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August 2014
Dear Member

Welcome to another issue of EXTRA! 

On the way into the Seniors Card offices today, we noticed the Wattle blooming along the railway tracks, and we hope you are all feeling the stirrings of Spring fast approaching as well.

More news, fun, information, adventure...... all here in your August edition! 

We have some beautiful recipes (Who doesn't have fond memories of Apple and banana "hotcakes?") our usual Gardening from Yates, Health, Finance from NICRI, and travel articles.. as well as loads of giveaways again this month! More DVD's. More theatre shows. More More More!

Have a happy and healthy month!

Kind Regards,
Seniors Card 

A Bush Funeral - 1890 - Frederick McCubbin
Lamb & Mushroom Kebabs

This healthy recipe takes 20 minutes preparation + 10 minutes cooking

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Apple and banana hotcakes

Apple & Banana Hot Cakes -  10 minutes preparation + 20 minutes cooking

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Fruit and Vege facts - Apples

Eat fresh in hand, salads or platters. Baked whole, pies, tarts, crumbles, sauces, cakes and muffins. Many varieties are available all year round.

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Australian Garden Show Sydney – Seniors Ticket Offer

The Australian Garden Show Sydney is on again this Spring! From 4-7 September Centennial Park will play host to this unique event celebrating our passion for gardens and outdoor spaces. There will be something for everyone with cutting-edge garden designs and spectacular floral installations, plenty of plants and products for sale, plus join some of the world’s leading experts including Don Burke, Graham Ross VMM, and Indira Naidoo  in the Garden Talk series.

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Gardening - the first two weeks

Week 1: August gardening

Is that a hint of spring in the air?  Don’t be fooled, because we can still have some very cool and windy days in August.  But the days are getting longer and many plants are starting to stir.

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Gardening - Weeks 3 and 4

Week 3: Growing edibles in small spaces

Even if you don’t have a garden, it’s not at all difficult to produce some of your own food at home. Sprouts, for example, will grow in something as simple as an empty glass jar. Yates Alfalfa Sprouts have all the details on how you can do this, with edible results in just a few days.  Sprouts can also be grown in a cloth bag, a plastic kitchen strainer, a terracotta saucer or specially designed sprouters.   The important thing is that you don’t need soil - water, air and time is all that’s required.  Follow instructions and remember to keep everything scrupulously clean.  Before you know it, you’ll be producing health-giving sprouts in your own kitchen. 

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Living with Rheumatoid Arthritis

Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is an autoimmune disease that causes pain and swelling in the joints. This happens because the immune system attacks the lining of the joints causing inflammation and joint damage.

RA usually affects the smaller joints, such as those in the hands, feet and wrists, although larger joints such as the hips and knees can also be affected.

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Choosing healthy foods

Choosing healthier foods is easier than you may think. By changing just a few eating habits you can make a big difference to your diet.

Basic changes can make all the difference.

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Finance and Insurance
Equity Release 

The National Information Centre on Retirement Investments Inc (NICRI) is a government funded, independent consumer agency providing information to the general public on investment products

Equity release is a term that more seniors have become familiar with in recent times. It refers to ways in which home owners can access part of the equity in their property. The most well-known form of equity release is the reverse mortgage but other options are available.

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Readers' Corner
The Mandarin Code by Steve Lewis & Chris Uhlmann
RRP: $29.99
Seniors Card Price: $15.29

Politics peeled bare. The second darkly satirical thriller from the authors of The Marmalade Files.

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The Voice (My Story) by Ray Warren
RRP: $39.99
Seniors Card Price: $28.75

Ray 'Rabbits' Warren is the legendary voice of Australian sports commentary. People tell him he must have drunk a bottle of scotch and smoked a packet of cigarettes every day to have the voice that he has. That's not the case – at least, not anymore . . . 

