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Is Your Will Up To Date?

Even if you know you need to update your Will, it’s easy to find yourself letting your documents collect dust on the shelf. The good news is that going through major changes in your life doesn’t necessarily invalidate your will. The bottom line is: If your Will isn’t up-to-date, your end-of-life wishes may not be fulfilled in the way you would have liked. Your wishes may also have changed since you wrote your will. To avoid these pitfalls and the costs associated with updating your will, contact us today to order your free Estate Planning Kit which includes a Legal Will Guide.

Create Abundance in Your Life

We think of abundance as money or wealth. Abundance is so much more than a healthy bank account, it is a Feeling! Feel an appreciation for life itself. When you have abundance, you are grateful for everything you have and you focus on your strengths. To increase abundance in your life, incorporate gratitude into your daily life and train your mind to recognize the possibilities in every situation. A Certified Body/Emotion Code Practitioner can help you release any unprocessed negative (trapped) emotions that keep you feeling that you don’t deserve abundance in your life.

Senior Summer Safety Tips

Skin cancer is one of the most common and preventable forms of cancer. Apply SPF of at least 30 to 50—every two to four hours you are outdoors or riding in a car. Routinely wearing a quality pair of sunglasses protects the eyes from cataracts, a condition common among older adults. Look for a pair with a label showing they block 100% of UVA and UVB rays. As we grow older, the body doesn’t adjust to changes in temperature and humidity as quickly as in younger days. This puts seniors at higher risk for dehydration and sun-related illnesses, like heat stroke – so make sure to keep hydrated!

Socks for Many Reasons

Socks are a creative way to express your personality and style like our prime minister with his maple leaf socks. Many of us choose our socks by appearance not realizing that there are many health benefits to wearing the right socks. Socks with antibacterial properties help prevent odors and fight germs and fungus. Socks can also prevent foot pain by protecting feet from the environment and if you wear them to bed, can help you fall asleep more easily. Today there are socks available that not only keep your feet warm, but may also offer general pain relief, more energy and increased balance and stability.

Time for the Booster Shot

Have you had you COVID-19 Booster Shot? It is strongly recommended that everyone who is eligible should get their third and fourth booster shot as soon as possible. The COVID virus and Omicron variant still pose severe health risks. Immune-compromised individuals and the elderly are the most vulnerable. People who have COVID-19 still need the booster vaccines three months after infection due to the severe health risks and the fact that re-infection is possible. Currently research suggests that natural immunity from COVID-19 lasts for only a short period of time and that the vaccine offers better protection than natural immunity.

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.

Blockchain and Online Gambling

Blockchain is a method of tracking transactions using a public, globally-distributed ledger. It is most commonly used for cryptocurrency, such as Bitcoin. Blockchain automatically and securely keeps a historical record, or ledger, of all transactions; working across a network of computers, cryptocurrencies can operate without a central authority. It is already revolutionizing online gambling and is now emerging in video games. For example, an emerging trend in gaming culture is the integration of cryptocurrency and non-fungible tokens (NFTs). NFTs allow blockchain to issue one-of-a-kind digital assets with unique attributes, meaning that players can acquire securely stored in-game assets. (Source: IntentaDigital

Time to Celebrate Women

The Women’s Expo is all about empowerment, wellbeing, pampering, fashion, friends and fun. It is a real celebration of Women complete with wall-to-wall carpets and chandeliers. Lots of great things to explore at the Women’s Expo with over 100 exhibitors showcasing their products and services. The 4th Annual Women’s Expo features wellness seminars, demonstrations, shopping, prizes and fashion shows. The Expo is FREE to attend. Plan to be at the largest Women’s Expo on Vancouver Island taking place in Nanaimo on September 23 and 24th. See the Expo website for Exhibitor Opportunities and information.

Peace of Mind on Vacation

Are you going on a vacation and worried about a loved one being alone? It is good to have options in place so that they can access help in an emergency. There are devices available that can summon help at the push of a button. A daily scheduled phone call is a good way to ensure that they are safe. Ask about our daily phone call Check-In Service. These friendly chats provide peace of mind and ensure that somebody knows that they are doing OK today. Vacation time is a perfect time to sign up a loved one for Lifeline services.

Enriching Quality of Life for Seniors

Quality of Life is about much more than having a roof over your head and food in the cupboard. It’s about what your community provides to ensure the emotional, physical, mental and social well-being of all its residents. SOS provides programs and services for seniors and adults who require assistance in order to age in place and remain independent. To learn more about SOS and how to access or support programs like Meals on Wheels, Oceanside Better at Home and Seniors Connecting, visit our website, call or come by our Community Services Centres in Parksville or at Qualicum Commons.

Make Wellness Your Number One Priority

We are constantly moving on the axis of “Wellness to Illness”. Only when we have repeated symptoms that slow us down and interfere with our busy lives, do we start paying attention to our bodies. It usually starts with stress and worries causing an imbalance of our energy on a cellular level. If this continues, additional stress on the body in the form of environmental toxins, EMFs or unhealthy foods increases the energy imbalance. In order to balance our energies, we need to incorporate wellness practices and routines to return our body back to homeostasis. We can help.