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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.

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A clean sweep

‘Swedish death cleaning’ may sound ghoulish, but it’s really just a simple technique to get your house in order. Here’s how to get started.

We all reach a point in life when we have to declutter or downsize, but why do so many people think it has to be a swift and often painful process? Artist Margareta Magnusson is the author of The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning (Scribe Publications) and believes ‘death cleaning’, or dostadning in Swedish, is a pleasant way to have a clear-out, providing us with an opportunity to reminisce and say goodbye to precious memories. 

It is not something to delay until you are very ill, but a process to start years or even decades before you get to the point where you are not physically up to the task.

After clearing out the homes of several elderly relatives, Margareta – who describes her age as “somewhere between 80 and 100” – has concluded that most of us have too much stuff. She believes it’s good to get rid of what we don’t need, use or love, particularly as we near the end of life.

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Haggle with your doctor

When it comes to good healthcare, why pay an arm and a leg? We discuss how to get a second or third opinion – and yes, it’s okay to shop around.

The diagnosis of a heart problem that requires surgery might be something discussed calmly in your GP’s office when you have non-urgent symptoms, or it could hit without warning in the form of a cardiac arrest. Either way, the surgery bill will often be the last thing on your mind – but if you are going in as a private patient, the final costs can vary wildly.


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Do you really need 10,000 steps?

The daily walking exercise goal is fervently followed around the globe – but its origins may surprise you.

The popular ‘10,000 steps a day’ for health campaign began when a Japanese company designed the world’s first wearable pedometer in 1964 in the run-up to the Tokyo Olympics. It was called Manpo-kei (10,000 step meter). Experts today say there was little evidence then – or now – that 10,000 steps is the optimal goal for health. Rather, this figure was apparently settled upon in 1964 given the average Japanese adult walked 3,500 to 5,000 steps a day.

According to Australia’s Physical Activity and Sedentary Behaviour Guidelines, for good health, Australian adults aged 18-64 need two-and-a-half to five hours a week of moderate intensity physical activity, and over 65s should aim for 30 minutes a day. Half an hour of brisk walking equates to about 3,000 to 4,000 steps.

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Secrets to a long life

Australians typically live to 80-plus, but in some parts of the world, triple figures are common. We discover what it takes to live to 100 and beyond (and it’s not just about what you eat). 

In Australia in 1890, life expectancy was typically between 40 and 50 years of age, with women living slightly longer than men, according to the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Fast-forward to modern day and the life expectancy of the average Australian has jumped to 80 or beyond. However, Australia is not the nation with the greatest longevity rates. Not by a long shot. 

According to Blue Zones, a team of demographers and researchers that study places in the world where people live the longest and healthiest lives, key places of longevity include Okinawa, Japan, Sardinia, Italy and Ikaria, Greece. These places are officially known as ‘blue zones’. 


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'I don’t change with the seasons - I mix things up'

Sarah Jane Adams is Australia’s oldest Big Brother star – and with 225,000 Instagram followers, the fashion influencer is one of the savviest, too. Here, she explains how to revamp your style with purpose, authenticity and joy. She believes that fashion isn’t just about clothes – it can hold the key to your whole identity. 

“For me, it’s a lot more complicated than just putting together a few colours,” says the English-born Sydneysider, who this year entered Channel Seven’s Big Brother house as the show’s oldest contestant. “It’s more a matter of mashing together the things that have touched my heart, through the people I have met and the relationships I’ve had,” she explains. “My style very much reflects who I am and who I am becoming, and who I’ve been.”


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We meet the seniors delivering hunger relief

"Beautiful, untouched food was going straight into the trash, and none of us had thought there was another alternative". Ronni Kahn was the owner of a successful events company, and throwing away masses of leftover food at the end of a function was common. She was so distressed by the waste, she began delivering untouched food to homeless shelters around Sydney, and the food rescue organisation OzHarvest was born.

In the early days of the charity, she received a phone call saying, “We’d love to give you food, but we can’t because we’re not allowed to.” The caller explained that from a legal perspective, they were liable for any food they gave the charity. If someone became ill after eating their food, they would be in trouble. “I realised this law meant we wouldn’t be able to tap into bigger sources of food in the future,” Ronni writes in her book, A Repurposed Life (Murdoch Books). 

She recognised this was a barrier to food donations, so set up a meeting with lawyers who worked pro bono to challenge the laws. One year later, in 2005, the Civil Liability Act of New South Wales was amended, enabling donors to give their food away in good faith for a charitable purpose, without fear of liability, paving the way for other charities to rescue meals, too. Other states soon followed this precedent.

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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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