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“The very purpose of our life is happiness, the very motion of our life is towards happiness.” ~ Dalai Lama

Everyone, whether they realise it or not, makes a bucket list in life. It’s called dreams. What we dream is sometimes mere fantasy, totally unattainable, but often we are circling a range of possibilities that, if we only made plans, sacrifices and determined decisions, we could actually add to the experience of our life with joy and satisfaction.

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We give thought to those afflicted with Alzheimer’s on World Alzheimer’s Day on the 21st of September. As we age there is one disease that we fear more than any other – and that is the gradual unravelling of mental capacity that whittles away at memory, identity, the most basic sense of self. There are variations of dementia but Alzheimer’s is the most common and also the most feared because of the loss of independence, control of one’s life, and ability to make decisions – along with the tragic disconnection with loved ones. 

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Playdates, meetings, cooking, counselling, caring. The life of a woman can be challenging and full, to say the least. For many of us, ‘wearing many hats’ comes naturally, but it can become difficult when we try to wear all our hats all at the same time.

Why do we do this? Sure, society puts excessive amounts of pressure on women to be everything to everyone. To be the world’s best multitaskers and to successfully (and obviously gracefully) juggle everything. That's all so unrealistic and unfair. In reality, to be ‘successful’ in the eyes of the world is something completely different to what success looks like in the life of each individual.

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Mental fitness is not really about what you think about all day. You might think you’re mentally fit because you’re shopping, driving, finding parking, carrying parcels, planning the evening’s supper, working through business meetings – but even with all that engagement you may mentally exhausted, running on auto with your mind cluttered with other chores, commitments or intractable problems. The result of all your busyness may be something forgotten, a mistake in calculations and some confusion over an arrangement, or depression about a range of circumstances in your life currently. Sound familiar?

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Being forgetful is not necessarily due to age. You can be forgetful at any age. Stress can make you forgetful or poor eating habits or lack of exercise or even hormones going awry can reduce the ability to recollect quickly. Depression, strokes, side effects of medication, and even alcoholism can lead to memory loss. But none of it means you have dementia or the first signs of Alzheimer’s.

Despite all of this, as we age, forgetting things can become frustrating and worrisome.

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They say that grandparents enjoy their grandchildren more than they did their own children – and that is because the engagement is all about fun and real relationship value – and it’s not a 24/7 responsibility. When granny’s tired, she can go home.

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Supplements have become big business in the last couple of decades. No matter at which stage of life you are, ensuring you have the right nutritional intake is important. But there is some argument as to whether it is merely a matter of good diet, or if supplements do truly boost our energy and immune systems. For older people however, there is definitely evidence to suggest that as we age, a good diet on its own may not be enough.

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Some say that keeping young mentally is more important than bodily fitness as you age. That’s not entirely true. To ensure mental fitness in old age, you also need to keep physically active. Physical fitness contributes to both mental agility and good physical health. Being as active as possible is the critical key to all-round health in movement, outlook and energy.

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Self love is not just about you. It’s about your unique perception of yourself and your place in the world, but more specifically how that place relates to others. The way you feel about yourself reflects everything about the way others will feel about you – and is therefore a measure of your ability to interact effectively with others. Self love doesn’t flow inwards, it radiates outwards, and transfers the essence of you to friends, partners, colleagues, family. Self love is the way you find inner strength. Self love is the way you give and receive love. Self love is the way you can be as generous to others as you can to yourself.  

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There is a curious idea, especially among younger folk, that when you retire or become too old to engage in the many pastimes of youth, that you end up with nothing to do. Of course, there are those who mange to achieve this with either satisfaction or a considerable amount of grumbling. But either way, the human condition is not designed for ‘nothing’ and people should understand well in advance, the importance for planning their older years – and the consequences of not doing so.

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The 1st of October was the International Day of Older Persons (IDOP) – a day when hopefully we all gave thought to the elderly – their contribution and value in society, their needs and situations, sometimes, sadly, their plight.

