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Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On You (Without Sunscreen)

When it comes to sunscreen, everyone knows its importance—or do they? Afterall, there are many myths and misconceptions about sunscreen still around. The benefits of proper sunscreen application are invaluable, including preventing premature aging, preventing sunburn, and most importantly, preventing skin cancer. With this in mind, let’s discuss the important things to know about proper sunscreen application, different types of sunscreens, and the possible environmental impacts of certain ingredients in sunscreen. WHAT EXACTLY IS SUNSCREEN AND HOW DOES IT WORK? Sunscreen comes in two variations: chemical and mineral. According to the Skin Cancer Foundation, chemical sunscreens absorb UVA and UVB rays which are responsible for premature aging and skin cancer. This is due to chemicals such as avobenzone and octisalate. Mineral sunscreens use titanium dioxide and zinc oxide to create a barrier on your skin to block the UV rays from reaching your skin. The Skin Cancer Foundation notes that

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Getting Started With Kayaking Over 50

The origins of the kayak go back over 4,000 years ago and were invented by the Inuit, Yup’ik and Aleut peoples in the arctic regions of what is today Canada. They were often constructed from stitched seal and other animal skins built on either wood or whalebone skeletons. And what an incredible invention they are! Today kayaks are made from a wide range of materials and various designs for both flatwater and open water uses. Ideal for a quick paddle or multi-day trips. The longest recorded trip, according to Guinness world records for a solo journey was by Polish adventurer Marcin Gieniezcko at 3,462.9 miles. The unofficial record is by German Freya Hoffmesiter who circumnavigated Australia alone at a distance of 8,570 miles. Wow! Kayaking at any age is fun and a great way to work out the upper body, build core strength for better balance and get closer to

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Canadians need to get serious about cataracts

Cataracts are the leading cause of preventable blindness. Seventy-five percent of Canadians have cataracts, however, according to a recent survey from Alcon Canada two-thirds of Canadians know next to nothing about them. Loss of vision has been increasing since 2020, and it is now more important than ever to be aware of cataracts. What are cataracts?  Cataracts happen when protein builds up over the lens in your eye obscuring your vision. Over time, more protein builds up and vision becomes increasingly poor. The eye’s natural lens deteriorates over time. Surgery to restore vision involves replacing the eye’s natural lens with an artificial one known as an intraocular lens (IOL). There are several options to choose from when getting an IOL including monofocal lenses, extended vision lenses, trifocal lenses, and toric lenses. Cataracts are removed by a safe surgery that restores vision back to normal and typically only takes half an

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Learning from each other

“The counts of the indictment are luxury, bad manners, contempt for authority, disrespect to elders, and a love for chatter in place of exercise. … Children began to be the tyrants, not the slaves, of their households. They no longer rose from their seats when an elder entered the room; they contradicted their parents, chattered before company, gobbled up the dainties at table, and committed various offences against Hellenic tastes, such as crossing their legs. They tyrannised over the paidagogoi and schoolmasters.” –Kenneth John Freeman summarizing the thoughts of elders in ancient Greece towards the youth. (Schools of Hellas, 1907). It seems that each generation hears the same thing from the ones before them. For as long as humans have documented, we have failed to live up to the expectations of the generations before us. We’re often defined by our generations, and the farther apart we are from one generation,

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How empathy can fight burnout from work

  According to the Mental Health Commission of Canada (MHCC), over one-third of working Canadians experience burnout. The MHCC quotes American psychologist, Herbert J. Freudenburger in defining burnout; in 1980, he called it, “someone in a state of fatigue or frustration brought about by devotion to a cause, way of life, or relationship that failed to produce the expected reward”. The Covid-19 pandemic has only highlighted the issues causing us to burn out. When we feel burnout, we lack motivation and energy. At work, it can feel like you’ve just run a marathon, except there’s no one cheering you on at the finish line. Your performance starts to slip because you’ve already given it all you have. This year’s Mental Health Week theme by the Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) is empathy. Empathy is a skill — and it takes practice. To be empathetic is to be able to put

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