Sing for Health and Happiness

The Sing for Health Concert last Friday was the culmination of Sing for Health Week in Perth, Western Australia. It was also the culmination of months of hard work and perseverance. Congratulations to everyone involved!

And it was superb! The audience thought so too. There was a standing ovation at the end.

From the Sing for Health Concert program

From the Sing for Health Concert program

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Seniors’ Guide to Health Care

Someone should write A Seniors’ Guide to Health Care! It should be compulsory reading for everyone. Especially for those of us who are actually seniors. And for people who care about us. And for those who will one day be past the first flush of youth. No such document exists, as far as I can tell. I might have to write it myself.

Row of beds in a hospice museum in Baume, France

Row of beds in a medieval hospice-for-the-aged  in Baume, France

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Zostavax vaccine against shingles, anyone?

Zostavax vaccine is now available in Australia. This vaccine helps to prevent  the viral illness known as shingles. From November 2016 it will be offered free to people between the ages of 70 and 79. Others can be vaccinated by their general practitioner at their own expense.

I will be be the first in the queue. I’ve had shingles. I don’t want to experience the illness again.

Shingles rash which may be prevented by Zostavax vaccine

Shingles rash which may be prevented by Zostavax vaccine

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Playlists and the cuddle hormone

Playlists of favourite music and the hormone oxytocin featured in a Catalystprogram broadcast last week on ABC TV. In the program, men and women with brain damage were transformed as they listened to music. People with brain damage are not the only ones affected in this way. Music, it seems, boosts oxytocin whenever we listen to music we like.

Playlists and the cuddle hormone

Playlists and the cuddle hormone

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