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Walk for Alzheimer’s

Living an active lifestyle is not only a great way to keep your body healthy but also your brain! Did you know that exercising regularly can help you reduce your risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia? One of the easiest ways to exercise is by going for a walk! Why not register now for the 2023 IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s and also help people living with dementia in Manitoba? Get your team together and join us May 27th at 10 am in Winnipeg at Assiniboine Park! To learn more and to register now, visit

Exercise and Depression

The book, The Healing Power of Exercise: Your Guide to Prevention and Treating Diabetes, Depression, Heart Disease, High Blood Pressure, Arthritis, and More states, “A universal finding in exercise studies is that people experience a greater sense of wellbeing.” In the book, it is explained, “Our cardiovascular system, endocrine glands, muscles, and bones still function best when the body is challenged by regular
bouts of exertion.”

Exercise enhances your mood in many ways. Although exercisers exercise for a wide variety of reasons, the most powerful reasons are psychological, not physical. Exercisers have found exercise makes them:
feel good. more optimistic. more mentally alert. feel an enhanced sense of well-being. feel more confident. better able to cope with stress and more energetic.

Moreover, some people report they overeat because they are depressed. For many, moderate depression tends to cause overeating while severe depression tends to cause undereating. One large study of overweight individuals found depression was the number one reason for overeating, ahead
of stress.

Exercise and Depression

“A vigorous five-mile walk will do better for unhappy, but other-wise healthy adults than all the medicine and psychology in the world.” – Dr. Paul Dudley White

Over-working, over-stressing, expectations of perfection, a critical and complaining cynical spirit, focusing on the negatives in life, feeding a sense of hopelessness through what you read and listen to; all this and more spins many of us out of control and into a depression.

Exercise and depression has been the focus of many scientific studies and research has repeatedly shown that exercise really does help.

Exercise and Depression

What kind of exercise helps depression? Depression and exercise don’t like to share the same life space. If you move exercise into your life, depression will move out. This is true for many kinds of exercise. There is about a 23% chance that someone will suffer some depressive symptoms in his or her lifetime and for those with such symptoms there is a good chance they will reoccur again. Fortunately, for most, these symptoms last for very short periods of time and usually clear up.
“The relation is very close between our capacity to act at all and our conviction that the action we are taking is right.” “Just do it.”

Ask Dr. Tyler Anderson OD

Q: My husband insists he has good vision because of all the carrots he is fond of eating. Is there any truth to this? A: Nutrition is important for eye health, but there is much more to vision than that. If you’re worried about your husband’s vision, urge him to get tested. A standard test will measure his visual acuity, focusing, and general eye health, amongst other things. Carrot consumption does not guarantee good vision in anyone! If your husband does need vision correction, Rizal Optical offers hundreds of innovative and eye-catching styles of frames to choose from.

Speaking and Complete Dentures

New dentures (whether complete or partial dentures) can sometimes change your speech…for a few days, and in some cases weeks. The tongue is a muscle, and all muscles in our body have a “memory”. Therefore, your tongue may need some time to adjust to its new surroundings. By speaking and/or reading aloud, your tongue will become familiar with the new thickness of the acrylic, the frame (with partial dentures), as well as the tooth placement and size. Soon enough your speech will be back to normal. Contact your denturist if you have speech difficulties lasting more than a few weeks.

Exercise and Depression

Exercising outdoors seems to be even more effective.
Exercise seems to give you a better sense of control of yourself that in turn gives you more confidence to deal with other aspects of your life. It also seems to alter your brain neurotransmitters (dopamine, serotonin, norepinephrine) in some complex and yet not well-understood way. Of course, like Prozac and St. John’s wort, exercise doesn’t work for everybody. The only way to know is to try it. You’ll probably feel better.

Exercise and Depression

How exercise works
Exercise is an excellent way to alleviate mild to moderate depression. By exercising you
can expect: about a 50% drop in your depression. an immediate impact (unlike medication
which takes many weeks to take effect). no unpleasant side effects. Almost any exercise will do if you maintain it for at least 20 to 30 minutes and exercise at 69% or more of your Maximum Heart Rate
Capacity (i.e., at least moderate intensity).

Supporting Your Quitter

If your friend or loved one is trying to quit smoking, there are many ways in which you can support them on their journey. Familiarize yourself with the reasons quitting can be so difficult by reading articles, brochures, and other information. Understand your own relationship with smoking and ensure you are celebrating their successes, being supportive, and avoiding being too critical. Be positive when the person you know who is quitting wants to talk about their goals, setbacks, and other aspects of the process. Helping to distract your friend or loved one, or helping them to de-stress, can also be a great way to offer support.

Suffering from Lyme Disease?

Lyme is fast becoming a Manitoba epidemic. How do you get Lyme disease? From a deer tick passing a bacteria called Borrelia Burgdorferi into your bloodstream. This bacteria weakens your immune system, allowing diseases to enter the body. “Many people are infected by nymph ticks, but don’t suspect Lyme disease because they don’t recall being bitten. In fact, 50% of people infected don’t remember being bitten and LESS than 50% of people will get any over-emphasized rash” (Source – If you are noticing increasing health problems lately, you may have Lyme disease. One way to improve your immune system is with Bioresonance Therapy. This therapy involves sending healthy frequencies into your body. These frequencies increase the body’s energy and consequently improve your health.

Barb’s Story

Twelve years ago, when I walked into MDAM I was looking for a reason not to end my life. A volunteer found a quiet space for us to talk, he let me talk, cry, say all the fears, past traumas all the things that I had been terrified to say out loud. He didn’t judge me or try to fix me, he just let me talk until I got it all out. Then he gave me a list of meetings they had going on and told me I was welcome to attend whenever I was ready or drop in just to talk one-on-one with someone. No pressure, no false promises, just a place to go. I started going to groups, made some friends, eventually started to volunteer. MDAM saved my life and changed my life.