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Keeping your eyes in tip-top shape

You can't stop aging, but there are things you can do to keep your vision from premature deterioration

You only get one set of eyes, and you want to maintain their good health throughout your lifetime. As you age, your risk for macular degeneration, cataracts, and even glaucoma increases, and you may not even be aware of these until your vision changes. By then, it might be too late. The macula is a […] Read more

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Top HR issues for farmers

Concerns about employment standards and employee performance are driving more farmers into HR training

When human resources consultant Janice Goldsborough first gets a telephone call from a farmer, it’s usually with questions related to employment standards. “They might be asking about whether they have to pay overtime, the rules around statutory holidays, or is their farm even covered under employment standards; those are typically the kind of questions that […] Read more

Preserve those family memories

Got a jumbled box of old photos you’ve been promising to organize ‘someday’? Daina Makinson shares her secrets for getting the job done, and enjoying it too

When faced with a loose box of old photos, we all feel at sea. The pictures might all be of our family over the generations, but how can we link all the individual photos into some sort of overall sequence, or fit them into some sort of order that helps us put each photo into […] Read more

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Guide Health: Antibiotic stewardship – it’s everyone’s job

As many as half of the 25 million prescriptions written for antibiotics in Canada each year are unnecessary

Antibiotic stewardship refers to a bundle of strategies to reduce antibiotic resistance. The aim of this stewardship effort is, yes, to treat infections effectively resulting in better health, but also to use the right antibiotic at the right time for the right infection, since this is a key measure for curbing future resistance. You may […] Read more

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The grieving child

Even in the strongest farm families, we often try to shelter our children rather than help them address the loss of a parent, grandparent or family friend

When a child is facing the death of a loved one, our first instinct is often to try to shelter them. Unfortunately, following that instinct may do more harm than good. One of the biggest mistakes people make is waiting too long to tell a child a loved one is dying, says Andrea Warnick, a […] Read more

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Guide Health: The pitfalls of sleep medication

Getting a good night’s sleep may be something you take for granted, or alternatively it may something with which you struggle. From time to time everyone experiences some degree of sleep problems with about 10 to 15 per cent of Canadians experiencing insomnia. Of those about half have chronic difficulty with sleep. Insomnia is simply […] Read more

Time to volunteer!!

There’s a critical need for farmers and farm families to give their time to protect and enhance the quality of rural life

Volunteers are the heart of a community. Despite their isolation and sparse populations — or maybe because of it — farm communities in particular have been held up for generations as models of neighbourliness, with families supporting each other in times of need. Now, neighbourliness may not be enough. Something more structured is needed, with […] Read more

Guide Health: Rushing to get to the bathroom

Don’t ignore incontinence. Often, there’s a cause that you can correct

If you rush to the bathroom, but don’t quite make it, you are not alone. About 3.3 million Canadians experience some degree of incontinence, although even this is only an estimate because many people don’t admit to incontinence or just accept it as a normal part of aging. The two most common types of incontinence […] Read more

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The table and who’s around it

Even though you’re too busy to spend hours in the kitchen, you can still have a great Sunday meal

The concept of the Sunday Supper is an old one. The traditional day of church and of rest (although not always so much for women and farmers with livestock), Sundays were a day when cooks would take a little extra time to prepare a meal. And while today most days are go-go-go, especially on the […] Read more

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Guide Health: Are probiotics as good as they claim?

While probiotics are mostly considered safe, some people may need to avoid them

Probiotics seem to be everywhere these days. You find them as capsules on store shelves and as ingredients in food products, and they’re even available through internet shopping. Probiotics are promoted for a wide variety of conditions, but the main use is “good intestinal health.” Your intestines contain more than 100 trillion (yes, trillion!) micro-organisms […] Read more