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When we think about preparedness, we often consider the physical and practical steps we need to take to prepare our families and homes. However, being psychologically prepared for an emergency situation is just as important as being physically prepared.
It can help you feel more in control and confident in dealing with an emergency, and help you to think more clearly while under severe stress.
There is a reason we encourage people to write down and practice their bushfire survival plans. It is because our brains can become overwhelmed when they become faced with stressful situations.
The adrenaline hormone which helps us survive can also shut off the parts of our brain linked to problem solving.
Being psychologically prepared also includes having realistic expectations. An emergency situation (such as a fast moving bushfire) can very quickly become unmanageable and unpredictable.
So how do we prepare our minds for a emergencies?
There are three main steps we can take:
ANTICIPATE how you may react
You need to be able to draw on your own strengths, survival resources and your ability to cope. It's important not to let your feelings and thoughts of fear get in the way of careful and well planned actions.
Remind yourself that this is an emergency situation and that it's natural to feel anxious and stressed. You cannot directly control what's happening but you can manage your responses in this emergency and influence the impact on you and your family.
Wednesday, 27 July 2016
Launching the Guidelines for the Development of Dementia Friendly Communities, Seniors and Volunteering Minister Tony Simpson said dementia was one of the biggest national and international health challenge facing this generation.
"About 32,000 West Australians live with dementia and it is the second biggest cause of death for Australians," Mr Simpson said.
"It is vital communities have the resources and support to develop community services, programs and facilities in line with established dementia-friendly community principles.
"The Liberal National Government provided more than $450,000 for the creation of these guidelines, which has given hundreds of people the opportunity to tell us what it is like to live with dementia and the challenges they face in the community."
The Minister commended Alzheimer's Australia WA for its work on the project, which would help carers and community partners to understand how people living with dementia experienced their world, and to make the changes needed to ensure they could live well.
"We know about 70 per cent of people with dementia live in their own homes in the community," he said.
"Everyone, from governments and health organisations, to the local supermarket and hairdresser, share part of the responsibility for ensuring people with dementia feel understood, valued and able to contribute to their community."
Wednesday, 27 July 2016
The Liberal National Government has provided funding to support the development of Changing Places in the local government areas of Bunbury, Collie, Fremantle, Gingin, Joondalup, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Katanning, Melville, Port Hedland, Moora and Cunderdin.
Today's announcement by the Minister at the City of Melville completes the two-phase $2 million funding of a State-wide Changing Places network announced in May 2015.
Mrs Faragher said the development of the network was an exciting step forward for inclusion across Western Australian communities.
"WA's Changing Places network will mean people with disability will have the same freedom as others to travel around their communities and beyond," she said.
"The State Government has led the way by establishing the first Changing Places network in Australia. It is also destined to become part of a national network - Changing Place locations are to be added to the national public toilet and Changing Places maps."
Changing Places are clean and private facilities that are different to standard accessible toilets. They have an adult-sized change table, hoist and enough space for two people to help.
In December 2015, locations were announced for the development of 14 Changing Places, including Cockburn, Albany, Broome, Geraldton, Mandurah, Narrogin and Toodyay.
Additional Changing Places initiatives are also being planned by other State Government agencies at Waterbank, Yagan Square, Scarborough foreshore redevelopment and the Perth Stadium. The Metropolitan Redevelopment Authority opened a Changing Place at Elizabeth Quay in January 2016.
Wednesday, 27 July 2016
Premier Colin Barnett today officially opened the $2.2 million Child and Parent Centre - Mount Lockyer.
"We know a child's early years significantly influence success at school and opportunities throughout life, so support like this is vital," Mr Barnett said.
"Parents in Mount Lockyer and the broader community can seek advice from a child health nurse on matters such as nutrition and sleep, get ideas for activities to help their children learn, and have their children referred to specialists.
"The centre provides a community where parents can meet, share experiences, build relationships and access a wide range of programs and services."
The bright and welcoming Child and Parent Centre - Mount Lockyer reflects the heart of Albany with a striking blue and green exterior and a large wooden ship in the outdoor play area.
Education Minister Peter Collier said the facility included a fully equipped child health clinic room, consultants' rooms, a group activity room and kitchen facilities.
"This is one of 21 centres that are supporting parents to help their children be as ready as possible for school in locations that have the greatest need. The centres bring services together for families on or near school sites," Mr Collier said.
Wednesday, 27 July 2016
This year, WA Seniors Card holders will share in more than $22 million worth of payments, with singles and couples to receive $83.85 and $128 respectively.
Seniors and Volunteering Minister Tony Simpson said WA was the only State that provided a cash payment to help support all seniors card holders.
"Since the rebate was introduced in 2008, the State Government has provided more than $218 million in payments to support older West Australians with their everyday living expenses," Mr Simpson said.
"We know many seniors have lower incomes in their later years, but their expenses stay the same.
"This rebate is just one way for us to support our seniors, enabling them to put the money towards some of their bills and other expenses."
The Cost of Living Rebate is automatically deposited into registered bank accounts, with all payments expected to reach cardholders by August 1, 2016.
The WA Seniors Card also provides seniors with more than $1,000 in concessions throughout the year, including rebates across a wide range of State Government services from public transport to the cost of vehicle registration and entry to museums, galleries and national parks.
"Western Australian seniors have access to the most generous suite of concessions in Australia and I urge seniors to maximise the use of their WA Seniors Card by taking advantage of these benefits," the Minister said.
Sadly yesterday, a few of us from Seniors Computing Club attended a meaningful funeral for our beautiful friend Heather Brunalli. Family and friends gave heart warming speeches and together we shared some gorgeous photos. It was a lovely service, with many people in attendance. We shall miss Heather's smile, her contributions to our club and of course all those lovely purple outfits she always wore!
RIP Heather, we will miss you.
I would like to welcome our four new members that have joined us this week, we are looking forward to making you feel at home, teaching you some computer skills whilst having some company and a bit of fun.
Good news regarding Simon Shorthouse. He has approved a 10% discount with all computer repairs for anyone who is a member of our club, all you need is your membership card as proof. He will also cap his hourly rate at 3 hrs maximum to ensure you will not be out of pocket if the repairs take too much time. His business cards are located in the training room.
Remember enrollments for your membership to MCRC is due this month.
$5 for the year which entitles you to discounted rates for admin services.
Membership is for 12 months from July 2016 - June 2017
In addition your computer club charges you $5 per term to use the computers and access your lessons.
We are currently on term 3.
Some of you are now enrolled in our new program "BROADBAND FOR SENIORS" and are happily working on your tutorials. It's a great free resource for all seniors over the age of 50, anyone interested in joining up just let me know and I will help get you started.
See you all next week,
Take Care of yourselves and stay dry and warm!