Are you not feeling quite as good as you think you should be, yet are being told that you are healthy and that is just part of getting older? If so, then you are like so many patients of mine.
And for the record, I do not buy it!
Recently, a female patient sat across from me in tears telling me that she just doesn’t feel like herself. She knows that she is not 20 years old anymore, but she struggles with the fact that she has to “push” through every day from the minute she wakes up in the morning until she goes to bed.
Both she and her husband have noticed that she has lost her spark and zest for life. However, at her recent annual exam with her MD, nothing significant was found and all of her annual lab work came back perfect.
I must be getting soft in my old age; I actually liked what I saw in the throne speech that kicked off the 2014 legislative session.
Further evidence: I disagree with the criticisms of both the NDP and the Wildrose party leaders, which were made following the speech.
The main problems faced by Alberta are not about balancing the budget, or how much the premier spends on plane flights, or the various definitions of debt. The main challenge our province faces is in dealing with growth.
It’s been repeated for a long time, by a variety of pundits: Alberta adds population roughly equivalent to a city the size of Red Deer, every year.
Through a round-about route, I was asked to call a person who I had worked with for 15 years. As my finger was about to dial the number given, I was blissfully unaware of what I would find at the other end of this call. My memory of this person were fond ones, but as often happens in career changes, you lose contact over the years.
I don’t know if this happens to you, but when made aware of who I was calling, my mind pictured this vibrant middle aged woman who made my job all the better through her encouraging words and actions. Of course, in my mind she was no older than when we parted ways about 25 years ago, so imagine my turmoil after the first confusing phone call.
Now I had to acknowledge that all those years may have made a change in her as well as in me. But I had promised to visit her, so this week, I did.
The physical change in her appearance was not a lot more than is normal for her 70-plus years, but that is all as I had come to expect. What I did not envision was her emotional and mental well-being. I’m struggling with words here, because I don’t want to offend someone I have a lot of respect for, but I feel that in order to make sense of it all, I can’t beat around the bush.
I’ll bet very few Canadians know (or care) about the Manning Networking Conference that occurred in Ottawa over the weekend. But the value of networking couldn’t have been better expressed by the agreement announced there regarding the Canada Jobs Grant.
Some important deadlines needed to be met here: the Labour Market Agreements (LMAs) that currently take federal money to fund employment training programs in the provinces all expire on March 31.
The provinces seemed to be happy with their LMA programs and probably would have quickly signed on for another round of the same. But the feds and a lot of business groups were not happy. The disconnect is most visible in Alberta and Saskatchewan, where unemployment is not the problem. Lack of skills in the labour force for the jobs available is. And for reasons not explained, LMAs haven’t been filling the gap.
Consider: 2013 was a weak year for job growth in Canada. It was the weakest since 2009, actually — and that was during the so-called Great Recession.
In Canada, over 30 per cent of children and youth are considered overweight or obese; yes, that is one in three children!
If the current trend continues, by 2040, an alarming 70 per cent of adults 40-years-old will be either overweight or obese (Statistics Canada).
As a result of this, it is possible that for the first time in history, our children may have a shorter lifespan than their parents.
n addition to the pressing health concerns associated with obesity, emotional and psychological problems often emerge, stemming into body image and confidence issues.