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Community Profile – Amplifon

Amplifon is a global leader in hearing healthcare, helping over 5 million people worldwide. Yet, there’s still a taboo in society surrounding hearing loss. The longer a person delays getting help, the more challenging it is to assist with speech “discrimination” or understanding sounds. Several studies have shown that people with untreated hearing loss experience an overload of the brain’s cognitive functions — which may lead to an earlier onset of dementia. Be proactive and schedule a complimentary hearing test with your Amplifon team in Nanaimo and complete the journey to better hearing.

Ozone Treatment for Holistic Health

Ozone is made of three oxygen molecules, providing a natural boost of healing oxygen. Ozone improves cellular metabolism, as well as aids in the regeneration of damaged cells. The extra oxygen introduced to the cells helps repair cellular mitochondria, reducing pain and improving recovery in many different tissues. Ozone therapy can be safe and effective for treating various nerve disorders, tissue inflammation, joint flexibility and regeneration, tissue rejuvenation. Ozone enhances the immune system function by eliminating bacteria, virus, fungus and parasites. Ozone therapy is a minimally invasive procedure that delivers ozone to an injured site via injection or intravenously, stimulating healing from within the body on the cellular level.

Fun in the Sun

Summer has always been a season for fun, relaxation and new adventure. There is no reason that limitations of age, mobility, or any number of other excuses to change that. At this time of the year we want to bring back the adventurous spirit, we want to day trip to the beach, try a new hobby, dust off those swimming trunks and help you dive into summer fun. Bringing back those favourite activities and trying out some new ones is a great way to engage and connect with friends and family so that the fond summer memories keep on coming!

Community Update: New, Enhanced Curriculum

The Canadian School of Natural Nutrition (CSNN) has been Teaching the Medicine of the Future™ since 1994. Their commitment to quality education has made CSNN the largest, leading school in holistic nutrition education. The comprehensive practical foundation program in Natural Nutrition is comprised of 18 holistic nutrition courses, including four science courses. With cutting edge science and new practical tools added, CSNN will offer a new and enhanced curriculum for September 2019 in Nanaimo and Victoria. New courses will include Genetics and Epigenetics, Home Use of Herbs and Hormone Health. Students will earn a culinary certificate from 30 hours of practical, hands-on workshops.

Are You Having Fun?

As an older adult, you know that you need to stay active for optimal mental and physical health. But are you having FUN? Fun and joy are what make us feel truly alive, engaged, and connected to others. The world becomes more vibrant and inviting when we give ourselves permission to laugh and play. Every senior deserves to pursue enjoyable pastimes that make him or her lose track of time or feel like a goofy kid at heart. Plus, many of the best activities for senior citizens cost little or no money. Explore activities that spark the kid in you!

Talking about Gambling

Talking about any difficult issue such as a problem with gambling, can be challenging. Here are a few strategies that can be helpful: • Try not to judge them or use judgmental language; this will only make the person defensive. Problem gamblers already feel vulnerable. • Offer support, caring and information on help that is available. • Tell the person specifically how their actions are affecting you and your family. • Let them know you will support them in their efforts to regain control. • If your finances are linked, you may need to take immediate action to protect yourself and your family.

Help at the Push of a Button

Sometimes it can be very difficult to accept help. Many seniors feel that if they accept help they are losing their independence. They think that admitting that they need help tells the world that they are no longer able to live on their own. Installing a medical alarm system can actually increase independence and reduce the risks of living alone or being left alone at home. In fact, with a locally monitored system, you may be able to remain in your own home, comforted by the fact that if something should happen, help is just a button push away.

Drug-Free Pain Relief

If you have pain, your first impulse may be to reach for a pill but they come with the risk of side effects. Today, years of research has developed ways to helps the brain maximize its natural pain fighting mechanisms without the need for drugs. The sensation of pain occurs when a pain receptor (nociceptor) detects a painful stimulus on the skin or in an internal organ. A very specific sequence and pattern of neuroreceptor activation on the bottom of the feet triggers a signal that helps the brainstem reach homeostasis resulting in enhanced pain relief and management.

Does Getting Dental Implants Hurt?

Since the jaw bones have few nerve endings, the placement of dental implants causes only minor surgical discomfort. Bone grafting may have a little more discomfort associated with it. Many patients are able to work within a day of surgery. Any post-operative discomfort is controlled with prescription pain medication. Patients are placed on a soft diet and antibiotics for a few days and told to use an antiseptic mouth rinse several times daily. If sutures are necessary, they will be removed 7 to 14 days after the implants are placed. New techniques developed are always geared to improving patient comfort.

Chemainus Theater Memberships

Did you know that the Chemainus Theater membership program provides wings to the Chemainus Theatre Festival, supporting each season of programming? Donations to the membership program provides foundational support enabling them to plan confidently, and expand their theatrical & education programing. In return (along with their eternal gratitude) they strive to open up the world of Chemainus Theatre through exclusive member events and have a lot of fun at the same time. In 2019, exclusive events include Fireside Chats, Dress Rehearsals, the ever popular Season Launch Party and Member Day. Contact the theater about the various levels of membership available.

Time to Clear Out the Clutter!

Is your house filled with stuff from too many trips to the thrift store, from storing things for the kids who moved out years ago or from holding on to possessions of a loved one who passed. Too much clutter can affect mental health. It is stressful to be in a cluttered environment because of its excessive visual stimuli. It also signals to our brains that our work is never done and creates guilt, anxiety and the feeling of being overwhelmed! When it is all too much, bring in help to sort things and to take it away to be reused and recycled. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.