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Diagnosed with Alzheimer’s – Now What? Addressing Support Needs in the Caribbean

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Imagine that you are visiting a friend who cares for her mother. While there you notice that she has just helped her mom take a bath because she is unable to care for herself. Then you notice that her mother repeatedly asks her the same question: Who are you? Calmly, your friend repeats the same answer every time. You are shocked. How is it possible for a mother to be unable to recognise the face of her own child?

Sadly, this is the reality of many people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. It is the most common type of dementia, a condition which causes memory loss and creates difficulty with thinking, problem solving and language, as well as the ability to carry out familiar tasks. Patients also experience confusion with time and place, changes in mood and personality and often misplace their belongings. Though it is a progressive disease, treatments for the symptoms are available and research continues in an effort to find a cure. Continue reading

Quit Procrastinating and just DO SOMETHING!

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Sometimes you must simply act. Trying beats sitting around wondering how things will turn out. Trust  that  you have what it takes or what is necessary to deal with whatever comes your way.

 Act now. The present moment is all that you have. Action will lead you to the resources that you need. Whatever your dream, you must act. You can always learn to do something better. Take advantage of courses, audio tapes, one-on-one classes or whatever suits your lifestyle. Remain open to new and better avenues of learning. Don’t get attached to one format. Allow yourself to explore.

The late and sagacious Emanuel James ‘Jim’ Rohn said, “Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly until you learn to do it better.”

He used the example of a baby’s first steps to illustrate this point. We celebrate its attempts at walking, indeed just learning to stand. We cheer on every trying step. Yet we do not extend the same tolerance to ourselves. Even Oprah Winfrey faltered in building her television network. Act now and remain open to learning.

If something is really important to you, why would you mind doing poorly at it until you learn how to do it better?

Grace Adds Exciting New Dimension to St. Lucia Carnival

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Every year when the carnival season comes around there is usually a lot of brainstorming among band members and organisers about how to ensure that St. Lucia enjoys a safe and sober carnival celebration. Amidst all the fun, alcohol consumption is quite high resulting in persons becoming intoxicated and suffering from hangovers and all its debilitating effects.

This year Grace Foods, one of the Caribbean’s largest and most dynamic food and beverage companies, known all throughout the world, joined forces with its St. Lucian distributor, Peter & Company Distribution and Just4Fun, St. Lucia’s largest carnival band, to introduce a groundbreaking new initiative which showed that you don’t have to sacrifice healthy lifestyle practices or your sobriety in order to play mas and have a great time.

PCD through the Grace and Seven Seas brands executed the Grace/ Seven Seas Sober Zones at five major carnival events where attendees were invited to relax and socialize as they reenergized before heading home by sampling Grace Soups and Haliborange Vitamin C packets. Continue reading

Shoe Smarts – Choosing Footwear That’s Right for You

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By Shoe Rehab

Let’s face it, in today‘s world it’s hard not to be driven by fashion when it comes to selecting a pair of shoes! The harsh reality is that poor footwear choices can    lead

to unbearable discomfort and even permanent foot aliments. Blisters, bunions, Plantar and arch problems are all the result of uninformed shoe selections, all of which can be avoided by following these  simple  guidelines  while  shoe  shopping:

Shop In the afternoon

This will give you a more accurate fit as your feet would have naturally expanded at the end of the day.

Take a walk in those shoes

It is so important that your feet are able to breathe in your shoes. Be sure to try on both sides and wiggle your toes around to ensure that there is adequate space, to avoid getting cramps after wearing them for too long.

Shoe sizes are simply guides

Shoe sizes vary based on the different manufacturers, materials used and countries of origin. Therefore it is imperative that you make your selection based on what feels comfortable and leaves about ½ inch between the longest toe and the end of your shoe. Never rely on the assertion that you’ll eventually “break them in”; if it’s too snug or you feel a pinch, do not buy them!

Know your foot type

Just as the shapes of different peoples’ feet are different, shoes are perfect for different people in different ways. Are your feet very broad? Do you have very long toes or a high instep? These are also things to consider as details such as wide width sizing or orthotic insoles may be necessary to get the right fit.

Style is important

Your footwear should have laces, straps, buckles or even Velcro to secure them. If the feet have to make an effort to hold them in place, foot muscles might get strained. Further, shoes with very narrow front areas tend to force toes into an unnatural position which can lead to numerous injuries to the toes, ankles, knees, calves, and back.

 

Happy 37th Independence Anniversary, St. Lucia!

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Saint Lucians at home and abroad are gearing up to celebrate the island’s 37th Anniversary of Independence (February 22, 2016).

This is a good time to reflect on the significance of nationhood, and what we initially set out to achieve as an independent people.

