Community News
Warm Feet = Time to Sleep?

If you have trouble falling asleep, here is something that you may not know. The National Sleep Foundation suggests warm feet when going to bed sends a signal to your brain that it is bedtime. Sleep research indicates a correlation between falling asleep quickly and increased blood dilation in our extremities. Something else that may keep you from sleep is Restless Legs Syndrome (RLS), a condition that causes an uncontrollable urge to move your legs. Today’s socks with built in HPT technology will not only keep your feet nice and toasty but may also provide relief from restless leg syndrome.

Gambling Outreach Support

If you are looking for support but not seeking counselling, our Gambling Outreach Support team provides confidential and personalised one-to-one support to anyone concerned about their own or a loved-one’s gambling. Gambling Outreach Support is offered in every community across BC, providing information, support, referrals, and accompaniment to resources, including peer support organizations such as 12 Step groups or Smart Recovery and online self-help resources. Other support includes community support organizations such as bankruptcy trustees, legal services, housing services, community mental health services and debt management services. Our services are FREE and available by phone, text, web chat, or in person.

Brain Exercises for Seniors

It’s important for people of all ages to keep their brains healthy with regular workouts, especially so for seniors. Here are five ways you can keep your mind sharp as you age: 1) Play a game. Try a sudoku, crossword, or jigsaw puzzle, or play a game of cards with friends. 2) Get moving. Regular exercise increases blood flow to your brain and increases neurons. 3) Listen to or play music. Science shows that music is a great brain booster. 4) Eat right. A healthy diet is crucial for cognitive health. 5) Learn something new. Keep your mind engaged!

Local Wellness Resources

Looking for LOCAL Health and Wellness information? The Wellness HUB is the One-Stop, Online Resource for products and services available in our local communities. Shopping local strengthens our communities by keeping money close to home and providing employment. The Wellness HUB enables people in Central Vancouver Island to easily find and support local businesses, read health tips and be informed of what is happening in the community. Check us out online at www.CentralIslandWellnessHUB.ca.

Get the Most out of Your Medication

To get the desired benefits out of a treatment, it’s important to take medication correctly. Here are tips. *Take the right dose; Follow your healthcare professional’s instructions. Your pharmacist can answer any questions. *Take it at the right time; When and how often you take it impacts its effectiveness. If you forget to take a dose, ask your pharmacist how to proceed. *Take it for the full duration of the treatment; If you stop taking the medication as soon as you feel better, the disease may start to progress again. We are available if you have questions or problems with your medication.

Get Back to Better Hearing

Good hearing means being able to enjoy every moment in life. If you start experiencing hearing problems, you quickly feel you cannot enjoy all the things you care about. A hearing professional will work with you to get you back to better hearing. They can give you back the ability to enjoy your life to the fullest. Quality hearing professional are there every step of the way to identify the best solution for you. Look for a hearing centre that offers an extensive, complimentary hearing test, free follow-ups, and a wide range of innovative and discreet products. We can help.

Retirement Haven

Today’s active seniors are looking to get the most out of their retirement. When weighing the options for senior living, consider how much the senior living industry has grown in the last five years. Independent living has become a retirement haven for seniors who want flexibility and peace of mind. It is designed for the independent senior with an active lifestyle who wants to simplify their worries of home maintenance, commuting, safety, social isolation, and health. Senior living in an independent living community is designed to streamline your life to give you the time to do the things you want to do.

Get Help Wherever You are!

You may not be going out as much as usual but you still want to feel secure knowing that help is available no matter where you might be! Whether in your home, walking to your mailbox or going for a walk in the park, there are devices available that give you 24/7 access to help. These on-the-go devices can send an alert when you press a button, sense when you fall and send an automatic alert, and provide direct, two-way communication with a 24/7 Response Center. They are designed to help locate the user in a variety of situations – home or away, indoors and out.

4 Steps to a Healthy Mouth

1) Keep your mouth clean; Use a soft-bristle toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste; Floss every day. 2) Check your mouth regularly for signs of gum disease: Red, shiny, puffy, sore or sensitive gums; Bleeding when you brush or floss; Bad breath that won’t go away. 3) Eat well: Limit foods and beverages containing sugar or carbohydrates; Eat healthy snacks like cheeses, nuts, vegetables, and non-acidic fruits. 4) See your dentist regularly. 48% of Canadians who haven’t seen a dentist in the past year have gum disease. Regular dental exams and professional cleanings are the best way to prevent and detect problems.

How Does Prolozone Work For Chronic Pain?

Prolozone Therapy is an injection technique similar to Prolotherapy that uses ozone. Joints heal much more quickly because ozone is a highly reactive molecule & when injected into a joint capsule it is able to stimulate the fibroblastic joint repairing abilities. This allows for a healing environment within the joint to develop and results in increased range of motion and decreased pain. Because Prolozone has the ability in many cases to actually correct the pathology of the disorder, there is a 75% chance for the chronic pain sufferer to become permanently pain free. By repairing the connective tissue this is all that is needed to permanently reverse chronic pain.

Get Your Vitamin D

This time of year can be difficult. Summer is winding down and the garden is ready for harvesting. This does not mean that your time outdoors must come to an end. Take advantage of the cooler September air and get that dose of Vitamin D your body needs! Roll up your sleeves for 15 minutes of sun and reap the benefits of increased calcium absorption, improved mood, improved blood cell production, boost your immune system then rest your head for a better night’s sleep. We can help you get your own Vitamin D boost with the help of our Caregivers!