Cycling Without Age movement launches in Australia

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Sophie Kesteven


November 30, 2016 17:51:47

Cycling Without Age helps elderly people experience the sensation of being on a bike once again. (ABC: Sophie Kesteven)
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A global movement helping mature age people ride without limitations and improve social inclusion has launched in Australia. The national launch for Cycling Without Age took place at a senior’s care and lifestyle facility in Canberra on Wednesday and attracted more than 100 people including seniors, ministers, and the Danish ambassador Tom Norring. (ABC: Sophie Kesteven)
While pilots were undergoing their training recently, Jack Walters had the privilege of riding inside a trishaw.Mr Walters recalled, tongue-in-cheek, mentioning to one of the pilots at the time: “I think I need a whip to make this thing go faster.” Despite his need for speed, the 91-year-old thrill seeker said the initiative was a great idea. “None of us, unfortunately, are getting any younger, and to know these facilities and activities are available to keep us active and outdoors, and to enable us to stay well, I think it’s absolutely wonderful,” she said. “It’s such an inspiring program and we’ve taken them through a training session … Cycling Without Age started in Denmark four years ago, encouraging older people to ride on trishaws with the help of a pilot. “I hope it continues and there will be more of them.” Photo:
Jeff Ibbotson says he has had more than 20 locals eager to volunteer and become a pilot. Photo:
Arthyr Thomas, 91, Jack Walters, 91, and Hampton Cooper, 92, say they enjoyed riding in a trishaw. (ABC: Sophie Kesteven)
Cycling Without Age co-founder Dorthe Pedersen said the initiative was the brain child of Ole Kassow, who lived next to an aged care facility in Copenhagen.”He was looking at his elderly neighbours thinking: ‘How will they ever get back on the bike path?'”So he decided to pop across with a rented trishaw, walk into the coffee room, and offer a bike ride out of generosity and neighbourship [sic], and that’s how it all started.”Ms Pedersen said the movement was extremely beneficial to people’s health and was now operating in more than 27 countries. They knew where they were going and they didn’t trip up at all. A trishaw is similar to a bike but differs because it has three wheels instead of two and a seat at the front to carry items or passengers. Volunteers pilot electric trishawsSome people may associate the word pilot with someone who operates an aircraft or a ship; in Cycling Without Age’s case it refers to the person pedalling the trishaw. (ABC: Sophie Kesteven)
Among the pilots to receive their wings was Colleen Laugesen.She works in aged care but also conveniently happens to have a Danish background. “The [pilots] were very good. He played a pivotal role in getting the two trishaws in Canberra with the help of funding from the IRT Foundation.”I thought if Canberra has all these wonderful parks that we can ride our bikes around, it would be great to get some of our senior people out on the bikes and feeling the wind in their hair,” he said. Mr Ibbotson said after putting a call out for volunteer pilots, within three days they had more than 20 people willing to try their hand at the electric-powered trishaws. (ABC: Sophie Kesteven)
Jeff Ibbotson is the vice president of Pedal Power ACT. A bad knee or a sore back is not going to prevent Australia’s ageing population from experiencing the freedom of cycling. Photo:
Dorthe Pedersen launches the movement by cutting the ribbon at IRT Kangara Waters in Canberra. and they will be getting their wings today.”We’ve got some pilot badges to hand out to recognise that they’re ready to get out on the paths.”

Colleen Laugesen says it is important to get mature age people outdoors.

Temporary harvest cafe opens in WA town with no grocery store

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By Tyne Logan


November 30, 2016 14:00:38

The town of Borden sets up a temporary cafe to make sure workers don’t go without their caffeine fix over harvest. (ABC Rural: Tyne Logan)
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A small Western Australian town has set up a volunteer-run pop-up cafe to make sure the hundreds of workers who come through the town over harvest do not go without a meal and a coffee.The cafe was especially important because the town’s only grocery store and cafe closed its doors earlier this year.Borden, in the state’s Great Southern region, is home to one of the state’s largest Cooperative Bulk Handling (CBH) sites.Until June the town had a one-stop shop for groceries and cafe meals, but when that shut its doors it left the town without anywhere to get food or coffee before the local pub opened at 4:00pm.For the town of fewer than 200 people, having the closest coffee and food stop 30kms away was not acceptable.Organised by local Bronwyn Gaze, the community teamed up to create a pop-up cafe, named the “harvest cafe”, in order to give workers a well-earned break over their busiest time of the year.The cafe, which is positioned in the town’s RSL hall, will be open for just six weeks.Ms Gaze said it was especially important for truck drivers and workers who might be working long hours over the harvest period.”At the moment we’re a little bit concerned about the hours that our workers are putting in,” she said.”The trucks travel long distances and there’s a lot of pressure on them to be on time to get back to the paddocks, and it was only this morning that we were thinking it was about time they had a break. “The support for this cafe has been extraordinary and it’s come from all directions.”It’s hard to encapsulate the effect that this has on a community and the fact that it could not have happened without community support.”It was unclear whether or not the original general store would re-open; locals said that was yet to be worked out.But Ms Gaze said there was no ill feeling in the town about the closure of the general store. “Just coming in for a coffee and a chat sometimes breaks the routine of the day and I’m quite conscious of that.”Cafe run largely by volunteersMs Gaze, her daughter and one other employee are the only staff on the payroll for the cafe. The rest of the cafe is run by about 20 different community members who volunteer to bake goods for the store to sell each week.Ms Gaze said having so many people from the community contribute to the project was “quite moving”.”I sort of feel quite emotional about it at times,” she said.

