Freedom and Choice in aged care – Jubilee forum

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Freedom and Choice in aged care – Jubilee forum

Have you ever wanted to learn about what aged care services, products and other information are available to you under one roof? You can do just that when Jubilee hosts its inaugural Freedom and Choice in Ageing Forum on Wednesday, August 22.

The free forum, during Seniors Week, will bring together a diverse range of community services, businesses and organisations providing products and services for older Australians.

Included will be presentations by Stay Standing facilitator Tim on the hour every hour, including demonstrations of exercises to help you gain confidence and prevent falls.

Other exhibitors will showcase products such as mobility aids, daily living aids and assistive technologies as well as providing information on topics such as dementia, nutrition, medications and more.

The event is expected to attract more than 100 guests across the course of the day. Whether it be for an hour or three, we would love to see you there. Also, why not bring along a friend? Admission is free, there is free tea and coffee available, free parking and concession lunches available.

Freedom and Choice in Ageing Forum
10am – 3pm on Wednesday, August 22
Western Districts Football Club, Memorial Park, 65 Sylvan Rd, Toowong
For information phone Jubilee Community Care on 3871 3220.



Geoffrey marks 100th birthday

A lifetime dedicated to family, the armed services and healthcare was honoured when Jubilee client Geoffrey celebrated his 100th birthday with 80 family and friends in late May.

Geoffrey, of Chapel Hill, almost 50 years working as a doctor after three years in the New Zealand Army, working in the YMCA’s mobile canteens and in the Regimental Aid Post (RAP) near Cairo and in Italy from 1941. Time in the RAP as a stretcher bearer gave Geoffrey his first taste of medicine.

“I helped bring the wounded to the Advanced Dressing Station (where medical officers were),’’ Geoffrey said. “It was my introduction to medicine. I learned a lot of first aid and I had tremendous admiration for the work done there.’’

Geoffrey returned to New Zealand in 1944 after being wounded and was appointed a Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire. After his experiences in war he was determined to study medicine, despite not finishing school and being told by teachers his efforts to pursue it would be hopeless. After much persistence and hard study Geoffrey was accepted into the University of Otago’s Dunedin School of Medicine. He graduated in 1954, age 36.

That same year Geoffrey met his wife Thelma and they married in December before Geoffrey took up his first position at Invercargill Public Hospital in early 1955. Longstanding work in university student health services followed, including a one-year exchange to Delaware, America. In 1977 Geoffrey, Thelma and three of their four children moved to Australia. Geoffrey began work at the University of Queensland’s Student Health Services, continuing there for seven to eight years.

Also very much part of Geoffrey’s life over many years was the St John Ambulance Brigade. His lifetime contributions, including his role as Operations Branch Commissioner for Queensland, saw him become a Knight of the Order of St John.

After leaving the University of Queensland Geoffrey worked for the Department of Defence and after, filled in for doctors on leave, including a short stint with the Royal Flying Doctor Service. He stopped work in his late seventies. And his secret to old age? “Perhaps there is one, I don’t know,’’ he said.



Jubilee client Nancy celebrates 100th birthday

Growing up on a dairy farm in Petrie in the Moreton Bay Region, Jubilee client Nancy never thought she would see the change she has in the past 100 years. Nancy, who has lived for almost 70 years in Bardon, is in awe of the progress of the suburb and the city.

“I was born in Wooloowin Private Hospital and my parents had a property at Petrie, a dairy farm. In those days there was no electricity and phone. We had a couple of fellows working for us and I used to help out too,’’ Nancy said.

When Nancy was 24 she joined the Australian Women’s Army Service as a staff driver at Kelvin Grove. She was there for four years until she met and married Albert, also stationed at Kelvin Grove. “I loved the work, it was great,’’ she said. “I also did my own maintenance on the vehicles like changing the oil.’’

After marrying, Albert was sent to Japan as part of the British Commonwealth Occupation Force and only saw Nancy every six months when he received leave. After four years Nancy joined him in Japan where she worked in a BCOF office.

At 34 Nancy returned home to Brisbane and lived with her parents until she and Albert bought land and built a house at Bardon. In October 1952 daughter Robyn was born.

After Robyn’s birth, and as was expected in the day, Nancy stayed home. She filled her days reading, dancing and later attending Seniors Citizens activities and tai chi. And some 60 years later the changes around her home are marked. “I used to know everyone in the street,’’ Nancy said. “Now there is a big block of units going in at the top of the street – who would have thought that when we built all those years ago?’’

And how did Nancy celebrate her 100th birthday in late June? She was joined by family and friends for a lunch at Gambaro’s restaurant. “I think I’m fortunate really to have the health I do,’’ Nancy said about turning 100. “I can’t complain really. I’ve always had an active life and I think good genes too.’’



Rob and Gwen are Ekka legends

Every August the RNA Showgrounds are like a second home to Jubilee clients Robert and Gwen. The pair started attending the Ekka as teenagers and branch representatives of the Queensland Junior Farmers’ Organisation.

In 2017 Robert was honoured for his 50 years’ service as an Agricultural Hall Steward. Gwen also has been there just as long – working, supporting Rob and also in an official capacity since 2001.

“We used to work on the (Junior Farmer) exhibits at the show – there were five big district exhibits and then smaller ones,’’ Rob said. “We were helping build the exhibits and then we became stewards and managed the agricultural exhibits on behalf of the RNA.’’

And changes over the years? Rob said as farmers spent more time today maintaining their properties the number of district exhibits waned, taken over by junior exhibits by schools and community groups. “It has also taken on a different aspect these days,’’ he said. “The entertainment now dominates and you have to hunt for the displays.’’

And what keeps them coming back? “Every show is a highlight. The people are what make the show happen and make it happy,’’ Rob said. “We have made lifelong friends.’’

And Gwen enjoys meeting new people and catching up with old friends. “I like to see the country people and you also get to know people very well,’’ she said.



Ekka has grown in its 142-year history

The carnival operators are on their way, prized fruit and vegetables are ripe for the picking and livestock are about to be preened. Yes, the Royal Queensland Show, aka the Ekka, is on its way.

Running this year from August 10-19, the Ekka is Queensland’s largest and most-loved event. Last year the Ekka generated more than $220 million for Queensland’s economy with more than 3500 jobs created. More than 800 volunteers helped stage the show, with more than 550 exhibitor stands and 130,000 Bertie Beetle showbags sold.

But things were quite different when the first show was staged in 1876. It was deemed by many to be the most important event since Queensland’s separation from New South Wales in 1859.

The first Intercolonial Exhibition of 1876 was held at Bowen Park in August, attracting 17,000 visitors. Entry to the grounds in the morning was a half-crown or visitors could wait until after the official opening when the cost of a ticket fell to one shilling. Visitors were treated to more than 1000 exhibits. Food was served on long tables and the first show bag, a bag of coal, was free for all visitors.

The show had 1700 competition entries in more than 600 categories, the largest prize being 25 guineas. Competitors were charged two shillings and sixpence per entry. Three breeds of cattle were displayed – Durham, Hereford and Devon.

The first Ekka ride, a merry-go-round, operated in 1877. Other highlights over the years include 1879 when Ekka patrons were amazed by telephones, microphones and electric lights; 1894 when the first fireworks were displayed; the 1950s when the now symbolic Ekka fairy floss, butter board sandwiches, Strawberry Sundaes and dagwood dogs were introduced; and 1964 when the animal nursery began.