Category Archives: Wellness

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Finding a Family: One Senior’s Experience of Poverty

By Sophie Wooding

Kelowna’s Gospel Mission provides support and community to seniors who may have fallen through the cracks of the system.

When Brian first came to Kelowna’s Gospel Mission, he was recovering from an accident where he’d broken both his legs. He hadn’t been able to walk for three months! During that time, he was hospitalized and then in a rehabilitation program. When he was released from the hospital, he returned home to find that he’d been evicted. Continue reading

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Why Should I Choose a Registered Acupuncturist?

By Marcel Mallette, R.Ac

Why Should I Choose a Registered Acupuncturist?

Acupuncture has been used in China for over 2,500 years and is based on Traditional Chinese Medicine theory. Today, as acupuncture continues to become popular, more medical practitioners (medical doctors, physiotherapists, naturopaths, and the like) are studying acupuncture and employing it in their practices, including other types of treatment such as “dry needling,” intra-muscular stimulation (IMS), and laser and auricular acupuncture, which are all originally based on TCM acupuncture. Continue reading

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Meditation, Healing, and the Pursuit of a Personal Practice

By Marcela A. Toro Garland, BA, MA, CBT

In a stressful world, how can we break away from destructive patterns of behaviour?

Researchers have proven that going for a daily walk embraces so many more benefits than we have ever considered. Some have even claimed that it is the perfect exercise and one of the best ways to reach and maintain good health. Walking may be the simplest form of exercise, yet so overlooked as to how enriching and beneficial the walk can be. Continue reading

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Learn to Get Around without Your Wheels

By Lee Brinkman

What would you do if, for some reason, you were unable to continue driving? Read on to learn about the transportation options available in the Okanagan.

Many seniors in the Okanagan live alone and rely on their vehicle for independence. But as we age, our physical and mental abilities can change, and some of those changes—including our vision, hearing, and ability to react quickly—can affect our driving. Doctors are expected to report people who have a medical condition that prevents them from being able to drive safely, and just one medical issue can jeopardize your ability to drive. What would you do then? Continue reading

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Are You Still Putting Off Estate and Incapacity Planning?

By Jody Pihl, BComm, LLB

Most baby boomers and seniors lead very busy lives, and there never seems to be a good time to attend to these important planning documents. But the right time is right now!

Estate planning allows you to specify where each of your assets will go upon your death. According to a BMO study, boomers will inherit over $1 trillion over the next 20 years; yet almost half of all Canadians don’t have a will, and many fewer have a complete estate plan. Many people spend more time planning their vacations than planning their estates. Estate planning is much more important because a comprehensive estate plan is the best way to protect your family and the wealth you built through a lifetime of hard work. Without proper planning, your financial legacy can be unnecessarily reduced, lost, or even given to unintended beneficiaries. Furthermore, estate planning is not as complicated, time-consuming, or scary as most think. Continue reading

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