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July 2014
Dear Member

MemberWe have well and truly settled in to the coldest part of winter now throughout NSW, we hope you are keeping warm! We have some warming winter recipes to help! Comfort food with great tastes, shepherds pie and a delicious pea and ham soup!
Our health section this month has plenty of tips for surviving the cold and flu season and keeping active (physically and mentally!) You will find the usual finance and gardening sections, plenty of great competitions and a heartfelt life-story from one of our members, Charmian Powell.
Our team love to hear from you with feedback and suggestions. Is there something you would like to see more of in our newsletters? Anything missing? Let us know! Email after all, this newsletter is just for you!

Till next time,

The Seniors Card Team

Shepherds Pie

Pea and Ham Soup


Internet Use

Have you browsed the internet in the last month for financial information?

July gardening - the first two weeks

Although cold, July is a challenging month for the garden, if you can find sheltered spots that are away from the worst of the cold and winter winds you can still enjoy plenty of colour and produce.  

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July gardening - Week three and four

Week 3: Rose pruning time

July is the peak of rose pruning time in most parts of the country, but there are exceptions. Roses that produce all of their flowers in one glorious massed show in spring – many of the heritage roses fall into this category – should be pruned after their spring flowering.   And, in cold areas that experience heavy frosts in August and September, it’s safest to delay pruning until just a few weeks before the last frost is expected.  Otherwise the new growth that’s stimulated by pruning will be cut back by the late frosts. 

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Prepare for the cold and flu season

The cold and flu season is upon us - are you prepared? Simple actions can help you make it through the next few months without getting sick. Learn about flu vaccination and read our advice on how to best prevent colds and flu. Click here

Orange is the new active for seniors

For seniors in the Orange area wanting to get more active, a new program by Sport and Recreation could be just the ticket. Baby Boomer Sport-a-Month encourages sporting clubs to cater for older adults by delivering an hour of sport each week on a monthly rotation. 

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Boost your memory with these 10 simple suggestions

The old adage “use it or lose it” is true when it comes to memory. The brain is an organ that needs to be exercised like any other to maintain mental agility. The following tips are to help improve your memory.
1.       Write Things Down
Writing important things down and seeing them in print may help some people remember more easily than just thinking about it in their head.

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Finance and Insurance
More about the measures that may affect seniors

Due to limited space in our previous articles, and the interest they have generated we wish to add to and clarify some points. Before we do however, we would like to highlight that at the time of writing these and other proposed budget measures were still to be passed by the Senate and could be subject to change or may not be implemented. 

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Readers' Corner
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
RRP: $29.99
Seniors Card Price: $21.95

An epic novel, set during WW2, from the prize-winner Anthony Doerr. 

Marie Laure lives with her father in Paris within walking distance of the Museum of Natural History where he works as the master of the locks (there are thousands of locks in the museum). When she is six, she goes blind, and her father builds her a model of their neighborhood, every house, every manhole, so she can memorize it with her fingers and navigate the real streets with her feet and cane. When the Germans occupy Paris, father and daughter flee to Saint-Malo on the Brittany coast, where Marie-Laure’s agoraphobic great uncle lives in a tall, narrow house by the sea wall.

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The Girl Who Saved the King of Sweden by Jonas Jonasson
RRP: $29.99
Seniors Card Price: $21.95

On June 14th, 2007, the King and Prime Minister of Sweden went missing from a gala banquet at the Royal Castle. Later it was said that both had fallen ill: the truth is different. The real story starts much earlier, in 1961, with the birth of Nombeko Mayeki in a shack in Soweto. Nombeko was fated to grow up fast and die early in her poverty-stricken township, be it from drugs, from alcohol, or just from plain despair. But Nombeko takes a different path. 

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Bonkers by Jennifer Saunders
RRP: $22.95
Seniors Card Price: $13.05

She's been in two of the most popular double acts in TV history. As the Saunders one out of French and Saunders, she gave the world one of its longest-lasting, most-loved comedy partnerships. And in Ab Fab's Eddie and Patsy she created two hilarious monsters we've taken to our hearts. Bonkers is the story of how it all came about. Or at least the bits she recalls. The rest she made up. Either way, it's all here: the stories, the characters , Dawn, Joanna, and, playing herself throughout: Jennifer.

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Book with This is Africa before 31 August 2014 and save 15% on trips in southern Africa.




