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Ironing Out the Wrinkles

With Hosts
Ros McMaster & Cate Shaw

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We're Ironing out one wrinkle at a time, helping

men women embrace life after 50 with less fear. 

Research shows that more than ever before we’re living longer than any previous generation. The prospect of that can invoke fear and dread for many of as we grapple with the possibility of isolation and loneliness, physical decline, and a sense that we’re gradually becoming invisible…. If you’re not fully embracing the joy of getting older, Cate Shaw and Ros McMaster are on a mission to bring meaning back into your life.


Ep1 Ros McMaster & Cate Shaw.... the inspiration behind Ironing Out the Wrinkles

Meet us... your hosts Ros and Cate, as we share our journey through our own lives and how the podcast came to be.  For Ros, there were major turning points in her 50's... cancer, divorce, healing the past.... that propelled her into living fearlessly and embracing getting older. Cate too has had many turning points that continue to indicate the need to look inwards, to reassess what's important now and make the hard decisions... to feel the discomfort and move towards her dreams.

Ep2 Dr Ann Moir-Bussy - 5 simple secrets to embracing mid-life and beyond. 

Dr Ann Moir-Bussy. -  Counsellor, Transformative Life Coach and Consultant.  After a very dark period in her mid-life,  Anns own journey to healing lead her to develop effective and powerful ways to facilitate change for others who were looking for a new direction, sense of purpose and inner freedom in the second half of life.  So…. if you need some mid-life inspiration to guide you to a more fulfilling ‘afternoon of life’, Dr Ann is going to tell us how to get unstuck and reset our life purpose, with 5 simple secrets to embracing mid-life and beyond.

Ep3 Nourish Coaches Debbie Peterson and Wendy Bright-Fallon share their 5 Foundations of Healthy Aging.

The Nourish Coaches say we truly can re-imagine and re-create ourselves with nourishing lifestyle practices, following the Nourish Five Foundations of Health……. It’s a philosophy that gently guides people to find their own definition of health and wellness through nourishing foods, quality sleep, movement, a growth mindset, and connection with others.For many women, as we age, life can become richer, sweeter, and more fulfilling. Wendy and Debbie will reveal how we truly can re-imagine and re-create ourselves with nourishing lifestyle practices. They believe you can start anytime, so why not right now?   In this episode, they’ll discuss: Ageism language around wellness  - Refocusing on wellness… not sickness, as we age - And Peri and post-menopause challenges with health

Ep4 Terry Tucker - Motivational Speaker and Author. From Discomfort to Resilience Using the 4 Truths and 3 F's which he developed after losing his leg to cancer

Are you stuck in a cycle of fear and negativity about getting older? Fear of the physical changes that come with aging. Fear of losing independence Maybe you have a fear of death itself. Whatever is driving your discontent as you journey through this second half of life, Terry Tucker (motivational speaker, author, and international podcast guest on the topics of mindset, motivation, and self-development.) is going to share some clear ideas to help you move from discomfort to resilience, using a system he developed, called the 4 Truths,…

Ep5 Maggie Shambrook, founding member of HOW (Housing Older Women) looks at  Systemic Issues & Solutions in the face of rising numbers of homeless older women.

Older single women are the fastest growing cohort of people experiencing homelessness in Australia, though their plight remains for various reasons invisible to many. Designing solutions to this problem involves first understanding the root causes of the problem, including structural gender inequality, and then identifying the drivers of better outcomes for such women. Not least amongst these is the need for more social and affordable housing, appropriate to their needs. Maggie Shambrook, cares and she joins us today to help make sense of this issue. Maggie is a founding member of the Housing Older Women’s Movement (also known as HOW). Through influencing public policy and housing-related systems, HOW hopes to ensure every woman in Australia has a safe, secure, affordable forever home. Maggie will educate us on why older women face homelessness, the Systemic Issues, and very importantly….. Solutions.

