I urge everyone over 50 to vaccinate against shingles. Zostavax vaccine, which helps to prevent the viral illness known as shingles, has been available since 2016. In Australia, it is offered free to people between the ages of 70 and 79. Others can be vaccinated by their general practitioner at their own expense.
Walk on the beach. What a good idea. But not today, thank you. That’s been my standard response to invitations to walk on the beach for the past few years.
The need to make new friends hasn’t always been seen as a preventative health measure. However, social isolation and lack of connection with other people can be a serious health problem especially for older men and women. As I wrote in another blog, everyone needs a network of friends and acquaintances to keep them fully …
Cataract operations, like all surgical procedures, have come a long way since I trained as nurse well over sixty years ago, between 1955 and 1958.
A healthy social life reflects (and affects) our well-being. Somehow, this seems especially important at Christmas because everyone else seems to be having such a good time. It’s never too late to create a charmed life with friends.
Cataract surgery wasn’t on my agenda. My list of things to do had grown considerably. I planned to coast to the end of 2018, ticking off items as I went.
Our social atoms include all of our social networks and the people in them. Through them we become, and remain, fully human.
Loneliness forms part of the complex human condition and older people are especially prone to feeling lonely. No one escapes it, even if it is experienced rarely. Now research says that loneliness not only makes a person feel bad, but it can really harm us.
Doctor shopping has bad press. On one level, rightly so. But for people dissatisfied with their current general practitioner, finding a new doctor can be vital for their health and well-being.
Most of us stick with one general practitioner for years, probably without thinking much about what kind of health carer we really need.