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  • Kathleen Carlon

    Volunteer, Women’s Australian National Service “My mother was frightened I’d be sent to the country, so she encouraged me to volunteer for the Women’s Australian National Service.”   At the start of World War II, Kathleen Carlon was an only child living with her widowed mother in Wagga Wagga and working in a local pharmacy. She […]

  • Clifford (Cliff) Parker

    Bombardier, 53rd Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment, Royal Australian Artillery “I was bloody frightened and we all were.”   The Second World War changed Australia forever. It was a time of transformation for the nation socially, politically and economically and it radically transformed the lives of its citizens. In 1940 Clifford Parker was a single young clerk […]

  • Rod Doust

    Air Gunner, Royal Air Force (RAF) “It was a mixture of patriotism and glamour that led me to enlist in the air force.”   In 1942, Rod Doust was living in Yass and working at the Rural Bank when he decided to enlist. He was 18-years-old. “I had a desire to be in aircraft,” said Rod. […]

  • Victor Nagle

    Gunner – Royal Air Force (RAF) “I was the most excited bloke in the world. I was going to finish the war off. I was hoping it didn’t end before I got there.” Victor Nagle enlisted in March 1941. He was 23-years-old and out of work, and the promise of five shillings a day plus […]

  • Rod Kingham

    Driver, Australian Army “My Dad had been in the Somme and he used to go to Anzac Day so we were an army family.”   In comparison with a lot of other World War II veterans, at 94 Rod Kingham is a youngster. He was one of many young Australians who’d spent their adolescence reading, […]

  • Phillipa Carlyle

    Flight Mechanic – Women’s Auxiliary Australian Air Force “You had an enormous sense of trust in each other.”   A fine and mild day with northerly winds freshening. That was the forecast for Melbourne on Wednesday, 15th August 1945. It was typical weather for that time of year as a group of mechanics worked away […]

  • Eugenie Allen

    Signalwoman – Australian Army “I was a hairdresser when we married, but I wanted to do something different.”   Eugenie Allen married her husband during World War II, between his service in the Middle East and his service in New Guinea. Eugenie’s fiancé spent two years and seven months in the Middle East. He bought […]

  • Frederick Lewis

    Commander – Royal Australian Navy “I had a love of the Navy and a strong sense of patriotism.”   Frederick Lewis enlisted in the Royal Australian Navy during World War II, beginning a career in the services that would span 35 years. “I felt it was my duty. I had a love of the Navy and […]

  • Cecil ‘Bob’ Leckie

    Sapper, Royal Australian Engineers “My mate and I were shearing out the other side of White Cliffs and I said to this bloke, there’s gotta be a better job than this and he said we’ll join the army.”   Cecil ‘Bob’ Leckie, was known as “Horse” for his entire World War II career. He’s a […]

  • Margaret Ferrier

    Flight mechanic – Women’s Auxiliary Australian Air Force “Of course I wanted to make a difference, but there was the excitement of being part of it…”   If they made a movie about Margaret Ferrier’s time in the services, she would have to be played by 40’s Hollywood screen queen Katherine Hepburn. There’s the intelligence, […]

  • Mavis Wheeler

    Cipher, Signals Corps, Australian Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAAF) “We women wanted to be seen as capable as men of doing many things.”   Mavis Wheeler is never far from a dictionary. She’s a person who loves words, loves reading, and loves crosswords. So naturally her preference when called on to help stop the spread […]

  • Thelma ‘Shirley’ Grinyer

    Nurse, Australian Army Medical Women’s Service “Most of our patients were servicemen, and they were the best patients you could find”   Shirley was an apprentice bookbinder at Waite and Bull and Norman Grinyer was a printer at Penfolds when their romance began. Shirley and Norman became engaged, but then World War II broke out […]

  • Dorothy ‘Topsy’ Curtis

    Private, Australian Women’s Army Service (AWAS) “You have to protect your country and your families. If it happened again, I would have to join up again.”   Dorothy “Topsy” Turvey enlisted in the army two weeks after her 18th birthday, in the middle of World War II. Dorothy was from Newcastle and her first visit […]

  • Doreen Mavis “Bobby” Squire

    Driver/Mechanic – Australian Women’s Army Service “I turned up and asked if they were looking for someone who could drive because my family had joined and I wanted to join as well.”   As Australia geared up for World War II many young Australians began enlisting and asking how they could be of service to […]

