Lockdown with Leah McGaughey

Dear Gillian & Allison,   I wish to thank you both & all your staff for the wonderful information you share with our communities around the world.   I wish to share my computer story with you both.   I am an 85 years young woman living in a Rest...

Your Poems

From Jeff Wells who sent us this stunning photo. ‘Here’s our tūī – a baby I photographed last summer in the karamu (Coprosma robusta) right outside my office window.  They love those berries!  (Even when they’re not really ripe).’   Here’s...

Stress relief from laughter? It’s no joke

Whether you’re guffawing at a sitcom on TV or quietly giggling at a newspaper cartoon, laughing does you good. Laughter is a great form of stress relief, and that’s no joke. Here’s why. Stress relief from laughter A good sense of humor can’t...

How Nature Helps Us Heal

A doctor explains why he prescribes time outside to his patients. BY LEIF HASS | OCTOBER 20, 2021 Here’s one silver lining to the pandemic: with gyms, museums, and stores closed, many of us were forced to spend more time outside. I was able to ditch my car and more...

How Dietary Needs Change with Age

Healthy aging entails multiple aspects, among them eating right, exercising regularly and preventing mental decline. Achieving some of these may be easier than others. No matter how well we do our part, nature has a say in all of them, too. While the outward signs of...

12 Of The Best Online Art Classes

All in the UK but they are online, so no worries! If you’re in need of a new creative outlet, an online art class might be just the thing. Whether you want to learn how to use watercolour paints, or are looking for a professional masterclass to take your drawing...

Can you grow your Hippocampus?

A pair of thumb-sized structures deep in the center of the human brain are critical for our ability to learn and remember. Thanks to their shape, each of them is called hippocampus — which means seahorse in Greek. These brain areas have the unique capacity to generate...

What’s New in Hearing Technology?

Just like all other tech companies, hearing aids manufacturers are constantly researching and developing new features and technology, and releasing new models of hearing aids. What’s new for September 2021? Turns out your ear is a good place to monitor activity such...

5 tips for remembering names

A person’s name is to [them] the sweetest and most important sound in any language. Dale Carnegie Do you have an amazing memory for names, dates, and personal details about people. If so, it will have come in handy more than you even recall. Not everyone has...

Aerobic exercise enhances neuron growth.

Science suggests it’s possible to make new brain cells and improve your memory. The key is to get moving. It was once thought the brain could not create new cells. You simply used what you were born with, and if they died through age or injury, that was that....

What Fear Can Do to You

By Timi Gustafson, R.D. The human species could not have survived for long without the experience of fear. The ability to identify certain events and situations as dangerous and respond appropriately is essential for our existence. But these responses are meant to be...

Internet Acronyms Test

How many of these do you know? Texts and the internet are awash with acronyms (an abbreviation formed from the initial letters of other words and pronounced as a word). Understanding them is just like learning a new language. And meanings continue to change all the...

Get the most out of your workout.

Harvard Health, May 2021 Whether you’re an exercise novice or a gym regular, these tips can help you get the most out of your workout. When it comes to exercise, timing is everything — but not in the way we normally think about timing. What matters most is...

What Gives ‘Health Food’ A Bad Name?

By Timi Gustafson, R.D. Even when detrimental outcomes are in plain sight – like the ever-worsening obesity crisis – change is hard to come by and will likely be resisted. When the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced the government’s intention to...