Bring joy when you visit a loved one with dementia

I don’t know about you but sometimes I feel just a little anxious about visiting a loved one with dementia. Maybe it sounds silly. I mull over what to talk about and how to say things so as not to spark memories that may upset them. I try to sit in silence but that doesn’t always work for me. I […]

Could it be sepsis?

Say you’ve had a virus that, no matter what, you can’t seem to shake. You start to feel lousy, then really lousy.  Your heart rate becomes faster. You may experience, fever or chills, nausea and vomiting, fatigue or weakness and blotchy or discoloured skin. You may also have an impending feeling of doom, as if its all going to end. Think […]

Every backpacker needs a back up plan

Backpacking is an exciting adventure especially when you are travelling around a country that is as safe as Australia. Robberies and thefts do occur but not often. It’s better to focus on being safe and vigilant all the time rather than throwing caution to the wind and losing the lot. Using common sense will take you a long way to […]

Lost or stolen passport. Here’s what to do

There’s nothing more sickening than not be able to find your passport while you are overseas.  Luckiy the Australian Government Passport Office provides some very practical advice on what to do if your passport is lost or stolen. Be prepared for the unexpected when you are abroad by familiarising yourself with this advice before you travel: Lost and stolen passports […]

Social isolation is common in family estrangement

Did you know that one of the impacts of family estrangement can be social isolation. Social isolation is often confused with loneliness. These are two completely different concepts. Let’s face it, who could be surprised that some might yearn social isolation just to have bit of peace and quiet after going through all the trauma of leaving a toxic family. […]

It’s your right to make decisions about your medication

Getting older sometimes attracts pressure from family, friends and others to comply with directives, especially about our healthcare. Those demands to comply may not reflect what we know is right for us or our wishes. Luckily, we have OPAN, the Older Persons Advocacy Network on our side supporting our right to make our own decisions about our health and healthcare. […]

Guidelines for safe and quality care at the end of life

The Australian Commission for Safety and Quality has released a new edition of its National Consensus Statement: Essential elements for safe and high-quality end-of-life care (Consensus Statement). The Consensus Statement describes nine guiding principles that outline a best practice approach to caring for people approaching the end of their life. Click on the link to familiarise yourself with The Consensus Statement […]

Who needs to know when you go?

  In the grief and chaos of losing a loved one, someone is sure to think through who should be told. How do we let family, friends, acquaintances and others know that a loved one has passed. Death notices appear less and less frequently in daily print newspapers. Few of us now scan the death notices for the surnames of […]

Jane is devastated. Her best friend passed away unexpectedly.

Jane’s friend was living her best life when she suddenly passed away. Jane and her friend were around the same age. Jane didn’t even know that her friend was sick. She wasn’t. Her friend’s passing was one of those tragedies that no one saw coming. Just two weeks ago, her friend of thirty years was celebrating the new year with […]

Tips for evacuating and recovering from natural disasters

It’s what nightmares are made of. That’s the trauma of having to evacuate your home in a natural disaster . For many, the brave but necessary decisions, like when to go, where to go, how to go safely and what to leave behind are next level distressing. Our list of suggestions and links may help you to be always prepared. […]

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