  • Richard (Dick) Udy

    Dick Udy couldn’t wait to enlist when war was declared in 1939. His sense of adventure was eventually fulfilled as a wireless operator onboard the “Black Cats” Catalina flying boats, mining and bombing Japanese strongholds and harbours under the cover of darkness, at very low altitude. Here he tells his story… In 1939 I was […]

  • Victory in the Pacific – 75 years since the end of World War II

    RSL LifeCare has been capturing the memories of our war veterans for many years as a way of honouring our residents’ individual service. This VP Day – the 75th since the end of World War II – we present four residents’ memories that illustrate the wide range of individual experiences of the Pacific War: a […]

  • Hidden Treasures – Lindsay Dufty

    My first day in the Army was 7th January 1942 when at the ripe age of eighteen I fronted up  to enlist. I was delighted to find that an old school acquaintance, Stan Burrows, was also enlisting. We went to George’s Heights, where after two days of elementary drill exercises, volunteers were called for to […]

  • Hidden Treasures – Ray Cunningham

    When Japan entered the war with the bombing of Pearl Harbour in December 1941, Australia was caught off guard. With its fighting forces on the other side of the world, a hasty scramble ensued to gather enough men to defend New Guinea and halt Japan’s offense in the Pacific. Ray Cunningham, then just 18, shares […]

  • Hidden Treasures – Wal Williams

    Part 1 I was born in October 1922 and grew up in the leafy Sydney suburb of Northbridge. My dad was a keen and strong swimmer and Northbridge Baths were a big part of our lives, so I became a good swimmer too. It took me a long time to be able to match him, […]

  • A lifetime of friendship at Bimbimbie

    Moira Stewart and Peggy McDonnell are friends spanning 1 century, 8 decades or maybe just 75 years sounds about right. Their story began when working together, at John Sandersons Shipping Lines, Spencer Street Melbourne in the 1940’s. Moira was a PA in the Finance department, Peggy worked in the Cargo department as a stenographer, two […]

  • ANZAC Day – We Did Remember Them

    ANZAC Day is one of the most important days of the year in the RSL LifeCare calendar. Despite restrictions and social distancing requirements, due to COVID-19, RSL LifeCare residents, clients, staff and the local community across NSW and the ACT did not waver in their commitment to commemorate those who serve their country. As Australians […]

  • Great celebration ignites memories

    A sense of inclusiveness, normalcy and joy was evident at RSL LifeCare’s Patrick Bugden VC Gardens recently with a magnificent Christmas celebration. The special event was attended by residents, families, staff and volunteers at the RSL LifeCare village in the Byron Shire. This kind of event made residents feel included and still part of society […]

  • A Community Celebrates

    RSL LifeCare’s Albert Moore Gardens in Merimbula is dedicated to being part of the community it serves. We had a week of celebrations” – Manager Julie Evans This was none more evident than in the lead up to Christmas which saw a number of community groups taking part in fun activities. These included a volunteers’ […]

  • Inter-Generational Exchange Portraiture Exhibition

    Residents from Patrick Budgen VC Gardens Aged Care in collaboration with Year 9 & 10 Students from Byron Bay High School hold an Art Exhibition to show off the work from a 4 week art therapy program – instigated by one of the practicing artists Marek Zayler. The initiative was hugely successful and will result […]

  • Australian Rotary Health supports veterans’ mental health.

    The veteran community across Australia, including residents and clients of RSL LifeCare, are among those who will benefit from the work of Australian Rotary Health. They are funding two PhD research projects; one concerning PTSD and one regarding veterans’ children. In many communities the RSL and Rotary Clubs have worked together to support the research.  […]

  • Equine therapy program helps Veterans

    Seeing brumbies in the wild was a highlight of a five-day horseback trek through Kosciuszko National Park for a group of veterans and police officers. The trek was the culmination of an intensive eight-month equine therapy program at RSL LifeCare, Picton. Eight horses are homed at Queen Victoria Park, on the grounds of the John […]

