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October 2014
Dear Member

Welcome to the October edition of EXTRA!

We have been busy bees and are very excited to announce that the Seniors Card mobile app update goes live on 10 October. Make sure you check out the article in our ‘Extra!’ section. 

It’s the height of spring and what beautiful days we have been experiencing lately. This last week is certainly giving us a taste of summer. 

With hay fever season at its peak in NSW during the months of October and November our health section explores what hay fever is and how to avoid it. 

You’ll also find our usual articles with, Gardening from Yates, Finance from NICRI,  Readers Corner and Travel. There are also several competitions with prizing ranging from tickets to the opera to winning a place for two on an exclusive Seniors Card member table at a fundraising event for Special Olympics Australia. 

A date for the diary is Grandparents Day which falls on Sunday 26th October.  We hope all our grandparents have a lovely day. 

Also, the clocks go forward 1 hour at 2:00am on Sunday 5th October. Summer sure is on its way.

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

Till next time,

The Seniors Card Team 
Fast Fish Medley

This healthy recipe takes 15 minutes preparation + 17 minutes cooking and contains 13 serves of vegies.

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Tropical Fruit Delight 

This refreshing dessert takes 25 minutes preparation (plus overnight to set in refrigerator) and contains 8 serves of fruit in this recipe

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Gardening - Weeks 1 and 2 

Week 1: October gardening    
October is mid spring, a time when things are really moving in the garden.

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Gardening - Weeks 3 and 4 

Week 3: Time to re-pot orchids

October’s a good month to think about orchid care.  Many orchids have finished flowering and are about to go into their major growth period.
Hay Fever (allergic rhinitis)

While most of us welcome spring’s sunshine with open hearts, there’s a growing number of us who suffer from hay fever and dread this time of year.

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Sugar, the real bad guy? 

After years of being advised to focus on cutting down on the amount of fat in our diets and encouraged into using low fat options, we are now being advised that sugar is the real bad guy. It’s true we should be conscious about how much and what types of fats we eat, though a large number of low fat products (factory processed products) 

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Finance and Insurance
Superannuation and Nominating Beneficiaries 

To advise how superannuation death benefits are to be distributed the fund member needs to make a nomination to the fund trustee. 

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Readers' Corner
The Children Act by Ian McEwen 
RRP: $29.99 RRP
BT Price: $20.95 
Seniors Card Price:  $18.85

Fiona Maye is a leading High Court judge, presiding over cases in the family court. She is renowned for her fierce intelligence, exactitude and sensitivity. But her professional success belies private sorrow and domestic strife. There is the lingering regret of her childlessness, and now, her marriage of thirty years is in crisis.

At the same time, she is called on to try an urgent case: for religious reasons, a beautiful seventeen-year-old boy, Adam, is refusing the medical treatment that could save his life, and his devout parents share his wishes. Time is running out. Should the secular court overrule sincerely held faith? In the course of reaching a decision Fiona visits Adam in hospital – an encounter which stirs long-buried feelings in her and powerful new emotions in the boy. Her judgment has momentous consequences for them both.  

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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Outback Stations 
RRP: $39.99 RRP
BT Price: $27.95 BT
Seniors Card Price: $25.15

In March 2013, Dan McIntosh had an idea. A station cook and keen photographer, he wanted to share the pictures he had taken of the outback life he loved so much. Encouraged by his sister, he started a community Facebook page called Station Photos. Dan wasn't expecting much but within days the bush telegraph kicked in and pretty soon thousands 
of people were liking and contributing their own photos to the page. A year on, Station Photos has almost 50,000 followers and a staggering 30 million views from around the world. 

What people love so much about Station Photos is that it's real. Real people taking photos on their phones and cameras of what makes them laugh (and cry), the land they love, their kids, their mates and their animals. It's a way of life that most Australians - living in the cities and along the coast - never get to experience, yet it embodies so much of the spirit and folklore of Australia. 
Outback Stations was born from a competition on the Station Photos page to show a day in the life of an outback station. The response was positively overwhelming -- and the very best of the images are featured in this book. Like the Facebook page, this book is a celebration of country Australia and the way we live and enjoy life on the land.  