World’s oldest person celebrates 117th birthday

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Emma Morano, the world’s oldest living person, has celebrated her 117th birthday.Ms Morano, born on November 29, 1899, was raised in the Italian city of Vercelli but moved to the northern town of Verbania soon after, where she has lived ever since.The supercentenarian is believed to be the last surviving person in the world born in the 1800s.The 117-year-old followed the same diet for about 90 years of three eggs a day — two raw, one cooked — fresh Italian pasta and a dish of raw meat.These days, though, she limits herself to just a few biscuits, but still swears by two raw eggs daily — a regime she took up soon after World War I when she was diagnosed with anaemia. (AP: Antonio Calanni)
But her physician Dr Carlo Bava has credited Ms Morano’s long life to her genetic make-up, “and nothing else”.Her mother reached the age of 91 and she had several sisters who reached their centenary.Ms Morano took in the festivities for her milestone celebration sitting in an armchair in her one-room apartment, joined by her two elderly nieces, a pair of caregivers and her long-time physician.She happily accepted some gifts, including her favourite cookies, which she ate with some milk.Then she blew out the candles on her cake — not one for every year, but three numerals to show her age, 117 — and quipped, “I hope I don’t have to cut it!”.To the assembled well-wishers, Ms Morano said, “I am happy to turn 117.””Who would have said it?,” her doctor, Dr Carlo Bava, remarked. Photo:
Emma Morano when she was a 43-year-old, and at 18 months. “When you were young everyone used to say you were weak and sick.”She responded: “Yes, yes.”Ms Morano’s life has spanned three centuries, two World Wars and more than 90 Italian governments.Guinness World Records confirmed her as the world’s oldest person on May 16 this year, when she was 116 years and 169 days old.Italy is known for its centenarians — many of whom live on the Mediterranean island of Sardinia — and gerontologists are studying Ms Morano, along with a handful of Italians over 105, to try to figure out their longevity.ABC/Wires
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Emma Morano is believed to be the last surviving person in the world born in the 1800s.
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Adelaide mum searches for Santa with real beard

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November 30, 2016 11:29:06

Real beard vs Christmas fake: An Adelaide mum insisted her twins wanted Santa with real hair. (Flickr: Lady DragonflyCC, ABC: Isabel Dayman)

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An Adelaide mother is delighted to have tracked down via social media a Father Christmas with a real beard, who had delighted her young children each festive season until recently.A reunion has now been planned for this weekend but, ironically, Santa Ian shaved off his beard only a few months ago.”I hadn’t shaved for 10 years, I just wondered what I looked like,” he told 891 ABC Adelaide.Ian explained he had been the Santa at a department store at Elizabeth in the northern suburbs from 2004 until 2014, when the store was advised to source its Santa Claus from an agency instead of hiring one directly.Adelaide mum Kerry took her appeal for a Santa with a real beard to the Play and Go website where local families share information.”Do you know where I can take my twins to a Santa with a real beard? This basically looks like a real beard, it’s indistinguishable, it’s real human hair. I do hope to get to see you and receive their treasured lists.”Kerry said she was delighted her family would get a chance to meet up again with their favourite Santa.”Oh my goodness, I just want to cry, thank you,” she said. They are nine this year and we’ve seen one that used to be at Big W Elizabeth and had photos since they were born,” she wrote.She went on to explain her son last year refused to deal with the replacement Father Christmas who had a fake beard.”My son refused to have his photo taken or give his letter to Santa,” she explained.Santa Ian was tracked down and responded to the online post, offering to meet the woman and her twins at a local carols event this weekend.Despite having shaved off his actual beard, Ian said he had imported one from the United States and hoped it was almost as good.”It came across from America. It’s almost the same length as my real beard was,” he said.”It is so realistic I don’t think your lad will notice, but I cannot promise that.

