Your Health and the Internet

The internet is a great source of information, but when it comes to your health, it pays to be cautious. If you’re looking for information about a new diagnosis, or even just for school research, you can’t just type your condition into Google and expect to find the most up to date and HONEST research. There is a lot of misinformation out there, and sadly, some of it will climb to the top of the search results.

So how do you know what to trust when it comes to your health and using the internet? Always consult with your doctor, first and foremost, and ask them about reliable websites they might recommend. That’s a great first step.

But if you’re still not sure where to go, or you just want a little bit of direction, we’re having a workshop at the library this week called “Online Health Resources”, and we show you how to find trustworthy health information online.

This would be a great session for seniors, but it is open to anyone who wants to attend. Join us on Tuesday, March 19th at 2pm for lots of interesting information, and leave here feeling like you have some tools to help you better your health. Please call us to register at 257-2702. This is a free information session, and light refreshments will be served.

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Emergency Preparedness for Seniors

We’ve all heard it…have an emergency kit in your home that will help you during a time of crisis like flooding, tornadoes, or other weather events. The kits are more than just your average First Aid kits, and include things like food, water, batteries, and more to keep you going for a few days at least. But let’s be honest–not many of us have these kits in our homes.

The world is a busy place, and we often forget that during times of crisis, there are many seniors who live on their own, who might not have the same types of communications that many of us do (cell phones, internet). What if your elderly parent were stuck during a storm and had no access to the outside world? You’d feel a lot better if you knew they had an emergency-preparedness kit.

Next Monday, we’ll be holding a very important session at the library called “Emergency Preparedness for Seniors”. During the session, attendees will learn how to make an emergency-preparedness kit, what to include in it and where to keep it. There will also be information on resources in Carleton Place that you can access to help with the kits, or get more information, and how to receive emergency notifications on cell phones, radio, and television.

The session takes place on Monday, February 11 and 2pm. Please give us a call to register at 257-2702. This will be a very popular session!

Alkalinity: The Base-ics of Health!

If you’ve been to any of our Spring Health workshops with Laura Kissmann, Registered Holistic Nutritionist, you won’t want to miss this one–the last one of Spring!

On Tuesday, May 29th at 6:30pm, Laura will be offering an introduction to alkalinity, exploring PH balancing to promote healing and preventing disease. She’ll give a board overview of the subject and answer your questions, so get to ready to make some changes in your life.

Spaces are limited, so please call us to register at 257-2702. There are still spaces left, but this will be popular, so don’t wait. Reserve your space today!

Sleep, the Final Frontier

Some days, I could sleep very comfortably at my desk. But get into bed at night, and I’m wide awake. Okay, so it could be the fact that I fall asleep on the couch at some point after dinner, but I want to believe that my body is making up for the fact that I haven’t slept all the way through the night before.

Sleep times are a big question. What time should I go to bed in order to wake up refreshed and ready the next day? And since most of us don’t have the option of waking up naturally, we need to know our optimal bedtimes.

I came across this wildly interesting site that calculates your bedtime based on the time you want to wake up. But…not only does it figure in the average 15-minute fall asleep period, it also factors in the optimal 5 – 6 90 minute sleep cycles. Get to sleep when it tells you, and you’ll “naturally” wake up in between one of these cycles, feeling refreshed.

I’m planning on going to bed tonight at one of the suggested times. Hopefully tomorrow, I’ll be bright eyed and bushy tailed all day! Wish me luck….

March Break Day 3

relaxOkay, this is a book I could get with. THE ONE-MINUTE WORKOUT by Martin Gibala, Ph.D.

31247021Gibala talks about the science behind getting fit, and according to his research, you don’t have to spend hours in the gym each day if you do it right. Not sure what this would do to the whole fitness world if that were true, but I like the idea. And if you’re feeling too tired to work out this week, maybe picking up this book and trying some of the 8 interval workouts, or the microworkouts (how much more micro could you get than one minute??), will help you feel like you’ve conquered the world!

Have you read this? What do you think about the ideas?

Virus

Many years ago, I remember being on a plane reading Richard Preston’s THE HOT ZONE, a  gritty book that traces the sources of Ebola and Warburg virus and their terrifying effects. This book stuck with me, and now many years later, hearing about the problems being faced in Africa during the most recent outbreak of Ebola, I’m tempted to read it again, if only to re-educate myself about the subject.

The_Hot_Zone_(cover)(Maybe I’ll stick a Post It note in the front of this book, for anyone in our library interested in finding out more!)

If you haven’t read this, or would like to find out more information about Ebola, we have a variety of books in the library that you might want to take a look at. Feel free to search our online catalog, or drop in to find out what’s on the shelf. The World Health Organization has plenty of information online to help inform and keep you safe if you’re traveling to that part of the world soon, so please make sure to drop by their website and read up. They have fact sheets about the disease, diagnostic information and numbers you can call if you’ve been in that area and think you might have been exposed. Caution is best, as always.

While there is no need for widespread panic at this point, staying informed is your best route to staying healthy.

Vegetables, Schmegetables!

I’m not a fan of vegetables. I blame this on my mother who, bless, mostly fed us green things that came in a can or were previously frozen. Her preparation methods included throwing them into a huge pot of boiling water, or…wait, that was pretty much it. No wonder my aversion to the green stuff carried over into adulthood.

I must say that my husband has done wonders to turn my hatred of produce into something closer to toleration. I’ll probably never love vegetables, but I’ll eat them when they’re steamed, broiled, sauteed or roasted. It turns out, the way you make them really changes how they taste.

Lately, I’ve been trying to add more veggies to my diet for a variety of reasons. But sometimes, when I’m in the grocery store, I see vegetables I either don’t recognize or I have no idea what to do with the ones that seem vaguely familiar.  I’d like to expand my repertoire (I’m sure my husband wishes for that, too), so I’m going to take out a bunch of magazines and cookbooks to find some inspiration. We have plenty of great items at the library to look through.  Maybe someday I’ll even be able to claim that I “love” veggies. Cross your fingers.

In the meantime, if you’re interested in knowing more about in-season vegetables, I came across a great website that has everything clearly laid out. And Then We Saved not only shows you what to buy right now, but to understand that by buying in season, you’ll save money!

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Now, if I could have someone come to my house to make everything for me!