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May 282017

Thursday, September 15, 2016 – Calgary, Alberta – Calgary International Airport (YYC) is shown on Thursday, September 15, 2016 for security protocol and how non-passengers screening works for The Canadian Air Transport Security Authority. Photo by CHRIS BOLIN / For CATSA –

(NC) Travelling in the summer, the busiest time of year at Canada’s airports, can mean longer lines. Here are some tips to speed things up before you even leave for the airport recommended by the experts at the Canadian Air Transport Security Authority.

Dress for screening success. Avoid wearing large metallic accessories, such as heavy jewelry, big belt buckles and shoes with metal pieces that will set off the metal detector.

Pack for security. Place small electronics in your carry-on and leave them there for screening. Only large items like laptops and game consoles need to be taken out and placed in bins. If you’re packing liquids, aerosols or gels in your carry-on, make sure they’re in quantities of 100 millilitres or less and are placed together in a clear, resealable one litre plastic bag. Medications, as well as liquids for children under two years of age (such as milk and juice), are exempt from this rule, but any other liquids exceeding the limit must be packed in checked baggage.

Arrive early. This is especially important during busy periods, like summer and the holidays. Giving yourself plenty of time to get through security will reduce stress and allow you time to enjoy the airport amenities.

Ask questions. You can check out CATSA’s website or mobile app for more tips to help you breeze through security. You can contact them on Facebook and Twitter to ask questions if you need clarification or more info.

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May 262017

(BPT) – Mental health disorders impact thousands of people every day, including many of our friends, neighbors and co-workers. Everyone reading this likely knows someone struggling with mental illness and is aware of the toll it can take on individuals, families and communities. Mental health challenges do not discriminate — they affect people from all walks of life regardless of age, gender, ethnicity and socioeconomic level.

While stress, anxiety, depression and other mental health disorders impact an estimated 43 million adults nationwide each year, the World Health Organization reports that only about one in four people with a diagnosed disorder is likely to pursue treatment.

Unfortunately, barriers prevent people from getting the mental health care they may need. The reasons are many. Consider these statistics: 4,000 areas in the U.S. have only one psychiatrist for 30,000 or more people; the average waiting time for a first psychiatric visit is 25 days; and stigma is the fourth highest-ranked barrier to help-seeking.

The good news is that people who access care more quickly may be more likely to engage in their treatment and have a better outcome. With the right treatment and support, people can recover from mental health disorders to live healthy, self-directed lives as valuable members of their community. Sometimes all it takes is a gentle nudge from a friend or loved one to help someone take that first step on their path to recovery.

For some people, that best first step may be a virtual visit with a mental health provider via a mobile device or computer. For many, access to virtual care may already be available as part of their health care benefits.

Virtual care can shorten wait times for an appointment, fit work and personal schedules, and eliminate travel time and expense. An appointment conducted in the safe, comfortable environment of home may reduce stigma. And, research shows that outcomes of a virtual visit with a mental health provider are similar to in-person sessions for multiple disorders.

Raising awareness and reducing stigma around mental health issues are keys to supporting well-being within our communities. Today, people can access effective, proven treatment in a variety of formats, including using video-calling technology. It’s up to all of us to reach out and encourage our friends, neighbors and family members in need to access these available resources.

For more information and links to recovery support resources in your area, visit To learn more about available health care benefits, call the number on the back of your health plan identification card.

May 252017

(NC) With winter ending and warmer weather approaching, the time is right to think about spring and summer cruising in some great wheels. If you’re in the market for a vehicle this season, there are some things you can do to make the experience interesting, rewarding and satisfying.

By analyzing your driving lifestyle, choosing the vehicle and power that’s right for you and doing your fuel consumption homework, you’ll be driving in style in no time — with money in the bank and a green mindset. Whether you’re looking for a new or used vehicle, check out these tips to get you started:

  1. Analyze your driving needs. Where do you live? What do you do? How will you use your vehicle? How many people and things will you carry along with you? How much will you travel each day? Do you need to tow a boat to your cottage? These are just a few of the questions you can ask yourself to get a realistic idea of the size and type of vehicle you’ll need.

