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Foods for Brain Health

The best foods for supporting memory and brain function are those that encourage good blood flow to the brain. Research suggests the following foods may help keep your brain sharp and improve your cognitive function, memory and alertness. 1) Broccoli, cabbage and dark leafy greens. Enjoy salads, wraps and stir-fries. 2) Walnuts. Can be added to salads or oatmeal or just eaten on their own. 3) Berries and cherries. Can be eaten fresh as a snack or added to oatmeal or baked goods. 4) Omega-3 fatty acids. Can be found in seafood, flaxseeds and fatty fish.

Reduce Your Risk of Arthritis

Arthritis is a serious and debilitating condition affecting 1 out of every 5 Canadians. Causing pain and mobility restriction due to chronic inflammation, arthritis can lead to irreversible damage to the joints. There are several measures that we can take to treat and prevent this condition. To reduce your risk of arthritis, you can; *Control your blood sugar levels to reduce inflammation, *Exercise and stretch daily to keep your joints mobile, and *Eat fish twice a week to get your Omega-3s which help reduce inflammation (Yummy!).

Hearing Aid Purchase Guide

Digital hearing aids are made up of a powerful minicomputer. The minicomputer analyses the sound environment from data gathered by the microphones. The computer selects the sounds you need help with. The highest quality and best hearing aids only amplify the parts of sound you need help with. They also remove any excess sound and amplify the personalized result in your ear.

The right hearing aid for you depends on several factors, including the type and severity of your hearing loss, your lifestyle, and your manual dexterity. However, a hearing aid that one person likes might not work for someone else, even if both have almost identical audiograms.

And even within the same brand, there can be several versions of a given model. That kind of variation makes comparing hearing aid models and brands very challenging.

When it comes to getting the hearing aids that suit your hearing needs this is what you should do

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1. Find a hearing centre with licensed hearing professionals

When searching for a hearing care center, prioritize finding a location where a professional can assess your hearing and provide individualized counselling based on your specific needs. The centre should test your hearing in a soundproof booth and should give you a copy of the hearing test results. The provider should verify that the hearing aids are working effectively for you (including in a noisy environment). He or she should also review the instructional brochure that accompanies the hearing aids.

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2. Find a convenient clinic location

Find a provider who has a local hearing center near home or work and is also part of a global network. This will give you access to a large network of hearing care providers. Professional help is never too far away. Your hearing aid provider should have convenient business hours, offer walk-in repair service, and make it easy to schedule an appointment.

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3. Choose a provider that offers personalized, ongoing customer care

Your hearing is as unique as your fingerprint. Unlike standardized solutions, specialized hearing care centers allow you to build a relationship with your hearing care provider, and you will have the choice of a large spectrum of hearing aid types and brands so that you can find the optimal solution for you. The provider should discuss the effect of hearing loss on your lifestyle and relationships, and how best to manage difficult listening situations. The conversation should touch on the level of challenges you experience in hearing over the phone. The provider should ask about your manual dexterity and vision status because these can affect your ability to handle hearing aids successfully. The dispenser should also discuss realistic expectations and ask about your lifestyle, which can affect your choice of style and recommended features.

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To learn more about hearing aids you can book a consultation with one of HearingLife’s 220+ clinic. Book your free HearingLife consultation here or call 1-833-384-2245

Prioritize Social Interactions

The fall and winter months can restrict our social interactions and activities if we allow that to happen. It is time to prioritize social interactions and become more active. Being social and active is associated with many health benefits; Activities help our physical and mental health while socializing promotes good mental and emotional health. Walking is a perfect activity that can be done outside when conditions permit or indoors in a mall or on a treadmill. Once we start, we tend to do more healthful things, so get out and have a walk with a friend, socialize and engage – you’ll feel better for it!

Acupuncture for Blood Sugar Balance

Acupuncture, an ancient practice of inserting thin needles into specific points on the body, can be a valuable complementary approach to managing blood sugar levels. 1. Regulates Insulin: Acupuncture may stimulate the release of endorphins and improve insulin sensitivity, helping to stabilize blood sugar levels. 2.Reduces Stress: Acupuncture promotes relaxation by releasing tension and reducing stress hormones, aiding in glycemic control. 3. Enhances Digestion: Improved digestion can lead to better nutrient absorption and more stable blood sugar. Acupuncture is a complementary therapy, not a replacement for medical advice or medication. Consult a healthcare professional to discuss how acupuncture may help you.

Starting the Conversation

Starting a discussion about care needs with a senior loved one can be difficult. Deciding when to start the conversation is important. It is never too early to discuss what care might be needed and the desires of the person who will be receiving care. Nine out of 10 seniors want to remain in their homes as they age; in-home care can help them. There are many options for in-home care, from the type of care services to the number of hours a week. Making plans before there is an emergency or sudden problem in the senior’s home helps alleviate stress for everyone.

Profile: Lisse Laser & Skin Studio

At Lisse Laser & Skin Studio, they provide efficient and safe treatment of “UNWANTEDS” on your skin to help you feel more beautiful and confident in your skin. Say goodbye to *Age & Sun Spots, *Dull Skin, *Pigmentation, *Rosacea, *Broken Capillaries/Veins, *Fine Lines & Wrinkles and *Freckles. Procedures are conducted with no downtime and with little discomfort to keep your comfort in mind. Laser Skin Rejuvenation helps take away the need to cover up those pesky veins on your nose, chin or cheeks and can remove/fade spots that come with the privilege of growing older. Achieve Pure Beauty Simply with Lisse!

Caring for Community at Christmas

The high cost of living is making life very difficult for many residents. Instead of looking forward to the upcoming holiday season, many residents are wondering where the meals will come from, let alone gifts for the children. For 55 years, the SOS Caring for Community at Christmas program has been making sure local children and youth have something special under the Christmas tree and that families and individuals can choose food that is meaningful to them over the holidays. Registration begins November 15. Visit the SOS website or contact us for information on how to access or support the program.

Special Offer – Make Life Accessible with Motion

Our knowledgeable experts enjoy making life accessible for everyone by identifying the unique needs of our clients and selecting solutions that fit their lifestyles. Let Motion help you make a difference in your life every day with the right mobility and home accessibility solutions, including wheelchairs, stairlifts, walkers, power lift recliners, bathroom safety items and more. “Because Motion isn’t a place, it’s a partnership.” Special Offer at Motion Nanaimo, Courtenay, Sidney & Victoria: $200 OFF All Stairlifts until November 30, 2023. Straight, curved, and outdoor options are available to fit any stairway. Contact us today to claim the offer and for a no-obligation quote!

Remembering Is Important

In Canada, we celebrate Remembrance Day on November 11th. We hold space for those who went to war and those who didn’t return. Their sacrifice made Canada a country that makes its own destiny. Everyone is affected by war. Remembering is important. If you are emotional about your 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. Contact Permelia today for an appointment.

Special Offer – Make Life Accessible with Motion

Our knowledgeable experts enjoy making life accessible for everyone by identifying the unique needs of our clients and selecting solutions that fit their lifestyles. Let Motion help you make a difference in your life every day with the right mobility and home accessibility solutions, including wheelchairs, stairlifts, walkers, power lift recliners, bathroom safety items and more. “Because Motion isn’t a place, it’s a partnership.” Special Offer at Motion Nanaimo, Courtenay, Sidney & Victoria: $200 OFF All Stairlifts until November 30, 2023. Straight, curved, and outdoor options are available to fit any stairway. Contact us today to claim the offer and for a no-obligation quote!