  • Kids bring change

    Improved life skills are some of the benefits experienced by residents of RSL LifeCare’s ADA Cottage after they host preschoolers for interactive play. The children were from Rylstone-Kandos Preschool in the NSW town of Kandos. Between six and 10 preschoolers from this small Central Tablelands’ town attended each visit. It’s beautiful to see connections made […]

  • It’s a matter of manners

    Some things don’t change even when you’re a Centenarian. Former 7th Division Army officer Lieutenant Doug Bowman took part in the landing in Borneo with 25TH Brigade in 1945. In December, the RSL LifeCare resident will be 101. “He was always popular because of his politeness,” daughter Sharon Armour said. “Especially with women. He always […]

  • The Diggers’ Friend

    Veterans’ health is not a new concern. RSL LifeCare’s existence is based on support for those in need. Stephen Stack MBE, co-founder of the “War Vets” home, now RSL LifeCare Anzac Village at Narrabeen, was acutely aware of the physical and mental health issues of veterans.  Having served in WWI on the Western Front, Steve […]

  • Jenny Hubbard goes above and beyond

    RSL LifeCare at Home’s Jenny Hubbard might pull out some weeds and fill a birdbath on one of her visits to elderly residents in the Woolgoolga community. Not to mention, occasionally bringing some lunch and having a cuppa with people whose social networks have diminished almost entirely. For some of these people I am their […]

  • Julie Morton, Community Carer, RSL LifeCare at Home

    Julie Morton has worked as a community carer in age care for more than 13 years and enjoys the variety the job offers. She works with RSL LifeCare at Home close to where she lives which works well for her. She has eight regular clients, plus the occasional new person to visit. There is an […]

  • Naomi Bartlett, Community Carer, RSL LifeCare at Home

    Naomi Bartlett sees her role in community care as a privilege. She works with RSL LifeCare at Home, based at Anzac Village in Narrabeen. With a background in youth work and with young people and adults with Outward Bound in England and Scotland, when Naomi and her family moved to Australia she looked for a […]

  • Revisiting value

    Doing the cancan, singing folk songs, dancing to Elvis, and performing theatrical scenes … all in a morning’s work for Elder Clown Bonnie. When 90-year-old Maggie finished the cancan with Bonnie they were given great applause from the other members of the group. She was one of 12-older people from RSL LifeCare Narrabeen taking part […]

  • Creative expression builds a bridge

    Barriers are dismantled when different generations come together over art. This is the message being heralded by RSL LifeCare on the Far North Coast of NSW. Art crosses all boundaries..This smashes the stereotypes of nursing homes” – Marek Zayler resident at Patrick Bugden VC Gardens Artistés in Residence is an upcoming art exhibition comprising works […]

  • If This Tree Could Talk…

    They say that storms make trees take deeper roots. Such wisdom and reflection surely took place for residents at Patrick Bugden VC Gardens who enjoy their regular Art Therapy session with Therapist Clare Booker. Residents had observed that the environment in their secure Baker Unit was a bit bare and needed brightening up. They decided […]

  • Giving To Each Other

    Forming connections and feeling useful are some of the results from a new playgroup established on the NSW Far South Coast at RSL LifeCare’s Albert Moore Gardens, Merimbula. Since May, the aged care home has hosted an intergenerational playgroup in which the basic human need “to give” has being realised. Research into intergenerational play has […]

  • 80 years ago today

    80 years ago today, Australians listened to their radios as Britain, and therefore Australia, declared war on Germany. Thousands of RSL LifeCare’s residents heard the radio broadcast with their own ears – a moment that would change the world and their own individual lives, forever. Here are a few of their memories… We were next […]

  • Little Diggers Preschool Enriches both Young and Old

    Young and old living together in close proximity is nothing new at RSL LifeCare’s ANZAC Village, Narrabeen. In 2013 the Little Diggers Preschool opened its doors within the grounds of the iconic aged care village on Sydney’s Northern Beaches.  Since then it has bridged the gap between the generations with weekly visits of pre-schoolers to […]

  • Looking into the eyes of another

    RSL LifeCare Picton equine instructor Max Streeter tells the story of a serviceman whose demeanour changed once he had groomed and saddled his horse.   He was speaking as the co-ordinator of a program which assisted returned soldiers suffering post-traumatic stress, and the frail, by providing therapeutic time with horses.   “He arrives quite rattled,” Mr Streeter said of the gentleman. “Nothing is right. Then he grabs his saddle and he heads down to […]

