Why sleep is a key to your health and wellbeing

Sleep is a fascinating and bizarre behaviour. We race around all day with our schedule planned to the last minute, then we lie down and hibernate for several hours.

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Exercise improves memory and thinking skills

Dementia is one of the great fears of ageing. And there’s no way of knowing if you will suffer it before it gets you. Heidi Godman, the executive editor of the Harvard Health Letter, says that exercise may be a key help for us.

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Health: Getting your dose of iron in a plant-based diet

There are many benefits to a plant-based diet. Research shows vegetarian diets are linked with several health advantages: lower blood cholesterol and blood pressure; and a reduced risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, obesity and overall cancer.

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You need friends to help your brain as you age

Friendships are worth building. For your brain’s sake. Having friends as you age helps your brain. In fact, it ‘might be the best brain booster as you age’.

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Podcast: Some realities about cognitive decline and ageing

The good news is that forgetting is not a sign of dementia. Joanne Earl, an associate professor and retirement researcher at Macquarie University talks about this and much more about dementia and Alzheimer’s. She looks at the real signs of dementia and where to go for resources (dementia.org.au) and hopes the future includes brain checks. […]

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Your brain needs you to have friends for retirement

People need people. That’s true in all types of situations. And the evidence is that when it comes to brain health, we do need people—social connections.

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Podcast: Research calls for a whole-of-life approach to retirement

The research says that the best retirements come from a holistic approach to life and retirement. That’s according to Joanne Earl, an associate professor and retirement researcher at Macquarie University. She suggests a ‘six-bucket’ approach that involves an emphasis on all the following: Health; Wealth; Social; Cognitive; Emotional; Motivational. Bruce Manners is the author of Retirement […]

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Making the case for lifelong learning

Keeping our brains active and engaged, stimulated and challenged is important. I was reminded of the value of lifelong learning when I recently interviewed David Bottomley. Aged 94, he’s the oldest PhD graduate in Australia’s history.

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One easy way to prepare for retirement—sleep on it

Sleep and retirement? What’s the connection? Simply this: research is demonstrating that sleep is a key to both physical and brain health.

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It’s worth attempting to keep your brain healthy now

I was reminded of the need to keep our brains as healthy as possible when I came across Bill Lyon’s story. Bill has Alzheimer’s—or ‘Al’ as he calls it. He’s personalised his disease to help him fight it—him.

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