LIFE & HEALTH CHALLENGES

Longevity

Many of us are concerned about ageing and maintaining our health as we grow older. Do you wish to cultivate habits and strategies that promote longevity and vitality in your later years? Perhaps you’re experiencing physical limitations, chronic health conditions, or concerns about cognitive decline?

If the prospect of ageing is affecting your quality of life and you’re seeking guidance on how to navigate this stage with confidence and resilience, we’re here to support you in making meaningful and positive changes.

“When we actively engage in a fulfilling life and take care of ourselves physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually, we create the ideal physiology in which our health can be maintained or regained.”

– Petrea King

Last century we believed that we were born with a certain number of brain cells or neurons, and that we damaged them through too much alcohol or other factors. However, this century we know that every single day, we produce between 700-800 brand new neurons in the hippocampus. These neurons gravitate to the part of the brain that we’re utilising to strengthen those neural networks. We can train our brain to be ‘in our service’ rather than running the show! The brain makes a wonderful servant but can be a terrible master!

Quest for Life offers a range of resources and programs tailored to address the challenges associated with ageing while promoting longevity and living each day well.

What is longevity and healthy aging?

  • Longevity means to last for a long time – and for humans, this means living a long life.
  • Latest studies and research suggest genetics probably accounts for 20–30% of a person’s longevity. Environmental influences and epigenetics including diet and lifestyle factors play a much larger role in determining lifespan and health as you age.
  • Healthy ageing is the idea of prolonging your wellbeing by developing and maintaining your abilities in older age, encompassing physical, mental, emotional and social/spiritual health.
  • It’s about embracing the opportunities and challenges that come with growing older while maintaining your physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing and resilience.
  • This involves adopting lifestyle practices that promote vitality, resilience, quality of life and having a healthy brain in later years.

Symptoms of aging

While the ageing process is unique to each person, here are some common signs and symptoms associated with ageing:

  • Decreased mobility and flexibility
  • Chronic health conditions such as arthritis, hypertension, or diabetes
  • Cognitive changes, including memory loss or difficulty concentrating
  • Fatigue or decreased energy levels
  • Changes in sleep patterns
  • Emotional challenges such as loneliness or depression
  • Loss of independence or autonomy

Immediate help

  • Call 000 if your life is in danger
  • For crisis support, call Lifeline on 13 11 14
  • Beyondblue website contains many useful forums and resources

Treatment

Speak with your GP or other qualified health professional and attend Quest for Life’s Maintaining Your Memory and Healthy Ageing residential program. 

Factors contributing to a positive healing outcome

These factors can have a profound and positive impact on your physical and mental health, supporting healthy ageing:

1. SLEEP

Good quality sleep is essential. Your brain has its own lymphatic system made by the glial cells in the brain. It’s called the glymphatic system and it switches on when your body has finished digesting food and is in deep sleep. Insufficient sleep or eating in the couple of hours before bed means insufficient cleansing of the daily residue of toxins from your brain. A minimum of 7 hours and preferably 8 each night, is essential for your brain’s peak performance. A 20-minute rest after lunch increases your mental abilities by a whopping 36% – so have a daily siesta!

2. EXERCISE

Exercise enables your brain to remain well-oxygenated. Without oxygen, neurons die. Commit yourself to regular exercise that you can sustain and enjoy. A minimum of 20 minutes of exercise at least 3 times a week is essential. If balance or mobility is an issue, the small trampolines called ‘rebounders’ can be effective in moving our lymphatic system without stress on the joints. Rebounders also come with a handle for those who have difficulty with balancing.

3. NUTRITION

Your brain and body thrive on nutrient-dense foods especially good quality fats and oils along with fruits, vegetables, legumes, nuts and seeds. Eliminate chemical additives, pesticides and other toxins in food and eat a diet of foods that ‘grow’! These will give you life and energy, whereas fast food, denatured or processed food robs your body of nutrients and doesn’t provide you with what you need for vitality and health. Avoid sugar altogether along with too many carbohydrates. Eat a Low H-I diet – a low human interference diet.

4. CONNECTION

People who have a close and loving group of friends, family or community connections not only outlive other people, but they remain happier and more mentally capable as they age. Maintain or improve your social connections.

5. LEARN

Be a life-long student. Encourage your curiosity and learn new information, skills and tools for living well on a daily basis. Museums, libraries and galleries can all be stimulating places for your brain.

6. ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE

Seeing the glass as half-full rather than half-empty makes a profound difference when it comes to living a long and healthy life. Be with people who are upbeat and who are also striving to age well. If you’ve become negative about life or ageing, keep a gratitude book to train yourself to be on the lookout for things to be thankful for. Write 3-5 things for which to be grateful each night before sleep. Your brain gets a kick out of positive reinforcement!

