Q: I’ve heard that it’s possible to view my lab results on my computer. Is this the case?
Yes, patients in BC and Ontario can have secure Internet access to their lab results. As soon as results are released from the performing lab, they’re available online through my ehealth, which is a free service available in four languages. Lab work must have been performed at one of the participating laboratories; in the Okanagan, Valley Medical Laboratories has 13 locations in Osoyoos, Penticton, West Kelowna, Kelowna, Winfield, Vernon, and Lumby. Continue reading
By Dalia Gottlieb-Tanaka, PhD
Looking after a person with memory impairment is complicated. Is enough being done to alleviate the burden of care?
Canadian and American reports on family caregiving, specifically unpaid care, do not describe a very favourable picture of the status of family care in the two countries. In fact, being a family caregiver (relative, neighbour, or friend) may cause depression, anxiety, loss of income, and may lead to chronic diseases. Continue reading
Welcome to the second issue of Okanagan Seniors Health Magazine! We are excited to bring a lineup of articles and tips that once again are geared toward interests of our older readers while at the same time resonating with adults of all ages. Continue reading
By Lisa J. Santos, BA
A caring, professional service can help seniors to adapt and thrive when faced with a loss of independence.
Working with older adults continues to teach me just how amazing our senior citizens are. Many have dedicated their lives to raising families, building careers, and contributing to their communities either through work or by volunteering. In addition to living full lives, with much sacrifice along the way, our elders have mastered the art of adaptability. Continue reading
By Larry T. Kinakin, DC
People who live a long, quality-filled, healthy life think differently than people who seek quick gratification. What are your health goals? Is it time to change your approach to health care?
Now that I have joined the ranks of quinquagenarians (person whose age is between 50 and 60 years), I have become acutely aware of my patients who are experiencing excellent health in their mid and later years. I recently asked a patient, who was approaching his 90th birthday and is active in lawn bowling and enjoys good health, what his secret is. He explained that health and life are all about perspectives and priorities. He explained that when he was in his mid-twenties, he was passionate about rugby. He found in his late thirties that rugby was too hard on his body, so he switched to soccer and hockey. He enjoyed these activities until he was in his late sixties, and when they became too physically demanding he switched to tennis and golf. As he approached his mid-eighties, he felt it was time to switch to lawn bowling. Each step through his life, he has always had activities that he was passionate about. This fuelled his need to be functionally able to perform all the activities necessary to play these sports. Continue reading