Ep6 Peter Whertime, 94 years young, and His partner Janine Quine, share personal wisdom 

Born in Melbourne in 1928, 94-year-old philosopher Peter Wertheim  has spent his life critically analysing and challenging the cultural, political and historical issues  that exist in Australia – that is in the nature of a philosopher.   That ageism exists is not surprising to him, yet he will not be defined by the stereotypes that abound around being old. Conformity has never been part of Peter's life, as anyone who knows him will tell you. At 94, he continues to challenge our long held beliefs, both unconscious and conscious despite the body feeling the ravages of age.  As he often cites, Old age is not for the faint hearted.

Ep7 Kasia Rashfall - Energy Magician and Akashic Records Teacher looks at the 7 windows of ageing through Soul Agreements and the Alchemy of Numbers

According to today's guest, Kasia Rachfall, each of us has 7 windows of opportunity in our life. By the time you reach age 50, you are almost at the accountability window which can show up as an inner pressure or drive to finally start living. At age 52 you are there in full swing! It's often the time when people finally get serious about making their dreams real if they haven't up to that point. We often see long-term relationships break down and career changes, as well as other changes.  Kasia says It requires a lot of courage and gumption to be true to yourself, be whom you've always wanted to be, and do what you've always wanted to do. 

Ep8 Shama Persson and her Golden Age Models are taking on the Ageism in the Modelling World 

Meet Shama Presson…. writer, influencer and model based in Stockholm Sweden. In May of 2022, Shama founded the 50+ Golden Age Models agency, and became an active spokesperson against agism. In todays episode, Shama shares with us her motivation for creating 50+ Golden Age Models agency….. what has been the response from clients and competitors in the modelling industry….. and most importantly, what has been the personal impact on the models themselves.

Ep9 Rowena Clayton - Addressing Ageism Stereotypes and Common Myths in the Cosmetic Enhancement Industry  (Botox)

Everyone expects their appearance to change as they age, but for some, the desire to retain a more youthful look does not fade over the years. Despite a rise in self-esteem during middle age, confidence levels often drop as people age past their mid-60s. Physical changes can play a role in reduced confidence for people who prefer to look younger. Confidence in appearance can affect how often people socialise.  To give us a good look into the mindset of those seeking cosmetic enhancements such as Botox, Rowena Clayton will give us a look at a day in the life of a clinical cosmetic nurse and how she challenges agism stereotypes within the industry.

Ep10 Lachlan Green Takes Us Down a Philosophy Rabbit-hole Empowering Social and Ecological Justice in Aged Care Settings

Lachie has worked in the aged care sector for many years in a wide variety of roles since starting as an Assistant-in-Nursing. While working in the sector he completed a philosophy degree and began a PhD candidature in bioethics.  In his studies, Lachie was curious that, even though it’s a common human experience, there was limited focus on ageing in philosophy. Since then, he’s done a lot of philosophical thinking on the topic! Lachie’s current research is focused on empowering social and ecological justice in aged care settings. His goal is to shift societal opinions on aged care and improve experiences for people as they age.

Ep11 Rachael Quigley Researcher (JCU) Looking at Aging Well for Indigenous Peoples

Across all Indigenous populations, there were consistently shared similarities that reflected perceptions of what aging well means for Indigenous peoples and challenges that impacted Indigenous peoples' ability to achieve good health and wellbeing in later life. Four major themes were identified: (1) achieving holistic health and wellbeing; (2) maintaining connections; (3) revealing resilience, humor, and a positive attitude; and (4) facing the challenges. These themes are interrelated, each having influence on, and being influenced by, the other themes, demonstrating that aging well is a holistic concept with reliance on connections to person, place and culture and influenced by the social determinants of health."

Ep12 Dr Ron Fitzgerald - 93yrs young - Shares The Secret to Ageing Well ... Love Yourself, Spread Kindness & Compassion

While todays guest still enjoys quality independence living, at the age of 94, Dr Ron Fitzgerald says that many years of retirement have provided him the opportunity to frequently review his thoughts on a range of relevant issues arising in the rapidly expanding field of aged care.  On this matter, he says with utter conviction  “Let the vigorous exchange of positive ideas begin and continue.  I look forward to the challenge”.

