February 09, 2015

Ageing well

These resources are available for loan to members of AANSW - if you would like to reserve them please email the Library on nsw.library@alzheimers.org.au

In praise of ageing
by Patricia Edgar
This inspirational and easy read tells the stories of eight people who have lived well into their nineties and beyond. These people will inspire you, entertain you and motivate you to be connected, interested, risk-taking and inventive. They will challenge your preconceptions. And they will convince you that fifty is now the start of the second half of life and not the beginning of the end.  Retirement is not the time to cut all ties and head off to live in a warm climate but rather to ask: Who do I want to be near? How will my relationships be reaffirmed? What do I care about? What can I create and contribute to the world?

Don't miss the bus
by Rex J. Lipman
What if you could employ a few simple measures to fight cognitive decline, and to remain mentally and physically fit in your golden years? In easy-to-understand language, author Rex J Lipman presents insights and exercises that are proven to work.
What if you could employ a few simple measures to fight cognitive He draws upon the wisdom of award-winning scientist and Emeritus Professor, University of California at San Francisco, Dr Michael Merzenich PhD.

Staying active and healthy to prevent falls : home based strength and balance exercise [DVD]
Staying physically active is the single most important thing we can do to stay fit and independent as we get older. Physical activity is good for our bodies and our minds. It also helps us to remain independent and to get the most out of life. Research shows that we can substantially reduce our risk of a fall by doing moderate exercise for at least 30 minutes on most days of the week, and by incorporating balance and leg strength exercises into our daily routine.

Aged care, who cares? : Where? How? & How much?
by Noel Whittaker and Rachel Lane
Wrinkles don't hurt... but what can be extremely painful are the wrong decisions when you or a loved one are staring aged care in the face. This book is your guide through the minefield of choices. Whatever your financial status, current state of health or future hopes and plans, you'll find down-to-earth advice to help you make the best choices for your senior years. Want to stay in your own home but need some extra care? What does it really mean to live in a retirement village? Or an aged care home? What are all those fees and charges in the aged care prospectus? Should you sell the family home or not? The answers to these questions and many more are explained in an easy-to-read style that makes this the "must-read" handbook on aged care in Australia. The book is divided into five broad sections covering care in the home; retirement villages; aged care facilities; financial strategies for planning and coping with all the options; and finally a unique section covering all the resources and information you can access to help you with your choices.

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