About My Age was a friendship and social-networking website for Australian seniors. Thanks to everyone involved for being a part of it. We could never have done it without you.
"I'm thinking that .... everything that has been written on AMA should be documented and bottled and ejected into outer space. Like a little time capsule floating about, waiting to be found by some alien life form. When eventually found many light years from now, it would cause a great outpouring of envy when the aliens realised what an amazing generation of oldies lived on planet Earth in 2012."
"Thanks for all the friendships I have made, the lovely outings I have shared with AMA members, and, most of all, the way you empowered we 'over 50's!' With so much of our world focusing on the young, the AMA site really made us feel special."
"Vale AMA - good on you for all the good that has come out of this for people. Love and good luck from a member since 21 May 2008."
"Thank you for the many hours of wonderful support provided by this site and its members since the passing of my wife.. Certainly made it easier to cope... I am sure the same can be said for many others too."
"I am very sad to read of the demise of AMA, it is a terrific site and I have enjoyed my time with you. I wish you all the very best for the future and thank you for all the work that you have done on our behalf, there is no other site like AMA, especially for older people. You and your team have done a fantastic job and I really can't thank you enough."
"A very big thank to for providing such a wonderful site where 'seniors' can feel safe and be themselves and continue to make friends and find comfort, fun and continue to grow. I would like to say a very big, yet sad, thank you to you all and wish you all the very best and happy years yet to come."
"I found AMA in 2009, at a time when I had a huge void to fill in my life. The site was full of over 50's of varying ages, We had serious times, fun times, we laughed together, cried together, and gave each other support through bad times."
"Just a quick and final thanks to your dedicated team. It is a shame that dedicated senior sites are few and far between, and it will be hard to find a replacement for AMA."
"I rarely post anything, but I do log on daily, to read the blogs, the my moods, and the events, .....AMA has been wonderful for me, and I have been most fortunate to have met, and made some real good sincere friends, who I regularly see, and have outings with. There should be some sort of award, for the service that you have all provided."
"I'm in the US and you kindly allowed me to participate in a site that was for Australians. I have found many fine friends and enjoyed it so much. You have offered a wonderful service and I have enjoyed it. That was your mission and you have succeeded."
"You can not know how much enjoyment I have had reading different articles and whinges. Your site was a godsend to me when I was feeling very low after my father became ill and passed away. Even though I didn't take part in many discussions events I did enjoy logging on to see what was happening in the seniors world."
"This site has been a life saver for me and I'm sure many others. There is obviously a great need for a site like AMA for the over 50's community to be able to communicate with others and not feel isolated."
"I have met and communicated with some of the loveliest people on this site and made great friends who I truly treasure. Thank you for everything you have done to make this possible."
"I credit AMA with getting me back to work, getting my life back in order and just for being there when I needed help the most. I am now solidly back in the workforce (and enjoying it)."
"I found AMA at a very low point in my life and it helped me to get back on top of things. I met some lovely people, with whom I still keep in touch occasionally, and I was wont to check in every so often to catch up with the happenings in other's lives. I will miss this site, it has been wonderful."
"Thank you! This site helped me through a very difficult and lonely time, I have met some great friends and lovely acquaintances over the time I have been a member, none of which would have crossed my path without this site, so once again, THANK YOU!"
"For they are jolly good fellows, For they are jolly good fellows, For they are jolly good fellows...... And so say all of us......... Hip Hip Hooray, Hip Hip Hooray, Hip Hip Hooray."
"It is a wonderful therapy for so many people on a daily basis lifting their spirits and giving many their only contact with the outside world. AMA is as important as any Government funded organisation to the well being of community members and this site should be regarded as a National Treasure."
"I have enjoyed my time on AMA and have made lots of friends ... first cyber and then in person. Of course some still cyber but they are like old friends."
"I have certainly enjoyed being a member here and will sorely miss it. I can understand that it takes up a lot of time to run the site and what a great job you have done with it. I am most grateful that you organised such a good site for the more mature. We will all miss it, I am sure."
"From a personal point of view this site provides me with something I cannot get from any other site on my computer. I could offer some time as a volunteer if that would be of any help. This is going to leave such a huge hole in my and I'm sure hundreds of other lives."
"So sorry to hear the site is closing. I have been a member for quite a few years now and it is going to feel like I have lost a dear friend. Thank you for all your hard work over the years, this has been a wonderful site to belong to and I am really going to miss everyone. What will we all do without AMA."
"I was saddened to hear that this wonderful site is coming to an end. You can not possibly know how important it has been to me these last 2 and a half years. I’m sure there are many others who feel the same, especially those of us who’ve lost our soulmates and found wonderful cyber friends to help with the transition from being two to a lonely one."
"If someone had told me all those years (well it seems like all those years) ago that I would have stepped into a world of crazy antics, reams of happy times, and a bevvy of unknown people from all round Australia, who have now become my great friends, I would have laughed..Is there such a place ? I would have said?"
