E-Newsletter from Seniors Information Service
Issue 4, October 2015
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Message from Jenny Hughes, Chief Executive

It has been an amazingly busy few months starting with the Expo on the 25th September leading into the International Day of Ageing on the 1st October. It is a month which is used by many important issues and causes to bring to our attention the awareness of Breast Cancer, Carers, Mental Health and a focus on Anti-Poverty to name a few. We are often so busy that we can forget that family, friends and people we may know from a distance are affected and living with any one of these issues every day.  Join us if you can in reflecting on how we all as individuals or organisations can make a difference to others.
Speaking of an acknowledgement I would like to thank all our exhibitors, sponsors, volunteers and staff for the huge success of the 2015 Disability, Ageing and Lifestyle Expo.

It was the first time we had taken responsibility for the Expo and we were delighted that over 3,000 attendees came and provided great feedback on the Expo and what we can improve next year. Some of the feedback we received included how great it was that they had the opportunity to learn about the products and services available to the aged care and disability sectors, and also have some fun with games, sports demonstrations, listen to guest speakers and see some great local talent perform on the main stage. If you attended and would like to give some feedback or have ideas for the 2016 Expo please contact us. We would be delighted to listen.

On a more general note we offer a range of services and information some of which is highlighted in this month’s SIS Social. Please call or email us if you are interested in finding out more about the various services that SIS offers.

Disability, Ageing and Lifestyle Expo

The recent Disability, Ageing and Lifestyle Expo held at the Wayville Showgrounds was a great success for organisers and exhibitors who were kept busy with over 3,000 attendees. It was wonderful to see so  exhibitors and sponsors networking together at the cocktail party held on the Thursday prior to the Expo. The variety of organisations represented included health, wellbeing, travel, mobility equipment, support services, rehabilitation, sporting and many more.

We thank the former DIRC (Disability Information Resource Centre) Board for granting us the opportunity to take responsibility for offering the Expo. This year, we themed the 2015 Disability, Ageing and Lifestyle Expo, My Life My Choice focussing on improving the physical, social and emotional wellbeing of people living with disabilities, those on the ageing journey, and those interested in living an active lifestyle. The expo featured performances, demonstrations, sports, games and recreational activities, plus a digital literacy centre that was available to the public.

Additionally, the expo provided information, practical solutions and  ideas for people who are ageing, those living with a disability, family, friends, carers, students who are interested to study or work in disability and ageing fields, baby boomers, self-funded retirees, 50+ who are interested in living active lifestyles including travel, downsizing and making social connections. The participation and support we received from over 150 exhibitors was fantastic and we thank all the exhibitors who took to Facebook and Twitter to promote their services and the expo as a whole.

We would also like to thank all our Sponsors, Exhibitors, Performers and Volunteers for their support during the Expo. Our proud sponsors of the Disability, Ageing and Lifestyle Expo were the Department of Communities and Social Inclusion (DCSI), Rally HomeCare, ARN and Chemist King.

If you would like to be involved in next years’ expo as a sponsor or exhibitor, please email contact us at or call the SIS office on 8168 8776 and ask for Sakina.
Running concurrently with the Expo was the South Australian Self-Management Association(SASMA) symposium Living My Life My Way. SIS was pleased to sponsor the Symposium with the Adelaide G - Trac Centre. It was a great opportunity for many delegates to combine professional development with access to many services and equipment  potentially helpful for their clients on display at the Expo.

SIS Helping with MyGov, My Aged Care

In our modern world it is an increasing necessity for people to be able to contact and access Government agencies over the Internet using computers, tablets or smartphones.
Having a MyGov account allows people to check information on their Age Pension, lodge a tax return on line with the Australian Taxation Office, update their details with Medicare, to name a few.
Seniors Information Service aims to support seniors and people with a disability to keep connected and access services in a faster way. Our volunteers can assist consumers with setting up a MyGov account. If the person needing help doesn’t have an email address, our volunteers can also provide the help necessary to create one. From 1 July 2015 to access Commonwealth funded home support, community and residential aged care services, it is necessary to contact My Aged Care, the national gateway established by the Australian Government.

A free call number is available to access My Aged Care: 1800 200 422. However anyone who is having difficulty connecting with My Aged Care may be assisted by Seniors Information Service staff, who will make an online referral for them or support them as they make the call to My Aged Care.
Call 8168 8776 for more information on how we can assist you.

Recap from September

Our staff were out and about…

Presentation to the Residents of Forest Place Retirement Village
Luisa delivered a presentation to around 110 residents of the Forest Place Retirement Village in Happy Valley on the 30 September. Luisa spoke about the services that SIS provides, the costs and admission processes for residential aged care, and home and support care services available for seniors. The issue of aged care costs was a major concern for many of the residents. 
Tea Tree Gully Men's Shed
Michael had an opportunity to visit the Tea Tree Gully Men's Shed at Holden Hill. The group was started a number of years ago by Trevor Camac. The Tea Tree Gully Council provided Trevor with much support, including building a new and well-resourced workshop.

