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Signal for help

A simple one-handed gesture you can use also silently show you need help and this signal is designed for use when you want someone to check in with you in a safe way. It might be useful in a video call or on the street. In addition to trying to circulate the signal, Canadian Women’s association have a guide book to train others and a course if you wish to become a signal responder. It is a leap forward in responding to domestic violence problems in Canada.

Top 10 exercises to share 

Keeping active has to be fun so why not share these activities so that you can keep moving together:

1. Aqua fitness
2. Walking
3. Dancing
4. Yoga
5. Swimming
6. Golf
7. Chair aerobics
8. Bowling
9. Gardening
10. Shopping

Fighting fatigue 

1) Reduce fatigue by sitting

2) Manage your time by dividing tiring activities

3) Keep your home organized

4) Plan outings

Helping someone remember 

It’s quite common for people to get forgetful as they age – especially with all of today’s distractions. For greater success…. Try to listen carefully, be patient and take time to repeat things out loud. Experts suggest setting alarms as reminders, linking new things to past memories in a fun way and also practicing using the new information in an activity. And there’s always the good old-fashioned way of writing yourself or someone close to you, a note and keeping it in a prominent place. 

Smile away your stress 

The expression “laughter is the best medicine” is more than a cliché. In fact, the healing power of humour is now scientifically validated. Latest research demonstrates laughing has positive physiological and psychological benefits: 

• Cardiac health and blood pressure 

• Experts compared the effect of laughing to “internal jogging.” It can provide good cardiac conditioning, especially for those who are unable to perform physical exercises.

• Muscle tone and pain reduction

• Regular laughter helps regulate blood flow. For some reason, women seem to benefit more than men in lowering the risks of hypertension.

• Respiratory function

• Laughing empties the lungs of more air than it takes in. The result is a cleaning effect similar to deep breathing. It’s especially beneficial for people suffering from emphysema and other respiratory ailments.

• Gastrointestinal Health

• Laughter triggers the release of an enzyme that helps digestion.

• Humour allows a person to “forget” about the aches and pains, even for a short time.

• When you laugh, the stomach muscles not involved relax. Once you finish laughing, those muscles involved in the laughter start to relax. This alternating workout helps strengthen muscles.

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