About Seniors website was launched in September 2000 as the brainchild of Ged and Judy Lawrence, who were supported technically by their son, Greg. When Ged sadly passed away, About Seniors was purchased by Indigo Arch Publishing Pty Ltd in July 2005. Since then, About Seniors has continued to grow through an active and supportive subscriber base. About Seniors has followed Ged and Judy’s initial concept of providing independent, up-to-date information for those approaching retirement, in retirement and their families. The website has evolved considerably and in early 2010 it was decided that the website would mirror the format and content of its sister print magazine, YourLifeChoices. To streamline the process of publishing the magazine, website and associated enewsletters and to allow the focus to remain on independent and current information for a broader range of readers, those 45+, About Seniors migrated to its new branding, YourLifeChoices – Simplifying retirement.
Here at YourLifeChoices, we’ve decided that the new year is a great time to embrace change and focus on what is important in life. Many of these changes are in response to your answers to the surveys we conducted in 2015, so we hope you’re happy to come along with us for the journey.
This year it’s all about 'simplifying' – simplifying retirement, that is. You’ve told us that there’s not enough comprehensible information and support available to help you live an enjoyable and, most importantly, affordable retirement. Regardless of what constitutes retirement for you, we’re here to simplify the process by helping you understand your rights and options, and by explaining the complex issues of retirement funding.
Don’t worry, you’ll still be kept up-to-date with all the latest Age Pension news, changes to legislation which may affect your payments and retirement income, and the latest news that is most relevant. We’ll still have the same useful health, travel and technology updates and remember, you’re welcome to have your say by commenting on our articles and posting on the Meeting Place.
Kaye Fallick - Publisher
Kaye trained and worked as a fashion designer for 14 years. During two years' timeout for travel, she caught the writing bug when hired as a features assistant for a London magazine. On her return to Australia, she decided the combination of writing and travel was the way to go. But no-one can accuse her of quick career changes – a part-time arts degree took the maximum 10 years to complete, as did the Diploma of Writing and Editing that followed. Kaye is the publisher of YourLifeChoices magazine and website.
Contact: publisher at YourLifeChoices.com.au
David Fallick - Advertising Manager
David’s two years in the public service convinced him that there could be a better way to spend his days than auditing seagulls. Stumbling into advertising sales (thanks to his former wife’s boss) and being a bear of somewhat limited imagination, he’s persevered with this pursuit despite considerable sage counsel that he should cease and desist. So it’s been forty years of roller-coasting through all aspects of advertising and, more recently, publishing with highlights such as being the founding publisher of BRW and Personal Investor followed a few years later with the same role at Time Australia. Tiring of corporate politics and endless meetings, in 1988 he established Indigo Arch Publishing to explore “self-employment” (ie, easing into retirement) and custom publishing. YourLifeChoices evolved (tortuously) from this company and David is proud of his glacial transition from print to the new-fangled online media which, he hopes, is not just another flash in the pan!
Contact: publisher at indigoarch.com.au
Debbie McTaggart - Editor
Debbie has been in Australia since 2005 and joined the YourLifeChoices team in March 2007. When she’s not working tirelessly to keep Drew in check, she’s managing her boys at home; husband Jamie, son Euan and dog Hodgey. In her previous employment, Debbie worked on large construction projects, most notably the Channel Tunnel Rail Link in the UK. She is relishing the challenge of working on YourLifeChoices and continues to learn from those around her, and the site members.
Contact: editor at YourLifeChoices.com.au
Drew Patchell - Digital Operations Manager
Starting out as a week of work experience in 2005 while studying his Bachelor of Business at Swinburne University, Drew has never left his post and has been with the company ever since, working on the websites digital needs. Drew has a passion for all things technology which is only rivalled for his love of all things sport (watching, not playing).
Contact: webmaster at YourLifeChoices.com.au
SJ Fallick - Editorial Assistant / Social Media Manager
Following in her mother’s footsteps, SJ combines her love of fashion and travel with her career in writing. A health nut, she studied Marketing at RMIT University. SJ is secretly a geek at heart and loves all things digital, in particular, social media. Infamously known for her blonde moments, when she’s not working SJ enjoys shopping, seeing friends and spending time with her dog Monty, not to mention travelling.
Contact: sj at YourLifeChoices.com.au
Ryan Boutland - Digital Assistant
As a current student of Digital Media at Swinburne University, he fills his articles with up to date information on the constantly evolving world of technology. When he's not working on the website, you can usually find him at Melbourne's inner city parks, pretending to read while he coaxes over dogs to pat, with a hidden packet of schmackos in his bag.
Contact: ryan at YourLifeChoices.com.au
Ben Hocking - Digital Editor
Ben has a history of working in online publishing for over a decade, but remarkably holds stubbornly by his decision not to own a mobile a phone. A journalist for 20 years, Ben is just as happy at home with a good book or out watching the footy with his two girls.
Contact: ben at YourLifeChoices.com.au
Leon Della Bosca - Editor
Leon Della Bosca is a voracious reader, who loves writing fiction, prose and essays. He has much appreciation for visual art, enjoys spending time in galleries and is a street art collector and documentarian. He has a publishing and graphic design background and loves movies and music, but then, who doesn’t? He is a Major League Baseball fan. Leon is Melbourne born and he lives happily with his long-time love, Lucy, and his dog, Dexter.
Contact: leon at YourLifeChoices.com.au
Olga Galacho – journalist and copy editor
Olga ran away from home to join YourLifeChoices in June after five years as a freelance journalist. Before that she had worked for 20 years as a finance reporter on a metropolitan daily newspaper. When she does sneak back home, she is surprised to find her three teenage children, two international students and two cats are still there. She is an avid reader of online content and dreams of one day retiring far from the Big Smoke.
Kathryn Bennett - Communications
Kathryn joined us at the beginning of 2014. She has previously worked in the fashion wholesale industry but wanted a change of scenery and to learn more about writing and publishing. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, dining out and travelling.
Contact: kathryn at YourLifeChoices.com.au
The best way to contact us is by email
General enquiries: admin@YourLifeChoices.com.au
or by mail to:
PO Box 157,
Darling, VIC, 3145