Yet for all the impressive machinery on display, it really is the sense of comradery that makes the Men’s Shed so much more than a place to get your hands dirty. Guest speakers and local excursions complement the group’s social activities and their pocket directory of SA services is an excellent resource.

Make no mistake, the Tea Tree Gully Men’s Shed’s ongoing mission to ‘develop, promote and maintain an inclusive community’, is being well and truly achieved.
Planning Ahead Forum of the St Philothei
Miriam our Access and Equity Officer, along with Catherine Moyse, Wills on Wheels, presented a session on the 22 September to the  Greek Welfare Services of SA Inc St Philothei on the topic of Planning Ahead. The presentation was held at the Thebarton Community Centre which was attended by 160 seniors and 15 staff and volunteers.

L-R: Miriam Cocking, Access and Equity Officer Seniors Information Service, Komninos Malatos, Social Support Officer Greek Welfare Services of SA Inc. St. Philothei, and Catherine Moyse, Principal at Wills on Wheels

Advance Care Directives

Imagine if...

You are lying in hospital, unable to communicate your wishes to your loved ones. They are upset, confused and don't know what to do. It all happened so suddenly...

An Advance Care Directive is a legal document that allows you to formally express your wishes regarding future medical care and lifestyle decisions. You can nominate a person or people called Substitute Decision Makers to make decisions for you if you are not able to make decisions for yourself or communicate your wishes. It lets you have a say about your future care and helps your family, friends and carers to know what type of health treatment you would like as well as specifying outcomes or treatments that you wish to avoid – such as being placed on life support or CPR.

Your Substitute Decision Maker can ONLY make decisions for you when you have impaired decision-making capacity. And, a health practitioner can ONLY provide health care under the Advance Care Directive for you when you have impaired decision-making capacity (a person will be taken to have impaired decision-making capacity if the person is not capable of: understanding information that may be relevant to the decision; retaining the information; using the information to make a decision; or communicating the decision in any manner).

If you do not have an Advance Care Directive in place your family or caregivers will need to make application to the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (formerly the Guardianship Board). If there is no appropriate family or friend to be guardian the South Australian Civil and Administrative Tribunal (SACAT) could appoint the Public Advocate to be the guardian.  The Public Advocate could then make decisions about your welfare issues.

Wouldn't you prefer to appoint your own decision maker?
Catherine Moyse of Wills on Wheels, visits SIS each Wednesday between 10.00am and 2.30pm.  She is able to work with you to prepare or update your will as well as your Enduring Power of Attorney and Advanced Care Directive. Alternatively, Catherine will visit you in your own home or in hospital or retirement village. Catherine can be contacted directly on 0411 281 971 or
8379 7030 or via email on

You never know when you will be unable to communicate your wishes. An Advance Care Directive provides you with peace of mind knowing that your instructions are formalised. It tells your family, friends and carers what your wishes are and helps them to make difficult decisions with that knowledge.

Another Great Recipe!

We are busy planning for our annual Harmony Day Recipe Booklet, so please keep emailing your recipes to

Miriam our Access and Equity Officer at SIS has kindly provided us with the following recipe for this month. Enjoy!

Filipino Chicken Adobo (Variation: Pork or Fish)
  • 2 tbs of olive or vegetable oil 
  • 6 pieces of chicken legs – cut to desired sizes
  • 8 garlic cloves, coarsely chopped 
  • 1 peeled, sliced onion
  • 2 bay leaves 
  • 1/4 cup of soy sauce 
  • 1/4 cup of white  vinegar (cane, rice, white balsamic) or lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon of whole black pepper
  • Salt to taste
  • Steamed rice, to serve
  • Wash and drain chicken pieces
  • In a bowl mix vinegar and soy sauce
  • Add half of the sliced onions and crushed garlic
  • Add chicken and mix thoroughly until it is meat is well coated with the mixture
  • Let stand for half hour in a cooler place or refrigerate
  • Heat the wok or saucepan then add oil and bay leaves then add remaining sliced onion and crushed garlic saute well
  • Add the marinated chicken and whole pepper
  • Cover and cook over low fire until chicken is tender. Stir occasionally to avoid sticking to the bottom of the pan. Add small amount of water if required but continue to simmer for 5 minutes or so without the lid when water is added to the meat
  • You may choose to add small pieces of chopped hot chili (removed seeds)
Serve with fresh cooked steam rice.

Adobo is considered a popular dish of the Philippines and became one of the most popular recipes around the world. As the saying goes “Wherever Filipinos go, adobo goes to”. Cooking of the Adobo varies from region to region and island to island.

Hear Us on the Radio

ABC Regional Radio
Seniors Information Service now has a regular segment on ABC Radio, North and West. Tune in to 639AM every Monday from 9.15am to hear our live broadcasts on current topics affecting the ageing and disability sector, or online at

SIS On Radio Adelaide!
Tune in and listen to our Radio Adelaide segment on the 1st Friday of each month at 1pm.

Digital Carers put Apple's Siri through her paces!

