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Keep in touch with what is happening in The Old Colonists’ Association of Victoria community. Each edition we feature profiles of the people who make up our villages and discuss village developments, and broader issues that affect ageing Victorians. Click the 'Subscribe' button above.

Lorraine Egan stepped back in time during a recent visit to Rushall Park village with her Glen Waverley Probus Club. Walking past cottages in Grice and Fripp Avenues, Lorraine was taken back to another era when her two great aunts lived in the village.

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Nutritionists are working closely with staff at OCAV’s aged care facility to ensure food on the menu not only complies with nutritional standards, but also is enjoyable for residents to eat.

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The Federal Government recently put out a draft single charter outlining the rights of aged care consumers, regardless of their subsidised care type.

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Singaporean nursing student Muhammad Taufiq Bin Abd Razak or Toffee, for short, has moved light years away from his early ambition to become an aerospace engineer. Instead, after finishing school, he accepted an offer to study nursing and now hopes to one day be a clinical educator.

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While healthy ageing is a priority in both the Australian women and men’s draft health strategies, neither strategy specifically mention older people. The oversight, together with the lack of specific mention and strategies dealing with elder abuse for both women and men, are part of OCAV’s submissions into the issues.

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When I was asked recently for my suggestions about how the Australian Government can help reduce the cost of living pressures for senior Australians, it did not take me long to respond. In my view, the government should either link increases in the age pension to a more relevant index other than simply the CPI or limit price increases, especially for utilities, for pensioners to a maximum of CPI.

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Pat Collins and Joseph Taylor hit it off straight away when they met for the first time as part of the Fitzroy High School/ OCAV Intergenerational Project. They share a passion for travel and yearning to see the world. Pat, at 74, has covered a fair bit of territory since he took off to Papua New Guinea when he was just 19 years old. Joseph is keen to follow suit and wants to head off on travel adventures once he qualifies as a barber.

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OCAV is delighted to welcome three new Council members: Professor Joe Ibrahim, Lyndsay Neilson and Jenny Roche.

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Carl Wood can thank, or blame, his late mother for his already seven-year stint on OCAV’s governing Council. His mother, Peg Cregan, had been a resident at Rushall Park and then Liscombe House and let her son know when she thought something could be done better.

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The start of Spring was heralded with a plant out at the opening of Currie Park’s edible garden. Residents and staff, together with local dignitaries, celebrated the opening of the John T Reid Charitable Trust edible garden by planting out spring vegetables and flowers.

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Pete Zawacki drove to Leith Park twice a week to visit his mother, Helen, until her death a year ago. After she died he wanted to honour her memory and ‘repay’ the kindness staff showed her by volunteering.

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