Welcome to our Okanagan Seniors Health Winter 2016/2017 Issue

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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.

It is through the generosity of our contributors and advertisers that we are able to continue to share relevant, valuable information. We are grateful for their support and we ask that you recognize and support these local resources, even if it’s just with a “thank you” for their involvement. We also thank you, our loyal readers, for the many kind comments and words of encouragement that we receive on a regular basis. Please keep your comments coming and let us know if you have an article idea or a topic that you’d like to see covered in our magazine.

As you peruse the Contents page, you’ll notice the wide variety of subjects addressing different aspects of health: physical, emotional, mental, financial, and so on. In many ways, though, it can be hard to separate the effects of one from another. For example, hearing impairment is a physical condition but can affect one’s emotional health if communication difficulties create a feeling of isolation. That same sense of isolation can also result from financial difficulties or from no longer being able to drive.

One way to avoid isolation is to be able to connect with friends and loved ones through electronic means such as email, Facebook, or video chat. If the thought of getting on the computer sets your pulse racing—and not in a good way—then a computer class for seniors, offered by Okanagan College, may be just what you need.

If you are fortunate enough to enjoy a healthy, active life, you will no doubt agree that the benefits of being physically fit and active are not to be underestimated. We shouldn’t stop moving simply because we’re not as young as we once were. As the saying goes, motion is lotion. However, we should at the same time keep in mind that we’re not invincible, as poignantly recounted in “It Will Never Happen to Me.”

One health concern that we’re hearing more and more about is diabetes. While the majority of us may have a rough understanding of this condition, and probably know at least one person suffering with it, it’s important to separate fact from fiction and debunk myths such as the need to avoid carbohydrates and white-coloured foods.

Is retirement on the horizon, or are you already there? What does retirement look like for you? The story of one Okanagan couple who retired, then came out of retirement, then retired again is an inspiring reminder that life is for the living and it’s never too late to respond to the call of the open road. 

A new year is upon us. Make 2017 one of your best years yet!

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