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$2 ALDI dessert sends shoppers bonkers: “Absolutely divine”

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">ALDI is known for having the most delicious treats around, but its popular Choceur Chocolate has shoppers virtually running to the store. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The brand is just so good, it even won 2021’s Canstar Blue 'Most Satisfied Customer Awards' for having such delicious chocolate. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Now, ALDI fans have gone bonkers over a packet of chocolate chip cookies that cost just $1.99 at the popular supermarket.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842451/evergreen.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/17c90f0d23764b649b61bb222532072f" /></span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Facebook</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Do not buy these!!! Lol" one shopper took to Facebook to write, sharing a photo of a packet of Belmont brand Supremo Cookies. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"They are absolutely divine. Not sure if they are new but why have I not seen these before. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You won't stop at one or two.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Ignore the health star rating on the front BTW. It must be incorrect," she went on to say.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The choccy snacks are described as “indulgent dark chocolate chip cookies coated in a creamy milk chocolate.” </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">"Oh these are dangerous," one shopper responded in the original post.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another person joked: "All the calories disappear when you open the packet."</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">ALDI fans have even made the bold claim that the Choceur brand of chocolate was better than Cadbury. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">TikTokker Merna shared a video of her favourite ALDI buys in August if 2020, telling fans she felt the grocery store’s chocolate was the “best kept secret”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Fans were quick to bring up the $2.99 Choceur Hazelnut Creme that they said is better than the Cadbury cult favourite - Marble.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Better than Cadbury Marble and those old school seashell chocolates,” they wrote on Instagram. </span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Shutterstock</span></em></p>

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“Did you know about this?”: Incredible Kmart hack you didn’t know you needed

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">A post on TikTok has gone viral after one user shared an amazing Kmart feature that could revolutionise the way you shop online. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Rangihuia Woods (@rangihuiawoods) was taken aback when she realised the retailer allowed shoppers to view a piece of furniture in their own home.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">By clicking “view in your space” when on a certain piece of furniture’s page, users get to see just exactly how it would fit in real life through augmented reality.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I just wanted to show you guys to see if I’m the only one who didn’t know about this,” Rangihuia said in a post.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The video showed how if a shopper went to the site and clicked on “view your space”, they would then be taken to a page that provides AR experience. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842448/evergreen-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/538b54a559444a50b346aae222ea8bc8" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The feature says that in order for it to work, users must “point your camera at the floor or the surface and move it side to side”. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The hallway table then is shown to virtually appear on her camera, inside her home so she can see how it fits into the space. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“So you can use it on your phone and you can place it in your house!” she said. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“What the hell?!”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Kmart reportedly launched the feature back in September last year. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842449/evergreen-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e5db16745800421496b63bac3710ae7b" /></span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The retailer also launched a new chatbot called KBot Assist to answer any questions one might have about a product.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The immersive AR and AI experience was designed to bring joy and inspiration to customers’ lives,” Kmart head of digital Melissa Wong explained.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“With extra help from our AI chatbot personality – KBot assist – we have been able to make shopping easier for customers by sprinkling delight across the customer journey,” she added.</span></p>

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Lynne McGranger’s brutal COVID message: “Don’t be that d***head”

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><em>Home and Away</em> star Lynne McGranger has sent a very special message to those in NSW not following the COVID-19 advice given during lockdown, as the state reaches new highs in positive cases not seen since the beginning of 2020. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a post to Instagram, Lynne shared a sign with health advice, including reminders to wash your hands, wear a mask and continue social distancing. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7842426/kmart-plus-lynne-home-and-away-5.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/dd991d4706d943bb958b1c0a76a030a7" /></span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Instagram</span></em></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">However, Lynne received a flurry of comments for the part on the sign which read: “We’re one d***head away from disaster… Don’t be that d***head.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The actress echoed the statement written on the sign, pleading with fans in the caption: “Please don’t be that d***head.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">People took to the comments to point out the comedic side of the sign, with one person writing “Gotta love Aussie PR.” </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Another said: “That’s the campaign we need out there. I think all Aussies will listen to that.”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CPr10ETsfJI/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CPr10ETsfJI/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Lynne McGranger (@lynnemcgranger)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Believe me Lynne, they are everywhere!” someone else wrote. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Lynne shared earlier this year, in June, that she had received her first dose of the AstraZeneca vaccine. </span></p> <p> </p>

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Australia’s oldest living Olympian turns 100

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Frank Prihoda, Australia’s oldest living Olympian, is celebrating his 100th birthday today at his home in Thredbo Village in the NSW Snowy Mountains.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Born into the Great Depression, Mr Prihoda has experienced both highs and lows across his century of life, including early tragedy, defection, emigration, running a business, and fulfilling an Olympic dream.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Prihoda was born in 1921 in Prague, Czechoslovakia, and learned to ski as a child with his older sister Sasha.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">His passion and talent saw him eventually representing a country on the other side of the world, when he competed in the 1956 Winter Olympics Games on the Australian team in the giant slalom and slalom events.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Recalling the achievement, Mr Prihoda said inadequate snow cover almost jeopardised the races, held at the Italian venue in Cortina D’Ampezzo.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Because of the lack of snow, we were concerned, would it be held?” Mr Prihoda recalled.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“The day before the race, the fire brigade came to the slope and sprayed the whole mountain with water. It froze. It was like an ice-skating rink.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“As a result, a lot of racers came to grief [at] the third gate … I managed to hang on but I didn’t really measure up. I finished in the middle of the field.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Prihoda continued to ski until he was 90.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“Sometimes I miss it of course,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“You get these moods and think, ‘What a pity, I would love to be up there’. But it doesn’t bother me all that much now.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In his early life, Mr Prihoda faced trials off the slopes.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">After the unexpected deaths of his parents in 1937, Mr Prihoda, who was just 16, took over the family’s artificial flower manufacturing business and managed it through World War II.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When Czechoslovakia became communist, he escaped the country on his skis, entering Austria before he and his family emigrated to Melbourne in 1950.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I knew there was snow in Australia, so I brought my skis with me,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though he started business ventures involving artificial flowers, furniture, and textiles, Mr Prihoda would take to the slopes at Mount Buller, in the Victorian Alps, when he could.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While skiing there, his talent was quickly spotted and he would eventually be selected for the 1956 Olympic team.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Years after his Olympic ventures, Mr Prihoda would move from Victoria to the NSW Snowy Mountains in 1974, as both his fellow Olympian sister and a childhood friend were already there.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“My sister was a racing star in Europe,” he said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“She and her husband Karel Nekvapil opened a lodge in 1959, which is now called Black Bear Inn.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I had a close contact with Thredbo for many years before I came to settle in.”</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Mr Prihoda ran a gift shop, Frank’s Store, at Thredbo for 27 years until he retired at 80.</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/tv/CRCmwOPnA-s/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/tv/CRCmwOPnA-s/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Thredbo Resort (@thredboresort)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">When Mr Prihoda celebrates his birthday, he will be surrounded by the familiar scenery of snow and mountains.</span></p> <p><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Image: Thredbo Resort</span></em></p>

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ALDI employee reveals shoppers’ most irritating Special Buys habit

