A diagnosis of dementia needn’t spell the end of an individual’s independence. Occupational therapy can keep people in their own homes for longer with a high quality of life, explains BaptistCare aged care expert Nicole Donohoo.
Never before in human history have the world’s oceans and the creatures that live in them been under greater stress. With the human population of the Earth now topping seven billion, fish are being harvested for the table in record numbers, with many species being hunted to extinction.
The climate of the Earth is made up of all the various regional climates put together. It has changed throughout the planet’s 4.5-billion-year history, with conditions becoming warmer or cooler at various times in the past. However scientific observations now show that the Earth’s climate has changed very rapidly in the last 100 years or so – climbing by a little under 1 °C.
The Earth is home to a vast trove of natural resources, including air, water, soil, plants, animals, minerals and land, that together allow human beings to live and thrive. However, in our relatively short time on the planet we have tended to use these resources with very little thought for the future. We’ve cleared forests, destroyed ecosystems, and burned fossil fuels with devastating impacts on the long-term health of the environment and the prospects of future generations.
There are few animals on the planet more closely associated with the threats of habitat loss and extinction than giant pandas. So dire was the plight of the giant panda that in 1966 WWF chose it as the official symbol of its worldwide work to protect biodiversity and preserve wilderness.
It’s amazing the difference a year can make. Single mum Marina and her daughter Sam started 2017 on a bleak note. After the breakup of Marina’s marriage, the pair were living in a cramped studio in Newtown with shared facilities and almost no cooking amenities.
Sometimes life throws more at you than you can handle. Just ask brickies labourer, Jim. In the space of just six months in 2015, he lost his close friend and ex-wife to cancer and his 28-year-old son to suicide.