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The year that was 2020

As Christmas approaches and the beginning of another year looms, I always think it is a good time to look back on the last 12 months and review ambitions for the next year.
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Aged Care costs. Can I help? Be careful (part 2)

A very quick recap on part 1.
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Age Care Costs. Can I help? Be careful.

I have discussed Aged Care costs in several Realise Your Dream articles, but questions on funding the entry and ongoing costs still do arise.
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Redundancy and Retirement

Within a couple of months of your planned retirement date, the company who employs you decides to make you redundant and hand you a redundancy payout. The extra $40,000 to ...
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What is the Commonwealth Seniors Health Care Card?

I am often asked what the Commonwealth Seniors Health Care Card (CSHC) is, what the benefits are for a card holder, and how to apply?
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Unexpected expenses - be prepared

In preparing for my retirement, I have been very conscious of the need to understand exactly what my ongoing living expenses will be. What are the absolute necessary costs I ...
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Age Pension - will there be an increase?

On 20 March and 20 September of each year, the age pension rates are increased.
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Aged Care - a subject we avoid...

My mum has been a resident of an aged care home for two years. I have watched the nightly reports of the deaths in aged care with a great deal of concern and fear. I know my ...
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Aged Care – what a difference $5,000 can make?

A person’s aged care costs are generally based on their income and their assets.
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Retirement – do not look back with anger!

Nearly every Saturday at 11.30am, Donna (my partner), Scout (my dog) and I visit my mum in the aged care facility where she now resides.
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