<p>An ALDI employee has revealed the erratic customer behaviour during major Special Buy sales that irritate staff members around ther globe.</p> <p>While speaking to Insider, the worker slammed customers for the things they do when they are shopping at the German supermarket.</p> <p>The staff member sad one of their biggest contentions is when customers fail to realise Special Buys items are available for a limited amount of time.</p> <p>"It's irritating when customers come in searching for a popular Aldi Finds item weeks after it was advertised," the employee called JK said.</p> <p>"These items aren't restocked, but some customers still throw a fit or try to guilt-trip employees for not ordering enough."</p> <p>JK went on to say customers frustrate employees when they allow their children to run around unsupervised.</p> <p>"ALDI is a great place for all ages, but employees will get annoyed if you allow your kids to make a mess in the store and don't clean up after them," an employee called Bronson said.</p> <p>In May, ALDI revealed they would be testing its popular Special Buys sale by moving it online for a “limited trial” that will “test a range of products” across several months.</p> <p>"We are constantly looking for ways to improve the experience for our customers and are very excited to be taking our first steps into e-commerce," ALDI Australia group director of customer interactions Simon Padovani said.</p> <p>"Our limited initial online offer allows us to set the foundations for our future program."</p>

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Family offers $1million reward for missing heiress

<p>The family searching for the missing heiress Juanita Nielsen has offered up a $1 million reward for anyone who may have information on her disappearance.</p> <p>Juanita, who was 38 when she was seen for the last time, owned the alternative newspaper NOW which, over 46 years ago, she used to rally against developers who were wanting to build on protected heritage buildings in Potts Point.</p> <p>She also used her magazine to promote the Builders Labourers Federation’s controversial green bans during the 70s.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841997/juanita-nielsen.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9b4f59dabe384bef9b19ee7fa5c99b52" /></p> <p>Juanita was last ever seen at the nightclub Carousel Cabaret in Kings cross on the early morning of July 4, 1975.</p> <p>The club was run by a man who allegedly had close ties to notorious underworld crime boss Abe Saffron.</p> <p>While Juanita’s family, nor investigators can confirm why she mysteriously disappeared all those years ago, her living relatives are desperate to find answers.</p> <p>It is widely believed she was kidnapped and murdered due to her anti-development and anti-corruption campaigns which she broadcasted loudly.</p> <p>A coronial inquiry in 1983 found Ms Nielson, who was also an heiress to the Mark Foy's retail empire, had likely died.</p> <p>However, what perhaps is the most shocking and mystifying part of this case, is that despite its extraordinary publicity – a body, nor more information has ever been uncovered.</p> <p>Her family say they are desperate to give Juanita a proper burial with her cousin Francis Foy appealing for any information about her suspected murder.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841996/juanita-nielsen-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/8ce11450707b4a428abaf232d833c59e" /></p> <p>"Juanita was very much loved by her family and very much missed," Mr Foy said on Monday.</p> <p>"Her disappearance and the unknown of what happened to her caused incredible pain for her family."</p> <p>Homicide Squad Commander Detective Superintendent Danny Doherty said in a statement that it was unlikely they would be able to collect any further forensic evidence or witness statements, but that hope is not lost.</p> <p>"In turn, it has also become difficult for police to target known persons of interest or associates due to their passing," he said in a statement.</p> <p>"However, it is our hope that someone in the community may have information about Juanita's disappearance, or the location of her remains."</p>

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Isolated couple praise Australia Post driver

<p>A woman stuck in isolation with her husband after visiting a COVID-19 hotspot has praised her postie for going “above and beyond”.</p> <p>Kirsten Walpole Sinnamon took to Facebook to explain she had just moved a few months back but went to Melbourne for two weeks.</p> <p>When she returned to Queensland, Victoria was declared a coronavirus hotspot and she along with her husband were forced straight into quarantine.</p> <p>Being plunged into a 14-day stint at home meant they were unable to perform basic tasks, including picking up their package after a note from Australia Post told them they had two weeks to collect their item from the post office.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841844/aus-post-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e1722a1b820642d5a04e687d95d4e9d3" /></p> <p>Despite several attempts, they were not able to connect to their local post office so Ms Sinnamon took drastic measures and stuck a note in her mailbox addressed to her postie.</p> <p>"We're stuck in iso after visiting first grand baby in Melbourne last week," the letter read.</p> <p>"Is it possible to re-deliver our parcel, please? We'll be here all week. Understand if it's not."</p> <p>Ms Sinnamon said they did not know their postie well but were thankful for Lisa who called the woman and asked her if the parcel needed to be redirected.</p> <p>"When I explained the home isolation situation she came back &amp; delivered it this afternoon!!" Ms Sinnamon explained on Facebook. </p> <p>"We would have been completely happy if they’d just been able to hold it for the week until we’re allowed out to collect, or even delivered the next day. We’re over the moon with appreciation to receive it today!</p> <p>"Posties are awesome."</p>

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Survey reveals the best and WORST age to be

<p><strong>Survey says that having a family and watching them grow leads to a truly happy life</strong></p> <p>As we age, we reminisce on our lives, looking back at what truly made us happy, and what, if anything, would we change. <span><a href="https://www.country-cousins.co.uk/">Country Cousins,</a></span> leading providers of live-in care to those living with Dementia, wanted to know more about what makes people happy, what they credit to an enriched life and what age was their favourite. So, they asked 1,000 UK adults aged between 50-75, and the results are not what we expected.</p> <p><strong>Men prefer their twenties, yet women preferred their thirties</strong></p> <p>The survey found that 27% of men preferred their twenties and only 22% of men favoured their thirties.</p> <p>On the other hand, women seemed to much prefer their thirties as 25% said they were the best years of their life, typically a time when they’re settled and have a young family, and only 21% of women favoured their twenties.</p> <p><strong>Are the teenage years really the worst in our lives?</strong></p> <p>92% of respondents say being a teenager, a time when you’re carefree and have no major obligations, were some of the <em>least enjoyable</em> years of their lives?</p> <p>Perhaps it’s because 2% of people of the 1,000 respondents said watching their family grow around them helped them to live an enriched life, and 17% said having a family leads to a truly happy life.</p> <p>Along with that, 36% of those over the age of 60 credit watching their family grow and mature around them to be the most rewarding thing about getting older.</p> <p><strong>What can we take from this?</strong></p> <p>So, it seems that to live a truly happy, enriched life, we should aspire to have a family and enjoy watching them grow, learn, and maybe one day have a family of their own.</p>

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Customer loses it at Australia Post after 100-year-old “artefact” RUINED

<p>An Australia Post customer has claimed her rare artefact was destroyed after it was thrown at her door by a delivery driver.</p> <p>The woman, who took to Facebook to share her frustration, revealed a vinyl record being delivered from England all the way to Alexandra Hills near Brisbane, was snapped clean in half when it arrived at her door.</p> <p>She also also claims the package was stepped on, with a “clear boot/heel print” on the packaging.</p> <p>While it is unclear if the parcel was damaged in Australia or prior to its arrival in the country, the customer was left in a rage.</p> <p>“This is the type of 'service' you can expect from Australia Post,” she wrote online.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841562/aus-post-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6e52476e1ddc4194b14685332da9ff04" /></p> <p>“A clear heel/boot print on a rare 100-year-old historical artefact which was literally thrown at the door before the delivery guy hot-tailed it up the driveway.</p> <p>"Is it normal practise for AUS Post workers to trample over the top of fragile items?”</p> <p>The customer complained again, just two days later, when she received another damaged package that had the word “FRAGILE” written across it.</p> <p>“Yet another one!! Look where the damage is this time. Right on the word ‘Fragile’,” she wrote.</p> <p>The parcel had been damaged only a centimetre or two above the word.</p> <p>Thankfully it seems only the package was damaged while contents of the parcel were fine.</p> <p>Australia Post doesn’t offer a service for fragile items but makes clear on its website “we’ll always try to handle items with care”.</p> <p>An Australia Post spokesperson said it was important each sender ensures a package is carefully wrapped before sending.</p> <p><em>"</em>Our people are working hard to deliver record volumes of parcels and the vast majority arrive safely. We always recommend that parcels are packaged appropriately, with adequate protection such as cushioning around the item to make sure it isn't damaged," the spokesperson said.</p> <p>"Customers with concerns about their delivery are encouraged to contact us on 13 POST for help and support."</p> <p>Australia Post says to protect fragile items, it should be individually wrapped in tissue paper or newspaper and placed inside a box before wrapping it in extra cushioning.</p> <p><em>Images: Facebook</em></p>

