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Christmas is coming, and it's time again for all we seniors to be grateful for having our lives spent in this most 'Lucky Country' and having survived. I was once told that "Only lucky people get old!" As in previous years, do make sure that each of us reaches out to at least one person or family that are less fortunate than we are. We wish each and every person all that they might wish for themselves over the year ahead.
We seem to have the concept back to front. In Oz, we have to 'opt in' for organ donation, rather than 'opt out'. In an apathetic nation, this means that so many, many people, who would willingly wish to help others, don't, because they have never got around to opting in, as a donor. If we could all be 'scavenged' for useful parts, after death, (unless we formally advise otherwise), many people, who now die, would be given the gift of continued life. Only about 2% of people die in a way that facilitates organ donation, and we have around 400 people nationally, living in the hope of finding a donor. We need many more donors. Surely we could so easily help them all to a better life with some new national legislation?
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) ?
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 .
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.