Community News
Games of Chance

Many people find gambling fun and exciting… you never know if you are going to win big! It is important to understand the reason why you never know if you are going to win big. It is because all gambling games are influenced by chance; the outcome of the games cannot be controlled or predicted with certainty. If a game’s outcome was certain, it wouldn’t be gambling. Gambling games are designed to favour “the house” meaning the game operator or vendor. This is true for casino games, online games, horse racing, bingo, sports and lottery games.

Community Profile – VIU ElderCollege

VIU ElderCollege offers a variety of quality learning opportunities by providing a forum for the sharing of information and knowledge in communities served by Vancouver Island University. It is available to everyone 50+, regardless of academic background. With the support of Vancouver Island University, the program is run with volunteers who participate as instructors, Saturday Speakers and committee members assisting to keep the program relevant and growing. It is community oriented and relies on input from course participants to offer programs that are of interest. Join the thousands of mid-Island residents who have benefitted from VIU ElderCollege. Register today!

Health Expo – Community Event

Wellnessnews Choices for Healthy Living™ is thrilled to present the 2nd Annual Wellnessnews Health Expo on September 28th, 2019 at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo. It will be a day to explore various approaches to health, nutrition, fitness and overall wellbeing. The Expo is FREE. VIP tickets are available where you get your Wellnessnews or from any of the exhibitors. While not required to attend, tickets redeemed raise funds for Nanaimo Community Gardens Society. Check the Health Expo website for a list of over 100 exhibitors and 15+ health talks.

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.

Hearing Aids You Can Recharge

Rechargeable hearing aids allow you the freedom to experience high quality sound without the worry of carrying spare batteries. Traditional hearing aid technology did not allow for this freedom; hearing aids required spares and replacement batteries. Utilising Li-ion battery, rechargeable aids allow you to carry on with your active life with simple and reliable charging. Li-ion is the battery technology utilising the power of lithium ions, this means you can reuse the same battery simply by recharging the hearing aids with the supplied charger.

Community Profile: The Magic of Hope

The Magic of Hope is created by owner and 3D Healing founder, Eike Jordan at Naturally Healthy Clinic in Nanaimo, BC. Many of their clients ask, “”How do you have so much success dealing with health issues such as anxieties, PTSD and trauma removal, heart and cancer issues, Parkinson’s and many more?”
Eike’s answer is simple: “Team work makes the dream work. A group of specialists with fascinating skill sets can enable YOUR body to get into healing mode to create THAT MAGIC of HOPE you’re looking for.”
Check out their credentials on their website and book a 15 minute free consultation with their highly skilled specialists.

Guide for Selecting a Care Home

Without guidance and support, transitioning a loved one to a care home can be an overwhelming responsibility. Here are some steps to get you started. *Research homes in the area and ask friends and family for recommendations. *Call the homes and share your loved one’s story. They may be able to recommend homes to suit your loved one’s needs.*Book a tour to experience the home in person and to ensure that the atmosphere feels right for your loved one. *Ask all the questions you need to ease your mind. Don’t know what to ask? Refer to our website for Questions for Care Homes as a starting point.

Peace of Mind

Peace of mind is perhaps the most compelling reason to pre-plan and pre-pay for your final arrangements. Preplanning can be a simple as having a conversation with your loved ones to let them know what your wishes are. Planning ahead helps to ease the emotional burden for your loved ones at a time of great emotional stress, alleviates any questions, problems or differences that can occur among family members, and assures that your wishes will be fulfilled. The next step, pre-payment, prevents a potential financial strain for your loved ones and guarantees costs

Fall Prevention

Falls are a real concern for older adults. One out of three people over the age of 65 fall each year. The good news is that most falls are preventable by changing risky behaviour, taking steps to proactively manage health, and by safety proofing homes. Additionally, it’s important to ask yourself: If I were to fall tonight, how would I get help if I couldn’t reach the phone? Subscribing to a medical alert service is a great way to ensure that, if you do fall, you can access help 24/7 with the press of a button. Some services also offer automatic fall detection.

Importance of Daily Skin Care

A daily skin care routine is important to protect skin from environmental hazards and combat fine lines, wrinkles, and dull, uneven skin tones. You need a routine that cleanses, moisturizes and protects your skin. Look for a gentle, non-drying cleanser, an exfoliant and broad-spectrum protection from sun damage. Choose cleansers that will remove dirt and bacteria while moisturizing the skin with emollients and humectants to draw water into the top layer of the skin. Finally, using a sunscreen every day even when it is cloudy protects against UVA and UVB rays and may prevent wrinkles and skin cancer.

Personal Growth Groups

Life can become overwhelming so what you usually do to take care of yourself may be overlooked to make room for all the other things on your calendar. Why not make Personal Growth part of your self-care? A recent participant of the Women’s Personal Growth Group was grateful for the opportunity to be in a group situation. She had amazing discussions, and at the end of the 12-week sessions, felt more confident and happier with herself. In the Men’s Personal Growth program, participants have found the open dialogue with other men helpful and encouraging in their journey of self-discovery. How are you growing?