Category: Seniors

Give Journaling a Go

Journaling, also known as expressive writing, is a technique many of us use to help us make sense of our emotional experiences. Writing about these emotional experiences has shown to be more effective than writing about more superficial topics. So this type of journal is not the same as keeping a daily diary of events. Research suggests that writing about upsetting experiences can sometimes be painful on the day you do it, but over time often produces improvements in mood, reductions in anxiety and fewer visits to the doctor. Writing (or talking about) emotional topics has also been linked...

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Seniors and Furry Friends

Isabella Ross Animals hold a big place in our hearts. Whether it is the classic dog, a feline friend, a budgerigar or even a fluffy bunny, domestic pets are a staple for many Aussies. According to the RSPCA, approximately 62% of Australian households are pet owners. Pet adoption numbers have also risen drastically, as a result of more time spent at home during lockdown and working remotely. It is also a common fact that pets have been found to increase an owner’s sense of wellbeing, mood and communication. With these benefits, not to mention the companionship, seniors are often...

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Is Your Glass Half Full?

Optimism involves expecting good things to happen whether by chance, other people or events, or by your own actions. Having positive thoughts about the future can motivate you to set goals for your future and to come up with plans to deal with future stressors. Research shows that optimism predicts higher wellbeing, better health behaviours (such as better nutrition and dental care), helps adjustment to cancer and chronic pain and lowers stress. Optimism has even been shown to predict lower death rates from heart attacks and reduce the risk of cognitive impairment as we get older. However, we need...

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Turn to Gratitude in Times of Strife

We could all use a mood boost about now! Research has shown that consistently practicing gratitude over time can lead to feeling more positive emotions and help you deal with stress. Practising gratitude is a way of reminding yourself of all the good things that have happened to you (and savouring them). However, gratitude also involves acknowledging and being thankful for the people who helped make those good things happen. Gratitude can just be a way you feel and think, or you can involve expressing your thanks to someone who has helped you or been kind. Gratitude stops you...

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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...

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