Open a world of new ideas

To dare means to exceed your potential – to be more than you thought was possible. Whether it’s the pursuit of knowledge, an itch for inspiration, or a never-ending desire to break barriers, DARE magazine is your first step to a world of new ideas.     

Get the latest take on trending issues, smart tips to boost your financial goals, or a fresh way to indulge in everyday joys, all from the comfort of your favourite reading spot. DARE also features exclusive stories from some of Australia’s favourite personalities.

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Stories that go beyond the page

DARE is the magazine for more than just readers. It’s your bi-monthly reminder to connect, explore, and indulge in the journey you’re on. Don’t just read it – DARE it.

Connect

From new relationships, lifelong anniversaries, pets and more, we’ll show you how to form lasting connections with the world around you. 

Explore

Go beyond the normal and into the new. Discover the world, and yourself, with travel tips, career pathways, emerging technology and more. 

Think

Strengthen your mind with challenging puzzles and in-depth insights from the frontline of the world’s most pressing issues. 

Plan

Life is easier when it goes as planned. We tackle the daring questions to help you carve the way to success.

Move

Keeping active and staying alert is the best insurance policy for enjoying retirement. Nurture your mind, body, and soul with new insights into healthy living.

Indulge

We’ll show you how to make the things you love even better or help you find your new favourite pastime.

DARE to be inspired?

Sail away

If you are thinking of downsizing, moving out of the city and travelling more, then living on a boat lets you do all these things at once. We meet three Australian couples who are spending their retirement on the water. 

For 15 years, Steve Firth dreamed of retiring and cruising the world. The only problem was his wife Maria wasn’t a sailor so the solution was a compromise. Maria was happy to sail for six months, then return to Australia for six months. She also wanted to stick to day cruising when possible, with lots of stops for sightseeing.

In 2013, the couple bought a 13.5m sailing yacht in Gibraltar and sailed it over to Europe. They had fun exploring, especially landing their dinghy at Gallipoli and motoring up the French canals. In fact, they enjoyed the next seven years so much they’d be sailing right now if it wasn’t for COVID-19. Their yacht is now stuck in an Italian shipyard while they’re in Sydney. To prepare for their expedition, Steve and Maria sold their Sydney family home and moved into a one-bedroom flat. However, they’ve discovered they find small spaces so much simpler and Maria, 64, enjoys their yacht so much more than a house, she’s suggested living on board permanently when they eventually bring the boat back to Australia.

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The never-ending maze

The waiting list is so long that 10,000 Australians a year die before getting the help they need at home. Navigating aged care home support is a frustrating tangle of red tape. 

We’ve all waited in line for something we want or need on the phone or in a shop. But this waiting list is heartbreaking – about 100,000 older Australians are currently in a very long line for approved federal government funds for services such as cleaning, transport and healthcare visits, to help them stay in their home as their health deteriorates. Last year, a senate inquiry heard that in the three years to mid-2020, about 30,000 people died while waiting for these services to be approved. Under the federal government aged care system, funding is capped, meaning the government supports a certain number of people in home care and residential care at one time. 

Home Care Packages are designed to support older Australians to stay in their homes for longer and to receive care there if they choose, rather than moving them into a residential aged care facility. Packages can be approved at four levels, from basic to high level care. According to the Productivity Commission, more than 14,000 people who had been approved for the highest level of funding had an average wait of 28 months before they could access government support for tasks such as cleaning and showering. Sadly, many do not last until their number comes up.

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We are looking for an adventure

Actress Noni Hazlehurst, 67, doesn’t shy away from the big issues – her TV series The End probes issues around euthanasia and her new film, June Again, explores dementia in a warm and witty way. Here she speaks candidly about her own life experiences.

As you get older, you give less of a hoot about what others think. And you’re not worried about speaking your mind about issues that you think are important. I think very much that we should be very grateful that we’re allowed to age, that we have the opportunity to age. I was watching something about the Ancient Egyptians last night and they were lucky if they made it to 40. So we’re incredibly lucky.

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Diary of a heart attack

Heart disease is Australia’s biggest killer and heart attacks are a major part of the problem. But would you know if you were having one?

It’s sobering to know that while you’re reading this story, someone is having a heart attack. According to the Heart Foundation, a person is admitted to hospital with a heart attack every nine minutes in Australia, and sadly on average, 21 will die due to a heart attack every day. 

