Health

A new National Institutes of Health report, "An Aging World: 2015," places the world's population of people age 65 and older at 8.5 percent, or 617 million. That percentage is expected to increase to nearly 17 percent by 2050. The report also examines the demographic, health and socioeconomic trends accompanying the growth of the aging population.

As they reach middle age, most men begin looking forward to what's next. They gear up to experience renewed productivity and purpose and are more conscious of their health. This book provides a guide to healthy aging from a man's perspective.

Aging is a gift that we receive with life--and in New Aging, the architect Matthias Hollwich outlines smart, simple ideas to help us experience it that way. New Aging invites us to take everything we associate with aging--the loss of freedom and vitality, the cold and sterile nursing homes, the boredom--and throw it out the window. As an architect, Matthias Hollwich is devoted to finding ways in which we can shape our living spaces and communities to make aging a graceful and fulfilling aspect of our lives. Now he has distilled his research into a collection of simple, visionary principles--brought to life with bright, colorful illustrations--that will inspire you to think creatively about how you can change your habits and environments to suit your evolving needs as you age. With advice ranging from practical design tips for making your home safer and more comfortable to thought-provoking ideas on how we work, relax, and interact with our neighbors, and even how we eat, New Aging will inspire you and your loved ones to live smarter today so you can live better tomorrow.

There are more than 43 million adults caring for their aging parents and family members in the United States alone. While some are about to enjoy retirement and the freedoms that come with a life well lived, the responsibility of caring for their aging parents is a key issue they unexpectedly face.

Imagine:

Being able to competently choose a home care worker, assisted living, or nursing home, knowing the pros  and cons
Being able to find just the right words to approach your aging parents with the conversations you need about finances
Knowing how talk to your aging loved ones about giving up driving when the time comes
Being able to plan ahead for an aging parent who is running out of money and taking advantage of all benefits available to them
Understanding how to get past your aging parents' resistance about getting help, using a successful approach
Knowing how to best protect your aging loved ones from financial predators

The Family Guide to Aging Parents is the complete guide to help the caregiver understand the issues and be prepared for the realities. Covering everything from legal issues to what to do when your aging parent still wants to drive, The Family Guide to Aging Parents provides clear counsel for giving loving care and enjoying life after retirement.

Raja Yoga Meditation helps you reach a deeper understanding of yourself, your intrinsic positive qualities and your innate value. There is beauty in all of us and through meditation the inner beauty not only is revealed to the self, but also to the people around us. On Saturday, May 28 from 4:00-5:45PM, join practitioners from the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University to explore these universal concepts and encourage your inner spiritual development toward a fresh perspective on values such as justice, freedom, respect and love. Sessions will be interactive and experiential, where your tools for the inward journey will be explored and shared.

International Yoga Day Demo

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Help us celebrate International Yoga Day by learning the basics of this healthy, calming practice. Local certified yoga instructor, Thirupu Siva-Palani, will share the movements and breathing that can make yoga an important part of a daily routine. This program is geared for children 8 and up with their parents and caregivers. Tweens, Teens and Adults welcome! Don't forget to bring your own mat or towel and wear loose clothing.

Upcoming sessions

Tuesday, June 21 -
3:30 PM to 4:15 PM
Community Room

Dance Your Fanny Off

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Shake a tailfeather with your little one at Dance Your Fanny Off. We'll play thirty minutes of songs to get you movin' and groovin' to the beat. Each session will feature themed music so you can claim one of your Connect Your Summer On-the-Scene badges.

No registration required.

 

[Disco Ball by dichohecho is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

Upcoming sessions

Tuesday, June 7 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room Motown

National Dance Day Celebration

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Dance Your Fanny Off

Families with young children can put on their dancing shoes. We're celebrating National Dance Day a day early with stories and a craft, followed by an open dance party. Stories will start at 3:00 and everyone will have a chance to make a ribbon stick before we start our freestyle dance party at 3:30. Grownups should come ready to move and groove with the little ones and have a great time.

