What a Journey! by Cheryl Cels: A Canadian History Adventure

Myself (Angela Gentile, left)and Cheryl Cels (right) holding her book, What a Journey! (2022)

It’s an amazing feat to publish your first book at age 76! I am very proud of my friend, Cheryl Cels, who has self-published her first children’s book which took her four years to complete. It stars her two grandchildren, Jake and Hudson, and takes them on a historical Canadian time-travel adventure.

What a Journey! is a work of historical fiction. The story is about two young teen siblings who fall into the river, magically taking them back to the early days of the Red River Settlement in Manitoba, around the year 1815. Their lives are saved over and over again by Chief Peguis and his family and the Anishinaabe people who are very hospitable and supportive.

What a Journey! is a paperback book with 102 pages.
What a Journey! back cover.

The history presented in the book has been well-researched and Cheryl states the facts are accurate. The information is based on published accounts of the early days of the Red River Settlement. Cheryl adds, “It’s not a boring story though, because it’s about two fun-loving young teens who the readers like to learn about as they follow them on their amazing journey.”

Cheryl states this easy-to-read book is very timely. People are opening their minds and their hearts to Indigenous people – wanting to know more about what they battled through. What a Journey! provides an opportunity for understanding with lots of good information. The photos and illustrations help bring the story to life.

Cheryl started writing her book in 2018. She took a class at McNally Robinson to learn how to write children’s books. She then was inspired by her two grandchildren, Jake and Hudson, who are the main characters. In real life, they currently live beside “The Passage” in Charleswood (a neighbourhood in Winnipeg, Manitoba) which is referred to in the book.

I was at “The Passage” and it was full of life.
This young deer at The Passage was very curious about me.

Cheryl ran into some roadblocks in getting her book published. Prior to hiring an editor, she had sent the manuscript to a few publishers, but it was rejected. Cheryl got discouraged and so she put it away. She hadn’t touched it for a long time.

Her breakthrough came when Jamie Maes, a grade five teacher, asked her if she could read the book aloud to her class as part of the social studies curriculum. She found it helped her students learn about the Red River Settlers, the Hudson’s Bay Company, the NorthWest Company, and the Indigenous people who were so kind and helpful to the main characters, Jake and Hudson. Cheryl states, “Jamie Maes got me going again, and that’s when I finished it! If she hadn’t helped and encouraged me, this book would never have happened.”

Phoenix is one of the characters who Cheryl is very proud of.

Cheryl’s hopes are that the book will be widely enjoyed by all ages and she would love to see it used in Manitoba schools. Teacher are encouraged to put more Indigenous content into their classrooms and this book has Anishinaabe language, characters, and truth. It describes how very kind and helpful they were to the settlers.

Joe Cels (left), Cheryl’s husband, contributed many graphics, including the cover art.

Cheryl Cels is a University of Manitoba Social Work graduate, and has lived in Winnipeg most of her life. She has always enjoyed writing and has a strong interest in Canada’s history.

To purchase a copy of this book (for $20), you can contact myself (by using the contact form below) and I will get you connected with Cheryl.

Angela G. Gentile, MSW, RSW

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The Healthcare System Gets a Failing Grade When it Comes to Supporting Caregivers of those Living with Dementia

Photo by Yannis Papanastasopoulos on Unsplash

I helped coach a caregiver and his friend through what was a very stressful and horrible day. It ended well, but the experience leaves me angry and I thought I should share it, in the hopes that it will help someone else.

This is a true story of a father and son. Names and other identifying information has been changed to protect identity and confidentiality. I will call the father Mr. Smith, the son Donald, and the friend Krista.

Mr. Smith, 62 years old, was diagnosed with dementia about five years ago. He and his family learned about this diagnosis while he was a patient at the hospital. His son had told the hospital staff that he and his partner at the time couldn’t look after his dad at home any longer and there was no other family members who could look after him. The hospital told the son that if he didn’t take his dad home, he would be sent to a homeless shelter. This didn’t sit right with Donald, so he took his father home.

Fast forward five years later. Donald calls me to say his father has been needing increased care and supervision. He needs to be fed, showered, dressed, and on three occasions he has left the home without notice and was unable to safely return due to his declining cognition. He was unsafe to be left alone for long periods of time. More recently, Mr. Smith left the home and the police were called. Mr. Smith was found on a bus. He didn’t know where he was or where he was going. This was the last straw for Donald. He knew it was time to have his father placed into long-term care.

I advised Donald that he could call Home Care and get the ball rolling for either home care services (which they tried in the past but had failed) or an assessment for long term care, such as personal care home admission. Donald said that it was getting too difficult for him to manage and that he needed this dealt with, urgently. I then advised that he should take his dad to the hospital and tell the medical professionals that his dad is not safe and he can no longer safely and adequately care for his father at home. Donald is the only care provider and told me that any other family members who are aware of the situation agree with the hospitalization and potential admission to personal care home.

