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Book Club: Whose Mind Is It Anyway?

Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life by Lisa Esile & Franco Esile. Most of us spend our lives trailing after our minds, allowing our brains to take us in directions that are safe and secure. In a colorful, funny, and nonthreatening way, it answers the difficult question of how we can take control of our self-defeating behaviors.

Community Spotlight: Happipad

Happipad is a leader in providing companion housing solutions that help people live in a way that is more sustainable, resilient, and socially conscious. Through partnerships, technical innovation, and thought leadership, we strive to make it safer and easier for individuals to share homes with compatible people. We do this to improve affordable housing opportunities, promote social inclusion, and support healthy aging in place. We are a team of people who believe in working towards a more sustainable and resilient way of living. We believe everyone should have a home they can afford in a community where they feel safe, welcomed, and supported.

Avoid Magnesium Deficiency

Did you know a third of adults are not consuming the recommended amount of magnesium? A processed diet with mainly cooked foods can lead to a magnesium deficiency. This can result in fatigue, irritability, insomnia, confusion, or poor memory. Decreased levels of magnesium can also be linked to high blood pressure, kidney stones, and heart disease. Magnesium is considered the anti-stress mineral because of its natural tranquilizer/relaxer effect on skeletal and smooth muscle, including the blood vessels and heart! Eat your dark leafy greens, legumes, nuts, and fatty fish to get more magnesium in your diet.

7 Days of Self-Care

Self-care refers to any activity we do purposefully to take care of ourselves mentally, physically, and emotionally. On July 24 each year, people celebrate Self-Care Day – but any time is a great time to start practicing self-care. Why not try seven days of self-care to create new, healthy habits? Day 1: Unplug from technology for the day. Day 2: Declutter your physical space and mind. Day 3: Nourish yourself with food, water, sleep, and exercise. Day 4: Create something with your hands. Day 5: Listen to your feelings. Day 6: Express yourself to others. Day 7: Explore something new!

Social Prescribing

Social Prescribing is a pathway from your doctor or nurse practitioner’s office to local, non-clinical services for people who could use a little help connecting to their community or learning how to take care of their health and wellbeing. It provides support to seniors who could use a little help connecting to their community or learning how to take care of their health and wellbeing.

Legal Clinics

We know the expenses involved in legal services, which is why Seniors Come Share Society offers free legal clinics twice a month. This 30 minute session allows you to speak to our lawyer regarding POA and other matters related to Wills and Estates. Limited spots available. To sign up, please contact 604-531-9400 ext. 201.

Wellness Trivia Questions:

.1 What nut has the most antioxidants? 2. What is the strongest muscle in your body?
3. What is the purpose of goosebumps? 4. True or False? No matter how flexible you are, you can’t kiss your elbow? 5. What foods can help regulate mood and sleep? 6. What does the Rx mean on prescriptions? 7. How many muscles do you use to take a single step forward?

Senior Summer Safety Tips

Skin cancer is one of the most common and preventable forms of cancer. Apply SPF of at least 30 to 50—every two to four hours you are outdoors or riding in a car. Routinely wearing a quality pair of sunglasses protects the eyes from cataracts, a condition common among older adults. Look for a pair with a label showing they block 100% of UVA and UVB rays. As we grow older, the body doesn’t adjust to changes in temperature and humidity as quickly as in younger days. This puts seniors at higher risk for dehydration and sun-related illnesses, like heat stroke – so make sure to keep hydrated!

Clean Eating Recipe

No-Bake Peach & Almond Crisp. Ingredients: 6 ripe peaches pitted and sliced. 1 tbsp butter. 2 tbsp honey. ½ tsp ground nutmeg. ¼ cup chopped almonds. 1 ½ cups granola. 1 cup fat-free vanilla yogurt. Directions: Heat skillet on stove-top over medium-high heat. Add butter and when melted, add the peaches in a single layer and cook 4-5 min. until beginning to soften and brown in spots. Flip the peaches and cook another 4-5 min. or until softened. Turn off heat; drizzle peaches with honey and sprinkle with nutmeg and almonds. Stir to combine and coat the peaches. Remove from heat, sprinkle with granola and top with yogurt. Enjoy!

Early Signs of Dementia

Some forgetfulness is a normal part of growing older, but it’s important to be aware of changes in your loved one’s memory and signs of a more serious memory loss condition. If your loved one has a degenerative condition like Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, an early diagnosis can give you and your loved one time to develop a long-term care plan that honors their care wishes. Sudden changes to your loved one’s personality are often another sign that something’s not right. These changes can include anxiety, paranoia, depression, and socially inappropriate behaviors, as well as sudden mood swings and physical aggression.