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Treasuring the Past

Posted by on Jul 16, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Health & Wellness | 0 comments

Treasuring the Past

When people have dementia, the short-term memory suffers the most. A person may easily recount an incident that happened thirty years ago, but will not remember what you said a few seconds ago. This is a source of great distress to the affected person and it is very frustrating for caregivers and family members trying to engage with their client or loved one. New research is showing that communication channels can be successfully opened up when the person’s ability to remember past events is used to facilitate the process. People love to talk about the past and reminisce about their...

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Stay Hydrated This Summer

Posted by on Jul 13, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, Food, General, Health & Wellness | 0 comments

Stay Hydrated This Summer

How Much Water Do I Need? You’ve likely heard the common adviceof drinking 8 glassesof water a day. But is that really how much water you need? The fluid recommendations are 2.7 Litres of total fluid per day for women. This is for us women who are between 19 – 70 years old who aren’t intense athletes, living in 30 degree C or hotter weather, or pregnant/ breastfeeding.  (Men need 3.7 Litres of total fluids). You may have noticed that I used the term “fluid”, not “water” in the last paragraph. That’s because the recommendation is for total fluids – including everything you...

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Reflexology & Multiple Sclerosis

Posted by on Jul 9, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Health & Wellness | 0 comments

Reflexology & Multiple Sclerosis

For those unfamiliar with Multiple sclerosis, (also known as MS), it is a chronic disease that attacks the central nervous system . The cause for MS is still unknown . We do know that it is an autoimmune reaction that results in inflammation which damages nerves. Nerve damage is always a part of this disease and the pattern it shows up in differs from person to person. It can even change in how it shows up in the same person, fluctuating over time. In MS, the damage occurs in the covering, or myelin, of nerves. This process is referred to as demyelination. This damaging of the myelin sheath...

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Linen Pants, New Best Friend

Posted by on Jul 6, 2017 in Current Posts, Fashions, Featured Slider Posts, General | 0 comments

Linen Pants, New Best Friend

Who wears short shorts? Not everyone! Whether you’re self conscious, or just don’t like the look of them, many people choose to shirk shorts even on the hottest days. And often, it can be hard to figure out a comfortable alternative in the heat of the summer. So, what’s a girl to do? I say, look no further than linen pants. I am an enthusiastic proponent of linen pants, and I believe that after you try them, you will be too. But let’s explore why. Traditionally, linen is a natural fiber made from the flax plant. However, nowadays it’s often used as more of a...

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Canadians stand on guard !!!

Posted by on Jul 1, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General | 10 comments

Canadians stand on guard !!!

In light of all the discussions around Canada opening her doors to refugees and in this year of celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary, I submit this small memoir piece of my own experience of being a refugee. In 1957 after the Hungarian Revolution I escaped with my parents, spending 6 months in Refugee camps in what was then Yugoslavia, arriving in Canada on July 1st of that year. Five years later, also on July 1st, then known as Dominion Day, I was so proud to be accepted as citizen of this wonderful country. This year I celebrate Canada Day with gratitude for this beautiful...

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Malnutrition, double trouble.

Posted by on Jun 29, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, Food, General, Health & Wellness | 0 comments

Malnutrition, double trouble.

Malnutrition in the community may not be always visible. Yet, it is a big problem: one out of two people admitted to hospital are in a malnourished state. People who have a chronic disease and are older than 65, are especially at risk for malnutrition. This is because when you suffer from a chronic disease and it is getting worse, you are not feeling well, and not feeling inspired to cook. You may have physical limitations curbing your ability to prepare a good meal. It is troublesome when you have difficulty cooking meals. But when you have a chronic disease, it means double trouble: your...

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When ‘normal’ is not ‘normal’

Posted by on Jun 25, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Health & Wellness | 0 comments

When ‘normal’ is not ‘normal’

Whew! If you’ve ever had a mammogram, you know that feeling of relief when that letter arrives in the mail saying your results are ‘normal.’ Most women exhale and then toss the letter in the garbage. But we ask, hold on! You’ve done great going for your mammogram, but you need to do one more thing for yourself: ensure the accuracy of your mammogram by finding out your breast density. Sometimes a ‘normal’ mammogram result may not be accurate, especially if you have dense breasts. If you have fatty breasts, you can be reassured: mammograms are about 98 % accurate in picking up...

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In search of the invisible army

Posted by on Jun 22, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Health & Wellness, Lifestyles | 1 comment

In search of the invisible army

I still serve in an invisible army. There’s no six star general to guide us but we have no doubt about our personal marching orders. I have a theory though. I believe that if our army acts together, we might shift  the culture of care just a smidgen. It could be a campaign of communication, and our army leading that charge is called Family Caregivers. One in four Canadians is on active duty. There are many services. Mine was caring for my aging parents, and was limited by their passing on after a decade of growing need.  A sudden death incident did not spirit them away, as they might have...