Donald and his friend Krista took Mr. Smith to the emergency department that had a shorter waiting time than the other hospitals. They arrived at 9:00 am with an anticipated three-hour wait. I had coached Donald on what to say when he and his dad arrived at triage. That seemed to go well.

What didn’t go well was the three-hour wait turned out to be much longer. Mr. Smith was starting to get agitated. He didn’t understand why he was there. Donald didn’t know what to do so he asked me if I thought he should leave his dad there. I advised against it, however, Donald was getting very stressed and I suggested he talk to the nurse to let them know how he was feeling and to find out how long the wait was going to be.

Donald asked the nurse what would happen if they left. There were four people waiting ahead of Mr. Smith. The nurse at the time said, “Just let us know if you leave.”

Donald and Krista decided to wait another hour. When the hour was up, Donald called me again. He said, “We want to leave dad here, but are worried about what will happen if he decides to leave the hospital.” I said that now that he is in the hospital, he should be safe. The nurse had told you to let them know you are leaving, so if you must, just advise them and then go.

When he told the nurse (a different nurse as there had been a change), they told Donald that he can’t just leave his dad there. Donald said, “Well, you have two security guards at the door, so why can’t you just watch him so that he doesn’t leave. We don’t want him to get hurt.” They then told Donald that if he left his dad there, it would be considered “elder abuse.” Krista immediately responded with, “Don’t go using that term. You don’t know what we have been through. We are here because we want Mr. Smith to be safe. We don’t want a burnt out son and a possible mental breakdown on our hands.” Donald then said, “I have no legal authority over my dad. I have no Power of Attorney, I don’t run his life for him. He is not well, he has dementia, and he needs more care than what I can provide for him. I can’t take him home.”

I told Donald that he in no way would be guilty of elder abuse and that that was an absolutely inappropriate and unprofessional accusation by the person who said that. I told him the hospital have a very vested interest (and responsibility) in keeping his dad safe. I said, “Could you imagine the front page news tomorrow if, heaven forbid, your dad was injured or worse yet, killed, after he left the hospital under their watch?” It would not be your fault, it would be theirs. You have done all you can do and you are done. You are to be commended for the care and concern of your dad until now. It will take a team of trained staff to look after him. You can’t do it anymore.”

Soon after this, they miraculously found Mr. Smith a bed. Donald walked with his dad and the nurse to the emergency room bed. The nurse asked why Donald was following, and he said he wanted to make sure his dad was settled before he left. The nurse told Donald that there were going to be a lot of people seeing his dad, such as social workers, and other professionals and that this may take a while. Donald was satisfied, told them to call with any questions, and with that, went home.

The fact that Donald was accused of “elder abuse” is absolutely unacceptable. This absurd, unfounded accusation towards a burnt-out, stressed, grief-stricken son is horrific. I feel so badly for Donald. He had to basically “surrender” his dad to the healthcare system. One that has failed Mr. Smith and his son miserably. I sometimes wonder if the emergency departments do this on purpose in situations involving dementia – delaying the exam so long that the family decides to take their agitated, confused, frail loved one home rather than wait. Things have to change.

Donald went above and beyond over the last few years to care for his father at home, on his own. Home Care was tried, but it didn’t work for a variety of reasons. The healthcare system fails our family member caregivers time and time again. I see it and hear about it quite often.

For example, I know a dear older woman who is the wife of a man with dementia. She is also stressed and wanting to get her husband on the list for personal care home (PCH). She went through all the proper channels and she was told that he doesn’t qualify for PCH as he is “still able to do so much for himself.” She is burnt out, grieving, and at a loss for what to do next.

Our healthcare system here in Winnipeg, Manitoba needs to change. It needs to recognize the stress put upon the caregiver of a person with dementia. Our healthcare system needs to stop blaming caregivers, and telling them that they are guilty of elder abuse, when in fact they are doing the most difficult thing any loving family member can do (surrender their loved one to the long-term care program) to keep their loved one safe and cared for, while at the same time saving their own sanity. A caregiver already feels shame and guilt. Why add more pressure?

If you need any coaching, advocacy, or counselling regarding the difficulties associated with dementia care, please contact me for a free 15-minute consultation.

Angela G. Gentile, MSW, RSW

Gentle Angel Treasures Shop Update (What’s New?!)

Gentle Angel Treasures

Hi! Here’s an update on my hobby/business! (This little business is in addition to my private therapy/counselling practice).

Go to the catalog of ideas: Gentle Angel Treasures: Gifts to comfort, encourage, and inspire

THANK YOU for all your continued support. We are making the world a better place, one special gift at a time!

We have been working hard at sourcing out the very best for the shop. I strive to have good quality at reasonable prices. I think I have the lowest prices on semiprecious gemstone bracelets around! Now I am getting ready for the busy holiday season of Christmas and giving, believe it or not! 

