & white. Black & white is one of the key trends for spring 2014, but you and I have always known … read more

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A clever parrot…

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Late one night a burglar broke into a house and while he was sneaking around he heard a voice say, “Jesus is watching you”. He looked around and saw nothing. He kept on creeping and again heard, “Jesus is watching you”. In a dark corner, he saw a cage with … read more

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Win tickets to every man’s dream event!

  With an unrivalled line-up of outdoor activities, demonstrations and celebrities, the 2014 National 4×4 Outdoors Show and Fishing... read more

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Touring around Northern Ireland: Romantic and rugged

Explore the ruins of Dunluce Castle along the Causeway Costal Route There’s a great energy in Northern Ireland –... read more

Events More »

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Review of Managing Carmen

In a sell-out of seats you could have Hird, sorry heard, a pin drop as the opening lines were delivered.... read more

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Be apart of the biggest bake off in Australia… The RSPCA Cupcake Day!

  The biggest bake-off in the Southern Hemisphere is back – Cupcake Day for the RSPCA! Yes once again... read more

Flashback More »

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This romantic duet was number one for 3 weeks in 1965…

This week in 1965, this celebrity pair released what was to become their highest-charting single. This song was #1... read more

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Sexy Diana Ross single that spent 21 weeks on the charts

This 1973 hit single was a turning point in Diana Ross’s career. It reinvigorated her success and lead her... read more