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A Garden of Memories

Posted by on Jun 18, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, Gardening, General | 0 comments

A Garden of Memories

They say ‘it takes a village to raise a child’ and it seems this can apply to gardens too. As I take stock of all the plants from friends’ gardens, I realize that what I have is a garden full of memories. They go back to my earliest days when I had a gardening business in Victoria called Forget Me Not Gardening, and I was taking care of 30 gardens. That meant I got to know my plants pretty fast, and some were more arresting than others.   Margaret Gordon was a 95-year old spinster living in the same house she had grown up in, in Oak Bay. One day I walked into her backyard where the...

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The Man Who Couldn’t Smile

Posted by on Jun 18, 2017 in Art, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General | 2 comments

The Man Who Couldn’t Smile

He looked like a mischievous little gnome standing at my office door with his twinkling eyes. His short physique accentuated his balding head. He had the most incredibly small and crooked hands I had ever seen. The other outstanding feature about him was the lack of expression on his face. You see, Don couldn’t smile.  I found him to be a dynamic seventy-two-year-old man. His philosophy was that “age had nothing to do with happiness”. He just wanted to make the most out of the rest of his life. He hoped I could find him someone to love. Don didn’t believe he had a disability, but...

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Women’s Institute made it happen

Posted by on Jun 15, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Lifestyles | 1 comment

Women’s Institute made it happen

As a proud member of the Cedar Woman’s Institute it continues to astound me at the role the organisation has played into the fabric of the Canada we know today. Most people know little or nothing about the Woman’s Institute and its origins. The W.I. is a worldwide success story that was founded in Canada in 1897 by rural women as a vehicle to address serious health issues of the day. Their vision and tenacity has played, ands continues to play, a huge role in the well being of children here on Vancouver Island today as can be seen in the wonderful article from the Times/Colonist...

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Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Posted by on Jun 11, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, Finance, General | 0 comments

Elder Abuse Awareness Day

Canada’s growing senior population means more British Columbians at risk of elder financial abuse, expert says With the number of Canadian seniors at an all-time high—now outnumbering children for the first time in history, according to the most recent census data—financial abuse of older adults is likely to be a growing issue. “In recent years we’ve seen more cases of elderly members of the credit union victimized by financial fraud than we have previously,” says Kevin Haarhoff, a senior investigator of corporate security at Island Savings, a division of First West Credit Union....

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My Garden Decor

Posted by on Jun 8, 2017 in Art, Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, Gardening, General | 0 comments

My Garden Decor

Even when your thumb is not particularly green, you can have an intriguing garden– certainly one with more personal, perhaps nostalgic, history behind it than the heirloom rose in the corner. Not to knock the roses though, because my robust and invasive Rugosa, covered with scented blooms, carries with it a story of the Alaska Highway. But back to those garden specimens that have sprouted without roots and need no pruning or fertilizing. Probably the first of these is an ancient cast iron Franklin fireplace. While directing its placement in a corner by the hedge of my present yard, my husky...

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Knocking on Heaven’s Door

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Metaphysics & Complementary Healing | 1 comment

Knocking on Heaven’s Door

When my mother died in 2000 I was devastated. I was also relieved – relieved that her suffering was over. In all honesty, my brother and I had wondered for several years when she’d decide she’d had enough of this life. I was 31 when she died; she was 54. It didn’t have to go the way it did. She’d made many choices for her health and well-being that took her in the direction she followed. All I’d ever wanted was for her to be happy and healthy. She never seemed to get her feet back on the ground after she and my father separated and divorced when I was 15. My mother experienced one...

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The Diet Theory & Alzheimer’s

Posted by on Jun 1, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Health & Wellness | 0 comments

The Diet Theory & Alzheimer’s

The food we eat has a profound effect on our health. A diet low in proper nutrition and high in fats and sugars can lead to many chronic health problems and illnesses such as diabetes, obesity, and heart disease. As we age, the risk becomes progressively worse. Many researchers believe that diet is a major factor in the etiology of Alzheimer’s disease. Considering the illness’ devastating toll on patients, families and communities, any possible contributing factor is well worth investigating. Finland, United States, and Canada have the highest Alzheimer’s / Dementia death...

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Planning Ahead.

Posted by on May 28, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, Finance, General | 0 comments

Planning Ahead.

In today’s times, the chance that someone retires single or spends some time during retirement alone is high. Yes, it could be by choice; but it could be through a critical situation such as an illness, divorce or death. With women living longer than men on average, it is often the women who are left alone. Estate planning before circumstances dictate is vital for the survivor. There are a number of areas that can be addressed prior to the unexpected taking place; for example, spend time documenting what financial institutions hold your bank accounts, investments and safety deposit...

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