  • Finally resting

    A peaceful resting place for two German World War I relics belies their brutal and savage origins.   Earlier this year, RSL LifeCare’s Lara Aged Care Facility in the NSW town of Dungog became the new home for the two German mortars, salvaged from the Battlefields of the Somme in 1918.  Chequered past now inspires reflection The German Mittlerer Minenwerfers (trench mortars) were impounded in France during the war, travelled to Australia, and have been in the Dungog area […]

  • Doris Takes 100th Birthday In Her Stride

    It may well be that Australians are living longer, but it’s still an incredible achievement to reach the milestone of 100 years old. Today Doris Feist, resident of RSL LifeCare’s Cherrybrook Gardens for the past 18 years, did just that. Surrounded by family and friends she celebrated her 100th birthday with a Morning Tea Party […]

  • A letter from a thankful son highlights the care and compassion given by the staff at RSL LifeCare Home Care.

    Urs mother Carmen has dementia and he and his family…… have watched their mother face the challenging condition of dementia. “It is with great pleasure and warm-hearted respect that I write these sentiments to you. It’s not often in my life that I meet people who exceed my expectations due to their attitude towards their […]

  • Recognition for valued work

    Employees honoured for commitment to working with RSL LifeCare Federal MP Jason Falinski says the age care system has never been better and the biggest reason for this is the people working in the sector. Mr Falinski recently spoke at RSL LifeCare’s Long Service Awards lunch, held at “The War Vets” in Narrabeen. “Caring for […]

  • Museum plants knowledge in the minds of the future

    “That is such a satisfying sound!” says one student with awe. He is absorbing the touch, smell, sound and sight of a typewriter originally used in WWII by doctor DG Croll. The primary school students huddle around their teacher, trying to see the machine in action as the arms, each bearing a letter, fling skywards […]

  • Our Writers

    Since 1911 RSL LifeCare has been serving the community by providing professional, caring support for veterans. Today, we welcome all members of the public – whether veteran or non-veteran – to live in our villages, care homes or at your home. RSL LifeCare is committed to sharing ‘real’ stories from our staff, residents and their […]

  • Today, on Aged Care Employee Day, RSL LifeCare would like to thank Nodolene for working in Aged Care

    I’ve always wanted to work in aged care. A few years ago, once our youngest was settled in school and I was ready to do something more with my time, my husband suggested that I should follow my passion.  I’ve had an affinity with older people my whole life. I think part of the reason […]

  • Today, on Aged Care Employee Day, RSL LifeCare would like to thank Dolma for working in Aged Care

    I am originally from Tibet and came to Australia in 2011. I left my country in 2009, escaping as a young teenager into Nepal and then India. My mum had gone ahead of me with my brother, sister and cousins but I stayed behind with my grandparents because it was too dangerous for us to […]

  • Today, on Aged Care Employee Day, RSL LifeCare would like to thank its staff….

    Today is Aged Care Employee Day at RSL LifeCare, a day for us to thank every person who works in our organisation and to acknowledge their contribution to the lives of the seniors in our care. From nurses to administrators, from gardeners to chefs, from carers to drivers, from volunteers to allied health care workers, […]

  • Paying homage

    Mondo Rock bassist Paul Christie has played on stages around the world, performing to thousands as a member of Australian rock music’s elite. But what might seem like an exciting life to most is, to Paul, effectively, a job. Another of his heart’s pursuits lies closer to home, at “The War Vets” in Narrabeen, otherwise […]

  • Tom Ridgway – When the Past Refuses to Let Go

    War Neurosis, War Trauma, Shell Shock, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder – the names may have changed from war to war yet the crushing, brain-addling effects are the same. In recognition of Worldwide PTSD Awareness Day on 27 June we share the story of Tim Ridgway, WWII Navigator on Wellington Bombers in the North African Campaign. […]

  • Lucky Stevens and the D-Day Landings

    Today is the 75th Anniversary of the D-Day Landings at Normandy – a brave move which heralded the beginning of the end of WWII in Europe. To acknowledge the occasion, we remember the story of one of the brave young soldiers involved in the landings – Cliff Stevens. Cliff was a much-loved resident of “The […]

