3 ideas for a peaceful and happy Christmas

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 more peaceful. So far, so good. It’s been fun and relaxing, and this is why.

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Celebrating carers at Christmas

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 cancer. My observation of carers is this …

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5 Christmas gift ideas to combat loneliness

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.

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To drive or not to drive? That is the question …

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 I parked as quickly as possible and walked back to assist. This is what I discovered …

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8 tips for online dating when 60+

Single is great.  There’s no one else to consult or negotiate with about what you want to do on a weekend.  No sharing a bathroom.  And, only one mess to clean up – your own.  Whether always single, divorced, or widowed, as we get older we may just want company.  But, night clubs and bars may not be where we want to hang out to meet a possible partner.  Internet dating may just be the answer …

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Why this 7 minutes is inspiring

I rarely read, listen or watch biographies or autobiographies.  Sometimes though there’s a story that unexpectedly touches and inspires me.  This is one of those stories.  Read on to hear the story and why I found it so encouraging.

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Why laughter is the best medicine

Recently I attended a forum on ‘Humour and Happiness for Healthy Ageing‘.  It was interesting, fun, and informative.  This is some of what I learned.

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How volunteering reduces depression, cardiovascular disease & more

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics nearly one-third of all Australians, that’s 4.4 million Australians, do voluntary work contributing 704.1 million hours of labour.  We know that remaining active and engaged in life is essential to living a long, happy, and healthy life.  However, who would have guessed that volunteering could provide these physical and mental benefits to how we age?

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6 factors to consider so you can stay at home as you age

Whilst some of us are happy to move to a retirement village when we’re older it’s not for everyone.  I’m probably in this latter group.  However, a danger of remaining at home is loneliness and isolation and potentially poorer health.  Keep reading to learn what we need to consider to remain healthy and happy if we want to remain at home.

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Why community matters …

A number of years ago I caught a train from Sydney to Canberra. The train left Sydney late morning so the majority of passengers were pensioners. I sat opposite a lovely couple and, as is my tendency, we chatted. Their story is one I’ve not forgotten, so I thought I’d share it with you here.

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