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Life Advice From Adelaide’s Elders – Iain, 75

There are two certainties in life: we are born and we die. How we choose to spend the years in between is up to us. We caught up with South Australians who are proud of the lines on their face and the increasing number of candles on their birthday cake. They have a twinkle in their eye and plenty of life experience to share. So we got some life advice – from the people who know best.

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Iain Paterson, 75

There’s excitement in the air at Onkaparinga Valley Residential Care. Residents are psyching themselves up for the inaugural Onkaparinga Trike Cup. Among them is Iain Paterson, 83-year-old Joe Bacirini and 61-year-old Kym Brice. Southern Cross Care’s event (held in December) sees residents go head-to-head on a 270-metre circuit around the nursing home. The three-wheel trikes are part of the Trike Bike Project (part of 2016 Dementia Awareness Month) and kicked off at Southern Cross Care’s Phillip Kennedy Centre in Largs North. Some things are like riding a bike – you never forget.

Being active keeps the brain working and everything else going at the same time.

Iain goes to the onsite gym three days a week. “Being active keeps the brain working and everything else going at the same time.” Before moving in over a year-and-a-half ago, Iain lived in a house at Moana beach. “I had a brain tumour removed and it’s taken that long to recover,” he says. “Hopefully things will eventually go back to normal.”

Don’t touch drugs, don’t overdo the alcohol and don’t smoke. It’s a definite no-no. I gave smokes away 10 years ago. Also, look for nice friends and a lovely girlfriend. You’re pretty lonely unless you’ve got friends.

Back in the day, Iain worked in a bank, owned a newsagency, a corner store, and worked as a security guard in Adelaide. “When I was 58 I decided, ‘To hell with work’ and decided to retire. My wife and I spent time travelling overseas on various cruises. It was magic stuff. I can’t wait to get well enough to go again.” If he could give his younger self some advice, it’d be to stay out of trouble. “Don’t touch drugs, don’t overdo the alcohol and don’t smoke. It’s a definite no-no. I gave smokes away 10 years ago. Also, look for nice friends and a lovely girlfriend. You’re pretty lonely unless you’ve got friends.”

Life according to Iain

Have good friends.

Make up your own mind and be independent.

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