Your Health

Managing your health can take time and organisation but it's often the best way to age gracefully and independently. Preventative health checks and quick action is often enough to keep minor ailments at bay, but dealing with more serious health conditions can be a challenge. YourLifeChoices has up-to-date information, research and resources on the health conditions you may encounter as you reach your 50s, 60s 70s and older.

Healthy eating is a great start to your preventative regime. Learning more about nutrition is important and often losing weight is the best way to maximise your energy and help your heart health and resistance to Diabetes 2. Read on for specific information for womens health, mens health and mental health. If you have any questionsor queries, post them on the Health & Wellbeing section of our forum.

 

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Why seniors are lonely in a crowd

Why seniors are lonely in a crowd

Why seniors are lonely in a crowd

Loneliness rivals smoking and obesity in its impact on shortening longevity.

Hiccups explained

Hiccups explained

Hiccups explained

Hiccups, we all get them, but few of us understand them.

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The best of physiotherapist Jason Lee

The best of Jason Lee

This year Jason Lee, our pro physiotherapist, has walked us through strength training, DVT, backache, ...

What your brain wants you to know

Five things your brain wants you to know

What your brain wants you to know

Retired author Bruce Manners says the research is loud and clear when it comes to ...

How to avoid gastro this summer

Health Check: how to avoid food poisoning at summer picnics

How to avoid gastro this summer

Every Australian experiences food poisoning about once every five years, the experts say. Here’s how ...

Plastic is slowly killing you

Study reveals BPA levels in humans are severely underestimated

Plastic is slowly killing you

You probably have 44 times more of this harmful chemical in your system than first ...

The power of positive change

The power of positive change – creating new habits

The power of positive change

Finding it difficult to break a habit and affect positive change? Here’s how to do ...

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It’s time to talk about herpes

Time to talk about herpes

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Health Checks

Top points for hearing health checks

Australians who get their hearing checked rewarded with Qantas points

Top points!

Government policy is killing us

Australia has world’s highest cancer rate and government protocol on CTs is a major contributor: doctor.

Aim for zero risk

Warning signs of bone cancer

Bone cancer is serious and requires prompt medical attention. These are the warning signs.

Serious symptoms

Resources

Find a doctor or chemist

Search for your nearest doctor or 24-hour chemist anywhere in Australia.

Doctors and chemists across Australia

Could you save a life?

Are you prepared to administer first aid in case of emergency?

Real first aid

Do you need a My Health Record?

Should you get a My Health Record? Here’s what you need to know.

Your medical history

Prevention

Do these things cause cancer?

There are just as many myths as facts about the things that can cause cancer.

Myths and truths

Flu shot can help fight cancer

Scientists find that the flu shot can do more than just protect you against the flu.

Fighting more than flu

Reduce your chance of developing arthritis

While there is no known cure for arthritis, there are steps you can take to reduce your chance of developing it.

Preventing pain

Mental Health

Preserve memory by clearing stress

A study in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry has found that anxiety disorder is inseparable from memory loss and may even be an early predictor of future cognitive impairment.

Managing your memory

How to use your brain to stress less

Different types of meditation can decrease our stress levels to varying degrees.

Stress less

How to stop a panic attack

While panic attacks may be both distressing and common, there are ways to ease the symptoms and calm yourself.

Calm and controlled

Men's Health

Disturbing stats for this sex

Here’s how you can reduce your likelihood of becoming a cancer statistic.

What you can do

Conditions that can harm sex life

A long-term health problem can take the joy out of sex.

Finding solutions

Prostate cancer warning signs

Keep an eye on the signs of prostate cancer and see your doctor for screening tests.

Improve your odds

Women's Health

Conditions that can harm sex life

A long-term health problem can take the joy out of sex.

Finding solutions

Why do women live longer?

Biological and behavioural factors may partly explain why women live longer than men.

More than just luck

Pelvic floors and bladder myths

Is it too late to start now? Is a little leaking okay? All is revealed.

To hover or sit

Health & Ageing

A better shot at staying independent

PAT helps over-60s detect minor health issues before they evolve into something worse.

Positive ageing

GPs told to report elder abuse

Australian GPs have officially recognised their responsibility to report elder abuse, citing several reasons – including time constraints – as to why this has not previously occurred.

Formal guidelines enacted

The future for dementia care?

Families are sending their relatives with dementia to Thailand for treatment and care.

Medical tourism twist

Health News

Reflux drugs linked to memory loss

New research reveals that acid reflux drugs may impair memory and concentration.

Reflux results

‘Revolutionary’ pain treatment

A new class of preventative drugs is offering life-changing treatment for migraine sufferers.

Fewer side effects

Why seniors are lonely in a crowd

Loneliness rivals smoking and obesity in its impact on shortening longevity.

Fighting loneliness

Diseases

The future for dementia care?

Families are sending their relatives with dementia to Thailand for treatment and care.

Medical tourism twist

Flu shot can help fight cancer

Scientists find that the flu shot can do more than just protect you against the flu.

Fighting more than flu

Alzheimer’s ‘vaccine’ to be tested

A dementia ‘vaccine’ is about to be tested in a series of human trials in Australia and the US.

Hunt goes on

Health Insurance

Cover for any pre-existing condition

No more travelling underinsured when it comes to health.

Fairer fees

How to cut health premiums

Private hospitals believe curbing claims on private health insurance for treatment in public hospitals is the key to reducing premiums.

Would it work?

Health fund solution ‘discriminatory’

A report that recommends charging younger people less than older Australians for private health insurance has been lashed by industry chief.

Fairness first?

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