Self-Diagnosis may be Mis-Diagnosis

Information overload regarding the symptoms of any affliction allows us all to assess ourselves and our friends state of well-being. Just after my husband turned 60 a new acquaintance of his took me aside and in confidence told me that I should be aware that Don had early onset dementia. The reasoning was founded on the friend’s observation of Don’s memory. I had known Don since he was 20 and it soon became evident after I met him, that he had selective memory. Anything important to him, his work never suffered, sport in all shapes and sizes was well remembered. But remembering less important stuff, like meeting me at a pre-determined time! Oh well we can’t all be perfect. And nothing has changed in the last 20 years, it’s the same as always.

Another acquaintance was chatting to me one day and shared that she was becoming easily distracted. Moving from one task to the next without completing the previous task. She wondered if this was the start of something sinister. In all the years I had known her, she had been exactly as she described. This was apparently the first time she had clearly observed her daily actions. What could I say? I did make suggestions as to how she might better focus on each daily task.

We need to be sure that what we are “seeing” is new and not something we have been living with for a long time but not previously noticed before making a diagnosis.

How can OPAN help you?

When your need for care escalates, it is a good idea to be sure of your rights. Older Persons Advocacy Network is a national voice that advocates for older men and women. OPAN is made up of nine states and territory services. The organisations work closely together to provide nationally consistent advocacy, information and education all over Australia.

It supports consumers and potential consumers of Commonwealth funded aged care to understand and exercise their rights.

OPAN is creating digital communication channels, like television and videos in aged care facilities. The program is to ensure the rights of older people continue to be linked to aged care reforms.

Free calls are available on 1800 700 700 between 9.30am and 4.30pm weekdays. You might also check it out on this link

Have you used this service?            What was your experience?

What are your chances?

A report from the United States suggests that older workers (retirees) are making a comeback. Larger companies are beginning to look for experienced workers who want to return to work. Valuable experience and skills are available for less salary than current job holders.

Opinion is divided. Companies should be looking for character and training skills, which is where older workers might win out. But older workers are still seen as a threat due to years of experience, offering honest advice that nobody wants to hear.

In Australia, there is a Human Rights and Age Discrimination Commissioner, Dr Kay Petersen. What is she achieving to help older people to be employed? Check out this link to see

Want to share your travel with others?

We have talked about private armchair travel and group armchair travel. More options are available, this one may appeal.

Share travel


Get together photos, brochures and souvenirs in an orderly manner and check out retirement and nursing homes. Some of them will welcome you. You may only share with one person or a small group. Possibly this is an option for you to make a positive difference in your life and someone else’s life.


It would be interesting to hear where and how your sharing works out.