Listen in to the first of our regular Seniors news talkfests with editor Gail Forrer and digital producer Graeme Wilson -  meet the team, hear our latest news and offer your feedback.

This week Gail spruiks her international word of the week "Shukatsu", a Japanse word which has its own meaning for Australians when it comes to decluttering late in life. See the original TheJapanTimes story here.

Gail also reveals some discomforting news about comfort food.  

Graeme highlights two stories featured in the past week, one relating to technology tips for Seniors using iPhones and iPads, and the other listing touching tributes to one of Australia's greatest ever Prime Ministers, the one-of-a-kind Bob Hawke (see Michele White's tribute below).

Links to the stories below:

Technology tips

Bob Hawke tribute

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Michele White's tribute to Bob Hawke: The Death of a Lion Heart. When living and working in Melbourne in 1989, at a hospital, I was fortunate to meet and chat with Bob Hawke, who was touring health facilities in Victoria!  When introduced by the Matron, he joking remarked on signing an Autograph for me, (which I still have) when asked how I spelt my name, I said with one L , not the usual 2, he joking remarked he thought that one L was quite sufficient in his book, and then wrote my name with his customary flourish and scribbled his own name underneath!  He had an aura about him that emanated as an all encompassing halo, such charisma from a physically shortish man with that great wavy mane of hair and a wiry frame, and twinkling intelligent eyes! And when he engaged with you in that grating voice, gregarious character, that piercing gaze sought your attention like a heat seeking missile, you felt like you were the only person in the room!  Never met or felt the like of that type of character before or since! Quite an extraordinary man! And you could well see what appeal he had with the ordinary bloke and the ladies loved him and he them with that legendary twinkle and larrikin Chips Rafferty charm!  Will never forget him and his love of ppl and compassion for his fellow beings! Both my race-loving grannies would have adored the guy! VALE, Bob, may you rest in peace and Australia is a better place for you having being in it! And we the ppl of this nation for you having led us to a better future?! Raising the glass to you, mate!! 

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