Health

The Good Night, Sleep Tight Workbook

Does your baby, toddler, or preschooler need help sleeping peacefully through the night? Kim West, also known as The Sleep Lady, has the guide for you. West's book, The Good Night, Sleep Tight Workbook will teach you techniques for giving your child a good night's rest. Covering the newborn stage up to age five, this book offers many solutions for the tired household. Check it out from the Parenting section in the Children's Department.

Resolution: Create a Family Health Tree

The U. S. Surgeon General has created an online tool called My Family Health portrait to help families gather medical information. Because many diseases have a genetic component, families can become more aware of the health risks they may face. The Surgeon General recommends learning the medical history of at least three generations. The tool they've developed has questions you should ask. The website assures complete privacy for participants.

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.

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.

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.

In control : no more snapping at your family, sulking at work, steaming in the grocery line, seething at meetings, stuffing your frustration by Redford Williams & Virginia Williams — The authors teach readers how to handle all types of stressful situations.

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