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January 2015
Dear Member

Happy New Year and welcome to the January 2015 edition of EXTRA!

We hope you all had a good Christmas and are looking forward to joining us.

In this months newsletter we are looking at current issues effecting our seniors to health and lifestyle choices to start your new year with.

Have you downloaded the new Seniors Card mobile app yet? If not then head over to either the App Store or Google Play,  search for "NSW Seniors Card" and download the app for free.

You will be spoilt for choice with competitions to enter this month, we have 7 in total ranging from tickets to see Dr Martin Lurther King Jr.'s movie 'Selma', book giveaways for 'Resurrection' by Pat McDerrmot and a country weekend at Peppers retreat!

You'll also find our usual articles with Gardening from Yates, Recipes from Brookfarm, Finance from NICRI, Readers corner and Travel.

So sit back, relax, read, enjoy and have a happy and healthy month!

Til next time,

Kind Regards,
Seniors Card Team
Recipes
 
Mushrooms and Goats Cheese

A different and delicious breakfast idea!



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Apple and Blueberry Muffins

Makes 12 yummy easy to make muffins!

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Gardening
 
Gardening - Weeks 1 and 2

Week 1:  January gardening                                                  

A new year in the garden is exciting and full of all sorts of possibilities.  And January’s the ideal time to assess and make plans for the future of your garden.  


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Gardening - Weeks 3 and 4

Week 3: Reviving an old garden

The arrival of a new year is the perfect time to assess an established garden and plan any changes that might be necessary or desirable.  


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Health
 
Understanding the Medicare Changes …

The government has introduced Medicare changes that affect how often you can have a bulk-billed eye test:

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Is wheat doing you more harm than good?

Leading Australian nutritionist Cyndi O’Meara has a simple solution for seniors who want to lose weight and find relief from chronic pain.

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Why coconut oil should be on everyone’s shopping list

Coconut oil is one of nature’s true superfoods.

Made from the meat of mature coconuts, coconut oil has many health benefits, from improving skin and hair health to assisting with weight loss and energy production.

It has been a dietary staple for those living in tropical regions for centuries, but the Western world has only started to reap its health benefits in recent years.


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Finance and Insurance
 
Budgeting – what, why, how and when?


Many Australians find it difficult to make ends meet and with the cost of living continuing to increase, the ability to cover expenses or save money on limited income can be challenging. The most effective way of dealing with this is to budget regularly.

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Readers' Corner
 
 
Bert by Graeme Blundell
RRP: $45.00
BT Price: $22.50
Seniors Card Price: $16.95

Bert Newton has been on the Australian small screen since it first flickered to life in the 1950s - now, in the book all his fans have been waiting for, bestselling author Graeme Blundell gives us the full story of the man behind that unforgettable face.
TV and radio star, interviewer and all-round media personality, Bert Newton's career spans the decades. He ruled the radio sets of Melbourne in the 1950s - when another young blade, Graham Kennedy, was also on the air - then made the transition to the box. Whether on television, radio or more recently on stage, Bert is the preeminent entertainer. Behind this most public of faces is the story of a boy whose father died early; a lad who loved riding the famous trams of his home town.

Click here to buy the book. You will be redirected to the Booktopia website, where you will receive your Seniors Card discount upon checkout.

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So Anyway by John Cleese
RRP: $35.00
BT Price: $24.50
Seniors Card Price: $22.05

Candid and brilliantly funny, this is the story of how a tall, shy youth from Weston-super-Mare went on to become a comedy giant.
En route, John Cleese describes his nerve-wracking first public appearance, at St Peter's Preparatory School at the age of 8 and 5/6ths; his endlessly peripatetic home life with parents who seemed incapable of staying in any house for longer than six months; his first experiences in the world of work as a teacher who knew next to nothing about the subjects he was expected to teach; his hamster-owning days at Cambridge; and his first encounter with the man who would be his writing partner for over two decades, Graham Chapman. And so on to his dizzying ascent via script-writing for Peter Sellers, David Frost, Marty Feldman and others to the heights of Monty Python.

Click here to buy the book. You will be redirected to the Booktopia website, where you will receive your Seniors Card discount upon checkout.

