Category Archives: Wellness

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Is Coconut Oil Good for You?

Q: Is coconut oil good for you?

 
Like many foods we eat, there has been much debate over the health effects of coconut oil. Naysayers claim that it contains saturated fats and, as a result, can cause problems like heart disease and obesity. Others claim that coconut oil is composed of medium-chain triglycerides that can actually increase good HDL cholesterol and lower bad LDL cholesterol levels. As a consumer, it’s often difficult to determine the truth around this highly controversial food. Continue reading

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Age-Friendly Environments for Older Adults

By Dalia Gottlieb-Tanaka, PhD

As we seek to maintain active and involved lives, what do we wish for?

Years of training in architecture prepared me to listen to older clients and explore together with them their changing physical and emotional needs as they prepared to redesign their dwellings. I learned about the changes that take place in the body as we get older. I understood, theoretically, that there were physical barriers that would require some adjustments to create a livable, healthy and safe environment for older adults. Continue reading

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Let’s Get the Hearing Loop Straight!

By Tosha R. Hodgson, BA, MClSc, Aud(C), Registered Audiologist & Hearing Instrument Practitioner

Examining the major differences between hearing loop technology and Bluetooth® hearing aid accessories.

It has been fantastic watching Vernon and surrounding areas become more hearing accessible. As an increasing number of hearing loop systems are installed, I have been fielding more questions than ever before about the technology. While answering these questions it has come to my attention that a number of people have read, or been told, inaccurate or misleading information, particularly about hearing loop technology versus Bluetooth® technology. The most common misconception seems to be that hearing aid wearers no longer need telecoils or public hearing loop systems in public places because they can use Bluetooth accessories instead. Continue reading

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Small Changes Go a Long Way

By Claire Volpatti

Eight great tips for incorporating simple—but highly beneficial—habits into your day.

There are times when making a big change can just be too much to handle. The level of commitment required and the perseverance needed to stick it out is just not reasonable at that moment. And while the knowledge of that may make you feel even less motivated, fret not, because there are a number of small changes you can make that have very little impact on your daily life but that will show great rewards in your physical and mental health! Continue reading

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Powers of Attorney

By Chris Alveberg, BSc, LLB

Changes to an Old Favourite—and Not Just for Seniors

Do you know what would happen to your home, financial affairs, and other property (for example, your finances, real estate, business) in the event that you suddenly suffered an accident (whether at work or otherwise) or illness (such as a stroke)? Who would manage your property and financial affairs? Nobody, not even a spouse, has automatic legal authority over an adult’s financial or legal affairs, even if you become incapable. Continue reading

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