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MSWA Bulletin Magazine Summer 2022

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COUNSELLING AGEING POWERFULLY AND POSITIVELY Fear is all around us. The uncertainty and fear of the future is something we need to deal with daily. But what about getting old? Do you feel good about getting older? If you do, it may actually add years to your life! A study conducted by psychologist Becca R. Levy, PhD, of the Yale School of Public Health revealed that people’s attitudes toward ageing can affect not only how well they If we think of ageing only as an enemy to be conquered, we lose sight of ways to improve our health and quality of life in the present. Think on this, we have 50,000 to function but also how long they live. 70,000 unconscious thoughts The study also demonstrated that older people who were primed with positive words walked and moved faster. It is evident that everyone can improve their ability to remain alert, joyful, and intelligent while they get older just by changing their outlook on life. A positive attitude is a significant element of a pleasant, fruitful existence and may genuinely alter our character. a day and 80 percent of them are negative. You wonder why is there so much negativity around us? It takes practice to become positive. Why is this so important to understand? Because you are more than the ailment you have; you are more than your physical body! Changing your perspective changes the outcome. Everything starts with your thoughts. If you are particularly positive about Your thoughts make you feel ageing, it takes you to successful positive or negative emotions, ageing. Once you embrace the power of positive ageing, you look and those emotions will affect at growing old as a journey of transition rather than a destination. your behaviours. Watch out for those thoughts! References Chan, A., Ho, J., Tam, H. L., & Tang, P. Book Review: Successful Aging: A Neuroscientist Explores the Power and Potential of Our Lives. Frontiers in Psychology, 18 June 2021 | Davis, F. The Power of Positive Aging, The Silver Century Foundation, 28 March 2017 | Studies also demonstrated that people’s attitudes toward ageing had a greater influence on how long they lived than their health, their gender, their financial resources or any other factor. Those who felt positive about growing older also functioned better over the years. So, embrace your season of life! 1. Accept that ageing is nonnegotiable, it happens to all of us, it is part of life. 2. Adapt to changes accordingly and live with an attitude of gratitude. Look for the funny side of life. 3. Eat a balanced diet and drink plenty of fresh water. 4. Go for long walks most days or gentle exercises, it will help you sleep better. 5. Enjoy the company of family and friends – being connected is a choice. Make lots of positive memories. Start a new hobby! 6. Make use of meditation or prayer as part of your daily routine. 7. Let those golden years be the best season of your life! JASMIN STANKOVIC MSWA COUNSELLOR 28

ACCOMMODATION & OUTREACH 2021 CANNING SHOW PRIZE WINNERS Twenty-three Clients from MSWA Wilson Outreach exhibited their work at the Canning Show on 5 and 6 November. We had a total of 48 art exhibits entered into different categories including mosaic, drawing and painting, card making, scrap booking, decoupage, crochet, mixed media and miscellaneous craft. This time, we brought back seven winners, including two champion titles! I would like to congratulate Jasmin Franklin who was named ‘Champion: People with Disability Painting and Drawing’ for her amazing charcoal portraits, and Susan Finlay who was named ‘Champion: Scrap Booking’ for her stunning 3D scrap books. I would like to express my appreciation to my team at Wilson Outreach for your help in turning the desired plans of our Clients into success. I value your work. Last but definitely not least, I would like to thank and congratulate all Wilson Outreach Clients who participated in the Canning Show. I am extremely proud of all of you and hope for more exhibits next year. To all MSWA Clients out there, please come and join our Outreach activities. Explore your creativity and attempt new skills, working with whatever physical abilities you have, in a relaxed and accepting environment. OUR 2021 CANNING SHOW PRIZE WINNERS: Category: Drawing Pencil/Charcoal/Conte Jasmin Franklin 1st prize Category: Handicrafts Scrap Booking Susan Finlay 1st and 2nd prize Category: Painting Oil or Acrylic Nick Papadimitriou 2nd prize Christopher Stephens 3rd prize Category: Mixed Media Hayley Gregson 1st prize Tony Villamagna 3rd prize Artist: Tony Villamagna Artist: Jasmin Franklin Category: Miscellaneous Craft Michelle Smith 3rd prize with High Commended ZURAINI HUSSAIN OUTREACH COORDINATOR – WILSON