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The Silkworm (The Cormoran Strike Series: Book 2) by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)
RRP: $32.99
Seniors Card Price: $20.65

A compulsively readable crime novel with twists at every turn, The Silkworm is the second in the highly acclaimed series featuring Cormoran Strike and his determined young assistant Robin Ellacott.
When novelist Owen Quine goes missing, his wife calls in private detective Cormoran Strike. At first, she just thinks he has gone off by himself for a few days - as he has done before - and she wants Strike to find him and bring him home. But as Strike investigates, it becomes clear that there is more to Quine's disappearance than his wife realises.

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Right now, the world's greatest migration is taking place!

From July to October around 2 million wildebeest, zebra and gazelle migrate from the plains of the Serengeti in Tanzania, to the fertile grounds of the Masai Mara in Kenya. When the Serengeti rains end in May the land dries fast and grazing animals must move on. The Masai becomes their new destination until October, when they head back to the Serengeti. It’s a risky journey with lions, leopards, cheetahs, hyenas and crocodiles always at the ready. 

Witness this natural phenomena in 2014 or 2015 and receive a 10% Seniors Card discount.  

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Member Stories
Life is Beautiful, but is it fated, or a series of consequences? by Tam Loc John Duong

As a man of technology and sciences, this is a question I have pondered on for many years; and now as a 70-year-old man I still don’t have the answer, even though fate seems to have appeared and directed my life. 

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My world has changed - Ray Grindley 

I’m sometimes told by my family that I’m a hoarder… a charge which I, like all real hoarders, firmly deny. A collector and a keeper of records, our custodian of family history, am I.   I have boxes of treasures containing the evidence of things I’ve done and places I’ve been since early childhood. Phases of life, life-changing, life-saving experiences. 

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August Young at Heart Culture Club

Young at Heart Culture Club is a monthly event for over 55s held at the gorgeous Erskineville Town Hall in Sydney’s Inner-West. Each month features an exclusive daytime screening and/or talks and workshops. It’s the perfect hub for seniors in the community to chat about movies and the arts over tea and biscuits! 

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The NSW Lancers Museum Pageant on 30 August

One of the very best kept secrets in Parramatta is the NSW Lancers Memorial Museum located only two minutes’ walk from the train station. On 30 August, this museum will be a secret no more when it hosts a historical pageant commemorating the centenary of WWI and the raising of the 1st Light Horse (AIF) in August 1914. 

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Competition - David Attenborough Collection DVD 

David Attenborough takes you around the planet and back in time in this exclusive collection of five fascinating and new ground-breaking series. 

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Competition - Armchair Travellers Collection DVD

In this exclusive set of three remarkable documentary series, be taken on an adventure to some of the world’s most exciting destinations.

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Competition - theatre tickets - "Open for Business"

"Open for business" THE WHARF REVUE 2014

Everyone's favourite lampoonists return for another annual instalment of The Wharf Revue packed full of their trademark irreverent, anarchic political satire. Amanda Bishop and newcomer Douglas Hansell join revue veterans Jonathan Biggins and Phillip Scott for more razor-sharp satire in Open for Business at The Wharf.

Fresh with a new Senate that makes unrepresentative swill look good, Canberra’s never been so appealing - Australia is open for business under new mismanagement! The Wharf Revue is back to do the audit. And they won’t be deterred, not even for a bottle of Grange.

Everyone’s under the microscope: Blinky Bill and his unionised koala colony; Clive “Coach” Palmer and the Balance of Power Rangers; Hassan’s Heroes, the side-splitting new sitcom set on Manus Island; Cory Bernardi’s beach party, where even the weiners are consumed with moral outrage; the Front Page, hard-hitting jurna .. journoliz .. jernalism from News Limited; everyone’s favourite Education Minister Christopher Robin Pyne; the Canberra Tales, Chaucerian musings of three lobbyists as they make the annual pilgrimage to the capital to crave indulgence; the Royal Commission (take your pick) and the usual assorted suspects who make Australian politics such a joy.