One way of doing this is by reflecting on our national symbols and their meaning. Our national emblems represent what is unique about the nation, reflecting different aspects of our cultural life and history. They can even serve as a yardstick to determine the progress we’ve made in achieving our collective hopes and aspirations for our country.

The national symbols of Saint Lucia are the flag and the coat of arms. Following is a brief description of the two symbols and what they represent.

The Coat of Arms Continue reading

The Balancing Act of Career Mothers

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In the words of Sir Richard Branson “Screw it. Just do it” is a term that can be associated with managing a career and raising children; it’s tough. In times past the role of women was

set in stone as homemakers, thus preventing any consideration of developing a professional career. In retrospect, we can all agree that raising children is a career in the home. Due to the demands of life whether by choice or the sheer need for another source of income in the household – mothers in the workforce; are faced with the balancing act of being a career woman by day and mother by night.

The increase in the number of mothers in the workplace meant a dramatic change in the dynamics of organisations. Moreover, as these women sought opportunities to take on leadership roles or made the decision to become entrepreneurs, their dual roles as mothers and career women were thrown into the demanding spotlight of the corporate world. They now had to balance day-care and parent- teacher conferencing with business negotiations and corporate strategy development. Continue reading

The WAZE app is Here!

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Have you ever wished that Saint Lucia had a traffic monitoring system? A system that could notify you of traffic conditions island-wide, so  that  you  could  use an

alternative route to reach your destination when traffic is heavy or there has been an accident on your route. Well, wish no more, the WAZE app is here.

What is WAZE, you may ask?

WAZE is the largest community-based navigation and traffic app. It is controlled and updated by drivers like you who voluntarily work together to beat the traffic. App users can notify each other when and where there’s a traffic jam, its intensity, and whether there are accidents or other hazards on the road. Continue reading

Pomegranate

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Pomegranates are loaded with polyphenols that have powerful antioxidant properties. Antioxidants prevent free radical damage of the walls of arteries, thus preventing heart disease. They also prevent oxidation of cholesterol, which causes plaque formation and development of coronary artery disease.

Lower blood pressure:

Pomegranates help lower blood pressure by preventing the activity of serum angiotensin- converting enzyme. Punicic acid is one of the main constituents of pomegranates that help lower cholesterol, triglycerides and reduce blood pressure. A study has shown that pomegranate components reduce risk factors for heart disease, in patients with diabetes and high LDL levels of the blood. Continue reading

Perseverance – the key to Success

“A river cuts through a rock not because of its power but its persistence.”

I found this quote a while back and felt that it really was a perfect definition of perseverance. Perseverance means sticking to something despite what comes your way, no matter how difficult. Business, especially entrepreneurship, will go a long way in helping you develop this character trait if you don’t have it yet.

You must stick to your vision even when others can’t see it. Motivate yourself regularly. Create a YES! list.  A YES! list is a list that provokes a  “Yes!” at the end of each sentence. Revisit your list regularly, particularly in those moments when you are your only cheerleader. My YES! list  includes all the reasons why I’m undertaking any project.

I know someone who owns a local store who is the personification of perseverance. When she opened her doors, she had very little merchandise. She later received products from two local artisans. Her stock continued to increase slowly. Now her store is lined with products and thriving. She had a vision and stuck with it until she created a physical representation of that vision. She did it all with little capital, while working a second job and raising her two young children.

Keep reaching. Keep stretching. Keep trying new angles. Keep moving towards your vision.  When the challenges arise, tell yourself, as Les Brown puts it, “I don’t have bad days, I have character building days.”

Perseverance is really a lifestyle. It takes a deep sense of purpose to remain steadily determined and focused. You have what it takes.Stick to it, success is imminent!

ONE MUSIC, ONE MEDIUM – ONE DROP

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Dazzle Magazine recently caught up with Shervon Monrose of One Drop Sound while he was on island to promote and market a few projects that the company is now involved in. He took some time to discuss with us the nature of these projects and the idea behind One Drop Radio.

Dazzle: Tell us a little about One Drop.
ShervonOne Drop Radio, an affiliate of One Drop Sound (2007), started in November 2014 by myself, Cuthbert Didier and David ‘Shakes’ Christopher as an online radio station which concentrated on Saint Lucian music.  We went this route was because too many people had no idea that Saint Lucia produced music from all different genres and we wanted to let the world know that we had many talented artistes who produced quality music.

Dazzle: How did you decide on the name One Drop Radio’?
Shervon:   The term ‘one drop’ was birthed through Reggae but we put a spin on it – all it takes is one drop of music, one message. We then took it a little further and produced a radio app to keep up with technological advancements. It’s a free app and is available on iTunes, Google Store and Blackberry and currently we have over 45K users of the app. Continue reading

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