As­so­ci­a­tion tack­les is­sues for se­niors

Townsville Bulletin - - PRIME TIME -

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.

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