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What does the older generation really owe the young? The answer may surprise you

It’s not unfair that older Australians enjoyed the benefits of free tertiary education, rising house prices and many other perks of age we were, well, just lucky. And being the beneficiaries of dumb good fortune does not make us all guilty of rampant self-interest, nor are we responsible,  if following generations are not equally well-off. It might sound like tough love but that’s the... Read more

Why Boomers Determined That Drink And Drugs Are Not Just The Follies Of Youth

The headline was click bait to anyone interested in the excesses, or perhaps the quite normal behaviour, of baby boomers given their rampant history with drugs. “A 60-year-old woman was among more than 20 ageing boppers arrested for possessing ecstasy or cocaine on their way to a music festival starring Boy George at Sydney’s Ivy nightclub on the weekend,” ran the Daily Telegraph. Des... Read more

What Does Kenneth Hayne’s Banking Royal Commission Mean for You?

There was a lot of news this week about how financial products and services might change after the findings of the Royal Commission. Here are a few examples of how you might be affected: Investors in big banks? Most of us have some investment in the banks due to superannuation. The value of the big four rose by $20 billion on the share market on Tuesday, recovering about one-quarter o... Read more

How to Approach Aged Care

I was once asked to sum up Australia’s aged care system in 500 words and I failed. If you thought electricity, superannuation or NBN plans were complicated wait until you try and navigate this particular market. Aged care, whether we like it or not, at some stage becomes not just a choice but a necessity, and my take is to deal with it as you might any other consumer service and find out... Read more

Preparing for a Longer & Better Lives

Australians are living longer and while we are living longer, we need to live better too! From health, finance, work and social life we could all improve from a little to a lot! The positive changes we make now can help us maintain physical and mental health as we get older, have enough money to live the life we want when we stop working, have the skills to be able to work as long as ... Read more

Music & Memory

What’s your favourite song? Does it invoke memories of yesteryears or does ground you in the moment you are currently in? American singer songwriter, Eric Church, sings in his song “Springsteen”, “Funny how a melody sounds like a memory, like the soundtrack to a July Saturday night…” Music can transpose one back in time and awaken thoughts, feelings and emotions once felt or long t... Read more

Preparing for Your Own Death

Talking about death is often seen as taboo and often ignored until the very last minute or not at all, but understanding what you want (or what your loved one wants) can save you and them a lot of stress when the time comes to say goodbye. Here are 8 things you can do to prepare for your death. Wills and Estate Planning We wrote about the importance of a will and it could be one of t... Read more

The Importance of a Will

52% of Australians do not have a will. Of those that don’t have a will, 34% haven’t gotten around to it yet. WHAT IS A WILL? A will is a legal document that sets out your wishes for distribution of your assets after your death. In non fancy legal speak, it is a legal document that tells your family what you want done with your belongs and money when you die. WHY A WILL IS IM... Read more

Switching Careers After 50

At FiftyUp Club we often tell members to compare, switch and save when it comes to household bills like energy, life insurance, health insurance and more. But what if you want to switch careers? While we don’t have an offer for FiftyUp Club members on career switching, we can provide tips and help guide you into finding the new career. Dawn Graham, Director of Career Management for the... Read more

Exergaming Against Alzheimer’s

Are you one of those who thinks that kids these days play too many video games? You might be right but the science says that some gaming can be good for you - even if you’re over 50. If you’ve played tennis, bowling, baseball, boxing or golf with your grandkids on their favourite gaming platform, you have partaken in ‘exergaming’! Exergaming is exercising and gaming mashed together... Read more