One in five Canadians suffer from a mental illness, so chances are you know someone who does. If you do, you can offer support in a number of ways. Continue reading Supporting someone with mental illness Knowing how to support and when to suggest further help
Every time I drove by the Buchanan Centre, I was intrigued as to how they support people with Parkinson’s disease. Continue reading A place for those with Parkinson’s disease The Buchanan Centre offers supports throughout Alberta
I’m 45 years old and after being right-handed all my life, I think I’m going to start training myself to be left-handed. After a long session of computer work last night, I can’t even squeeze the shampoo bottle. So I’ve added hand and wrist tendonitis to my elbow and shoulder tendonitis on my right side. Lovely. Continue reading Taking care of yourself while you’re young Health plays a large part in your continued well-being
The holidays herald parties, and that brings more instances of impaired driving. With this in mind, Edmonton Police Service (EPS) is preparing for holiday checkstops, but police encourage drivers who choose to drink to find alternatives to get home. Continue reading Celebrate responsibly this holiday season Edmonton has plenty of options to get home safely
Seniors curious about medical marijuana attended a packed forum predominantly about the drug at the Central Lions Seniors Association on Nov. 20.
Dr. Mark H. Kimmins, who started as a colorectal surgeon, became an advocate for medical marijuana when patients returned their painkillers. Knowing too many people die from opiate addiction, Kimmins became interested what else marijuana can help and found a lot. Continue reading Medical marijuana has numerous benefits Forum focused on medical cannabis with seniors in mind
“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
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
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
“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
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