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From chaos to calm

For adults who have struggled with aspects of everyday life, a diagnosis of ADHD can spark a seismic shift in their wellbeing.

Looking back at Judith Bull's school reports, it’s obvious she was smart. It’s also obvious she struggled to concentrate. “Every school report was the same,” she sighs. “I kept thinking, if only I could try harder and focus. If only I could keep my mouth shut. If only I could fit in.”

Age and maturity didn’t improve the situation. She made impulsive business decisions that failed, interrupted people and blurted things out without thinking and then, two months short of her 50th birthday, she went to see a psychologist. “After the third session she said, ‘Did you know you have ADHD?’ It was a light-bulb moment. Finally, I could see a reason for my behaviour.”

Sydney-based Judith saw a psychiatrist and was prescribed Ritalin, which belongs to a class of drugs known as stimulants that can help people with ADHD stay focused. The resulting calm enabled her to put measures in place to improve her life and university studies. “I’ve learned to stay on task, keep my desk tidy, have my clothes ready. My life is now very regimented.”

Now 55, the diagnosis also enabled her to power through degrees in business management, accounting and IT. She’s planning a PhD on ADHD in the workplace and has become president of ADDults With ADHD, a charity dedicated to improving the lives of adults living with the condition. 

ADHD, which stands for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, has been a battlefield in the mental health arena, often dismissed as a behavioural issue rather than what it is – a neurodevelopmental disorder. It’s characterised by symptoms of inattention, impulsivity and sometimes hyperactivity. It can be managed, but there is no single known cause or cure.

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Jane & Jimmy Barnes: Food, family and the joy of connection

Self-confessed luddites aged 60-something don’t usually find themselves with the moniker of social media influencer. Unless, that is, you are Australian rock legend Jimmy Barnes and wife Jane.

As the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in early 2020 and we retreated to the safe bubble of our homes, the couple started recording lockdown jam sessions, singing both original Jimmy tunes and covers of classics, and sharing them online. 

Jane learned guitar, piano and even the bagpipes to accompany her talented husband in their performances in isolation. They were soon joined by the extended musical Barnes clan, in person or by video link, and the at-home shows went on to garner more than 100 million views on social media. They even gave themselves a tongue-in-cheek name – The Jane Barnes Band.

“Our intent was to keep ourselves positive and make some sort of connection. Let people know they’re not alone and maybe give a little hope,” 65-year-old Jimmy tells DARE. “The fact it seemed to bring joy, making people forget for a minute, really inspired us to keep it going, to keep reaching out because we could see it was bringing happiness to people. 

“The Jane Barnes Band makes me laugh,” he adds. “Jane and I, we’re the lo-fi people, we do it on our iPhones and that’s it. Anything that gets complicated, we have to quickly ring one of the kids for help, we have no idea! Somehow, just with the use of an iPhone and an acoustic guitar, Jane and I have reached millions of people. It’s outrageous.”

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'Tis the season to go green

Make your Christmas celebration naturally beautiful with clever, eco-friendly decoration ideas.

For a modern Christmas setting and a more sustainable approach to decorating, ditch the plastic and tinsel, and instead adorn tables with living centrepieces. Sydney florist Aleksandra Keast recommends choosing greenery that complements what’s growing nearby, and being resourceful.

“Your home may be surrounded by beautiful gum trees – cut a few stems to make into a garlandfor your Christmas table,” she says. “Perhaps in your garden you have an oversupply of fresh mint: bunch some of it into elegant cut-crystal tumblers, among beautiful taper candles.” Aleksandra says that keeping it seasonal is always best. “Some of my favourites are flowering eucalyptus ficifolia, Christmas bush, gardenias, frangipanis and fragrant garden roses.”

Stylist Georgia Ashdown, founder of NSW events company Chelsea Gardens, suggests keeping the table neutral so you can jazz it up with an abundance of native leaves. Ivy also works well as a table runner. “It fills up all the empty spaces on the table once it is set,” she says. A centrepiece of flowers with each napkin also adds a nice touch.

“Use twine from your kitchen to tie around napkins if you have nothing else, with some beautiful red kangaroo paw threaded into your bow and some pretty foliage to decorate,” says Georgia.

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How to be a good funeral guest

It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the social niceties of the grieving process. Here’s how to support loved ones – and yourself.

There are some universal truths about funerals. They’re sad events, of course, and even when we’re asked to “celebrate” a life, they still come with feelings of grief. They’re also necessary – a chance to say goodbye, to pay respects and to comfort those left behind.

Today with various lockdown rules, they can be smaller than we’d like. And they can be confusing and confronting – especially if the person you’re grieving is from a different religion or ethnic group to yourself. 

“As much as we talk about death, dying and funerals more openly now than ever before, it is still daunting to think about attending one, particularly if it’s in an unfamiliar environment,” says funeral director Kelly Scott, senior vice president of the Australian Funeral Directors Association.

But, she adds, don’t be concerned that you won’t know what to do. “There are always people in attendance who are unfamiliar with the protocols and the congregations are aware of this, so there is no need to feel embarrassed or anxious.

“There are so many different religious and cultural traditions whether it be a Christian, Catholic, Orthodox, Muslim, Jewish or Maori funeral, for example, each with their own wonderful rituals and nuances, so it’s about attending with an open heart and mind and showing respect to these rituals.