  • Building a shed

    When Arthur Thomas left Emu Plains to take up residency at RSL LifeCare’s Kingsford Smith Village, North Richmond, he knew he would not need his stockpile of wood-turning tools. Rather than putting them behind him forever, the 83-year-old decided instead to give them to the Village’s men’s shed. “I had a garage full of equipment […]

  • Milne-Wood Medal Recipients 2018

    On International Volunteers Week RSL LifeCare would like to thank the many volunteers who give us their time, their talents and their compassion to make the lives of our residents full of colour and variety. Each year we present the Milne-Wood Award to outstanding volunteers across the organisation. In 2018, from ten nominees, five outstanding […]

  • Pen Pals Bring Care Homes Together

    In these modern times of facebook, Instagram and facetime, many may think the art of letter writing is lost. But some residents at RSL LifeCare’s Peter Cosgrove House (PCH) have revived the tradition. Since November 2018 they have been corresponding with residents at Croft Avenue Residential Home in the Lakes District, England. Emails have been […]

  • Minding the Gap

    RSL LifeCare and ACT Playgroups recently won a Council on the Ageing (COTA) Award for the weekly playgroup they co-run. The Lyneham Intergenerational Playgroup, Canberra, was established to bring the elderly and children together to build each other up and, in the process, learn from one another. RSL LifeCare’s Sir Leslie Morshead Manor, Lyneham, ACT […]

  • Merrisa Wills, getting ready for the National Blind Bowlers’ Tour

    Catching Merrisa Wills for a chat about her upcoming trip to a national sports competition proved a little problematic – she is a very busy lady. But I snatched a quick conversation with her as she was preparing for the National Blind Bowlers’ Tour, an annual tournament being held in Perth from 30 April to […]

  • Mavis Wheeler off to the ANZAC Day March

    The meaning of ANZAC Day This ANZAC Day RSL LifeCare remembers the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have given so much for our way of life. Listening to the following podcasts to hear first-hand what ANZAC Day means to our living veterans – from World War Two to the modern-day War on Terror in Afghanistan. […]

  • Lee Sarich

    The meaning of ANZAC Day This ANZAC Day RSL LifeCare remembers the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have given so much for our way of life. Listening to the following podcasts to hear first-hand what ANZAC Day means to our living veterans – from World War Two to the modern-day War on Terror in Afghanistan. […]

  • Jack Van Emden and his late wife, Sheila, ANZAC Day 2018

    The meaning of ANZAC Day This ANZAC Day RSL LifeCare remembers the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have given so much for our way of life. Listening to the following podcasts to hear first-hand what ANZAC Day means to our living veterans – from World War Two to the modern-day War on Terror in Afghanistan. […]

  • Stuart Doyle

    The meaning of ANZAC Day This ANZAC Day RSL LifeCare remembers the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have given so much for our way of life. Listening to the following podcasts to hear first-hand what ANZAC Day means to our living veterans – from World War Two to the modern-day War on Terror in Afghanistan. […]

  • Ted Matthews, the last living ANZAC from the Gallipoli landing

    On ANZAC Day we remember “the originals”, the men who fought for King and Country in the First World War – men like Ted Matthews. Ted was a resident of “The War Vets” Village at Narrabeen (now RSL ANZAC Village). He was one of the last men to be evacuated from Gallipoli in 1915 and […]

  • “The War Vets” turns 80

    This ANZAC Day RSL LifeCare celebrates the 80th Anniversary of “The War Vets” Village, Narrabeen. To celebrate the Village’s birthday we have produced a short video using archive footage and interviews to showcase the history, dedication and love that has made The War Vets such an important part of the community. Our story of veteran […]

  • Hidden Treasures – Roy Lascelles

    Born 20 April 1918, Roy Lascelles is one of our oldest residents, celebrating his 101st birthday this April. Roy’s life began during World War 1, when the Allies were fighting the Germans in the Spring Offensive in Flanders. On the Armistice of that war he was a bouncing six month old baby. In World War […]

  • Diggers Young and Old Enjoy Anzac Biscuit Baking

    It is a simple recipe that has stood the test of time. Children at Little Diggers PreSchool, located in the grounds of RSL ANZAC Village Narrabeen, spent this morning making Anzac biscuits, proving these treats are as popular today as they were when they were sent to soldiers in World War I. The youngsters mixed […]