  2. Analyze your choices. Gasoline, diesel, electric or hybrid are your basic power choices nowadays and each has its advantages depending on your driving needs. Do your research to find out which combination of pros and cons works best for you.

  3. Avoid temptation. There are some thirsty, fuel-guzzling vehicles out there and they’re not all pickup trucks or large SUVs. You can find a vehicle with moderate thrills that won’t cost a bundle to fill up or maintain.

  4. Think light, think small, think efficient. Why buy a bigger, more expensive vehicle when a smaller, greener one will do? Help protect the environment for future generations with a more fuel-efficient vehicle that produces fewer greenhouse gases.

  5. Do the math. Check the EnerGuide label on the vehicle for the fuel consumption ratings. For example, a vehicle with a fuel consumption rating of seven litres per 100km would use about half the fuel than a vehicle with a rating of 14 litres per 100km. If you’re looking to purchase a used vehicle, fuel consumption ratings are available on websites such as

May 232017

(NC) Ever wonder how the coldest, most northern parts of our country are safeguarded? Located in 200 remote, isolated and coastal communities across the country, Canadian Rangers are the military’s eyes and ears in the north. Their motto is Vigilans, which means “The Watchers.”

Canadian Rangers have been around since 1942, when they were known as the Pacific Coast Militia Rangers and protected the coast of British Columbia from possible Japanese invasion.

Today they are part-time reservists who provide local assistance to search and rescue activities and offer support in moments of crisis, like during natural or man-made disasters and humanitarian operations. For example, they’ve helped with the avalanche at Kangiqsualujjuaq in northern Québec and the drinking water crisis in Kashechewan, Ontario.

As part of the Canadian Armed Forces, Rangers have an important role in protecting national sovereignty. They conduct North Warning Site patrols, report suspicious and unusual activities, and collect local data of military significance.

National Aboriginal Day and National Aboriginal History Month are perfect opportunities to learn more about Indigenous people’s contributions to Canada. Many Canadian Rangers are Indigenous peoples, which include three distinct groups: First Nations, Inuit and Métis. Many of today’s Rangers are part of a long history of Indigenous peoples making significant contributions to our military, including during both world wars as well as on peace keeping missions.

Rangers support and participate in many events in their local communities, like Remembrance Day, National Aboriginal Day which takes place June 21st, and Canada Day. They’re also positive role models and educators in the Junior Canadian Rangers, a program that works with youth in isolated areas to improve their quality of life. For more information about the Canadian Rangers, visit

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May 222017

By []Richard Hsu

Every destination on our earth is filled with amazing opportunity for people of all ages and from all walks of life. Tropical destinations are often the most popular choice for our current generation, but there are also many underrated destinations to visit as well. While there is no one “best” place for anyone to visit, these ten destinations, in no particular order, will better suit the interests of seniors.

  1. Hawaii

While Hawaii isn’t just a vacation-spot for retirees, it is definitely an ideal place to visit! Here, retirees can spend their days at golf courses, relaxing on the beach, or simply basking in the gentle sun. Oahu includes many popular tourist spots along with the tropical paradise that everyone seeks. To avoid tourist bustle, book your vacation to Maui or the Big Island.

  1. St. Petersberg and Clearwater, Florida

Known as the Sunshine City, because of its yearly 361 days of sun, St. Petersberg is an amazing spot for seniors. It offers beautiful warm, sandy beaches along the western coast of Florida as well as a lively pier. Additionally, this sunny city offers world-class museums and more.

  1. Lake Tahoe, California

Lake Tahoe, with its beautiful, towering trees is a great spot to visit no matter the season. In the winter, the beautiful snow caresses the sky-high trees and glazes the clear waters. During the summertime, the water of Lake Tahoe is as extremely clear and serves as an optimal picnic spot.

  1. Niagara Falls, Canada

This beautiful waterfall is one of the seven wonders of the world, which attracts people from all over the globe. Seeing the sharp drop of the waterfall cliff may be a slight thrill to those who are afraid of heights, but the overall falls is breathtaking in itself. There’s also a boat, the Hornblower tour, that takes tourists practically under the thundering falls. Additionally, the falls is located in an area that contains more than sixty wineries.