A heart attack is a life-threatening event that occurs when a blood vessel supplying the heart is suddenly blocked completely. Coronary heart disease (CHD), which includes heart attacks and angina – chronic chest pain caused by reduced blood flow to the heart – is the leading killer of Australians. Traditionally, we tend to think of older men as being more at risk of a heart attack, but nearly three times more women die of CHD each year than of breast cancer.


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Sing for your supper

Australian TV star and cookbook writer Silvia Colloca is a talented opera singer and actor – but homesickness for her native Italy has taken her on a path she never expected. When friends and family back in Italy saw Silvia Colloca’s first Italian food cookbook, their immediate reaction was: “Why?” Silvia had studied for five years in Milan to become an accomplished mezzo soprano opera singer and was a successful actor, meeting Australian husband Richard Roxborough while playing a vampire bride to his Dracula in the 2004 film Van Helsing.

Why such a dramatic change in career? She admits she did wonder that herself when her first book, Silvia’s Cucina, was published in 2013, the same year she became an Australian citizen. “I wasn’t a chef, I wasn’t a writer, so writing a cookbook – two out of two were skills I didn’t possess,” says Silvia, 43. 

“But I think the reason was because I was missing home so badly. I’d just started having babies. I was in a foreign country. Food was the thing that connected me to my family."

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Are you an Oprah or an Elvis?

Maybe a Princess Diana, Frank Sinatra or Kylie Minogue? Are you bossy or charming, a natural leader or a peacekeeper? It could be that these defining traits, which stay with you all your life, are due to your birth order. The most significant relationships we have in childhood are often with siblings. They are readymade playmates, and sometimes arch enemies, the source of feuds over chores, attention and toys. But what’s even more telling is how sibling relationships can affect us, long after we grow up and move out of the childhood home. 

“It’s endlessly interesting to consider birth order as a factor in how we live our lives,” says Elisabeth Shaw, a clinical and counselling psychologist and CEO of Relationships Australia NSW. “It’s been said you can never leave home and there’s something in that. Most families will find themselves falling into familiar roles when they get together, even if, in every other part of life, they’d never behave like that.”

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The shipping news

With small-scale sailings already back in our waters, excitement is building about the return of the big cruise lines. But when will this happen, where will they go and what will have changed? The stimulating scent of the salty ocean, the sea breeze in your hair, the soothing sound of waves splashing against the ship as you lie back in a deck chair with a cold drink, dreaming of the tropical island to explore on the gangway’s doorstep tomorrow. It’s hard to believe it’s been 16 months since Australians were able to experience an international cruise holiday.

According to Cruise Lines International Association (CLIA), a record 29.7 million people went on a cruise in 2019, including 1.2 million Australians. Our local 2019/20 summer season was in full swing, clocking up more than 1,000 ship visits to regional and city ports, until cruising came to a grinding halt last year. Since March 2020, Australia’s cruise terminals have sat empty. Health and safety reforms are underway, ready for the return of the big cruise lines, but once onboard, travellers will notice little difference. For most, the biggest change will be the lack of self-service buffets; however, this could be considered an upgrade as waiters bring the food to your table.

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DARE magazine is complimentary for Australian Seniors policyholders

At Australian Seniors, we believe you should be at your best. That’s why we’re giving all eligible policyholders complimentary issues of DARE magazine, providing you with the knowledge and insight to make the most of everyday. That means you can look forward to more than just great cover – you’ll also have access to breaking topics, helpful advice, exclusive celebrity interviews and more. It’s our way of helping you enjoy what you’re already protecting.

Policyholders of our Life and Funeral Insurance products will receive ongoing complimentary issues of DARE magazine, while policyholders of our Car, Home, Contents, Landlords, and Pet products will receive three complimentary issues. Travel Insurance policyholders are eligible for one digital issue of DARE magazine. If you’d like to keep reading after that, you can always purchase a subscription.

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I really enjoyed reading the new magazine. It came at the perfect time as I have some spare time on my hands. I actually sat down & read most of it one sitting. The contents was really interesting & easy to read with nice variety of relevant topics. Thanks so much! I will look forward to receiving edition 2 of DARE magazine.

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