‘The Baby Boomers’ Guide to Life in the 21st Century’ is a multimedia healthy ageing project especially for Australians aged 55 and over.
Season 3 – Coming Soon!
Season 3 of Baby Boomers Guide kicks off in June 2022. Watch this space!
Season 2 aired all around Australia through the Community Radio Network and through podcast each Tuesday 2 pm EST time.
Each episode discusses an aspect of ageing in Australia, starting with an interview with an expert on the theme for the week.
In ‘The Punters’ Panel’ we hear three older Australians have a conversation about how the issues raised in the interview affect them in their daily lives. Later we will discuss themes like ‘Spirituality & Ageing’, ‘Intergenerationality’, ‘Sex, Relationships & Ageing’, and ‘Tourism & Ageing’.
We also hear from well-known older Australians who describe their formative cultural experiences in ‘Nostalgia Town’.
Finally, each week Lex and Patricia present ‘Your Two Cents Worth’. In this segment, our hosts will have a special guest or broach a topic to help you navigate the tricky world of finances, economic security and planning.
Podcasts are available from this site with additional material and useful links, and longer versions of our interviews are also available here.
‘The Baby Boomers’ Guide to Life in the 21st Century’ is made possible with support from The Community Broadcasting Foundation. The executive producers are Jeff Furolo and Yumi Lee.
Season One’s thirteen-episode pilot series was broadcast weekly one-hour live from Radio Skid Row in Sydney’s inner west from 6 March to 13 June 2019.
In October 2019, ‘Baby Boomers’ Guide to Life in the 21st Century’ won the 2019 NSW Ministerial Advisory Council on Ageing Health and Lifestyle Media Award.
Each episode discusses an aspect of ageing in Australia, starting with an interview with an expert on ‘The Expert Speaks’. In ‘The Punters’ Panel’ we hear two local older people discuss their thoughts. We also hear from well known older Australians who describe their formative cultural experiences in ‘Nostalgia Town’. Finally, we hear about things older people can do with their time in Sydney and the Inner West in a segment called ‘Out and About’.
Our program partners included NSW COTA (Council On The Ageing), The Older Women’s Network (OWN), NSW ACON, the NSW Ethnic Communities Council, Inner West Council, Radio Skid Row and the Nursing Care of the Older Person studies at The University of Technology (UTS) Sydney.
‘The Baby Boomers’ Guide to Life in the 21st Century’ Season One was made possible with support from The Community Broadcasting Foundation. It was produced by Jeff Furolo, Raul Hernandez and Lex Marinos in the Radio Skid Row studios in Sydney’s inner west.
Lex Marinos OAM was born in Wagga Wagga, NSW into a family of Greek cafe owners. Lex attended University of NSW, receiving a BA with Honours in Drama, and also studied with renowned American acting teacher, Stella Adler.
Since then he has worked in all areas of the entertainment industry as an actor, director, writer, broadcaster and teacher.
Best known for his television performances in Kingswood Country and ABC’s production of The Slap, as well as other series, dozens of films and TV episodes, on stage Lex has appeared with the Nimrod, APG, Sydney Theatre Company, Melbourne Theatre Company, Company B, Big hART, and at many arts festivals, as well as commercial productions such as The King and I.
His work has taken him all over Australia, from remote Indigenous communities to the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney Olympics. Lex has also worked extensively on ABC radio since the riotous inception of 2JJ. Lex has also held many advisory and governance positions with arts and cultural organisations including SOCOG, The Australia Council, and Community Broadcasting Foundation.
His book Blood and Circuses: an irresponsible memoir was published by Allen & Unwin.
Proud member of Actors Equity since 1970.
Patricia “Little Pattie” Amphlett OAM is an Australian singer who performed as a teenager in 1960s pop and then in adult contemporary music.
She first appeared on TV’s Opportunity Knocks at the age of 13. Her debut single from November 1963, He’s My Blonde Headed, Stompie Wompie, Real Gone Surfer Boy, achieved #2 chart success in Sydney and peaked at #19 on the national Kent Music Report.
She appeared regularly on television variety programs including Bandstand in Australia and the Ed Sullivan Show in the US, and toured Australia supporting Col Joye and the Joy Boys.
From the mid-1960s Patricia performed solo in cabarets and clubs and released singles and albums well into the 1990s.
In 1994 Patricia received the Vietnam Logistic and Support Medal for her work supporting the Australian armed forces during the Vietnam War. In 2003 she was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for her services to the Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (as National President) and to Actors Equity (as vice-president).
In 2009 she was inducted into the Australian Recording Industry Association (ARIA) Hall of Fame.
Executive Producer Jeff Furolo is a healthy ageing specialist and health broadcaster. He has much experience in mental health nursing and nursing care of the older person.
Jeff created, produced and presented the award-winning pilot season of Baby Boomers Guide in 2019.
Jeff continues to teach speciality mental health nursing and care of the older person to Bachelor of Nursing students at UTS in Sydney. He has also developed, delivered and evaluated a number of successful healthy ageing programs for older people in their communities, especially those who are lonely and isolated, and he has developed and delivered healthy ageing training for student nurses at UTS.
Executive Producer Yumi Lee is the manager of the NSW Older Women’s Network (this program’s biggest supporter), and has commissioned Season 2 of ‘Baby Boomers Guide’.
Yumi is passionate about ensuring the rights of older people, especially older women, are respected so they can age in dignity. She’s working in the areas of housing insecurity, violence against older women and age discrimination.
Raul Hernandez is an actor, producer, director and broadcaster, born in Guayaquil, Ecuador, where he worked for many years in radio, theatre and TV.
As an actor Raul has performed in several works by renowned Ecuadorian playwright Jose Martinez Queirolo; worked for 14 years as an actor with the group “Doscaratulas Theatre”; worked as a broadcaster for Radio Onda Cero in Ecuador for 6 years, and he was a correspondent for that station for the MTV Latin Awards in 2008.
Raul produced the award-winning pilot season of Baby Boomers Guide in 2019.
Currently, Raul is working at Sydney-based community radio station Radio Skid Row 88.9 FM, where he is the regular presenter of the ‘Latin Beats Show’ every Friday 6–8 pm.