General Probus News


A.  News from the Probus Association of Victoria

Are you scam savvy ?? Common Scams & Tips to avoid them. 

TELEPHONE SCAM                                                                                                             Home care packages are the latest scam targeting seniors. Hot on the heels of a phone scam that pretends to be from the Australian Taxation Office trying to recover a debt, you now have online scammers pretending to sell you a voucher that will get you a better home care package. The scammers are easy to spot as they want an upfront payment, something regular providers rarely ask for. It’s best to say NO to any unsolicited offer.

 TRAVELLING CON MEN.                                                                                           Travelling con men are “dodgy” tradesmen, who knock on your door, offering to do small maintenance work. They may ask for cash before starting work and frequently disappear as soon as you pay them. If they do any work, it is often unfinished or of poor standard.

INVESTMENT SCAM.                                                                                                                   Scammers typically offer you “get rich quick” schemes and investments based on “Secret” information or special hardware. They claim to be able to predict the outcomes of sports or share trading. After you pay their fees, you will discover their claims and guarantees are false.

ROMANCE SCAM.                                                                                                                       Scammers pose as legitimate dating websites and build an online relationship with you, often over weeks, months, or years. Once the relationship is established, they will start asking you for money.

If in doubt  — DON’T                         

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B. Information about the new Probus Ambassadorial role to service the 18 Probus clubs within the City of Whitehorse.

 The role of Probus Ambassador, taken on by Michael Ransom in 2017 is twofold: firstly, to encourage clubs to recruit more, younger members so the organisation can continue to prosper in the future, and secondly, to encourage clubs to work with each other when organising tours, outings and speakers. 

Michael lives locally in Blackburn, and is a member of the Mitcham Nunawading Probus Club.

Probus is a very important organisation that encourages older people to have fun, and keep physically and mentally active. Ensuring that clubs continue to thrive means that we will be able to continue that mission on well into the future.

 C. News from Probus South Pacific

Correspondence in

PDF link below containing a copy of letter received today August 26th 2019 from from PSPL regarding election of Directors, for your information.


Mental   Health.                                                                                                                        

Some new retirees worry that their days will have less purpose now that they are not working, that they will be bored, or that they will miss the social connections hat they had with their co-workers. These concerns are just as legitimate as the excitement of winding up work.                                                                                                                                                 Below are some pointers for maintaining metal health.

1. Focus on your physical health. During retirement, you might find there is more time to improve taking care of your body. Exercising, eating a balanced diet, getting enough sleep, and drinking enough water can all affect your mood and energy levels.

2. Explore what gives you purpose.  Having a purpose is really important for mental well being. It gives you a reason to get up in the morning and makes your day feel meaningful. Just because you are not going to work any more, does not mean that you can’t have a purpose in your life.

3. Connect with the outside world. Connection with others, including your family and friends, a Probus Club, pets, or with nature is a vital part of the human experience. Developing healthy relationships with others can decrease the levels of anxiety and depression and improve self esteem.

4. Consider your sense of safety.  Feeling safe, stable and secure is really  important for your mental well being.  When you feel safe, it is easier to relax and feel free to live your life as you want it.

5.  Seek support.  Mental health conditions, such as anxiety or depression can affect anyone at any time.  It’s important to know that these health conditions can be managed and treated by professionals  If you have been feeling sad, worried, stressed, or just “not your self”  then speak to your GP.


Yes it’s a taboo topic !   But that doesn’t stop people wanting to talk about it. In fact 75% of Australians aged over 50 want to be able to have a conversation about dying and death.       A recent study found that almost 80% of people understand that death is natural and unavoidable, so an open discussion is necessary.

According to those surveyed, it’s also important to discuss the topic so that the deceased’s wishes are met, which will hopefully ease grieving process for those left behind and minimise the financial burden on family.

However, avoiding any future planning leaves us with less emotional capacity to grieve when we need to, as we are forced to instead think about all the things we should have been discussing long before. 



Great health at every age:

A Urinary Tract Infection is a growth of bacteria somewhere in the urinary tract, which travels along the urethra where the urine comes out, to the kidneys. where the urine is formed. Generally speaking , it’s the result of an infection in the bladder, and if left untreated, can do some serious damage.

Not to be taken lightly, a UTI could lead to urosepsis, a potentially life threatening infection of the blood stream, or acute kidney infections which are capable of permanently damaging vital organs or cause kidney Failure. A UTI can be very common, particularly in older people, both men & women, because they don’t empty their bladder fully each time they pass urine.

Diagnosing a UTI in seniors isn’t always a straight forward process, as often older people have a growth of bacteria to begin with, so to diagnose a UTI it has to be accompanied with other symptoms.  The best thing you can do is to take steps to prevent a UTI from arising in the first place. Simple things like increasing your level of hydration to increase the urine flow and help flush out the bacteria could be all that is needed to keep it a bay.