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111-year-old man crowned Australia's oldest person

<p>A former grazier from the outback Queensland town of Roma has become Australia's oldest man on record.</p> <p>At 111 years and 124 days old, Dexter Kruger has overtaken World War I veteran Jack Lockett, who died in 2002 aged 111 years and 123 days.</p> <p>The former veterinary surgeon is also a poet and an author and refuses to retire from his 5,300-hectare cattle property in the Maranoa region until his mid-90s.</p> <p>He credits his long life to the simple lifestyle he enjoyed in the bush.</p> <p>"It's because I do things differently," Mr Kruger said from an armchair at his aged care home.</p> <p>"I lived very close to nature and I ate mostly what I grew in the garden or the orchard or the farm."</p> <p>Born on January 13, 1910, before telephones or refrigeration, Mr Kruger has lived through world wars, droughts, depressions and pandemics.</p> <p>He has a strict morning exercise regime and works on his latest book - an autobiography of the century he has spent on Earth.</p> <p>He also keeps on top of current affairs as he addressed the state of the nation's vaccine rollout and the growing scourge of domestic violence.</p> <p>"I don't think [today's world] is a nicer place, I do not," Mr Kruger said.</p> <p>"People are not happy. They have too much debt … We have far too much money to spend on rubbish.</p> <p>"Until we got all this computerised technology, life was much more relaxed.</p> <p>"There are marvellous things you can do with a little chip, but we were once very much more relaxed."</p> <p>A small party will be thrown to mark the milestone event, with the Australian Book of Records and various politicians expected to attend the celebration.</p> <p>Mr Kruger's 74-year-old son Greg said his father's simple lifestyle and balanced diet, complete with "plenty of salt, sugar and fat", had a lot to do with his age.</p> <p>"He lived through a period that was a lot less stressful than what society is faced with today," Greg Kruger said.</p> <p>"He didn't go around chasing the bright lights, he was happy being around horses and cattle.</p> <p>"His system wasn't worn out trying to process the junk food – he's never been overweight, always active."</p> <p>Manager at Pinaroo Roma aged care facility Melanie Calvert said Mr Kruger's health was exceptional.</p> <p>"He's probably one of the sharpest residents here," she said.</p> <p>"His memory is amazing and his cognitive functioning is unbelievable."</p> <p>Ms Calvert attributed his age to a combination of factors, including genetics, a balanced diet and regular exercise.</p> <p>But she said what sets him apart is his strength of character.</p> <p>"He's strong in the face of adversity – he has that positive mental attitude that keeps him going," she said.</p> <p>"He sets goals to write books, to achieve milestones, and I think that keeps him going.</p>

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Staying active in retirement has never been easier!

<p>As we age, it is important that we embrace new passions and hobbies that can help us maintain an active and healthy lifestyle as much as possible.</p> <p>While our golden years are about ensuring we take the time to slow it down, there are new trends emerging that show seniors are looking for ways to keep on top of their health and maintain an upbeat routine.</p> <p>One of the most beneficial ways to get your blood pumping isn’t exactly the most strenuous activity – and that’s why retirees are loving it: E-biking!</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.retirementbylendlease.com.au/coastal-waters/" target="_blank">Coastal Waters Retirement Village</a><span> </span>resident, Darryl, says he incorporated E-biking into his daily routine after it became apparent he could no longer keep using his regular old pushbike with quite the same level of intensity.</p> <p>But thanks to a timely doctor’s recommendation, the retiree says he now has his new favourite way to get around!</p> <p>“I just get on the bike and go for a ride, which I find very relaxing,” says Darryl.</p> <p>“The E-bike allows me to get out and exercise by cycling, which I love.</p> <p>“Whenever I do feel tired or strained, I turn the power on and use the pedal assist, which requires you to still pedal to make the motor work.”</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.retirementbylendlease.com.au/coastal-waters/" target="_blank"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7841073/coastal-waters-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d9614fadbfa94566a0cc096ceccc42a4" /></a></p> <p><em>Darryl incorporated e-biking into his daily routine at Coastal Waters.</em></p> <p>The benefits of<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://electricbikeblog.com/5-important-health-benefits-electric-bikes/#:~:text=%233%20Health%20Benefit%20of%20Electric%20Bikes%3A%20Strengthening%20Muscles%2C,promotes%20healthy%20and%20strong%20muscles%2C%20bones%2C%20and%20joints." target="_blank">e-biking</a><span> </span>are phenomenal as the simple fact of the revolutionary technology is that it still does require pedalling at all times – which is great for joint mobility and overall fitness – but very cleverly provides the right amount of assistance depending on the fitness and ability of the rider.</p> <p>Darryl, who has been at<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.retirementbylendlease.com.au/coastal-waters/" target="_blank">Coastal Waters</a><span> </span>with his wife Anne for a little over two years, says the retirement village – situated on the dreamy seascape of Jervis Bay – has pushed him to focus on his health while enjoying his retirement to the full.</p> <p>He adds that keeping fit with his e-bike while riding through the beautiful beach town “helped my well-being in that I get out and about a lot more than where I used to live, which was in Canberra.</p> <p>“I get out and about every day, mixing with a lot more people than I did before retirement.”</p> <div class="embed-responsive embed-responsive-16by9"><iframe class="embed-responsive-item" src="https://www.youtube.com/embed/pOtSdQGFojU"></iframe></div> <p><strong>E-biking improves physical health</strong></p> <p>The electric bicycles are key for those looking to enrich their lives without<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.bicycling.com/news/a27115129/e-bikes-boost-well-being/" target="_blank">forcing strenuous workouts.</a></p> <p>Seniors who suffer from health problems including asthma, knee or heart problems will find the electric motors will help to improve to their lives.</p> <p>E-bikes are considered a<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.forbes.com/sites/carltonreid/2018/11/23/riding-electric-bicycles-boon-to-health-and-not-cheating-confirms-literature-review/?sh=1bd8d7f335cc" target="_blank">primary way to keep fit and on top of our health</a>. However, in recent years the nifty tech gear has become a must for those who enjoy the immense benefits the efficient mode of transport offers.</p> <p>Darryl says he has found sanctuary in the community at<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.retirementbylendlease.com.au/coastal-waters/" target="_blank">Coastal Waters</a>, with over 500 people in the village and quite a few who also enjoy riding around the beach town on their E-bikes.</p> <p>Revealing the bike has become extremely popular among residents where he lives, he said: “The e-bike has inspired my health and well-being by enabling me to get out and do what I really love doing, which is cycling and generally touring around and getting to meet people.</p> <p>“We only have one car now and I quite often go shopping for little things [on the e-bike] rather than take the car.</p> <p>“It’s great exercise and I’m so happy with it.”</p> <p><strong>E-biking is essential for your mental health</strong></p> <p>E-bikes are also an efficient way to improve one’s mental health. There is nothing better than marvelling over the beauty of Jervis Bay’s quaint town roads or captivating beaches with the sun beating down on you.</p> <p>Thanks to the beautiful weather that happens to encompass<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.retirementbylendlease.com.au/coastal-waters/" target="_blank">Coastal Waters</a><span> </span>all-year-round, getting out and improving your fitness will not only benefit cardiovascular health, but will also provide mental clarity and a healthy dose of Vitamin D.</p> <p><strong>E-biking is perfect for low-impact exercising</strong></p> <p>E-biking is an extremely low-impact exercise option that’s ideal for anyone with physical limitations that might be a result of joint replacements, arthritis or other age-related issues.</p> <p>E-biking has become a<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.skipeak.net/blog/8-benefits-of-using-electric-bikes" target="_blank">favourite form of exercise for seniors</a><span> </span>not only for its health benefits but for the immense pressure it takes off of knees, hips and even feet.</p> <p>As an aerobic sport, it provides healthy blood flow and the regeneration of cells to the hippocampus, which is a part of the brain that is linked to memory.</p> <p>At<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.retirementbylendlease.com.au/coastal-waters/" target="_blank">Coastal Waters</a>, seniors are given the freedom to enjoy their retirement while indulging in all of their passions.</p> <p>Whether that’s taking on new hobbies, rekindling old avocations or finding enthusiasm for new ways to keep on top of your health and mental well-being –<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.retirementbylendlease.com.au/coastal-waters/" target="_blank">Coastal Waters</a><span> </span>gives seniors the opportunity to take that next step.</p> <p>Book your private appointment to find out more about living at<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.retirementbylendlease.com.au/coastal-waters/" target="_blank">Coastal Waters</a><span> </span>and learn about the benefits of e-bikes for Seniors!</p> <p><strong><em>This is a sponsored article produced in partnership with<span> </span></em></strong><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.retirementbylendlease.com.au/coastal-waters/" target="_blank"><strong><em>Coastal Waters Retirement Village by Lendlease</em></strong></a><strong><em>.</em></strong></p>

