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2 Spending time with family and friends not only can be fun, but research also shows it benefits your mental and physical health. Dr. Craig Sawchuk, a Mayo Clinic psychologist, agrees that socialising is key to good health. Socialising is good for your mind and body. “We are social animals by nature, so we tend to function better when we’re in a community and being around others,” Dr. Sawchuk says. He adds that people who spend a lot of time alone, such as older adults or new mums, may have an increased risk of depression and lower quality of life. You don’t have to be supersocial to see benefits of connecting with others. “Just being able to shoot the breeze about certain things, anything really, can be a very, very positive type of thing,” Dr. Sawchuk says. Socialising not only staves off feelings of loneliness, but also it helps sharpen memory and cognitive skills, increases your sense of happiness and well-being, and may even help you live longer. In-person is best, but connecting via technology also works. Risks of distancing yourself from social activity Social, psychological and medical research has now demonstrated conclusively that there is a direct correlation between the degree to which a person feels connected to others and their physical and mental health. Some commonly known effects from not feeling connected to others: • Generally decreased feeling of vitality, less energy and feeling tired more often • Greater likelihood of chronic illness such as heart disease, cancer, diabetes, etc. • More frequent bouts of sickness, such as colds or flu, and longer recovery times • Longer recovery times from injury • Regular feelings of loneliness • Increased likelihood of depression • Decreased level of happiness and satisfaction with life in general • Shorter life spans Feeling lonely and isolated common among older adults It is estimated that among those aged over 65, between 5%-16% report loneliness and 12% feel isolated. Studies show that acute loneliness and social isolation can impact gravely on wellbeing and quality of life, with demonstrable negative health effects. Some reasons that might make you feel lonely or isolated: • Geographic isolation • Feeling lost in the crowd • Lack of close family ties • Living alone • Difficulties in meeting new people due to access issues, an introverted personalities, or feeling like you don’t belong • Losing a loved one or friend through death or relocation • Feelings of loss or grief • Poor physical health, frailty, mobility issues • A mental health condition such as depression or anxiety • Fear of rejection from others or feelings of being “different” or stigmatised by society • Inability to participate in activities due to access issues, mobility, illness, transport • Retirement from work, home relocation, starting out in a new role or community • Lack of purpose or meaning in life • Language or cultural barriers, or reduced connection with your culture of origin How loneliness and isolation can affect your health Being lonely has a significant and lasting negative effect on blood pressure and is associated with depression (either as a cause or as a consequence). Feeling alone or socially isolated for a long time can be harmful. You might experience physical or mental problems or do things that are bad for you. Below are some signs stemmed from isolation and/or loneliness to look out for: • Physical symptoms – such as headaches, feeling ill, having pains, feeling tired, having sleep problems or lacking motivation • Mental health conditions – such as depression, feeling anxious, having panic attacks or feeling paranoid • Low energy – tiredness or lack of motivation • Sleep problems – difficulty getting to sleep, waking frequently or sleeping too much • Diet problems – such as putting on weight, losing weight or losing your appetite • Negative feelings – such as feeling worthless or hopeless or thinking about self-harm • Substance abuse – such as drinking a lot of alcohol, misusing medicines or taking drugs Four ways to help overcome isolation and loneliness The fact that loneliness feels so uncomfortable is a reminder to pay attention to and nurture these relationships that can further your happiness. No matter how many people are around you or in your life, depression can still bring loneliness. There are a few simple activities that will help avoid loneliness and isolation and improve your life. Start by: • Connecting with family and friends – visit, phone, email or use video technology • Getting out of the house – go shopping, church, exercise, join a club or enrol to a class / study • Volunteering – meet new people to feel connected and valued • Getting a pet – pets are great conversation starters. They can improve your physical and mental health Risks of distancing yourself from social activity