I have also enjoyed selling my items at markets around Winnipeg and Manitoba and meeting lots of new people. 🙂

Check out what we have available:

– Semiprecious Gemstone Bracelets, Earrings, Necklaces, Keychains
– Stainless Steel Spinner Rings
– Shadow Boxes
– Books written by Angela G. Gentile, MSW, RSW (nonfiction, self-help, and education)
– Soy Candles
– Heat/Cold Therapy Bags (jasmine rice, wheat)
– Shelf-Sitters (small wooden signs)
– Worry Stones, Worry Worms (crocheted)

– Sun catchers
– Other surprises and unique items
– Custom orders available

Most items are handmade and handcrafted here in Winnipeg, Manitoba! Some items are upcycled or renewed (this will be noted on my items that this applies to). All items are packaged with love. 

Check out the Gentle Angel Treasures shop on Square (it’s my catalog of sorts, thanks to Linda Homenick for the suggestion!). We have over 300 items/categories listed for your browsing pleasure – https://gentleangeltreasures.square.site If you see something you like, contact me and I will make sure to get it to you!

Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok: @gatreasures to see what’s new and what I am up to. I often post special items I purchase and help support local artists wherever possible. 

Contact me, Angela Gentile on all social media sites, by phone/text 204-298-1012, or email: gentleangeltreasures@gmail.com. I’d love to hear from you!

*Please share and like this to help me get the word out! 

I want to hear from you!

Help Calm the Mind Naturally with Spinner Rings

Spinner rings in stainless steel

“The fidget spinner trend might be out of the spotlight, but that doesn’t mean that people still aren’t in need of a way to help settle their minds.” – Bustle

Spinning rings are functional stylish jewelry pieces that can help calm and relax the mind. Designed to help calm the nerves, stresses, and anxieties, spinner rings can offer a welcomed and fashionable distraction for people of all ages.  

The “fidget spinner” fad of 2017 helped many people who needed a gentle and fun distraction from the anxiety, boredom, or excess energy they had inside their bodies. This fad has died down, although there is still a need for “fidget” outlets. Anxieties and worries have certainly increased over the last couple of years (especially during the pandemic) and people are using all kinds of methods to help them cope. The “fidget” or “spinner” ring is now available as a discreet, quiet, affordable option. 

“Spinning the ring to the right is believed to have a calming effect on the mind and body.” – Joyful

Sandblast-finish spinner ring in stainless steel, size 6

My research on the subject (as per Dr. Google) has led me to understand that the very first “spinning” rings (that is, rings that have movable parts that are incredibly and oddly satisfying to manipulate) go back to the Tibetan Buddhists. Hundreds of years ago, Buddhists used “Meditation Rings” which helped them focus on their religious practice. The “fidget ring” concept has since expanded into many practical uses. It is a type of functional jewelry. The rotating ring has now replaced the fidget spinner as it is wearable.

The spinner ring comes in many sizes. I have found them in sizes 3-13. The stainless-steel version is the most affordable and durable, as it does not tarnish and is scratch-resistant. 

“Spinner rings are designed to be fiddled with.” – Joyful

Black spinner ring, size 10

The spinner ring can be used for many different reasons. It can also be worn just because it looks good! They look good on everybody. I have found these rings to be accented with many different colours and base colours. The most popular ones are in silver-tone, black, gold-tone,  rose-gold tone, rainbow, and they can come with accents of red, blue, yellow, and two-tone. You can find interesting tiny designs on them if you want it more personalized such as daisies, hearts, moons, stars, abstract designs and even things like cats and crosses! Interlocking and beaded designs offer more style and interest. New designs are coming out all the time. Different widths are also available, such as 6 mm, 8 mm and even bigger!

“Of course, the spinner ring itself is unlikely to have any mystical anxiety-reduction power. But by associating it with a relaxing event, thought, or action it can actually make you more relaxed by spinning the ring.” – Joyful

Rose gold stainless steel spinner ring with rhinestones, size 6

Other names for these special spinning rings include:

  • Meditation Ring
  • Worry Ring
  • Anxiety Ring
  • Fidget Ring
  • Fidget Spinner Ring
  • Spinner Ring
  • Spinning Ring
  • Rotating Ring
  • Revolving Ring

There may be more names but these are the main ones. 

Some jewelers sell them for hundreds of dollars. Gold, tungsten, 925 sterling silver, titanium steel, and other alloys are also available. If you are not sure if a spinner ring is for you, you can start with an affordable version and graduate into something more extravagant if need-be. 