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Sam Armytage tells all about her new life

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Though she shocked </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sunrise</span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;"> viewers when she announced she was departing the show and heading to the countryside back in March, it appears Sam Armytage couldn’t be happier about her decision.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The 44-year-old left city life and moved to the NSW Southern Highlands with husband Richard Lavender last month and when asked about the move in an interview with <a href="https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/entertainment/sydney-confidential/i-barely-brush-my-hair-sams-life-after-sunrise/news-story/3659c8f87e3bbbfd5c94979610798455"><em>The Daily Telegraph</em></a>, she called her new lifestyle “bliss”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I barely brush my hair and put a bit of lipstick on these days, and it is lovely,” she said.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It is absolutely bliss to not have to worry about hair and makeup for this part of my career.”</span></p> <blockquote style="background: #FFF; border: 0; border-radius: 3px; box-shadow: 0 0 1px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.5),0 1px 10px 0 rgba(0,0,0,0.15); margin: 1px; max-width: 540px; min-width: 326px; padding: 0; width: calc(100% - 2px);" class="instagram-media" data-instgrm-captioned="" data-instgrm-permalink="https://www.instagram.com/p/CN6ht4pHUGU/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" data-instgrm-version="13"> <div style="padding: 16px;"> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: row; align-items: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 50%; flex-grow: 0; height: 40px; margin-right: 14px; width: 40px;"></div> <div style="display: flex; flex-direction: column; flex-grow: 1; justify-content: center;"> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; margin-bottom: 6px; width: 100px;"></div> <div style="background-color: #f4f4f4; border-radius: 4px; flex-grow: 0; height: 14px; width: 60px;"></div> </div> </div> <div style="padding: 19% 0;"></div> <div style="display: block; height: 50px; margin: 0 auto 12px; width: 50px;"></div> <div style="padding-top: 8px;"> <div style="color: #3897f0; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: 550; line-height: 18px;">View this post on Instagram</div> </div> <p style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; line-height: 17px; margin-bottom: 0; margin-top: 8px; overflow: hidden; padding: 8px 0 7px; text-align: center; text-overflow: ellipsis; white-space: nowrap;"><a style="color: #c9c8cd; font-family: Arial,sans-serif; font-size: 14px; font-style: normal; font-weight: normal; line-height: 17px; text-decoration: none;" rel="noopener" href="https://www.instagram.com/p/CN6ht4pHUGU/?utm_source=ig_embed&amp;utm_campaign=loading" target="_blank">A post shared by Samantha Armytage ⭐️ (@sam_armytage)</a></p> </div> </blockquote> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">While she has already revealed that she doesn’t think she’s done with TV yet, if she were to take on a new role on air it wouldn’t be at the same pace as </span><span style="font-weight: 400;">Sunrise</span><span style="font-weight: 400;">, as she doesn’t think that life brought her “much happiness”.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“I wasn’t happy at all with the level of attention that I got through that and so I reset it,” she explained.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Since wrapping up her time on the morning breakfast show, Samantha has been working on her podcast, Something to Talk About, for </span><em><span style="font-weight: 400;">Stellar </span></em><span style="font-weight: 400;">magazine.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">She’s also been keeping fans in the loop on her new life in the country on her Instagram page, where she regularly shares snaps of her and Richard on their sprawling property.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">In a shock announcement in March, Sam revealed that she would be leaving after eight years in breakfast TV.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">At the time, she said she wanted to “take a break and find some peace and calm” after a difficult six months.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">On her last day, Sam called out the “snarkiness” and “bullying” she faced while hosting the show.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Speculation swirled around her replacement until Sam’s Channel 7 colleague Nat Barr took on the task to host the program alongside David ‘Kochie’ Koch.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">“It’s time to start the next chapter, but I will never forget how wonderful our @sunriseon7 viewers were to me. See you soon,” Sam said.</span></p>

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Retired couples, have your say

<p><span style="font-weight: 400;">As we approach retirement, we face a new and often drastic change in our lives. From cutting down on work to downsizing, this new stage of life can signal the start of a healthy and enjoyable period of your life or one that offers no direction.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">To combat this, we are encouraged to save for retirement, pursue hobbies and learn new skills, and stay in touch with friends, loved ones, and our wider community. </span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">But there is one aspect of life that many of us look past that can have a significant effect on our retirement years.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">The answer: our romantic partners.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Two-thirds of Australian retirees are in relationships where they live with a significant other, but the impact of our significant others on us (and vice versa) is less well understood.</span></p> <p><strong>Researchers investigate the impact of our personal relationships</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">Ayeesha Abbasi, a PhD candidate at the Australian National University (ANU) College of Business and Economics is looking to improve our understanding of retirement and how our experiences are shaped by our personal relationships. Specifically, she is investigating the influence of partners on each other as they transition into and experience retirement.</span></p> <p><strong>Have your say</strong></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">To do this, cohabiting couples who have retired completely, semi-retired, or otherwise left the workforce are invited to participate in a survey. Hearing from both partners will help to better understand the influence partners have on each other. Both partners can complete the Couples in Retirement Survey and answer questions regarding how you feel about retirement, relationships, health, social support, and more.</span></p> <p><span style="font-weight: 400;">To participate, and contribute to important research, take the time to head </span><a href="https://anu.au1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1F9q3qpbOlxPYgJ"><span style="font-weight: 400;">here</span></a><span style="font-weight: 400;">.</span></p>

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Our six top tips to get winter-ready

