Normie had the crowd singing along to a few of his greatest hits before regaling the crowd with stories of unexpectedly finding himself a senior in conversation with the morning’s MC, television presenter and entertainer Ian Maurice.
Grey Matters Live, held at the North Lakes Hotel, brought together a mix of speakers and exhibitors to inform and inspire seniors to look at ageing from a fresh perspective – where it’s their choice, their life and their way.
While legal matters can have many people burying their heads in the sand, retirement and aged care legal expert Madeline Walsh’s presentation outlined the importance of getting your affairs in order.
Covering issues such as wills, enduring power of attorney and advance health directives, Madeline spoke about the importance of being informed, getting advice and asking questions to make sure your wishes are met later in life and after you are gone.
After a few more songs from Normie, financial guru Noel Whittaker took to the stage on the topic of ‘making your money last as long as you will’. With post-retirement finances a hot topic, Noel had the audience captivated by his engaging presentation designed to get people thinking about how their money is working for them and what they can do to maximise their returns.
Another hot topic for many retirees is downsizing. Decluttering and downsizing expert Christine Starr shared her personal story of helping both her aunt and grandmother downsize into aged care, which sparked the idea for her business.
Along the way she shared her tips and thoughts about different ways seniors can let go of the possessions that may be holding them back and successfully move on to the next era of their life while the choice is still theirs to make.
The expo area was a hive activity and featured booths by leading government and not-for-profit groups, including Alzheimer’s Queensland, Office of the Public Guardian, Advance Care Planning – Metro North and Carers Queensland along with aged care placement consultants, home care providers, including Seasons’ home care provider Envigor, and financial and legal companies.
Find out about upcoming events and read engaging and inspiring articles for senior Australians at Grey Matters.