• Health Matters,  Life Day By Day,  Retirement

    Older and waiting

    We all must wait, but when you are older and waiting there is another story! When you are older, waiting can be more difficult. The longer you sit, the harder it is to get up. Of course, I am not talking about myself, I am not that old yet! But there are many people who are older than me and need help getting out of a chair or walking, either with a stick or a wheelie walker. No more was I aware of being older and waiting when I was at my ophthalmologist this week. The waiting room is long, seats all around the walls, we are all familiar with…

  • Health Matters

    A no brainer – keeping our brain young

    A no brainer is something that requires little effort. When we are young little effort usually goes into thinking about keeping our brain young! As our body ages though other organs, including our brain grow old. The brain is a very important organ, so much so that it is protected by our skull. The brain needs to keep functioning in tip-top shape as it runs our body and controls everything we do, even when asleep. While I said it is a no brainer to keep our brain young it does take some brain power and effort to look after ourselves. If we look after our brain, our brain will look…

  • Health Matters

    Digital Detox

    Have you had anyone talk to you about a digital detox lately? Are we spending too much time on our smart devices? If we are, is this the smart thing to do? We were in Mulgowie last week. Where is Mulgowie I can hear you saying? It is a small town in the Lockyer Valley, 10 kms from Laidley. The small township consists of a few houses or was that only one and the Mulgowie Hotel, no other shops! My O&O was sitting in the car, waiting for me, under a tall shady tree, 30 metres from the Hotel. A woman who lived at the house arrived home. She must…

  • Health Matters

    Life is like an onion

    Life is like an onion and our life is also full of onions. Let me explain. Peeling an onion is often used as a metaphor to explain life. We can only find what is at the centre of the onion if we peel back the layers. For example, we can use the onion metaphor in the context of learning. We learn layer by layer and finally we have grasped, or hopefully, the knowledge we need to acquire in our field of study. The onion metaphor or analogy can help us describe or understand a culture to evaluating a person for a job by exploring the different layers of knowledge, skills, behaviour…

  • Health Matters,  Life Day By Day

    Pets and our health

    It may come as no surprise that there are benefits for our health in having a pet. This could be a pet dog, cat, bird, horse, pony or like us – chickens. If you are kind to an animal, feed them well and take care of their health, the spinoff is that it is good for our health. Many animals make good companions and reward us with acceptance and unconditional love. This is what so many people are looking for today, in a world where acceptance is sometimes difficult to find. The western capitalist and consumer world is very individualistic. The focus is on self and what “I” can get…

  • Health Matters

    Skin Cancer

    Did you know that the cost of treating skin cancer is higher in Australia than any other cancer. For many years I have been part of the QSKIN Sun & Health Study at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute. The QIMR, based in Brisbane, Queensland, is a world leading research centre which focuses on four areas: cancer; infectious disease; mental health and chronic disorders. The QSKIN research is the largest medical research study ever conducted in Queensland. In 2014 the research was expanded to the QSKIN Genetics Project and 42,690 participants were invited to provide a saliva sample. I provided mine in 2015. In total 20,925 responded positively and 18,627…

  • Health Matters,  Life Day By Day

    Living life with one arm in a sling

    For two weeks, my “One & Only” (O&O) has lived life with one arm in a sling. Most of us who are able-bodied and have two arms working don’t think too much about the importance of two arms working together simultaneously. Just like me, on my keyboard writing this post, I am using both arms/hands. It is a very difficult situation when suddenly one arm/hand is not functioning. We take so much for granted when we have two arms working together. We need this for the basics such as showering, getting dressed, tying up shoelaces, cutting up food and much more. No driving the car for months for my O&O.…

  • Health Matters,  My Garden

    Too Much Apple Pie!

    Who is eating too much apple pie? Not at our house. These days we prefer or our digestive system copes better with savoury food. This is working in our favour, keeping us healthier than we would be if we ate apple pie. When I was growing up apple pie was often on the table and even today it is popular. As we grow older the better option is to eat fresh wholefoods, when we can. My continual mantra is – where we can, we should grow our own food. At least, some of our food and certainly herbs. When I see a person in the supermarket with herbs in their…

  • Health Matters,  Socio-Political

    The Upsides and Downsides of Health Care in Australia

    There are upsides and downsides to health care in Australia. The upside is that we all have access to health care through public hospitals and the universal health care system, Medicare. When you have private health care insurance, the upside is you have more choices. With private health care insurance waiting times for elective surgery and access to other medical specialist care is reduced. The downside is that you pay for health insurance and sometimes for health care services, not covered by your policy. The other downside is that Medicare is under pressure as health care costs increase. The system cannot keep up with demand and that is a big…

  • Health Matters,  Retirement,  Socio-Political

    The Naked Retiree, Depression and the Mediterranean Garden

    The Naked Retiree, getting older, tired and depressed should now be creating a Mediterranean Garden. There is more than one reason that the naked retiree must get out in the garden. Already, many retirees have felt the heavy hand of the Federal Government changes to the age pension. That is, those that have less in their pocket. A few naked retirees have a little more, but not much more! Around 170,000, to be more precise, will receive $30 more in their fortnightly pension payment. Though for many of those, this small “leg up” will not make much difference when many are already living on “struggle street”. There are hundreds of…