April – May 2018

Tips for Older Travellers

Baby Boomers are gradually retiring but not wanting to put on the proverbial slippers yet. Many remain in good health and travel is increasingly on the agenda. A popular pursuit is driving around Australia in a camper van  or with a caravan.

It is a good idea to have a general health check with your GP before embarking.

 

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Tennis Elbow

Lateral epicondylitis, inflammation of the tendons where they meet the bone at the elbow on the thumb side, is commonly known as tennis elbow. It is not unique to tennis and can come about from any ongoing or repeated use of the forearm and wrist. Bricklaying, painting and gardening plus other racquet sports can bring it about as can using a computer mouse and it can affect anyone. It is commonest in those aged 35-55.

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Managing Coeliac Disease

This is a condition where there is marked immune response to gluten which is found in wheat. rye and barley. It can damage the small bowel and interfere with absorption of nutrients. The symptoms vary from mild to severe and include tiredness, intermittent diarrhoea, abdominal pain, bloating and flatulence. Children with Coeliac disease may have slower growth, irritability and abdominal swelling.

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Cooling Down Heartburn

This is a burning pain in the chest or upper abdomen caused by acid leaking from the stomach into the oesophagus. It is also known as reflux and gastro-oesophageal reflux disease (GORD). It is very common and can affect all age groups from infancy. It ranges from mild to severe.

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Family Break-ups and Kids

It is estimated that 40% of marriages will end in divorce or separation. In many instances there are children and the impact on them is significant. Regardless of whether a couple love each other or not, their children will still love them both.

While all children are affected in the short term, American research shows in the longer term the vast majority of children in divorced families do as well as their peers when it comes to behaviour, academic performance and social relationships.

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