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Profile of Older Americans: 2009

The Administration on Aging (AoA), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently published A Profile of Older Americans: 2009. The annual Profile of Older Americans was originally developed and researched by Donald G. Fowles, AoA. Saadia Greenberg, AoA, developed the 2009 edition Just a few highlights from this report:
  • The older population (65+) numbered 38.9 million in 2008, an increase of 4.5 million or 13.0% since 1998
  • The number of Americans aged 45-64 – who will reach 65 over the next two decades – increased by 31% during this decade
  • Over one in every eight, or 12.8%, of the population is an older American
  • Persons reaching age 65 have an average life expectancy of an additional 18.6 years (19.8 years for females and 17.1 years for males)

The Locavore Way

The Locavore Way: Discover and Enjoy the Pleasures of Locally Grown Food by Amy Cotler

Local eating has been in the news a lot the past few years, but how easy is it really? Easier than you'd think, and this book is chock full of ideas. It also outlines the many benefits, both personal and for the community and the world at large, of a locavore lifestyle. Looking for local food here in Canton? The Canton Farmers Market has fresh goods May through October and Calder Dairy delivers and is available along with other local goods at stores like Holiday Market. Are there other local options that you've discovered in Canton? Please share in the comments.

Take the No Impact Experiment

Inspired by the book No Impact Man by Colin Beaven, the No Impact Project brings you the No Impact Experiment — a one-week carbon cleanse. Register on their website and each day of the week you will be given an environmental challenge that will build on the previous day’s challenge. At the end of the week you will be asked to fill in an eco-lifestyle survey. The experiment is a chance for you to see what no-impact living is like, and hopefully help to improve your quality of life. Not a bad way to start off the new year.

Reflexology with Deanna Proske

Reflexology is the scientific study and manipulation of corresponding areas in the hands or feet to organs in your body to reduce stress, encourage good health and promote relaxation. Canton's own Deanna Proske will share the art of reflexology with us on Wednesday, January 20 at 7 pm in the library Community Room. Registration is available online.

Learn About Yoga

Join Canton resident Sharon Brand and learn about the benefits of Yoga. Sharon has nine years experience teaching the flowing style of Hatha Yoga. We offer this program as a way to promote Canton's 100 Days of Health.
Only a few spots remain, so register online soon. Wear loose fitting clothing, bring a mat or beach towel and bring a water bottle. Let's stretch, bend and breathe with Sharon on Thursday, January 14th at 7:00PM in the library's Community Room.

How Safe is Your Drinking Water?

New York Times reporter Charles Duhigg discovers that drinking water can be legal and still be unhealthy in his series Toxic Waters. In researching the series, he studied thousands of water pollution records, which he obtained via the Freedom of Information Act and discovered that an estimated one out of ten Americans is exposed to unsafe drinking water. Look at What's in Your Water? to find out what the contaminant level is in your drinking water system. Also be sure to check out CPL’s water quality resources to find out more on this important topic.
[Photo courtesy of AP Images]

Happy New Year's Diet

Is your New Year's resolution, as it is for so many of us, to drop a few pounds in 2010? Or perhaps you just want to eat a healthier diet? Take a look at some of our newer, healthier cookbooks and start your year off right.

Sign Up For the 100 Days of Health Over the Holidays!

What are your plans for the holidays? In between the food, fun and parties, be sure to think about signing up for Canton's 100 Days of Health! This fun family program, co-sponsored by Oakwood Healthcare systems, includes classes, events, health tips and free access to the Summit On the Park every Friday during the program. For more information, visit the Canton Leisure Services homepage or call the program hotline at (734) 394-5496.

Dangerous Toy Lists For the Holiday Shopping Season

In an effort to keep children safe from harmful and potentially deadly toys,  W.A.T.C.H. (World Against Toys Causing Harm) has published its 2009 10 Worst Toys list.  The Trouble in Toyland report by the U.S. PIRG (Public Interest Research Group) identifies toys with choking hazards, loud noises and dangerous chemicals.   For more toy and home product safety information, visit the U.S.