Profound deafness no obstacle for budding musician

Thirteen-year-old Tanya is not letting profound deafness get in the way of her musical talents.Whether it’s the drums, guitar or keyboard, Tanya says she can use each instrument’s vibrations to work out which note she’s playing.”When I’m playing the keyboard, I put my hand on the speaker. So, instead, I just set a vibrating alarm on my watch.”
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And when it comes to friends that don’t know sign language, Tanya communicates with gestures or by showing them written messages on her laptop.One day, she hopes everyone will be able to understand sign language.However, in the meantime, she says people shouldn’t avoid communicating with someone who is deaf or hearing impaired, even if it might seem a bit daunting.”Don’t be afraid to talk to someone that’s deaf. Photo:
For those that can’t communicate with sign language, Tanya shows them written messages on her laptop. Even if you don’t know sign language, I’ll always try my best to communicate back.”She says she would like everyone to remember one thing: “Just because someone is deaf, it doesn’t mean they’re stupid”. While her disability does pose some challenges in her day-to-day life, Tanya says that in most cases, all it takes is some creative thinking to get around it.”At the end of lunch, I can’t hear the school bell ring. (ABC News: Tony Hill)

How young is too young to learn an instrument? Lower notes vibrate more than the higher ones,” Tanya says.She learns music at Adelaide High School in South Australia. Tanya has been taught a number of songs and has even composed some dance music on her computer. What age should your child start playing an instrument? External Link:

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“I feel the vibrations made by the headphones when I hold them in my hand,” she says.Tanya says music has become one of her favourite lessons at school, even though she’d never really considered trying it before.Ever since she was born, Tanya hasn’t been able to hear anything at all.She is considered to be profoundly deaf, the highest level of hearing loss.
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Tanya says she can use each instrument’s vibrations to work out which note she’s playing.

Racehorse rehabilitation program making big strides in NSW prison

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The correctional centre is also home to six Clydesdales, used for various tasks around the facility’s 516-hectare vegetable and cattle farm where food is grown for more than 12,000 dinners made daily in NSW gaols.”We actually had Jimbo, who’s a 27-year-old Clydesdale, harnessed up today with his offsiders all watching over the fence,” Mr Fittler said.”Here on the correction centre, Jimbo is used to pull the garbage trucks, the carts for all the hay — he used to do a town run as well and pick up mail and goods.”Mr Fittler said given the Hunter Valley’s strong equine industry, St Heliers was an ideal location to develop the thoroughbred rehabilitation program.”It’s something that I think really fits in well, firstly with the heavy horse program here at St Heliers and obviously here in the Hunter with thoroughbred breeding, it goes hand-in-hand.”You’d be amazed the impact they have on the inmates.” Grazing peacefully on pastures just outside Muswellbrook, around 50 retired racehorses have found a new home at St Heliers Correctional Centre in the upper Hunter Valley of New South Wales.They are part of a thoroughbred rehabilitation program, introduced to the facility in partnership with Racing NSW.The initiative was designed to retrain thoroughbreds for new pursuits, including recreational riding, equestrian events, police work and as companion animals, while rehabilitating prison inmates with a range of skills and job prospects.Program has two-way benefitSt Heliers Correctional Centre governor Bill Fittler said the program had a two-way benefit.”It just adds another dimension to the rehabilitation of the inmates, but then also obviously contributes back to the horse industry and the animal welfare aspect of it,” he said.”It’s great then to see them re-homed and go on and live happy lives after the track.”They really bring out the compassion and gentleness with the inmates as well.”

The retired race horses are cared for by inmates at St Heliers Correctional Centre in the Hunter Valley. Photo:
Heavy horses are also used at the correctional facility to help with the farming. (ABC News: Mike Pritchard)
The not-for-profit venture was launched in 2011 and its success has led to the program’s gradual expansion from an initial 16 horses.The prisoners are also offered the opportunity to complete relevant TAFE qualifications to become job-ready, in a bid to reduce re-offending rates.”We’ve got about 48 horses here on site at the moment and about 10 inmates involved in their handling and then retraining,” Mr Fittler said.”They’re really excitable animals [but] with that gentle handling from the inmates and the care and attention that’s taken with them, they turn them right around.”It’s been in operation here at St Heliers I guess for the last four years, but it’s something that we’ve sort of reinvigorated in the last little while with Racing NSW.”Strong ties to facility’s heavy horse program As well as directly caring for the horses, the prisoners build and maintain the farm’s facilities, allowing them to acquire the skills necessary to one day potentially gain employment in the thoroughbred racing industry.
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St Heliers Correctional Centre governor Bill Fittler says the racehorse program has a two-way benefit.

Would you rather donate to charity than pay a parking fine?

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The program allows residents to give to charity rather than to the Government.
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Would you rather donate to charity than pay a parking fine?This year residents in Innisfil, just north of Toronto in Canada, are being allowed to do just that as part of the town’s Scrooge the Ticket program.The program runs for three weeks in the lead up to Christmas and invites residents to consider paying their parking fines with a donation to charity of equal or greater value.Donations have to be in the form of children’s toys, non-perishable food items or gift cards and are donated to the local community church’s Christmas Outreach Program.”No one likes to get a parking ticket, but this is a thoughtful way to have our residents give generously to a great cause leading into the holiday season,” Mayor Gord Wauchope said.The average parking infraction in Innisfail attracts a $30 fine.When the program was trialled over 14 days last year, it gathered more than $1,100 worth of goods.On social media, residents have praised the idea as a “fantastic” way to pay it forward.It is not, however, the first of its kind.Similar “toys for tickets” programs run in a handful of other Canadian cities, as well as across the border in the United States.