“The fidget-needed items are much more than just a trend. According to Healthline, fidget devices help people with ADHD and some doctors see a benefit in people using them to calm their nerves.” – Bustle

Black stainless steel fidget ring, size 10

If you are interested in seeing what is available, Gentle Angel Treasures has the largest selection of stainless-steel rings available for pick up in Winnipeg. Follow on social media: @gatreasures on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok and contact us for more information. Listings can also be found on Marketplace and Kijiji under my name, Angela G. Gentile. 

“Spinner Rings…A little bit of meditation/good karma with a pretty edge.” – Hey Luna

Gentle Angel Treasures: Gifts to Comfort, Encourage, and Inspire

Sources: 

https://www.joyfulsentiments.com/blog/history-and-uses-of-the-spinner-ring/

https://www.bustle.com/p/what-are-fidget-rings-the-stylish-jewelry-actually-has-important-purpose-9406892

https://www.heyluna.com.au/pages/history-of-spinner-rings

Finding Balance – Notes from a Therapist/Jewelry Maker

Crystal Healing Bracelets by Angela Gentile, Gentle Angel Treasures

In the fall of 2021 I decided that my counselling skills were not going to go to waste. I started seeking out office space that was comfortable, wheelchair accessible and affordable. I found a great office in the heart of downtown Winnipeg in an area called Osborne Village. The office is on the main floor and it overlooks the Assiniboine River. I can see the Golden Boy on top of the Manitoba Legislature from one of my windows.

My client list is growing, and I have a few regular clients now. Some come in to the office, some prefer home visits, some like telephone, and many prefer virtual or “teletherapy.” I use the platform called Sessions by Psychology Today. They also have an app so my clients can use their mobile devices instead of having to be on a desktop or laptop computer. This makes counselling and therapy very convenient!

As my private practice thrives I have to be careful that I take time to look after myself. Burnout can happen to anyone in any kind of caring profession. I have been burnt out before, so I am very careful and will not let that happen again.

To keep myself balanced, a work-life balance, I have decided to work with my private practice Monday to Thursday. Friday to Sunday are my days off. I have also developed a new passion and hobby which allows me to be creative and nourishes my passion for helping people.

In my spare time, I make semiprecious gemstone bracelets. These bracelets are said to have crystal healing properties and some people believe the energy that comes from them can help them feel better. Some wear them for the healing properties, others just like the visual appeal of wearing natural stones. I have been wearing these types of bracelets since my cancer diagnosis in 2017. The designing, creating, assembling, and sale/gifting of these beautiful and natural gem bracelets is very “recreationally therapeutic” for me. I love making these bracelets, and I have also started making custom orders for people. Some of the most popular types of stones I use are onyx, obsidian, howlite, amethyst, rose quartz, jade, jasper, agate, hematite and lava. My supply has grown leaps and bounds since October 2021, and I think I have almost every type of bead now!

Counselling and therapy is hard work. Making crystal healing bracelets is fun and energizing. The combination of these two activities creates a great balance for me. I am very well mental-health wise, and feel energized and grounded. I remember years ago listening to Dr. Laura Schlessinger on SiriusXM Satellite Radio. In addition to her marriage and family advice talk show, she would talk about selling her jewelry that she handcrafted. Now I get it. A therapist who has a creative and fun outlet is better equipped to handle any stress, trauma, grief, and conflict that a client brings to them. It just makes good sense.

If you are interested in booking an appointment for counselling or would like to see what I have for sale in my Gentle Angel Treasures shop, please send me a message in the comment box below.

Angela G. Gentile, MSW, RSW

Gentle Angel Treasures – Gifts to Comfort, Encourage, & Inspire

Aquamarine gemstone bracelet for courage. Crystal Healing Bracelet. Stretch bracelet. Stacking bracelet.
Aquamarine gemstone stretch bracelet

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Looking for a special gift for someone who has been diagnosed with cancer or another health problem? Perhaps they have a mental health issue and they would benefit from some encouragement? Maybe you are just looking for a nice gift or a “Pick me up” for a friend or family member? Consider purchasing one of my Crystal Healing Bracelets from my Gentle Angel Treasures shop to help brighten their days. I have been making these bracelets since October 2021.

Each bracelet is unique due to the nature of the gemstones and the availability of accents and other beads. I use only natural semi-precious gemstones from around the world. The sturdy stretchy jewelry cord style is the most popular. My bracelets are also availble in wire-strung with clasps and memory wire. All of my bracelets are handmade and handcrafted with love.

Other gift items are also available. You will find earrings, keychains, pendants and much more! Something for everyone.

Crystal Healing Bracelets

Crystals and gemstones have been known to have special healing properties for thousands of years. It is understood that the crystals work through the human energy system – the chakras and aura – and not through the human body. Crystals are natural solids made from minerals. They are formed in the earth’s surface. The magical and healing powers of crystals enhance the placebo effect (where something has a healing effect because it changes chemicals in the brain which makes us feel better) and I am a strong believer in mindset when it comes to overcoming our struggles whether it is mental, physical or both.

