Social isolation is a growing issue in the Australian older adult population and increases the risk of cardiovascular disease, cancer, respiratory illnesses, depression and anxiety. As people are staying in their own homes longer, it is important to be aware of the services available in your community that help combat isolation and associated health concerns.
Macular Health, From Hansens
What is Macular Degeneration?
Macular Degeneration (MD) is a progressive eye disease in which the photoreceptors at the macular start to deteriorate and die due to the breakdown of the retinal pigment epithelium (RPE). This causes a build-up of retinal metabolic waste that clinically appears as yellow spots, called drusen.”
Ways to promote macular health?
• After you turn 50 years old, have your eyes and macular checked regularly every two years by your optometrist.
• Abstain from smoking.
• Have a well-balanced diet: include fresh fruit and vegetables daily, oily fish 2 to 3 times a week handful of nuts a week, and limit fat intake and high-GI carbohydrates.
• Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy body weight.
• Have adequate sun protection for your eyes.
Parkes Services Club, Serving You
The Parkes Services Club have a variety of services to get you out and about, in an environment of comfort and ease. Here’s an example of facilities, events and activities available at the club:
• The Bistro is open every day, 12pm-2pm and 6pm-8.30pm, with a variety of meals catering for all tastes and health needs. The coffee shop is open from 10am till late.
• Line Dancing is on every Monday between 10am and 12pm.
• Take part in the Sweepstakes every Sunday, tickets go on sale at 5.30pm. Alternatively there is the Spin & Win Raffle every Wednesday at 6pm.
• At the end of April, there will be a Country Music Variety Show, starring Wayne Horsburgh and Rodney Vincent. The show starts at 2.30pm, and tickets cost $20.