Wash Your Hands!

What's the easiest way to stop the spread of germs during this cold and flu season? Wash your hands! This week, December 6-12, happens to be National Handwashing Awareness Week. Go to www.henrythehand.com to find out more about handwashing, germs, and overall health. We want everyone to stay healthy over the holidays, so keep on washing with soap and water as much as possible!

Want healthy eating ideas for the holidays?

Three excellent books that have easy to follow diet plans, list healthy foods that keep your weight low and; metabolism high and give thin-spiration ideas or expert advice to help you keep the weight off during the holidays and through-out the year.

The Power of Your Dreams

Professional speaker Cindy Gray will discuss understanding and interpreting the power of your dreams. Cindy's enthusiastic presentation will inform and inspire you to take home the information and use it to enhance your life. Please join us for a fun and informative evening on Thursday, December 10 at 7:00PM in the library's Community Room. Phone-in registration begins Thursday, December 3 by calling the library at (734) 397-0999. Sweet dreams!

Having Too Much Fun?

December is a month full of many celebrations, and for some of us, final exams.  There seems to be an increase in pressure to get things done before the end of the year, and whether your tasks are enjoyable or not, it's important to remember to take it easy.  So while we have many items in the library that will help you get ready for all the parties and holidays, we also have materials to help you manage stress, relax and exercise to relieve some of the pressure.

Take a Load Off!


Start the New Year off without excess mental baggage...consider forgiveness! Scientists have proven bitterness and guilt wreaks havoc on our bodies and minds. Dr. Fred Luskin has written Forgive for good the results of the Forgiveness Project, one of the largest and most important studies on forgiveness ever conducted. It shows that learning how to forgive improves our emotional and physical well-being.

Falls and Older Adults

If you or an older person you know has fallen, you're not alone. More than one in three people ages 65 years or older falls each year. The risk of falling — and fall-related injuries — rises with age. But falls can be prevented, and three videos describing how older adults can reduce their risk have just been added to the Falls and Older Adults topic on NIHSeniorHealth.

(Image Credit: Leonard Freed. WEST GERMANY. 1965. (NYC30404). Magnum Photos. 01 Jan 1965. eLibrary. Web. 25 Jan 2010.)

Great American Smokeout

Spread the word and spread the health - Thursday, November 19th is the Great American Smokeout 2009. If you or a loved one has been trying to quit smoking, give it a try on this day. You'll be in good company. For more tips on kicking the habit, try Kicking Butts: Quit Smoking and Take Charge of Your Health.

Photo courtesy of eLibrary.

Eat This, Not That! 2010

It's amazing how thousands of easy food swaps can save you 10, 20, 30 pounds — or more. Author David Zinczenko explains which foods to avoid and which to substitute in Eat This, Not That! 2010: The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution! This is the completely expanded and updated for 2010. Recipes are included.

Medicare Help is Here

Caring for an older family member or friend? Getting on in years yourself? NIHSeniorHealth.gov, the health and wellness website for older adults, has recently added seven short videos about Medicare coverage to its Medicare Basics for Caregivers.

Arm Yourself with Knowledge

It seems we can't go a day without hearing about the seasonal flu or the H1N1 virus. Check the flu.gov website for the frequently updated flu shot locator and myths and facts concerning the flu. Also included are guides for professionals on maintaining business continuity during an epidemic. The Library catalog offers books for the young and young-at-heart such as Chicken soup by heart by Esther Hershenhorn and for the more adventurous Dread: how fear and fantasy have fueled epidemics from the Black Death to avian flu by Philip Alcabes.

Diabetes

November is American Diabetes month. 24 million children and adults in the United States live with Diabetes. 57 million Americans are at risk for type 2 Diabetes. American Diabetes Association is launching a national movement to Stop Diabetes. Learn more about this by visiting stopdiabetes.com