This journey of discovery combines the vibrant city of Cape Town and South Africa’s renowned Kruger National Park, plus a guided tour of the famous garden route. Begin in Cape Town with a cable car ride up Table Mountain. Then continue to the ostrich farms of the Klein Karoo and the coastal mecca of Knysna. Finish on a high with three nights at a game lodge in the Kruger region - wildlife guaranteed.

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Member Stories
Something Borrowed, Something Blue

I'm a 16 year old rebel in a borrowed wedding dress being married in the living room of my family home. I can hear the murmur of the celebrant and my father's watery grief. I have disappointed him. My eyes are lowered in shame and they sting with the salt of my own withheld tears. It's 1966.
Curiosity momentarily nudges aside my humility and permits a sneak peek that fields a wink from my groom. His winks are dangerous, seductive, and seem obscene in this setting. I blush and hope my father doesn't notice.

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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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Competition - Imax tickets to D-DAY 3D:Normandy 1944



The home of the world’s biggest cinema screen, IMAX Darling Harbour, is set to take audiences back in time to a historic landing that changed the world 70 years ago. Exclusive to IMAX and for the first time in Australia, the new documentary D-DAY 3D: NORMANDY 1944 will released on 4th September 2014. 

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Competition - Rolling Thunder Vietnam - Songs that defined a generation

Set in the Vietnam War era, the evocative and stirring production showcases some of the greatest rock songs ever produced performed by some of Australia’s greatest singer-actors and musicians.

The show features the music of Steppenwolf, Joe Cocker, Buffalo Springfield, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Gladys Knight, Billy Thorpe, The Rolling Stones and Curtis Mayfield just to name a few.

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Competition - The Magic Flute

Mozart and Indiana Jones combine in The magic Flute

A rollicking adventure set in 1930s Egypt is heading to Riverside Theatres when Opera Australia presents their touring production of The Magic Flute complete with fabulous costumes, a chamber orchestra and a vibrant cast of singers.

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Competition - Trigger Point DVD

Every day thousands of police patrol the streets carrying state of the art firearms. Most go through their careers without ever firing a shot while on duty. Those who do change their lives forever.

Trigger Point has been given unprecedented access inside the police brotherhood, in search of answers to the tragic chain of events set in motion when offices use firearms against the citizens they are sworn to protect. Featuring never-before-seen footage and raw, first-hand
testimony from police who made the split-second decision to shoot - and have never before spoken publicly.

Trigger Point offers a rare and engrossing insight into the consequences of carrying a gun as part of your daily routine.

For the chance to win one of four copies of this Documentary, visit

Competition - Stop at Nothing - The Lance Armstrong Story

This is an intimate but explosive story about the man behind the greatest fraud in sporting history. Lance Armstrong enriched himself by cheating his fans, his sport and the truth. But the former friends whose lives and careers he destroyed would prove to be his nemesis. 

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Win 1 of 10 1 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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Movie Competition and DVD pack - And So it Goes

From the director of When Harry Met Sally, "And So It Goes" unites Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton in this wonderful tale that proves it’s never too late to find happiness and discover love. A self-obsessed real estate turns to his loveable neighbour for help, when his grand-daughter lands on his doorstep.  

Seniors Card are giving away ten prize packs, each containing a double pass to "And So it Goes," along with two DVD's "The Way Way Back," and "Letters to Juliet." 

Total prize value of each prize = $89

For a chance to win, visit

Competition closes 11:59 PM 25th July 2014


Government Information
A message from Fair Trading Commissioner Rod Stowe regarding recent scams

Australia recently marked National Consumer Fraud Week but unfortunately every week is Scam Week when it comes to ruthless opportunists. 

Scammers never sleep. They plague people 24/7 with variations on scams and new scams are emerging almost daily.

The following scams are some of the more recent to look out for:

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History Week 2014 

Join the History Council of NSW for History Week 2014 to commemorate the centenary of the beginning of “The Great War”. Running from 6 to 14 September, History Week 2014 consists of one hundred dynamic and creative events across NSW that bring the past to life and celebrate the best in community and professional history. 

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Tenancy Complaint Service

Did you know NSW Fair Trading provides a free tenancy complaint service for tenants, residents, landlords and property managers with tenancy related problems?
How can the service help me with my rental problem?  

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