This post was originally published on this site. The last time I spoke to my youngest brother Peter was on his 31st birthday. Six times, I had tried to get through, but each time the phone connection dropped out. Finally, on the seventh attempt, it went through. I was at my home in McLean, Virginia. He was in a locked ward in a psychiatric hospital in Sydney half a world … [Read more...] about Mental Illness: Let’s Extend Compassion and Remove the Stigma
Dementia is undoubtedly one of the most frightening and devastating prospects of aging. We've all had moments of forgetfulness or absent-mindedness, but as we approach middle-age, it can stir a deep unease and anxiety. It's certainly hard to quell that tiny inner fear when the statistics are so confronting. Over 400,000 Australians are currently living with dementia. The … [Read more...] about 7 lifestyle factors you can modify that may help prevent dementia
This article was originally published in the new retired ABC Active Memory blog. Here I take a look at some of the evidence linking education and occupation with better cognitive function in older age. Rich lifetime experiences like higher education or engaging in mentally challenging occupations have a major influence on how you age cognitively. This is because … [Read more...] about Can you prevent memory loss and brain ageing?
The Starlight Children's Foundation mission is "To brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families". In 2016 the organisation granted 426,238 "wishes", sent 130 "Captain Starlight" ambassador into hospitals around the country making 58,496 ward visits and bringing fun to kids too sick to leave their hospital bed. The organisation also has "Starlight Express … [Read more...] about Dealing with tragedy – Starlight CEO shares her recipe for Balance
Do you ever wake up in the morning and wonder how you are going to make it through the day? Do you ever feel so overwhelmed with sadness, depression, anxiety or loneliness that you sometimes ask, “What’s the use? Is this all there is to life?” Perhaps you even have thoughts of ending it all. I know I did. Seventeen years ago, that was my life, every day, and I was ready to … [Read more...] about You Are Not Alone