Whilst some of us are keen to finish work and never go back, many others (including me) enjoy working and want to continue doing so beyond 55 or 65. Although we can feel discarded and made to question our relevance and value in organisations, older workers have lots to offer. Working also has health benefits. But […]
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Many years ago I saw a landscaper standing on the path with his smart phone leaning against a rock as he did sign language. I marvelled at the freedom this technology had provided to the hearing impaired who use sign language as they could now visually communicate with each other using a phone. Smart phones, computers, […]
that according to the Oxford English dictionary, retirement means: ‘The action or fact of leaving one’s job and ceasing to work’, or ‘the period of one’s life after retiring from work’. Why is this a problem?
I recently attended ‘The Future of Ageing’ conference run by the Arts Health Institute. It was an informative, action-packed, fun 2 days with a range of expert speakers intermingled with singing, comedy, films, and a dance performance written, choreographed, and designed by an inspiring 101 year old dancer who also performed in the show. The […]
Eric’s a good friend. He turns 80 this year. He’s lively, fun, interesting and an inspiration for ageing well. He’s not a doddering ‘old man’ and looks significantly younger than his actual age. When I asked him recently what he thought was the secret to ageing well, this is what he told me …
We’re moving. Not major. Just from one part of Sydney to another. We’ve never lived in the area we’re planning on moving to and don’t know the area particularly well. The process is challenging and exciting. Here’s why …
This year I’ve come to Perth to celebrate Christmas with family. It’s been a few years. Often it’s stressful as I’m a bit of a perfectionist, a foodie and enjoy creating the magic of Christmas for my children. This year I wanted to do all of this without the stress. For celebration preparations to be […]
I have several friends who are caring or have cared for a loved one – either a spouse, parent, or child. My experience of caring is limited to when I took care of my father in the last weeks of his life before he finally passed away after a rapid decline in health due to lung […]
My mother-in-law lives by herself. She’s in her late 70’s. Her home is immaculate. She is immaculate. She has two cats. We live in Sydney. She lives in London. That’s just the start of a story that many families are challenged by at Christmas.
Not long ago I saw an elderly gentleman shuffling along the footpath, looking down and watching where he was walking. He came to a set of traffic lights and walked down the sloped gutter onto the road against a red walking signal. Concerned that he hadn’t noticed the signal and perhaps wasn’t seeing the traffic […]