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Vol 15 No. 10 Nov 2010

  In this Issue:  

Laughter the Best Medicine

During a visit to my doctor, I asked him, "How do you determine whether or not an older person should be put in an old age home?"
"Well" he said, "we fill up a bathtub, then we offer a teaspoon, a teacup and a bucket to the person to empty the bathtub."
"Oh I understand," I said. "A normal person would use the bucket because it is bigger than the spoon or the teacup."
"No" he said. "A normal person would pull the plug. Do you want a bed near the window?"


The Maryborough and District Committee on the Ageing Inc.
"Active Ageing" Survey Form.

Your Email address:
Your Full Name:


Please Tick either: Excellent, Good, Fair (or provide a comment)

Maryborough Senior Citizens Centre Excellent Good Fair
1. Staff are trained, courteous and polite.
2. Internet Volunteers are courteous and polite.
3. Internet computers at the centre are affordable.
4. The hall is a very friendly welcoming and venue.
5. Programs run at the hall are valuable, useful and entertaining.
6. Rooms at the hall are clean, well maintained and comfortable.
MaDCOTA Shades of Grey Excellent Good Fair
7. The information in the Shades is applicable for Seniors.
8. The size of the typing is easy to read.
"Our Place" - Maryborough City Hall Excellent Good Fair
9. "Our Place" Volunteers are courteous and polite.
10. The Tea Room is clean, well maintained and comfortable.

Community Issues:

Are there sufficient Seniors' activities/functions held in the local community?

What activities do you think would improve your quality of life?

Please provide other comments that you think may help us improve our services for all seniors:

Click the Send button below to email the form to the Secretary, then click Send Message.

There is no "I" in team,
Let us work together to improve MaDCOTA services

Return to: P.O. Box 1084, Maryborough or MaDCOTA Office

Thanks, Ann-Maree (Project Coordinator)

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Happy Grandparents Day

Sunday 7 November


J o k e:

Tommy Gans, age six, was taken by his mother to the ballet school where his older sister was enrolled. Tommy watched in fascination as the girls practised their dances on their toes. After awhile, he whispered, "Mommy..."
"Yes, dear?"
"Can't they just get taller girls?


Senior Citizens Centre Christmas Closure

The Maryborough and District Committee on the Ageing Inc. Office will be closed from: 17 Dec resume 24 Jan
The Senior Citizens activities will break: 10 Dec resume 10 Jan
The U3A activities will break: 11 December 2010


Tips for Summer

To help prevent any heat-related illness, when it's hot remember to:

  • Wear loose fitting, lightweight clothing:
    Wearing excess clothing or clothing that fits tightly won't allow your body to cool.
  • Seek a cooler home environment:
    A good way to start is open secure windows, turn on air-conditioning or find a shady spot.
  • Drink plenty of fluids:
    Staying hydrated (drink plenty of water)- this will help your body sweat and maintain a normal body temperature. Alcohol is not fluid.
  • Avoid being inside a hot car:
    When parked in the sun, the temperature in your car can rise 20°F (more than 11°C) in just 10 minutes. Never leave children, pets or anyone else in a parked car in hot weather.
  • Avoid strenuous activity in the heat:
    Try to schedule exercise or physical labor for cooler parts of the day, such as early morning or evening. Taking breaks and replenishing your fluids during that time will help your body regulate your temperature.

By Mayo Clinic staff

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The prostate gland sits under the bladder and its job is to make some of the fluid for semen. As men get older this gland slowly enlarges. This condition is common, affecting 50% of men over 60 years. The sort of symptoms men may experience include weak urination stream and blood sometimes in their urine. Some men will get up several times during the night to go to the toilet. There is much that you can do to help yourself. Simple measures like reducing alcohol intake and drinking before bedtime will help with symptoms overnight. See your doctor if you have any concerns at all!!

Maryborough Prostrate Cancer Support Group

Date: 1st Monday of the Month
Venue: Uniting Church Wesley Auditorium
Time: 6.30pm
Contact: Bevan Phone: 41 21 35 29

Everyone Welcome!!

See also True Blue Morning Tea


Council Of the Ageing (COTA)
Seniors "Hello" Mobile

The COTA Mobile Phone has additional features and functions for seniors These Include:

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  • Large easy to read screen numbers
  • Large tactile buttons, three times bigger than the average mobile
  • Adjustable ringing and call volume
  • Hearing Aid compatible
  • Digital number announcer
  • Hands-free speaker built in
  • The phone is small and compact and weighs only 75 grams

"SOS" Feature:

Another unique feature is the "SOS" button, on the back of the phone. User can pre-program up to four mobile phone numbers (trusted people) that are called simultaneously when the button is pushed in the case of an emergency. The phone also emits a continuous alarm once pressed. As soon as someone answers, the caller is then able to speak with them hands-free via the phone's speaker.

If you aren't able to speak, an SMS text message (Emergency call, please call me) is automatically sent at the same time, notifying you need assistance. Should none of the four mobile phones answer or numbers be programmed when the "SOS" is pushed the default number called is "000".

The phones are available in black and white. They come with a 24 month warranty on the phone and 6 month warranty on the accessories.

Special Launch Price

COTA Members - $99 inc. GST
Non-Members - $119 inc. GST

Call 1300 1400 50 or visit www.cotamembership.org.au


Coming Events and Date Claimers


Catholic Women's League, Maryborough Branch

Excellent Prizes
Home Baking, Craft Items, Fruit, Breakfast Trays Etc.

Date: Saturday 20 November 2010
Venue: St. Mary's Parish Hall (opp Post Office)
Doors Open: 12.30 pm (First Call 1.30 pm)

Raffle and Lucky Door, Afternoon Tea Supplied
Bring your friends and have fun, fellowship and support a worthy cause.


Maryborough & District Senior Citizens
Christmas Concert

Lucky Door Prize/Raffle

Venue: Senior Citizens' Centre,
333 Alice Street, Maryborough
Date: Tuesday 16 November
Cost: $3 - Afternoon tea supplied
Concert: 1.30 pm


True Blue Morning Tea

Supporting Prostrate Cancer Awareness
and Cancer Council Queensland

Date: Wednesday 10 November 2010
Venue: Uniting Church Wesley Auditorium
21 Sussex Street, Maryborough
Time: 9.30am 11.30am
Cost: $7.00
RSVP: Friday 5 November 2010
June McLachlan Phone: 41 210 981
Diane Beasant Phone: 41 213 204

Prizes: Best Dressed in the True Blue Spirit

Bring along something typically Australian i.e
Animal, Hat, Tea Towel etc for a chance to win a prize

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Date Claimers

  • Nov 14 World Diabetes Day
    More than 600 buildings will light up across the world to raise awareness.
  • Nov 17 International Year of Lung Cancer Awareness
    The Australian Lung Foundation works to support the emotional needs of patients and support groups and patient networks can be a major help. November 17 is Catch Your Breathe Walk for Day COPD. (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) long team lung conditions.
    Cancer Council Helpline 131 120 or www.cancer.org.au
    Australian Lung Foundation 188 654 301


Thought of the Month

Take a half a kilo of kindness and stir it into thoughts that please, tactful words will make it nice, smiles and fun provide the spice.

Don't weigh out love just pour it in, with oil and gladness grease your tin. Mix well with patience everyday then scatter it along the way.

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