My bracelets are made with natural gemstones and the wearer can enjoy an enhanced sense of well-being. I know how much I enjoy wearing my healing bracelets! In 2017, when I was diagnosed with cancer, I received three crystal healing bracelets. I believe they were instrumental in my recovery.

These bohemian or boho style (natural and unique) bracelets can be dressed up, or dressed down. They can be used every day or just on special occasions (depending on the bracelet).

Some people like to wear more than one bracelet, and that’s called “stacking.” Different colours, stone sizes, metals, or other properties can be combined.

Beads come in different sizes (e.g., 4, 6, 8, and 10mm) and are either polished or have a matte or frosted finish. Some are smooth and round, while others are cubed, tumbled, or faceted. A faceted bead has many sides which help it sparkle (think “Diamond cut”).

Some bracelets come in sets. Distance sets are for couples who can’t be together, “Soulmates,” “We Belong Together,” “A Piece of Me,” or “Mom and Me” are other examples of sets.

Two or more crystals put into one bracelet can have a synergistic effect, which means the crystals work together to create a new, unique, and intensified healing property. These bracelets can also be considered “intention” bracelets.

Each bracelet has a unique and individual style to it. Some people like plain, simple, one type of stone while others like a combination of colours. Some stones are opaque, some translucent, and some completely transparent. A variety of interesting effects can be found. For example, labradorite has a blue shine to it. Moonstone is magical. Tiger’s eye has what looks like a cat eye effect. Others glow in the dark or look cool under a black or blue UV light!

I often like to use different findings such as charms, spacers, rondelles and I prefer glass, crystal, or metal (versus plastic or acrylic). I also have a selection of wood, shell, and bone beads and rondelles to complement the gemstones.

The creative process of designing and assembling the bracelets brings me much joy and I always feel even happier when someone else likes what I have created.

Custom orders available, for an additional $5.00 (CAD) surcharge. Ask me for more info!

Pricing: My bracelets and other gifts are listed well below most competitors. Each bracelet is priced based on the cost of the supplies and the time and effort it takes to make it.

Shipping: Cost to ship one, two, or three bracelets in Canada is $3.00 (CAD). Cost to ship one, two, or three bracelets to USA is $10.00 (CAD). International shipping is approximatley $15.00 (CAD).

Resizing: Any of the bracelets can be resized once, for no extra charge. After that, it’s $5.00 (plus the cost of any extra beads or components needed).

Repairs: I can give you an estimate on how much it would cost to repair your bracelet.

Special Orders: If there is a stone you would like that I don’t have in stock, I can order it for you. I will require a deposit that goes towards your purchase to initiate the order.

Satisfaction: If there are any quality issues, please let me know as I am working hard to make sure all my components and assembly are top notch. Examples are: bracelet breaks, rhinestones fall out, metal tarnishes, charm falls off.

Consignment: Bulk orders available for consignment deals or other projects like fundraisers or gift box subscriptions.

Bracelet Sizing

To determine your bracelet size, measure your wrist with a measuring tape (or string) where you would like the bracelet to fit (like where you would wear a watch). If you like a looser fitting bracelet, add another 0.5-1 cm.

XS – 13 cm – 14 cm (5 – 5.5″)

Small – 15 cm – 16 cm (6 – 6.75″)

Medium – 17-18 cm (6.75 – 7.25″)

Large – 19-20 cm (7.5 – 8″)

XL – 21 cm (8.33″)

Half sizes also available. Don’t have a measuring tape? Here is a video on how to measure your wrist with a piece of string, paper, and ruler.

Working with Crystals

You can experience the beneficial effects of crystals simply by placing them near you, holding them in your hands, or wearing them against your skin. You can also meditate upon them. You may also choose to enjoy having beautiful crystals in your environment while harnessing the special energies that they bring to your home and environment.

Common Crystals and Semi-Precious Gemstones used in my Bracelets and their Healing* Properties:

Agate, Bamboo Leaf Agate: Good for sight and the health of the lymphatic system, colon, pancreas, and circulation. Good for emotional security and energy.

Agate, Black Banded: Good for endurance, change, new beginnings, and finding answers by seeing things differently. Good for yin/yang balance.

Amethyst: Good for overall protection, and physical, emotional, and mental balance. It helps with coping with responsibility and change. It heals the causes of dis-ease. Good for hearing, hormone regulation, insomnia, headaches, cancer, and arthritis (as an elixir). Good for the health of the immune, circulatory, and sympathetic nervous systems, bones, heart, stomach, skin, teeth, liver, and endocrine glands. Aids detoxing and blood cleansing. Helps with anger and violent tendencies. Calms passion, nerves, oversensitivity, tension, emotional energy, and grief. Enhances the aura, self-esteem, meditation, spirit contact, and spirituality.

