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Time for You!

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My days are busy and often stressful, and usually I enjoy exercise alone as an opportunity to think or clear my mind, says Louise Inglis.

While caring for my disabled son has many rewarding moments, it can also be physically demanding, emotionally draining, and time-consuming. This is true for many family carers supporting others, as well as for those who are self-managing their own health or disability needs. We get tired. We get sick. We have to carry on.

Strength: Video Collection

Introducing the Strength for Life Video Series.

Practical exercises you can do in 15 minute intervals at home

CALM – Computer Assisted Learning for the Mind

The University of Auckland have created CALM.

A website which can be used as a motivational tool for students struggling with depression, anxiety, stress, relationships and other factors that can contribute to poor study practices.

ActiveWellness: Winter … A Time For Home!

Cold winter weather can mean boredom, depression and rising tension in the home.

So it makes good sense to make plans for winter, not just for activities that can be shared by everyone in the household, but plans to take care of yourself. By Katherine Findlay

Guidelines on Physical Activity for Older People

The Ministry of Health’s Guidelines on Physical Activity for Older People.

Designed to help New Zealanders aged 65 years and over live longer and healthier lives.

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Exercise: An Outlet for Carers

David Cohen writes about squash.

It has been called the healthiest sport in the world. And it’s a social activity.

That’s how I first became aware of just how many carers gravitate to it. During the inevitable post-match analyses their stories tumble out like so many powerful cross-court volleys.

The company manager now looking after a father afflicted with Alzheimer’s.

An IT guy whose wife lives with cancer.

Parents of special needs kids like mine.

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Safe Lifting + Transfers at Home

Safe moves and transfers, with physiotherapist Ellen van Dijken.

Caring for others comes with its share of hard work. This can involve physical work like transferring, pulling, pushing wheelchairs, carrying, and lifting. If not done properly, there can be risks for those being moved and their supporters. Injuries can be sustained easily. Some happen suddenly, like a fall, while others, like strains, can develop gradually.

It is important we are aware of our actions and how we can do things safely to protect ourselves and those we are supporting.