If you’re an average Albertan, you canexpect to live to be at least 81 years old.That’s a lot of time to work, play, beactive and be part of your world.
This edition of Apple is our secondCare in the Community for Life issue. It’sfilled with advice and resources aboutyour health as you age.
Health is at the core of aging well,whether you’re talking about hitting thegym or trying to eat more vegetables.Find suggestions on improving yournutrition on page 52 and improving yourbalance on page 14.
And if you’ve decided to downsize,get tips on handling the stress of amove—and what to do with all yourstuff—on page 16.
Also in this issue, writer Doug Horner
talks to three Albertans about their
experiences with a family member’s
death. The grief is real.
But what he discovered is that whetheryou spend your last days in the hospital,at home or in a hospice, someone’s finaljourney can be dignified, comfortableand include laughter. Doug’s story startson page 22.
Then check out our updated directoryof services on page 56. It features morethan 115 listings for Alberta HealthServices, community and governmentprograms that can help with everythingfrom getting home care to snowremoval to writing your will—all thingsimportant to consider at every age. Wecan’t help you achieve immortality, butwe can give you the health and wellnessinformation you need, when you need itmost.|a
in our communities
Dr. Ted Braun is AHS’ Vice President and MedicalDirector for Central and Southern Alberta. He alsopractises palliative medicine in Calgary.
WRITTEN BY DR. TED BRAUN