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Some foods help keep your heart in shape. Others help your bones.

What keeps your brain and memory healthy?

The CNN website offers this list of what to eat to maintain a healthy brain as you get older.

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Berries - Studies suggest that eating at least a half cup of blueberries or one cup of strawberries, on a weekly basis may help stave off cognitive decline. Berries have anthocyanidins, whose antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects may keep the brain in shape.

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Green leafy vegetables - One study of almost 1,000 adults found that a daily serving of spinach, kale, collard greens or arugula appeared to maintain cognitive health to the extent that participants were considered to be 11 years younger than people who rarely or never consume such veggies.

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Eggs - Eggs contain choline, which is an important brain nutrient.  In a study of 1,400 people, participants with high intakes of choline scored better of visual and verbal memory tests than those who ate fewer foods with choline.

In addition, people with a high intake of choline over the long term seem to have better MRI brain scans, suggesting that choline may protect against dementia.


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Homebuyers want to take action to avoid costly surprises and budget for any of the extra expenses. While coming up with a minimum deposit can be challenging it is also important to be aware of the 'hidden costs' of buying a home.

A general rule for buyers would be to budget for a 'cash' deposit of at least 5% on resale properties, which is payable when the subjects are removed and the sale is firm. For new strata developments, the deposits required could be up to 20%. If you don't have this amount of cash you may need to obtain financing just to cover the deposit.

Buyers should prepare and budget as much as possible ahead of time, especially noting that the provincial property tax, which is 1% on the 1st $100K, 2% on the balance up to $2,000,000 and 3% on the balance over $2,000,000 will be one of the largest expenses to plan for.

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Hopefully, before heading out to buy a home, buyers will sit down with their Realtor and discuss the process and outline the costs at each stage of the buying process, so they can budget and prepare for these expenses.

It would also be helpful, when your Realtor prepares an offer on your behalf, they outline the extra costs again as a reminder so you can consider all the costs when negotiating the price.

You will also want your Realtor to discuss timing the completion dates with mortgage-renewal dates, and budget for and what completion dates work to minimize penalties and extra costs. Often, buyers could 'port' (transfer) their current mortgages to their new property which will avoid a  penalty for paying off their loan early, which can be expensive.

The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver has a list to help homebuyers budget for extra or unexpected costs.

Good luck and happy buying. It should be an exciting process!


Most of us are guilty of using our phones too much. If you want to cut back on time spent on social media, online shopping or scanning headlines, IOS 12 has a new setting called Screen Time that can help. The feature definitely will come in handy for smartphone-addicted kids, too.

Here's how to enable Screen Time:


Tap the Settings App

Tap Screen Time

Tapp App Limits

Tap Add Limit

Tap a Category

Tap Add

Select the Time

Tap the Top Left Arrow to Save.


A homeless man was stunned by a policeman's kindness after the officer took off his shoes and gave them to the man as a gift.

The police officer saw the homeless man trip on worn out rubber soles of his shoes as he was walking down the street.

Upon approaching the man, the police officer struck up a conversation and inquired about his circumstances.

The officer asked the man if he wanted a bag of toiletries and supplies courtesy of a community assistance program offered by the police department, but the man declined.

The officer then asked what the man's shoe size was - and as fate would have it, his feet were the same size as the police officer.

Without hesitating the police officer took off his own shoes and gave them to the homeless man.

After the police officer made sure that his new acquaintance did not require any additional form of assistance, the man happily strolled away with a new pair of sturdy shoes on his feet.

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