Growing older is "same same" but "something different"

WELCOME to our June edition. This month our front cover personality is William McInnes, he's certainly one bloke who hasn't fallen for any anti-ageing propaganda - well not that he's telling us anyway. And why would he, he looks good to me.

I recently celebrated a milestone - I hit 60, and I started to reflect upon how different turning 60 is for me, compared to my parents. For a start, my parents may have picked up several birthday cards from their letterbox while I received dozens of birthday greetings from my Facebook friends. I went out and listened to a band playing in a beachside café. The time of alfresco dining and a choice of bands playing at venues was still to come to Brisbane when my parents turned 60. A good friend presented me with a wetsuit and challenged me to join a group of ocean swimmers. I feel confident in saying this sort of gift takes the active ageing philosophy to a whole new level.

During the 1980s when my parents turned 60, life rolled on amidst clouds of tobacco smoke, news of Alan Bond, Holmes Le Court and Bob Hawke. No one warned you that eating red meat more than three times a week could cause trouble, that electric cars were around the corner (let alone driverless cars) or that computer programs would shape our lives in so many ways. But, they had seen plenty changes and sensed more were on the way.

As unique individuals, we all age in our own way, but perhaps I share with you the same source of wonder and a certain nostalgia when I look back on youthful photos. Certainly, my three sisters and I all experience similar feelings; we each marvel that we had no idea how youthful, fit, stylish and pretty we were. Now we share a sense of humour about the fading, the fattening, the lining and leaning (really, what else can you do), while boldly waging war with an overflowing fountain of potions and lotions.

Years ago, I was travelling in Cambodia and people were wearing t-shirts that said "Same Same" - on the front, and "Something Different" on the back. I thought it was a rather apt summation of life.

Perhaps too, for this edition, we have kept a consistent record with another month's reading of inspiring personality stories, and our 'Something Different' is the Financial Literacy feature. We have endeavoured to share very practical advice here - I hope you agree.

This month highlights the problem of Elder Abuse, in our Talknthoughts section, I have written about a different aspect of Elder Abuse - Economic Abuse and how this often leads to homelessness.

I hope we have given you plenty to enjoy, think about and perhaps even surprise.



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