Community News
Winter Nutrition for Seniors

It’s important for seniors to eat well in the winter months, and some key foods to eat for optimum health include: 1) Citrus fruits – citrus fruits are high in vitamin C, helping to boost immunity. 2) Dark, leafy vegetables – broccoli, spinach, and chard provide many vitamins and antioxidants. 3) Root veggies – root vegetables are high in vitamins, minerals, and fibre. 4) Vitamin D – with less sunlight exposure during the winter, eat egg yolks, healthy grains, seafood, and fortified milk. 5) Good fats – flax seed, walnuts, and avocados are high in healthy omega 3 fatty acids.

Meet Dr. Robert Hogarth

Dr. Hogarth has been helping patients feel better since 2014. He is a graduate of the Semmelweis University in Budapest, Hungary and the Henry M. Goldman School of Dental Medicine at Boston University. Dr. Hogarth is a member of various professional organizations such as the International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology, the American Academy of Craniofacial Pain, the Academy of General Dentistry, the Holistic Dental Association, and the International Academy of Biological Dentistry and Medicine. His interests include metal-free dentistry, zirconia implants, TMJ dysfunction/myofascial pain treatment and sleep therapy. Fontana and Red Light Laser therapy, Oxone and PRF (platelet-rich fibrin) are some common tools he uses in his treatments.

Join Our Care4U Family Conference

The Alzheimer Society of Manitoba invites you to join us on Saturday, October 22 from 9 am to 12:30 pm virtually via ZOOM for the Care4u Family Conference, a morning of learning strategies and resources to help you find and strengthen your courage as a care partner amidst times of constant change. We are featuring health care professionals across the province who are ready to share the latest in care techniques, communication strategies and community resources while empowering care partners to pay attention to their own well-being. To check out our panels, speakers and how to register, visit alzheimer.mb.ca/care4u!

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, dedicated to driving awareness about prevention, detection, diagnosis, and treatment options. Breast cancer is the most diagnosed cancer in women globally, and within Canada, it is the third most-commonly diagnosed cancer, accounting for 25% of all cancer diagnoses in females. As you get older, your risk of developing breast cancer increases, and women between the ages of 50 and 69 years of age are more likely to develop it. The good news is, when detected early, the chances of survival increase. Regular screening increases the chances of detecting certain cancers early, before cancer has a chance to spread.

Dentures and Dry Mouth

Dry mouth is a condition that involves the salivary glands not producing enough saliva to adequately keep the mouth moistened. This lack of saliva can alter the fit and comfort of dentures, since saliva helps dentures retain their suction and stay in place and also has a lubricating effect that keeps dentures from rubbing on the gums and creating sores. Those who take certain medications, are older, and use tobacco and alcohol are more susceptible to dry mouth. If you’re experiencing dry mouth symptoms as a denture-wearer, contact your denturist to discuss your options.

Acupuncture for Migraine Headaches

Migraine headaches can greatly impact people’s lives, and many people who suffer with migraine headaches look for relief using prescription medication. Studies have shown that acupuncture may be a safe and side-effect-free alternative or complement to prescription medication, as it can help to alleviate migraine symptoms, both in severity and frequency, as well as potentially prevent migraines. It does so by increasing blood circulation, releasing pain-relieving chemicals, and relaxing the muscles. If the root of your migraines is active myofascial trigger points, it’s a good idea to find a certified Traditional Chinese Medicine pain management practitioner who can help.

Bioenergetics And Women’s Health

Every year at this time women are reminded to focus on their health, but in reality, women should be taking charge of their own physical and mental well-being every day. A good first step is to find out how well your body is functioning so you can target any areas that need assistance. One of the best ways to accomplish this is through Bioenergetics. This non-invasive computerized analysis determines underlying imbalances in organs and tissues that could contribute to unwanted health conditions. If an imbalance is found Bioenergetics can then help to stimulate the correction of the affected organ or tissues to help your body function at its best.

Meet Your Practitioner

Kamal Bedi is an individual and relational therapist who received her Master of Marriage and Family Therapy in 2018 and has been practicing for several years. She assists clients who are experiencing challenges around anxiety, depression, grief, addiction, trauma/PTSD, and relationships. Kamal uses a combination of therapies, including narrative, emotion-focused, internal family systems, attachment lens, art, and others to help her clients cultivate deeper, more meaningful relationships that they also find joy in. Her goal for each client is to help them feel capable of change and find a sustainable way to experience personal growth.

Avoid Emotional Overspending

Many Winnipeg families are now opting for a simple, direct cremation with no funeral. Yet they keep returning to a traditional funeral home to arrange this sacred act. At Branch & Pyre Cremation Care, we are funeral home free, and offer a new, modern way to make these difficult arrangements. From the comfort of your home, you can now make this important decision from your computer, with 24 hr licensed funeral director support. You can then easily plan a memorial or Celebration of Life after. A simple cremation deserves a simple and dignified process.

Aromatherapy for Joint/Muscle Pain

Research shows that aromatherapy could have a powerful impact on your well-being, including joint/muscle pain. Some of the most recommended essential oils to fight inflammation and pain are: 1) Wintergreen – contains methyl salicylate, a compound that has similar properties to aspirin. 2) Cayenne pepper – contains capsaicin, an active ingredient with analgesic and anti-inflammatory properties. 3) Peppermint – contains menthol and acts as a cooling agent. 4) Marjoram – has analgesic, antibacterial, and antispasmodic properties. These essential oils can be diluted and added to Kombo butter, which is very rich in myristoleic acid and has been found to reduce inflammation and soothe pain.

Physio for Hip Pain

Hip pain can have various causes, including arthritis in older people and repetitive movements in younger, athletic people. Many parts of the body impact the hips and all must be considered when designing a physio program to help reduce and even eliminate hip pain in some cases. Your physio program will depend on the source of your hip pain and will ultimately focus on relieving pain and improving functionality, balance, and range of motion. Exercise is extremely beneficial for anyone who is suffering from hip. Gently opening up the hips helps strengthen muscles and improve range of motion so be sure to stick to your exercise program between physio treatments.