  1. Key West, Florida

Part of the Florida keys, Key West is often described as an area with a calmer, slower pace. Not only does its coasts include coral reefs, but they also have beautiful white, sandy shores. The location, less than 100 miles from Cuba, is also often included in many cruise tours as well.

  1. Alaska

Alaska is a popular destination for seniors, as it is often a final stop for cruises from the western coast of California. The beautiful landscape contains massive glaciers, waterfalls, and of course the Northern Lights, one of the seven natural wonders of the world. Not only that, but there are plenty of whale-watching boats available for seniors to take part in as well. Seniors can also partake in fishing trips or relax in cabin homes during their vacation.

  1. Cuba

Cuba, most known for its tropical weather and clear blue waters is one of the best destinations for seniors. Havana, Cuba’s capital, carries all the culture and history that the entire Caribbean has to offer. If there’s particular interest in Spanish colonial culture, Cuba is the place to go.

  1. Sicily, Italy

Located at the heart of the Mediterranean Sea, Sicily offers spectacular views of the ocean and the Valley of the Temples. Not only that, but seniors can go wine-tasting and feast on unique Sicilian dishes as well as pizza, of course.

  1. Bangkok, Thailand

Thailand, home of colorful, unique Asian culture, offers luxurious vacationing opportunities for only a fraction of the price. Not only does the country serve as the habitat to exotic animals, but it also is home to some of the world’s most striking, flavorful dishes. There are also opportunities to visit amazing, religious temples including the Grand Palace, Wat Pho, and Wat Arun.

  1. Reno, Nevada

There’s no denying that gambling is a popular hobby for seniors or retirees. Instead of visiting Las Vegas, where the hustle and bustle of the younger generation might be overwhelming for seniors, Reno offers many of the same opportunities as well. Not only that, but Reno, past the casinos, also is home to many natural parks. Additionally, if seniors are planning a family trip with grandkids, they will be happily entertained at the kid-friendly Circus Circus.

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May 212017

(NC) As city property prices continue to skyrocket, many empty nesters are considering taking advantage of the market and retiring to the country. But is selling and moving away the right strategy for retirement?

“Leaving the city for your golden years has many benefits, but it is important to carefully consider your individual situation and lifestyle before putting up a for sale sign,” recommends Mariah Hamilton, regional director at Millborne Real Estate in Kingston, Ontario.

Hamilton has helped dozens of empty nesters relocate from cites and tells clients to consider all their options before selecting a retirement property.

“A rambling, century farmhouse in the country may appear idyllic, but it comes with hidden costs and challenges, including having to drive everywhere. Living in a new property in town is often a better choice for people who have spent much of their lives surrounded by neighbours, who like the option of walking to conveniences and don’t want to be surprised by unexpected expenses.”

Hamilton says new retirees often underestimate the importance of having a range of leisure options available to them.

“When people are working, they dream about having hours of down time. But unless they have a time-intensive hobby, they can get bored very quickly. City retirees are often happiest in communities that offer a range of activities like boating, biking and walking and that have a variety of places to socialize including a library, clubs, restaurants and coffee shops. If there is a theatre or playhouse it is an added bonus.”

Hamilton recommends that people considering moving away from the city look for communities relatively nearby so they can keep up with friends and family. She says Gananoque in eastern Ontario is particularly popular because it is just a couple of hours on the highway to Toronto, Ottawa, Montreal and upper New York state, making a visit to the city quick and easy.

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May 192017

(BPT) – It can be hard to admit your vision isn’t what it used to be, especially when it comes to driving. Maybe you’ve noticed some difficulties reading traffic signals, or you’ve found it challenging to drive at night.

If you’re a family member noticing these warning signs in a loved one, pointing out these challenges may seem like a daunting and delicate undertaking. But when it comes to being on the road, safety is one thing you can’t ignore.

Encouraging your loved one to prioritize safety can be hard, especially when it feels like their independence is at stake. That’s why it’s important to have an open and honest discussion to determine the best options for maintaining independence outside the home.