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NOTE FROM EDITOR: This story was told and is published in Afrikaans. For English life stories, kindly refer to other blog posts on our HSFA site.

'n Inwoner se verhaal...

Felicia Coetsee kyk na die wêreld vanuit ‘n ander oogpunt… op 4 voet 4.5 duim (“Moenie die halfduim vergeet nie”… kom die aanmaning!!) is sy ’n bietjie korter as meeste van ons maar glo my, beslis nie een om onderskat te word nie! Ons kuiertjie is in haar sonnige kamer in Robari, en haar sagte hand groet net so vriendelik as haar blink, ondeunde oë.

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A residents' story...

“Ag my daaah’ling, it’s so nice not to be forsaken and to be cared for!” These are the welcoming words from Yvonne Britz, as she shares a hug in passing and ‘plops’ me down on a comfortable two-seater couch overlooking a garden square at Silver Oaks. Memories of a youth well spent are smiling down on us from all four walls in her room as laughter very quickly sets in. “Call me Yvonne. I will be 90 in October. Or is it 89…? Never mind,” she continues with a twinkle in her eye. “Call me Yvonne. And incidentally, Proverbs… or is it Psalms… no, Proverbs says our years are 70 or 80… with special mightiness. So excuse me for ‘the mightiness’ young lady!” I have to tease back… “And where exactly do you see any ladies around here?” We’re instant friends.

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A residents' story...

Having met Pat on a previous occasion, a warm hug accompanies her inviting smile as she opens the door to her cottage in Swannack Gardens. It is more like opening a door to her life, and the smile on my face quickly turns to disbelief as she shares the latest chapter whilst we're settling down for a chat. ‘I have cancer.’ Sharing the same diagnosis as her gran, mother and two sisters and saying goodbye to them all through the years, Pat le Roux seems calm and undeterred after receiving the news a handful of months ago: A stage 3 out of a possible 4 sounds quite final– with a prognosis of six months to two years to live.

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Governments around the world must work out how to cope with an ageing population, a UN report says.

The study by the UN Population Fund (UNFPA) and private group HelpAge International has warned that developing economies with lots of young workers may one day find their populations a drag.

It also said countries needed to improve medical provision to extend the years of health that older people can enjoy.

The report, which was released on Monday to coincide with International Day of Older Persons, says that of the seven billion people who live on the planet, 893 million or 12.8 per cent are elderly — older than 60.

In just one decade, the elderly population will swell by 200 million taking it well beyond one billion people, and potentially putting a greater strain on welfare and medical systems around the world, the report said.

The report was accompanied by a symposium on ageing in Japan, the world’s fastest-greying country, where around a quarter of the population is over 65 already, a proportion the government forecasts will rise to 40 per cent within half a century.

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Home cooking is really a ability that a great many men and women try to improve. Learning some fundamental preparing food skills is a terrific way to broaden the meals you can experience on a regular basis and make you more cultured. This short article will contain many ways to aid improve your capabilities as a residence cook.

Excellent spaghetti each and every time. In no way add more essential oil on the normal water when you find yourself cooking noodles. It helps prevent the marinade from finish the spaghetti appropriately. Before you empty the pasta, set-aside about 1/3 cup of the cooked spaghetti normal water. Once you mixture the sauce using the pasta, give a tiny of the preparing food liquid. The starch in water contributes entire body and flavor for the marinade.

When cooking supply, ensure it is inside a huge amount and retailer it in small hand bags from the fridge. Inventory has a very long fridge existence and can come in handy in numerous dishes. Creating a larger sized batch is not any harder than building a modest set. You'll save yourself time in the future by having a freezer store to change to.

Generally deliver your steaks to area temperature well before food preparation them. A steak which is nevertheless cool inside the heart is not going to make as evenly as one which is helped bring up to area heat. Usually using them out 1 hour beforehand is certain to get these people to the appropriate heat at preparing food time.

