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Great Socks for Travel

Many of us have compression socks for traveling. On the day of travel, put them on when you get up; that is when your legs are less swollen. This allows your body to adapt to the socks. Make sure to leave them on for a few hours after you land to again allow your body to adapt. Wearing the socks for the extra time can reduce any swelling of the legs much more effectively than if they are taken straight off. Travel socks do not work unless you wear them. If the ones you have are not comfortable, look for a different kind.

Live Theatre: Lend me a Tenor

As the lights come up on stage, we are transported to Cleveland Ohio; it is 1934. The famous tenor Tito Morelli is scheduled to perform. He arrives and everything seems to be going smoothly until..! This wildly funny play was presented on Broadway and in London’s West End in the mid-eighties where it garnered 3 Tony and 4 Drama Desk Awards. Opening night is February 19th with shows Wednesdays to Sundays until March 7th at the Bailey Studio, 2373 Rosstown Road, Nanaimo. Tickets are $20 and available on their website.

Regenerate Your Knees

When your knees chronically hurt you are told they are a sign of aging and degeneration, which is very true … but did you know there is a method of treatment to regenerate your knees? Prolozone therapy results in about 75% of chronic pain sufferers to become permanently pain free. Chronic pain occurs in areas of the body that are especially vulnerable to the effects of decreased oxygen utilization and aging. Prolozone therapy with procaine, natural anti-inflammatory medications, vitamins & minerals and ozone gives the tissues what they need to heal. And as they heal, the circulation to the knees is re-established.

CBD Oil from Hemp

CBD stands for cannabidiol. It is a component of hemp that, by itself, does not cause a “high.” According to the World Health Organization, “In humans, CBD exhibits no effects indicative of any abuse or dependence potential”. CBD may help with arthritis-related symptoms, such as pain, insomnia and anxiety. Buy from a reputable company that has each batch tested for purity, potency and safety by an independent laboratory and provides a certificate of analysis.

Setting Boundaries

Healthy boundaries are vital: they allow us to prioritize, strike a balance between ourselves and others, and successfully navigate relationships. Boundaries are wired into our nervous system and refined through ongoing practice. The Boundaries Laboratory can help you tune into your boundary awareness, gain trust in your inner voice and boost your confidence to act in your own best interests. This 6-week online group allows you to share with a safe ‘herd’ and feel empowered to change and grow. Love who you are – join us on the online course starting March 2, 2020.

Small Steps, Big Rewards

Small changes when you’re working to better your overall health and wellbeing can really add up! This year, consider some simple habit shifts like these: If you frequently find yourself reaching for junk foods, make healthy snacks like fruit and nuts available at all times to curb your cravings. Practice simple deep breathing exercises throughout the day. Count to five as you breathe in, hold your breath while you count to five again, and slowly breathe out while counting to five once more. Take a break from sitting throughout the day by taking brisk walks inside or outdoors!

Health, Family & Happiness

At the beginning of 2020, most of us took some time to reflect on the past year and think about our hopes for the new year. Amidst the cliché resolutions to ‘stop procrastinating’, ‘eat healthy’ and ‘wake up early’ many of our hopes boil down to three simple things; health, family and happiness. This may mean looking for help to keep your elderly family members healthy and happy. Keeping loved ones comfortably in their own homes as long as possible alleviates some of the stress off the family’s primary caregivers allowing for more quality family time.

Accept Help to Remain Independent

Sometimes people find it very difficult to accept help. With many seniors, accepting help seems like losing independence. Some feel that admitting you need help tells the world that you are no longer able to live on your own. Installing a medical alarm system can actually increase your independence and reduce the risks of living alone or being left alone in your home. In fact, with a locally monitored system, you may be able to remain in your own home, comforted by the fact that if something should happen, help is just a button push away.

Hearing Sound: Our Window of Perception

If we heard and processed every sound wave traveling through the air, we could easily be overwhelmed by sensory overload. Instead, through evolution, humans have evolved to perceive sound waves within a limited range of frequency. As we age, high frequencies are usually the first to be affected by hearing loss. Those with high-frequency hearing loss may have trouble understanding female or children’s voices or distinguishing consonants such as S, F or H. An audiogram can help determine any loss of hearing perception and is the first step toward counteracting losses of inner ear function.

Pharmacy at Home Program

Taking multiple medications has become a way of life for many older adults and it can become a struggle to keep everything straight. Taking medications correctly is essential for treating health conditions and managing symptoms. The Pharmacy at Home program offers a complimentary, 100% patient-focused pharmacy service conducted in the comfort of your own home. The pharmacist comes to you and provides medication management, free prescription pickup and delivery and support for health and wellness. Other benefits include: personalized customer service, convenience and 10% off Atoma products, supplements and home health products.

Support for Excessive Gambling – Service Profile

Has excessive gambling become an issue for you or someone you love? The BC Government provides British Columbians with free information and resources to support informed choices and healthy behaviours with respect to gambling participation. BC Responsible & Problem Gambling Program provides services that are confidential and free of charge, funded by the Government of British Columbia. This includes *24/7 Gambling Support Line, *Outreach Support and *Personal and Group treatment. Call 1-888-795-6111 or go to BCRresponsibleGambling.ca for more information.