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Gray Mountain – Nothing but the truth by John Grisholm
RRP: $39.99
BT Price: $27.95
Seniors Card Price: $25.15

Worldwide bestseller John Grisham will keep you on the edge of your seat with his most suspenseful thriller yet.
One week ago, Samantha Kofer was a third year associate at New York City's largest law firm. Now she is an unpaid intern in a legal aid clinic deep in small town Appalachia. When Lehman Brothers collapsed, she lost her job, her security, her future. As she confronts real clients with real problems, she finds herself a world away from her past life of corporate fat cats and fatter bonuses. This is coal country. Meth country. The law is different here. And standing up for the truth means putting your life on the line.

Click here to buy the book. You will be redirected to the Booktopia website, where you will receive your Seniors Card discount upon checkout.


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Travel
 
Competition - Country Getaway at Peppers Retreat





 
WIN a two night getaway for two people at one of the 3 Peppers Retreats

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Member Stories
 
'Hello from Heaven' by Christine Bannigan

My husband and I made a pact that whoever died first would find a way to contact the one still here. We would communicate across dimensions.

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Extra!
 
Healthy adults aged 80+ wanted!


Do you consider yourself healthy for your age? Would you like to contribute to global healthcare?

Be a part of our project investigating how physical abilities change as we age!


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Forgotten Australians or 'care leavers'

 Aims and Background 

The proposed research will address the after care needs of people who lived in care during the last century in Australia (estimated at 500,000 Forgotten Australians). Individuals who have lived in child welfare institutions and other forms of substitute care are known to have experienced significant disadvantage as a result of widespread practices within care systems that were psychologically, sexually and physically abusive or that constituted neglect. 

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Kids Play holiday programs at NSW Museums and Galleries

With school holidays in full swing, you’re possibly looking for things to do with the grandkids. Museums and galleries are often a port in the storm for wet weather activities, but the holiday programs offered by these places will entice curious young minds–rain, hail or shine!

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Competition - 'Thai Street Food with David Thompson' DVDs

In ABC stores January 2015

A GASTRONOMIC TOUR OF THAILAND WITH RENOWNED CHEF DAVID THOMPSON

Squid fishing after midnight in the Gulf of Thailand. Searching for the perfect cut of meat at a Phetchaburi market well before dawn. Finding out the secrets behind that spicy homemade Sriracha sauce and cooking Thailand’s best known street food dishes at scenic sites across the country.


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Competition - 'Selma' Movie tickets

In selected cinemas February 12th

SELMA is the story of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s historic struggle to secure voting rights for African-Americans – a dangerous and terrifying campaign that culminated in the epic march from Selma to Montgomery in Alabama that galvanised American public opinion and persuaded President Johnson to introduce the Voting Rights Act in 1965.

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Competition - 'What we Did on our Holiday'

In selected cinemas February 12th

The film is a hilarious journey through an unforgettable family holiday as a couple attempts to keep their impending divorce secret from their extended family.

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Competition - 'Changing Habits Changing Lives Cookbook' by Cyndi O'Meara

The Changing Habits, Changing Lives Cookbook is a fantastic collection of more than 200 recipes to improve your health and well-being.

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Competition - 'Resurrection' by Patricia McDerrmott

“He was a single male alone in a small town with no family to care for him. By any criteria, he was a suicide risk.”

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Government Information
 
Carers Biennial NSW Conference

21-22 May 2015

The current social welfare landscape is one of constant change and reform which creates an opportunity to revolutionise the way we think about creating positive outcomes for carers and their families.

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2015 Diary from Legal Aid NSW - Legal Topics for Older People

Legal Aid NSW has provided us with 20 of these 2015 diaries to give away to our members! It's a full-year diary, about the size of a paperback book and includes information on issues that affect older people, such as Wills, pensions, housing, finance consumer issues and retirement villages.

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Seniors Hub as The Royal Sydney Easter Show 2015

Come along to the 2015 Sydney Royal Easter Show on Seniors Days for great activities at the Seniors Hub.

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Travelling Conmen - Don't Become Another Victim

NSW Fair Trading Acting Commissioner John Tansey is urging people to be vigilant if approached by sales or tradespeople travelling door-to-door, following 117 complaints regarding travelling conmen in the last calendar year.

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2015 Premier's Seniors Week Gala Concerts



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