Step 1: Address driver safety

Vision is the most important sense for driving safety. Annual vision screening is important for everyone, but it is especially critical for older people, since the sensory data used for driving is predominantly visual.

For seniors still able to drive, a defensive driving class can be beneficial. These classes allow students to brush up on skills while gaining confidence and introduce them to alternative transportation options for the times and locations of their preference. What’s more, many insurance companies provide discounts to seniors who complete these courses.

Giving up driving doesn’t have to mean choosing between all or nothing. For example, start limiting driving to daylight only, non-rush-hour periods. Then look into supplementary transportation options that eliminate the need to drive while still allowing you to get where you need to go.

Step 2: Research transportation options

It’s important to educate yourself or your loved one about locally available transportation options for seniors. When you know there are reliable, cost-effective transportation options available, it can help maintain a high level of independence for a trip to the grocery store or a doctor’s appointment.

Rides in Sight is a nationwide, online database of senior transportation options built by ITNAmerica, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to providing sustainable transportation options for seniors. Visit and enter basic information like your state or zip code, and you can find the ride option that’s best for your situation. If you prefer to access information by phone, call 1-855-60-RIDES (1-855-607-4337).

Rides in Sight makes it easy to find customized transportation, no matter what a person’s needs. For example, you can find wheelchair accessible transportation options or door-to-door driver assistance if that’s what you need.

Step 3: Implement a trial period

Giving up the keys is easier if you do it over a period of time. Pick a date and schedule your first ride with a transportation service during a time you normally drive. Any change takes time to adapt to, so try it out for a while before reassessing and making any necessary adjustments. After this trial period, you should feel more comfortable with someone else driving you, and you get to be in control of your mobility.

For older Americans, it’s important to be able to maintain independence when they limit or stop driving. When they are encouraged to create their own driving transition plan, more emphasis can be placed on finding new passions and activities to engage with their communities. The result is a positive impact on people of all ages.

To have that impact, reliable, secure transportation is essential. Having the necessary conversations and researching appropriate transportation options helps keep everyone happy, healthy and safe.

May 172017

(NC) A recent report by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer revealed an unmet need to better understand how cancer manifests itself among adolescents and young adults. This could lead to better treatment options for current and future patients.

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Dr. Annette Hay, senior investigator with the Canadian Cancer Trials Group and assistant professor of hematology at Queen’s University, discusses the importance of clinical trials for this patient population. She highlights the challenges researchers face in getting this valuable data that will help develop improved cancer treatments.

Why is there insufficient research on adolescent and young adult cancer in Canada?

One of the main reasons is low recruitment rates. In 2014, only 3.5 per cent of patients aged 15 to 29 who were receiving treatment at adult cancer centres in Ontario were enrolled in clinical trials.

What are the barriers to clinical trial recruitment?

There are several, both from a policy and systems standpoint. One of the main challenges is that while children are treated at specific pediatric centres, young adults are treated at various centres and often community hospitals. Young adults are often not made aware of clinical trial opportunities. We need to improve coordination between adult cancer care centres and hospitals with clinical trial programs to ensure that young cancer patients know about trials taking place so they have a chance to apply and participate.

We also need to streamline the process to allow both adult and adolescent patients to be studied under one trial. Previously, researchers had to submit separate applications for the study of a treatment on two different patient populations. This is changing in many provinces, as applications for both groups are being reviewed by Health Canada as well as the ethics review boards simultaneously. We need to work to ensure all provinces are following this improved process.

What do you want Canadians impacted by cancer to know about clinical trials?

Clinical trials are safe and highly regulated by Health Canada. Once a treatment is in phase three of a trial, researchers are confident that the treatment works, and it should be viewed as a standard of care.

It’s really important for people to know that they are not “guinea pigs.” By participating in a trial, they could receive treatment and care that could not only prolong their lives, but could provide information that might help future generations.

Learn more about the 2017 Adolescents and Young Adult Cancer report at

May 162017

(NC) Our bodies change as we age. And as much as we’d like to steer clear of long-lasting muscle, joint, back and arthritis pain, we may be unable to dodge these symptoms as time marches on.

