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Disability Support Unveiled

The Disability Tax Credit (DTC) stands as a non-refundable tax credit with the power to significantly reduce income tax payments, subject to approval from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA). It caters to individuals grappling with physical and mental disabilities, alleviating the financial burdens associated with their impairments. Eligible disabilities span vision, mobility, hearing, feeding, dressing, elimination functions, and mental capacities crucial for daily life. For a list of eligible medical conditions, refer to official resources for comprehensive information.

February Brain Teasers

1. The more you take, the more you leave behind. What am I?
2. Forward, I am heavy; backward, I am not. What am I?
3. What is always in front of you, but can’t be seen?

Coldest Night of the Year Fundraising Event

Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) is an annual event that supports people experiencing homelessness in your community. This fundraiser helps YWCA Saskatoon provide shelter, care, and holistic support to women and families experiencing homelessness to heal and find hope. CNOY 2024 takes place on February 24th, 2024 – drawing individuals together to support the cause through raising money as well as taking part in a 2 km or 5 km walk. Across Canada, over 190 communities are involved with CNOY, supported by people who care about their communities and the most vulnerable people who live in them. Learn more + get involved at cnoy.org/saskatoon

Love Your Lungs!

February is the month of St. Valentine, cupid, and love. Here are some ways to show love for your lungs. 1) Ask your prescribing health provider about a spirometry test if you experience coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, or chest tightness. 2) Protect yourself against the flu, COVID-19, pneumonia, and RSV by staying up to date on your vaccines. 3) Manage your lung disease or quit smoking with the support of a community. Join any of Lung Saskatchewan’s online support groups at www.LungSask.ca

Heart Health: Integrative Care Program

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Caring for Aging Parents

Adult daughters and sons call every day, anxious to know how to best plan for their parent’s care. We suggest families talk early and often about future care preferences and desires. Understanding their health conditions and potential risks as they age will help you select the best options in light of care needs. As well, there is a financial cost to care so make sure there is a realistic plan in place. Just as important, don’t overlook having a plan for you as you look after your loved ones. Reach out to family, friends, or professionals for help and support.

Tips for a Healthy Home

While we are mindful about nourishing our bodies with wholesome foods, clean water and activity, consider the health of our homes. The presence of mould and Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs) can cause a myriad of health complaints such as headaches, nausea, respiratory issues, organ and central nervous system damage. Indoor air pollution can be five times higher than outdoor air pollution! The best ways to reduce harmful air quality in our homes are to eliminate mould, prohibit smoking indoors, increase ventilation and ensure home improvement projects use materials with low or no VOCs. Source https://www.epa.gov/indoor-air-quality-iaq/volatile-organic-compounds-impact-indoor-air-quality

Antioxidant Rich BDNF Infused Coffee

Experience the health benefits of Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor (BDNF) with our unique coffee blend. Crafted from 100% organic beans, our small-batch infrared roasting method ensures a chemical-free, smooth taste. Enriched with coffee berry extract, this blend offers high antioxidants and low acidity, ideal for those avoiding traditional coffee’s bitterness. As the third most consumed beverage globally, make a conscious choice for your well-being. Elevate your coffee experience with the exceptional taste and health benefits of our one-of-a-kind brew, contributing to a healthier lifestyle in every sip.

Al-Anon Support Groups: A Beacon of Hope

In the quiet corners of our communities, Al-Anon support groups silently serve as beacons of hope for those affected by the devastating impact of alcoholism. These sanctuaries offer solace to family members and friends, imparting the tools to navigate the stormy seas of addiction. With unwavering support, Al-Anon nurtures understanding, resilience, and a renewed sense of purpose. The power of shared experiences within these groups cannot be underestimated; they provide a lifeline for those who have felt alone in their struggles. As Al-Anon continues to transform lives and mend relationships, its role in healing and recovery remains vital.

Nervous About Seeing the Dentist?

Some people get a bit nervous about the idea of going to the dentist. As a result of progress in diagnosis and treatment, the process has become much more comfortable. Tell your dentist and the dental staff if you’re feeling tense or anxious. They will understand and will adapt the treatment to your needs. Choose a time for your dental visit when you’re less likely to be rushed or under pressure. If the sound of the drill bothers you, listen to your favorite music on your phone. You can also relax by simply visualizing yourself somewhere you feel relaxed.