7. MINDFULNESS & MEDITATION

Studies have shown that practicing mindfulness and meditation helps to improve memory and concentration. It also helps to reduce stress and is linked to lowering health-related risks that could cause memory loss. When the brain is at rest, it begins to cleanse and repair itself. The brain is designed to be in your service. When it is quiet and attentive to the present moment, we have access to insight, intuition, wisdom, humour, spontaneity, creativity and compassion – qualities that are so beneficial for all of us.

Online courses: Befriending Anxiety, Beyond Burnout and Healing Sleep

The Self-Paced On-Demand Online Courses below are delivered over 4 video modules and provide practical, positive, and easy-to-follow guidance and advice. They encourage and help you to identify and implement strategies to build your resilience and to incorporate these into your own personal plan for each course.

Courses cost $99 each (or $450 for all 6) and include:

  • 4 self-paced video modules
  • Integrated workbook with reflective questions
  • Personal Plan template and guide
  • Additional resources – research and links
  • Downloadable meditation MP3s

Healthy Aging Toolkit

Some of these practices can help you to calm your mind and improve your wellbeing:

  • Keys to help you sleep better
  • Meditation practices
  • The Four Keys to resilience and peace

You may also find some of Petrea King’s Podcasts helpful and can be found on our Podcast page.

Healthy Ageing resources

  • Wellbeing books including Your Life Matters – a guidebook for life by Petrea King
  • Meditations including Be Calm, Increasing Self-esteem, Learning to Meditate, etc.

How Quest for Life can help

At Quest for Life, we understand the challenges and opportunities associated with ageing, and we’re here to support and educate you in living well into your latter years. Whether you’re seeking practical guidance, emotional support, or community connection, our programs and resources are designed to support you to live a fulfilling life as you age.

  • Our 5-day residential Maintaining Your Memory and Healthy Ageing program will teach you about the role of intuition in healing, taking charge of your thoughts and feelings, healing the past, practical strategies to manage stress as well as dietary guidelines and meditation.
  • Our Online Courses provide practical, evidence-based tools and strategies to reduce your symptoms and live a more calm and peaceful life.
  • Our Workplace Health & Wellbeing Program delivers research-based holistic health and wellbeing approaches that equip staff and managers with the tools required to operate in today’s dynamic and stressful environment.

Quest for Life knows how to help. Our internal research results show that participants feel better after attending our programs and that this improvement increases over time as participants implement their education. On our programs, you’ll be nourished, educated, and supported to create an environment for health and happiness.

“Amazing week! Incredible team of facilitators and support staff who could not have done more to make this experience enlightening, educational, welcoming and practical.”- Lyn

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Quest for Life knows how to help: our internal research results show that participants feel better after attending a program and that this improvement increases over time. On our programs, you’ll be nourished, educated and supported to create an environment for profound healing.

If you would like to learn ways to age well, living each day well, please reach out to us via the Contact Form below to start a conversation with one of our Program Advisors, who can answer your questions or find the most appropriate program for your needs.

Connect with Quest

If you’re on Facebook, you can connect with Quest from the comfort of your own home in a variety of ways including through online group participation or by watching our weekly wellbeing livestreams.

Join the Petrea King Meditation Group to join and hear from Quest Founder and CEO Petrea King most Monday nights from 7.30pm-8pm.

@Home with Quest is our free wellbeing livestream each Wednesday at 11am on Facebook LIVE. Join the stream to hear from an experienced Quest facilitator who will explore techniques to manage anxiety and fear, strategies for self-care, deep relaxation, and the things we can all do to help ourselves and others.

Quest Connect is our monthly wellness livestream hosted on the first Sunday of each month on Facebook LIVE from 2-3pm. Join the stream to take a deep dive with a Quest facilitator into a topic around easing anxiety and restoring resilience.

Funding Options for Residential Programs

Self-Funding

Quest subsidises all privately or self-funded places to ensure the cost of our programs remains affordable to individuals. This allows us to reduce the fee from $4,400 to $2,800.

$2,200 Shared room (Early bird* $2,100 – must be paid 30 days in advance)
$2,800 Single room (Early bird* $2,700 – must be paid 30 days in advance)

Fees effective 1 July 2023.

Subsidies and Financial Help

Through generous grants, donations and fundraising, additional subsidies and financial help is available for a range of circumstances and anyone experiencing financial stress will be considered. We review each case individually and we do not means test. All applications are conducted via phone with a friendly member of the Programs intake team.

NDIS

Quest is a registered NDIS Provider. Residential Programs can be funded through plan-managed and self-managed NDIS plans.

DVA

We work with Department of Veteran Affairs (DVA) White Card or Gold Card holders to make applications to the DVA Health Approvals Board.

Worker’s Comp Insurance

Residential programs can be covered by workers compensation insurance on a case-by-case basis.

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