Understanding Dementia

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What is the Understanding Dementia MOOC? The University of Tasmania’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Understanding Dementia, is an easily accessible online course that builds upon the latest in international research on dementia. It’s free and anyone can enrol. The ageing of human populations across the globe has contributed to dementia being identified as one of…

Don’t get conned by ‘dodgy’ tradesmen

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TRADESMAN who knock on your door offering to do maintenance work often turn out to be dodgy ‘travelling con men’. COTA Victoria shares with Seniors News some great tips for what to look out for. A seemingly kind offer to do some of the physical maintenance tasks around the home, such as driveway resurfacing, painting,…

Measuring your memory loss

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“If you want to manage it, you need to measure it”. That’s one of my wellbeing mantras. Recently a few of my friends seem to be having a midlife wellbeing crisis. They are worried they are losing their memory. The recall isn’t as good as it used to be, names that were once sharp as…

Memories of my visit to Santa

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Memories of my visit to Santa..an unforgettable trip to Lapland by Travel Connections Manager, Kristie Hale   Every child imagines what Santa’s home looks like. Two years ago, I was blessed to live the dream for myself in a tour of Lapland, the northern region of Finland and one of the most amazing lands I…

Happiness doesn’t just have one address

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The kids are gone…finally and suddenly you have to clean a monstrosity of a house which probably doesn’t tie in with retirement being a fun and relaxing time. That is probably one less day of bowls, bridge, golf, etc. and maybe a noose around the neck if you want to travel frequently. Downsizing is a…

Brush up on hand washing and beat the bugs

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As the cure for colds, flus and other seasonal viruses and bacteria continues to elude us, it’s best to avoid getting sick in the first place, and good old handwashing is the cheapest and most effective form of infection control we have. Yet many of us don’t wash our hands when we should and when…

Top excuses we make not to exercise

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Here are some of the top excuses we make not to exercise and how we can overcome them: ‘I don’t have time’ I don’t have to time to exercise translates to I don’t have time to look after my health. If you were to write down a diary of your day, you would find that…

Benefits of Technology

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Rather than being fearful of technology Seniors can find great benefit in embracing all that technology has to offer. Social Connection While no technology can take the place of in-person human interaction, video chat services like Skype, or Internet-based communication channels such as email and social media, can supplement seniors’ social interactions when visits with…

Exercise link to Cancer Survival

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  The impact exercise has on surviving many common cancers can’t be ignored, with Australian research showing the risk of dying may be reduced by nearly a half by regularly walking and lifting moderate weights. A review of more than 100 studies involving tens of thousands of cancer patients worldwide published in the American Journal…

Your Consumer rights in dealing with salespeople

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We’ve all had the experience: you’re at home and the phone rings. It’s a salesperson with a strong desire to sell you something right now and with an almost bulletproof ability to withstand polite refusals. Or there’s a knock on the door and you open it to find the world’s pushiest salesperson with the world’s…