Ep13 Audiologist Mitchell Quine Helps Us Understand Age-Related Hearing Loss & how to Properly Converse with People Wearing Hearing Aids

Around 54% of Australians aged between 61 and 70 experience some form of hearing loss, increasing to 74% in people aged 71 and over.  In most cases, this happens naturally. Like the rest of the body, the delicate structures of the inner ear start to break down in later life after a lifetime of use.  So if you’re shouting to be heard, or you’re the one being shouted ‘at’, stick around ….. Audiologist Mitchel Quine, is kindly taking time out of a very busy schedule to address all things to do with hearing loss

Ep14 Dr Jane Offor - Sexual Medicine. Understanding age-related issues in sexual dysfunction and re-igniting the sexual spark for dating later in life

Sexuality is an important component of emotional and physical intimacy that men and women experience through their lives. About 60% of the elderly population expresses their interest for maintaining sexual activity. But getting older also means increasing the likelihood of encountering problems that put a chill on sex. In fact, about a third of the elderly population has at least one complaint with their sexual function. The good news is there are solutions to many age-related sexual dysfunction issues for men and women. Our guest today is going to help us understand age-related issues in sexual dysfunction and what we can do about it.

Ep15 Kieran Hoare is an ILP Director of Merthyr Law. Recognising Signs of Elder Abuse & Establishing an Up-To-Date Will

Have you thought about the reality of elder abuse and protection? Around 15% of the Australian population is aged over 65 – approximately 3.7 million people. Recent research has shown that approximately one in six older Australians reported experiencing elder abuse in a given year.  Evidence also suggests that most abuse of older people is intra-familial and intergenerational, making it challenging and complex to address. Today's guest Kieran Hoare, will run down the rabbit hole with this lighthearted important discussion. on all things regarding establishing a sound Will.... and the not-so-pleasant but very real issue of Elder Abuse.

Ep16 Kay McGrath journalist -  Navigating her own journey through the second stage of life in the face of ageism within the entertainment industry

Queensland TV legend and award-winning journalist, Kay McGrath is also a passionate senior advocate, sharing her views on how to care for your physical and mental well-being as you age. At 66, Kay says “There is pressure on women in her field to “look youthful and keep their figures”, but adds that “I don’t feel my age. And I can attest that as you get older, you do grow into yourself and feel more comfortable and confident. That’s a very powerful thing, particularly for women.” In this episode, Kay discusses her own personal experience with getting older and the driving force behind her recent look at aging for a series on channel 7.

Ep17 Ashton Applewhite Ageism Activist & Author.  What is Ageism, Using Ageist Language, and Why Should We Care About Ageism

Meet writer and ageism activist Ashton Applewhite.  Ashton says: It’s not the passage of time that makes it so hard to get older. It's ageism, a prejudice that pits us against our future selves -- and each other. Ashton Applewhite urges us to dismantle the dread and mobilize against the last socially acceptable prejudice. "Aging is not a problem to be fixed or a disease to be cured," she says. "It is a natural, powerful, lifelong process that unites us all."

Ep18 Rob Gerrand Author says "It's Not Over.... It's Just Beginning"  - Finding Your Passion in the Second Half of Life

Are you stuck in a cycle of fear and negativity about getting older? Fear of the physical changes that come with aging. Fear of losing independence Maybe you have a fear of death itself. Whatever is driving your discontent as you journey through this second half of life, Terry Tucker (motivational speaker, author, and international podcast guest on the topics of mindset, motivation, and self-development.) is going to share some clear ideas to help you move from discomfort to resilience, using a system he developed, called the 4 Truths,…

Ep19 Rachael Ooi of Your Wealth Consultants - Making Your Retirement Saving Work For You - Do’s and Don’ts to Keep You Living Well Throughout your Retirement

Already Retired: - the traps that people fall into regarding spending the nest egg and the pros and cons of financially ‘helping the adult children.  Transitioning to Retirement: - making super work for you before you leave employment

Discussions about the anxiety of relying on super and regular discussions to understand changes that may or may not affect retirees, as well as where to get information and more importantly where not to get it..... and much more

Ep20 Hailey Magee helps us to Set Boundaries with Adult Children and Get Out of the "People Pleaser" Trap 

As women, we are typical “people pleasers”, so setting boundaries is particularly difficult. Today's guest is going to help you make a start, understand what a boundary is (and isn't), and tips for setting boundaries. You’ll not only need this in your interactions with many people in your circle of friendships but especially if you feel compelled to be available for grandparent duties and feel guilty saying no.  Or perhaps you were looking forward to being an empty nester and now find your adult children returning or god forbid….. never leaving….. so that you once again feel like you’re taking care of everyone but yourself! 

