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Suddenly Senior – For anyone who’s getting old…. or planning to. Angela Catterns and Ian Rogerson have been buddies since the 80s after working together at radio station Double J. Now they’re considered ‘veterans of the industry’ and they’re not sure they like it. Join them and their friends in a no-holds-barred exploration of ageing as they navigate their way through all the glories and indignities of getting old. Supported by Homemade
Grahame Bond changed Australian TV forever with his mad-cap creation Aunty Jack, a fat and feisty persona who frequently threatened to ‘rip your bloody arms off’. This led to a portfolio career with digressions into advertising, lifestyle television, and blockbuster stage shows like Boys Own McBeth and 2JJs Nude Radio. Luckily this all took place before cancel culture emerged. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Australian actor Heather Mitchell has been on our screens or stages every year since her career began in the 1980s. Now into her 60s she’s still got plenty of job offers rolling in. She says that’s because older women no longer buy into old norms around the ageing process and there’s demand for their stories to be told. Now she’s telling her story in a memoir called Everything and Nothing and she’s excited about the next stage of her life. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
First he was Fat, Forty and Fired. Then he was Fit, Fifty and Fired Up. Now Nigel Marsh reckons he’s Smart, Stupid and Sixty. He must be doing something right because his TED speech on work/life balance has clocked up over four million hits. Oh, and he also hosts The Five of My Life podcast. Find Nigel's books and contact him here See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
If you’ve started waking suddenly in the night with an acute and anxious awareness of the inevitability of death, you’re not alone. After experiencing this herself, journalist and author Jane Hutcheon discovered that it’s a common phenomenon for people in their late 50s and 60s. That’s when she realised she’d become a juvenile geriatric. Find Suddenly Senior on FB here and on Instagram here Join the Juvenile Geriatric Substack here Find Jane's work here See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Not all 'influencers' are young and vacuous, posting thousands of images on Instagram which promote products that end up in landfill. Lex Marinos (Kingswood Country, Aunty Jack, Matlock Police) was recently crowned Senior Influencer of the Year for his role as co-host of the podcast Baby Boomers Guide to Life in the 21st Century. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
If there was an aesthetic that defined Australia’s rock/pop culture in the 80s then Reg Mombassa was surely a master crafter of it. His band Mental As Anything was heard on radio around the country and it seemed everyone wore a Mambo t-shirt featuring his darkly-comic art. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
One of the biggest worries we have as we age relates to brain function with dementia and Alzheimer’s at the top of the list. But should we just accept a general decline in brain function? Neuroscientist Dr Sarah McKay explains what happens to the ageing brain, the role that hormones play and why women often experience reverse adolescence in their post-menopausal years. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
If there’s one thing we’ve learned making this podcast it’s that a lot of people prefer to avoid the topic of ageing. But Keryn Curtis has made a living out of it. She became fascinated with gerontology in her 40s and says it changed the way she views life. She also reveals the preferred word to describe people who've reached a certain age. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
He’s been making Australia laugh for decades with shows like Utopia, Front Line, Hollowmen, and D Generation, but is he also the most vilified person on Australian TV? As the host of Have You Been Paying Attention, Tom Gleisner fends off a barrage of ageist jibes every week, and he's only recently turned 60! See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
After the longest 'nana' nap ever, Ange and Ian are back in business. They've lined up a stack of great guests to chat to, but before they get started there's a lot to catch up on. Ange has been learning how to do backflips, and Ian has been thinking about exercise. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Sadly our friend and colleague Doug Mulray passed away yesterday, so we thought we'd republish our chat with him from late last year. Always cheeky, always up for fun and a true entertainer, Doug was an Australian radio and TV icon in the 70's and 80's. Vale 'Uncle Doug' and thanks for all the laughs. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Such a sad way to start 2023. We are republishing this episode with the talent and force of nature that was Renee Geyer - as we say farewell today. She made such a huge contribution to the Australian music industry and brought joy to many. Thank you Renee for sharing your ferocious spirit and talents with us all. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Ian Henschke once graced our screens as a hard-hitting journalist on programs like Four Corners and 7.30 Report. Now he's your Chief Advocate for National Seniors Australia which means he's here to fight for your rights. With one in four seniors living in poverty one of his priorities is to get older Australians who want to work back into a job. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Michael Caton has been a constant presence on Australian screens since the 1970s and became a household name playing Harry Sullivan in The Sullivans. But he attained ‘absolute bloody legend’ status as Daryl Kerrigan in The Castle and has done plenty more since then. He'd love to keep working but says he’s been forced into involuntary retirement. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Doug Mulray was king of the airwaves in Sydney in the 80s (and a nude model) but stepped away from the microphone 20 years ago. These days he rarely makes a public appearance. which is why it’s an extra special delight to have him join Suddenly Senior. And in true Dr Dougie style he even brought drugs with him! The legal kind that is. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
At the age of 15 she stunned the world when she took out five medals, three of them gold, at the 1972 Munich Olympics. At the age of 61 she stunned her competitors when she became the oldest ever winner of the Survivor franchise. Shane Gould is a true champion who has always walked to the beat of her own drum. Independent, courageous, and adventurous, she’s not about to let her age slow her down. Not until she's finished building her dream house. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Australians have been listening to his Health Report for decades, but thanks to the Coronacast podcast Dr Norman Swan has become a global sensation. Now he’s encouraging everyone to focus on how to Live Younger Longer. After crunching the research numbers he reckons you can now expect to live till your late 90s if you’ve had a reasonably good life. But, he says there’s no point living longer if you feel like shit. See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
As his alter-ego H.G. Nelson he's been making Australians laugh at their sporting obsessions for decades. But there's more to Greig Pickhaver than comedy and acting. In his later years he's been exploring more the relationship between mind and body, and is now a firm believer in the bliss of the moment. Is he becoming a Zen master? Supported by Homemade See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Many folk explore genealogy as they age but for Anita Jacoby the prompt to investigate her family's past came from a chance conversation at a party. She's one of the most respected figures in Australian television, and her most recent project is a deeply personal book about her father who died from Alzheimer's. The process has made her reflect on what we choose to tell our children about our lives, and what's best left secret. Check out Anita's book here - Secrets Beyond The Screen Supported by Homemade See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
There are many strings to James Valentine’s bow. On weekday mornings he hosts one of Australia's most coveted roles in breakfast radio but at night you might find him burning up some bebop with his jazz combo. He's loving the freedom of being over 60, but he does find the extra aches and pains a bit frustrating. Supported by Homemade See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.