Podcasts and Study Guides

This webpage contains a summary of all twelve programs in this series, along with links to podcasts and study guides. Missing podcasts will be added as soon as possible.

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Program 01
Mind Your Step!
How we think about age and ‘usefulness’ can affect us all
In Creative Male Ageing, we aim to challenge many of the assumptions about ageing men in our society, and explore some of the creative options for older men in the 21st century.
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Study Guide

Interviewees
Dr John Ashfield, Psychotherapist / Aust Institute of Male Health and Studies
Dr Anthony Brown, Health Consumers NSW, University of Western Sydney
Dr Tony Coles, Australian Association of Gerontologists
Dr Don Edgar, former Director, Australian Institute of Family Studies
Dr Patricia Edgar, Author of “In Praise of Ageing”
Professor Alan Petersen, Monash University, Melbourne
Sue Ross, Community Development Officer, Eastwood Community Centre SA
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Program 02
Unemployed Good Sense
Rethinking the issue of older men and work
Current suggestions around raising the retirement age to 70 have led to more open discussions on the benefits of having older workers in the workplace, but also about how realistic it is to have a “one size fits all” approach.
This Podcast is no longer available
Study Guide

Interviewee
The late Professor Graeme Hugo, The University of Adelaide.
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Program 03
Seizing the Day
Mastering change and transition in later life
Retirement – a word that evokes many and varied emotions and reactions – for some of us, it is a time when we have to face leaving a successful and satisfying career and all that goes with that; for others it might be because of an unforeseen redundancy; or for others again, it could be a long-anticipated and exciting time in our life when we are free from work constraints and can do just what we want.
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Interviewees
Dr Joanne Earl, University of NSW
Dr Tim Windsor, Flinders University SA
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Program 04
Life on Mars
The challenges for older men living in retirement accommodation
Two themes in this program. We begin with some thoughts on what the Americans often refer to as “an encore career”, be it setting up a new small business, or finding a role as a marriage celebrant or mediator. We then take a close look at some of the realities for older men living in residential aged care communities, and how these facilities might come to a better understanding of the needs of older men.
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Study Guide 04

Interviewees
Dr John Ashfield, Psychotherapist / Aust Institute of Male Health and Studies
Dr Briony Dow, The University of Melbourne
Dr Joanne Earl, The University of New South Wales
Dr Don Edgar, former Director, Australian Institute of Family Studies
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Program 05
No Place To Call Home
How men in retirement can become refugees in their own lives
Program 05 begins by looking at some of the realities of retirement – “What I’ve always wanted to do”, soon becomes “golf every day is boring!” Adjusting to the routine without the structure that “going to work” has provided for many years, and fitting in to the long-established routines within the home are both challenges to be faced by older men.
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Interviewees
Dr John Ashfield, Psychotherapist / Aust Institute of Male Health and Studies
Dr Anthony Brown, Health Consumers NSW, University of Western Sydney
Dr Don Edgar, former Director, Australian Institute of Family Studies
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Program 06
Mind Your Business
Why saying can’t or shouldn’t to older males, might backfire
For eight members of a Port Lincoln group with an average age of 73, in August 2014 and following 18 months of hard training, six women and two men climbed to the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain.
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Interviewees
Dr John Ashfield, Psychotherapist / Aust Institute of Male Health and Studies
Wayne Gotch, Port Lincoln
Christine Jettner, Port Lincoln
John Payne, Port Lincoln
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Program 07
Too Old To Be Unfit
How exercise can have major benefits for older males – especially during and after prostate treatments
Recorded with input from two researchers, one at the Australian Catholic University in Sydney the other at Edith Cowan University in Perth, and with additional input from two exercise program participants, this program looks closely at the possible effects on men’s health and wellbeing, including sexual wellbeing, by participating in exercise programs offered through these two universities, for men during and after treatment for prostate cancer.
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Interviewees
Dr Michael Baker, Australian Catholic University, Strathfield NSW
Dr Prue Cormie, Edith Cowan University, Perth Western Australia
Special thanks to Lee and John – participants at Edith Cowan University Health and Wellness Institute, Perth
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Program 08
Unzipping the facts
Sexual health for older men
In this program, we hear from three medical specialists about three often-related health and sexual wellbeing issues for older men – the detection and treatment of prostate cancer, erectile dysfunction, and testosterone replacement therapy. The production team acknowledges the assistance of Andrology Australia in Melbourne, in the production of this program.
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Interviewees
Dr Carolyn Allen -Endocronologist
Mr Jeremy Grummett – Urologist
Dr Douglas Lording – Endocronologist
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Program 09
Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Man
Older men meeting the challenge of finding meaning and identity after employment
In Programs 09 and 10, we look closely at men’s learning in later life. This first program looks specifically at learning in a community context – community centres and mens’ sheds.
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Interviewees
Professor Barry Golding, Federation University, Ballarat
Sue Ross, Community Development Officer, Eastwood Community Centre, SA
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Program 10
At Home in the Shed
How some older men are finding a place where they can belong and thrive again, after retirement or displacement from the workforce
Today we visit Pooraka Farm Community Centre in Adelaide’s northern suburbs, and speak to Community Development Officer Heather Hewitt; Shed Coordinator Bryce Routley talks about the support for older men through the Pooraka Men’s Shed, and the role of the Australian Men’s Shed Association. See also Awards – PBA FM
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Study Guide

Interviewees
Heather Hewitt, Community Development Officer, 
Bryce Routley, Pooraka Men’s Shed
Plus several men from the Pooraka Men’s Shed
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Program 11
Spare a Thought for your Brain
How insights from science can help older men not to lose their wits
Keeping your mind sharp by using it frequently and in challenging ways, is old news. What isn’t well known, in fact what is news to most people, is that a healthy mind depends on a healthy brain.
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Interviewees
Rajiv Chand
Dr Lyndsey Collins-Praino
Rex Lipman AO
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Program 12
Men Need a Project
Recovering some youth, health and meaning through mentoring
One of the biggest challenges of retirement for men is to avoid falling into an unplanned void, where insufficient occupation and stimulation can start the quick march towards a quite unnecessary mental and physical decline. Retirement needs to be planned well ahead of time!
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Study Guide

Interviewees
Dr John Ashfield, Psychotherapist / Aust Institute of Male Health and Studies
The Honourable Zoe Bettison MP, South Australia
Dr Anthony Brown
Professor Barry Golding, Federation University, Ballarat
Dr Miles Groth, Psychologist, Wagner College, Staten Island, New York