“Even when a service is in a language other than English you can often ‘follow the cues’ with standing, sitting and kneeling at the appropriate places. A prayer booklet may also be a guide as to when to respond, pray etcetera, if you feel like you would like to participate.”

There are other issues – like what do we wear these days? “Recently there has been a trend for guests to be asked to wear more colourful outfits as a gesture of celebration. It’s really up to the hosts to decide,” says Nat Thomas, Head of Growth and Marketing at end-of-life services website Gathered Here.

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Green shoots of recovery

Dubbed “nature’s miracle drug”, medicinal cannabis is being hailed for its healing properties. And the patients leading the charge to bring it from underground to mainstream are the over 50s.

Cassius Armitage thought he had a fairly high tolerance for pain (he once fell asleep while being tattooed), until he tried to access his own home after getting locked out. He slipped and fell two stories, not just breaking his ankle, but shattering it to pieces.

“I can take pain – pain isn’t a problem for me – but this was a 12 or 13 out of 10,” recalls Cassius, 50, from Woodend in Victoria’s Macedon Ranges.

“It was unrelenting and it got so bad I was begging the doctors to amputate. It seems crazy now, but I just wanted it gone, I wanted the pain out of my life.” For six months, he tried every medication doctors would give him, from codeine to Endone, “but nothing even touched the sides”. The only way he could reduce the agony to a bearable eight out of 10 was to combine pills, wine and a hot bath, for hours each day.

“I own a nursery and I was telling one of my customers about the pain and she asked if I’d think about trying medicinal cannabis. But I didn’t like that kind of stuff, wouldn’t even consider it,” he says. “The power of plants, I should have known.” His customer turned out to be a doctor, who eventually talked him into trying CBD (Cannabidiol) – the more medicinal part of the cannabis plant, as opposed to the psychoactive THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) component, which can give you a high.

“I gave it a try, taking just a tiny amount of CBD liquid, and every day the pain would go down. Within a week it was down to a four. I would ring this doctor every day in tears, thanking her, and within two months my pain was completely gone, down to zero,” he says.

This article provides general information only about health and related subjects and is not intended nor should be construed as medical advice, or used as a substitute for medical advice.

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Good will hunting

It’s your final chance to have the last word, but too often, poorly drafted wills bring out the worst in families, with results that were never intended. DARE asks the experts what are the essential things to consider when it comes to drawing up your will.

Consider legal advice 

Do-it-yourself kits offer a good free option, depending on your situation. Brian Hor, special counsel for estate planning and superannuation with Townsends Business and Corporate Lawyers, says that in some cases, even for simple wills, it might be advisable to get legal advice.

“If you have a lawyer, it raises a presumption that you have the mental capacity to draft a will,” he says. “While it is still possible for someone to argue otherwise, the onus is on them to prove you didn’t have capacity.”

Common mistakes such as not dealing with your entire estate, leaving gifts that can’t be passed on because they have to be sold to pay off loans, giving away things you don’t actually own, and not having the right people as witnesses, can all be avoided if you get advice.

Choose executors carefully

Brian says you should look for two things when choosing who will ensure your wishes are carried out. You want someone that you can trust, and who is likely to be around when you pass away.

“It’s common for couples to nominate one another as their first choice. But you should also nominate a second choice who, if possible, is younger and will be there for back-up.”

According to Brian, you need to choose someone who will be impartial and will not favour themselves if they are a beneficiary of the will. If your estate is more sophisticated, you can also stipulate that they consult with specific advisers, such as the key staff involved in running your business, or a trusted professional such as your lawyer, accountant, or financial adviser.

This is general information only and you should seek professional advice specific to your circumstances.

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Which breed is best for you?

Different types of dogs suit different types of lifestyles – a vet explains what to look for when you’re considering a canine companion.

Spending time with four-legged friends can do wonders for your health and wellbeing. Patting a dog helps lower blood pressure, walking your pet ensures you get exercise, and you can increase your social circle by bonding with other owners on walks or in dog parks.

But the decision to become a dog owner requires taking an honest look at your lifestyle and health to ensure you can meet all your new companion’s needs. Researching the right breed is also critical, as is considering age, says veterinarian Dr Ari Ende, from Sydney’s VETaround.

“The age of the dog is very important. If you’re looking at getting a puppy, they need a lot more supervision, they make a mess and require training,” he explains. “Depending on your mobility, cleaning up after the many puppy mishaps might not be ideal. Getting an adult dog might be better in those circumstances, especially if you don’t want your house chewed up!”

But adult dogs come with challenges, too. “It is harder to come across an adult dog that isn’t a rescue,” says Dr Ende. “It is common for rescues to come with baggage such as anxiety and mental health disorders, allergies and skin disorders. You’ve got to be prepared to take on a dog that may need a lot of commitment.”

If your adopted or rescue dog has come with limited information, make an appointment with your vet for a general check-up as soon as possible. “You can also get younger adult healthy dogs from reputable breeders when they retire them from breeding,” he adds. “For some older people it might be beneficial to have a senior dog. An older dog past its major active stage may be happier to lie at your feet and hang around.”

Dr Ende says his all-round best breed is the golden retriever, which ticks all the boxes – it is suited to apartment living, keeps you active, is good with grandkids and security, and is low-allergenic. “It is a large dog breed but if you’re active and get out and about with your dog, the golden retriever will be perfectly fine living in a more confined living space such as an apartment or townhouse.”

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