The phrase ‘no man is an island’ is from a poem written by John Donne and expresses the idea that humans need to be part of a community to thrive. That’s certainly true, by nature we are social creatures and connection is a core human need. So why do some many of us feel alone and what can we do to feel more connected?
The decision to place someone into an aged care residence can be very traumatic emotionally. On top of this there is a whole new vocabulary to come to terms with as well as navigating your way through the mysteries of Centrelink and choosing and negotiating with facilities.
Greater flexibility in working arrangements has been a by-product of the pandemic, as working from home has become more widespread. In fact, The Families in Australia Survey: Towards COVID Normal reported in November 2020 that two thirds of Aussies were working from home.