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Savvy Seniors: March 2014

March is National Nutrition Month, in the words of Hippocrates “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food." Canton seniors can dine Monday-Friday at 11:30AM at the Summit on the Park's Oak Room.  Free if you are 60 years or older.

If you are homebound, age 60 and older you can receive a hot meal delivered to your home Monday-Friday. For more information contact: Wayne County Office of Nutrition Services 734-727-7357 or 800-851-1454.

Or prepare healthy meals at home:

The big book of health and fitness: a practical guide to diet, exercise, healthy aging, illness prevention, and sexual well-being by Philip Maffetone

The DASH diet action plan: proven to lower blood pressure and cholesterol without medication by Marla Heller

Cooking light complete meals in minutes: over 700 great recipes by [senior editor, Heather Averett]

Great Michigan Read: Annie's Ghosts

Steve Luxenberg, author of Annie's Ghosts the highly popular 2013-2014 Great Michigan Read, will be speaking at various sites throughout metro Detroit in May.

5/21   11:30AM at Jewish Family Service of Metro Detroit
5/21   7:00PM at  Holocaust Memorial Center
5/22   10:00AM at Westland Public Library
5/22    7:00PM at Rust Belt Market in Ferndale

Gluten Free Support Group

Have you wondered why everyone is talking about being "gluten-free" ? Are you starting the journey of being gluten-free or have you been without gluten for a long time? This class/support group is for you. Dr Cynthia Shaft-Toll DC will share health benefits of the gluten-free lifestyle : how and where to shop for gluten-free items, how to and where are the best gluten-free restaurants, how to cook for holidays and special events. Guest speakers also will be presenting at different months. Some sample gluten-free food will be available and we hope for the group to share their best recipes as well.

Session: March 11, 7:00-8:00 PM.  Purple Room

Type 2 Diabetes Prevention for Kids

On Saturday, March 8 from 2:00-2:45 PM, join local Pilates and Weight Loss Coach Judy Farmer, as she discusses the ins and outs of child diabetes and how to prevent it. As a mother of seven kids, Farmer knows how to get kids motivated! Get ready for fun as your kids jump to super dubstep music and learn easy ways to have energy and feel good all day. Bring a friend! Best for ages 6-10 year old.

Type 2 Diabetes Prevention for Adults

We all know about the Diabetes epidemic, but what about our own personal lifestyle? We need practical tips and clear science in plain language that can very likely save us and our loved ones from pain and suffering. Judy Farmer, local Weight Loss and Pilates Coach, takes a light hearted look at this serious problem and begins to help us create a family lifestyle of mental clarity, energy, and stable happier moods. Join us on Thursday, March 6 from 7:00-7:45 PM, as Ms. Farmer discusses the ins and outs of diabetes and how to prevent it. Bring your teens!

Traditional Yoga Basics

On Tuesday, March 4 from 4:30-5:15 PM, Thirupu Siva will teach young people from 6-16 years of age the basic asanas, building up to various intermediate poses. Please wear dark, loose fitting clothing and bring a yoga mat to work on. If you have long hair, please tie it back. Registration for this program begins on February 18.

[Vrksasana – postura del árbol / Amineko Yoga by ((carola)) is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0]

Sugar isn't so Sweet

Just about everyone has a sweet tooth. Sugar makes everything sweet. But a new study is warning of some serious health hazards regarding the intake of sugar in our food and beverages. Want to learn more? Click here. And check out this book for ways to cut sugar out of your diet and reduce your risk of diabetes and other harmful health complications.

The sugar smart diet: stop cravings and lose weight while still enjoying the sweets you love! by Anne Alexander, editorial director of Prevention, with Julia VanTine ; foreword by Delos M. Cosgrove, MD, chief executive officer and president of Cleveland Clinic

Raja Yoga Healing Meditation

Raja Yoga Meditation helps you reach a deeper understanding of yourself, your intrinsic positive qualities and your innate value. Join practitioners from the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University every Sunday from 2:45-5:45 PM to explore these universal concepts and encourage your inner spiritual development toward a fresh perspective on values such as justice, freedom, respect and love.

*2:45-4:00 PM class is for registrants only. You may register with Brahma Kumaris in Michigan by calling 248.987.2687 or emailing farmingtonhills@us.brahmakumaris.org
*4:00-5:45 PM class is open to any and all participants. No registration is necessary.

PLEASE NOTE: The Feb 2 and 9 classes will be held in the Community Room. The February 16 class has been cancelled. The Feb 23 class will be back in the Purple Room.

Pranayam Yoga

Join us on Wednesday, February 5 from 7:00-8:30 PM for a Pranayam Yoga wellness seminar. Learn the art of yogic breathing techniques to:

Manage stress
Improve immunity
Learn the art of letting go
Manage worry and anxiety
Discover your real self by rediscovering the true joy and peace within

Please wear comfortable clothing to practice breathing !!!!

[yoga by Natalie Lucier is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0]

Gluten -Free Support Group

Have you wondered why everyone is talking about being "gluten-free" ? Are you starting the journey of being gluten-free or have you been without gluten for a long time? This class/support group is for you. Dr Cynthia Shaft-Toll DC will share health benefits of the gluten-free lifestyle : how and where to shop for gluten-free items, how to and where are the best gluten-free restaurants, how to cook for holidays and special events. Guest speakers also will be presenting at different months. Some sample gluten-free food will be available and we hope for the group to share their best recipes as well.