Ep21 The Dating Doctor Kim Dunlop helps us navigate the fears associated with finding love again after 50

What It’s Like to Date After Middle Age? Newly single older people are finding a dating landscape vastly different from the one they knew in their 20s and 30s. And as people are living longer, the divorce rate for those 50 or older is rising. But that longer lifespan also means that older adults, more than ever before, have years ahead of them to spark new relationships. Dating in our modern world comes with uncharted complexities and refined thinking patterns that, unless you know what you're doing, can lead you in the opposite direction from where you truly want to go. Lucky for us over 50’s singles there’s a dating doctor, Kim Dunlop, is here to help us navigate the myre of fears associated with finding love again in this second half of life.

Ep22 David Topchain - Why Women & Men Over 50 Seek a Cosmetic Surgeon. The Reality. The Myths. Facing Increasing Pressure From Ageism Lobbyists.

Aging well takes many forms: healthy eating, exercising, learning a new skill, or making new friends. But there’s a small proportion of men and women over the age of 50 who opt for another type of self-improvement and it’s in cosmetic surgery.  But with more people willing to be open about the effects of aging and the procedures that they have used to reverse these effects, more people have felt comfortable scheduling a cosmetic procedure. It seems that people over 50 who choose the cosmetic surgery path, care about “looking normal and natural,”  and aging gracefully albeit with a little help from a board-certified surgeon.

Ep23 Jade Cassar Pillates Instructor - the importance of stretching as we get older

As people get older, they can lose some of their balance and coordination. Pilates increases strength and flexibility in both the core and the legs, which positively affects balance. This, along with basic fitness benefits, can help them reduce the risk of falls," says Herman. "And Pilates is also a good way for older adults to rehab from surgical procedures like a hip replacement or knee surgery. Jane looks at the 'how to's and why's'  of pillates.

Ep24 Marg Buckley (Brown) - Personal Wisdom Shared

We can grow happier, healthier, wiser but not younger. If one is to look up the word “Rejuvenation”, it means to have a renewed life, time to process, new energy and add more vigour to something one values. Many studies show that when one is aged after 50, many people find it is like experiencing a new life time.


Today’s guest Marg Brown is doing just that. Aged 73years, Marg says she is really enjoying life, and is busier that ever.

Ep25 Pauline Field - The Reality of retiring without a plan. Are you ready to take the steps to make your next phase your best one yet?

Pauline Field is a highly sought-after coach. She says “Many women are just waiting to retire so they can turn off the alarm, play tennis, take care of their grandchildren, travel.  What they don't realize is that it all gets old after a while and they find themselves asking, Now what? Is this it? There's a lot they can do but they haven't yet thought it through - because they didn't know they would face this problem.”

Ep26 Mark Maiden of Driving Miss Daisy 

Do you or your loved ones need assistance for appointments, shopping or an enjoyable outing? At Driving Miss Daisy, we help people to remain happy, active members of society. Our service starts from the front door into a Daisy vehicle rain or shine. All journeys are pre-quoted and include returning safely back to the front door again, sharing fun and friendship along the way.

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Ep30 Gena Alston Spiritual Healer & Coach - In Pursuit of Understanding ... the path to ageing joyfully

Gena believes that the body is a remarkable machine that needs to be taken care of.  So in her 70’s she decided to become a Zumba Instructor. She’s been exploring the meaning of life for over thirty years and now chooses to share this knowledge with everyone, and that means you. Gena say “life is precious, exciting and that we need to step boldly into who we are, where we are, and create the magical experience of living your dream.  Gena has studied many different religious beliefs, philosophical teachings and has now brought all that she has learnt into her way of being. An accumulation of wisdom tried and tested and now shared with the many who find themselves searching for answers.

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