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"--.

here 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 he prosand 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 parentsâe(tm) 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.

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.

This month's selections include a variety of formats and topics, fiction and non-fiction.

A modern masterpiece from one of Italy's most acclaimed authors, My Brilliant Friend is a rich, intense and generous hearted story about two friends, Elena and Lila. Ferrante's inimitable style lends itself perfectly to a meticulous portrait of these two women that is also the story of a nation and a touching meditation on the nature of friendship. Through the lives of these two women, Ferrante tells the story of a neighbourhood, a city and a country as it is transformed in ways that, in turn, also transform the relationship between her two protagonists.

Brotherhood in death by J. D. Robb
Also available in: e-book | audiobook | large print

Dennis Mira just had two unpleasant surprises. First he learned that his cousin Edward was secretly meeting with a real estate agent about their late grandfather's magnificent West Village brownstone, despite the promise they both made to keep it in the family. Then, when he went to the house to confront Edward about it, he got a blunt object to the back of the head. Luckily Dennis is married to Charlotte Mira, the NYPSD's top profiler and a good friend of Lieutenant Eve Dallas. When the two arrive on the scene, he explains that the last thing he saw was Edward in a chair, bruised and bloody. When he came to, his cousin was gone. With the mess cleaned up and the security disks removed, there's nothing left behind but a few traces for forensics to analyze. As a former lawyer, judge, and senator, Edward Mira mingled with the elite and crossed paths with criminals, making enemies on a regular basis. Like so many politicians, he also made some very close friends behind closed-- and locked-- doors. But a badge and a billionaire husband can get you into places others can't go, and Eve intends to shine some light on the dirty deals and dark motives behind the disappearance of a powerful man, the family discord over a multimillion-dollar piece of real estate . . . and a new case that no one saw coming.

Also available in: large print

Hailed as "the best-read person in America" (The Paris Review) and "the best book critic in America" (The New York Observer), Michael Dirda's latest volume collects fifty of his witty and wide-ranging reflections on literary journalism, book collecting, and the writers he loves. As fans of his earlier books will expect, there are annotated lists galore -- and a revealing peek at the titles on Michael's nightstand. Funny and erudite, occasionally poignant or angry, Browsings is a celebration of the reading life.

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, March 26 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.

February is American Heart Month.  High blood pressure is a secret killer, often showing no signs or symptoms. Uncontrolled high blood pressure is a leading cause of heart disease and stroke. In fact, more than 67 million Americans have high blood pressure. People with high blood pressure are 4 times more likely to die from a stroke and 3 times more likely to die from heart disease, compared to those with normal blood pressure.  It is easy to get your blood pressure checked: ask your doctor, check your local drugstore, or purchase a home blood pressure monitor.

Renowned specialists, heart surgeon Dr. Marc Gillinov and cardiologist Dr. Steven Nissen, use decades of clinical experience, along with up-to-the-minute medical research, to debunk myths about cardiovascular disease, and provide the knowledge and tools needed to live a long and heart-healthy life.

"A breakthrough mind-body program to build a strong, healthy, and happy heart, for women at risk for or diagnosed with heart disease, from the Harvard-trained cardiologist behind the Women's Heart Health Program at Massachusetts General Hospital. Heart disease is the number-one killer of American women, and prevention and healing require integrative approaches to address the whole heart--physical, emotional, and spiritual. Smart at Heart's holistic program includes strategies to improve heart health by addressing ten bridges that link the physical and emotional hearts, including the mental health, relationship, and communication bridges. This book guides readers through evaluating their current state of physical and emotional health and then empowers them with solutions to strengthen each bridge to create a healthy, whole heart"--.

"This book acts as a guide to the "best practices" for optimal heart health, serving as a resource for patients diagnosed with or aiming to prevent heart disease. In it, Dr. Samaan provides advice on diet, supplements and alternative medicine, the effects of caffeine and alcohol, stress management, and more"--.

Puberty and sex can be challenging topics to bring up with your child, but if you need some resources to help you, take a look at these. As with many nonfiction topics, these books will be located by others on the same or similar topics.

Not all books will be suitable for all readers.

Books for Younger Children

What makes a baby by Cory Silverberg

"One doctor's passionate and profound memoir of his experience grappling with race, bias, and the unique health problems of black AmericansWhen Damon Tweedy begins medical school,he envisions a bright future where his segregated, working-class background will become largely irrelevant. Instead, he finds that he has joined a new world where race is front and center. The recipient of a scholarship designed to increase black student enrollment, Tweedy soon meets a professor who bluntly questions whether he belongs in medical school, a moment that crystallizes the challenges he will face throughout his career. Making matters worse, in lecture after lecture the common refrain for numerous diseases resounds, "More common in blacks than whites." Black Man in a White Coat examines the complex ways in which both black doctors and patients must navigate the difficult and often contradictory terrain of race and medicine. As Tweedy transforms from student to practicing physician, he discovers how often race influences his encounters with patients. Through their stories, he illustrates the complex social, cultural, and economic factors at the root of most health problems in the black community. These issues take on greater meaning when Tweedy is himself diagnosed with a chronic disease far more common among black people. In this powerful, moving, and deeply empathic book, Tweedy explores the challenges confronting black doctors, and the disproportionate health burdens faced by black patients, ultimately seeking a way forward to better treatment and more compassionate care"--.

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, January 30 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.

The human body is very complex.  In order to achieve optimal health and wellness, it’s necessary to address all parts of the body, and remove obstacles to healing. Join Dr. Wallner of Innovative Health Solutions as he discusses how to keep you and your family healthy in 2016. January 20 at 7:00 PM

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