Category Archives: Health & wellness

Senior centres encourage levels of well-being Central Lions Seniors Association has plenty of options

“What am I doing here with all these seniors?”

The thought flashed through my mind the first time I walked into the Central Lions Seniors Association (CLSA). I admit it: I was still in denial that I, too, was a senior.

That was five years ago. Today, like many people over 55, I embrace all things senior at CLSA. If I want it, I can have it: fitness, workshops, courses, crafts, clubs, and special events.

I am also making new acquaintances, having new conversations, receiving new smiles. Continue reading Senior centres encourage levels of well-being Central Lions Seniors Association has plenty of options

Find your tribe with a new local group The Coffee Friendship Club helps people connect

Nobody expects to become a pariah when a major life change occurs. Yet that is exactly what two women shared at The Carrot’s new Coffee Friendship Club when discussing their experiences after divorce and becoming a widow.

In just three-and-a-half years, Bernadette Alseth’s mother, brother, sister-in-law, husband, and close neighbour died. To become a widow and a senior at the same time and also have her best friend distance herself was a shock.

“My closest girlfriend is so afraid of losing her husband she withdrew,” said Alseth. Continue reading Find your tribe with a new local group The Coffee Friendship Club helps people connect

Offset winter blues with positive strategies Seniors especially prone to seasonal depression

As winter approaches, we insulate windows and stow away garden implements. We take the car in for a tune up. But what can we do to prepare mentally for the short, cold days of winter?

“Self care is really, really important,” urged Franki Harrogate, a graduate student counselor and founder of Arclight Counselling Services. “Making sure you’re eating and sleeping right, anything to elevate your mood.” Continue reading Offset winter blues with positive strategies Seniors especially prone to seasonal depression

Successfully weathering a major disaster Be self sufficient, informed, and use common sense

“In a major emergency, people assume that fire, police, and ambulance responders will show up and take care of things. They will come as soon as they can, but that might not be right away. So people need to be prepared to fend for themselves for a while.” Continue reading Successfully weathering a major disaster Be self sufficient, informed, and use common sense

Considering the impact of digital devices Addiction to technology can impact relationships

 

Next time you’re in a lineup or at a coffee shop, look around. What are other people doing? Chances are they’re staring down at a handheld computer of some type, be it a smartphone or tablet. Perhaps they’re even typing furiously on a laptop. Digital devices are ubiquitous.

It’s handy to be able to look up the hours of a store, directions to your destination, or even read a novel on a vacation (without the actual weight of War and Peace interfering with your carry-on allowance). However, with increased access to technology and the almost constant ability to remain connected, are primary relationships being harmed? And is it possible to become addicted to digital devices? Continue reading Considering the impact of digital devices Addiction to technology can impact relationships

Teaching youth to be safe while online The importance of boundaries, respect and safety

Parents teach their children to look both ways to safely cross roadways, but it’s equally important to teach them to navigate Snapchat, Twitter, Facebook, or any other social media.

Craig Krieger, Crown prosecutor, Techology and Internet Crimes, spoke at the April 25 Internet and Technology Safety for Children and Youth event during the Sexual Exploitation Week of Awareness. Continue reading Teaching youth to be safe while online The importance of boundaries, respect and safety

PiYo offers the best of pilates and yoga Spruce Avenue Community League offers free classes

NADINE RIOPEL

The Spruce Avenue Community League board couldn’t believe its luck when local resident Trisha Mitchell offered to teach a six week PiYo LIVE fitness class at the hall—for free.

Starting May 25, Mitchell will teach classes Thursdays from 7-8 pm until June 29. The series of classes are available for anyone who signs up for the six-week course, although Mitchell said she’d like for league members and community residents to try the class. Continue reading PiYo offers the best of pilates and yoga Spruce Avenue Community League offers free classes

Taking care of your mental health is crucial Why mental health is worth caring about every day

For the past seven years, Bell has promoted mental health awareness by encouraging people to talk about it.

Once a year on Jan. 25, Bell donates five cents for every text, phone call, and conversation on social media with the hashtag #BellLetsTalk to mental health initiatives.

According to the Canadian Mental Health Association, 20 per cent of Canadians will experience a mental illness and all Canadians will be indirectly affected through friends, family, or colleagues. Continue reading Taking care of your mental health is crucial Why mental health is worth caring about every day

Hugging regularly brings health and happiness Physical contact helps us bond with our loved ones

Science backs up what we all know intuitively: touch not only feels good, it is essential to our emotional and physical well-being.

Touching is fundamental to human communication, bonding, and health. It calms cardiovascular stress. It evokes safety and trust. It stimulates the brain to release feel-good chemicals that we produce naturally to encourage such behaviour (serotonin, dopamine and endorphins). Continue reading Hugging regularly brings health and happiness Physical contact helps us bond with our loved ones