Around Australia, temperatures are rising and flowers are blooming as spring arrives. It’s a time of rebirth and renewal, and this edition of 50 Something provides inspiration for both.
Our cover features a familiar face to those people who watch Channel 9’s Today Show and the network’s Oscar red-carpet coverage, or who are devotees of André Rieu’s cinema concerts live from The Netherlands. Richard (Dickie) Wilkins is the Nine networks’ entertainment editor, and Australian host of the King of the Waltz’s concert broadcasts. The New Zealand-born father of five, who also hosts Smoothfm radio’s key weekend timeslots, is 64 and has no plans for retirement.
While early retirement has been the dream for many Australians, some are finding that leaving paid employment – if not quite a nightmare – hasn’t fulfilled their expectations. Meet three retirees who have found new careers and how more preparation might make for a happier experience once you decide to clock off from the workforce. National Seniors has revamped its online Retirement Readiness quiz and program and you’ll find they will help you lay the foundations you need for a happy retirement.
We also have several feature articles about other Australians who don’t let age be a barrier to undertaking new challenges. Keith and Debby Badger are a good example. They left their suburban Melbourne home to walk from one end of the UK to the other, but having completed the 2801km trek in five months, arrived home feeling ‘lost’. Find out more about their journey of discovery and their ultimate destination.
In our news pages, read about our new advocacy agenda shaped by your views. We have been fighting for a fair go for older Australians for more than 40 years and we’re continuing the battle based on what you told us was most important. You can also find out how you can become more involved in our campaigns for more affordable energy, better housing options and an age pension that affords seniors a decent standard of living.
Our Interim CEO and Research Director, Professor John McCallum has penned an article about elder abuse. He writes that for the first time in his 40 years in ageing issues, political support exists for tackling this “abhorrent problem”. National Seniors has joined several government and other initiatives to reduce elder abuse in its many forms.
Our travel pages are filled with images of the wide blue skies and ochre landscapes of the Kimberley, and the lush greens of the Borneo jungle. Turn to the food pages for the how to make the most of the new season’s fresh-picked produce.
Plus, there’s lots more, including computer shortcuts to save you time; how to look after your car’s tyres for optimum performance and safety; where to take time out around Australia; and prizes galore to win.
Editor, 50 Something