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The Biggest Myths About Exercise and Ageing

Just 1 out of 4 people between the ages of 65 and 74 exercise regularly. Many people assume that they’re too out-of-shape, or too sick, or too old to do physical activity. It may seem too late to compensate for a lifetime of not exercising. That’s absolutely not true.

The Benefits of Retiring in a Multi-generational Community

The concept of multi-generational living is not new. For much of human history, old and young have lived together - three or four generations in the same home (or at least nearby) - to the benefit of the entire family. With the advent of globalisation and the...

What to do, and not to do, if you suspect you might have COVID-19

South Africans are understandably concerned about the possibility of becoming infected with COVID-19. There are simple steps that individuals who meet case criteria, and suspect that they may have COVID-19 – the illness caused by the novel coronavirus – should take to...

Hilton’s Hidden Gem – Garlington Village

In a world preoccupied with categorising and stereotyping, it is so pleasant to come across exceptions to the rule. I was recently invited to visit Garlington - a retirement village in Hilton. Having worked in retirement arenas for the last 25 years, I am accustomed...

Breakthrough Success Is Linked To Older Age

An old dog might be able to perform a few new tricks after all. If you're in your fifties or sixties, you might think it's too late to start a business, try a new sport or learn a difficult task. You would be wrong. New research has found that, contrary to popular...

Science Finds The Secret Fountain Of Youth

“There is a fountain of youth: it is your mind, your talents, the creativity you bring to your life and the lives of people you love. When you learn to tap this source, you will truly have defeated age.” ― Sophia Loren. Age is but a number, the adage goes, and new...

Loneliness is toxic – and even more so when you’re a senior

“The biggest disease today is not leprosy or cancer or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted, uncared for and deserted by everybody.”- Mother Theresa The pain of loneliness is akin to physical pain, says Professor John Cacioppo, Director of the Centre...

Don’t Force Retirees into Institutionalised Healthcare

As we mature, we inevitably need a more supportive environment, which often includes medical care. Putting people at the centre of their own healthcare may seem evident, but it is an approach that is not widely practiced in the medical community. Empowering people to...

Garlington Village Newsletter: August 2018

“One study after another has proven that how we perceive aging, to a very large degree, determines how we age. With the accepted narrative of aging: one of decline, disease, and disability, it’s difficult to look upon advancing years in a positive light.”...