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Manus Island – the Simple Life

Manus Island – the Simple Life

What type of life are the 600 men living on Manus Island experiencing? From all the news I hear, not a good life, but a life of fear and deprivation. They may be living a simple life, when they get the basics to live, but […]

Older people, who cares?

Older people, who cares?

We are all getting older, whatever age we are! One day, those not so old will join the older people brigade. Therefore, it would be wise to make sure we care for older people. You may have read or heard about the care of older […]

Kitchen Musings

Kitchen Musings

During my kitchen musings, I seem to get a lot done. While doing what would seem to many, mundane chores, I reflect on life and dream about tomorrow. Even at my age, now in retirement, there is a tomorrow and while I have one I […]

Letter to Malcolm

Letter to Malcolm

On February 17th, I wrote a post titled “People, Passion and Politics”. It mentioned a letter I wrote to the Prime Minister of Australia regarding the changes to the Age Pension assets test. At the time, I was waiting for a response. I received it […]

People, Passion and Politics

People, Passion and Politics

Where you find people, you usually find passion and politics. People, whether they are our loved ones or friends, people are important. We rely on other people. It is difficult to live a life without communicating and caring about others. I have heard people say […]

The Upsides and Downsides of Health Care in Australia

The Upsides and Downsides of Health Care in Australia

There are upsides and downsides to health care in Australia. The upside is that we all have access to health care through public hospitals and the universal health care system, Medicare. When you have private health care insurance, the upside is you have more choices. […]

The Naked Retiree, Depression and the Mediterranean Garden

The Naked Retiree, Depression and the Mediterranean Garden

The Naked Retiree, getting older, tired and depressed should now be creating a Mediterranean Garden. There is more than one reason that the naked retiree must get out in the garden. Already, many retirees have felt the heavy hand of the Federal Government changes to […]

The Naked Truth about age pension entitlements

The Naked Truth about age pension entitlements

What is the naked truth about age pension entitlements? The current rhetoric from the Federal Government is that the age pension should be a “safety net” not an “entitlement”. So, what has changed? To find out I briefly examined the history of social welfare in […]

The Naked Retiree and Resilience

The Naked Retiree and Resilience

I believe that developing resilience is a key for many older Australians who are heading towards the status of a “naked retiree”. It may not happen in the next week, month or year but with the current changes regarding the age pension it will happen, unless of course what comes is that unexpected windfall – a lotto win or an inheritance!

The Naked Retiree….shopping

The Naked Retiree….shopping

For the naked retiree shopping is not what it used to be. When at work, for many, it was a quick dash to the supermarket before going home or late night shopping and hoping that the teenage children would not want to tag along. I […]