Association tackles issues for seniors
FOCUSED: Association of Independent Retirees deputy president Roger Walsh you retire will benefit you after you retire. Also, ensure the house is paid off before you retire so you can live on the funds you have.’’
Mr Walsh, 65, retired in 2001 after taking 11 months long-service leave and he has not looked back since.
He said many people were not waiting until the 65-year retirement age and were calling work quits aged between 50 and 55.
These days, Mr Walsh is just as active volunteering for the Red Cross as the ‘ meet and greet man’ and at Ronald McDonald House where he is the ‘ test and tag man’ as well as helping with some maintenance and cleaning.
‘‘ My hobby is deep sea fishing and my wife Norel and I like to travel a bit,’’ he said.
Mr Walsh said the grey vote was growing stronger as people lived longer. He said the main focus of the Association of Independent Retirees was to lobby politicians for change to improve the physical and financial life of retirees but it was also a social outlet.
On the first Friday of each month the association holds a meeting with guest speakers on issues including updates and changes to local government legislation, information on healthcare, nursing homes and concessions.
On Friday, April 1 at the Townsville RSL, JCU professor Bob Carter will address association members on issues of climate change.
All retirees are welcome.