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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Jaimie’s Comfort Food
RRP: $55 RRP
BT Price: $29.95
Seniors Card Price: $26.95

Jamie’s new cookbook brings together 100 ultimate comfort food recipes from around the world. It’s all about the dishes that are close to your heart, that put a smile on your face and make you feel happy, loved, safe and secure. Inspired by everything from childhood memories to the changing of the seasons, and taking into account the guilty pleasures and sweet indulgences that everyone enjoys, it’s brimming with exciting recipes you’ll fall in love with. 

Jamie’s Comfort Food is all about the food you really want to eat, made exactly how you like it. With this in mind, the book features ultimate versions of all-time favourites, and also introduces cherished dishes from countries around the world, providing a delicious recipe for every occasion. This isn’t everyday cooking – this is about weekends, holidays, celebrations and occasions. Whether you’re home alone, or sharing the love with a big group of family or friends, there really is something for everyone. 

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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Win a Noosa Getaway for 2 

Discover the enchanting beauty of Queensland (QLD) Sunshine Coast at Australis® Hotel Noosa Lakes, set amidst seven expansive landscaped acres by the scenic shores of Lake Doonella and the Noosa River. Situated in Tewantin, our modern hotel lies across from the Noosa River and provides convenient access to the beach, town centre and local attractions including the Australia Zoo, Underwater World, Great Sandy National Park and Aussie World. 

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Member Stories
The Confused Migrant - Gordon Rebeira

Seniors Card member Gordon Rebeira shares his story of when he first migrated to Australia from Sir Lanka over 40 years ago. Gordon touches on the accent and terms used in Australia which initially somewhat confused him at times.

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Seniors Card Mobile App Update!

Have you downloaded the free Seniors Card Discount Directory Mobile app yet? 

If not, now is the time to do it as the Seniors Card Mobile App Update 2.0 goes live on 10 October 2014!

The free update makes it even easier to find businesses offering discounts so Seniors Card members can save even more money!

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Treating Dizziness in Older Adults - Volunteers needed

The Falls and Balance Research Group at Neuroscience Research Australia together with the University of New South Wales, in Randwick, are currently conducting a large research study to investigate the causes of dizziness and assess the effectiveness of a tailored treatment plan in people aged 50 years and over.

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Trial Blazing during Festival Month 

October brings big bold events in Bathurst, Orange and the Riverina! Whether its wine, food or petrol fumes you’re after, you can pick your poison from numerous museum and gallery trails on the M&G NSW’s website.

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Calling All Men Who Love to Sing

The Sydney Male Choir is looking for new members. 

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OpenMi Tours Smartphone App

Last month the Australian Communications Consumer Action Network (ACCAN) and Australian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) Apps For All Challenge

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Book Competition - In My Father's House 

A rusted wok; a rooster’s feather; a battered cricket bat; World War II medals; a Vietnam Moratorium badge; a ring. Why are these things so precious to Beth?

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Movie Competition - Advance Style 

ADVANCE STYLE in cinemas October 2

Advanced Style is a documentary that examines the lives of seven unique New Yorkers whose eclectic personal style and vital spirit have guided their approach to aging. 

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DVD Competiton - The Flying winemaker 

 Eddie McDougall is on a worldwide adventure cultivating an Asian food and wine evolution with this new show, The Flying Winemaker.

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Opera Competition -  Inessa Galante 

Legendary Soprano
Returns to Australia 
Theatre Competition  - Rupert

Never let the truth get in the way of a good story
Daniel Sparrow Productions presents

David Williamson's


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Competition - The Melbourne Cup Fiesta 

Win one of 5 double pass tickets to attend the Melbourne Cup Fiesta at WatervieW in Bicentennial Park 

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                         Septembers Competition Winners

Congratulations to all of the winners of last month's competitions. The Seniors Card team were busy giving away some amazing prizes to some very lucky members! We hope you enjoy your prizes!

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Government Information
Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day acknowledges the vital role that grandparents play in our society, both as custodians of individual and cultural memories and as providers of care, love and guidance to their children and grandchildrenGrandparents Day recognises the irreplaceable role grandparents have in their families and in the wider community.

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Have Your Say on Privacy! 

The NSW Privacy Commissioner is seeking your input, via a survey, into a report on the operation of the Privacy and Personal Information Protection Act 1998 (PPIP Act). The report will be presented to NSW Parliament.

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Your Digital Afterlife

What will happen to your online life after you die?  

Free webinar: Learning how to tie up those digital loose ends 

Natalie Darcy, NSW Trustee & Guardian
Tuesday 11th November, 2014 

Time: 12.00pm – 1.00pm