Senior Health

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General interest

Eat Nuts for general health and well being:

10 grams of nuts about 9 almonds, 12 peanuts or six cashews have been to show massive health benefits.

Dutch researchers found that 120,000 adults that ate a handful of nuts daily cut their risk of death by cancer, diabetes and heart disease.


Heart Attack

A heart attack is a serious medical emergency where the supply of blood to the heart is suddenly blocked, usually by a blood clot.

Lack of blood to the heart can seriously damage the heart muscle.

Dial triple zero (000) or emergency number in your country and ask for an ambulance if you suspect that you, or someone you know, is having a heart attack. Symptoms of a heart attack can include:

  • chest pain: the chest can feel like it is being pressed or squeezed by a heavy object, and pain can radiate from the chest to the jaw, neck, arms and back
  • shortness of breath
  • feeling weak and/or lightheaded
  • an overwhelming feeling of anxiety.

If you have any of the symptoms above, you could be having a heart attack. If your symptoms are severe, get worse quickly or last longer than 10 minutes call triple zero (000) immediately and ask for an ambulance. If calling triple zero (000) does not work on your mobile try calling 112. Early treatment could save your life. It is important to stress that not everyone experiences severe chest pain. The pain can often be mild and mistaken for indigestion.

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As Summer is nearly upon us we need to stay healthy in the heat

Hot weather can affect us all but the most vulnerable in our society such as the elderly and young children are particularly at risk

Here are some hints to cope with the heat

Stay Hydrated – you may not feel thirsty but it is wise to drink water and fluids. If you have been advised to limit your fluid intake please consult with your doctor as to how much you can drink in very hot weather.

Dress for Summer – light clothes, cotton, light coloured clothes reflect the heat and sunlight. Young babies, a cotton singlet and nappy will keep them comfortable. The main thing is to maintain a normal body temperature.

Minimise sun exposure – keep out of the heat as much as possible. If you need to go out wear a hut, sunglasses, sunscreen and take fresh water with you.

Seek medical advice – if  you feel unwell during hot weather talk to your GP or ring Nurse-on-call 1300 60 60 24. Dial 000 or emergency number in your area for life threatening emergencies.

Remember your pets – pets are most vulnerable in the heat. If you have a long haired dog, like mine a summer clip is just the thing to make them more comfortable. Ensure they have plenty of cool, fresh water available also a shady cool spot to escape the heat. A second bowl of water may be a good idea. I put ice blocks in the inside water bowl.

Prepare your home – Pull the outside blinds down, check fly screens, having a property well prepared for the heat will save you money and is good for the environment. When the cool change hits open up the front and back doors and enjoy the cool breeze.

Prepare for a power failure – have a torch handy, fully charged mobile phone, fill up the water jug in the fridge, a battery operated wireless (radio) and extra batteries.

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Men told to go light on salami and snags

MEN who gorge on bacon, ham and sausages could be damaging their hearts and heading for an early grave, new research has shown.


Vitamin D – sun in short supply during winter (Vitamin D helps calcium absorption)

Research has found 4 million Australians are not getting enough Vitamin D. Deficiency rates soared in Victoria, Tasmania and the ACT during winter. This is of special concern for our seniors as lack of Vitamin D can effect our bones and lead to osteoporosis in later life. Professor Rebecca Mason has advised that this a problem that should not be dismissed. “Australians needed at least 10 minutes of exposure to the sun on the arms during mid-morning or afternoon to receive adequate Vitamin D which is absorbed through the sun’s ultraviolet-B rays”.

Extracted from a Health article – The Age
Personal recommendation: After having a blood test my Doctor advised me that I was low in Vitamin D and suggested I take a supplement of Vit D. I use Blackmores Vitamin D3, 1000iu from Chemist warehouse. Always so competitive and reasonably priced. Call 1800 803 760 or Visit – for free advice


Vision and Hearing

Coffee good for eyes

Scientists say a chemical found in the coffee drink prevents deteriorating eyesight. Coffee has 1 per cent caffeine but up to 9 per cent chlorogenic acid which is a strong antioxidant. A study found this prevented retinal degeneration.

Extracted from Herald Sun May 9th 2014

Way to prevent age-related blindness in sight with radical gene therapy

A PIONEERING Australian gene therapy research project has hit paydirt, with a revolutionary eye treatment attracting $80 ­million from US investors.

Perth scientists say the new ­approach could save health budgets billions of dollars while sparing elderly patients the need for painful monthly eye injections.

 Glasses from Specsavers


If you are over 60, select one pair of glasses from the $149 range or above and you are entitled to receive 25% off the total price. That’s 25% off the frame, lenses and any extra options you choose

Over 70 Stores now open in Victoria

Visit to find your local store and for further offers



Tai Chi is a series of gentle movements originating from China.

According to scientific studies, Tai Chi is an effective healing tool for a range of disorders, particularly chronic (for example, arthritis and heart disease) and stress related conditions.

A range of disorders
Tai Chi can help to improve a range of disorders, including:

  • Anxiety
  • Arthritis
  • Balance and coordination
  • Fatigue
  • Joint stiffness
  • Muscle tension
  • Poor posture
  • Stress.

It is best practiced within a group and our teacher is very conscious of our  health restrictions within her class. We are always advised to try another way of doing the positions or warm up exercise if they cause pain. The Local community centre is a great place to start with classes. Also the council run Leisure centres may have tai chi classes. Our local one runs classes Monday and Wednesday afternoons for an hour. It is great to have a swim after classes or a spa.



Regular walking had been found to help prevent heart disease, obesity, Type 2 diabetes, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Victoria walks, a Vic Health funded body that promotes walking as transport, leisure, fitness and recreation – check out their website There are also green walks, created in partnership with the Heart Foundation to allow people to get back to nature as they amble through an  area.

Studies have shown walking not only improves physical and mental health and fitness but it also helps creativity and creative ideas among walkers of all ages.

Take a city stroll (a series of 5 walks as featured in Feeling Great, Herald Sun)

one of the featured walks is

Secret Gardens 6 km, allow 2.5 hours

Melbourne is renowned for its parks and gardens and the only way to see the true highlights is on foot. The Secret Gardens walk winds through the Queen Victoria Gardens, Kings Domain, along the Tan, past the Shrine of Remembrance, through the Royal Botanic Gardens, along the Yarra River and through Alexandra Gardens.

Download the City of Melbourne walking tours at 



Are you 50+ and retired or no longer working full-time? Want to keep your brain – and body – active and develop new social networks? Want to share your skills and experience with others? Then come and join U3A Melbourne City, located in vibrant Flinders Lane in the heart of Melbourne CBD.Our volunteer tutors and course leaders offer an extensive course program and there is bound to be something that sparks your interest. There are no academic prerequisites or entrance requirements other than a passion for and interest in learning and wherever possible sharing your own knowledge and skills.There are no examinations or tests, and no awards are granted. U3A Melbourne City is a self-help, voluntary, not-for-profit organisation, and part of the world-wide network of Universities of the Third Age (U3A). We invite you to find out more about who we are and what we do by exploring our website


Let’s Do Walks
Coordinator: Valeria Zito
A new group for those passionate about walking who would like to discover all the beautiful places that Melbourne has to offer. Walks will be scheduled on different days both during the week and weekends. Grading of walks: “EASY“ (gently undulating terrain up to 12km). Reasonable fitness required. 
Members must register at:




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