Recognising stress and how to beat it in to relaxation The human body is designed to experience stress and react to it. Some stress is good for us – it adds interest, excitement and motivation to life, in the right balance. But it is when the level of stress in your life causes you to
7 powerful benefits to continued learning as an adult Getting older has its challenges. But how we take on these challenges defines them as positive or negative. A number of scientific studies over the years shows that a healthy mix of both physical and intellectual activity as we age helps us maintain our overall well-being.
Socially active older adults have slower rates of health decline As we get older, we are often confronted with a wide variety of age-related health problems that can affect our quality of life and significantly impacting on our overall well-being. In addition to the physical ailments, there are a number of emotional and psychological concerns
12 techniques to improve your concentration Did you know that once we get distracted, it takes on average 25 minutes to return to our original task? What’s more concerning, according to a Microsoft Corp study, humans now have a shorter attention span than a goldfish. Where a goldfish can hold their attention spans for 9
Study shows that being stingy with money increases stress levels You may think being stingy is helping you save, but a recent study has shown that pinching the purse strings may actually affect our stress levels. The study was conducted by Queensland University of Technology, published in PLOS One, which found that stingy behavior increases
Over 60s become Facebook’s most passionate users Few people would have predicted that Over 60s would become some of social media’s most passionate users. But a study last year by Pew Research Center found that about one-third of all adults over the age of 65 years reported using social media. Additionally, they found that 62% of
Older adults benefit from social media more than the younger generation Many psychological studies have linked negative health impacts from increased social media use. Most of these studies attribute health impacts to the younger generation (Millennials, Gen X and Gen Z), however social media seems to have more of a positive effect for older adults.
Pension bonus: Almost a million pensioners set to receive over $800 extra per year Almost a million Australians will be up to $804 better off after the federal government’s decision to cut deeming rates. Deeming rates are the rate of return that financial investments, owned by pensioners, are ‘assumed’ by the government to earn, and
Improving social connection and relationships through generosity Year after year, more studies are highlighting the benefits of generosity on both our physical and mental health. Not only does generosity reduce stress, support physical health, enhance sense of purpose, and naturally fight depression, it is also shown to increase one’s lifespan. If a longer, less stressful
Why volunteering positively contributes to happiness Why should volunteering have such positive effects? To date, the mechanisms of the volunteering-health relationship have been understudied, but there are a number of potential theories. One such explanation is that volunteering boosts social resources, which in turn has health implications. However, other theorists provide evidence that volunteering has
13 benefits of learning a musical instrument as we get older It’s never too late to gain the benefits of learning a musical instrument. Our last article revealed the powerful benefits of learning a musical instrument after 60. One of the studies we discovered focussed on the impact of individual piano instruction on adults between
Powerful benefits of learning a musical instrument after 60 It’s never too late to gain the benefits of learning a musical instrument. One study specifically focussed on the impact of individual piano instruction on adults between the ages of 60 and 85. After six months, those who had received piano lessons showed more robust gains
Top 20 music hits of the 1950s The 1950s witnessed the birth of rock and roll music, which would later spawn other related genres such as rockabilly (which also originated in the 1950s), garage rock and pop music, among a huge myriad of other derivations. In short, it is one of this decade’s most defining
Five health benefits linked to adult colouring books Did you know that colouring has therapeutic potential to reduce anxiety, create focus and bring more mindfulness? Ground-breaking research in 2005 proved anxiety levels dropped when subjects coloured mandalas, which are round frames with geometric patterns inside. In fact, psychiatrists have prescribed colouring to patients since the
7 reasons why you should join an online community If you are active online, you should consider joining an online community forum where you can discuss topical interests, news or politics with like-minded individuals. Whether you’re into gardening, hiking, motorcycles, birdwatching or painting, there’s a social group waiting for you. No matter what your hobby,