Written and created by Jonathan Biggins, Drew Forsythe and Phillip Scott.
Cast: Jonathan Biggins, Amanda Bishop, Douglas Hansell, Phillip Scott

For the chance to win one of 5 double passes for the Thursday 11th September show, visit

Competition closes 11:59PM 25th August 2014

Competition - Australian Gardening Show tickets

The Australian Garden Show Sydney is on again this Spring! From 4-7 September Centennial Park will play host to this unique event celebrating our passion for gardens and outdoor spaces. There will be something for everyone with cutting-edge garden designs and spectacular floral installations, plenty of plants and products for sale, plus join some of the world’s leading experts in the Garden Talk series. 

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Competition - Grandparents/Grandchildren family pass to see Kermond Comedy Capers

Australian show business legends, Warren Kermond and Wayne Scott Kermond will dazzle young audiences in the September/October School Holidays, with their new show celebrating the world of vaudevillian entertainment, proving there is no business like show business!

The patter, the slap stick, skits, songs and tap dancing from this multi award winning father and son team will bring back good old fashioned vaudevillian magic, to charm the young and young at heart at Monkey Baa’s Lend Lease Darling Quarter Theatre from Tuesday 30 September to Saturday 4 October.

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Win 1 of 10 one year Active Memory online memberships! 

Keeping your brain in good working order.

Scientific research indicates that regular training improves flexibility, memory and attention. Without regular practice, these skills tend to peak in our early twenties, and then go into slow, steady decline as we age. The good news is that keeping your mind active can slow the brain's ageing process. And now there's a simple way to do just that.

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Government Information
North Coast Ageing Strategy and Symposium

The NSW Government is pleased to announce the release of the ‘North Coast Ageing Strategy’. The aim of the strategy is to identify population ageing issues impacting upon the North Coast of NSW and agree a joint plan of action. 

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A message from Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe regarding Supporting Seniors

NSW Fair Trading is committed to supporting seniors with up-to-date information about their consumer rights in day-to-day transactions.

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WiFi hotspots in libraries

The State Library's service has delivered WiFi Hotspots in public libraries throughout the state, significantly enhancing connectivity in those libraries and benefiting students, small business people, researchers and the general community across metropolitan, regional and rural areas.

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Census counts on online response

The Australian Bureau of Statistics(ABS) is to change the way it conducts the next Census by taking advantage of new technologies to overcome the challenges of recruiting about 40,000 field staff.

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ASCCA - $50,000 grant to help more seniors log on.

NSW Premier and Member for Manly Mike Baird and Minister for Ageing John Ajaka presented a $50,000 grant to the Australian Senior Citizens Computer Club Association (ASCCA) to help senior citizens adopt technology.

Mr Baird presented the cheque while visiting the Computer Pals for Seniors club based at the Manly Senior Citizens Centre, on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.

“Many seniors I come across tell me about how willing they are to embrace technology to stay in touch with daily events and loved ones,” Mr Baird said.

“Often the greatest challenge isn’t their willingness to use computers, tablets or smartphones, but that they don’t know how to start using the technology.

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Carers Celebrate launch of NSW Carers Strategy

Carers and others joined the Minister for Ageing and Disability Services, the Hon. John Ajaka MLC for a morning tea to launch the NSW Carers Strategy in Sydney on 7 August 2014. 

This is an important document for the 857,000 men, women and young people who are carers in NSW. Carers are the family members and friends who provide ongoing care and support to people who need it because of disability, chronic illness, mental illness, dementia or frail age. Around 70 people who helped to co-design this highly anticipated policy document attended the launch at Parliament House. 

The Strategy sets out at a glance the vision for carers and the planned reforms and outcomes for each of the five focus areas: employment and education; carer health and wellbeing; information and community awareness; carer engagement; and the evidence base about carers. It identifies the 16 projects that are the first to progress the work. 

These projects were collaboratively developed and will also be collaboratively implemented with carers, the private sector, non-government organisations and governments to ensure that we achieve better outcomes for carers. 

The NSW Carers Strategy is available at

For more information contact Carers, Ageing and Disability Inclusion on 9248 0870 or email