NSW Seniors Week is presented by the Department of Family and Community Services and is the largest annual celebration of seniors in the southern hemisphere.
In 2014, NSW Seniors Week will be turning 56 years young and the NSW Government, community and commercial organizations will be holding hundreds of free or discounted events across NSW between 15 – 23 March. To find out more about these events, please visit www.nswseniorsweek.com.au/home and check out the events page.
This year there is something new for you to try and enjoy whether it be arts and crafts, technology, health and wellbeing or sport.
The theme Live Life! celebrates active, healthy, independent seniors involved in their communities. Across the State, seniors can join in hundreds of free or specially discounted events.
NSW Seniors Week is for people aged over 60 in the southern hemisphere. It’s also for people aged 50 and older who have a lifelong disability or are of Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander descent.
Australian Hearing is encouraging seniors to make their hearing health a priority. According to leading research, hearing loss is a common issue among older Australians. Getting your hearing checked is an easy way to learn more about your hearing and what can be done to help. Consider your hearing as you do having your blood pressure checked. It’s so important.
Australian Hearing Orange manager, Debra Clarke-McSephney, said Seniors Week was the perfect time for people to do something about their hearing and have a free hearing check for seniors.
“A hearing check only takes around 15 minutes of your time and measures what sounds you can and cannot hear,” Debra says.
For more information, or to book an appointment call 6393 0500. Australian Hearing Orange is located on the corner of Lords Place and Kite Street, Orange. The centre also offers regular services in Bathurst, Cowra, Forbes, Parkes and Condobolin.
How are you really enjoying being ‘older’?
As we get older there are normal changes of the body that need to be managed however these changes which are not true diseases are often described as diseases needing treatment.
Many of the health problems associated with ageing can be managed effectively with simple modification to diet and lifestyle. Nutritional deficiency diseases are brought about by changes in gut health, use of refined or processed foods, medications and other substances, hormonal change, and by food intolerance or allergy.
If you’re feeling a bit ‘stodgy’, bloated, or not as well as you’d like try this simple test. Write down how you feel, then cut out all white foods from your diet – that means milk, white bread, white potato, white sugar, and so on, for just a week. Then compare how you feel with your notes.
At Central West Naturopathic Cowra, the process of age-related change is well understood, and the impact of over-medication and inadequate nutrition is continually being scrutinized. Their Naturopath has nearly 40 years’ experience in health management and nutritional correction of chronic health disturbances. Many clients have found true well-being and regained vitality and the enjoyment of life with simple changes. To coin a phrase – without change there will be no change.
If you want personalised assistance to regain your well-being phone 6342 3887 for an appointment.
Why should I have a solicitor draw my Will when I can buy a Will Pack for $20?
If you make your Will correctly you have saved money. If you get it wrong it can be an expensive mistake. For example:
- Mary is your favourite niece and you leave her $500. Mary witnesses your Will. Mary’s gift will fail and she cannot inherit the $500 unless the other beneficiaries consent.
- Bill is your daughter’s husband. Bill witnesses your Will. Your daughter’s gift will fail unless the other beneficiaries consent to her inheriting.
Other errors I have seen include:
- Listing all the small items but forgetting to mention your house;
- Appointing executors who die before you;
- Not dealing with the residue of the estate eg. everything else you own which you have not already listed in your Will
The other beneficiaries can agree to Mary or your daughter inheriting and the Supreme Court can correct mistakes in wills but these are expensive alternatives to making a correct Will.
Uneasy on your feet?
If you are aged over 60, check out Furniture House in Cowra or Astley Mobility in Orange to see if they have the perfect mobility scooter for you to get around in!
There is also a Qualified Podiatrist available now at Dr Kumar’s Surgery in Gaskill St, Canowindra for all those having trouble keeping your feet in shape. The Podiatrist only visits Canowindra every so often, so make sure you book your appointment.
If you are having trouble with your eyesight, make sure you go get them checked. Hanson Optometrists Eyecare Plus in Orange is waiting for your call.