<p><em>By Feros Care. </em></p> <p>As we edge closer to winter, at Feros Care we are encouraging seniors to think about what they need to weather the colder months in comfort.</p> <p>Preparing for winter can mean anything from a new pair of slippers to checking your heaters are in good working order.</p> <p>We’ve put together a handy list of some of the things you might like to consider and how we can help you get winter-ready.</p> <p><strong>1. Safety first</strong></p> <p>Your safety is always our top priority and we encourage all our seniors to get appliances and smoke alarms checked annually by a qualified electrician.</p> <p>Coming into winter is a good time to have your home inspected by an expert as the cold weather usually increases the use of electrical items such as blankets and heaters.</p> <p>At Feros Care we can help with all manner of home maintenance needs as part of our <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.feroscare.com.au/home-care?utm_source=Over60&amp;utm_medium=Top%20tips%20winter%20article&amp;utm_campaign=HOMECARE-ALWAYSON-2021&amp;utm_term=paid" target="_blank">in-home care services.</a></p> <p>The colder months can also see an increase in falls at home due to people wearing slippers and long dressing gowns, heater cords, and blankets falling off furniture.</p> <p>In fact, three-quarters of all injury hospitalisations for people aged 65+ are a result of a fall (<a rel="noopener" href="https://www.aihw.gov.au/getmedia/427d3a0d-88c2-45c5-bc23-5e3986375bba/aihw_injcat_206.pdf.aspx?inline=true" target="_blank">AIHW</a>).</p> <p>If you are concerned about the risk of falling, we can arrange an in-home safety assessment with one of our skilled occupational therapists.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.feroscare.com.au/home-care?utm_source=Over60&amp;utm_medium=Top%20tips%20winter%20article&amp;utm_campaign=HOMECARE-ALWAYSON-2021&amp;utm_term=paid" target="_blank"><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840964/safety-first.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/57d1406a98d2448aadf282f61250ed9b" /></a></p> <p><strong>2. Storage</strong></p> <p>For many, space and storage can be a struggle. Finding somewhere to ‘put things’ is just one part of the puzzle; making them easily accessible is another challenge.</p> <p>We can help you organise and store your summer clothes while getting your jumpers, jeans and heavy quilts ready for use.</p> <p>This might include washing and airing things that have been stored away; as well as packing up clothes and linen you won’t be using for the next few months.</p> <p>Our <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.feroscare.com.au/home-care?utm_source=Over60&amp;utm_medium=Top%20tips%20winter%20article&amp;utm_campaign=HOMECARE-ALWAYSON-2021&amp;utm_term=paid" target="_blank">in-home care services</a> provide housework support as well as accompanied shopping trips or transport.</p> <p>We can even help you purchase and pack things like vacuum-sealed storage bags to protect your belongings and make them easier to store.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.feroscare.com.au/home-care?utm_source=Over60&amp;utm_medium=Top%20tips%20winter%20article&amp;utm_campaign=HOMECARE-ALWAYSON-2021&amp;utm_term=paid" target="_blank"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840963/storage.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/e9af08a67cb941629f1081340b7038e1" /></a></p> <p><strong>3. Comfort food</strong></p> <p>Winter conjures up memories of stews on the stove and steaming soups and this type of comfort food can be easily prepared in advance and stored in the freezer.</p> <p>Our <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.feroscare.com.au/home-care?utm_source=Over60&amp;utm_medium=Top%20tips%20winter%20article&amp;utm_campaign=HOMECARE-ALWAYSON-2021&amp;utm_term=paid" target="_blank">in-home care services</a> can support with meal preparation so you have hearty, healthy meals on hand ready to heat and eat on a whim.</p> <p>If you prefer to do the cooking yourself, Feros Care’s <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.feroscare.com.au/home-care?utm_source=Over60&amp;utm_medium=Top%20tips%20winter%20article&amp;utm_campaign=HOMECARE-ALWAYSON-2021&amp;utm_term=paid" target="_blank">Virtual Social Centre</a> has nutrition sessions to help support you in preparing your meals.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.feroscare.com.au/home-care?utm_source=Over60&amp;utm_medium=Top%20tips%20winter%20article&amp;utm_campaign=HOMECARE-ALWAYSON-2021&amp;utm_term=paid" target="_blank"><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840959/comfort-food.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/23b53839a3114ffab9221ab78ee0d117" /></a></p> <p><strong>4. Vaccines, vitamins and medications</strong></p> <p>If you haven’t seen your GP in a while, it might pay to book in for a check-up and talk to them about which vaccines, such as the flu shot, or pneumococcal pneumonia vaccine are available for you.</p> <p>You might also like to ask your doctor about any vitamins that may be beneficial for you during the cold and flu season, as well as ensuring you have scripts on hand for any of your usual medication.</p> <p>Through our <a href="https://www.feroscare.com.au/home-care?utm_source=Over60&amp;utm_medium=Top%20tips%20winter%20article&amp;utm_campaign=HOMECARE-ALWAYSON-2021&amp;utm_term=paid">in-home care services</a>, Feros Care can help organise, accompany and transport you to any medical appointments.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840960/medications.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6e0e6853616b4064962633fcb75b2f94" /></p> <p><strong>5. Winter wardrobe</strong></p> <p>Check your wardrobe and make a list of anything you need to keep comfortable and warm this winter - be it woollies, slippers, jumpers, robes, boots or stockings.</p> <p>Through our <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.feroscare.com.au/home-care?utm_source=Over60&amp;utm_medium=Top%20tips%20winter%20article&amp;utm_campaign=HOMECARE-ALWAYSON-2021&amp;utm_term=paid" target="_blank">in-home care services</a>, we can provide accompanied shopping support or transport.</p> <p>Or you could even learn how to make the most of virtual shopping through our Let’s Get Technical Program – let one of our friendly technical support officers teach you how to shop online for everything from blankets to groceries.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840961/winter-wardrobe.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/69dde98531334dc4ade1213722ea4eac" /></p> <p><strong>6. Winter bedding</strong></p> <p>Adding flannelette sheets, a heavy quilt or doona or an electric blanket can be the difference between a cold or comfortable sleep.</p> <p>As <a rel="noopener" href="https://www.feroscare.com.au/home-care?utm_source=Over60&amp;utm_medium=Top%20tips%20winter%20article&amp;utm_campaign=HOMECARE-ALWAYSON-2021&amp;utm_term=paid" target="_blank">home care</a> specialists, Feros Care can advise you about what you need and we can help with understanding funding, purchasing and preparing your bed with all the essentials you need to keep warm.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.feroscare.com.au/home-care?utm_source=Over60&amp;utm_medium=Top%20tips%20winter%20article&amp;utm_campaign=HOMECARE-ALWAYSON-2021&amp;utm_term=paid" target="_blank"><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840962/winter-bedding.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9cc140e5698a40a4880782cde488a54a" /></a></p> <p><strong>How we can help</strong></p> <p>Feros Care has been supporting Australians for over 30 years and we have supports and services designed to keep you safe, and warm, in your own home.</p> <p>Contact us to learn more. Our friendly team can also advise you on government funding eligibility.</p> <p><strong>Phone 1300 763 583 or visit </strong><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.feroscare.com.au/home-care?utm_source=Over60&amp;utm_medium=Top%20tips%20winter%20article&amp;utm_campaign=HOMECARE-ALWAYSON-2021&amp;utm_term=paid" target="_blank"><strong>feroscare.com.au/home-care</strong></a><strong>.</strong></p> <div id="primary" class="contentAreaLeft"> <div class="Maincontent"> <p><strong><em>This is a sponsored article produced in partnership with </em><a href="https://www.feroscare.com.au/home-care?utm_source=Over60&amp;utm_medium=Top%20tips%20winter%20article&amp;utm_campaign=HOMECARE-ALWAYSON-2021&amp;utm_term=paid"><em>Feros Care</em></a>.</strong></p> </div> </div>

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Five reasons to downsize to one of the hidden gems of retirement living

