Category: Seniors

A Generation Gap

Tayla Foster We have all been there – the comprehensive set of rules barked at us by our parents in a mantra of what we can and cannot say in front of our grandparents. “Cover your tattoos.” “Don’t swear.” “Use your manners.” Majority of which are simply appropriate etiquette!Bridging the gap between generations can be tough when it comes to conversation, but as long as effort is shown, the results will prove worthwhile. Break the Cycle: The conversation will always start with a bear hug from both grandparents followed by the questions we all know and love – “have...

Read More

Local North Shore Activities for Seniors

Dipti Singh It takes some imagination and preparation to find an enjoyable activity that is ideal for the skills of a senior, but it is worth shaking up the routine a bit and getting out of the house. Connecting with others, learning and getting all the senses involved can help to keep elders’ brains active and sharp. It is the best time to encourage the seniors in your life to seek new enjoyable activities. LIBRARIBUS Ku-ring-gai operates a FREE bus for seniors who cannot individually access the Library. The Libraribus and its friendly driver will provide free door-to-door transportation...

Read More

Are You a Worry-Wart at the Moment?

A certain amount of anxiety or worry is normal and helpful. If you often feel shaky, get butterflies in your stomach, find it hard to relax, or worry a lot, these can be part of anxiety. A good way to reduce anxiety is to practice relaxation or meditation! Smiling Mind or Calm apps are good. Try this breathing exercise – take a long slow breath (imagine you are sniffing a flower or perfume), then slowly breathe out (imagine you are blowing out candles). It’s normal to feel concern and be hesitant to get back to activities we have avoided for...

Read More

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...

Read More

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...

Read More

 Be sure to check out Sydney Observer on Instagram: