Mike Frost

Lived Experience member

Mike Frost lives in Tasmania, and has Obstructive Sleep Apnoea.

I am 71 years of age and have a professional background as an educator and more recently a private consultant in the education and training sector. I also have a history of both sleep disorders and heart related illness.

I was diagnosed with sleep apnoea about 5 years ago and currently use a CPAP machine – this disability is registered a s a notifiable condition on my driver’s licence. I also am currently being treated for atrial fibrillation and coronary heart disease.

Despite this range of ailments I manage to generally live an active life, engage in exercise on a daily basis primarily through walking, and work at maintaining most of the important health related parameters for someone my age. This involves ongoing action around weight loss, management of alcohol consumption and working at maintaining a healthy diet. I am a counsellor for the Heart Foundation and a volunteer in the Menzies Foundation The Island Project including its Wicking Dementia Research initiative. I have also been a volunteer research subject for the University of Tasmania’s Department of Psychology’s aging brain research project.

I have an ongoing interest in supporting research that is likely to improve the life experiences and chances of people generally but particularly those of us who are ageing.

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