Whether you are active and living independently in your home, have a chronicillness or need occasional or ongoing help from family, friends and professionals,enjoying good health is possible when you take charge of your health. FourAlberta seniors share insights on maintaining their best health with writer
Snapshots of health
Norgaard is the founder of a Calgary women’sshelter and food bank, a long-time volunteer anda breast, cervical and colon cancer survivor. Shelives independently in Bragg Creek.
Giving small dinner parties for friends and familyand playing bridge. I love to play bridge twicea week. It gives me mental stimulation andgood conversation with people from diversebackgrounds.
Having to go to a nursing home and losing myindependence.
Absolutely excellent. I keep very active,
physically and mentally, and I am very healthy
emotionally. I’m inclined to buy and make good
meals, not be too excessive in anything, and I do
believe in having good fun. I like having parties
and going to parties.
What;has;been;your;biggest;health;challenge?Getting relief from sciatica (pain, tingling ornumbness in the sciatic nerve, which runs from thelower back to the foot). The pain is excruciatingand so far, no one has come up with any realsolution. It hampers me from doing many things.
I don’t have any regrets.
It’s important to do as much as you feel like doingand a little bit more. The more you do, the betteryou feel. And if you can help other people in theprocess, then it’s even better.
Do as much as you
feel like doing and a
little bit more.