Tips for Healthy Aging

Stay healthier, stronger and happier as you age. Get moving! Physical activity has many health benefits, including increased energy and strength. Before starting any exercise regimen, consult with you doctor. Manage your weight. A well-balanced meal plan and physical activity are important to maintaining a healthy weight. Preventative medicine. Stay current with your recommended vaccines, like the yearly flu shot and pneumonia and shingles vaccinations. Speak to your doctor about screening tests for breast, cervical and colorectal cancers. Get enough sleep. Establish a regular bedtime routine so that you are getting 6-8 hours of restful, rejuvenating sleep. Reduce stress. Meditation,…

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Tips for Healthy Aging

What is Shingles?

Shingles is a blistering and painful rash that is caused by the same virus as chicken pox. This virus can lay dormant in nerve cells for years, then become active again as you get older and cause shingles. In addition to nerve pain, shingles can lead to other problems, such as: • Scarring • Skin Infections • Weakness • Loss of hearing or vision If you are 50 years of age or older and have had chicken pox in the past, then you should protect yourself by getting the shingles vaccine. You can also receive the vaccine if you are…

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What is Shingles?

What’s the Difference Between a Cold and the Flu?

Influenza and the common cold share some symptoms in common, but influenza tends to come on more suddenly, last longer and is more severe. There is also a higher risk of complications, such as pneumonia, and influenza can make other health problems, such as asthma, worse. Flu Symptoms vs. Cold Symptoms: What can be done to prevent getting a cold or the flu? Rest: try to get 8 hours of sleep on a regular basis Physical activity: aim for an average of 30 minutes a day, 5 days a week Drink water: try to drink at least 6 to 8…

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What’s the Difference Between a Cold and the Flu?

Take Care of Your Heart

Approximately 1 in 12 Canadian adults are living with heart disease and it is the 2nd leading cause of death among Canadians. Luckily, there are things that you can do to help control your risk factors. You can: • Control your blood pressure,• Control your cholesterol levels,• Avoid smoking,• Eat healthy,• Get sufficient exercise,• Avoid consuming too much alcohol, and• Maintain a healthy weight. Talk to your Value Drug Mart or Apple Drugs pharmacist for more information on controlling your risk factors for heart disease.

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Take Care of Your Heart

Travel Vaccinations

Receiving travel vaccinations before a trip can protect you from serious diseases and prevent you from spreading these illnesses to your friends and family upon your return. Certain vaccinations may even be required in order to travel to some places. Your Value Drug Mart pharmacist can review your vaccination history and advise you on which vaccinations are recommended for your destination. You should receive any necessary vaccinations 4-6 weeks before your planned departure; so, don’t wait!

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Travel Vaccinations