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Until she meets Lord Henry. By her side is Kirsten, her loyal and pious lady’s maid. But whilst tending to Anne’s every need, she has her own motives for the royal marriage to be a success . . . On the other side of the border in North Berwick, a young housemaid by the name of Jura is dreaming of a new life. With an abusive master and a soured relationship with a young farmer’s son, she secretly practises the charms taught to her by her mother. When the tension reaches breaking point, Jura makes a run for it: to Edinburgh. But it isn’t long before she finds herself caught up in the witchcraft mania that has gripped the capital, and her freedom and her future are on the line. Will Anne, Kirsten and Jura be able to save each other, and in doing so save themselves? 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The Serenity and Peril of Dusk and Dawn There’s undeniable tranquillity in starting or ending your day with a drive as the sun flirts with the horizon. However, the low light levels during these hours can cause visibility issues for drivers. Our eyes are constantly adjusting between the fading or emerging daylight and the increasing reliance on artificial lighting from streetlights and vehicles. Driving Safely with the Sun At Spotto Driving School, we emphasize the importance of defensive driving techniques tailored for these twilight hours. We advise drivers to: - Use headlights to increase visibility, even if the sun hasn’t fully set or risen. - Watch for pedestrians and cyclists who might be less visible during these times. - Be alert to wildlife activity, particularly in the less urban areas of the Gold Coast where animals are more prevalent. The Illusion of Empty Roads Dusk and dawn often give the impression of less traffic, leading to a false sense of security. We stress the need for constant vigilance - other road users may also be struggling with visibility, and their reactions might be less predictable as a result. Educational Empowerment Driving education doesn’t stop after you pass your test. It’s an ongoing process that adapts to your experiences on the road. Spotto Driving School’s advanced lessons cover the strategies for handling the unique challenges presented by these transitional light conditions, ensuring that you're as confident driving at these times as you are during the day. A Community Effort for Safer Roads Safe driving at dusk and dawn isn’t solely the responsibility of individual drivers. It’s a collective commitment to road safety. We encourage all members of our community to take these simple steps to heart. Together, we can ensure that the beauty of our coastal city’s sunrise and sunset is matched by safe and serene travels. Join Spotto Driving School in Championing Safe Twilight Driving As we continue our educational journey, Spotto Driving School remains dedicated to empowering drivers with knowledge and skills for all driving conditions. We’re here to guide you, not only under the midday sun but also in the quiet allure of dawn and the soft glow of dusk. Stay safe, Gold Coast, and remember that with the right approach, every moment on the road can be as secure as it is scenic.

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10 Reprogram The Age Of Your Skin Your DNA holds the key to your unique identity and, as it guides the processes of aging, it also shapes the outward appearance of your skin. As time passes, our genes express themselves differently, influenced by a myriad of factors including health, environment, nutrition, sleep, stress, and lifestyle choices. The skin, being the body's largest organ, undergoes a perpetual cycle of renewal, with fresh cells constantly emerging from its deepest layers. However, as agingrelated genes become increasingly active, the skin's structure and appearance undergo noticeable changes. Traditionally, altering this genetic aging process seemed impossible. Yet, the advent of Forever Young Broadband Light has shattered this perception. This revolutionary treatment harnesses light energy to penetrate deep into the skin, stimulating the body's natural defences against aging and effectively reversing the hands of time. A groundbreaking 10-year study conducted at Stanford University showcased the transformative power of this technology. Participants underwent regular Sciton BBL treatments, resulting in the activation of hundreds of genes associated with youthful skin, while those linked to aging were deactivated. Astonishingly, when shown before and after photos, doctors accurately assessed the participants' ages beforehand, but consistently perceived them to be 11 years older in the post-treatment images. The implications are profound. By adhering to a regular annual or biannual treatment regimen, individuals can diminish the long-term signs of aging such as sun damage, spider veins, redness, fine lines, and wrinkles. For further information on this remarkable breakthrough and other rejuvenating treatments, we invite you to contact Aura Mediclinic at Ashmore City Professional Centre. 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Minimum order $59 (excl delivery of $8.90) 4 Large Gluten Free Variety 4 Convenient ready-made frozen meals 4 Tastes like home cooking New Customers use the code word INTRO and receive a FREE MEAL Minimum order applies, one per customer 4 4 4 Gourmet Meals a commitment to convenience during aged care reforms The convenience of our service is a response to the evolving needs of seniors and their families, a sentiment mirrored in the aged care reforms. Gourmet Meals provides a hassle-free meal delivery service that simplifies your life, making mealtime a joy rather than a chore. In an era where the reforms underscore the importance of accessible and convenient services, our userfriendly ordering platform allows you to select meals effortlessly, customise choices to align with your dietary requirements, and establish a delivery schedule that suits your lifestyle. We handle the meal preparation and delivery logistics, ensuring you savour delicious meals without stress or effort. 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