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Multi-Sensory Experiences

The Clements Centre offer a unique opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to explore, have fun and participate in an array of sensory experiences. Multi-sensory rooms have been used to enhance sensory development, increase hand/eye co-ordination, promote language development and encourage relaxation. Trust and relaxation are encouraged in the multi-sensory room by providing the space and time to enjoy sensations. The multi-sensory room is a therapeutic and recreational room designed to provide stimulation and relaxation through touch, light, and sound. The room is specifically designed to provide a variety of sensory experience to promote relaxation, leisure, learning, and fun for people with special needs.

Lotteries Most Popular Form of Gambling

According to the 2014 British Columbia Problem Gambling Prevalence Study, approximately 72.5% of British Columbians gamble. Lotteries remain the most popular form of gambling (81.6%), with 43.6% of gamblers naming it as their favourite form of gambling. Interestingly, when speaking with people in a community, very few individuals initially identify themselves as gamblers but at some point in the conversation, the person may say “Oh, but I buy lottery tickets every week.” This simple reflection exemplifies some of the myths and misunderstandings that surround what gambling is and is not, and who is stigmatised, and who isn’t. Food for thought …

Hearing Loss and the Risk of Falling

A study led by Frank Lin, an assistant professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, suggests that hearing loss may also be a risk factor for a huge public health problem: falls. The study found that people with a 25-decibel hearing loss, classified as mild, were nearly three times more likely to have a history of falling. Every additional 10-decibels of hearing loss increased the chances of falling by 1.4 fold. If you or a family member are concerned about hearing loss, visit your local hearing specialist to take a free online hearing test.

Take Care of Your Ticker

Do you regularly consume processed foods? This may dampen your circulation causing oxidation of the arterial lining which in turn may lead to unwanted plaques and hardening. Denatured fats as opposed to natural fats are mainly to blame and are most often found in packaged, processed junk food. Stick to a whole foods natural diet high in phytonutrient-rich vegetables and greens. Drink plenty of water and drink herbal teas that support circulation and blood. Daily exercise and movement is vital for circulation and the pumping of your heart muscle. Some top nutrients to keep in mind are Omega 3s, coQ10, magnesium, and various bioflavonoids. Keep ticking happily!

Service Your Dentures Regularily!

Many people believe that dentures last forever but the reality is that they need to be serviced regularily and replaced about every five years. Wearing the same dentures for more than five years without having them checked can result in; softening of the gums, painful and irritated gums, accelerated bone loss, more laborious chewing and difficult digestion and a crumpled mouth. It can also lead to headaches, ear aches, neck pain and joint problems as well as a whole host of other issues. Regular consultation with your denturist to have your dentures checked and cleaned may prevent problems in the future.

Maximize Your Balance and Stability

Did you know that lack of stability and balance account for a large portion of foot and back pain issues? Today, wellness consumers want products to enhance their quality of life and are asking for natural, safe solutions for more energy, pain relief and enhanced mobility. VoxxLife socks and insoles with HPT optimize the user’s stability and balance at the nervous system level and provide relief from aches and pains with drug free proven technology. Voxx Human Performance Technology (HPT) is based on 45 Years of research in Neuromuscular Science, Chiropractic Neurology and Reflexology. Come test your balance at the Wellnessnews Women’s Expo on February 9th at the VI Conference Centre.

Give the Gift of Organic Beauty

Are you celebrating Valentine’s Day with a gift for your loved one or just planning to treat yourself? There are always the old, boring standbys of flowers and chocolates. Why not give luxurious skincare products that hydrate, nourish, and pamper the skin? When selecting gifts of beauty, look for natural, handcrafted skin products made with the purest organic essential oils, without harmful chemicals and allergens.

Fear of Falls Causes Unsafe Behavior

When someone is fearful of falling, they start to avoid everyday activities by staying at home and doing less. This lack of activity leads to loss of strength, reduced muscle tone, and loss of coordination and balance. This physical deterioration increases the risk of falling and if a fall does occur, it further heightens the fear. Turn your fear of falling into positive actions; remain active, exercise regularly, use assistive devices such as walkers or grab bars and wear sensible shoes. Consider joining a group session designed especially to teach balance exercises for fall prevention.

Take Care of Your Feet

Many of us neglect two of the most important body parts, our feet! Nursing Foot Care and Reflexology are great ways to take care of your feet. A reflexologist can recognize many types of foot ailments. Tender reflex spots in your feet can provide information about the condition of the corresponding organ. Nursing Foot Care is specialized care that focuses on education and maintaining mobility and independence. Treatments focus on reduction of nails (thick, malformed, regular care or with fungus), and the reduction or removal of calluses and corns. Reflexology and Nursing Foot Care promote prevention and good health. This helps keep people mobile which can result in longer independent living.

Do You Suffer from Dry Eyes?

Dry Eye symptoms include dryness, scratching, burning and a “foreign body sensation” caused by a chronic lack of sufficient lubrication of the eye’s front surface. Poor tear quality and/or quantity can also cause blurred vision and less enjoyment of visual tasks such as reading. Treatment options include lubricating eye drops, taking Omega-3 Fatty Acid supplements and applying a warm washcloth to the lids while lightly massaging to release oils from the glands along the eyelid rims. Visit your optometrist who can help identify the cause of your dry eye symptoms and recommend the best therapy options.

Wellnessnews Women’s Expo – February 9

The Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo is the place to be on Saturday, February 9, 2019. Women of all ages will discover things of interest at the largest Women’s Expo north of Victoria with over 100 exhibitors showcasing their products and services. The Wellnessnews Women’s Expo features wellness seminars, shopping opportunities and a Diva Oasis to indulge the senses. The Expo is FREE. Get your VIP tickets where you get your Wellnessnews or from one of the exhibitors. While not required to attend, tickets redeemed raise funds for the Samaritan House Room for Hope Campaign to expand their women’s shelter.