  • Emily McNamara’s Story

    Emily McNamara was born 100 years ago on the 5th February 1919. From the age of six she has lived in the Lismore area of Far North NSW where she has been a lifelong contributor to the local community. She has been a volunteer with St Vincent’s de Paul for 42 years, is the longest […]

  • Una Keast’s Story

    As a young nurse keen for adventure, Una Keast signed up to serve as soon as war was declared in 1939. She didn’t have to wait long, sailing with the 2/5th Australian General Hospital (AGH) to the Middle East in 1940. During the course of WWII Una nursed under canvas in the warzones of Greece […]

  • June Smith’s Story

    Born in 1922, June can clearly remember watching the Sydney Harbour Bridge being built from her house in Cremorne Junction. Preferring the fresh air and outdoors to the rigors of the classroom and the drudgery of office work, June signed up with the Volunteer Aid Detachment as soon as war was declared. In 1944 she […]

  • Archdeacon (EM) Anne Ranse OAM’s Story

    In 1969, aged 22 and with only one year of nursing experience under my belt, I went remote area nursing to the mining town of Coober Pedy with the Bush Church Aid Society. My mother was horrified but I knew it was the right thing to do. I was excited by the thought of using […]

  • Narelle Townsend’s Story

    Narelle Townsend has travelled the world for her career, following her passions and interests in architecture and “housing the world”. As one of Australia’s first female architects she learned to ignore any hindrances and to press on regardless. Narelle was the first female architect within the United Nations, where she worked for over 20 years. […]

  • Mavis Wheeler’s Story

    In 1941 Mavis Wheeler was one of only six women hand-picked by the Royal Australian Air Force to test their skills as telegraphists. With more and more men required in the Pacific war zone, the RAAF tested the theory that women might be just as capable as men at the exacting and critical task of […]

  • Edna’s Story

    Edna – Caring for the elderly in her community RSL LifeCare is proud to have caring staff from a diverse range of backgrounds. One such person is Edna from the Philippines. Click the image below to see her story. Credit: Australian Government – Department of Home Affairs.  

  • Virtual Reality makes age no barrier in care homes

    Our care home residents have been having great fun using Virtual Reality (VR) glasses as part of their recreation activity program. Consisting of a mobile phone or IPod, virtual reality goggles and virtual reality software, this technology allows residents to leave behind the world of their care home and experience trips to far-flung locations, underwater […]

  • Building starts in Dubbo for a new 42 bed residential care facility

    RSL LifeCare invests $12 million in new Dubbo Aged care home. RSL LifeCare expects to quickly fill a more than $12 million nursing home that will be built beside Horizons Village in west Dubbo and generate 78 jobs. The 100-year-old and not-for-profit organisation, which bought the established retirement village four months ago, is also planning […]

  • Teloca House, Narrandera expansion

    Credit to: Narrandera Argus Caring for the elders among us Teloca House, located in the heart of Narrandera, is one of only two aged care facilities in the town. In 2015 Teloca’s ownership moved from the local Shire Council to RSL LifeCare, and in-so-doing became one of 29 care homes operated by RSL LifeCare across […]

  • Moving Story From the Mountains

    Nine frail and vulnerable men have a new and safe home in Tura Beach after a mammoth eight-hour move from the Blue Mountains. For some of the men, the discredited Ritz nursing home at Leura had been their home for many years. Late last year RSL LifeCare was approached by the Department of Health and Ageing to relocate a […]

  • Veterans’ Home Care (VHC) Services and RSL LifeCare

    RSL LifeCare is pleased to announce that Veterans’ Home Care (VHC) Services are now available to all veterans across NSW and the ACT through RSL LifeCare Veterans’ Home Care (VHC) is designed to help veterans to continue living at home by providing a small amount of practical help. VHC services include: Domestic Assistance Personal Care […]

  • Cuddle Therapy Seals the Deal

    At ten to five in the afternoon, the bed alarm goes off. Betty (not her real name) is calling for assistance. She’s had a big day for anyone, let alone an elderly woman in her nineties, having had a visit to the local hospital for day-surgery to remove some skin cancers, an operation which also […]

