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Active Retirees : Active Retirees Jun-Jul
Active RetireesTM | 25 COVER STORY CENTRELINK CHANGES From 1 July the amount of retirees’ employment income that is disregarded under the Centrelink Work Bonus will change from half of the first $500 per fortnight to a flat $250 per fortnight. Pensioners will be able to ‘bank’ any of the $250 Work Bonus they do not use in any fortnight and save up to a total of $6500, which may then be used to reduce the effect of any future periods of work on their pension. Building up a balance could enable employment income of up to $6500 earned at any time in a full 12 months to be disregarded before the Income Test is applied. Those unsure of how these arrangements affect their pension should speak to Centrelink. T: 132 300 W: www.centrelink.gov.au Fellow 2011 NSW Seniors Week Ambassador, Robina Beard, who is most recognised for her roles in Palmolive dishwashing detergent commercials in the 1970s, likes to keep active by teaching tap dancing and exercise classes. “The fitter you are, the more in touch you are with your body,” says Beard. “I am reducing my load but I teach tap dancing and exercise classes. With tap dancing you must use your brain to remember your steps. Your feet are a long way down and it doesn’t always work, but when it does it gives you a great confidence lift. It's also a great boost because you have to pull up your muscles and stand tall; you don’t feel so vulnerable.” Beard says it's also a great social activity. “Sometimes we laugh more than we tap dance.” Looking back Former secretary Vivien Reid has drawn on childhood memories to write a book Not Really Alike. “I always wanted to be a librarian and was very good at English at school. I loved to write and it was always fun,” says Reid. The inspiration behind the book came to Reid in a dream, but it is loosely based on events from her childhood. She even used her grandson as part of the design of the cover. Now on her second book, Reid has again drawn on her experiences to tell the story of a woman’s life after World War II. “I just love words and I also play scrabble to keep Alzheimer's at bay,” she explains. These days, we choose when we retire. Whatever you decide, make the most of it! Find a hobby, start a business, write a book or check out the panel to the right for more inspiration. •• Get involved! With so many options, try to choose just one. 1 Volunteer Go Volunteer: www.govolunteer.com.au 2 Join a telephone counselling service Lifeline: www.lifeline.org.au Beyond Blue: www.beyondblue.org.au National Dementia Helpline: www.alzheimers.org.au 3 Trace your family tree Family search: www.familysearch.org Ancestry.com.au: www.ancestry.com.au National Library of Australia: www.nla.gov.au 4 Write a book NSW writers’ centre: www.nswwriterscentre.org.au NSW Writers’ Fellowships: www.arts.nsw.gov.au 5 Knit for charities Knit4Charities: knit4charities.webs.com Knitters’ Guild NSW: www.knittersguildnsw.org.au Knit One Save One: knitonesaveone.wordpress.com 6 Grow an edible garden Organic Gardener: www.organicgardener.com.au Australian City Farms and Community Gardens Network: www.communitygarden.org.au 7 Learn a language Language Book Centre: www.languagebooks.com.au ARDS (learn an Aboriginal language): www.ards.com.au All Foreign Languages Bookshop: www.allforeignlanguages.com.au
Active Retirees Aug-Sept