‘The Baby Boomers’ Guide to Life in the 21st Century’ is a multimedia healthy ageing project especially for Australians aged 55 and over.

Its 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. Season 2 was scheduled for release in March 2020, but our show has gone into hibernation because of Covid.

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’.

Podcasts are available from this site with additional material and useful links.

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’ 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

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 Amphlett

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.

Jeff Furolo

Our Host, Jeff Furolo is a healthy ageing specialist. He has much experience in mental health nursing and nursing care of the older person. He now teaches speciality mental health nursing and care of the older person to Bachelor of Nursing students at UTS in Sydney. Jeff has developed, delivered and evaluated healthy ageing programs for older people in their communities, and has developed and is now delivering healthy ageing training for student nurses at UTS.

Raul Hernandez

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. 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.