It’s time to take our medicine—Part 2: Fitness benefits

When it comes to exercise, anything is better than nothing. The more you do, the greater the benefits—and the benefits build up over time. That’s the message from Professor Robin Daly, the Chair in Exercise and Ageing within the Institute for Physical Activity and Nutrition at Deakin University, Melbourne.

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Question: When I stop working, will I do … nothing?

In her book The Artist’s Way for Retirement, Julia Cameron lists what she calls the common problems facing the newly retired. Her list is broad-ranging. It includes: ‘too much time, lack of structure, a sense that our physical surroundings suddenly appear outdated, excitement about the future coupled with a palpable fear of the unknown.’

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Why you should take your lunch to work

Lunch—it’s a meal we’re all familiar with yet many of us find it to be a struggle. Throw in a busy working week and lunch can be a pain to plan and prepare for. It’s so much easier to buy a bite to eat at the café or canteen, right? While the lure of a quick-serve salad or sandwich might be tempting, is it healthier than what you can pull together yourself?

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It’s time to take our medicine—Part 1: Exercise as medicine

Exercise as medicine? I’d asked Robin Daly about health and exercise, and several times he mentioned ‘prescribing’ exercise. He sees this as an important part of an overall health approach.

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New index helps to understand finances in retirement

The cost of housing gets a special mention in the latest YourLifeChoices Retirement Affordability Index. Produced by YourLifeChoices and The Australia Institute, the index aims to help you understand how much money you currently need to live at various levels and lifestyles in retirement.

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Understanding permanent residency rules to receive an Australian Age Pension—Part 2

The Australian Social Security system ensures that citizens have the financial resources for at least a frugal, minimal standard of living when they’re unable to earn an income from work. In this, the second, and final, post about the Australian Age Pension and residency, the focus is on checks that applicants are really part of the Australian community.

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Where do you belong among the retirement statistics?

Every year the Australian Bureau of Statistics puts out its ‘Retirement and Retirement Intentions’ report. The latest (2016-17 report) gives a fascinating statistical look at what’s happening. (Not everyone finds statistics fascinating, of course.) Where do you see yourself among the statistics?

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Podcast: Be prepared to expect the unexpected in retirement

No matter how well you plan there will be the unexpected in your retirement—the same as there is in life at any stage. In this podcast, we discuss some of the things that can happen. The bottom line is that there are times when you have to be flexible.

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Understanding permanent residency rules to receive an Australian Age Pension—Part 1

The Australian Social Security system ensures that citizens have the financial resources for at least a frugal, minimal standard of living when they can’t earn an income from work. However, the Australian taxpayer is wary of paying Age Pensions to people who haven’t really been part of the Australian community.

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The dark side of retirement only the brave talk about

As a teen in the mid-60s, I remember singing along with The Who’s ‘My Generation’ with its line, ‘I hope I die before I get old’. It’s probably too late for me to fulfil that rather naive wish.

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