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Memory Loss

When is memory loss cause for concern? Possible signs are forgetting common words and using odd ones in their place, asking the same questions repeatedly, becoming lost in familiar places, mood swings, misplacing items in odd places… In these instances it is important to seek medical help sooner rather than later in the event it is Alzheimer's. However, simple forgetfulness could be the result of fever, dehydration, vitamin deficiency, poor nutrition… To sharpen the brain experts recommend memory games and crossword puzzles. To boost your memory, post a large calendar to record appointments and make a to-do list.

Knowing Jesse

This is an inspirational story about a mother's unconditional love for her child. Knowing Jesse by Marianne Leone is about a family's remarkable journey with their son Jesse, a child born with cerebral palsy. You may recognize the father's face on the book cover. It's Academy Award actor, Chris Cooper.

Zumba

As part of the township's 100 Days of Health initiative, join us for an introduction to Zumba, the popular new fitness craze, on Saturday, January 29 at 2:00PM in the Community Room. Wear loose clothing, comfy shoes and be ready to move. Adults and teens age 16 and up are welcome. Registration begins two weeks prior to each session.

Chocolate for Alzheimer Patients

In a New York Times article about Alzheimer's Disease called The Vanishing Mind, the benefits of chocolate as a soother for aggitated nursing home patients was extolled. This is just one of alternative ways to treat individuals with Alzheimer's Physicians researchers are investigating.

Is It Time to Hang Up Your Keys?

AARP’s “We Need to Talk” online seminar sponsored by The Hartford provides practical tips and advice on how to recognize when it’s time to limit or stop driving and how to discuss the topic with loved ones. AARP recommends you complete the three modules in sequence. Each takes approximately 30 minutes to complete and you will learn what value driving has to older adults, how to objectively assess driving skills, and how to discuss limiting and/or stopping to drive.

How to Stay Healthy over the Holidays

It's that time of year when the hustle and bustle during the holiday season starts to take its toll. Being in crowded malls, family gatherings, and office parties brings us together in close proximity and that means more opportunities for cold and flu viruses to spread more rapidly. Here are some tips to avoid getting sick and check out this book, The Secrets of People Who Never Get Sick.

Are you Ready?

Things happen. Emergencies of all types happen. Sometimes we are prepared, sometimes we are not. The Department of Homeland Security has developed Ready Kids, a website for kids and their families, aimed to help everyone be ready for many different types of unexpected situations! There are activities and information to help your family get prepared for a variety of emergencies, from fires to tornadoes to earthquakes. Let the Mountain Lion family guide you through the planning process so you can graduate from Readiness U!

A Notable Book of 2010

Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer is turning up on many best books lists for the year. Siddhartha Mukherjee is a cancer physician and researcher who teaches students and treats patients at Columbia University Medical Center. He tells a riveting story of cancer that reads like a medical thriller. From its first documented appearance to the relentless pursuit for a cure, this book is about hope and provides clarity to anyone wanting to understand this mystifying disease.

U.S. News & World Report

The Dec/2010 issue of U.S. News contains 50 Ways to Improve Your Life in 2011. Articles concerning your health, money, career, mind and the world are included. Please note this will be the last issue of U.S. News & World Report. This magazine will no longer be published as a print or digital replica magazine. The U.S. Media group will continue to publish the usnews.com website.

American Red Cross Blood Drive Jump-starts the Holiday Season

The season of giving begins this month. Start it off with a badly-needed donation of blood to the American Red Cross. They'll be here in the library's Community Room on Wednesday, November 24, from 11:00AM until 4:45PM. You can make an appointment now with our receptionist.

How to Keep Up

How to Keep Up in This Fast-Moving World by humorist Sylvia Rubach will give us tips on how to cope with this crazy world. You can grab the brass ring on that merry-go-round called change. Join us for some laughs, some valuable tips and a fun evening on Thursday, November 18 in the Community Room at 7:00PM. No registration necessary.

November is Diabetes Month

Diabetes A to Z: what you need to know about diabetes — simply put — covers everything you need to know for living well with this condition. More important, it gives you clear and concise explanations that's appropriate for all diabetes patients and their caregivers.

Does Your Scented Candle Emit Toxic Chemicals?

According to an article in USA Today, a recent study indicates that it is likely. The study, which did not disclose brand names, analyzed top-selling air fresheners, laundry products including detergents, personal care products such as soaps and cleaning products. They found that all of the products tested emitted at least one chemical classified as toxic. The study did not find any difference in the so-called green products. To learn more about toxins in the environment you may want to check out Dodging the Toxic Bullet: How to Protect Yourself from Everyday Environmental Health Hazards by David R. Boyd. [Photo courtesy of AP Images]

Aphasia

Did you know over a million Americans live with Aphasia every day and it can occur in people of any age?  What's  Aphasia?  It is a language disorder usually caused by a stroke, head injury, tumor, or neurological disease.  Aphasia affects talking, understanding, reading and writing.   A good book to read is Stroke Recovery Book by Kip Burkman.  Also, speaking first hand from a loved one who had a stroke there is a speech-language program at the University of Michigan Aphasia Program (UMAP).  They are committed to providing intensive state-of-the-art therapy

Breast Health Month

Canton geneticist, Alyssa Knisset, of Oakwood Hospital will discuss breast health and family connections on Thursday, October 21 at 7:00PM in the Community Room. Have you had your mammogram recently? No registration required.

Breast Health Month

Celebrate National Breast Cancer Awareness Month by arming yourself with important information. Alyssa Knisley, Oakwood Hospital and Medical Center genetic counselor, will share her expertise and skills with us on Thursday, October 21 at 7:00PM in the Community Room. Join us for "must know" facts that could save your life or the life of a loved one. Have you had your mammogram this year?

The Doctors Are In!

Get your weekly dose of The Doctors. The Emmy Award-winning team from daytime TV will appear every Sunday in the USA Weekend. Dr. Jim Sears, Dr. Andrew Ordon, Dr. Lisa Masterson and Dr. Travis Stork each have their own HealthSmart columns that shares helpful tips for a healthy lifestyle. Also, check out their newest book, The Doctors 5-Minute Health Fixes.

Living Book: Tom Leib


My name is Tom Leib. I am a licensed doctor of naturopathic medicine. I treat patients with herbs, oil, and massage. My office is currently located in my home where I use reading, muscle responses, and massage to assess a patient's health. I am not a vegetarian. I also work in the auto industry.

Meet Tom and ask him your questions as part of our Living Books program. To learn more, drop by our Meet & Greet on Saturday, September 25, from 1:00-3:00PM.

Keeping Your Brain in Shape

USA Weekend reported that 25% of Americans have a genetic predisposition of developing Alzheimer's disease; quite a sobering statistic. Author Jean Carper's book, 100 Simple Things You Can Do to Prevent Alzheimer's and Age-Related Memory Loss, provides strategies you can do everyday to help keep your brain active and your memory sharp.