  • Technology ensures dignity and privacy at John Edmondson VC Gardens

    In October RSL LifeCare welcomed Ken Wyatt, Minister for Aged Care, Minister for Indigenous Health to officially open RSL LifeCare’s newest nursing home, John Edmondson VC Gardens at Austral.  It was an honour and a pleasure to also welcome the many RSL Sub Branch and RSL Women’s Auxiliary representatives, as well as representatives from Local, […]

  • Maggie Beer inspires Great Cooking and Green Thumbs

    Florence Price Gardens on the Far North Coast of NSW is naturally proud of its burgeoning herb and vegetable gardens; the produce is being enjoyed greatly by residents in the care home. The herb beds were funded by a grant from the Maggie Beer Foundation, which has at its heart a passion for promoting tasty, […]

  • Art for relaxation and reflection

    Art Therapist Anne Cantor has been working with residents in Kokoda and Connie Fall Care Homes at ANZAC Village, Narrabeen since 2010, enhancing and empowering residents, lives through the freedom, expression an satisfaction of engaging in art. Far from being a kindergarten-like experience, Anne’s Art Therapy groups offer the opportunity for residents to paint, glue, layer, […]

  • Peter Sinclair Gardens Celebrates Milestone with Additional Beds

    On Wednesday, 30 August 2017, Peter Sinclair Gardens at Hawke’s Nest celebrated a wonderful milestone with the people who helped to make a community dream a reality – the 25 year anniversary of Peter Sinclair Gardens and opening of 24 additional beds. Our special guest was Rear Admiral Peter Sinclair AC AO who acknowledged a […]

  • Pet Therapy – more than just cuddly dogs

    Man’s best friend might be your dog, but in country NSW it might also be your chook, your pony or even your lama! At Thomas Eccles Gardens, Yass, pet therapy visits are taken to a whole new level with visiting miniature ponies that bring the memories of farm life flooding back. Across RSL LifeCare we […]

  • Don’t make scammers’ Christmas | RSL Life Care

    It’s that time of the year again when the low-life scammers who plague our email inboxes and phones, ramp up their activity with an almost festive frenzy, in the knowledge that we’re extra busy, extra tired, we’re paying out money hand over fist and that even the most cautious of us can slip and be […]

  • Remembrance Day – 11th November 2017

    Each year on this day Australians observe one minute’s silence at 11 am, in memory of those who died or suffered in all wars and armed conflicts. In 2017, 11 November marks the 99th anniversary of the Armistice which ended the First World War (1914–18). Through October 1918, Allied troops advanced quickly through a sequence […]

  • 4 Tricks to Rev Up Your Memory

    Stay ahead of age-related changes in thinking skills by making the most of your brain’s memory process. We all have moments of forgetfulness about where we put the keys, why we walked into a room, or what an object is called. Most likely, this reflects age-related changes in thinking skills. “In terms of brain function, […]

  • Veterans Health Week

    This year Veterans’ Health Week (VHW) will be held from Saturday 21st to Sunday 29th October and the theme will be Physical Activity. The week is an opportunity for veterans, war widows, widowers, current and ex-Australian Defence Force members and their families to improve and maintain the health and wellbeing of themselves and their friends. […]

  • Cancer Council – Daffodil Day – Friday 25 August 2017

    WORKING TOWARDS A CANCER FREE FUTURE Chances are, we all know someone affected by cancer. In Australia today, there are more than 1.1 million people either living with cancer or who have survived a diagnosis. It’s a disease that doesn’t rest. The Cancer Council works towards: RESEARCH Funded more ground breaking cancer research than any […]

  • 11 foods that lower cholesterol

    If your diet gave you high cholesterol, it can lower it, too It’s easy to eat your way to an alarmingly high cholesterol level. The reverse is true, too — changing what foods you eat can lower your cholesterol and improve the armada of fats floating through your bloodstream. Doing this requires a two-pronged strategy: […]

  • Can drinking tea prevent dementia?

