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Winter – colder and darker – a blessing?

For some people Winter can come as a relief after a long and hot summer – not me. I am not saying I don’t enjoy the change in season. I am just not a fan of the downside to ...
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Things retirees fear

Recently I was having coffee with a friend. While we were talking, he asked me a rather unusual question. That question was: ‘What did I think people approaching retirement, ...
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Aged Care Revisited

I continued to ask on a very regular basis both inside and outside my work environment about the complexities of residential aged care. So, I thought I would take ...
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Another Federal Budget

Well, another Federal Budget has been delivered to the Australian public. On 2 April 2019, The Hon Josh Frydenberg delivered his first  Budget as Federal Treasurer. The good ...
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Change is not a dirty word!

We are often told change is constant, and I think that we all recognize that this is a fact of life. This constant change is, I am sure, the reason why we are sometimes tired, ...
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Time for a quick check-up

Superannuation is not something we usually give a great deal of thought to, particularly if retirement is 10 years or more away. But perhaps it is worth investing a few moments ...
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Pensioners living in million-dollar homes!

As many readers will be aware, the family home is exempt from means testing for Social Security benefits, including the age pension. But this hasn’t always been the case.
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Carers – a blessing

As we age our bodies and minds start to become a little feebler. No doubt, we will find that we are relying on care provided by relatives, our partners or by the government in ...
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Has the decluttering bug bitten?

I am not sure if it is just us, but over the Christmas holiday period, my wife, Kerry and I decided to do a bit of decluttering.
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Grandchildren – yes, I am that old!

I have become a grandfather for the third time in the last week. My beautiful daughter gave birth to a very healthy 3kg boy, Edward Kyle. Very English I know - her wonderful ...
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