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Lifestyle : Forever Young
1HERSA1 0048 Want the wind in your hair or just a comfy deckchair? Whatever your choice, ACSRF can help you plan to achieve your dream retirement lifestyle. Retire better with ACSRF by calling us today on 1300 658 776. SUPERANNUATION / ALLOCATED PENSIONS / PLANNING ADVICE / INSURANCE AN INDUSTRY SUPER FUND FOR ALL AUSTRALIANS / 1300 658 776 / www.catholicsuper.com.au SCS SUPER PTY LIMITED IS THE TRUSTEE OF THE AUSTRALIAN CATHOLIC SUPERANNUATION & RETIREMENT FUND (ACSRF). ABN 74 064 712 607. AFS LICENCE 230544. RSE L0002264 AND RSE R1055436. FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON ACSRF'S SERVICES, REFER TO OUR CURRENT PRODUCT DISCLOSURE STATEMENT AND FINANCIAL SERVICES GUIDE. ACSRF MEMBERS HAVE ACCESS TO A DEDICATED FINANCIAL PLANNING TEAM THROUGH AN ARRANGEMENT WITH INDUSTRY FUND SERVICES (AFSL 232514). 48 SUNDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2010 THE SUN-HERALD Forever young SPECIAL REPORT Working on body and soul It's important to be physically and mentally active in your twilight years, writes Keeli Cambourne. Keeping cool . . . social interaction is just as important as exercise in maintaining your health in your later years. Photo: Louie Douvis Guidelines to healthy ageing Think of movement as an opportunity, not an inconvenience. Be active every day in as many ways as you can. Exercise regularly --- at least 30 minutes of moderately intense exercise every day. Do a range of exercises that involve balance and walking, strength, flexibility and cardio- respiratory activities. If you can, also enjoy some regular, vigorous activity for extra health and fitness. Eat a balanced diet, three regular meals and plenty of fluids (preferably water) each day. Keep your weight within a healthy range. Keep your mind active --- read, write, do crosswords, play music, play games, learn new activities or skills. Maintain contacts with your family and friends. Stay active and socially and productively engaged through work, volunteering, recreational activities and involvement in the community. Keep a positive attitude towards life and a sense of humour. Do things that make you happy and give you meaning and purpose. Be adaptive as your circumstances change, look for opportunities to meet new friends, to take on new activities and learn new skills. ENJOYING life in later years is not just a matter of staying physically active. Keeping your mind and soul healthy is just as important, says the founding director of the Australasian Occupational Science Centre at University of Wollongong, Dr Alison Wicks. ''If you start focusing on the future, you risk forgetting about the present, which is where you should be building the foundations of a happy and healthy later life,'' Wicks says. ''Social fitness is just as important as physical fitness and we need to maintain social connections past retirement, otherwise there is more risk of slipping into depression.'' Wicks says when people are preparing to retire it is important they find avenues to create new networks and occupations by participating in things like social clubs or volunteering, to ensure they maintain social contacts. ''Social interaction opens up opportunities to do things with purpose and meaning and to engage with others,'' Wicks says. ''With the right attitude and the social networks in place, it is then much easier to keep body and soul in tip-top condition as well.'' Dr Elizabeth Cyarto, from the National Ageing Research Institute, says staying active doesn't have to mean getting out the joggers and building up a sweat. ''It's not just a matter of staying physically healthy when you get older,'' she says. ''We have a healthy- ageing quiz available online [www.mednwh.unimelb.edu.au] that will tell you exactly what you need to be doing to remain healthy in later life. ''It looks at everything from physical, social and mental health, as well as optimism, adaptability, diet and weight -- all the lifestyle modifier factors -- and is designed for people from 50 years plus. It will let you see where you're at right now and if you are on the right track.'' Cyarto says evidence points to the fact that moderate physical activity is essential in ageing and can help fight off diseases such as dementia. ''Physical activity can also help to keep the brain healthy and as such the federal government has released a set of guidelines for older Australians on fitness and activity in later years,'' she says. ''It is basically the same for younger adults -- 30 minutes of moderate activity, preferably every day. Not gut-busting activity but things like balance training, flexibility and strength training. ''Physical activity costs nothing -- just put your shoes on and walk out the door. It can help so many chronic diseases older people develop. ''Physical activity is something you should be doing, no matter how old you are or what health or mobility conditions you may have.''
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