Older people and mental health

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Getting older brings its share of challenges, and at times you may find it difficult to stay mentally healthy and strong.   If feelings like sadness or worry are preventing you from getting the most out of life, help and support is available.   Your mental health is important Your mental health is a central part of your overall…

Do’s and Don’t of downsizing your home

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Downsizing your home is a big decision for retirees in Australia and one that requires much thought and planning. A large home and garden is great when raising a family but cleaning and maintenance can become labourious when the chickens fly the coop. Throw in some health and mobility issues and downsizing your home to…

Scam Alert

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If you received a call out of the blue from the Tax Office saying you had a tax debt you had to pay immediately or be arrested, what would you think? If Telstra called you and said there were internet problems in your area and they needed remote access to your computer in order to…

It’s that time of the year again

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Australia experienced one of its worst flu seasons last year; the largest since the 2009 ‘bird flu’ year. With another flu season on its way, it pays to get in early with a vaccination to help prevent illness. The flu, or influenza, is highly contagious and is passed on through infected droplets from coughs or…

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…

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…