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Making Decisions for Loved Ones

When you are faced with a sudden situation such as the illness of a loved one, in order to make any medical or financial decisions, you will need to have a power of attorney or representation agreement in place. A power of attorney gives the power to take care of financial and legal matters. A representation agreement can be set up to handle personal and health care matters for your loved one if they have become incapable of making decisions on their own. The time to get these set up is before they are needed. Talk to your local notary.

Ozone Anti-Aging

Ozone has remarkable versatility for disease management because of the increased oxygen utilization at a cellular level. The success of the treatment is dependent on the practitioner’s skill and judgment, as well as the proper integration of other skills, including acupuncture, detoxification, nutrition, and herbal medicines. Often, patients follow their doctor’s recommendations to resolve a specific acute or chronic ailment, and then continue with ozone treatments as an anti-aging tool. Many patients report increased energy, stamina, and resistance to colds and flus. These anti-aging remedy treatments are recommended for all patients when they reach their 60th birthday.

Reducing Anxiety and Finding Balance

Anxiety and panic attacks can be detrimental to a person’s confidence, wellbeing, and overall sense of self, causing stress, worry, and sometimes long-term health issues. Anxiety often stems from thoughts – “what ifs” that can grow to severely impact one’s ability to cope with daily life. Those with anxiety may find that laser acupuncture is a welcome respite from their tension and fear. The use of a cold non-invasive laser to stimulate acupressure points on the body can affect areas of the brain that are known to reduce sensitivity to pain and stress, therefore helping to reduce feelings of anxiety and panic.

Squeaky Clean Facial – Testimonial

People on Vancouver Island are discovering the benefits of a Squeaky Clean Ultrasonic Facial. One happy client wrote, “My skin feels amazing. I kept running my hands over my cheeks and jawline and am so shocked at how smooth my skin feels. Seriously. It is the most beneficial facial I’ve ever had. I still feel like my face is lighter, and almost feels “empty” in a good way. Like before my skin just felt bloated or something. I wish I had discovered this sooner!!” – Kerry . This gentle process is suitable for all skin types as an effective method of skin care.

Wellnessnews Health Expo

The Wellnessnews is proud to present the largest Health Expo north of the Malahat. On September 22nd, join us at the Vancouver Island Conference Centre in Nanaimo for a day of wellbeing. With over 100 exhibitors and several one hour health talks, it will be a day to explore various approaches to health, nutrition, fitness and overall wellbeing. The Expo is FREE. VIP tickets will be available in September where you get your Wellnessnews or from one of the exhibitors. While not required to attend, tickets redeemed raise funds for Nanaimo Community Kitchens. Check the Health Expo website for an updated exhibitor list and scheduled health talks. See you September 22nd.

The Odds of Winning the Lottery

Did you know that regardless of how many people purchase a lottery ticket for any given draw, the odds remain the same? Whether hundreds of thousands of players purchase tickets, or only 3 people purchase tickets, the odds of winning remains the same. If the jackpot grows to $40M or $50M, the odds of winning remain the same as if the jackpot sat at $100K. The odds of winning 6/49 is just less than one in 14 million; winning Lotto Max odds is one in 86 million. Betting on a win is very slim. The odds of losing remain 1:13,999,999 for 6/49.

Benefits of Chemical Peels

Are you looking for smoother, fresher looking skin? A safe and non-toxic chemical peel removes dead skin cells and stimulate your skin’s natural production of collagen and elastin. It can be used to treat a broad range of common skin concerns. A chemical peel provides immediate results and, over time, continues to improve skin texture, reduce pore size, improve acne prone skin and even out your skin tone. A highly trained medical skin care specialist customizes the treatment to meet your unique needs. Call for a complimentary consultation to explore this exciting process.

A Romp Back in Time

“Grease was first performed in 1971 in the original Kingston Mines nightclub in Chicago. Playwrights Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey created that original play as a raunchy, raw, aggressive, and vulgar show, intended to shake things up with its shock value.
The Broadway version was much less aggressive, becoming the musical we know and love. The language and action are toned down, but the underlying themes are there; love, friendship, peer pressure, rebellion, and class conflict all couched in rollicking 50’s rock, energetic dancing, fight stunts, biting one-liners, and comedic gags. Grease is a romp back in time that you won’t want to miss!”

Keep Hydrated During the Summer

Remembering to drink your water is important but electrolytes need to be replenished too. In the summer you can get your extra water through food such as melons, especially watermelons. They are high in Vitamins A, B6, C, key electrolytes and minerals such as potassium, magnesium and calcium. To make Watermelon Salad, combine 1 lb watermelon and one long English cucumber, both cubed into bite size pieces with 10-20 mint and basil leaves and cubed mozzarella cheese. Dressing: combine 2 Tbsp raw honey with juice of ½ lemon, splash of olive oil and a pinch of salt. Enjoy!

Tours for Fun & Social Interaction

Socially isolated seniors can be prone to loneliness. Shrinking social circles and loss of a spouse or friends through death are some of the reasons seniors become socially isolated. There are many opportunities available for socializing for those who want to make new connections. Nanaimo offers many programs such as lunch socials, exercise classes and day trips. Single seniors can find new friends by joining one of the many one day bus tours travelling around our beautiful island. There are tours for every interest; shopping, sightseeing, sports, gaming and much more.

Support for Caregiver Burn Out

When you are the caregiver of a loved one, you need to also take care of yourself. Signs of burn out are: withdrawal from family and friends; feeling blue, irritable and helpless; changes in sleep patterns; getting sick more often; and feelings of resentment. What can you do to support yourself? Talk to a trusted friend or co-worker; set reasonable goals; be realistic about your loved one’s disease, especially if it is a progressive disease such as Parkinson’s or Alzheimer’s. Use respite care services when you need a break or while you are assessing care plan changes.