Thursday, 19 December 2013

Things to do this holiday season

Holiday times can increase feelings of isolation and even make people feel depressed.
Here are a few ideas to consider:

·         Reach Out ; In other words, take a risk. Make a few phone calls. Make plans. Try a new restaurant or cafĂ©. Venture further out of your suburb and visit some beaches, attractions or national parks. If you’d really like to spend the days around the holidays with others, it’s not too late to do something about it. You might find that there are other people who are looking for some connection just as much as you are. 

·         Immerse yourself in an interest or hobby - Buy that new book you have always wanted to read, or learn that new hobby you’ve always fancied or explore an interest that you have always wanted to follow.
Immerse yourself in it and you will be amazed to see how quickly the time passes and how soon you will start to feel better about yourself.

·         Take care of yourself. Do what you can to reduce your stress and connect with things and activities that you enjoy. Get plenty of rest, eat delicious, and healthy foods, go to a museum or a movie, get a massage, take a walk, take a bubble bath—do whatever feels safe, makes you happy, and brings you comfort.
Things to consider doing:

BINA Summer Learning Experience 25 Dec 2013 – 1 Jan 2014 Contact: 9365 4421 Website: For the full program -

Plan for 2014, by looking at all the lectures, talks, and community events on this site

Events listed on Ellaslist -

Events in Randwick to keep you busy -

Events in Bondi Junction and surrounding areas as well -

Things to do and see in the Eastern Suburbs of Sydney -

What’s On in the City of Sydney -

free things to do in the City of Sydney  and we think this sounds like fun – Rock Candy Demonstrations -

If there is anyone who is experiencing a personal crisis or thinking about suicide please contact one of the numbers below:

Telephone counselling and helplines:
  • Lifeline: 13 11 14 (24 hour service)
  • Suicide Call Back Service: 1300 659 467 (24 hour service)
  • Mental Health Help Line Tel: 1800 011 511(24 hour line)
  • MensLine Tel: 1300 789 978 (24 hour service)
  • BeyondBlue Info Line Tel: 1300 22 4636 (24 hour service)

For urgent help call please call Emergency on 000

Friday, 13 December 2013

Have you heard of The National Asthma Council Australia?

The National Asthma Council Australia is a not-for-profit organisation that was launched in 1990 to improve health outcomes and quality of life for people with asthma.

As the national authority on asthma, their ongoing priorities are to:
  • Provide the latest information on asthma to health professionals to help improve their quality of care
  • Gather, analyse and share information on asthma
  • Work with all members of the asthma community, including people with asthma and their carers, health professionals, patient support organizations, the health industry, and government agencies
  • Continue to set the standard for best-practice asthma management
This information brochure outlines the importance of considering the possibility of adult-onset asthma in people aged 65 years and over with dyspnoea, wheeze or cough, even if they have no previous diagnosis of asthma.
The National Asthma Council Australia covers the following areas in their brochure:
· What is asthma
If you have any further questions or would like to request a copy of the 'Asthma and Older Adults' brochure contact The National Asthma Council Australia on 9929 4333 or1800 032 495
The Aged Case Work Team recommends that if you notice any changes in your breathing patterns or general  health that you discuss it with your GP.

Friday, 6 December 2013

Important legal issues!

Legal matters are of  great importance to all of us!

COTA NSW have excellent information on the following legal issues through their Legal Pathways Project.

-Power of Attorney
-Advance Health Care Directive

The Legal Pathways Project provides a way for people to plan for the future through proper legal channels, COTA NSW, Legal Aid NSW, the Law Society of NSW, and The Aged-care Rights Service have formed a partnership to provide legal assistance to seniors.

Each month, qualified solicitors visit the COTA NSW office to offer a half hour consultation for free. If a legal document is drawn up, a donation of $50 per document is paid to COTA NSW.

Persons who receive an age pension or hold a Commonwealth Seniors Health Card are eligible to participate in the Legal Pathways project. All appointments or enquiries need to be made through the COTA NSW office (02) 9286 3860. People living outside the Sydney metro region can utilise the freecall number: 1800 449 102 email:

There are solicitors available in Newcastle, Maitland, Central Coast and south-western Sydney areas as well. As a ‘Pathway’ service, COTA NSW may be able to direct you to other legal services in your area, or an appropriate legal service that can assist with your specific situation.