Invented in Australia, the remarkable men’s shed movement has spread from the back blocks of Australia to reach a total of more than 1,400 Men’s Sheds in diverse countries on opposite sides of the world.
This book provides a fascinating, carefully evidenced and definitive story of men’s sheds for the first time. It is a book and movement whose time has come. Many nations are struggling to meet the needs and interests of men beyond the workplace. Over two decades, the men’s shed movement has mushroomed from the ground up to become a strongly networked international movement, not only in Australia, but now Ireland, the UK, New Zealand, and continental Europe.
How and why this has happened and what the evidence and research means for service providers, communities and the men in the men’s sheds movement is thoroughly explored. Lead author, Professor Barry Golding, Federation University Australia, is the respected world expert in the field, being a patron of the Australian Men’s Shed Association and the winner of the coveted Ted Donnelly Award in 2013 for his “outstanding contribution to the men’s shed movement.”
Drawing on his lifelong work as a social researcher, Mackay creates a fictional suburb, Southwood, and populates it with characters who, like most of us, struggle to reconcile their need to belong with their desire to live life on their own terms. Through a series of stories, illuminated by Mackay's social analysis, we witness the conflicts that arise when individuals assert their needs at the expense of others, but we also glimpse the satisfactions that flow from contributing to the common good.
Compellingly argued and written with wisdom, compassion and wit, The Art of Belonging is for those who yearn for a society that sustains and nurtures the many, not just the fortunate few.
Wishes Fulfilled is designed to take you on a voyage of discovery, wherein you can begin to tap into the amazing manifesting powers that you possess within you and create a life in which all that you imagine for yourself becomes a present fact.
It's never too late to change your mind : the latest medical thinking on what you can do to avoid dementia
First our memories. Then our independence. Finally even control of our bodies. Dementia can be a frightening illness, first for the unsuspecting individual, and then for the often helpless family. That a lifetime of achievements, knowledge and experiences could be replaced one day by a state of infant-like dependency in an anonymous and incomprehensible world is an understandable fear. But there is good news! We can help to protect ourselves against the scourge. There are practical things that we can all do to mitigate against course of dementia. Using the latest research, It's Never Too Late to Change Your Mind explains just what dementia is and what causes it. And most importantly, what you can do to avoid it. Understand the importance of having a healthy heart – the link between vascular health and forms of dementia is paramount • Learn the link between diabetes and dementia and how the oxidation theory works • How can cholesterol and what we eat affect brain function? • Is there a link with hymocysteine levels? • How mental activity promotes brain growth – even in adults! • Use it or lose it – what mental activities are best? Avoiding the onset of dementia is a whole body, whole-of-life process. It’s Never Too Late to Change Your Mind explains how this works, what to do, and reassures us all that we can all take action before things go too far.
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