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Words to Live By

Your success and happiness lies in you. Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties. – Helen Keller

Aronia Berries are Powerful Antioxidants

Today more than ever, a healthy immune system is important. According to Healthline, Aronia berries may strengthen the immune system and even counteract some infections. Aronia –grown in BC – contains powerful antioxidants that remove harmful free oxygen radicals from cells. In the spectrum of nutrition, berries rank near the top, and among berries, none are more nutritious than the Aronia berry. Research shows that in diabetics, Aronia berry juice, when taken regularly, reduced blood glucose. Aronia extracts have also reduced inflammation and improved immunity. And in hard-to-treat cancers, combining Aronia with chemotherapy improved the effectiveness of conventional drugs.

AJ Pedal Wheelchair

Whether your mobility has been impacted by Parkinson’s, MS, a stroke, or knee or hip trouble, the AJ Pedal Wheelchair is designed to get you moving again. Like a bike, it’s powered by you – so you can reconnect with your body, rebuild muscle tone and improve your cardiovascular system. Designed to maneuver in tight spaces like narrow halls and doorways, the AJ rides easily into elevators, buildings and shopping centres. More robust than a wheelchair, the AJ allows you to pedal through parks, along sidewalks and even ride public transit. One-handed, dual hydraulic brakes allow you to stop quickly with just a gentle squeeze of the brake handle. The comfort-ride shock and pneumatic tires keep you comfortable and confidently in control. Each AJ is hand built in Victoria, BC, using the highest grade aluminum and other durable materials for a safe and sturdy ride.

Preserving the Human-Canine Bond

Community volunteers at ElderDog Canada Victoria provide no-cost services such as dog walking, transportation to and from a vet or groomer, foster care when a senior is temporarily hospitalized, and rehoming when keeping the senior and dog together is no longer feasible. Eligible seniors include those who have ongoing health and/or mobility challenges, require temporary support while they undergo and recover from surgery, or must move to a care facility and cannot bring their dog with them. If you are a senior who needs help caring for your dog, you can email ElderDog Canada Victoria elderdogvictoria@gmail.com.

Enjoy the Outdoors!

If there is one thing that we learned from the past year, it is the importance of our health. Now is the time to start living a healthy lifestyle. We may still need to wear masks and practice social distancing, but outside our door is the beautiful nature of our Vancouver Island. Whether it is just a walk around the block, or a hike up a mountain, the fresh air and exercise boosts our wellbeing. So lace up your shoes and wear VoxxLife socks with HPT for enhanced balance and stability. Additional benefits include; enhanced pain relief and management, especially PDN pain and improved mobility.
Great Socks for All, Facebook.com/GreatSocksForAll

WorkBC Assistive Technology Services

“We’re dealing with an aging workforce that will have more people with chronic pain issues, more people with vision or hearing loss, and there are different supports available depending on the degree of challenges you are dealing with,” says Nate Toevs, Marketing Manager for the WorkBC Assistive Technology Services program. “We know we can bring a lot to the table that can make a huge impact for that individual, which in turn will impact the company that they work for.”
The program provides funding for assistive technology, ergonomics, restorative supports including canes and crutches, hearing aids, vehicle modifications, and more.
Contact us for more information at 1-844-453-5506 or info-ats@workbc.ca

Enjoy your precious time together.

Providing care for a loved one takes its toll on family members as they attempt to juggle additional responsibilities on top of already busy lives. Balancing children, work, and care needs often leaves family caregivers exhausted and overwhelmed.
Enlisting trusted, trained assistance for tasks like grocery shopping, support for appointments or simple outings will provide much-needed margins so children can enjoy the precious time they have together with their loved ones.
Independently owned, Care & Company equips team members with excellent training and ongoing support, so your loved ones receive the level of care and companionship they deserve.

Apple Raisin Walnut Oatmeal

INGREDIENTS: 1 tbsp butter, 1 tbsp brown sugar, ½ apple, diced small, 3 cups SUNRYPE apple juice, ½ cup walnuts, ½ cup raisins, ¼ tsp cinnamon, 1/8 tsp nutmeg, ¼ cup water, ½ cup CO-OP GOLD Large Flake Oats, ½ cup heavy cream, 2 tbsp CO-OP GOLD PURE Maple Syrup. DIRECTIONS: Combine butter, sugar and apple in medium pot and cook over medium heat for one minute. Add apple juice, walnuts, raisins, cinnamon, nutmeg, and water. Bring to a simmer and add oats. Cook on low for 15 mins, stirring often. Remove from heat. Divide between four bowls and top each with heavy cream and maple syrup.

Book Club: The Untethered Soul

A Journey Beyond Yourself. By Michael A. Singer. What would it be like to free yourself from limitations and soar beyond your boundaries? What can you do each day to discover inner peace and serenity? The Untethered Soul offers simple yet profound answers to these questions. Whether this is your first exploration of inner peace, or you’ve devoted your life to the inward journey, this book will transform your relationship with yourself and the world around you. You’ll discover what you can do to put an end to the habitual thoughts and emotions that limit your consciousness.

Words to Live By

“Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are.” -John Wooden

Tea and Toast Syndrome

“Tea and toast syndrome” refers to malnutrition in seniors when a lack of desire or inability to prepare and/or eat proper meals results in them relying on simpler meals like tea and toast. Seniors who skip meals almost daily, have gained/lost more than 10 pounds in the past six months, take medications, have dental issues, or have a disability can be at risk for malnutrition. Some common signs to watch for include unexplained weight loss, fatigue, memory issues, digestive issues, a weak immune system, muscle weakness, and anemia. There are support services available to help seniors eat well and regularly!