Angelite: Protects travelers. Good for the brain and intellect. Helps study, communication, and courage. Builds tolerance and responsibility. Makes things happen. Good for the kidneys, lymph, body fluids, blood, teeth, and eyes. Helps swollen glands, water retention, and swelling. Improves eyesight. Cooling in hot climates. Brings calm, compassion, spiritual awareness, and development, and reveals the truth about yourself. Helps judgmental attitude. Brings you in contact with your inner and higher self. Good for centering and meditation. Gently washes away blocks in chakras. Clears pollutants (when used in visualization). *Do not get wet.*

Aquamarine (blue to blue-green variety of Beryl): Known to help build up courage. Brings calm, compassion, and spiritual awareness.

Aventurine: Good for motivation, decisions, yin/yang balance. Good for the muscles, lungs, heart, adrenal glands, and urogenital system. Protects, calms, and soothes emotions. Aids relaxation. Facilitates contact with spirit guides. Prevents “energy vampires” from sapping energy.

Carnelian: A “feel better” stone. It helps with memory, inspiration, speech, and the voice. It can relieve laziness and apathy and bring vitality, self-esteem, compassion, courage, and personal power. Good for digestion, tissue regeneration, and revitalizing the blood. Helps appetite. Helps anger, envy fear, rage, sorrow, confusion, and jealousy.

Chrysocolla: A blue/green “feel better” stone. Good for: Stress, phobias, tension, and guilt. Can help to mend a broken heart.

Chrysoprase: A green or yellow “feel better” stone. Good for general mental health and healing.

Citrine: A yellow, golden, or lemon “money” and “feel better” stone. Brings abundance and wealth. Good for the digestive system, eyesight, heart, kidneys, thyroid, thymus, and liver. Good for decision-making, learning, teaching, studying, creativity, awareness, writing, problem-solving, new beginnings. Good for relationships, self-esteem, getting rid of emotional toxins. Helps with anger and yin/yang balance.

Fluorite: Focuses the find and creates order out of chaos. Good for decisions, concentration, and relationships. Helps with the early stages of cancer. Good for meditation. Helps over-excitement and stress (allows the mind to work effectively in stressful situations).

Garnet: Brings courage, creative energy, vitality, abundance, flow, change, and awareness. Enhances the health of the bone, spine, heart, and lungs. Brings emotional balance. Helps depression, chaos, disruption, and emotional trauma.

Hematite, Black: Brings strength, love, courage, and personal magnetism. Good for mental processes, thoughts, memory, dexterity, and working with numbers/maths. Good for the blood and helps with anemia and insomnia.

Jade, White: Aids in problem-solving. Helps proneness to accidents and reaching dreams, goals, and ideals. It brings balance, justice, modesty, courage, wisdom, compassion, and longevity. It is good for the skin, hair, lymphatic system, bones, joints/hips, spleen, bladder, heart, immune system, gallbladder, kidneys, muscles, and the entire female reproductive system. Helps acne, fertility, premenstrual syndrome (PMS), menstrual problems, period pain, asthma, bacterial and viral infections, eye disorders, general malaise, high blood pressure, and schizophrenia. Good for emotional balance, confidence, and grounding. Helps negativity. Promotes dreams and dream recall (when placed under the pillow). Brings connection to ancient civilizations and wisdom, protection, peace (both inner and outer), and shamanic access to spirit worlds.

Jasper, Lilac: Helps prevent illness and acts as a general tonic when you are feeling down with a minor illness. Good for the nerves. Helps loneliness and keeps your spirits up.

Jasper, Ocean: Good for responsibility and patience. Good for digestion, detoxing, and the prevention of dis-ease. Good for meditation and circular breathing. Helps ease emotional stress.

Labradorite: Good for inspiration. Helps reduce feelings of insecurity, anxiety, and stress.

Lapis Lazuli: A “feel better” dark blue stone that brings vitality, wisdom, mental endurance, and creative expression. Good for relaxation, relationships, dreams, yin/yang balance, and all psychic abilities. Helps depression.

Lava Rock: Known for its grounding properties and is wonderful for calming emotions. It gives strength and courage. Helps with stability through change. Check out this article for some great info.

Malachite: A green stone that is good for endurance. Helps with physical balance, eyesight, and detoxing at a cellular level. Good for the immune system. Encourages restful sleep. Brings calm and emotional balance. Helps depression and manic depression.

Moonstone: White/cream/yellow/brown/blue/green or rainbow stone. Good for: wisdom, passion, change, new beginnings, endings, intuition, insight, and creativity. Brings good luck and a happy home. Good for: circulation, skin, hair, eyes, pituitary gland, and fertility. Helps women in terms of hormones and sexuality. Soothing and good for the inner self and emotions generally. Releases energy blocks. Brings calm, control, balance, confidence, composure, peace of mind, and caring and compassion. Helps oversensitivity, pessimism, and combats cycles/repeated patterns.

