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Helmets make cricket safer

Most Australians are unimpressed with the ball tampering scandal facing the ‘baggy greens’ in South Africa, but new research shows at least our cricketers have a better chance of survival on the field than before the introduction of helmets in the 1980s.

The Medical Journal of Australia (MJA) said experts have examined the deaths of 174 people from cricket-related injuries in Australia over the past 152 years.

Laughter the best medicine

Most of us are aware that nutrition, exercise and social activities all play their part in overall brain health as we age. But did you know a good laugh can also work wonders?

According to experts, a hearty chuckle releases the same feel-good chemicals as a workout – endorphins, serotonin and dopamine – and can alleviate symptoms of depression, stress, and anxiety and boost mental clarity.

Even “faking it until you make it” with a “ha ha, ho ho” brings about the same benefits as the real deal. 

Get ready for the NSW Seniors Festival

NSW Seniors are being urged to take part in activities and entertainment as part of the state’s 60th Seniors Festival, being held this year from 4 April to 15 April 2018.

Premier Gladys Berejiklian and Minister for Ageing Tanya Davies this week announced a final release tomorrow of 1,000 free concert tickets to the Premier’s Gala Concert series at Sydney’s Darling Harbour.

“We value the wonderful contribution seniors make across the state and this is the NSW Government’s way of saying thank you,” Ms Berejiklian said.

Christmas doesn't have to be the season to feel lonely

A new survey has found that a quarter of Australians are lonely some or most of the time, with men over the age of 55 one of the groups most likely to feel the impact of loneliness.

The Australian Red Cross survey also showed that the main reason for older men feeling lonely was divorce or separation.

Women aged over 55 were much more likely to chat to a friend or family member to help counteract loneliness.

Unleash your latent Lego builder

If you are a closet Lego® fan or have grandchildren who love the plastic building blocks, then a trip to an upcoming exhibition is a 'must see'.

Brickman Awesome starts its national tour on Boxing Day at the ICC Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre and runs until 4 February 2018, before continuing around Australia, stopping in Melbourne, Perth and Brisbane.

The exhibition will be Ryan ‘The Brickman’ McNaught’s third and will showcase the tallest Legomodel in the Southern Hemisphere – a NASA rocket standing at 7.5m tall and built from more than 450,000 bricks.

Deaf can watch ABC News in Auslan

Deaf Australians can watch the primetime news in Auslan for the first time during the National Week of Deaf People (22-28 October).

Today, the ABC News channel's 6pm (AEDT) bulletin will be interpreted live in Auslan - Australian Sign Language - the national language of the Australian deaf community.

Brent Phillips, from Victorian deaf and hard of hearing advocacy group Vicdeaf, said the ABC broadcast of the news in Auslan would allow thousands of deaf Australians to understand the news in their first language.

Celebrating Victorian seniors

The contribution of Victoria’s one million seniors aged 60 years and older will be celebrated when the Victorian Seniors Festival celebrates its 34th year in October.

Minister for Housing, Disability and Ageing Martin Foley said the 2016 Victorians Senior Festival program will include sport, the arts and concerts such as the Festival Big Band Dance, as well as food tours, information and skills sessions as part of 1500 events and activities.

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