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As people become more conscious about wellbeing, they want to look younger and, as LORRAINE PAGE writes, anecdotal evidence suggests there’s a growing interest in cosmetic procedures across all ages.

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It’s often said that everyone has a book in them and today, thanks to the advent of e-books, people are putting that old adage to the test and self-publishing in their millions, writes JULIE LAKE.

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Love it or hate it, Facebook is the new meeting place with on-line clubs, discussion forums and opportunities to find old friends. And, writes JULIE LAKE, it also has been found to improve cognitive ability through stimulating dormant memory.

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As medical science finds ways of delaying the ageing process, we’re living longer. That the greying of Australia is becoming a political issue is well known but, writes RUSSELL HUNTER, the legal and moral issues are less well known.

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We plan for every aspect of our lives – education, career paths, finances, holidays – yet, writes JULIE LAKE, when it comes to our funeral, most of us leave the job to somebody else.

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Would you be happy to let strangers make free of your home while you do the same in theirs?  The answer, writes JULIE LAKE, appears to be a resounding “yes” as a growing number of Australians engage in house swap holidays.

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For decades, the Baby Boomers imagined that when it was their turn to retire, they would simply sign on and receive the old age pension they believed they had been paying for since starting their first job five decades earlier. Alas, reports PHIL McEWART,  it’s just not that simple.

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There are more than a thousand Men’s Sheds in Australia, each giving the blokes somewhere to potter, but they are much more than a meeting place. This is where the boys can get together and do things, improving health, wellbeing and sense of worth along the way, writes PAULINE DU RIETZ.

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For decades John McSweeney has been a familiar voice  on the local club circuit and his CDs have been bringing the joy of music to audiences around the world, but now, writes DOT WHITTINGTON, his work is putting the sparkle back into eyes lost to dementia. (Image: Karen Hutt)

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The Baby Boomers are now well and truly seniors. This group, born in the years after World War II when the boys returned home from long years away, are today in their 60s (or close to) and 70s, with a disposable income and, increasingly, time to use it, reports RUSSELL HUNTER.

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Ever wandered through an old cemetery and wondered about all the stories it could tell? Helen Goltz and Chris Adams have many a tale to tell, writes DOT WHITTINGTON.           Images courtesy of Michelle Bowden, Visuall Photography

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Retirement, super, pensions, health and housing seem to be the topics of the day for anyone over 55, but, asks PAULINE DU REITZ, who do we see when we look in the mirror and does our reflection honestly capture who we are in our own minds?

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As Baby Boomers retire, some may find themselves propping up the next generation with their hard-earned nest eggs, whether they like it or not, which just proves the old saying that blood is thicker than water, writes LORRAINE PAGE.

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It’s not so many years since stopping work meant a gold watch and post-employment years spent playing bowls, pottering in the garden or watching daytime television.  But now, writes JULIE LAKE, it’s the opportunity to pursue all those things you have always wanted to do.

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We work hard, save hard and hope to make it through our retirement years but, as ANGELA BENSTED reports, retirement savings can also make us the target of abuse.

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So much for giving them back! JULIE LAKE investigates the growing number of grandparents who, willingly or otherwise, find themselves  looking after their family’s family.

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Increasing the retirement age is firmly on the national agenda but as ANGELA BENSTED discovers, there are already workers who, after making a dramatic career change, choose to remain employed  – some long after turning 65 – and are loving every minute of it.

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It’s a subject that is still considered taboo to many, but while sexuality remains legitimate even when wearing wrinkles, there is an ageist perception in wider society that older people are not sexual. RENAE SPINKS talks to the “sexperts” about celebration, information and health.

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Volunteering is an opportunity for people with time on their hands to put their skills and experience at the service of the community. For retirees it can also be a chance to learn new skills, fulfil dreams and tackle challenges outside the usual comfort zone, writes JULIE LAKE.

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We’ve reached a time when there’s not much for Santa to leave under the Christmas tree, so what do you say when the kids ask what you’d like for Christmas? JULIE LAKE has some ideas.

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The University of the Third Age is proof that you can teach an old dog new tricks and as ANGELA BENSTED reports, subjects cover a broad range of interests and there’s no worries about assignments, detention or the dog eating your homework.