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Three inspiring stories from amazing Aussies about retirement


If there’s one thing that retired people – or those near retirement know – it’s that retiring doesn’t mean slowing down.

We spoke to three older Aussies with unique life stories and refreshing attitudes. Hear how they are having the time of their lives doing what they love, and enjoying everything this time in life has to offer!

Setting sail with Kay Cottee AO

Passion is a common thread throughout the lives of our three subjects. The first woman to sail single-handed, non-stop and unassisted around the world – it’s no surprise that Kay Cottee AO isn’t one to sit still and let the world pass her by.

Whether it was her incredible sailing adventure, getting a fine arts degree and studying under master artists, speaking publicly for 40,000 high schoolers or raising money for charity (Life Education being a major one) – Kay has never been constrained to one niche.

As she says “The best thing about being in this stage of my life I think is almost being answerable to no-one.”

Dancing into retirement with Li Cunxin

Li Cunxin, also known as Mao’s Last Dancer, has many spellbinding stories to tell. A true rags-to-riches story, Li was born in rural China into poverty.

From there, he went on to become one of the world’s most gifted dancers, with a career that sustained well into his 30’s. Eventually, after hanging up his dancing shoes, he transformed himself into a successful stockbroker.

But he couldn’t stay away from his true love – dance. He is now the Artistic Director of the Queensland Ballet, showing us all that passion never dies.  

The beat goes on with Lindy Morrison

We love trailblazing women, which is why we were so excited to speak with a true one of a kind – Lindy Morrison. OAM recipient, social worker, mother and former drummer for iconic Australian band The Go-Betweens, there’s nobody quite like Lindy.

Turning 70 in 2021, Lindy refuses to be defined by being ‘older’ and declines to conform to any one stereotype. in fact, she demands better representation for older Australians.

It’s no surprise that Lindy has a unique view on the concept of retirement. From her past as a woman in a difficult rock scene, to her tireless community work and continued career as a performing musician, Lindy has always been a lightning rod for progressive action.

Staying covered in retirement

If you’re moving into a new stage of life, your insurance needs may be evolving. For example, if you’re moving into a retirement village, your old home and contents insurance may no longer be appropriate.

Apia can help with policies designed with older Aussies in mind.

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