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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.

Living Book: Malkia Newman


Malkia Newman, a Mental Health Educator and advocate, talks about her life experiences as a person diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder.

Meet Malkia Newman and ask her 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.

Medicare Recipients Be Alert!

Medicare recipients who are eligible for what is being called the Donut Hole Rebate will be interested in the July 31, 2010 interview of Michigan Office of Services to the Aging director, Sharon L. Gire to explain eligibility for the Medicare Donut Hole rebate payment. Ms. Gire was interviewed by Laurel Hess, host of Comcast Newsmakers.

Great Work-Out DVD

For anyone looking for a great work-out with weights try The Firm Hard Core Fusion. This DVD can be used by beginners and modified with or without weights. It will get your heart rate up and tone your muscles. Check it out today.

Sound Garden

Come for a stroll at Canton’s 1st annual Sound Garden event. It will be taking place at the Lower Rouge Recreation Trail on Thursday, August 12 from 6:30-8:30PM. Light refreshments will be available and live music is going to be stationed along the trail for your enjoyment.

Team Canton Resource Guide

Canton community leaders, including local business professionals, health care professionals, school representatives, judges and attorneys, have united to form Team Canton with the purpose of bringing local resources together in order to help those in need. Team Canton's Community Assistance Resource Guide contains local information on "food pantries, clothing banks, financial assistance, job placement assistance, and education and training programs" and more. You may also want to check out this relevant blog posting on recession resources.

Older Americans: 2010

Today’s older Americans enjoy longer lives and better health than did previous generations. These and other trends are reported in Older Americans 2010: Key Indicators of Well-Being, a unique, comprehensive look at aging in the United States from the Federal Interagency Forum on Aging-Related Statistics. Five broad areas—population, economics, health status, health risks and behaviors, and health care were examined.

Canton’s Senior Summit

Canton Supervisor Phil LaJoy is hosting a Senior Summit on Monday, September 13, at  Summit on the Park, from 9:00AM-2:00PM. Supervisor Phil LaJoy began this event when he was serving as a State Representative, and is now continuing it for Canton seniors.

The Senior Summit will feature a wide array of informational booths and presentations geared toward today’s senior. Also included are door prizes, a continental breakfast, lunch, bingo and a shredding truck. The event is free, however registration is required. To register, please call Canton Towhship offices at (734) 394-5185.

Creating a Family Health History

At your next family reunion or gathering, consider discussing a different type of family tree — your family health history. Knowing what diseases and health conditions run in the family can give you, your children and grandchildren clues about your risk factors. It can also be a useful tool for health care providers to assess a family member’s health risks and recommend preventive steps. Find out how to collect, organize and use information about your family’s health at Creating a Family Health History available on the NIHSeniorHealth Web site.
[Photo courtesy of Gary H. Spielvogel on flickr]

Stress Management

The complete idiot's guide to managing stress [electronic resource] by Jeff Davidson — A revised and updated edition to managing the number-one cause of chronic illness — stress.

Good stress, bad stress : an indispensable guide to identifying and managing your stress by Barry Lenson — Lenson’s book is based on the theory that a certain amount of stress is necessary in order for humans to reach their potential.