Heart Week 28 April – 4 May

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Heart Week by the Heart Foundation Australia is celebrated from 28 April – 4 May. Heart week aims to start a conversation surrounding the importance of good heart health and highlight steps that can be taken towards achieving this. A few of these are outlined below:   Get moving! Regular physical activity is great for…

Tips for seniors living alone

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It is normal to want to stay in your own home for as long as possible as you age. However, it is important to take certain steps to ensure your safety and comfort, especially when living alone. Listed below are five quick tips to improve safety. Get to know your neighbours Taking the time to…

Tips to reduce your fall risk

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If you missed our Let’s Talk: Balance and environmental hazards presentation last month fear not! We have outlined our top tips for reducing the risk of a fall in your home below. Create clear walking paths Arrange furniture so that you have a clear walking path, remove small furniture and clutter from hallways and stairs….

Benefits of Decluttering

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We are all guilty of owning a junk drawer or shoving mess away in a cupboard, however, it is important to take action when mess begins to get in the way of your physical or mental health. Decluttering a space is beneficial to people of all ages as it brings practical storage benefits as well…

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,…