Community News
Aging at Home

85% of seniors have done nothing to prepare their home for aging. It is important to be aware of the day-to-day tasks your loved one may face and assess the risks accordingly. This can be done by adapting their home to make sure they are safe on their own. Beneficial aids can help an older adult look after their home with dignity. These include chairlifts, ramps, rails, reaching tools, grabbers, and remote controls. These changes can also reduce stress for them. Minimizing risks and making a home safe is so important. Let’s support our loved ones in living healthy, independent, enjoyable lives.

Seniors and Medication Use

It’s important to help seniors use their medications properly and consistently to ensure they get the intended benefits and avoid the possible side effects. Ensuring that seniors are able to access their medication is the first step. For those who are no longer able to drive, having someone provide them with transportation can ensure they are able to pick up their medications when they need to. Seniors who have trouble keeping track of their medications and when to take them may need assistance with scheduling and storage of their medications. Monitoring for side effects may also be required in case they are unaware of their symptoms.

Tinnitus

Described as ear or head noises, tinnitus can take the form of ringing, buzzing, hissing, or similar sounds, and it can be constant or intermittent. In some cases, tinnitus can result from medical conditions such as wax buildup or ear infection, which can be treated, often resulting in total relief of symptoms. In many cases, tinnitus is the first sign of hearing loss. The first step in managing any type of tinnitus is to undergo a complete hearing assessment by a hearing professional. If hearing loss is found and medical intervention is not the answer, your hearing health professional will go over additional treatment solutions with you, such as tinnitus maskers or hearing aids.

Pet Health: Product Review

It’s officially cold season, and not just for people. While dogs can’t “catch” a cold from their humans (the viruses that cause colds in people are generally species-specific), many viruses do infect dogs, such as canine adenovirus type 2, canine respiratory coronavirus, and canine parainfluenza virus. It’s important to see your veterinarian if your dog is ill, but the HB Naturals Cold & Congestion Essential Oils Blend is a natural and effective remedy to be used in conjunction with traditional veterinary care. The natural ingredients found in this product include Eucalyptus radiata, Cinnamomum camphora (Ravintsara), Melaleuca quinquenervia bs. viridiflora (Niaouli), and Cannabis sativa (hemp seed) oil.

Optimize Your Eyes

What many people may not know is that not all progressive lenses are the same. Sure, there are your conventional ones, but now there are also lenses equipped with computer technology in the surface region of the lens. Not your average pair of glasses! Talk about high quality. This is called Freeform Progressive Technology. Freeform lenses can sharpen vision, provide brighter colours, and reduce glare caused by light sources at night. Many leaders in the vision industry see free-form technology as the revolution of vision.

Back to School!

Another school year is underway! It is very important for students to be mindful of their posture. The weight of a heavy backpack, slouching over taking notes, and looking down at a screen for long periods of time are only a few of the ways that one can compromise good posture, causing neck, shoulder and back soreness.
Tip 1: Sit all the way back in the seat of the chair, and make use of the backrest
Tip 2: Carry your backpack on both shoulders
Tip 3: Stand up and do a pectoral stretch in a doorway a few times throughout the day

Back-to-School Vision Care

Along with the usual back-to-school preparations, children’s vision should rank high in importance. It is not unusual for the refractive status of eyes to change up to age 18, but these changes are more likely during the early growth years. Young kids might not readily notice problems at a time when 80% of what they learn is through the eyes. In addition, eye muscle imbalances can affect reading and concentration, both of which are important for academic success and a confident student. Arrange for a professional and comprehensive oculo-visual assessment, including ocular health, for your child soon!

Clean Eating: Spicy Hummus

Place ½ cup of roasted sesame seeds, squeeze ½ lemon, 1t sea salt and ¼ cup olive oil in a food processer. Blend until paste. Add; 5 cloves crushed garlic, ½t cayenne pepper, 2T chili flakes, ½t black pepper, squeeze in the other ½ lemon, and 1 can drained & rinsed organic chickpeas. Blend and slowly add approx. ¼ c water to the consistency. Garish with paprika.

Community Event

Balanced Life Experience
October 13 & 14. Assiniboia Downs. Sat 10-8. Sun 10-6. Aligning Body, Mind and Spirit. Event Highlights: Top leaders, practitioners and businesses within the wellness or healthy living industry. Main stage offering free demos, talks, presentations and entertainment. Exciting workshops. Free fitness demos. Reader’s Corner – come see one of our talented intuitives/psychics. Creator’s Corner – Handmade Market. Natural Products. BalancedLifeWpg.ca.

In Your Neighborhood

Good Neighbours Active Living Centre is a non-profit, charitable organization that provides opportunities for adults 55+ to stay active, connected to the community and to meet new friends. Good Neighbours offers special events, outings, presentations, workshops, and more! Good Neighbours Active Living Centre is located at 720 Henderson Highway. This facility includes a regulation size gymnasium, multi-purpose room, creative arts studio, computer lab, HobNobs Café and a used bookstore. They offer fitness and educational opportunities, recreational programs, outings, and a variety of volunteer opportunities. Good Neighbours…Good Friends…Good Fun! Check out programs at www.gnalc.ca

Why are Sunglasses Important?

Sunglasses are more than a fashion statement; their most important role is protecting your eyes and the surrounding skin from the sun’s damaging ultraviolet rays. Damage to the eyes includes cataracts, macular degeneration, pterygiums, and cancer. Extended exposure to UV can cause photokeratitis, also known as snowblindness, a temporary but extremely painful sunburn of the eye. Sunglasses also block glare, which increases comfort in bright light. When buying sunglasses, look for ones that block out at least 99% of both UVA and UVB radiation, so you can keep your eyes healthy and your vision clear. A wide-brimmed hat offers great protection, too.