<p>When it comes to moving house, not only do we have to consider where we will be moving to, but also how big or small our next home should be – especially when we’re looking to settle down more permanently.</p> <p>Our lifestyle and needs also change as we grow older, so finding a home that fits a variety of needs can be overwhelming. Whether you want a smaller garden that can be easily tended to or you are looking for more support to look after your health, choosing to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.oversixty.com.au/lifestyle/retirement-life/3-crucial-things-to-consider-before-downsizing-or-in-other-words-rightsizing" target="_blank"><em>rightsize</em></a><span> </span>your next home can help you set up the life of your dreams.</p> <p>Retirement living is built with those nearing retirement in mind, offering the lifestyle and practical benefits many of us are looking for as we head into retirement.</p> <p>As for<span> </span><em>where</em><span> </span>to settle down, why not consider Penrith, just 50km west of the Sydney CBD? As one of the hidden gems of retirement planning, Penrith is home to plenty of rightsizing opportunities – such as<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.retirementbylendlease.com.au/kingfisher-grove/" target="_blank"><span>Kingfisher Grove Retirement Living by Lendlease</span></a> – that offer outstanding retirement living options and a multitude of other benefits.</p> <p>Kingfisher Grove provides the best of both worlds: Bordered by Wianamatta Regional Park, residents can experience the bush right outside their home, while having the convenience of Woolworths shopping centre, medical centres, gyms and cafés just across the road. All homes are architecturally designed to take advantage of natural light and give a sense of space, with open-plan layouts, air-conditioning and quality appliances. But above all, residents are surrounded with a great community of like-minded neighbours with exclusive access to the resort-style Community Centre. The Community Centre will feature an indoor pool, cinema, gym, bar, library, craft room and dining area.</p> <p>Still unsure? Here are five more reasons why you should set your sights on Penrith.</p> <p><strong>1. A strong sense of community</strong></p> <p>Staying connected to your friends, family, and local community is part of what makes retirement so enjoyable. Since we are social animals, having a strong sense of community and avenues to connect with others not only helps you feel good, but also helps with mental and physical health.</p> <p>That’s why retirement villages like Kingfisher Grove establish such a strong sense of community in their areas. Whether you would prefer to live in a villa or an apartment, you will get to interact with your neighbours in your day-to-day comings and goings, as well as when you visit the exclusive clubhouse and other facilities.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.retirementbylendlease.com.au/kingfisher-grove/" target="_blank"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840919/pool-shot_hires.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/42b42f1988284a3fa963336ba0cd8257" /></a></p> <p>Outside of the retirement community, there are still plenty of ways to connect with your community. Joining community groups such as the local<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://directory.wayahead.org.au/service/6976/" target="_blank">Men’s Shed</a>,<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://ownnsw.org.au/get-involved/join-group/penrith/" target="_blank">Older Women’s Network</a>, historical societies, and<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.probussouthpacific.org/microsites/penrithcity" target="_blank">Probus club</a><span> </span>gives you the opportunity to meet new people, share skills and have a laugh over a cuppa. Or you can head down to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://penrith.panthers.com.au/" target="_blank">Panthers Penrith</a><span> </span>and join in on the club’s regular bingo, trivia nights, and raffles.</p> <p><strong>2. Everything you need at your doorstep</strong></p> <p>Just 7km away from Penrith CBD, you will find Jordan Springs. As one of Penrith’s newest suburbs, this suburb is situated right between Penrith and St Marys. With hospitals nearby – including the newly redeveloped Nepean Hospital – you can find all of the resources and care you’ll need.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.retirementbylendlease.com.au/kingfisher-grove/" target="_blank"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840917/kingfisher-04.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/9aec3b30b46444eaa7f8acd217fa77bd" /></a></p> <p>What about when family comes to visit, or if you need to travel to Sydney? Whether you prefer to drive or travel by public transport, it’s easy to get around. Jordan Springs is close to both St Marys and Penrith train stations for those who choose the 45-minute trip into the city, and it’s just a 15-minute drive from the entrance to the M4. At Kingfisher Grove there is a bus stop just outside the village and Woolworths shopping centre with a breadth of shops, medical centres, pharmacies and cafés just across the road!</p> <p><strong>3. Low-maintenance living</strong></p> <p>As we start thinking about settling down for retirement, finding the right-sized home to suit our needs becomes even more crucial.</p> <p>Retirement communities often offer a variety of different housing options to suit everyone’s needs. For example, Kingfisher Grove offers a combination of single storey, level access villas featuring two or three bedrooms, with single or double garages. The village will also offer one, two or three bedroom apartment layouts across three low-rise buildings, all of which have exquisite views over Wianamatta Regional Park.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.retirementbylendlease.com.au/kingfisher-grove/" target="_blank"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840916/kingfisher-02.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/465cafe79fc54065afce2ed37a6efe3d" /></a></p> <p>For those who need extra care, Kingfisher Grove has partnered with Catholic Healthcare to build an aged care facility right next door. Once completed, this facility will offer the right level of care for those who need it.</p> <p><strong>4. Surround yourself with picturesque landscapes</strong></p> <p>Getting away from the hustle and bustle of the city can become more and more appealing as we get older. Luckily, Penrith offers the perfect mix of urban living and proximity to nature.</p> <p><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.retirementbylendlease.com.au/kingfisher-grove/" target="_blank"><img style="width: 500px; height:281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840915/kingfisher-03.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/fd3ff0e9e4c74a14aa1504c6eb3e7c32" /></a></p> <div id="primary" class="contentAreaLeft"> <div class="Maincontent"> <p>Situated in Jordan Springs, Kingfisher Grove offers 17 hectares of gorgeous parks and open space, including a huge lake at the heart of the community, for you to wander through and reconnect with nature.</p> <p><strong>5. Plenty to do</strong></p> <p>There are plenty of things to do in and around Penrith. From shopping to staying active mentally and physically, you’ll be spoilt for choice.</p> <p>If you’re the outdoorsy type or take pleasure in walking while enjoying the scenery, Penrith is home to<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.penrithcity.nsw.gov.au/facilities-recreation/outdoor-recreation/great-river-walk" target="_blank">The Great River Walk</a>. Following the Hawkesbury-Nepean River, the Great River Walk is a great spot for picnicking, bird watching and learning about the history of the local area. Along the way, you can also catch free contemporary art at the Penrith Regional Gallery and take a break at its café.</p> <p>Or, if you are looking to learn some new skills or follow academic interests,<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.u3apenrith.org.au/" target="_blank">The University of the Third Age (U3A) Nepean-Blue Mountains</a><span> </span>offers courses specifically for seniors. These courses are available in a range of subject areas, from arts and crafts, language and acting to philosophy, hospitality and computing.</p> <p>Penrith council also runs two senior centres that host social events and are home to bridge, dance, and computing clubs.</p> <p>So what are you waiting for? To beat the rush to this hidden gem of retirement living on Sydney’s doorstep, visit<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.retirementbylendlease.com.au/kingfisher-grove/" target="_blank">Kingfisher Grove</a><span> </span>Retirement Village for more information, or book a<span> </span><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.retirementbylendlease.com.au/tea-and-tour/nsw/" target="_blank">Tea and Tour</a><span> </span>for an up-close inspection.</p> <p>Kingfisher Grove is now taking expressions of interest for brand new apartments in their Stage 2 Release, with prices ranging between $430K – $735K. Don’t miss out this incredible opportunity!</p> <p><strong><em>This is a sponsored article produced in partnership with<span> </span></em></strong><a rel="noopener" href="https://www.retirementbylendlease.com.au/kingfisher-grove/" target="_blank"><strong><em>Kingfisher Grove</em></strong></a><strong><em><span> </span>Retirement Living by Lendlease</em></strong><strong><em>. </em></strong></p> </div> </div>

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War medal reunited with family almost 100 years later

