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Mind Exercises for Seniors

It’s important for people of all ages to keep their brains healthy with regular workouts, but especially so for seniors. Here are five ways you can keep your mind sharp as you age: 1) Play a game. Try a sudoku, crossword, or jigsaw puzzle, or play a game of cards with friends. 2) Get moving. Regular exercise increases blood flow to your brain and increases neurons. 3) Listen to or play music. Science shows that music is a great brain booster. 4) Eat right. A healthy diet is crucial for cognitive health. 5) Learn something new. Keep your mind engaged!

Words to Live By

“Success is not measured by what you accomplish, but by the opposition you have encountered, and the courage with which you have maintained the struggle against overwhelming odds.” – Orison Swett Marden

Words to Live By

“If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with success unexpected in common hours.” – Henry David Thoreau

Immune Boosting Soups

Broths and soups not only provide fluid intake, but boost our immune system as well! Garlic, onions, and veggie scraps provide an abundance of nutrients. Then add spices and herbs: TURMERIC/GINGER have anti-inflammatory properties, THYME/ROSEMARY are natural anti-microbials and CINNAMON supports blood sugar control. Add MUSHROOMS galore: they have been shown to help balance different parts of the immune system, plus there is plenty of research in their use for cancer support. CHICKEN soup/broth specifically has been shown to weaken the inflammatory response associated with viral infections, basically slowing the over-the-top cytokine response of the immune system.

Home is the Safest Place for Care

Many people want to remain in their own homes, independently, for as long as possible. The word “home” provides a sense of comfort, safety and familiarity. During the COVID pandemic, this couldn’t ring more true. With many businesses and services closed or severely limited, now is the time you may consider all inclusive home health care services. Staying home with all services provided by exclusive staff greatly reduces the risk for exposure to COVID-19 while still enabling you to remain safe, independent and alleviate potential loneliness.

Practicing Spiritual Wellness

Spiritual wellness is important and can help you find meaning and purpose. Much like practicing good habits when it comes to our physical wellness, we need to make time for our spiritual wellness. Whether you’re looking to achieve spiritual healing or are seeking guidance on growing in your faith, there are tools available that can help. Books, CDs, and DVDs created by renowned spiritual leaders and individuals living their faith can be a good place to turn for information and inspiration. As well, devotional items can be a source of strength during many of life’s challenges.

The Hearing Loss/Alzheimer’s Connections

Recent research suggests that improving hearing loss with hearing aids reduces the risk for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. In 2011, a team of Johns Hopkins medical school researchers discovered a significant association between hearing loss and the risk of developing these unwanted cognitive conditions. The worse someone’s hearing gets, the greater their risk of developing Alzheimer’s or dementia. The researchers believe their findings could have substantial implications for individuals and public health because hearing loss is treatable with hearing instruments. These findings underscore how important regular hearing tests are as part of preventative health care.

Are You Always in ‘Fight or Flight’ Mode?

Massage therapy is undeniably effective at getting people tapped in to their parasympathetic nervous system, which is more commonly called ‘rest and digest’. Unfortunately, many spend most of their days in ‘fight or flight’! When the parasympathetic nervous system is in charge, blood pressure and heart rate lower, breathing is fuller, oxygen and blood make it deeper into the body, tissues repair themselves, organs do their jobs better, and overall, mental health is much more relaxed and content. It’s not hard to understand why being in ‘rest and digest’ is more conducive to recovery, management and being better prepared to handle what life throws at us!

Don’t Let Missing Teeth Affect Your Life

Do you hide your mouth because you feel embarrassed about missing teeth? Missing teeth not only affects your general health and appearance, it may also contribute to depression and low self-esteem. Social embarrassment as a result of missing teeth and poorly fitting dentures may result in people avoiding social interactions. Don’t let tooth loss or improperly fitting dentures affect the quality of your life. Your denturist can explain the best ways to restore the function and appearance of your smile. Properly fitting dentures can help restore your self-esteem and bring back your smile.

Chiropractic Care for Pregnancy

Why is chiropractic care so important during pregnancy? At its most basic premise, chiropractic will help you and your nervous system adapt during this major shift. It will help you deal with structural, hormonal and emotional stressors. Structurally, chiropractic will help keep your joints moving appropriately so you can make room for your growing baby. When the pelvis and low back vertebrae are moving appropriately, information can freely flow to all your muscles and organs, via your nerves. This may result in less pain and more nutrients to baby. Other benefits often seen in pregnant women under chiropractic care include headache relief, decrease in nausea and overall stress reduction. We are so honoured to check and adjust women during this monumental time in their lives.

Vipassana Meditation

Research has shown that meditation can expand the brain, and help people avert stress and disease. One way to achieve this is through Vipassana meditation, a technique that emphasizes mindfulness, with the goal of seeing things as they “really are”. An ancient meditative technique from India, Vipassana was taken up by Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha) just over 2,500 years ago. Vipassana meditation is an honest and direct practice: the moment-to-moment investigation of the mind-body process through calm, open, and precise awareness. This experience fosters clarity and penetrating insight into the nature of who we are, as well as increased peace in our daily lives.