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In 2022, several internet sources reported that Super Bowl LVI was THE largest sports betting sporting event in North America, including an increased percentage of prop bets ( x > 60%-70%). The Lombardi Line talk show reported a record handle at $179M+ (Las Vegas oddsmakers). The days of simply predicting a win/loss, quarter points or basic point spread are far behind us. Micro-betting, early cash outs, prop bets and other in-game betting features have heightened the gambling experience, mirroring slot machines in their neuro-chemical impact on the brain. How much betting will this year’s Super Bowl draw in?

Wellness Expo – FREE Community Event

Wellnessnews Choices for Healthy Living™ is thrilled to present the 3rd Annual Wellness Expo on February 25 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 to attend. Check the Wellness Expo website for a list of exhibitors, health talks and door prizes.

Depression in Older Adults

Many older adults fail to recognize the symptoms of depression or don’t take the steps to get the help they need. There are many reasons why elderly depression is often overlooked. You may assume that is just part of aging or you may be isolated with few people around to notice your distress. You also may be reluctant to ask for help. Of course, when you’re depressed, putting steps into action can be hard, but taking a short walk, for example, can boost your mood for the next two hours. By taking small steps day by day, you’ll find yourself feeling more energetic and hopeful again. Reach out for help if you are struggling.

Getting Your First Hearing Aid

You’ve been diagnosed with sensorineural hearing loss and are looking for your first hearing aid.

Technology has dramatically advanced in recent years, allowing hearing aids to be more effective than ever. With a wide variety of hearing aid brands and types of hearing aids, it can feel overwhelming to choose one that works best for you.

Fortunately, NexGen Hearing has passionate, dedicated and experienced audiologists and hearing professionals to support you on your journey to better hearing and help improve your quality of life through exceptional care.

Where to Go for Your First Hearing Aid

The first step to getting your first hearing aid is meeting with your audiologist or Registered Hearing Instrument Practitioner (RHIP). They will assess your hearing and help you choose the best hearing aid for your lifestyle. Once a hearing aid is chosen, it is ordered and you are scheduled in for a fitting.

During the fitting, your audiologist or RHIP will program the device to your prescription, review the care instructions and how to use the device, as well as ensure it is comfortable for you. You can expect several follow-up appointments to fine-tune your hearing aid, each about a week apart. It’s possible that your device may need adjustments to sound levels. Not only will your hearing professional help get you set up with your first hearing aid, but they will guide you through your hearing journey for years to come.

What to Look for in Your First Hearing Aid

There are several aspects of your lifestyle to consider before purchasing your first hearing aid, including your hobbies and job.

If you spend a lot of your time outside hiking, gardening, or biking, you might want a hearing aid that is better at blocking out wind or handling various environments. If your job requires attending social events, you may benefit from a higher level of technology that can block out background noise. Or maybe you simply want a hearing aid that connects to Bluetooth so you can pair it to your phone, computer or TV.

It’s important to ask about a trial period with whichever hearing aid you decide to go with, especially when it’s your first time getting a hearing aid. This trial period will allow you to decide if your chosen device is right for you after using it. We recommend meeting with your audiologist during this period to ensure the hearing aid fits well and is working as it should.

NexGen Hearing provides a free 21-day introductory hearing aid trial before a deposit is required. After 21 days, you can enjoy an additional 69-day trial or 100% of money refunded. NexGen Hearing also offers complimentary batteries during the warranty period, which is typically three to five years, depending on the model.

Tips & Tricks for Getting Your First Hearing Aid

It’s likely to take some time to get used to your hearing aid, but wearing them should never cause you pain. Try wearing your new hearing aid for about four hours a day to allow the skin around your device to adjust. It can take up to a week to get accustomed to the feeling, but taking breaks will ease the process.

It’s also important to get into a cleaning routine early. Taking proper care of your hearing aid by following the cleaning instructions will help increase the lifespan of your device. We recommend cleaning your hearing aids before putting them on for the day, as well as storing them in a dry place to avoid moisture build-up.

