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A whisky discovery workshop (in pursuit of longevity)

Being fifty-something, I love a story of long livedness. This past week I came across this story of Grace, a 110-year-old who is the UK’s tenth oldest person. Grace (known affectionately as Amazing Grace) credits her longevity to having had a night-cap of Famous Grouse whisky every evening for the last 60 years. Heartening stuff… Continue reading A whisky discovery workshop (in pursuit of longevity)

bookishness · health matters

A Brain for Life ~~ Book Review

A Brain for Life – how to optimise your brain’s health by making simple lifestyle changes now By Nicola Gates, PhD [Published by ABC Books]   Being fifty-something, I’m prone to an occasional “senior moment”. Every so often, I wonder if not being able to find my keys is a signal of something more sinister.… Continue reading A Brain for Life ~~ Book Review

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Is your job making you fat? ~~ Book Review

Is your job making you fat? How to lose weight and control your waist at work By Ken Lloyd, PhD & Stacey Laura Lloyd (Nero Books) When I sighted the cover of this book, I expected a light-weight how-to about “al desko” exercise rationalised by more of the “sitting is the new smoking” message we’re all… Continue reading Is your job making you fat? ~~ Book Review

health matters · product reviews

Skin Cancer Early Detection Tool + a little giveaway

Disclaimer: Skin Patrol provided free product for review and giveaway. G I V E A W A Y   N O W   C L O S E D: Winners have been notified and will be announced shortly. 🙂 ********* THE WINNERS ARE: Jacky (Queensland) and Ruth (Tasmania). Congratulations … your prizes are on the… Continue reading Skin Cancer Early Detection Tool + a little giveaway

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Update on the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

Being fifty-something means that I’ve already been invited to participate in the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program (Australia). I’ve actually been invited twice: when I turned 50 and 55. Lucky me: bowel cancer screening could save my life. And yours. The National Bowel Cancer Screening Program began in 2006 and has been progressively expanding the age… Continue reading Update on the National Bowel Cancer Screening Program

health matters · product reviews

Murine Eye Mist (preservative free) – a review

I often receive products for review. Let’s call it a perk of blogger-dom. Still, I only write about the ones that I love and believe are worth sharing. In other words, not every product makes the “being fifty-something” cut. This one did. When the folk at Murine sent me a sample of their preservative-free eye mist,… Continue reading Murine Eye Mist (preservative free) – a review