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Easier to Get Around

If you find it hard to walk as much as you would like, a mobility scooter could be a fit for you. These sit-on, motorized vehicles are designed to make it easy to get around and are simple to operate. A mobility scooter can give you your independence back. They make it easier to get out and about in the local community, to attend social events and to travel. A light weight scooter can be folded down and transported in a car or airplane. With so many mobility scooters available, choosing portability and compactness is a definite plus.

Theatre Production – Mrs. Warren’s Profession

Mrs. Warren manages a flourishing business, funding her daughter Vivie’s education in the finest boarding schools and universities, while keeping her profession as a Madam a secret. When Vivie, a “modern woman,” comes home to acquaint herself with her mother for the first time in her life, she challenges her mother in a two-woman battle of ideals between upper-class expectations and lower-class realities. In what is one of George Bernard Shaw’s most controversial plays, Mrs. Warren must attempt to reconcile with her disapproving daughter in a story sprinkled generously with sharp comedy and biting social commentary that remains relevant today.

Community Profile – VIU ElderCollege

VIU ElderCollege offers a variety of quality learning opportunities by providing a forum for the sharing of information and knowledge in communities served by Vancouver Island University. It is available to everyone 50+, regardless of academic background. With the support of Vancouver Island University, the program is run with volunteers who participate as instructors, Saturday Speakers and committee members assisting to keep the program relevant and growing. It is community oriented and relies on input from course participants to offer programs that are of interest. Join the thousands of mid-Island residents who have benefitted from VIU ElderCollege. Register today!

Health Expo – Community Event

Wellnessnews Choices for Healthy Living™ is thrilled to present the 2nd Annual Wellnessnews Health Expo on September 28th, 2019 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. VIP tickets are available where you get your Wellnessnews or from any of the exhibitors. While not required to attend, tickets redeemed raise funds for Nanaimo Community Gardens Society. Check the Health Expo website for a list of over 100 exhibitors and 15+ health talks.

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.

Lip Protection with Organic Beeswax

The skin on your lips is thin, delicate and vulnerable to dryness. Lips and the area around the mouth are among the first areas to develop fine lines and wrinkles. Beeswax can help protect and repair dry or chapped skin due to its ability to lock in moisture without clogging the pores. High in Vitamin A, beeswax has been found to support cell reconstruction and health and also fight the signs of aging. A chemical-free organic lip balm with beeswax will provide intense, long-lasting nutrition and protection for your delicate lips. Look for products with non-nano zinc oxide for natural sun protection.

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.

How Loud is Too Loud?

We use decibels (dB) when we describe sound levels. Noise is considered too loud and potentially damaging when it exceeds 85 dB. Normal speech is 55 dB, a chainsaw is 95 dB, and a handgun blast can be as much as 160 dB. As a general rule, if you have to raise your voice over the noise, you should be wearing hearing protection. Levels over 120 dB can cause permanent damage even after one brief exposure. Avoid loud noise and when that is not possible, wear ear protection. If you suspect hearing loss, consult your hearing professional.

Pharmacy at Home Program

Taking multiple medications has become a way of life for many older adults and it can become a struggle to keep everything straight. Taking medications correctly is essential for treating health conditions and managing symptoms. The Pharmacy at Home program offers a complimentary, 100% patient-focused pharmacy service conducted in the comfort of your own home. The pharmacist comes to you and provides medication management, free prescription pickup and delivery and support for health and wellness. Other benefits include: personalized customer service, convenience and 25% off over-the-counter/non-prescription medications, supplements and home health products.

Concerts in the Park

What could be better this summer than listening to great music in one of Nanaimo’s most beautiful parks? The City of Nanaimo is pleased to offer free “Concerts in the Park” at both Maffeo Sutton Park and Bowen Park in July and August. Bring a picnic, your lawn chair, and take in some of Nanaimo’s amazing local talent featuring a variety of music that is great for the whole family.
For all the details, please visit our website at
The City of Nanaimo wishes you a happy and active summer!

Planning a Service

Losing a loved one is difficult. For those tasked with planning an end of life service, the experience can be overwhelming. There are decision to be made regarding music, flowers, catering, who might wish to provide a eulogy and more. The options are abundant. As society evolves, so too do the ways in which we choose to express our grief and plan events to honour deceased loved ones or yourself if you are pre-planning. Not everyone approves of current trends and there is a delicate balance between honouring the deceased by infusing trends and being respectful to your loved one. Planning help is available.