    A study in the December 2016 Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging showed that drinking tea frequently is associated with a lower risk of dementia, especially for people who are genetically predisposed to the disease. Researchers followed 957 older adults, average age 65, who were part of the Singapore Longitudinal Aging Study. Of these, 69% […]

  • 21 June is Red Apple Day

    A highlight of Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is Red Apple Day (Wednesday 21st of June 2017), where Australians are encouraged to support the vital work of Bowel Cancer Australia through the purchase of a Bowel Cancer Awareness Ribbon (incorporating the apple pin). Bowel Cancer Australia’s apple logo is symbolic of the charity’s bowel cancer message: […]

  • June is Bowel Cancer Awareness Month

    Bowel Cancer Awareness Month is an annual initiative of Bowel Cancer Australia running throughout the month of June (1 – 30 June each year), to raise public awareness of a disease that claims the lives of 80 Australians every week. Bowel Cancer is Australia’s second biggest cancer killer. Bowel Cancer Awareness Month has a positive […]

  • Lower your Alzheimer’s risk

    Studies have shown that keeping your brain active is one of the best ways to combat Alzheimer’s disease. A quick and easy way to achieve this is by playing games which exercise your grey matter. Crosswords and Sudoku can help to keep your mind healthy for longer. Crosswords are a great way to exercise the […]

  • Choices to Home Care Packages Launched

    The Increasing Choice in Home Care reforms began on Monday 27 February and as with any major reform, the department has in place quality control processes to support the sector in this transition period. Changes to Home Care Packages, starting 27 February, mean that funding for home care will – for the first time – […]

  • ANZAC Service at the War Vets

    On Tuesday, 25 April, the Today Show, with Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson will air live from the War Vets village, Narrabeen and Northern beaches families are invited to join them for their dawn service followed by a community breakfast and see Karl and Lisa broadcasting live. Click on the link below for further details. […]

  • Flu Shots on the way ahead of season

    AUSTRALIANS are being urged to “take advantage” of the flu shot as soon as April to protect against the potentially deadly virus. Influenza is estimated to be responsible for more than 5000 hospitalisations and almost 170 deaths in Australia each year. The most common groups affected include young children, and older adults. TWO new deadly […]

  • ACT Seniors Week – 18 to 26 March 2017

    LOVE LATER LIFE ACT Seniors Week is an annual celebration featuring hundreds of free events held across the ACT by government, community and commercial organisations. The objectives of Seniors Week are: Encourage older people to live healthy an active lifestyles all year round. Demonstrate that older age can be a time of learning and adventure. […]

  • NSW Seniors Week – 3 to 12 March 2017

    Local seniors across NSW are being encouraged to enjoy new experiences, continue learning, impart their skills, and have fun in the lead up to the 2017 NSW Seniors Festival. With the theme ‘Let’s do more together’, the festival promotes inclusive communities and provides an opportunity for seniors to try new things, contribute, and remain active […]

  • Changes to Home Care Packages

    There are some important changes currently taking place with respect to in-home support and care services. The Australian Government wants to help you live independently in your own home for as long as possible, which is good news! In light of this the Government has developed some new reforms around what is called Consumer Directed […]

  • We shall remember them

    Remembrance Day is commemorated every year on 11 November. On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918, the guns of the Western Front fell silent after more than four years of continuous warfare during the First World War. In many parts of the world, people observe a two-minute silence […]

  • Protecting yourself from scams

    Today there are an increasing amount of reports in the media about people who have fallen victim to scams, where personal details and money have been stolen. The ACCC advises that to date they have 16,654 reports of money lost to scammers, totalling $6.84 million! And these are just the reported cases. Of these scams, […]

  • Pets and Positive Ageing

    Animals play an important role in our lives. As Community Staff, we are blessed to see the bonds that exist between our clients and their pets as we go about our daily visits. It has been well documented and proven that the companionship of pets is extremely beneficial to our health. Our clients pets are […]

  • A healthy diet for a healthy heart

    Valentine’s Day saw people thinking of love and things of the heart and we thought it would be a good time to focus on making sure that what you eat helps your heart and your general well-being. Live longer and stronger: Good nutrition keeps muscles, bones, organs, and other body parts strong for the long […]

  • Laughter is the best medicine

    Laughter releases endorphins, giving us the ‘feel good factor’ Acts as aerobic exercise and is like ‘internal jogging’ Unleashes inhibitions, breaks down barriers Great team building tool encourages better communication Helps boost our immune system which helps us resist disease Tones muscles, improves respiration and circulation Encourages positive thinking and creativity Relaxes the whole body […]

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