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Vol 14 No. 1 February 2009

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Seniors travelling around Australia will be able to access new transport concessions when they travel interstate after January 1st as a new national scheme rolls out. This scheme will provide concessions to Seniors Card holders who are at present able to use their home State Seniors Card for public transport in their own State to use the same card for interstate public transport.

Seniors Cards residents are available for all Queensland Seniors over the age of 60 and working less than full time or 60 64 years, not working full time, and hold a Commonwealth concession card from Centrelink or the Department of Veterans Affairs. If you meet this criteria but have not applied for a Seniors Card now could be the time to do it. Phone 13 13 04 or 1800 175 500.


Two-For-One Card for Queenslanders with a Disability

A new two-for-one Companion Card for Queenslanders with a disability will come into being in the State in early 2009.

The Companion Card which can be used across all States except Northern Territory, has been designed for people with a disability who need the aid of a carer to take part in activities most take for granted.

The Companion Card program acknowledges the human and legal rights of people with a disability to participate equally in the community.

"Cardholders who require lifelong attendant care will be able to access affiliated community venues and activities with their carer for the price of a single ticket".


The bus was jam-packed at peak hour. A very large, very fat woman got in and as the bus started up, gazed about angrily. Michael Kelly, a tiny man, hiding behind his newspaper, slunk lower ...
In a loud, grating voice the woman declared, 'Isn't there one polite man here who will offer me his place?!'
Kelly sighed, lowered his paper, and rose. 'Well now, madam, I guess I'll make a small contribution ....'


Study Reveals Factors of Burden on Dementia Carers

A recent study revealed the factors determining carer burden lay not in the severity of dementia among sufferers, but instead on caregivers' feelings about themselves.

Scientists from QIMR and the University of Birmingham in the UK interviewed 74 primary carers of dementia sufferers, and discovered a caregiver's sense of role captivity that is, a sense of feeling trapped in the role and being unable to pursue personal interests as the greatest factor on carer burden.

Adverse life events such as death of friends or relatives and work or money problems, increased carer burden as did a poor relationship between the caregiver and the dementia sufferer.

Finally, they found those who had a lower sense of confidence in their ability to provide care also contributed to burden.

Dr. Corrine Lendon, Head of QIMR's Molecular Psychiatry Group said the team hopes to highlight areas for improving the well being of both dementia sufferers and their carers.

"We wanted to find out the relative contribution of major factors that make caring for someone with dementia so hard on the well being of carers," Dr. Lendon said.

"We hope that this study will lead to early intervention to help carers' challenges in order to reduce the burden of caring and where possible delay dementia sufferers' institutionalisation."

Dr. Lendon and her colleagues suggested help could be in the form of a systematic approach that includes assessing carer needs early on at the time of diagnosis of dementia in the person they care for, providing training to boost confidence and competence, as well as enabling carers time to pursue activities outside the caring role.

"There is currently no cure for dementia and any treatments to lessen the symptoms are limited and short lives," added Dr. Lendon.

"If we can equip caregivers with the skills, confidence and support they need to fulfil their roles, then we can not only improve the well being of both parties, but also help reduce the burden on the health system."

LifeLab Spring 2008


We all live with the objective of being happy;
Our lives are all different and yet the same.

Anne Frank


Senior Citizens Concert

Senior Citizens' Centre, 333 Alice Street, Maryborough

Cost $3.00

Wonderful Entertainment - - - Delicious Afternoon Tea



U3A Activities

Annual General Meeting
Senior Citizens' Centre, 333 Alice Street, Maryborough
Tuesday 10th March 2009 9.30am
Guest Speaker from Telstra

U3A Inc & MaDCOTA Inc
QIMR Morning Tea at 9.45am
Tuesday 31st March 2009
Cost Donation
Guest Speaker Peter Gumley - Population Health
Topic - Falls Prevention

This is the U3A Annual Fundraising Event for Queensland Institute of Medical Research


Remember! Being over the hill is still better than being under it.



Count your gardens by the flowers,
Never by the leaves that fall;
Count your days by golden hours,
Don't remember clouds at all,
Count your nights by stars, not shadows.
Count your life with smiles, not tears,
And with joy, through all your lifetime,
Count your age by friends, not years.

Ruby Weir


And all the loveliest things there be
Come simply, so it seems to me.

Edna St. Vincent Millay

I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it.

Rita Mae Brown

My life has been a tapestry of rich and royal hue,
An everlasting vision of the everchanging view.

Carole King



QCWA Burnett Division Tiaro Units

A two bedroom Unit in Mayne Street, Tiaro is now available for rent Close to Shops and all amenities

Available to person/person's eligible for Low Income Rent Assistance

If interested, please contact the Chairman of the QCWA Tiaro Units Committee:- (Mrs) Lyn Kelman on (07) 4129 3212 for further information.




  • 5 Plum garlic cloves
  • 10cm (4 in) piece fresh root ginger
  • 2 green chillies, de-seeded, if liked, and chopped
  • 1 kg (2lb 4 oz) cooking apples, peeled, cored and chopped
  • 675 g (1lb 8 oz) sweet onions, peeled and chopped
  • 500 g (1lb 2oz) red plums, stoned and chopped
  • 360 ml (12 fl oz) cider vinegar
  • 300 g (10 oz) white granulated sugar
  • 1 tbs salt
  • 2 tbs chopped fresh sage


  1. Using the small bowl of a food processor or a mortar and pestle, work the garlic, ginger and chillies into a paste.
  2. Put all ingredients, except the sage, into a preserving pan and bring to the boil, stirring until the sugar has dissolved.
  3. Over a fairly low heat, simmer the relish for 40 minutes or until it is reduced and thickened. Stir in the sage and continue to simmer for a further 2 to 3 minutes, until it has reached the desired consistency.
  4. Pot the relish into hot, sterilised jars, cover with vinegar-proof seals and label. Store in a cool, dark place.

Makes 1.6 kg. (3lb 8 oz). Keeps for up to 1 year.

jam jar


For some people, renting out a room or flat in their house seems ideal. For people renting only a room in their home, the person living with them will normally be a lodger and so have limited rights, but if the person is a tenant then that person will have significant legal protections. A tenant usually has exclusive use of either a separate flat or part of a house and is not part of the household of the home owner.

The Residential Tenancies Authority will be able to give you all the information you need about lodgers and tenants.
Phone 1300 366 311 or see www.rta.qld.gov.au


New Financial First Aid Telephone Counselling Line - # 13 11 51

Lifeline commenced this service 26th November 2008, and operates it from 4-8pm Monday Thursday. Information, resources and referrals available to members of the public between those hours. Service is CONFIDENTIAL, FREE. The phone number for the Financial Aid line is 13 11 51.

For further information about the line please contact Jillian Fletcher on 0409 223 237.


The well dressed young executive prepared to begin his power point presentation to the Senior Citizens' Club
"Before I present my company's entirely new and amazing policy, may I ask: how much life insurance are you presently carrying?"
"I'd say fifty thousand dollars," said the secretary.
The insurance salesman drew back in shock. "Good Lord! Betty! How long do you think you can stay dead these days on that kind of money?!"

To live is so startling it leaves little time for anything else.

Emily Dickinson

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