Obsidian: Black volcanic glass is known for protection, creativity, male qualities, and intuition. Good for digestion and survival instincts. Grounding.

Onyx, Black: Brings luck and happiness to the home. Good for bone marrow. Helps grief and lack of self-control. Helps you take charge of situations (strength and power). Good for yin/yang balance, contact with “god”, and connecting to your roots.

Opal: Good for creativity, inspiration, imagination, and memory. Aids detox. Helps infections. Promotes good and bad characteristics and allows bad ones to come out so you can deal with them.

Quartz, Rose: Known to be good for the health of the adrenal glands, heart, blood, circulation, kidneys, and spleen. Helps with general aches and pains. Good for forgiveness, love, romance, and relationships. Like a bubble bath for the emotions.

Strength & Love – Rose Quartz and Black Onyx

Rhodochrosite: Pinkish stone that brings courage. Good for memory, passion, sex, and making music. Good for the spleen, heart, circulation, and kidneys. Helps aging and myalgic encephalomyelitis (ME). Good for flow and yin/yang balance. Helps mental breakdown, 21st Century stress, and emotional trauma.

Sodalite: A blue stone that is good for ideas, perception, creative expression, and endurance. Good for physical balance and the health of the metabolism and lymphatic system. Helps with high blood pressure, insomnia, autism, aging, diabetes, and calcium deficiency. Good for calming, self-esteem, mental health and healing, and communicating feelings. Helps with confusion, inadequacy, mental unrest, oversensitivity, and fear.

Warrior Spirit – Sodalite and Black Onyx
Warrior Spirit – Sodalite and Black Onyx

Sunstone: Orange stone that brings vitality, abundance, and longevity. Brings strength and energy. Helps with fear and stress. Offers protection from “evil spirits.”

Tiger’s Eye, Yellow Silverite: “Feel better” and “go for it” stone. Good for intuition, courage, new beginnings. Helps digestion and digestive disorders. Good for balance, calm, and grounding. Helps fear, worry, depression, turmoil, inhibition, negativity.

Tourmaline, Pink: Enhances healing ability and offers protection on all levels. Good for mental health and healing. Calming and good for self-confidence, balance, and removing blockages. Helps fear. Relieves a restless or troubled mind.

Turquoise: Good for creative expression, courage, communication, wisdom, Compassion, romance, love, and friendship. Helps with public speaking and writing. A multi-purpose healer for the body. Alleviates the harmful effects of radiation.

Zoisite: Good for laziness and idleness. Good for the heart, spleen, pancreas, and lungs. Helps negativity. The Ruby version (Ruby in Zoisite) has red in it.

How to Spot a Fake

For more information on gemstones and minerals, visit Minerals.net – The Mineral and Gemstone Kingdom. If you are wondering how to tell if a gemstone is real or not, here is a helpful article called the List of False or Misleading Gemstone Names from the International Gem Society.

Caring for your Stretch Crystal Healing Bracelets:

Roll the bracelet on and off your hand to help preserve the elasticity. Keep it dry and if it gets soiled, wipe with a damp cloth and dry thoroughly. Stacking them with other bracelets won’t damage them or reduce their effectiveness. There are a variety of ways to recharge and cleanse your crystals, which include putting your bracelet in direct sunlight or under a full moon. Some people like to use a sage smudge. I do not recommend putting them into saltwater due to the potential of damaging the elastic and some crystals and metals may not like the water (such as Angelite). If your bracelet has metal on it, store it in a sealed plastic bag or container to help prevent it from tarnishing. If your bracelet breaks or if you need it resized, please contact me as I aim for your complete satisfaction and enjoyment.

*There is no scientific evidence that crystals and gemstones can “heal” but they can offer a placebo effect of improved well-being when the wearer believes they can help. I wrote a chapter on integrative medicine and complementary therapies in my book, Cancer Up the Wazoo (this chapter is available as a free PDF). Safety Note: Please note that while the description of the properties of some crystals refers to healing benefits, they are not intended to replace diagnosis of illness or ailments, or healing, or medicine. Always consult your doctor or other medical or mental health professional in the case of illness. – The Little Pocket Book of Crystal Healing by Philip Permutt

Follow my Gentle Angel Treasures account on Facebook, Instagram, and TikTok, username @gatreasures. I encourage my clients and customers to send me photos of their bracelets on their wrists as I like to post the pictures on my Gentle Angel Treasures social media accounts for everyone to enjoy. Please forward me any photos you may have!

For inspiration to help create the bracelet(s) you will love, check out my Pinterest board, or any of the following websites: Anzie.com, Mybeadsbracelet.com, Blissbury.co, Boybeads.com, Mejuri.com, DeanDavidson.ca. Etsy sellers have a wide variety of options, too.

