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Business Profile: Initio Medical

Located in Vancouver, INITIO is Western Canada’s only private PET/CT diagnostic scan facility committed to providing immediate PET/CT scans and results supporting patient-centred care. All referrals are booked promptly with quick turnaround on results, as timing of PET/CT screening matters to help prevent or catch disease before it’s too late. PET/CT scans assist with: CANCER – detecting cancer, revealing cancer spread, confirming cancer treatment effectiveness, and finding a cancer recurrence. BRAIN DISORDERS – ALZHEIMER’S by confirming possible Alzheimer’s diagnosis, clarifying early diagnosis of dementia, and altering treatment options. HEART DISEASE – Confirming cardiac sarcoidosis presence/recurrence. For life-changing diagnostic information that helps physician treatment planning, you can count on INITIO for immediate PET/CT scan appointments and results. Physician referral required. Further info online at initiomedical.ca. Why wait? KNOW. NOW.

Community Announcement

Did you know that Comox Valley Senior Support Society is the only non-government, non-profit agency in the Comox Valley dedicated solely to the support of seniors in the community?

Community Announcement

On October 18, the Comox Valley Senior Support Society will host its first annual fund-raising Spelling Bee! Only an hour and half long, this event will promise to test your skill at spelling and will provide and entertaining time for all who attend.

Community Announcement

Income Tax
The Senior Information and Access Support Team is once again offering its expertise to assist seniors with their taxes! Seniors must register with CVSS to access this service (a fast and painless process!). Please contact Chris or Tiss at 250-871-5940 or admin@comoxvalleyseniorsupport.ca to register.

Board Members

Comox Valley Senior Support Society, dedicated to helping seniors, is seeking volunteers to join our Board of Directors. The Board provides governance, leadership, fudariaing, and finacial oversight to staff and the Society’s opertaions. Meetings are held once per month, with additional support required on an as needed basis. If you have have a passion for seniors, an interest in working with a collaborative Board, and supporting an active staff team, please contact Chris at admin@comoxvalleyseniorsupportsociety.ca or Jenny at jennyg33@hotmail.com for more information.

Do You Need Dentures?

Did you know the need for dentures isn’t only determined by your age? You could benefit from dentures if you have: 1) Missing teeth – fewer teeth doing all of the work can weaken or damage them. 2) Shifting teeth – can indicate potential gum disease, and unstable teeth may eventually need to be extracted, leading to a need for dentures. 3) Poor oral hygiene – not taking care of your teeth can lead to health issues beyond your mouth. 4) Gum problems – sensitive and bleeding gums could be a sign of gum disease, which can lead to tooth loss over time.

Related Fall Risks

In addition to mobility, there are other risk factors that can lead to falling: Sensory Deficits; problems with sensation, whether it be with the eyes, ears or feeling in the feet, can increase your risk of falling. Have your eyesight and hearing checked regularly and talk to your doctor if you’re experiencing numbness in your feet. Low Blood Pressure; when we quickly go from lying or sitting to standing, our blood pressure drops, this can interfere with balance, vision and coordination. If you feel dizzy or lightheaded when standing, sit down until your head clears, stand up slowly and ensure you have good footing before taking a step.

Social Activity & Aging Well

According to the National Institute on Aging (NIA), research links social isolation and loneliness to higher risks for certain physical and mental conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, obesity, a weakened immune system, anxiety, depression, cognitive decline, and Alzheimer’s disease. Many things can contribute to isolation, including the death of a spouse or partner, separation from friends or family, retirement, loss of mobility, and lack of transportation. Studies show that engaging in meaningful, productive activities with others can help people live longer, maintain their wellbeing, improve their cognitive function, boost their mood, and have a sense of purpose.

Keep Gambling in Check

Have you heard of Canada’s Low Risk Gambling Guidelines? They recommend keeping it under 1% of gross household income, 4 days/month or less and only 2 types of gambling. Also consider the following which can increase your risk of developing a gambling problem: 1) If you struggle with mental health and addictions issues, or have experienced gambling problems in your family, 2) If you are drawn to fast-paced games that involve frequent betting like slot machines, in-game sports betting, or many online forms of gambling, and/or 3) you’re playing for escapism or to make money. Check out GamblingGuidelines.ca #LRGG.
Karen Hlady, VI Gaming Support

Overcoming Dentist Anxiety

Dental phobia has become ingrained into our society with phrases like ‘pulling teeth’ being used to mean difficult and unpleasant. As a result, an important part of the dentist’s role has become putting the patient at ease, making them secure and comfortable. Those with dental phobia tend to avoid dentists. Unfortunately, putting off regular checkups is a good way to end up with gum disease or other problems, which is why establishing a good patient-dentist relationship is so important. If you are a person who suffers from dental anxiety, mention it to your dentist and they will work with you to find a way to alleviate the stress.

Community Announcement

Did you know that Comox Valley Senior Support Society is the only non-government, non-profit agency in the Comox Valley dedicated solely to the support of seniors in the community?