Carpe Diem Blog

Summer Safety Reminder for High Temperatures - Tuesday, August 18, 2020 Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Southern Alberta today and tomorrow. With this beautiful weather most of us want to get outside and enjoy it; however, some people with epilepsy may be sensitive to heat, and overheating can increase the risk of seizures. Looking for ways to keep cool? Limit your exposure to the heat… Read More
Epilepsy & Memory Challenges, Pt 3: Techniques to Remember - Friday, July 31, 2020 We’ve discussed methods to use to improve your memory in a general way but there are even more focused ways to assist specific memory encoding and recall that might strengthen the retrieval process for you. REMEMBERING PEOPLE'S NAMES Recording the information Listen carefully. Ask the person to spell their name. Think… Read More
Epilepsy & Memory Challenges, Pt 2 - Friday, July 24, 2020 Memory is the ability to recall experiences and knowledge learned and is divided into short-term memory and long-term memory. Short-term memory contains information that is to be remembered over a period of a few minutes, and long-term memory deals with anything that is to be remembered for longer than that. ‘Encoding’… Read More
Improving Your Memory - Friday, July 17, 2020 People living with epilepsy are often impacted by memory difficulties but there are some techniques and/or aids that can be brought into play to ameliorate these. Tips for Remembering Follow a set routineAdapt your surroundingsUse external memory aidsUse mnemonicsImprove general well-being Follow a Set Routine Following a routine is vitally important… Read More
Some Things to Love About Canada - Friday, July 3, 2020 Sure, we’ve got the Rockies, hockey, the better part of Niagara Falls, and screech but Canada’s also got lesser known claims to fame, including a variety of roadside attractions and iconic Canadian foods and drinks that you might like to work into a “staycation”. Big Attractions Canada has its share of… Read More
Getting Back in the Swing of Things - Friday, June 26, 2020 Now well into Stage 2 of Alberta’s re-launch strategy, businesses and recreational facilities are working to put in place all of the safety measures necessary to help keep staff and visitors healthy. For some of us this means the tentative re-entry into the 9 – 5 grind complete with packed lunches… Read More
The Art of Being Heard - Friday, June 19, 2020 During these very unusual times we may find ourselves spending more of our time around fewer people than ever before. This can be a good thing for some, but it can also be an extremely challenging for others. There is an art to this “together in isolation” thing we have going… Read More
Striking the Right Chord - Friday, June 12, 2020 Music - it can invigorate us, it can balance us, and it can be used to work through heavy emotions such as anger and grief. Finnish researchers found in 2011 that listening to music activates wide swathes in the brain, revealing that the neural networks dealing with creativity, emotions and motor… Read More
RISE OF FOURTH APE - Friday, June 5, 2020 The topic of my discussion piece is relevant to everyone at this time of the century. To understand the importance of the topic let’s begin by considering two social scenarios that almost every one of us has witnessed. First, imagine a party, dinner, or campsite. People are having deep and warm… Read More
Always believe something wonderful is about to happen - Friday, May 29, 2020 It has been said that humans have a negativity bias that causes us to focus more on things that scare or threaten us than on information we find positive or uplifting. Likely this is due to our hard-wired "fight or flight" response. We're living through a period right now where that… Read More
Feel Good Fridays – Human “Be”ings - May 22, 2020 This Friday’s Feel Good Blog at EAC is a break from routine. It’s decaffeinated, unplugged and fully acoustic: it’s break time! In a society where we are constantly bombarded with minute by minute updates on network news channels, we can feel pressure to react, to form an opinion, to do something (anything!)… Read More
Epilepsy & Royalty - Friday, May 15, 2020 This coming Monday is Victoria Day in Canada. Did you know that Queen Victoria had at least two descendants with epilepsy? Her son, Prince Leopold (later, Duke of Albany) was Victoria’s youngest son who lived with both haemophilia and epilepsy. Born in 1853, he was known for his artistic and intellectual… Read More
Managing Medications in a Crisis - May 15, 2020 Keep calm and keep track of your medication needs People across Canada are worried about drug shortages during this time of increased stress and uncertainty. Both the provincial and federal governments are working hard with pharmaceutical companies to ensure Canadians have access to their medication(s). The Canadian League Against Epilepsy and the… Read More
Feel Good Fridays – The 3 C’s: Feeling Calm, Centered and (in) Control - Friday, May 8, 2020 Isolation? Trying to make ends meet? Medical care hurdles? Anxiety? Ugh. Who needs it? Most people living with epilepsy and their families already “check those boxes” when it comes to living with one or more of those all too familiar challenges.  Now more than ever it is important to take the… Read More
Feel Good Fridays: Getting A Move On! - Friday, May 1, 2020 Epilepsy Association of Calgary Well, the sun is (finally!) shining and those of us who have been cooped up at home are eager to get out and (safely) enjoy a change of scenery. While we are cautioned to keep our social distance in the parks and on city pathways, there are… Read More