Category: Seniors

Wellbeing for Seniors

Dr Sue Ferguson As well-known psychologist Martin Seligman says, “I’m trying to broaden the scope of positive psychology well beyond the smiley face. Happiness is just one-fifth of what human beings choose to do.” These building blocks of wellbeing are described by the acronym ‘PERMA’, and they help us flourish. These are an important aspect of wellbeing, but they also contribute to our resources and resilience and thus our future wellbeing. P is for Positive emotions (happiness, optimism, gratitude, amusement, awe and joy). So, try to think positively about your situation, or list 3 good things that have happened...

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Time to get Crafty

Madeleine Taplin Have you recently found yourself having a lot of spare time on your hands? Then maybe it is time to invest in a new hobby – arts and crafts! As seniors, it is the perfect time to invest some time into learning and gaining knowledge around a range of skills, all of which will benefit other parts of your life. If you are stuck for where to start, here are some great crafts to get stuck into this autumn! Painting: Ah, we love the smell of oil paints in the morning! Painting is a perfect skill for...

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Aussie Seniors Remaining Resilient

Isabella Ross As 2020 drew to a close, more than half (51.6%) of Australia’s over 50s are looking forward to closing it out and have high hopes for what 2021 holds. Even though there is still uncertainty surrounding the global health crisis, more than two in five (41.5%) are set to just “get on with things”, according to findings in the Seniors and Resilience report. Interestingly, Australians over 60 are more resigned to move through whatever comes their way than their younger counterparts, under 60 years of age (44.4% vs. 36.7%). At the same time, males are also more...

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Plan an Outback Adventure

Eliza Cusack With overseas holidays out of the picture for the foreseeable future, why not take advantage of what Australia has to offer and plan an outback adventure. We have chosen three different types of tours depending on your fitness ability and what sights you are hoping to see. KAKADU The Northern Territory is home to thousands of native wildlife and species of flora. There is also the opportunity to learn more about the Indigenous people of Australia. If you are looking to rent or utilise your own caravan, camping in the Kakadu National Park is a once in...

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Start to Solve Tomorrow’s Problems Today

Dr Sue Ferguson Usually when we think of coping, we think of efforts to deal with stressful situations we are in the midst of (reactive coping). Proactive coping, on the other hand, involves identifying and dealing with stressful situations that are likely to happen in the future. This includes building our resilience and resources, making plans, and changing our thoughts and behaviour in order to deal with the situation in advance and thus reduce its impact. As we get older, we get better at using proactive coping. Among Australian older adults, higher proactive coping is associated with higher personal...

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