"I'd like to take this opportunity to tell you how much I am enjoying AMA. I've met some lovely people and if it wasn't for your website that would not have been possible."
"I think the AMA site is great. Using it has meant that not only have I made some great friends but I have expanded my thinking as well. It has coincidentally improved my computer skills along the way."
"I personally think that this site has played and has a major role to play with the older generation in so many ways, not least is the health of older Australians and in other ways not yet realized. I have said and will continue to say just what a wonderful site this is for people of all and for all walks of life."
"Well would you know...today is the first anniversary of me belonging to this great site. Belonging being the chosen word because that's how it feels."
"What a year it has been. I think I have experienced just about every emotion and circumstance during the last 12 months......family problems, investigations (old jobs), new jobs, sadness, hope, joy, frustration, death, birth, changes of circumstances, breakups, helping others, being helped, new online friends, meeting new friends .......and lots of laughter and fun....probably not much different to many others."
"I came on here with the goal of making a new social life for myself which actually happened and honestly, it would have been very hard to have got through the hard bits without the caring, fun and encouragement from a good many of you....you know who you are...and I thank you, my new found friends and extended family."
"I've actually met a good many new people and had lively and caring interaction with many others. Hopefully there will be many more meetings and much more interaction. Now, before I get too mushy, I wish and hope that we can all have a great new year without too many negatives and that we will all still be here for each other."
"Thanks for a wonderful site that is totally Australian. It's about time some Aussies got off their behinds and did something like this. I wish I had the gumption."
"I am enjoying the interaction with the many AMA folks I have conversed with - To those who I have met may I thank you for the hospitality you have shown. At nearly 71 years of age I can say with some confidence I have never had this many "friends" at one time - I have been an interstate traveller for my work and do not normally make friends all that easily so - I am proud of the inroads I have made with AMA."
"The rest of the net is indeed full of strange websites and even stranger language. Blogs, bots, worms, hackers, trackers.... the list goes on. Thank goodness for About My Age. Plain understandable language, easy to use, informative and most importantly, lots of FUN!"
"I would just like to add that this is a fantastic website. I visit it almost every day to catch up on what others are saying on the discussion boards. You are doing a great job, and the site will only improve as you are able to add more things. A big thank you."
"God I love this site, precisely because people like you say how they're really feeling in numerous ways."
"It's not an easy peazy task to run a site. Personally I feel the crew need a round of applause. I know of no other site that's local and engaging as such thus far. One traverses the world but am always logging in here. Some great contacts have been made."
"Great web site. I don't comment much, but I like reading everyone's comments, ideas, whinges etc. Some issues take me back, way back. It's great."
"Having had no success with other sites which have been either US based or all accessed only after a fee has been paid, I had to try my luck with you as quickly as possible. Already I feel more at ease with your site because it was accessed without any trouble and within minutes of registering, I had two people asking me to be their friends. Unlike many sites, I am not lost in trying to find how to move around the various topics. Many thanks. I am truly looking forward to more happy hours of communication."
"I can't believe I have found somewhere that people seem to have similar views to my own; this is a real treat not having to hide for once."
"...at last I have found a space where I feel like I belong! I am a young at heart person, but did not feel confident about those other spaces where there are all younger people. Thank you for this website. I am sure I will get a lot of pleasure out of becoming a member."
"How much are we saving the government by standing strong along side our great friends on AMA that we may never meet but feel like we have known them forever. Now there maybe no need to book a psychologists couch 4 times a week - because we care, we listen, support without judgement, and sometimes someone will have a word of advise which pushes us further along the road to health and wellbeing, as most of us have simularities in our own lives that we have been struggling to come to terms with alone where most people in the real life are too busy or uninterested to notice. Laughter is a magic potion, Debating pumps up adrenalin, confession is soul cleansing and empathy and understanding are a vital source of healing. We all share, all feel and all laugh at nothing at all sometimes. This is a place where we call home- for that is where the heart is."
"We have explored the About My Age website, its contents and capabilities. I applaud your initiative and innovation in developing this website. It is an excellent forum for people over 50 to discuss issues, make social connections and source information. Social isolation affects many people in our community, particularly those over 50. As a key topic on my agenda, I am supportive of initiatives that work towards maintaining connections to the community. The website has the potential to reach many people, and is an excellent source of information."
"It is well recognised at various levels of government and throughout academia that low social participation can adversely affect the health and wellbeing of older people. Social isolation is also recognised as a risk factor for suicide. New technologies can play an important role in helping older people maintain community connections and therefore contribute to their social inclusion in society."
"While most older people are actively involved in their community there are those who through frailty, disability or caring responsibilities are house bound and 'About My Age' will help provide them with companionship and social networks, as well as information to enable them to access the services they need. Best wishes for the continued growth and success of 'About My Age'."