<p>A war medal lost on a Melbourne beach in Australia, almost more than 100 years ago, has finally been returned to the family of a World War I digger.</p> <p>Just in time for ANZAC Day, Private R.S.G. Smith’s lost WWI British Victory Medal lost on Chelsea Beach in 1925 has been returned – over 61 years since his death.</p> <p>The medal was found in 1980, about 10km away at Beaumaris Beach.</p> <p>Although there were attempts for the medal to be returned to its rightful owner, it was not until it was passed on to Lilydale police Sergeant Vaughan Artherton that the mystery was solved.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840880/gold-medal.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/7753df1a9bab45f18cd4609ea3fc4678" /></p> <p>It was revealed that the man who found the medal 40 years ago was married at the time but later passed away.</p> <p>His wife later remarried and came into contact with Sergeant Atherton at their local Upwey Belgrave RSL Club.</p> <p>Sergeant Atherton found Private Smith’s details by combing through the National Archives of Australia, and it was there where he found Robert Stanley Gordon Smith who was born in Fitzroy in 1891.</p> <p>Mr Smith was enlisted at Broadmeadows on the August 7, 1915 and formed a part of the 13th Reinforcements, 5th Battalion of the Australian Imperial Force.</p> <p>He later would go on to serve in France where he was wounded in action twice.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840879/gold-medal-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/6bbbe9673e5e4ec693c7c62ccfb80faa" /></p> <p>The veteran would return to Australia after the war, and it was there he met and married Ada Grace Nicholl.</p> <p>He is memorialised at the Coburg cemetery in the north of Melbourne.</p> <p>Sergeant Atherton found information in his service record a statutory declaration where he requested to replace a “bade” that he had lost at Chelsea beach back in 1925.</p> <p>Private Smith’s nephew Alan Norster admitted he was overjoyed when Sergeant Atherton located him to return the war medal.</p> <p>“I am delighted to have been given the opportunity to have this medal put on display at Upwey- Belgrave RSL museum,” he said.</p> <p> <img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840878/gold-medal-2.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/bb4b6b1c057846f2a29f1f1e499cfe16" /> </p> <p>“I am sure Private Smith’s medal will be treasured by all present and future RSL members”.</p> <p>“I am glad that I have been successful on this occasion in reuniting the medal with the recipient’s relatives”.</p> <p>The successful reunion comes just in time for Anzac Day on Sunday to commemorate the 106th anniversary of the 1915 Gallipoli landing.</p> <p><em>Images: Channel 9</em></p>

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3 crucial things to consider before downsizing or in other words, rightsizing

<p>Have you ever wondered whether it was time to <em>rightsize</em> your home, but have been overwhelmed because you have no idea where to start?</p> <p>As we grow older, there’s a tendency for our family homes to become unsuited to our lifestyle and needs. That can manifest itself in myriad tiny ways – whether it’s suddenly too difficult to try and maintain a garden, or perhaps our health and vitality isn’t quite what it used to be, and living in a more supportive environment starts to sound like a dream.</p> <p>Selling up and moving out of your beloved family home may seem daunting, which is why it’s so important to carefully weigh up your options before making a decision that’s ultimately going to benefit you.</p> <p>Retirement living is purpose-built for those nearing retirement and offers many lifestyle and practical benefits.</p> <p>Residents are able to enjoy a strong sense of community, feel safe, secure and value their independence can dedicate their time to those activities they enjoy doing most.</p> <p><img style="width: 409.51113601344724px; height: 500px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840591/nelsons-effect-hero_man-image.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/d88a34170bf24aae8ca768ba12f600f3" /></p> <p>And while it may seem like a distant reality – or one that also doesn’t seem affordable – there are so many properties out there to choose from – such as <a href="https://www.retirementbylendlease.com.au/nelsons-grove/">Nelsons Grove</a><span> Pemulwuy </span>– that have just what you are looking for.</p> <p>Your house is worth more than you think, which means downsizing or rightsizing isn’t as difficult as it sounds. As of March 2021, the average price for four-bedroom homes in Merrylands, Greystanes and Guildford NSW as listed on <a href="http://realestate.com.au">realestate.com.au</a> ranged between $830,000-$890,000.</p> <p>“Based on the above pricing, it’s one of the best times in many years to sell your home and make the move to Nelsons Grove,” says Braden Graham, sales manager of Nelsons Grove.</p> <p>But before you take the plunge, it’s important to do your research, and we've put together a three-point checklist to help you make the right decision.</p> <p><strong>1. Does a retirement village suit your lifestyle?</strong></p> <p>Before making a move, it's wise to make a checklist of the things that are important to your lifestyle.</p> <p>If you're an outdoors person, do you prefer living near the coast? Is it important that you're close to the city? Once you've outlined exactly what you need, it's easier to make a decision.</p> <p>Nelsons Grove Pemulwuy is located only a few blocks away from both Cumberland and Fox Hills golf courses and is situated right behind Pemulwuy Marketplace, making the weekly grocery run a lot easier.</p> <p>It’s also very close to gorgeous parklands and nature reserves, making it perfect for those who like to spend their time breathing in the fresh air.</p> <p><strong>2. Book a tour of the properties you're interested in</strong></p> <p>It's crucial to make sure any retirement village you have your eye on is going to be a good fit for you, so be sure to check out the amenities on offer.</p> <p>A tour can also help you decide on how many bedrooms you prefer, and whether you should opt for a villa or an apartment.</p> <p>Visiting the village is also a great way to check out the community and have a peek at facilities such as the pool, gym, cafes, and anything else you will spend your precious leisure time on.</p> <p>And don't forget to look at the activities calendar. Social events are a great way to get to know your neighbours and form new and lasting friendships.</p> <p>And if you don't want to leave the comfort of your own home to take a first look, Nelsons Grove Pemulwuy offers virtual tours, where you can chat with a friendly sales team and take a look at what's on offer right from your living room.</p> <p><strong>3. How much will it cost and what is available in your price range?</strong></p> <p>The cost of living in a retirement village will vary depending on your individual needs and preferences, but it can be surprisingly affordable.</p> <p>You should be able to choose a space that is right for you and your budget with a variety of options from cosy apartments to roomy villas.</p> <p>The cost will also depend on what kind of services and support you will need, so keep that in mind when budgeting.</p> <p>Perhaps you will require a cleaning service, or someone to prepare hot, healthy meals. All of this will contribute to the eventual bottom line.</p> <p>So if you feel like it’s time to embrace the retirement life you crave, and if you're ready to take the plunge, take a <a href="https://www.retirementbylendlease.com.au/nelsons-grove/tour-community-centre/"></a> with Nelsons Grove Pemulwuy or book a personalised appointment and come see it first-hand for yourself. You won’t be disappointed.</p> <p><strong><em>This is a sponsored article produced in partnership with Lendlease Retirement Living, </em></strong><a href="https://www.retirementbylendlease.com.au/nelsons-grove/"><strong><em>Nelsons Grove Pemulwuy</em></strong></a><strong><em>. </em></strong></p>

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How to discover your half-a-million-dollar retirement nest egg

