Category: Seniors

The Importance of Self-Care for Seniors

Taking the time to care for yourself is linked to not just your own health, but also to your ability to take care of others. As one of my sisters reminds me, (metaphorically, following airline advice) put your own facemask on first, only then can you help others. Yes, self-care includes a good diet, exercise, and sleep, but also protecting yourself from COVID-19, and the flu. So, keep social distancing and get your flu shot if you haven’t already! It also involves keeping up with self-management routines for your existing chronic illnesses and talking to your GP regularly (by telehealth or going into the practice). Importantly, self-care also involves looking after your mental health and social wellbeing. Your self-care plan should also include something: • Active• Fun• Social• Meaningful• Relaxing. Some activities combine 2 or 3 of these, giving you more bang for your buck! Remind yourself what you previously did for fun and find creative ways to do modified forms of it during social distancing. Take a walk with a friend, or dance to your favourite music in your lounge room or try a new recipe. Learn to notice when you’re starting to get anxious or stressed and replace that unhelpful thought. For example, “this isn’t going to be forever.” Pace your activities and take breaks before you need to (I really need to work on this one...

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Positive Ways to Deal with Stress

This is a tough time for everyone, with physical distancing from others and anxiety about COVID-19. There is a lot to deal with – the loss of our usual routines and activities, the loss of income for many as our superannuation goes down, and some the loss of jobs. For those living alone, the loss of physical contact or a simple hug is particularly hard. It’s important to acknowledge the feelings we are having in this situation. One important point is to stay up to date with the latest information, but only watch or read about it once or...

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Natural Ways to Boost Immunity

Dipti Singh As the temperature drops by a couple of degrees, it is hard not to sneeze, cough or sniff. As you age, your immune system begins to weaken and becomes less effective in counteracting infections. For seniors, it is important to boost your immunity and indeed, a healthy diet of herbs, fruits, and spices rich in protein, vitamins, and minerals can help in doing so. By incorporating a healthy and active lifestyle, your loved one’s ageing can potentially boost the health of the immune system to prevent and combat disease. Food Rich in Vitamin D Vitamin D is...

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Staying Connected 101

Dipti Singh Coronavirus is still in full swing across the world and the chances of developing the disease increase with age. Public health experts suggest that social distancing and isolation are of utmost importance during this period. Four Australians out of five aged 65 and over suffer from at least one medical condition. The authority is concerned about the well-being and the mental health toll it can take on seniors due to anxiety, illness, restricted social interactions and weeks without seeing friends and relatives. When you or a loved one start experiencing the consequences of being confined at home,...

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Overcoming Loneliness

Dr Sue Ferguson Following submission of my piece on Overcoming Loneliness, in the Seniors Section of the 2020 April Issue, a lot has changed. Now as seniors, we have to be extra careful about social distancing. I’d rather call it physical distancing from others, as it’s more important than ever to try to keep socially connected. If you’re looking for ideas for how to keep up your social connections, and possibly even build them during this time of COVID-19 (and why this is so important for your own mental and physical health too), then have a look at this...

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