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A Great Self Care Option

You can receive funding to manage your own care in Alberta! The self-managed care program provides resources to directly pay for and manage personal care and home care support services. It is a contract between Alberta Health Services and the client or legal representative. If you live in a community setting and have a healthcare card you could be eligible. You must have assessed unmet health care needs within AHS Provincial Home Care Service Guidelines where you have stable health and predictable care needs and need ongoing personal care and home care support services (e.g., longer-term needs).

What is Tinnitus?

Tinnitus affects about 10% to 15% of the population. It is often described as a ringing, buzzing or pulsating sound in the ear, but is defined as a phantom auditory sound. About 5% of the population reports severely intrusive tinnitus affecting day-to-day activities. Many people who suffer from tinnitus also experience tiredness, irritability, poor concentration, anxiety and depression that can be severe. Wax buildup, eardrum perforation, ear infection, and noise exposure have been associated with the onset of tinnitus. Specialized tinnitus testing and therapy are now available and have high success rates for relief.

Diabetic Foot Care

Diabetes can cause a range of related health care issues including foot ulcers and diabetic neuropathy (non-feeling) in the feet. Managing your blood sugar levels can prevent these and other common foot issues, but once they’ve developed, you need to see a qualified podiatrist. When you have diabetes, it’s important to have your feet checked more regularly by a doctor, and by a podiatrist. Foot care and checkups should be performed more regularly for those with diabetes. This helps prevent issues like ulcers, infections, and even gangrene, which can result from restricted blood flow to the feet if left untreated.

Flu Prevention is Key

For some, the flu can bring serious health risks. With flu season being right around the corner, prevention is crucial. Seniors and those with medical conditions, such as diabetes, cancer, heart disease, for example, may have a hard time fighting the virus. Whether you’ve been getting a flu shot for many years or you’ve never had one at all, chat with your Central Alberta Co-op pharmacist. They can help you learn more about the available vaccine and additional methods to protect yourself. Get the facts on the flu and stay healthy throughout the season.

Words to Live By

“Fear less, hope more, eat less, chew more, whine less, breathe more, talk less, say more, hate less, love more, and good things will be yours.”

~ Swedish Proverb

Seniors Information Fair 2019

Seniors are invited to come to the Collicutt Centre on Tuesday, October 1 from 9 am – noon to learn about recreation and leisure opportunities available to them in Red Deer. Put on in conjunction with the Seniors Service Providers Interagency group, this event is also an excellent opportunity to meet staff from several agencies, organizations, businesses and government departments who care for the wellbeing of seniors living in Red Deer and Central Alberta. In addition to concurrent learning sessions, there will be a mini-trade show with information booths to explore. Join us – there will be lots of draw prizes to win!

Discover Body Rolling

Two 90-minute Body Rolling sessions with Anne Thiessen in Red Deer offered this fall at In Harmony Meditation & Wellness Center, Parkland Mall. Session one: Thursdays, Sep 26 – Nov 7, no class Oct 31 at 7 pm and session two: Saturdays, Oct 5 – Nov 16, no class Oct 19 at 10 am. at. Each 6-class session is only $125. Call 403.348.1741 or email anne.4everybody@gmail.com to register.

Let’s Talk Concussions

Fall contact sports (hockey, football and rugby) are quickly approaching which means now is a great time to talk about concussions. A concussion is caused by a direct blow to the head or indirect blow to the body that may result in dizziness, headache, nausea, vomiting, blurred vision and unconsciousness. A diagnosed concussion equals immediate removal from play, along with rest and sensory deprivation for 24 hours. Rehabilitation including manual therapy, visual and vestibular retraining and sport-specific readiness is part of the 5-stage protocol to obtain full clearance to return to play/sport.

Making Informed and Caring Decisions

Q: My siblings and I are concerned about where my elderly father should live. How do we work through our different opinions? A: Well-meaning relatives may disagree with one another or with the aging person about where they should live and the level of care they require. Lawyers work with the family and excellent resources within the community to help ensure that the legal needs of vulnerable people and those who care about them are met. This work can also include discussions about financial circumstances, concerns, and estate planning.