Community News
Relief for Restless Legs

Are your legs keeping you from falling asleep? HealthLink BC identifies Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS) as a disorder related to sensation and movement. The symptoms, often most severe at night, are unpleasant or uncomfortable sensations in the legs that cause an irresistible urge to move them. Moving the legs only relieves the discomfort temporarily. If symptoms are mild, a few lifestyle changes may be enough to control them. *Avoid tobacco, alcohol, and caffeine *Keep the bedroom cool, quiet, and comfortable *Get regular exercise *Massage the leg or use heat or ice packs. Some people find relief wearing socks with woven HPT technology.

It Is Important to Remember

In Canada, we celebrate Remembrance Day on November 11th. It is a day to remember those who went to war and those who didn’t return. Their sacrifice made Canada a country that makes its own destiny. Remembering is important. If you are emotional about your own memories, the Body Code healing modality can assist in putting them in perspective. A Certified Body/Emotion Code Practitioner can help you release unprocessed negative (trapped) emotions that will assist you with creating healthy memories.

ReGroup Family Support

ReGroup Family Support is now being offered online for families negatively impacted by problematic gaming behaviours. We recognize that some families are experiencing the impacts of unhealthy gaming. It can overtake other activities, commitments, and self-care. Concerns over consistent co-parenting, whether living together or in separate households, transition adjustments, rage quitting, meltdowns, concurrent physical and/or mental health problems all add to the complications of gaming disorder. Reach out anytime to inquire about the ReGroup Family Support group. Our other services include in-class presentations, workshops for educators, parents and caregivers, health and social service professionals, interested in learning about gaming and/or gambling.

Caring for Hearing Devices

Taking good care of your hearing aids can significantly prolong their life. *Make sure your hands are clean and dry before handling your hearing aids. *Clean them regularly using your hearing aid cleaning kit. *Remove hearing aids before showering, bathing or swimming and store in a dry location away from condensation. *Remove them before applying perfume or hair spray. *Store them in their case or drying cup away from heat sources and direct sunlight. *If you won’t be using your hearing aids for an extended period, remove the batteries and store them separately. *Use a hearing aid expert if you need repairs.

3 Ways to Improve Mental Health

Seniors are at risk for developing anxiety and depression due to chronic disease, isolation, and loneliness. If you’re a senior, here are 3 proven ways to help improve your mental health: 1. Move your body and stay active. Exercise has been scientifically proven to boost your mood and relieve stress. Aim for 30 minutes of activity each day. 2. Make time for friendships. Research shows that seniors who have a close group of friends tend to live longer and happier than those who don’t. 3. Flex Your Mind. Routine brain exercises help you maintain healthy cognitive function, so grab a new book or challenge yourself to a puzzle.

Creating a Season of Comfort and Joy

If you’re living on a fixed income or struggling to afford the rising costs of groceries, the upcoming holidays can be a time of dread rather than a season of comfort and joy. For more than 50 years, the SOS Caring for Community at Christmas program has been making sure local children and youth have something special waiting under the tree for them. The program also provides grocery gift cards so residents can choose food that is meaningful to them over the holidays. Visit the SOS website to make a financial donation, find out gift drop-off times for the SOS Toy Shop, and learn more about registration.

Consent for Deeper Connection

For many of us, consent has been about saying no, an ignored no, or it has not been discussed at all. It might have felt fuzzy or not quite right in our body. Or maybe a ‘heck yes’ in our toes. For most of us it is an incomplete conversation. Consent is an embodied experience that can empower our relationship with self and with others; awaken our intimate life; allow us to take with full abandon, and to surrender completely. When we access our yes, no, maybe, slow down, and pause, practising over and over again, in a safe enough space. This is the work we do together.

Sedation Dentistry

Many people are fearful of dental treatment. This apprehension and anxiety causes them to avoid and postpone regular dental care until their oral health deteriorates. Sedation dentistry, also known as “relaxation dentistry,” offers an opportunity to experience your dental treatment without pain or anxiety. Dr. Robert Wolanski and his sedation dentistry team can provide the highest quality care in a safe and relaxing environment to meet all your dental needs. Following a comprehensive physical assessment and radiographic evaluation, Dr. Wolanski will custom design a sedation protocol of medications that will work best for you.

Look After the Caregiver

When you are the caregiver of a loved one, it’s important to also take care of yourself. Here are some signs that you may be suffering from burn out: *Withdrawal from family and friends *Changes in sleep patterns *Feelings of irritability, helplessness and resentment *Decline in your own health. Things you can do to support yourself include talking to a trusted friend or co-worker; finding a support group and being realistic about your loved one’s state of health. Recognize that the time may come when your loved one will need specialized long term care and know that it is available in your community.

Health Benefits of Frequencies

To improve your health and sense of well-being, raise your frequency. Every cell in your body resonates at its own specific frequency. When you become overburdened with stress and toxins, your cellular frequencies weaken and resonate at a lower, dysfunctional frequency. Rooted in ancient medicine and now embraced by modern science, the frequencies of sound, light and colour are proven to have therapeutic benefits for many issues ranging from stress and chronic pain, to emotional trauma, depression and anxiety. Start simply by setting aside quiet music time to de-stress and detox and begin to raise your frequency to a new level of wellness.

Time to Get Your Flu Shot

It is time for the annual flu shot again to protect you and our health resources. The flu often takes an enormous toll on the health-care system. Hospitals and health-care facilities are already overwhelmed treating COVID-19 patients. People with higher risk of flu related complications include *People over 65 and children under 5, *Pregnant women and those planning to become pregnant, *Residents of long-time care facilities, *People with chronic diseases such as diabetes. Please call the Medicine Shoppe today to schedule your flu shot appointment.