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Depression: maybe it's not a chemical imbalance after all

That’s been the standard explanation for a long time. Our serotonin levels are too low. The reason for the imbalance is often a mystery, but there’s a lot of it going on.   Read this post

Wednesday, November 23, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

80 can look like this

If you think life as an 80-year old is about decline, take a look at this man. You might have seen him in the media recently strutting his stuff on the runway for Fashion Week in China.  Read this post

Thursday, November 10, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

There's a lesson for all of us in my dad's death

The third one along in this photo is my sports-mad dad in his 20s. He also played rugby league, rugby union, tennis, badminton, table tennis and golf. Yet he fell a couple of weeks ago, broke his thighbone, and didn’t survive the aftermath of the operation to pin it. He was 88.  Read this post

Thursday, November 10, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

8 Things I Am Too Old For

One of the beauties of getting older is that we can lighten our load. There are so many things we can get go of once we realize how pointless it was hanging on to them in the first place. And what’s that got to do with our health? Plenty!  Read this post

Sunday, August 21, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

How kind is your inner voice when you look in the mirror?

ABC Radio National’s Life Matters Program recently asked whether the self-critical voice in our heads gets any kinder as we get older?  Read this post

Monday, May 30, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

Managing a broken hip

While I was away, I stayed with a friend in Canada who’d broken her hip a fortnight before. She’s 73, and she’d tripped over her new puppy and fallen on the concrete. (That’s the cute culprit above.) It’s easy enough to do. But her approach is exactly the one you want to adopt if it happens to you.   Read this post

Monday, May 30, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

Strategies for stressful times

Last month was a big one, and a few times I felt my stress level rising. Or maybe it was me sinking.   Read this post

Sunday, May 29, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

Challenging our assumptions about bone density and fractures

A research paper published in the prestigious British Medical Journal last year made a point that few of us appreciate about bone health.  Read this post

Saturday, April 23, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

The science of stopping hot flushes Part 2: non-medical therapies

As we’ve seen, there’s an array of medical treatment for hot flushes. But let’s say that for health reasons you can’t use them, or you don’t want to. Surveys show that 50-80% of women with flushes try some sort of non-hormonal or non-medical therapy.  Read this post

Saturday, March 26, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson

The science of stopping hot flushes, Part 1: the medical response

Recently a friend asked about dealing with hot flushes and night sweats. It’s estimated that 70-80% of us experience them at some time. They can be short-lived or last for years, and their impact ranges from being inconvenient to debilitating.   Read this post

Tuesday, March 22, 2016 | Rhonda Anderson