well being

With kids back in school or full-time daycare, respiratory illness season is here and it’s a perfect time to change things up a bit and set yourself up for a healthy and active winter season. The goal is not necessarily to avoid illness altogether, but to have a milder course, to decrease complications and hospitalizations, and prevent transmission to those who are more susceptible, like the immune-compromised, young children and babies, and people over the age of 70. 

Who are these caregivers? They are family or friends who give unpaid care to a loved one who may have a mental or physical health condition, chronic illness, or age-related fragility. They are the quiet heroes in our community medical system that help form the backbone for the health and happiness of many people. One hundred years ago, the average life expectancy in Canada was only around 50 years of age, but with improved medical care, hygiene, diet, and healthier lifestyles most people expect to live well into their 80’s. That means that more people will need care at some point in their life. 

Event Date(s): 
Thursday, November 16, 2023
7:00pm - 9:00pm

This evening is a unique opportunity to learn more about the Elk Valley Suicide Task Force, discover the resources available in the community, and find out how you can support the organization through volunteer opportunities.

Highlights of the Evening:

My husband, Gary, has an inoperable brain tumor that wraps around three lobes of his brain. This can affect his memory, hearing, comprehension, speech and more, but he copes remarkably well. His biggest frustrations for himself deal with his issues surrounding aphasia (difficulty expressing oneself through speech), anomia (difficulty remembering names of things), and hearing loss.

Last month I was sitting at Freshies with another Fix writer writing. Some friends joined us and expressed a worry that they were interrupting us. I laughed and said, “no if you were, I would just tell you directly,” and they responded with, “can that be your next article?” The need for saying how you feel and what you want directly with kindness. It sure can!

“Hi, it’s me. I’m the problem, it’s me.” Taylor Swift. This line seems to be everywhere right now, and it is catchy! It sticks in your head and plays on repeat. This holiday season as we come together with our friends and family, there will inevitably be some stress and interpersonal conflict to navigate.

If I were to follow the advice of several Tik Tok and Instagram mental health stories I might come to believe: All relationships are toxic, any child who has energy or difficulty concentrating has ADHD, my moody family members are bi-polar and should be on medication, but most medications do not work, and therapy is a waste of time. Unfortunately, some of this messaging can cause significant harm as it can be difficult to tease out the healthy information from the unhealthy information.