Our cover story in this edition reveals what inspires the work of cartoonist Michael Leunig, who was named an Australian Living Treasure back in 1999 by the National Trust. He divides his time between Melbourne and working on his country property in Victoria’s north-east – and admits one of his biggest dreads is the empty page ahead of a looming deadline.
In our news section, you can read about a new service National Seniors is introducing to help members through the emotional and financial minefield of organising aged care for their parents, other family, friends – or themselves.
Our Research Director Professor John McCallum writes that three quarters of older Australians feel younger than their age, and this positively impacts their health and means they live longer. He argues that governments and the broader community need to give older people permission to feel and behave younger, rather than being ageist and seeing them as a cost burden.
Also in this issue, cardiologist Dr Rolf Gomes tells what inspired his dream of taking specialist medical services to the people of the outback. His mobile Heart of Australia clinic is saving lives throughout Queensland and will soon expand further afield.
Also looking to the future is veteran journalist Mike Willesee, whose hard-hitting interviewing and chutzpa has kept Australian TV audiences on the edge of their seats for more than 50 years. He has survived his toughest challenge yet – a battle with cancer – and he's planning new work projects.
You’ll also find your favourites: movies, books, what’s on and technology. In the travel section, our feature on the colouful and exotic world of Singapore will have you heading to the island state for an easy taste of Asia.
Our Christmas gift guide will provide inspiration for what to put under the tree and our Save and Win pages are bursting with special offers and prizes exclusive to our members.