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It’s Valentine’s Day, and many older adults and seniors are enjoying sex just as much—and sometimes more—than younger people. But myths and misconceptions about sex and aging abound. These include: Older adults are too old and frail to have sex Older people don’t want to discuss their sexuality with professionals Sex is unimportant or over and done with when a person is older Sexual prowess and desire wane with age Menopause is the death of a woman’s sexuality Masturbation is an immature activity of young people. Older people don’t masturbate. Hysterectomies cause a physical disability that results in the inability to function sexually
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Health & Wellness
If you or someone you know is struggling with mental health or substance use issues, know you’re not alone. Interior Health offers support and helpful resources across the Interior region.  How, when and where you access mental health and substance use services depends on: Your age Where you live Where you are in your mental health and/or substance use journey If you identify as Indigenous, we also have services and supports uniquely tailored to you.
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Community & Culture
Name: Kim Young (she/her/hers)Job Title: Licenced Practical Nurse Years of Service: 16.5Worksite: Cottonwoods Care Centre and Brookhaven Care CentreCommunity: West KelownaAncestral Territory: Syilx NationFavourite Quote / Advice to live by: “Live, laugh, love” and “Be the person people will remember and appreciate” Meet Kim Young, a compassionate licensed practical nurse (LPN) with an impressive 16.5 years of service at Interior Health (IH). Born and raised in Kelowna, which is situated on the ancestral territory of the Syilx Nation, Kim wholeheartedly serves her hometown community through her dedication working with tracheostomy and ventilator-dependent patients at Cottonwoods Care Centre, while also working in dementia care at Brookhaven Care Centre.
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Health & Wellness
Body image refers to how a person sees or perceives their appearance, and the feelings associated with that viewpoint. As humans, we often compare ourselves to those around us and this comparison may affect the way we eat, dress, or treat each other. Our body image is connected to our self-esteem. Self-esteem is how we value and respect ourselves as a person. Self-esteem affects how we take care of ourselves emotionally, physically, and spiritually. It's important to embrace ourselves and our differences to realize the beauty every person has and how uniqueness enhances life experience.  “Positive body image isn’t believing your body LOOKS good. It’s knowing that it IS good, regardless of how it looks.” – Dr. Lindsay Kite
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Community & Culture
Name: Julie Bodden (she/her/hers)Job Title: Community Integration Care CoordinatorYears of Service: 8Worksite: Vernon Urgent & Primary Care CentreCommunity:  VernonAncestral Territory: SyilxFavourite Quote / Advice to live by: “When you make an observation, you have an obligation.” - M. K. Asante Meet Julie Bodden, community integration care coordinator at Vernon Urgent & Primary Care Centre! This adventure-seeking world traveller has visited all seven continents, experienced penguin watching in Antarctica, climbed Kilimanjaro, and has even dove with whale sharks and giant hammerhead sharks in the Galapagos!
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Health & Wellness
In a series of landmark studies, the Alzheimer Society of Canada estimates that by 2050 more than 1.7 million Canadians are expected to be living with dementia. That’s triple the more than 600,000 people who are living with dementia today in Canada. The forecasted increase in diagnoses is expected to have a huge impact on Canada’s health-care system, not to mention the more than one million caregivers who will serve as care partners. According to the first study: “In Canada, most people living with dementia reside at home. In 2015 and 2016, 69% of seniors with dementia under the age of 80, and 58% of those over 80, lived in the community and outside of the long-term care systems (Canadian Institute for Health Information [CIHI], 2018a).” In our previous story, we talked about tips and resources for caring for a loved one with dementia, and your self-care. In this story, we share some of the innovative approaches to care for those with dementia across the Interior Health region. We also highlight resources available from the Alzheimer Society and UBC.

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