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The June Edition | June 7, 2018
Katherine Peters
President & CEO

Message from the President

Greetings friend, and welcome to the June Comfort Connection!
Did you know 33% of all Manitobans are family caregivers? Sometime in your life, it is likely you will either be caring for someone or be cared for. With the increase of the incidence of Alzheimer’s disease, heart disease, and cancer, who's to say you won’t be next?
Do you want to be unwell enough to have to be cared for, or well enough to be able to do the caring? It is a scary proposition.

The great news is, the choice is in your hands. What you do today will determine the health of your future. I just read a great booklet called How to Save your Brain. The booklet by Jonathan Otto and The Health Secret Team states cognitive decline can not only be prevented, but preserved and reversed. There are many neurodegenerative diseases besides Alzheimer’s that are caused by loss of neurons. These include ALS, Parkinson’s, MS, lupus, and more.

The booklet lists several causes including diet, environmental stressors, and "leaky gut." Instead of looking for ways to treat these diseases, how can they be stopped?

If you know me by now, you know what I’m going to say next: nutrition is the single biggest game changer there is. What you put in your mouth will either contribute to your well-being or hurt you.
I’ve been trying to incorporate more of a plant-based diet in my life. People who live in the "blue zone" and regularly live to be over 100 years old eat less meat than I do – only once or twice a week! I’ve been following the recipes from Dr. Fuhrman’s Diabetes Recipe Book lately, not because I have diabetes, but because what is good for reversing diabetes, is also a healthy diet to live by. This same diet approach is recommended in the How to Save Your Brain booklet. So, nutrition, fasting, exercise, rest, and reducing stress are all important to getting healthy and staying healthy. 

Here’s some more help if you’d like to make some changes: 10 Day Plant-Based Challenge. It starts June 10th. If you sign up, there will be videos to watch and downloads to help you on your way. 

How do you want to spend the rest of your life? The choice is in your hands. You’ve been put in charge of your own body. What will you do?

To your health,

Katherine Peters
President & CEO

Comforts of Home – Care 

Caregiver of the Season

This month’s Caregiver of the Season is Alison T.!
Alison has been with Comforts of Home – Care since February 2017. Her client adores her and says she is very compassionate and loving. Alison has a very big heart for people!
She enjoys gardening, sewing, listening to all genres of music, and writing in her spare time. She has two beautiful daughters and loves spending time with them and her cats. Alison’s cats are very special to her, as they were presents from her daughters.
Alison is such a people person! She has a neighbour that has lived beside her for as long as she can remember; Alison enjoys baking for her and having her over for tea regularly. She truly is a caregiver in all aspects of her life.
Thank you, Alison, for your big heart and all that you do as a caregiver!

Recipe of the Month: Lemon Lentil Soup

Who says soup is just for the winter months?
This lemon lentil soup is a creamy, healthy delight to enjoy year-round. It makes for a yummy lunch or dinner, and provides 20 grams of protein and 17 grams of fibre per serving.
Look no further if you want to eat healthy! This recipe can be found on page 18 of Dr. Fuhrman's Diabetes Book.

Click here for the recipe

Video: 90-Year-Old Yoga Inspiration

Margery is such an inspiration! Even in her 90s, she still spends half an hour each day exercising.
In this video, she shares how yoga and meditation can make a difference to your life, regardless of your age.
"If you're in your 60s, 70s, even 80s, it's not too late to start."

Click here to watch the video now

Caregiver Bill of Rights

Caregiving is rewarding, although it isn't always easy! More often than not, caregivers spend so much time caring for others that they forget to care for themselves. Part of that includes remembering your rights as a caregiver.
The Caregiver Bill of Rights will help keep this top of mind!
I have the right...
♥ To take care of myself. This is not an act of selfishness. It will give me the capability of taking better care of my loved one.
♥ To seek help from others even though my relatives may object. I recognize the limits of my own endurance and strength.
♥ To maintain facets of my own life that do not include the person I care for, just as I would if he or she were healthy. I know that I do everything that I reasonably can for this person, and I have the right to do some things just for myself.
♥ To get angry, be depressed, and express other difficult feelings occasionally.
♥ To reject any attempts by my loved one (either conscious or unconscious) to manipulate me through guilt, and/or depression.
♥ To receive consideration, affection, forgiveness, and acceptance for what I do from my loved one, for as long as I offer these qualities in return.
♥ To take pride in what I am accomplishing and to applaud the courage it has sometimes taken to meet the needs of my loved one.
♥ To protect my individuality and my right to make a life for myself that will sustain me in the time when my loved one no longer needs my full-time help.
♥ To expect and demand that as new strides are made in finding resources to aid physically and mentally impaired persons in our country, similar strides will be made towards aiding and supporting caregivers.

Get the Caregiver Bill of Rights (print it out & post it on your wall!)

Joke of the Month

How do you know someone is old enough to retire?
Instead of lying about their age, they start bragging about it!

Comforts of Home - Care
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