Two multi-ethnic women exercising outdoors, jogging on a sunny day in a residential neighborhood, handweights in their hands. The main focus is on the African American woman, laughing as her Hispanic friend tries to catch up with her.

So why does this happen? With age, muscle fibres shrink and weaken, which can contribute to fatigue and limit physical activity. At the same time, joints may stiffen and lose flexibility, resulting in pain, inflammation and, in some cases, arthritis.

Long-lasting body pain may be more common as we get older, but it shouldn’t stop us from enjoying life and accomplishing all we want to. Research has found that a combination of treatment methods, including physiotherapy, massage therapy and medications, show the best results when managing body pain.

“When we leave our 30s and enter our 40s and 50s, pain can become a regular part of life. Some of my patients complain that they have to rely on taking multiple doses of pain relievers in a day to cope,” says Dr. Jeff Habert. “Advil 12 Hour offers an option where just one pill keeps working for up to 12 hours.”

If you’re looking for an additional way to help get some relief, try applying icepacks to reduce inflammation and ease pain, or a warm bath to relieve aching muscles. As always, consult your health care provider with any health concerns.

May 142017

By []Karen Coffield

Seniors are often under-covered when it comes to oral care, if they are covered at all. Many government programs like Medicaid do not offer the coverage that seniors need, and out of pocket expenses can be so high that it makes going to the dentist seem like a dream that will never come true.

Seniors are no longer limited to government insurance options when it comes to going to the dentist. More companies are seeking to close the gap in coverage, and help seniors get the care they need, giving seniors more options for paying their dentist bills than ever before.

Dental Plans

These plans are increasing in popularity for individuals over the age of 65. These offer savings just like insurance, but being a member is a lot cheaper than paying for insurance. Most plans offered are customized to meet the growing needs of seniors, such as denture care.

Instead of paying for insurance coverage, individuals become a member of the plans. They then pay a monthly or years membership cost, and receive a discount card. The discount card is presented to the provider, and the patient will receive services at a lower cost than they normally would.

In addition to the savings that is offered on dentist bills, members usually receive additional savings on things like prescriptions and vision care.

Free Clinics

Dentists and hygienists volunteer to go to local events all around the country to provide people for care that they cannot afford. Often, these events will provide free fillings, tooth extractions and cleanings.

This may not help individuals that have dentures, but these events are also full of resources. If the dentists on hand cannot provide the care needed, they will try to help patients find someone that can.

The Dental Life Network

The Dental Life Network provides free or discounted services only to the elderly or handicapped. The list of services provided is comprehensive, and can include everything that a person needs. If cheaper alternatives like dental plans are still over budget, options like these are a great way to get care without having to pay anything out of pocket.

Referral Services

By calling 211, patients can find the resources they need in their area. This is a referral service that connects people that call to a live person. They will then search a database to see if there are any services available in the person’s area. It is run by United Way, and they also have a website.

Keep in mind that most of the services provided may be based on income, and everyone may not be eligible for free services.

Dental Schools

These schools are known for offering services at lower prices than dentists. These schools are full of students that need experience, and this is the perfect way for them to get it. A quick online search can help individuals find schools in their area, and then a quick phone call can help patients learn what services are offered and how much they will cost.

The older individuals get, the more important dental care is. Unfortunately, this group is the most under covered population. Most individuals are not aware of resources available for free care, or care at a reduced cost. Many people over the age of 65 are mistaken, believing that they are limited to government insurance or paying for expenses out of pocket.

Fortunately, there are so many resources available now that going without care is no longer an option. Regardless of how much income a person has, there is a resource that can help them get the care that they need.

Avia Dental was established in 1994, with a goal to help every person get the care that they need. They currently offer several discount programs for families, individuals and groups in order to help their customers afford better care without having to pay full price.
Although Avia Dental does not offer dental insurance, the discounts that customers receive help to greatly offset the cost of medical care, saving them as much money as some insurance plans do. Various plans are available to meet the needs of different individuals and groups. Members can receive discounts on prescriptions and vision at no additional cost. Visit-

Article Source: [] Dental Coverage for Seniors: Options Beyond Medicaid