The impact of face-to-face conversation with our elderly, whether it is in-person or via video, is unbelievable. And with today’s technology there is no excuse, but one thing makes the difference: quality. Here are the three things you need to focus on.
Your friends are perennial pocket pals. They’re in there now! Feel them? Sue sent a selfie. Buzz. Tony texted you. Da-ding. Fiona’s on Facetime. Ring-ring. Go look!
In our crazy connected world, seniors have missed out. 25% live alone. 40% feel lonely. Of those in aged care, 40% are visited once a month or less and 52% suffer from at least one symptom of depression. Studies link social isolation and loneliness to functional decline, poor sleep, blood pressure, depression, dementia and morbidity. As a health risk, social isolation is worse than smoking! Why do we neglect our ageing parents? Continue reading →
Today, we are dedicating this space to the inspiring story of Søren Værnstrøm, who was thrown a curveball when he suffered a stroke from a blood clot. It left him paralyzed down his left side, with little chance of recovery.
The Danish photographer and video-documentarist, Anders Bjerregaard, who works for Jabra, captured this amazing story and how the combination of a sports headset with in-ear heart rate monitoring and live fitness coaching has helped Søren recover and regain his mobility and strength. Continue reading →
Tired of stressing out every time you glance at your smartphone? Introducing Pause and Sway, a couple of simple but effective apps to help us relax and achieve inner peace.
Let’s face it: Our smartphones are an indispensable part of our lives, but they’re also a huge source of stress: The anxious text from mom, the angry customer rant or the “where’s-the-report-you-promised-me?” note from the boss.
So it’s refreshing to discover a smartphone app that actually relieves stress. Continue reading →
The wrong sounds will make you and your loved ones stressed, tired and anxious. Get expert advice for creating a healthier, more positive sound environment and have sound work for you – not against you!
Welcome to Part 1 of my conversation with Lyz Cooper, founder of The British Academy of Sound Therapy and who have spent more than two decades conducting research into sound and offering courses, training, sound therapy and music to promote health and well-being.
Conversations are the lifeblood of interpersonal communication. But, for some people, they’re the equivalent of a trip to the dentist. Here are some tips for breaking the ice and engaging in good, meaningful conversations.
I recently attended a great dinner party. It had everything you’d expect of a terrific get-together – fabulous food, interesting people and fascinating conversations all around the table.
Looking for some beach reading this summer? These three books are perfect for relaxing while providing some great food for thought.
For many of us, summer has finally arrived. It’s that glorious time of year when we take a week or two to leave our jobs behind and enjoy the company of friends and family.
It’s also the perfect time to recharge our internal batteries. And what better way to do that than through a bit of reading? I’ve just started on three books that I’m finding highly enlightening and informative, and think you may be interested in them, too: Continue reading →
If you’ve ever wondered if your workout routine is making you more fit – or if it is just a waste of time – there’s now an easy, accurate way to find out.
We’re working out like crazy. But are we getting in better shape?
That’s a question all of us who push to stay fit often ask ourselves. Sure, maybe we’ve shaved a few seconds off our last time or done a few more reps, but is all that time, sweat and effort we put in at the gym making us any healthier? Continue reading →
Want to shape up and stay healthy? Let’s forget calories, and instead put the fun back into our workouts.
How is this for depressing? On a recent trip to the U.S., I had dinner at one of those restaurants that prints the calorie count of each item on the menu. Imagine my surprise when I learned that my plate of grilled chicken taco salad registered a heart-stopping 1,200 calories. Continue reading →