Living Well


Spring Forward: It’s time to bloom in work and life

Another treat awaits our readers this week. Here in Oz we are loving the fullness and vitality of a beautiful spring. As I sit at my table writing with the french doors open to the garden, the scent of Banksia roses drifts into the room. Spring is simply glorious. Julia…

25 October 2019 | Living Well

Why We Need to Talk About Mental Health

In a recent 50 Faces 50 Lives article I wrote about the two most transformative events of my life- the birth of my son and having him in my life and the experience in 1998 of a complete physical and mental breakdown. Let me point out that these 2 events…

10 October 2019 | Living Well

Age Well by Sleeping Smarter

Welcome back to our Wellness expert  and Viva 70 contributor, Julia Richards. Julia is a medical herbalist in her practice in Yorkshire and patients often ask her for ways of improving their sleep. As we age, our sleeping patterns change and this month she provides some specific, practical advice about…

24 September 2019 | Living Well

A Time to Pause……..

Take a moment. A cup of tea and a sit down. Enjoy these images and quotes. They may speak to you. We shall not cease from exploration and the end of our exploring, will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time. T.S. Eliot…

19 September 2019 | Living Well

The Mentor

It’s the perfect spring day. The sun is gentle, paddocks lush with the season’s rain. I’m in no hurry as I drive through hamlets of a few houses, farms and a tiny rural school, population 5 kids. There’s water in the creeks, rabbits a plenty and a sneaky fox obeys…

19 September 2019 | Living Well

Feeling Invisible in Your Older Age?

I recently reported on a Melbourne Fashion Week forum that I attended, where the issue of older women being invisible was raised and dismissed in the same breath. ” Invisible? Invisible to the male gaze? Who cares?!” suggested the  panel member. One of Viva70’s greatest supporters Maureen Moffat who lives…

14 September 2019 | Living Well

When Season’s Change

Outside my window the garden is bursting with life while birds flit from tree to tree in the sunlight and chatter to each other incessantly. The sun shines vivaciously. But it’s teasing. Its companion is an icy wind that finds the folds and crevasses of my clothing and makes it…

31 August 2019 | Living Well

Dating in your 60’s and beyond

This is another article in the series about love and relationships in later life. We’ve looked at the shape of relationships in our 60’s plus, living solo and Linda and Al’s beautiful article about finding love in 1970’s. Dating in your 60’s is a whole different world……… I googled dating…

22 August 2019 | Living Well

Living Solo

” I live in that solitude which is painful in youth, but delicious in the years of maturity.” Albert Einstein In this series of articles we look at love, relationships and different ways that older people choose to live. Stop for a moment and think about the people over 60…

14 August 2019 | Living Well