Our 'Growing Digital Literacy of Family Carers’ Program continues to delight participating Senior Carers. Some of the highlights of the training sessions have included accessing WiFi networks and getting ‘Siri’ to answer difficult questions such as “What is the meaning of life?”. Over 20 Senior Carers have participated in the program so far which has been delivered at Northern Carers Network in conjunction with Northern Volunteering and Carers SA.
During Carers Week (11 -17 October 2015) Mark Elliott and Sasha Dragovelic from SIS will be in Port Augusta talking to Carers about Digital Devices and the benefits of learning how to use them. This work is part of the Digital Literacy project funded by the Commonwealth Government which we are undertaking in partnership with Carers SA. Over the next few months with the support of the Northern Carers Network we plan to support 100 Senior Carers to improve their skills using iPads or Samsung Tablets.

Let’s Get Digital!

If you are a Senior Carer and live in Northern or Western metropolitan Adelaide register your interest now! Carers SA Freecall 1800 242 636 and don’t miss out on these free sessions including:
  • Internet Security
  • Showcase – iPad or Samsung? Which one is best for you?
  • iPad & Samsung TAB S Basics
  • iPad & Samsung TAB S APPs
  • Practice & Play
  • One2One Mentoring
If you want to be an IT Volunteer Trainer than call SIS on 8168 8776.

SIS Pop-Up Gallery October Exhibition

SIS has a Pop-Up Art Gallery space with different presenting artists each month. During October, we are exhibiting artworks by Maureen Craddock and Gail Smith.

Maureen is a member of Henley and Grange Art Society and has been painting for approximately 20 years. She has been teaching acrylic art for nearly 15 years and currently teaches a class in her home. Maureen's passion is art and she loves experimenting and learning new techniques.

Gail also been painting for at least 20 years, during which time she has painted and sold at various outlets throughout the state. She has participated in open exhibitions for 10 years and has learned different techniques whilst being a member of Port Adelaide and Henley and Grange Art Societies.

If you are a Visual Artist and would like to exhibit your work at SIS as part of our Pop-Up Gallery, contact Paul on 8168 8776 or pop into the service at 149 Currie Street, Adelaide. We are open Monday – Friday, 9am to 5pm.

Our People

Michael Porter, IT Manager / Information Officer

Michael has been with Seniors Information Service for over 13 years. He initially started as a volunteer, developing the Retirement Village Guide. He also spent 5 years as a Project Manager for the state government on Access to Home Care.

He was born in Newcastle, England, before arriving in Mt Gambier at age five. Michael spent 15 years there before moving to Adelaide in 1986. Whist studying a Bachelor of Science (Maths and Computing) at the University of Adelaide, he met and later married Mary.

Michael is a member of the Adelaide Oval, a die hard England fan and is an avid cyclist, who rides to work each day. He even managed 52 trips (50km loop) to Mt Lofty in one year! Michael loves nature, animals and the very simple things in life.

He and Mary enjoy nothing more than getting away from it all. Congratulations on the new house and all the best for the move on Saturday!

Marita Macalalad, Administration Volunteer

Marita has been volunteering for over 3 years, and offers assistance in the administration area at Seniors Information Service. Her duties include reception, ordering of stationery, filing, photocopying, and collation and reporting of all client feedback forms.

After her husband secured work in Adelaide, they made the move in 1989. They have six adult children, but Marita still finds the time to volunteer 3 days a week. She enjoys reading, crossword puzzles and would love to get back to doing more drawing in her spare time. Marita's motto is to quite simply "live life to the fullest"!

LGBTI Community Dinner

Our monthly dinner for the over 50’s LGBTI community are proving to be a popular event on the 1st Thursday of each month. We are averaging 30 people each and every month who are coming along and enjoying a night of dining, and socialising with other LGBTI folk over 50 yrs. Some people are even reconnecting with friends of old and new.  It’s a great opportunity for people who would like to build on their social circle or just want to spend an evening with other community members. Come on your own or bring a friend or two.
If you would like to come along to the dinner or would like more information contact Paul and have a chat.

LGBTI Aged Care Packages Seminar

On 30 September we held an information session on LGBTI Aged Care Packages. Our speaker for the evening was Jill from St Louis Community Care who are one of the 2 providers in Adelaide of these packages. Many people in the LGBTI community are not aware that they are entitled to access these packages which are designed to provide that little bit of extra help and support for individuals to help them continue to live in their own homes and maintain their current way of life. There are 4 different levels of packages available depending on the amount of help you are assessed as needing.

The session was very successful with participants asking SIS to run it again to enable even more people to come along and be informed about these packages. One comment from a participant was “after hearing about these and the support St Louis is providing to the LGBTI community I now feel much better about my future, I have been feeling a bit unsure about my future until now”.

If you would like information about LGBTI Aged Care Packages or to find out when the next session will be held contact Paul on 8168 8723 or email Paul at

LGBTI Mailing List

Are you interested in receiving regular updates and notifications about our LGBTI Social Events and Information Sessions?  It’s a great way to find out what we have coming up and when/where our events are held.

If you are interested in any of our events, activities and sessions for the LGBTI Community, please contact Paul, our LGBTI Community Development Worker on 8168 8723, or email Paul at, about getting onto our confidential mailing list.
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Address: 149 Currie Street, Adelaide SA 5000

Telephone: 8168 8776
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Facsimile: 8221 5697


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