Upcoming sessions

Friday, July 29 -
3:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Community Room Dance

Phoenix Freerunning and Parkour

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Join the staff from Phoenix Freerunning Academy as they instruct us on all aspects of movement, specializing in parkour and freerunning. Phoenix Freerunning Academy is the only gym designed specifically for parkour and freerunning in the entire state! It is their goal to help educate, promote and unify the parkour and freerunning communities of Michigan and to teach both children and adults how to practice the growing sport of parkour in a fun and safe manner. This program is recommended for patrons aged 7 and up and remember...Train hard, train safe, but above all, never stop moving!

Upcoming sessions

Friday, July 8 -
2:00 PM to 3:30 PM
Community Room

Raja Yoga Healing Meditation

Raja Yoga Meditation helps you reach a deeper understanding of yourself, your intrinsic positive qualities and your innate value. There is beauty in all of us and through meditation the inner beauty not only is revealed to the self, but also to the people around us. On Saturday, May 28 from 4:00-5:45PM, join practitioners from the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University to explore these universal concepts and encourage your inner spiritual development toward a fresh perspective on values such as justice, freedom, respect and love. Sessions will be interactive and experiential, where your tools for the inward journey will be explored and shared.

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, May 28 -
4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Friends' Activity Room
Saturday, June 25 -
4:00 PM to 5:45 PM
Friends' Activity Room
Saturday, July 30 -
4:00 PM to 5:45 PM
Friends' Activity Room
Saturday, August 27 -
4:00 PM to 5:45 PM
Friends' Activity Room
Saturday, September 24 -
4:00 PM to 5:45 PM
Friends' Activity Room
Saturday, October 29 -
4:00 PM to 5:45 PM
Friends' Activity Room
Saturday, November 26 -
4:00 PM to 5:45 PM
Friends' Activity Room

Dance Your Fanny Off

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Shake a tailfeather with your little one at Dance Your Fanny Off. We'll play thirty minutes of songs to get you movin' and groovin' to the beat. Each session will feature themed music so you can claim one of your Connect Your Summer On-the-Scene badges.

No registration required.

 

[Disco Ball by dichohecho is licensed under CC BY 2.0]

Upcoming sessions

Monday, August 8 -
10:00 AM to 10:30 AM
Community Room Hit the Road

Animal Lover Yoga: All Ages

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Exercise like an animal! Stretch out like a puppy or relax like a butterfly in this 1-hour family-friendly yoga session, led by certified instructor Alyssa Beesley of West End Yoga. No experience necessary. Bring a mat or towel and join us in the Community Room for an all-ages tour through the animal kingdom! No Registration Required!

Upcoming sessions

Saturday, July 9 -
10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
Community Room

Getting enough sleep helps you stay healthy and alert. Many older people don’t sleep well, but getting older doesn’t mean you have to feel tired all the time. There are many things you can do to help you sleep better:

  • Follow a regular sleep schedule. Go to sleep and get up at the same time each day, even on weekends.
  • Develop a bedtime routine. Take time to relax before bedtime each night.
  • Exercise at regular times each day but not within 3 hours of your bedtime.

Neuroscientist Penny Lewis explores the latest research into the nighttime brain to understand the real benefits of sleep, showing how, while our body rests, the brain practices tasks it learned during the day, replays traumatic events to mollify them, and forges connections between distant concepts.

Meditation can be described as the exercise of quieting the mind, and The Little Sleep Meditation is an innovative compilation of short, guided meditations aimed at relaxing and soothing the listener into a complete state of calmness to aid a good night's sleep. It is suited to both beginners and advanced meditators and features music by Llewellyn from his bestselling album Sleep Gold. Philip Permutt, acclaimed healer, author, and meditation expert, also includes detailed sleeve notes about working with the sleep meditations on the CD.

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