To order your bracelet, please contact me by filling out the form below or go to the Gentle Angel Treasures Square Online Shop. Thanks!

Angela G. Gentile

Geek Squad has 1.4/5 Stars for a Reason

Geek Squad 1.4 Stars. bestbuy.ca

I have been offering Friendly Computer Tutor Services (Tech Support and Teaching) for the last month and I love it! I have been learning a lot and I find satisfaction in helping people who are struggling with technological issues. The mobile phone, laptop, tablet etc. that you have been frustrated with or given up on can finally be dealt with. I know how important it is to have computer-driven technology that works. It helps us stay connected, aids us in our work and play, and offers so much more.

Today I learned more about a company run by Best Buy called the Geek Squad. On the Best Buy website (as of this date, October 6, 2021), it shows a review of 1.4 stars out of 5. That is quite a low rating. I think that is for good reason, as I will explain below.

At a house call today I learned that my client is a paying member of the “Geek Squad Home Membership.” The Best Buy website has the following listed as a description of the Geek Squad and what they have to offer:

“Geek Squad Home Membership is one membership for all your devices—from Best Buy or not. For just $19.99 a month you’ll get unlimited support from our Agents, virus protection and data backup for your devices, huge savings on in-home services, and much more!” bestbuy.ca

The interesting thing to note here is that my client and I called the Geek Squad, and they said they had no record of her account (she has been a paying customer for almost two years). To have a one-time only assistance with her problem (on a Best Buy HP laptop), the Geek Squad operator said it would cost her $190.00. We were shocked! We decided to come back to this issue next week. We are planning on making an in-person visit to the Geek Squad at Best Buy to get this sorted out.

If you or someone you know is struggling with something to do with technology, please contact me and I will see how I can help. I can help troubleshoot, as well as advocate for you on your behalf. I know the language and how to navigate. I will help you call who you need to speak to and get ‘er done!

Angela G. Gentile, MSW, RSW

The Ten Dimensions of Wellness from an Aging Well Perspective (Podcast)

Have a listen to my interview with Dr. Andrea Wilkinson on the BrainShape Podcast, “Flourish or Fade with Angela Gentile.” Episode #121.

It was fun being a guest for the second time with Dr. Andrea. My book, Flourish or Fade: A guide to total well-being for women at midlife and beyond is available on Amazon. For more information on Dr. Andrea, please check out her website, https://www.brainshape.ca/ I hope you enjoy the interview!

Angela G. Gentile, MSW, RSW

Aging in Place is Preferred by Nearly 80% of Adults Aged 50+

Guest post by Carolina Jimenez.

Aging in place is the process of staying in your own home as you grow older instead of moving to an outside facility. To properly age in place, you should create a budget, discuss options with your family, connect with home health services and identify necessary home modification projects. 

Nearly 80 percent of adults ages 50 and older want to remain in their current homes as they age, according to American Association of Retired People (AARP). Aging in place is often more affordable than transitioning to institutionalized care and allows someone to retain independence in a comfortable, familiar setting. However, aging in place isn’t right for everyone. It requires careful planning, research and coordination. 

What Is Aging in Place? 

Aging in place occurs when someone makes a conscious decision to grow older in their current residence instead of moving to an assisted living or long-term care facility. Aging in place works best for people who create a plan, modify their home and establish a supportive network of family and home care services. Affordable, accessible and suitable housing options also make it easier for older adults to age in place and remain in their community for years to come. 

The choice to either age in place or transition to assisted care is a complex and personal decision influenced by emotional, physical and financial factors. 

Is Aging in Place Right for You? 

Staying in a familiar setting is a priority for many seniors. But aging in place isn’t always as easy as it sounds. Maintaining independence can become increasingly difficult as age increases and health declines. 

Everyone’s situation is different. It’s important to evaluate and be realistic about your own circumstances. 

For more information on Aging in Place and the RetireGuide website> www.retireguide.com 

Book News: Updates

I have been working on my books and I have two updates to tell you about.

Now in hardcover: “Flourish or Fade”

My newest book, “Flourish or Fade: A guide to total well-being for women at midlife and beyond” (2021) is now available in hardcover! This is the first book that I have been able to make into a hardcover version. Amazon had approached me to see if I would be interested in trying out this new feature they were offering, so I took them up on it. Let me know if you decided to get a copy of it in hardcover. I would love to know what you think.

Paperback updated for 2021: “Caring for a Husband with Dementia”

I have updated the paperback version of “Caring for a Husband with Dementia” for 2021. I have taken out some links that no longer worked. Many of the links were from the “Alzheimer’s Reading Room” which has been removed off the internet. I have also added a reference to a book by Marie Marley and Daniel C. Potts which has a lot of the information that was in the links which have been removed. Their book is called, “Finding Joy in Alzheimer’s: New Hope for Caregivers” (2015).

Angela G. Gentile, MSW, RSW