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September 2014
Dear member

Welcome to the September issue of EXTRA!

September has arrived and so spring has officially sprung. However we at Seniors Card are still feeling it's a little chilly outside for our liking. Fingers crossed it's not munch longer until it start warming up a little more. 

Wishing a belated Happy Fathers Day to all our members who are fathers, grandfathers, carers or anyone who fulfils that role. We truly hope you had a great day!

This month we have a huge gardening section from Yates, gearing you and your garden up for arguably the best season when it comes to gardening. It certainly is great to slowly start to see the array of colours bringing some much needed added life back into our gardens. 

You’ll also find the usual Health, Finance from NICRI, Readers Corner and travel articles. We also have several competitions for you to try and win from movie tickets to an overnight stay in Canberra. 

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

Till next time.

Seniors card 



 Vegie Spring Rolls

This 'Spring' rolls recipe takes 20 minutes preparation + 5 minutes cooking

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Strawberry Jelly Cakes

Strawberry Jelly Cakes

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Gardening - Weeks 1 and 2

Week 1: September gardening      
Hooray for spring, the season when it’s a joy to watch everything in the garden come back to life. 

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Gardening - Weeks 3 and 4

Week 3: Flowers for summer colour

September’s the month to prepare for summer colour in the garden and, fortunately, at this time of year, plenty of flowers can be grown from seed. 
Once the soil has lost its chill many flower seeds can be sown straight into a pre-prepared garden bed. 

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Healthy Eating Over 60

Your body changes as you get older, but a balanced diet will help you stay healthy. Here's what to eat and how to keep healthy as you get older.
Whatever your age, it's important to eat a healthy, balanced diet.

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High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)

As blood is pumped by the heart around the body, the pressure with which it pushes against the walls of blood vessels changes.

When the heart is squeezing blood into the arteries, the pressure is high.
When the heart is relaxed, the pressure is lower.

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Finance and Insurance
Transition to Retirement Pensions (TRP) can help ease into retirement

The concept of retirement has changed over the years for many Australians. In the past it was common to reach a certain age, retire completely and go on an age pension and/or cash out your superannuation.

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Readers' Corner
Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
BT Price $22.95

Seniors Card Price

Pirriwee Public's annual school Trivia Night has ended in a shocking riot. A parent is dead.

Liane Moriarty's new novel is funny and heartbreaking, challenging and compassionate. The No. 1 New York Times bestselling author turns her unique gaze on parenting and playground politics, showing us what really goes on behind closed suburban doors.

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Family Secrets by Liz Byrski
BT Price $20.95

Seniors Card Price $18.85

When patriarch Gerald Hawkins passes away in his Tasmanian home, after ten years of serious illness, his family experience a wave of grief and, admittedly, a surge of relief. Gerald's dominating personality has loomed large over his wife, Connie, their children, Andrew and Kerry, and his sister Flora, for decades.

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ANZAC Girls by Peter Rees

BT Price

Seniors Card Price $18.85

By the end of the Great War, forty-five Australian and New Zealand nurses had died on overseas service and over two hundred had been decorated. These were the women who left for war looking for adventure and romance but were soon confronted with challenges for which their civilian lives could never have prepared them. Their strength and dignity were remarkable.

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Win a Gold Coast Getaway for 2

Situated an easy stroll from the shining sands of the Gold Coast and G:link light rail terminal and surrounded by adventure theme parks, retail outlets and restaurants, Australis® Hotel Sovereign Surfers Paradise is the ideal accommodation – located only 50 minutes drive south of Brisbane in sunny Queensland.

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Member Stories
Supermarket - by Ross James

I recently had the misfortune to have to drive my wife home from the hospital after she had broken her leg. She gave me a list of items to pick up from the supermarket while she waited in the car. My well established skill of finding steak for a Bar-B-Q had not prepared me for the challenge I was about to face. First on the list was “ploughman four seed bread”. Being an engineer, and trained to think logically, I decided to try the isle marked “Bread”. After searching every shelf twice, I gave up and asked someone. I was directed to the furthest corner of the supermarket where this particular bread was hidden. Silly of me to look for bread under “Bread”.

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We're looking for Seniors Card's 'Next top model'

Well, not really. But we are looking for some valued Seniors Card members to participate in a photoshoot!

Ever dreamed about having your photo grace the cover of a magazine? Well now you can! (Sort of)

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1,000 Norms Project

Are you interested in healthy ageing?

Do you consider yourself healthy for your age? 
If so, Why not volunteer for the 1,000 Norms Project and join the hundreds of healthy seniors who have already taken part?

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Foster Care Week

Foster Care Week, 14 – 20 September 2014, ‘Caring for Carers' theme honours the essential role played by foster carers in our community.

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Textiles and Tamworth


Everyone’s heard of the Biennale, and some of you will have heard of the Asia Pacific Triennial of Contemporary Art, but did you know that there is also a Textile Triennial?

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Movie Competition - Siddharth

Siddharth – in cinemas October 9th

A spellbinding tale of one father's journey across India in search of his son.

Mehendra makes a living fixing zippers on the bustling streets of New Delhi.

To ease his financial woes, he sends twelve-year-old Siddharth to work in a distant factory.

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Movie Competition - Decoding Annie Parker  

Decoding Annie Parker – in cinemas October 23rd

Drama starring: Helen Hunt (What Women Want), Samantha Morton (Minority Report), Aaron Paul (Need for Speed), Rashida Jones (The Social Network).

Love, science, sex, infidelity, disease and comedy, the wild, story of the irrepressible Annie Parker and the search for a cancer cure.

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Competition - Aztecs at Australian museum

Experience one of the world’s greatest civilisations in
Aztecs – an extraordinary new exhibition showcasing
cultural treasures from Mexico’s major museums, opening
at the Australian Museum on 13 September 2014.

In Sydney for the first time following a successful season in
Melbourne, the exhibition features more than 200 priceless
artefacts and dramatic multimedia touch-screens and
immersive elements that tell the story of the spectacular
and ultimately tragic rise and fall of the Aztec empire.

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Competition - Murrays Coaches trip to Floriade Canberra

Looking for a day out this Spring? Why not head to Canberra for the day & visit the Nation’s Capital.

When was the last time you visited Canberra? September is the best time to explore Canberra. Consider visiting the Arthur Boyd Exhibition at the National Gallery of Australia, enjoying the largest flower festival in Australia at Floriade Canberra, or paying your respects at the Australian War Memorial. 

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Government Information
NSW Seniors Week Grants

Applications for 2015 NSW Seniors Week grants will close at 5.00pm on Friday 19 September 2014.

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Universal Design Conference 

The Universal Design Conference took place from 20 to 21 August 2014 at Sydney Town Hall. The purpose of the conference, which was organised by COTA NSW, was to talk about how to create more inclusive built environments in indoor and outdoor places, private and public spaces, in cities and rural settings, in work and play, and for young and old.

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