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6 Reasons Why Birdwatching Should Be Your New Hobby Tag: travel

One of the most relaxing and rewarding activities that nearly anyone can do is birdwatching. Vancouver Island especially is a paradise for birds, with hundreds of species making it their permanent or transient home. This is due to the mild climate and our geography offering them a huge diversity of habitats, from dense old growth cedar and douglas fir trees to rocky and sandy shorelines to tidal mud flats to inland rocky hilltops and Garry oak meadows. Birdwatching is a great hobby to get involved with, and we’ll explore why in this blog.

Protect Your Skin and Be Safe in the Sun Tag: travel

Spending time outdoors is a great way to be physically active, reduce stress, and get vitamin D. And it’s especially nice to be out and about on Vancouver Island where we have so many beautiful places to go. But it’s important to keep sun safety in mind, as huge potential health risks are involved. Here we’ll take a look at how to protect your skin from the sun so you can have an enjoyable summer.

Walking Strong: Stay Active and Independent with a Walker Tag: travel

When it comes to diminishing or lost mobility, one of the main worries people have is that it will affect their independence and quality of life. For those who are used to living active and varied lives, the possibility of losing their ability to socialize, enjoy their hobbies, and live a self-sufficient daily existence, can be a stressful and difficult idea to deal with. 

However, it doesn’t have to be the case—while there are adjustments to make, there are also ways you can enable a lifestyle that you want. Mobility aids are one such way of doing that, and today we’re going to focus on walkers and how they can help you maintain an active and independent lifestyle.

7 Tips For Staying Safe in the Sun for Seniors Tag: travel

Seniors in the sun

With the summer, comes glorious sunshine, but with that also comes the need for everyone to ensure they stay safe — and especially that they protect their skin so that they can make the most of the weather in comfort. 

This is even more important as we get older, as the risk of developing skin cancer increases, as well as other risks such as skin aging and eye damage. 

To ensure you’re well protected, read this list of the best tips and techniques for staying safe in the sun this summer. 

Getting and Using a Walker: What You Need to Know Tag: travel

For many people with mobility needs, especially as they get older, getting around from place to place can be a challenge. There are problems stemming from overbalancing, as well as the inconvenience of needing regular rest periods.

A walker is a great way of providing additional support, which not only helps people to maintain and improve their independence and confidence, it also helps them to remain safe and secure when getting out and about. 

A walker — or as it’s sometimes referred to as, a rollator — is similar in construction to a walking frame, but with the addition of wheels and brakes, with both 3 and 4 wheeled options available.

Easy and Effective Exercises For Seniors Tag: travel

As we get older, our lifestyle changes. Not just in terms of what we can and can’t do, but in terms of what we want to do. And as we round out 2020, that is even more true.

We know many seniors will be unable to get out and utilize their regular exercise clubs or activities, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice what you enjoy!

It just means it’s time to find some new exercise routines to build into your daily routine. Here are a few ways to keep healthy in-home. 

The Best Accessible Hiking Trails On Vancouver Island Tag: travel

When it comes to the first thing people want to get out and do once they have their new mobility scooter — the answers are usually the same! People want to be able to explore the diversity and wonder of Vancouver Island’s many hikes and trails.

But it can be difficult to know beforehand which trails are easily accessible for wheelchairs and mobility scooters. Here’s a list of some of our favourite accessible hiking paths and trails on Vancouver Island.

Coronavirus Advice For Caregivers And Wheelchair Users Tag: travel

woman in wheelchair smiling at laptop on table

Nothing is more important to us than our community of valued clients. And having worked to provide aids and equipment to people with a variety of conditions and disabilities, we’re aware of how hard this current climate is for our customers.

With that in mind, here’s our advice as to some of the best practices and guidance for our customers to navigate accessibility issues during the COVID-19 crisis.

No matter what you do—it’s essential to check with professional medical advice first, and this can be found by consulting your doctor or visiting the official government website

Get Started With Urban Poling Tag: travel

A couple using Nordic walking poles on a city sidewalk. Photo credit Tsippendale on Pixabay.

More and more doctors, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists are starting to prescribe and recommend walking poles! Studies show that using walking poles is not only good for physical recovery, but also good for balance, confidence, and your overall health.

Island Mediquip carries poles from Urban Poling, a Canadian-owned and -operated company dedicated to not only providing quality poles, but also educating people on how to use them to optimize their health. Urban Poling offers two varieties of walking poles, both offering different health benefits.