Session: February 11, 7:00-8:00 PM.  Conference Room

Meet "Annie's Ghosts" Author Steve Luxenberg

Steve Luxenberg, author of Annie’s Ghosts: A Journey Into a Family's Secret the Michigan Humanities Council's Great Michigan Read will speak on Thursday, January 30 from 1:15–2:15 PM at Schoolcraft Community College's VisTaTech Center, VT 550.

Annie’s Ghosts is part memoir, part detective story, and part history. As the author tries to understand his mother's reasons for hiding her sister’s existence, he takes readers on a journey into his mother’s world of the 1930s and ‘40s, where he explores how a poor, immigrant family manages life with a child who has special needs.

Traditional Yoga Basics

On Tuesday, January 7 from 4:30-5:15 PM, Thirupu Siva will teach young people from 6-16 years of age the basic asanas, building up to various intermediate poses. Please wear dark, loose fitting clothing and bring a yoga mat to work on. If you have long hair, please tie it back. Registration for this program begins on December 23.

[Vrksasana – postura del árbol / Amineko Yoga by ((carola)) is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0]

A Time for Change? - CANCELLED

Did you spend time with your elderly relatives over the holidays? Is it harder for Mom to do the stairs or the dishes or harder for Dad to hear or get in the car? Maybe it's time for a change. That can be very difficult to talk about and to actually organize. Senior Real Estate Specialist, Nancy Austin, offers advice in everything from listing the house to cleaning it out to getting settled in someplace more appropriate and safe. Be prepared for this important change in your lives by joining us on January 22 at 7:00 PM in the library 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. Join practitioners from the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University every Sunday from 2:45-5:45 PM in the Purple Room to explore these universal concepts and encourage your inner spiritual development toward a fresh perspective on values such as justice, freedom, respect and love.

Upcoming themes:
December 28 — New years resolutions
January 4 — New Beginnings
January 11 — Healing through meditation
January 18 — Positive thinking
January 25 — The real you

*2:45-4:00 PM class is for registrants only. You may register with Brahma Kumaris in Michigan by calling 248.987.2687 or emailing farmingtonhills@us.brahmakumaris.org
*4:00-5:45 PM class is open to any and all participants. No registration is necessary.

Gluten-Free Support Group

Have you wondered why everyone is talking about being "gluten-free" ? Are you starting the journey of being gluten-free or have you been without gluten for a long time? This class/support group is for you. We will meet in the Purple Room on the second Tuesday of every month and discuss a variety of topics relating to this. Dr Cynthia Shaft-Toll DC will share health benefits of the gluten-free lifestyle : how and where to shop for gluten-free items, how to and where are the best gluten-free restaurants, how to cook for holidays and special events. Guest speakers also will be presenting at different months. Some sample gluten-free food will be available and we hope for the group to share their best recipes as well.

Session: January 14, 7:00-8:00 PM

[gluten free nut bread by Elana Amsterdam is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0]

Affordable Care Act Resources

Starting on October 1, HealthCare.gov will be the home of the Health Insurance Marketplace, which will allow residents to find, compare, and purchase health coverage. Open enrollment will end on March 1, 2014. The following resources can help you find out more about the Affordable Care Act and how to obtain affordable health coverage for you and your family.

Year 2013 Top Non-Fiction Picks

Canton Public Library's Information Services Librarians share their favorite 2013 non-fiction read(s), a mixture of Adult, Teen, and Children's fiction books.

Dallas 1963 by Bill Minutaglio and Steven L. Davis





The antidote: happiness for people who can't stand positive thinking by Oliver Burkeman





Going clear: Scientology, Hollywood, and the prison of belief by Lawrence Wright



Junius and Albert's adventures in the Confederacy: a Civil War odyssey by Peter Carlson






One summer: America, 1927 by Bill Bryson

Savvy Seniors: Get Active December 2013

Get a jump start on your New Year's resolutions! Even if you aren't used to being active, the holidays are a great time to get started. Spend time at family get-togethers going for walks or playing with your grandkids. Take a few extra laps around the mall when you're doing holiday shopping. Exercise before each holiday party you attend. Be more active and use the Go4Life resources to help you reach your goals.

Flu Clinic + Medicare Part D Answers

Our partners at Walgreens are giving us all one last chance to get our flu shots before we gather with family and friends for the holidays. Let's all be healthy and enjoy our time with loved ones. Also, the Medicare deadline looms on December 7 and you still may have a few questions. The trained professionals at Walgreens have the answers. So, bring your family for flu shots (free with most insurance cards) and your questions regarding Medicare Part D on Wednesday, December 4 at 2:30 in the library Purple Room.

Savvy Seniors: November is National Family Caregivers Month

November is National Family Caregiving Month and a great time to think about how you can fit exercise into your busy schedule! Being active has many benefits for caregivers including increasing your energy level; maintaining and improving your physical strength and fitness; and managing and preventing chronic diseases and conditions like diabetes, heart disease, and osteoporosis. Check out these resources for caregivers on Go4Life:

Caregivers and Exercise--Take Time for Yourself

Helping Older Family Members Become More Active

Helping People with Alzheimer's Disease Stay Physically Active


(Source: National Institute of Health)