Archive for Mature Age

Craft work Before and After

My friend Jean’s daughter Kendra started this little craft with these 2 tables and chairs. She did the hard work but ended up leaving aside.

Years gone by and her Mum Jean decided to donate to my craft group in Edgewater.

I love it right away and took possession of it.

Showed to my friend Wendy who is very good with crafts and she offered to finish for me.

In one week she brought the finish product and of course my grandson was the lucky winner of this precious little craftsmanship.

Thanks Kendra, Jean and Wendy!

Great work!



My Community helps others in need.

Over the last year, I have become involved with a local community group, and now attend weekly gatherings and contribute in various ways.

We meet at the Emerald Terrace Community Centre in Edgewater to do craft, chat, and do good works too.

We have a table of stuff brought in by various members that we put up for raffle. (Last week my daughter gave me some toys my grandson had grown out of to pass on to other people). During the morning, people wander around and but raffle tickets for the items that interest them. The winner will take one item. A table with more expensive items is for gold coin donations only.

We also have a table of items for free, anyone can help themselves to those.

Another table has the beautiful bread I collect every week from the very generous Dejaxo bakery in Carine Glades. Everyone helps themselves to those too. The leftover bread (and there is always a lot left over!) goes to a Retirement Village.

There is also a table full of home-made jams made from strawberries, plums, grapes, marmalade, and other seasonal fruits, which you can purchase for $2 a jar.

All of the money raised throughout the year is donated to different charities and institutions, helping various groups as much as we can.

It feels good to be a part of a community group like this. Not only for the social aspect but because I am fortunate enough to be in a position to help, and all it takes is a little bit of my time. Which groups or communities are you a part of? Do you find you get a lot out of it?




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My S.I.N.ers Group, my friends, my family

The Sunset International Neighbours (S.I.N.ers) is a Group of ladies that was founded in 1990. We formed this group to solidify and help foster friendships among our members, some of whom have been coming now for 27 years.

We meet once a month at someone’s house for lunch, and every month it rotates to a new home. We all bring a plate of food to share, and sometimes a friend to add to the group. Over the years we have also watched children and grandchildren grow through their various visits, such a joy.

We don’t sell Avon, Tupperware, or any other product, except sometimes Real Estate (hehehe). We sit, eat, talk, exchange views, and make friends.

We had our Christmas party this last Monday. (Out meetings are always in a Monday, it had become tradition).

Some of us are very talented in the kitchen. I’ll let you decide if I am included in that group (hint hint I don’t cook).

Last Monday we had the pleasure of welcoming one of the S.I.N.ers’ youngest visitors, only a few weeks old, granddaughter to this month’s host. And of meeting two boys, now 17 and 15 year olds, that we have been in contact with since they were born.

We also had another member bring her tweenage granddaughter, who usually joins us around Christmas time and of course my daughter with her son, my adorable grandson.

These meetings are always a pleasure to attend, we catch up with one another, share good news and bad, and strengthen our friendships again, one bite at a time.

I hope you all find time this December to meet with your friends and loved ones, to talk over delicious food, and maintain those connections which are important to you.

Merry Christmas,


Planning for the next season workshop.

Most people, when asked, will say that they only want to leave their home only if absolutely necessary. We all want to age in our home and live our lives the way we have always done. It’s hard to think about what would happen if we, or someone we love couldn’t stay at home due to a fall or inability to care for themselves.

What are the options? Do you know how to access aged care supports and services if you need them? Do you know who to call, how much it costs and what is involved? Did you know that there have been significant changes to aged care just in the last two months? Do you know what is most important to you in being able to stay at home? Many people we speak to don’t know where to start and when help is needed are confused about their rights and options.

Planning for the Next Season is a workshop of your peers, all at different stages of this journey. In the session, we work together to talk about what’s available, what works and what doesn’t and what you can expect from the aged care system. This is a must if you want to learn more about options for staying at home long term and not something to leave until you need quick answers.

The next Plannng for the Next Season workshop will be held at True North Church in Mullaloo on 31 May from 10:00 am-1:30 pm. The session is $50 and includes a light lunch, participants workbook to take along with you and of course, parking is free.

Tickets are available through Eventbrite at this link:

If you’d like more information, please ring Melissa Young at 0400 248 655 or head to

I have been facilitating what is called Planning for the Next Season. It is a peer workshop for people (generally the over 60’s and/or their adult children) to start thinking and planning for how to stay well and living at home now and into the future. If

You may or may not be aware of all the reform that has happened in the aged care space over the last three years in particular. It can be very difficult to find your way through the aged care ‘maze’ when looking for in-home supports/services for loved ones.

That being said, I’d like to share with you the details to a workshop I am facilitating in Mullaloo on 31 May. Here is the info:

Planning for the Next Season
by Melissa Young, Developer, Planning for the Next Season
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Wed. 31 May 2017