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In this issue:
Enjoying the View from Lennox Head Lookout.
On the 19th June we packed the bus and headed off on another adventure, this time north to Ballina hoping for some warmer weather. Our first stop was morning tea at the Coffs Jetty, for a much needed break from an early start for most. It was a slow trip up the highway due to all the traffic works, so lunch was a picnic at Ulmarra by the river.
Thursday we headed to Byron Bay Lighthouse. The ones who were capable of climbing stairs got to go to the top of the lighthouse. What a treat to hear the history and see the views from up there.
Thursday afternoon was a chilly boat trip with "Out of the Blue Adventures" up the Richmond River, luckily they supplied warm jackets and delicious healthy homemade snacks along the way to keep us going. The Marine Biologist talked about the wildlife and history of the river which was interesting and informative. We even got to see a few rare birds such as the Beach Stone Curlew.
Friday we weaved through the back roads of the hinterland to the tropical oasis of Crystal Castle/Shambhala Gardens. WOW the crystals are amazing, such a wonderful experience wandering through the gardens and crystals. For some of us it was very calming, for others they left with a lighter wallet after visiting the gift shop. Lunch was a delicious counter lunch at the Mullumbimby Hotel (if you are ever up that way its a great place for lunch) and some enjoyed a little look around the shops before heading back to Ballina.
Crystal Castle Gardens
Saturday was a visit to Summerland House and a tractor ride through the Avocado Trees and a browse through their shops, then into Alstonville for lunch. Sunday we headed to Bangalow to the very popular markets, first stop was a hot coffee and treat to get us in the shopping mood. Some of us ate their way around with such a great array of food on offer. Again our wallets were lighter, our bags a little heavier.
Our evening meals are either out on the town or enjoying a get together in one of the rooms with Sandra and Carol supplying and cooking dinner. Our accommodation was in lovely Apartments in east Ballina with views to the ocean and or the river.
Monday we packed the bus in the rain for our journey back to Dorrigo. This time taking the route a little inland through Lismore, Casino then onto Grafton for a picnic lunch arriving home to Dorrigo in the afternoon.
Recipe of the Month- Curried Sausages
With the cold weather there is nothing better then a curry and sausages are a easy cheap no waste meal.
serves - 6 cook time -30 minutes
6 sausages 1 onion chopped
1 carrot chopped 1 potato diced
1 tbs Worcestershire sauce 1 tbls tomato paste
1 tbls brown sugar 2 cups water
1 cup frozen corn 1 cup frozen peas
1 tbls jam 1 tbls curry powder
Try replacing the water with a tin of coconut cream yum
Heat 1 tbls of oil, fry sausages until cooked remove and slice into rounds.
Heat more oil, saute onion, carrots and potato for 2 minutes. Add Worcestershire sauce , tomato paste, curry powder and brown sugar cook 2 minutes.
Add water and or coconut cream and sliced sausages stir to combine. Add corn and peas. Bring to boil, reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes. Stir through jam and serve.
Looking down from top of the lighthouse
The Happy Travelers enjoying Crystal Castle
The weather has been cold, so for some of us it's hard to get out and about. Transports to the doctors surgery have been on the rise. Remember to be patient with us, we do the best we can to get you where you need to go and our days are always very busy. Always check the schedule that we are available when making appointments and needing transport.
Coming up in August
Bingo is at Hickory House every Wednesday starting at 10.30am. As at the 1st August 2019 there will be a small increase to $8 to cover prizes, a raffle ticket, book and tea or coffee.
Scrabble starts at 1pm and cost nothing, challenge yourself against others and yourself. You don't have to be like Johann Goethe.
*Remember bookings are essential for all transports, bus trips, town and SSS lunches. Phone 6657 2896
If you would like more information on anything Dorrigo Support Centre offers please call us on 6657 2896 or all into the Office.
** A Reminder that all transports need 24 hour notice otherwise we cannot guarantee availability of service.
Community Transport 1300 812 507
Bellingen/Dorrigo Taxis 66553311
Sudoko of the Month- to test your skills
The Healing Power of Crystals and how to use them - from Crystal Castle.
There are many ways to use crystals for healing-
Crystals act as a transmitter and amplifier of healing energy. All crystals vibrate on a particular frequency just as we do. There are many crystals for many different powers. Following are just a few and their powers-
Or just enjoy crystals for their beauty and uniqueness.
There is a difference in memory loss as a part of normal aging and as a symptom of Dementia.
We all forget things from time to time. Even computers need cleaning up for room for new information. The brain works the same, it needs to make space for new information also. Dementia is persistent and progressive not occasional, it also effects behaviour and the ability to do every day tasks.
Did you know 3 in 10 people over the age of 85 and almost 1 in 10 over the age of 65 have Dementia.
There are ways to help keep our brain active.
Keep your Life in Mind
Is an important reminder to take time out for yourself and know what you need for a healthy brain. Taking positive step for a healthy brain may reduce the risk of Dementia.
Can a healthy diet reduce the risk of developing dementia? Can a healthy diet help people with dementia? It is known that a healthy balanced diet is important for everyone, to help prevent other health problems and ensure sufficient intake of essential nutrients.
Higher intake of good fats - olive oil, fish, avocados, nuts and seeds.
Omega 3 fats - flaxseed, walnuts eggs,oily fish.
Antioxidants - fruit and vegetable. The highest concentrations are found in the most deeply or brightly coloured fruits and vegetables.
B group vitamins - meat, dairy food, shellfish, fermented foods. Folate(B9) leafy vegetables, legumes, sunflower seeds, oranges, bananas, strawberries, pumpkins, parsnips, corn.
Tips for a healthy diet-
For people with dementia eating or drinking too little or missing out on essential nutrients can increase confusion. Not eating enough fibre or drinking enough water can cause constipation.
Did you know 2 in 3 Australians aged 75 and older take 5 or more medicines every day.
Older Australians that take 5 or more medicines a day are more likely to report side effects or other issues and seven times more likely to be taking medicines that could interact. Also the risk of mistakes become higher.
Side effects and the higher financial costs sometimes associated with multiple medicines, may mean you are less able to take your medicines regularly or in the right way.
Remember to ask your Doctor or Pharmacist to review your medicines on a regular basic especially if you take 5 or more medicines a day. Tell them if you take any over the counter medication whether it is herbal/natural or pain relief.
Don't be afraid to ask your doctor questions about your medication, side effects, ways to lesson medication and what can interact with it.
Know the names of your medication and what they look like. Record what they are for, why you are using them.
Read the consumer medicine information sheet and keep it with your records of medication.
Ask your Pharmacist about advise on medication organisers or Webster packs. This helps to have them in groups for the days and time of day they are to be taken.
Take out of date and unused medicines to your Pharmacy for safe disposal. Do Not keep them.
Always store medicines away from heat and damp areas, do not store in bathrooms or leave them in cars. Store out of reach from children. Ask your Pharmacist the best way to store your medicines.
Keeping a medicines list will:
A medicines list can be a useful way to keep all the information about your medicines together. If you have a smart phone there is a MedicineWise smartphone app.
For more information you can visit NPS Medicinewise.
5 questions to ask your Doctor or health care provider page is attached or click on the link -
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