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Ruby McBeth: Getting proactive about health

Over the next few weeks, I will share some thoughts on little things that might make a big difference in how I work with the system to get the best healthcare for myself.
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Ruby McBeth: "How can I help my doctor to assess my health in the short time they have to see me, and is there anything I can do to help other health care professionals who I have contact with?"

As older people, we have a lot of life experience. Sometimes when faced with a difficult situation we don’t want people to tell us what we should do. Instead of giving advice, a wise friend will ask: “how can I help?” I want to apply this phrase to our health care system, which I think is in difficulty now. I am asking myself, “how can I help?” 

How can I help my doctor to assess my health in the short time they have to see me, and is there anything I can do to help other health care professionals who I have contact with? Over the next few weeks, I will share some thoughts on little things that might make a big difference in how I work with the system to get the best health care for myself. I will begin in my next column talking about keeping a personal health journal. Ask yourself: “What information do I want at my fingertips when I go to a doctor’s appointment?”

Minister of Seniors

Canada’s Minister of Seniors, Kamal Khera, puts out regular updates on what the Federal Government plans to do for seniors. On April 22, she announced that dental care for seniors and persons living with a disability would begin in 2023. Also, the New Horizons for Seniors Program will be expanded to help older Canadians stay active in their communities. Perhaps there would be some money in that for our local groups that support us. Her list said the following: “budget 2022 proposes doubling the qualifying expense limit of the Home Accessibility Tax Credit to $20,000 for the 2022 and subsequent tax years”; and “budget 2022 proposes to introduce a Multigenerational Home Renovation Tax Credit, which would provide up to $7500 in support for constructing a secondary suite for a senior or an adult with a disability.” To see more details, google Canada’s Minister of Seniors Kamal Khera.

Peter Hollens

I usually do not keep up with the new singing talent but recently my cousin Joanne sent me a YouTube of Peter Hollens singing You Lift Me Up. I googled his name to find out what else he sang. His renditions of Amazing Grace, Loch Lomond, and Danny Boy are excellent. I found his video for Country Roads a bit too realistic to be enjoyable. Hollens lives in Eugene, Oregon, with his wife and two children.

Quote of the week

“Whatever you do, always give 100%. Unless you’re donating blood.” - Bill Murray


Ruby McBeth lives and writes in Fort St. John.

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