Category: Carpe Diem

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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’ […]

  • 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 routine Adapt your surroundings Use external memory aids Use mnemonics Improve general well-being Follow a Set Routine Following a […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]


    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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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!) […]