Welcome to the Greypath National Seniors Website

This is the new Greypath which is much more amenable to later browser versions, tablets, many I phones and some android phones. [This is the third rebuild since 2000]. TO JOIN GREYPATH click on the Site Manager tab on this page. If you run in to trouble, mail ray.lewis@greypath.com.au

The Angst Over Australia Day

While most are happy as things are, we do seem to have a few options as to a more widely suitable day to celebrate being Australian. Captain Cook's Survey (Botany Bay) - 28th April 1770 Current Australia Day- First Fleet Arrival 26th January 1793 Federation Day - January 1st 1901. Ned Kelly's Birthday?? It may be worth us continuing the national dialogue, with a view to, when we become a republic sometime in the next ten years, picking a day for such change, when we are light on for a day off, (say in August) ?

Did You Know About Easy Mode on Your Mobile?

We have an elderly friend who has been having routine difficulty with the complexity of a later model android phone. This is a common problem as the family hands such down. All she wants to do is to take and send text and calls. Seeking to swap her phone for a simpler one, we asked a young and smart Optus advisor to do such. Instead, he pointed out that the smart phone had a little known option under Settings. It was to select EASY MODE. This redesigned the look, and reduced all the clutter and simplified the key processes. She is delighted, and it saved buying a new simpler mobile. If you are having a similar problem, do visit your provider, and ask them to do the same for your phone. (Its reversible).  While you are there, ask them as well, about using a stylus, it makes for many less errors in typing text messages, especially for those with big finger tips and small keyboards .

A quick way to separate yourself from your money.

The ABC will, on Monday night (26th June) run an expose on the costs to seniors who enter retirement villages, featuring one group in particular. Among 'over the top' charges, we have heard of horrendous 'make good on departure levies' before, but apparently a departure charge of 40% of the original cost of buying a unit 'takes the cake'.... No senior should ever trust anyone who is selling us services of any kind. Always get opinions from others who are using or have used such services, from house cleaning, repairs, through to accommodation, and more.

Pollution in our Waterways

Port Phillip Bay is about 1900 square kilometers in area. Its shoreline is about 200k. It is subject to the endless onslaught of waste from the Yarra and other rivers, and hundreds of drains. In the Summer we can get around 300 000 cigarette butts a day enter the bay, and countless plastic waste. Every small plastic bottle that finds its way in to the Bay, eventually breaks down to over 25 000 toxic particles! These get in to the food chain through fish ingestion, (they look like plankton when small), and can eventually cause all sorts of human health problems. Plastics also kill endless sea creatures each year through entanglement, ingestion and  and strangulation..Fortunately a new beach cleaning volunteer group known as Beach patrol has grown to encompass and support many small groups who clean up our beaches once a month, to great effect. If you are interested in details for your area, please email the editor.

Overuse of the Word Hero

Why must the press devalue the word hero? A hero is someone who puts their life or limb at risk, to save another. A hero is not a surf lifesaver who swims out and brings someone in as part of their skill set, (unless they are taking a personal risk to do so), it is not a 3 year old who dials 000 when their mum is ill, (they are smart and most valued citizens to be, though), it is not someone who applies CPR to someone for an hour, or someone who tries to put out their neighbour's house fire with a garden hose... All those, and so many more human acts, are to be deeply valued, but they are not heroic acts. Unfortunately today, so many words are becoming devalued through over hyped use.

12 thoughts on “Welcome to the Greypath National Seniors Website

  1. Why doesn’t Greypath work on my phone?

  2. Too many platforms that differ in their ability to read our website e.g some Android devices do, some don’t. I am working on a special invention to help some stroke victims speak, but to ensure it will work for anyone who downloads it, we have had to drop all non apple devices.

  3. Do you still have your competitions?

  4. Hi Ray and the general members who may read this, I have previously sent in comments about what I perceive as bias against pensioner’s from the elected Liberal Government in Canberra. Nothing has changed with this view even with a new Leader, it would still appear to be a government which has no respect for people who have worked from the ages of 14, 15, 16,and often as not never had a unemployed period throughout their working lives. What I find most confronting is the apparent lack of concern from a vast proportion of retirees, or on the service it would seem, however I am sure that come the election the government will be held to account, in the mean time might I suggest that as many pensioners and soon to be pensioners let there local MPs know of our concern with the pathway this government and any future government may want to take pensioners rights. The comment from Hockey that the age of entitlement is over, and that the pension was never expected to be reached by as many people, still rings in my ears because shortly after that he moved on pensioners rights.

    • It was amazing how little comment came from the older population when 100,000 or so lost all pension entitlements. They just accepted the Government position that those so called rick pensioners should eat into their accumulated savings.
      The attitude seems to be ‘stuff you’, we are OK.
      I wonder how long it will be before the assets test is further tightened

  5. How do I get on to the Senate?

    • June, if you are on the ‘home’ page with all of the different headings, you should be able to click on Senate and get in; if this doesn’t work for you may I suggest that you email Ray, the Manager and get his advice. Good luck and cheers 🙂

  6. I have never used the Chat Room, but I believe there (although absent)is now back again, although having looked I have yet to find it.?

  7. I am now down in the Home Page right hand corner, there is no chatroom here.Please tell me where it is?!

    • The only reason for that https://iflychat.com/
      being on that previous post(also on this post!)is because I was advised I would find that listed in the lower right hand corner & it would be the chatroom,which of course it is not!

  8. How can we make the public aware of the use of Umm & Arr
    in their conversation is not necessary .It makes you wonder if
    they are conversant with the subject that is being discussed
    Even journalists & Pollies; & public speakers are guilty.

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