A great idea to perform as it pertains cooking food and preparing food is always to make every one of the essential elements that you need through the night, doing this when morning hours is available you might be not straining on them. This should help you completely focus at the task on hand which happens to be food preparation in the most effective way possible.

Briefly, finding out how to cook is learning how to stay away from pre-manufactured food items and food. These convenience foods goods, all too popular nowadays, have speed his or her solitary true benefit. House-prepared dishes will overcome them in taste and expense. In most cases - even with dishes that are not specially wholesome - the version manufactured in the kitchen area will probably be more healthy compared to the manufactured version.

To save on excess fat when preparing food, use applesauce as opposed to butter. A cupful of applesauce is equal to a cupful of butter. This may decrease extra fat and caloric belongings in your treat recipe. It will create your recipe wet and delightful. Most people won't even be capable of differentiate.

Hold your extra ginger cause. Whenever you purchase a ginger basic for cooking food, the chances are you won't use the whole thing in a recipe. What you may have kept can be frozen. It will not only always keep for some time, it's very easy to shave away a bit with a distinct blade, or grate it when it's frozen.

You might or might not often hear of schmaltz, but it is a really beneficial component when food preparation. Schmaltz, referred to as fowl body fat, is quite unique. The flavor of schmaltz is deeper than duck excess fat and can be used as a lot of things, including preparing food lean meats or poaching species of fish.

Read the recipe totally before you begin any preparing food undertaking! Just looking at this list of components will not ensure that you are totally ready to full the dish. There are various tactics and resources which might be needed so do not be way too committed when dealing with a new recipe.

Purchase a good roll of parchment pieces of paper. When you find yourself baking, range your pans with it and you will probably save a lot of time and mess. The cooked items push correct off of the pieces of paper and all sorts of your pan needs is a simple rinse off in a few hot soapy water!

When it comes to cooking, you may wish to take into account buying a costly knife set. Although it may seem like a lot of cash for cutlery at the beginning, you will certainly be extremely pleased with how they job and make you want to prepare food more regularly that you at present do.

The right time is every little thing when preparing food numerous lessons. Anything that needs to be prepared for an extended period of time should go from the stove very first. When you have to have a pot of boiling water to whip up some quick potatoes input it on next. Then get up all of your substances for a variety of stovetop meals that are swiftly well prepared.

Add a roll of sausage to the cabbage for the especially scrumptious dinner. Cut up a cabbage into nibble size items, deal with with h2o, and placed it around the cooker to boil. Whilst your cabbage is boiling brownish some sausage in the skillet. Empty from the extra oil then pour the sausage to your cabbage. Make up until the cabbage is tender.

Buy your beef in bulk for max cost savings on your own shopping costs. Greater packages are frequently less costly every pound and are only marginally a lot more inconvenient than solitary-pound packages. Purchasing in bulk lets you break down amounts for individual meals and then freeze out them, pulling out only precisely what is essential for meal.

To keep foods crispy inside the stove, make use of a cable holder on the top of your cooking sheet. Should your cooker "fried" fowl strips or some other breaded items, often turn out saturated on the bottom, consider placing them on the wire carrier in the stove. This allows atmosphere to circulate on every side of the food as well as to make consistently to get a good crunch.

To lessen prep time as well as damage on the mixer, freeze your shake fresh fruit as an alternative to making use of an ice pack. Not only does using an ice pack h2o across the flavoring of your own healthy smoothie, but when you freeze your fresh fruit first the phase is entirely needless. As an additional benefit, frosty fresh fruits integrates easier than ice-cubes.

The guidelines program partnerski previously mentioned are important to remember, but ensure you acquire much more steps above them. If food preparation is really a interest, pursue it more. If it isn't a enthusiasm and you just desire to prepare much better food for your household, focus on it a lot more casually and much more prospects will start.

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