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Life After 50 Seminar Three engaging speakers, each an active ager with a mission and a message – Autumn Life members had the chance to get inspired by them at the Life After 50 Seminar on Saturday 16 September 2017. Helen Lim, CEO of Silver Spring and a well-known pioneer of the active ageing movement, Chng Kai Jin, former general manager of the Singapore Symphony Orchestra and Doris Lung, former managing director of Bausch and Lomb (Singapore and Malaysia) were the stars of the show. read more...
Chit-Chat with Dr Charles Lim on 3 May 2017 at The Larder Cafe Looking at his upright posture, healthy complexion and pony-tailed grey hair, you would know that Dr Charles Lim is a different kind of 75-year-old. He’s also the one brave Autumn Life member who agreed to kick off our Chit-Chat @ AutumnLife series. Over afternoon tea, our good doctor set out to describe his simple formula for living well. He still runs a clinical practice, but his views on healthy living clearly draw on experiences and observations beyond his medical training. read more...
New researches in America found that social separation or lack of social connection increases the risk of heart disease by 29 per cent and stroke by 32 per cent. Socially isolated individuals especially those in middle age, have a 30 per cent higher risk of dying in the next seven years. Social isolation is a growing epidemic in the world. Declaring loneliness is seen as a stigma of admitting our failure in life.  read more...
Her voice brimming with vitality, Joanna Wong declared, "I'm the same, whether in the morning, afternoon or night!" She attributed her vitality to her regular use of Chinese herbs. We could well believe it. Her energy and enthusiasm had lit up the café right from the start of our second AutumnLife event. The author of "Herbalicious - Contemporary Cooking with Chinese Herbs" spoke and took questions on her subject of passion for an hour and a half. The book was published this year. Joanna's knowledge of herbal cooking was the culmination of her fifteen years of experience at Eu Yan Sang, and her own love of cooking. read more...
Our inaugural AutumnLife event on a rainy weekday afternoon was a cosy, informal affair. About a dozen AutumnLife members gathered at Dr Lee Su Lan's homely and pleasant workspace. Dr Lee's talk on the need to care for our body, mind and spirit was both heartfelt advice to all present, as well as a testimony of her own journey towards total health. She wanted us to understand that our thoughts and feelings make a difference to our health. What we think, how we feel and what we do are all related. "Everything is energy. Your thought begins it. Your emotions amplify it, and your actions increase the momentum," she said. read more...
In this article, Gary Hayden explores the virtue of empathy. The feeling of empathy or compassion motivates us to act in good and unselfish ways to reduce the amount of suffering in the world around us. It is believed that compassion makes us happier. According to the Dalai Lama, “…It is a mental attitude based on the wish for others to be free of their suffering and is associated with a sense of commitment, responsibility and respect towards others.” The writer believes that compassion helps us to connect with people in a warmer and friendlier manner and, in return, we enjoy better relationships and live more fulfilling lives. read more...
Notably, one of the most liveable cities in the world, Copenhagen is also the most walkable. Denmark has been consistently ranked highly in global indices on education, health care, social mobility and human development. It is probably no coincidence that it is also a country renowned for its people-centric urban planning which promotes cycling and walking. Notwithstanding that it has taken the city planners over 50 years to create good pedestrian environments, the philosophy of “pedestrians as a priority” cuts across the whole Denmark. The writer then looks back at such development in Singapore and how it compares.  read more...
The writer, a columnist, who writes for the Financial Times for the last 31 years is calling it quits next summer. She is going to teach trigonometry in a school in inner London where the shortage of teachers is worst. Rationalising her decision to walk away from the job she loves and that pays well, did not seem like a big struggle as she puts it, “But the biggest thing, which readers may find hard to swallow given my entire career has been based on ridiculing others, is that, for my next act, I want to be useful.” read more...
Ever imagine what your life will be like without your mobile phone? Lucy Kellaway shares her story of being without her smartphone for a whole week on a work trip and back. The rediscovery of doing things we once did in our old non-digitised world is not only refreshing but ironically liberating. Like talking to someone at a conference (networking instead of reading off your smartphone), asking for directions on the street (beats Google Maps), and taking a bus when you cannot Uber. Finally, you’ll find that you have more time to think and admire the world around you. read more...
Gary Hayden used to put people in pigeonholes when he was young. He realises now that labelling people that way is all nonsense. Humans are complex, we should not be labelled and we have the capacity to change ourselves when exposed to new and conducive circumstances. Having exposed himself to long-distance walking which he thought he dislikes, he soon found himself enjoying long walks in the countryside. Quoting Prof Michael Puett in his book, The Path: A New Way To Think About Everything, "Every person has many different and often contradictory emotional dispositions, desires and ways of responding to the world." read more...
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