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Fear of Travel and How to Travel with Fear

On the day Qantas re-opened International flights after 2 years of Covid, I faced a major dilemma. My shower kept blocking up. I could fix it with one of those rubber suction squashy things, but I knew that I should probably call the plumber. Then there’s the dodgy drain-pipe that…

7 June 2022 | Living Well

Successful Weight Loss and Fitness: A conversation over coffee with Maggie Townshend

How are those New Year’s resolutions going? A Forbes magazine article from 2019 reports that after one week 25% of people have given up their resolutions and after 6 months only 46% of people are keeping their resolutions. And guess what?……. 80% of new year resolutions were about losing weight…

3 February 2022 | Living Well

This Christmas I wish you………

Dear Viva70 Readers It’s been nearly 3 years since a glimmer in my eye and a half – baked idea about a magazine for the over 50’s bounced into my consciousness. ” What if…..?” are two of the most powerful words in our language.  When imagination and passion meet, they…

15 December 2021 | Living Well

Christmas 2021…Time To Do It Differently!

What have you learned about life over the last two years of our Covid normal world? The Black Dog Institute, cautions…” The world might be a very different place when we get out of this. The fact that we’ve had a pandemic in our life-time, for a lot of people…

7 December 2021 | Living Well

A Quiz: Living A Covid Normal Life

Take a snapshot of life in the different states of Australia over the past 6 months and it feels like each state and territory is a different country. With borders, for the most part slammed shut, each state has their own narrative about how to survive the pandemic. New South…

13 October 2021 | Living Well

How To Reduce The Effects of Ageing on Your Skin by Julia Richards

I don’t know about you, but some days I look in the mirror and say..who’s that old person? Then with dollops of creams, toners, serums and occasionally masterful  make – up, the wrinkles, sun spots and lines seem less prominent and I can feel more ” like myself.” The end…

24 August 2021 | Living Well

Enhancing Your Immune System During the COVID-19 Crisis by Julia Richards

I don’t know about you but I’m really weary. It’s somehow different to being tired. When I’m tired I just have a good night’s sleep and bounce back.  I was having lunch with friends when Melbourne’s latest (5th) lock-down was announced. We all looked shocked and rushed off to cancel…

16 July 2021 | Living Well

Lost Connections: Why You’re Depressed and How to Find Hope (A Book Review)

If you’ve been clinically depressed you’ll know the force of this debilitating illness and its impact on you and those around you. Thankfully I have been well for many years now but I’m hyper – vigilant during times like the Covid crisis and I’ve learned how to manage my health…

2 July 2021 | Arts | Living Well

Ageing Gratefully

I saw this the other day, “It takes a long time to make your life simple.” This thought followed me on this hum-drum rainy Monday as I  fought with the vacuum cleaner, scrubbed pans and attended to boring cleaning tasks around the home. Perhaps this is why many older people…

28 June 2021 | Living Well