Building a support system is another key component to getting your first hearing aid. It takes an average of seven years for someone experiencing hearing loss to get treated, which often results in mental fatigue and cognitive decline. Having supportive loved ones around who are aware of your hearing loss journey can help improve your quality of life as you are getting used to your first hearing aid.

NexGen Hearing offers free hearing tests and hearing aid consultations, hearing aid fittings and sales. Book an appointment at one of our 45+ clinics in the BC Interior, Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island by clicking here or calling 1-877-606-6671.

There Is No Quick Fix

Post-holiday debt can pile up quickly. Rising interest rates and the cost of living, food and fuel can become very overwhelming. Sometimes gambling can be seen as a quick fix to achieve financial relief. When we’re vulnerable, gambling can cost us more than money; it can also cost our relationships, our mental and physical health. If finances are tight, seek credit counselling; talk to your bank or financial advisor. Gambling is meant to be entertainment and not a solution to financial problems. Reach out to us here at VI Gaming Support. We’re here to help!

What Happens When Basic Needs Are Not Met?

It’s easy to take for granted hot water in our taps and food in our cupboards. The high cost of necessities means more children and adults are being pulled further into poverty. That ultimately impacts us all. Your donation to the SOS Winter Emergency Fund provides at-risk residents with vouchers for groceries, propane, and support for other basic needs. So, the next time you run your tap or turn on your light switch, pay your gratitude forward by helping someone in need. To learn more and to donate, visit our website or come by our Community Services Centre in Parksville.

Start 2023 with Your Best Intentions!

Setting positive intentions is an incredibly powerful tool to support your success in 2023. Here are examples of daily intentions that can assist you. *Be grateful for three things today – Gratitude has the power to change your life. Practicing it brings peace of mind and switches your mindset from lack to abundance. *When you set an intention to bring abundance into your life, you set yourself up for a positive mindset. Do you need help making a list of all the things you want to achieve in 2023? Call today for a complimentary session on how to start your list.

Coldest Night of the Year

Coldest Night of the Year (CNOY) is an annual event that supports people in our communities who have experienced homelessness. This fundraiser helps ICCS to run programs that provide shelter, care and holistic support to help them step forward to independence and hope. CNOY 2023 takes place on February 25th, 2023 – drawing individuals together to support the cause through raising money as well as taking part in a 2 km or 5 km walk. Across Canada, over 180 communities are involved with CNOY, supported by people who care about their communities and the most vulnerable people who live in them.

Is Your Liver Healthy?

The liver plays a major role in many processes in our body (immunity, hormonal balance, detox). It is negatively impacted by increasing amounts of toxins in our food, household and beauty products and environment. Unfortunately, many of us don’t recognize the cry of our liver for help and don’t realize it has become sluggish and toxic until it starts seriously failing. There are many things you can do to support your liver: good sleep, no alcohol, a better diet (avoiding refined sugars, carbs and fats). In the Harmonic Egg we use orange and yellow lights, flute music and wood elements.

Danger of Negative Thoughts

Do you find yourself having negative thoughts? Negative thinking can be very harmful to our mental and physical health and makes us weak. If we think “I can’t do this” or “I am worthless”, we start to believe that it’s true. It is up to us to dismiss them. Thoughts are like clouds floating in the sky. We have the choice to latch onto them or to let them float on by. What we latch onto most, whether positive or negative, becomes the trend. Positive thoughts make us strong. Make 2023 the year to be strong in mind and body.

Access to Care When You Need It

When you need extra care, Brio Care Suites are available for respite stays, to promote recovery from surgery or long-term care. They are licensed and comply with all local health authority regulations. The Brio Care Suites offer dining options and activity programs designed specifically for Brio residents. A consistent care staff of licensed nurses and registered care aids is on duty 24 hours a day. Services offered include medication management; regular resident care meetings; bathing assistance; chef prepared meals; weekly housekeeping; towel and linen service; personal laundry; utilities including cable and internet; and recreation activities.