Health & Wellness

Fighting The Stigma.

Posted by on Aug 9, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Health & Wellness | 2 comments

Fighting The Stigma.

Adele was called into the Principal’s office to discuss her twelfth grade son. She was not surprised. He had been in two fights and had been acting strange. She supposed he would be expelled if his behavior did not improve. Deep down Adele feared there was another problem, but she chose not to acknowledge it. After all, he was just a teenager, sometimes teenagers had problems. The meeting went badly. They discussed the fighting. Adele defended her son. Why blame him for everything, did he start it? The Principal appeared to be trying to get something else across, she did not want to hear...

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What Is Pain?

Posted by on Aug 3, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Health & Wellness, Metaphysics & Complementary Healing | 0 comments

What Is Pain?

The root cause of all pain is the inability of cells to communicate with each other in one specific area of our body. This can be caused for example by stress, not drinking enough water, accidents, injuries, repetitive movement, or wrong posture. Pain is a sign that something is wrong and the body needs help. Suppressing it with pills is the wrong approach, is a downhill road and may lead to chronic pain. Perhaps even Opioids. with the risk of overdosing. The best approach is to help the cells to communicate again with each other. The Chi/life-energy has to flow.  Sometimes a warm water...

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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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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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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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The Eden Philosophy of Care

Posted by on May 21, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Health & Wellness | 0 comments

The Eden Philosophy of Care

The old adage it takes a village to raise a child as a unique and specific relevance here in the Comox Valley. In this region, the aging population is one of the most deserving of our attention. The populace aged 75 years and older will nearly double in the next 20 years, which will bring increasing demand for access to quality residential care and other services for seniors. The Views, a not-for-profit residential care facility at St. Joseph’s General Hospital, is currently home to 117 residents all of whom are at different stages in life related to age, ability or mental and physical...

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Choosing Homecare

Posted by on May 20, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Health & Wellness | 0 comments

Choosing Homecare

One of the most difficult decisions adult children make when caring for aging parents is where to turn for in-home care.  The myriad of choices can be overwhelming.  Essentially, there are three choices: private hire, Domestic Referral Agencies and full service companies. With a PRIVATE HIRE CAREGIVER, the family or older adult becomes responsible for all steps of the hiring process.  They must advertise, interview, and conduct background checks.  Once a caregiver is selected, the older adult or family member must negotiate schedule, salary and benefits.  A written contract, signed by...

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What Women in BC Should Know

Posted by on May 12, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Health & Wellness | 0 comments

What Women in BC Should Know

Do you know if you have dense breasts? No worries, if you don’t. When Dense Breasts Canada  surveyed 900 women across Canada, women in British Columbia knew less about their breast density than women in other provinces. Why is that? The answer is simple: unlike many other provinces, British Columbia does not share information about a woman’s breast density. When you have your mammogram, a radiologist assesses and records your breast density, but this important piece of your breast health is never told to you or your family doctor. Does it matter? Yes, it really does matter! If you have...

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An ongoing daily challenge

Posted by on May 3, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, Food, General, Health & Wellness | 0 comments

An ongoing daily challenge

Is mealtime a struggle for you and your loved one with dementia? Anger, frustration, or refusing foods are signs that your loved one may be overwhelmed. There are several reasons your loved one may not enjoy mealtime anymore. The amount of food in front of them, background noises, distracting design patterns on the serving plate, or even the use of utensils may add to the confusion. Here are a few tips to help. Remove distractions. Turn of the TV and phones. Use a plain but colored plate; blue and red work well. The contrast between the plate color and the food makes is easier to see what...

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Building A Resilient Brain

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

Building A Resilient Brain

In 2017, we are no longer passive on-lookers as aging impacts our cognitive functioning. Thanks to exciting and revolutionary new knowledge from brain science, we can now take proactive steps in building up our brain’s defences against dementia. In a local workshop in Victoria BC, we all learned ways to make our brains more resilient to the impacts of aging.  An initiative of the Eldercare Foundation, March is “Embracing Aging Month” on Vancouver Island, with many interesting workshops to enlighten and educate. I was fascinated by “Heads Up, An Introduction to Brain Health”...

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Cheat Days

Posted by on Apr 14, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, Food, General, Health & Wellness | 4 comments

Cheat Days

“Cheat days” are everywhere in the health and nutrition information world. However, I’m completely against cheat days. Let me repeat that because I feel so strongly about it. Completely. Against. Cheat days. Cheat days set us up to have a negative relationship with food. I’ve found that the secret to achieving, and keeping, your happy weight is to first create a healthy relationship with food. Then the weight loss will follow. Cheat days take you further away from your goal of a healthy weight and feeling happy about your body.  First, let’s look at the term ‘cheat days’....

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Improving Senior Sleep Patterns.

Posted by on Apr 5, 2017 in Current Posts, Featured Slider Posts, General, Health & Wellness | 0 comments

Improving Senior Sleep Patterns.

High quality sleep of adequate quantity is a central lynchpin of senior health. Many seniors have one or more of these sleep problems: trouble falling and staying asleep, waking up extremely early, not feeling rested when waking up, falling asleep during the day, wanting to go to bed very early in the evening, craving multiple naps during the day. Lack of sleep can cause falls and other accidents due to drowsiness, poor concentration, and inability to focus. Worse still, undiagnosed sleep disorders such as breathing trouble and sleep apnea have been connected to hypertension, pulmonary...

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