<p>Many people are quickly discouraged when they think about retirement. They think it’s all too hard, that they have left it too late and there is no way they are ever going to save enough to live on when they do stop work.</p> <p>Typically, this is because they have overlooked their unseen, unsaved ‘half a million dollar nest egg’.</p> <p>By this of course, I’m referring the Federal Government’s aged pension, which is available to all Australians who reach retirement age, subject to how much money you own outside your own home.</p> <p>It’s a significant back stop for anyone approaching retirement and should be the basis of your retirement plans.  Importantly, once you qualify for it, you can’t loose it, its indexed for inflation, its tax free and it will last as long as you do. It is very much your long-lost nest egg.</p> <p>So, for a home owning couple, you can own up to $401,500 in assets in addition to your own home and still qualify for the full age pension, which is currently set at $37,000 a year, paid out each fortnight.</p> <p>To generate the equivalent income privately, you will need to save $500,000 a year and obtain a steady return, year in year out, of 7.5 per cent plus capital gains to ensure your assets keep up with inflation.</p> <p>So even if you think it’s all too late and you have no money set aside for retirement, think again. As an Australian, you effectively have half a million dollars just sitting there, waiting for you.</p> <p>Needless to say, the more money you do own in addition to your own home, beyond $400,000, the less you will receive in terms of the age pension and for those who own more than $800,000, the age pension will cut out completely.</p> <p>However, if you do own your own home and have more than $800,000 in savings, you should be confident you will enjoy financial security throughout your retirement without relying on the age pension.</p> <p><img style="width: 0px; height: 0px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/1201/why-many-aussies-are-staying-in-the-family-home-1.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/748719788cb343d288b29a9f0b3de2c1" /></p> <p>However, the reason it’s so important to keep in mind that the age pension is there through retirement, acting if you like as a safety net, is that it should help you as you approach retirement to avoid taking undue risks with your precious retirement savings.</p> <p>If nothing else, it should help explode the myth that you need a million dollars saved in order to enjoy your later years and with this, help all Australians plan better for a safe and secure retirement knowing they have the age pension to fall back on.</p> <p>When this becomes your starting point, the key questions then become how can I find somewhere to live where I don’t have a mortgage and how much money can I squeeze into super so I have a second income stream in addition to my age pension entitlements?</p> <p>If you look at your retirement from this perspective, you will start seeing it in a very different light and hopefully it will encourage you to really think through your options about how you do choose to live.</p> <p>The age pension should be the cornerstone of your retirement planning if you’re worried you haven’t saved enough. Importantly, if you think you might qualify for an age pension, you should start applying for it early and certainly within a year of when you hope to qualify for it based on your age.</p> <p>This will give you plenty of time to meet with someone from Centrelink and complete all the paperwork they require. Be completely honest with Centrelink and they will help you make the most of your entitlements.</p> <p><strong>Patricia Howard, author of</strong> <strong><em>The No-Regrets Guide to Retirement: how to live well, invest wisely and make your money last (Wiley)</em>, is a licenced Australian financial adviser. She has a Commerce Degree from the University of Melbourne, holds her own Australian Financial Services Licence and recently passed the FASEA Financial Adviser exam. Find out more at </strong><a href="http://www.patriciahoward.com.au"><strong>www.patriciahoward.com.au</strong></a></p> <p><strong><em>Note this is general advice only and you should seek advice specific to your circumstances.</em></strong></p>

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Ten key steps to help you make your retirement the best years of your life

<p>Too often Australians approach their retirement years with dread. They fear they won’t have enough money to live on and worse still, that somehow, they will run out of money when they most need it.</p> <p>In writing <em>The No-Regrets Guide to Retirement: how to live well, invest wisely and make your money last</em>, I want all Australians to know they can have the retirement of their dreams and live a happy, wonderful life after they stop work.</p> <p>I also wanted to help as many Australians as possible, avoid some of the more obvious pitfalls, that can lead to financial heartbreaks and the sort of regrets that can last the rest of their lives. Hopefully some simple tips can stave off the more obvious disasters.</p> <p><img style="width: 500px; height: 281.25px;" src="https://oversixtydev.blob.core.windows.net/media/7840231/eg.jpg" alt="" data-udi="umb://media/16c2c0970098410c9026da8791b135b8" /></p> <p><strong>Tip 1. Don’t Grow Old and Grey. Go Harlequin!</strong></p> <p>Don’t live your retirement the way your parents did or according to some out-dated rule book. Most importantly, don’t skimp on the here and now, so you can leave a nest egg for your children. Retirement is your big opportunity. Make the most of every single day</p> <p><strong>Tip 2. Your  ‘Half a Million’ Retirement Nest egg</strong></p> <p>Every Australian is eligible for the age pension. While it is means tested, this is the equivalent of having $500,000 in retirement savings. More, its secure, indexed for inflation and you will never lose it – it’s your long-lost retirement nest egg.</p> <p>There’s too much talk in the financial planning industry that you need a million dollars to retire. Don’t give up on your financial situation. There are still lots of strategies to help you make the most of your financial position and taking advantage of the age pension is one of them.</p> <p><strong>Tip 3. Make Good Choices</strong></p> <p>Just as a healthy diet focuses on good food choices, so you should choose good investment options. Think ‘high yielding dividends’ spiced up by ‘franking credits’ and served with a dish of ‘capital growth‘ on the side.</p> <p>Retirement is a time in your life to make god decisions about your health, about staying fit and thinking long term. That’s the case for your finances as well.  Make healthy financial decisions.</p> <p><strong>Tip 4. And give up the (financial)  smokes!</strong></p> <p>A key downside of the financial industry focusing so much attention on people needing a million dollars to retire is that it makes people anxious and this in turn prompts many to take risk with their money.</p> <p>Your precious retirement savings are irreplaceable. Don’t put your money into anything you don’t understand and remember retirement is all about generating as much income as you can as safely as possible with some capital growth.</p> <p><strong>Tip 5. Live Like A Millionaire</strong></p> <p>Learn to live off investments just like millionaires do. As John Travolta once said, “I learnt very early how millionaires live. They never spend their capital, just the income it generates, and they always get good advice”.</p> <p>Make sure you know exactly how much money your investments are generating and adjust your spending each year to stay within those limits. That’s the key of making sure you never run out of money.</p> <p><strong>Tip 6.  ‘Slide’ Into Retirement</strong></p> <p>These days, few people just stop working at age 65. Find a new mojo and slide your way into retirement. Find a side hustle, volunteer or turn a hobby into a business - you just need to find your groove.</p> <p>If you can monetarize these activities or find a way of making some additional income from them, it will take some of the financial pressure off you in retirement and help make your money last that much longer.</p> <p><strong>Tip 7. Families – Love ‘Em and Leave ‘Em</strong></p> <p>While families can be a great source of happiness as you grow older, they can be a massive financial burden. Never speak to your family or love ones about your financial situation except in the most general terms and never allow your savings to become part of regular conversations.</p> <p>This only encourages others to think you will always have a few dollars to spare to help them out. That may or may not be the case, but it should be your decision. It should not be your family pushing you to give them cash.</p> <p><strong>Tip 8. Sexually transmitted poverty</strong></p> <p>It’s surprising how often love lives and financial affairs become intertwined. If you are living alone, step up and make sure you take control of your financial situation and make sound decisions about what you do with your money.</p> <p>Be wary of romantic involvements and the scams that can come with them. Everything from sending money to on-line romantic encounters to backing your partner in a new business deal. Make sure you do your homework and look upon any money you give someone as a gift and not a loan.</p> <p><strong>Tip 9. Build your “Escape Hatch”.</strong></p> <p>Make sure you have a strategy outlining what you will do if all goes wrong. Again remember, you will always qualify for the age pension and you can’t lose it, its indexed for inflation and it will last as long as you do.</p> <p><strong>Tip 10. Most importantly enjoy your retirement</strong></p> <p>Make good decisions to maximise your income in retirement and then get on with enjoying life. Do not make the mistake of spending all day, every day counting your pennies. There are more important things to do in life than that.</p> <p><em>Written by Patricia Howard</em></p> <p><strong>Patricia Howard, author of</strong> <strong><em>The No-Regrets Guide to Retirement: how to live well, invest wisely and make your money last (Wiley)</em></strong><strong>, is a licenced Australian financial adviser. She has a Commerce Degree from the University of Melbourne, holds her own Australian Financial Services Licence and recently passed the FASEA Financial Adviser exam. Find out more at </strong><a href="http://www.patriciahoward.com.au"><strong>www.patriciahoward.com.au</strong></a></p> <p><strong><em>Note this is general advice only and you should seek advice specific to your circumstances.</em></strong></p> <p> </p>

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