Lifestyle

Finding Work After 50

Looking for work can be stressful at any age. Different challenges will arise at different life stages. As Canada’s workforce ages, the number of Canadians over the age of 50 looking for work is also increasing. If you are over 50 and looking for work, it could be for any number of reasons. It could be because your company has downsized or closed, or perhaps you retired early and want…

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Lifestyle

From Shampoo to Shoes, the Sexes Don’t Agree

(NC)-Is it reasonable to own five pairs of black shoes? Men say ‘No’, women say ‘Absolutely’. This is just one fact revealed in the AERO Guys Just Don’t Get It Survey, a national poll exploring the quirky differences between Canadian men and women. Without a doubt, women like to keep their style options open: 37 per cent said owning five pairs of black shoes is perfectly reasonable. A mere 15…

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Health

Good News In The Fight Against Age-Related Vision Loss

(NC)—After a lifetime of normal vision, not being able to see people’s faces, watch TV or read a book is devastating. That’s the tough reality, faced by thousands of Canadians as they age who suffer from a degenerative eye disease called age-related macular degeneration (AMD). It’s the most common cause of vision loss for Canadians over the age of 50. AMD is an eye disease that occurs more frequently with…

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Health

Fighting Mid-Life Weight Gain

Reasons for mid-life weight gain and how to minimize or prevent it – an interview with Pamela Peeke, MD By Katherine Doheny WebMD Feature First, you notice shopping for clothes isn’t as fun or simple as it used to be. Next comes the “muffin top” spilling over the jeans. Then the scale delivers dire news: You’re 10, 15, maybe 20 pounds beyond your “normal” weight. Midlife weight gain is common.…

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Elder Care

A Short History of Hospice and Palliative Care

By John F. Tomczak Hospice is a philosophy of caring that respects and values the dignity and worth of each person and good hospice care is the practical expression of that personal and professional commitment. Hospices are for people approaching death, but hospices cherish and emphasize life, by helping patients (and those who love and care for them) to live each day to the fullest. My book “Shared Knowledge” is…

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Elder Care

Celebrate a Life

By John F. Tomczak Every year since 1987 Victoria Hospice Society, a few weeks before Christmas provides a space in a mall where people may come to remember a loved one.  The space is decorated in the Christmas Spirit, volunteers are there to provide assistance and those that wish are encouraged to write a remembrance of a loved one and place it on the Hospice Logo. A book of remembrance is provided…

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Elder Care

Visiting Endless Thoughts

By John F. Tomczak Now and then a newly bereaved person will tell me about a recurring thought or dream they have about their loved one that never seems to end. It is as if a video or CD is playing in the background all the time. They feel possessed by these thoughts or dreams and they seem powerless to stop them. No one has told me that they are…

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Elder Care

Shared Knowledge Walking Groups

By John F. Tomczak For some time I have been at a loss to explain why the Walking Group Program at Victoria Hospice has been so successful. I have been involved in this Program since 1988 and in all that time I have heard nothing but appreciation from the more than 750 bereaved folks that I have met. It has always been a mystery to me how perfect strangers can…

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Lifestyle

The Hospice Hug

By John F. Tomczak Peggy McDowell, now retired, was a nurse at Victoria Hospice in the early days of the society. She tells the story of the first Hospice Hug. “Well it was like this. One afternoon I noticed that Doctor Jim looked a little down. He didn’t say anything but I could tell that he needed something to raise his spirits, so to speak. I told him I was…

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Elder Care

Beautiful Goodbyes

Families need not be alone when loved ones are ready to pass on. By John F. Tomczak Death can be beautiful. Collette Tomczak’s death was quiet and respectful as she lay in the arms of her husband and partner of some forty five years. In the couple’s bedroom their five children stood silently with their spouses. Collette knew they were all there: knew she was loved. In her last week…

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