Community News
Prevent Hearing Loss

Protecting your hearing is the best way to prevent hearing loss. Custom hearing solutions are available to match any lifestyle. For example; *Water Enthusiasts – Swimming or simply taking a shower can result in water trapped inside the ear canal, potentially resulting in irritation or infection. Custom hearing protection keeps the water out. *Hunters – A single gunshot can cause permanent hearing loss. Custom hearing protection is specially designed to prevent against impulse noise. *Music lovers – Listen to music with custom hearing protection that maintains the sound quality and allows you to enjoy rich, natural sound.

Keep Living Your Best Life

A good retirement residence is not just a convenient place to live, it’s an environment in which you can pursue your passions, thrive and continue living with purpose. It may be daunting to think about moving into a retirement home, but have you considered how your life might improve by making this change? Meet a new network of friends, build new relationships, and take part in activities you once enjoyed, or commit to learning something new! Leave the worrying behind when it comes to home maintenance, meal preparation and your own safety – and have us do it for you!

Strengthening Our Resilience

Asking for help is the first step toward improving mental health and wellbeing. The next step is finding it. That’s why, for the last 54 years, SOS has been committed to ensuring that all residents have access to support for strengthening their resilience. Our Counselling Referral, Personal Growth, Seniors’ Advocacy Services, Seniors Connecting and Child, Youth and Family programs make a meaningful difference to residents of every age and socio-economic group. To learn more about these free and subsidized programs, or how to support them, visit our website, call us or come by our Community Services Centre in Parksville.

Sports Betting Support

Sports bettors, who tend to be young men, are the most vulnerable to problematic behavior, according to the NCPG’s National Survey on Gambling Attitudes and Gambling Experiences. The survey reveals that sports bettors are three times more likely to exhibit problem gambling behavior than other types of gamblers.” (Quoted from Given the popularity of sports betting across North America, and Canada’s soon-to-be new law allowing single event sports betting ( DoJ), vulnerable sports bettors may find themselves in a position to engage in more impulsive betting behaviour. Contact us for more info on how we can help!

The Powerful Effect of Hormones

Hormones affect many areas of your health, including your mood, your metabolism, and your sexual and reproductive function. Anyone who has been through puberty knows that hormones have a powerful effect on one’s body. Unbalanced hormones can make you feel like a stranger in your own skin. Compounded hormone replacement therapy (HRT) is a way to restore balance and help you feel like yourself again. With your healthcare provider’s prescription, we can help establish a hormone replacement regimen that brings your hormones back into balance to closely mimic what your body has been doing naturally for years.

Maintain a Social Connection

Social isolation, especially among seniors, is a growing problem which has been elevated by the pandemic. Social isolation is associated with many health risks including; high blood pressure, heart disease, depression, cognitive decline and Alzheimer’s disease. For seniors living alone, a daily Check-In Service can be very beneficial. A check-in service offers a daily phone call and human contact. It provides a friendly chat that gives peace of mind and ensures someone knows you are doing Ok today. Nanaimo Lifeline’s Check-In Service aims to support seniors by maintaining a social connection and referring individuals to resources and events within their community.

Vibrational & Traditional Chinese Medicine

Meridians, based on traditional Chinese medicine, are pathways for life energy – Chi. Chi is a force that informs and connects all parts of your body and controls its function. Acupuncturists and reflexologists access Chi via acupuncture points to stimulate the flow of Chi, releasing blockages that cause dysfunction and dis-ease in the body. We define energy as “information that vibrates” (Cyndi Dale, 2009). Vibrational medicine uses frequencies and resonance for the same purpose. It stimulates the body on a cellular and subtle energy level, activating and facilitating the energy flow in the meridians which leads to the release of energy blockages.

Summer Solstice Blessing!

“May the long time sun Shine upon you; All love surround you; the pure light within you Guide your way.” June marks the beginning of Summer! It is a time to celebrate the joy of being alive and the pleasure of gathering with friends. Are you still feeling anxious? It is time to release those trapped emotions and make it your best summer yet. As a Certified Body/Emotion Code Practitioner, I can help you release any unprocessed negative (trapped) emotions to allow more JOY in your life.

Community Partnerships & Resources

At Wellnessnews Choices for Healthy Living®, we are proud to be active in our communities. We promote events and activities that help bring health and well-being into people’s lives. This month, we have partnered with the Victoria HarbourCats and the Nanaimo NightOwls Baseball Clubs, The Victoria Goddess Run and the Aging Well Seniors Expo in Cowichan. Our health and wellness resources include our printed newsletters, our online, the “Wellness Wednesday” radio show on CHLY 101.7 FM or and our Expos. Check out the Hub for more information and to enter our June contest.

Signs of Caregiver Burnout

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 burnout: *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.

Father’s Day Gift – Wellness

Does your dad have a closet full of Father’s Day ties? This year, show him that you care about his wellness and give him socks – VoxxLife socks. They have wearable technology that works with the brain to reduce pain, increase strength and endurance and enhance stability and balance. Knee-high socks with mild compression are great when standing for a long time or excess sitting. For the active walkers or runners, chose moisture-wicking socks to keep the feet cool in summer. Socks are available for pick-up or delivery in Central Vancouver Island or order directly from the website.