March is Nutrition Month and to celebrate our Food for Thought series will focus on some of the main factors that influence what and how we eat.
Picky eating is something quite common in children and youth and can cause great worry and disruption for many parents. Take a look at the following from the Dietitians of Canada to learn how to manage mealtime meltdowns and overcome the picky eating problem.
For more information on picky eating and solutions to help, check out the following video from our OT-V series: Solutions for Picky Eaters.
“Always make a total effort, even when the odds are against you.”
Julie Entwistle, MBA, BHSc (OT), BSc (Health / Gerontology)
I can say with certainty that 100% of my clients suffer from financial difficulty when faced with disability, trauma or injury. It is just not common for people to plan for the “rainy day” that could be ill health. Yet, the impact of financial strain is significant. Stress, anxiety, panic, excessive worry, loss of sleep, relationship issues, poor decision making, and maladaptive coping are all common reactions to feeling that you are unable to survive a change in income or increased expenses from medication, devices or therapy.
In the following video from our OT-V series, we discuss how an Occupational Therapist uses strategies to help you through financial difficulties and to help manage the negative effects to your health.
I have four legs, one foot and one head… what am I?
Learn more about the story of Brad Ludden, a top 10 CNN Hero, and his work to provide adventurous outdoor experiences to young adults with cancer.
Breaking down barriers across Canada is the goal of the Rick Hansen Foundation who, with help from the Canadian Government, is providing grants to Barrier Buster projects across the country. Take a look at the guidelines and eligibility requirements, and get inspired by some sample projects on the foundation’s website.
“Behind every beautiful thing, there’s been some kind of pain.”
Bob Dylan, Not Dark Yet
Our brains are made of billions of neurons, which interact with each other to complete specific tasks. Signals are sent from one neuron to another along neural pathways, and these determine our thoughts, emotions, insights, and so much more. Each task relies on a different neural pathway, so the pathway for reading a book is different than the pathway for putting on our shirt. The more we use a pathway, the stronger the connection becomes.
These neurons have the ability to physically change themselves when faced with new and difficult experiences. This ability is called neuroplasticity. As we are exposed to new areas, tasks, information or experiences, neural pathways are formed and existing ones are reshaped. This will continue throughout our entire lives as we learn. As we have experienced through practicing a musical instrument, memorizing our shopping list or recalling a friend’s phone number, if we consciously focus and train our brains in a certain area, they will become faster and more efficient at performing those tasks.
Just as we need to exercise the muscles in our body, we also need to exercise our brain. But what exercises are best?
Take a look at the following from The New York Times that discusses studies on the aging brain and some advice to help you age well.