Health, Mind & Body
For many people, the day after Halloween is the official kick-off of the holiday season. Lights are out in front of the mall, the stores put their holiday wares front and center, cookie recipes are dusted off, and children pull out a fresh sheets of paper for their wish lists. The season heats up even more on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, as people start stressing out over gift lists, school events, and merry-making to-do lists.
For many other people, however, the holiday season is one of a different kind of stress. There is worry about the colder months and the heating bill, about not having enough money for gifts, or getting through the season without a loved one. This season, instead of perusing the “Hot Toys of 2015” lists, why not set a personal or family goal to make it truly a season of giving, rather than receiving?
An alarming number of Americans have diabetes, a potentially life-threatening condition, without even knowing it. This serious disease often goes undiagnosed in seniors because many of the symptoms seem harmless and are mistaken for “old age” problems.
Some people today fear going under the surgeon’s knife. It’s mostly a dread of the unknown. What might happen while they are knocked out, unaware of what is going on around them. They may not realize how fortunate they are. In Dr. Mütter’s Marvels, readers are swept back in time to a period before anesthesia was generally used. A good surgeon was a swift, careful cutter who could make the operation as mercifully short as possible for his wide-awake patient. He might even do some good for the patient in the process.
Lori Myers of the Alzheimer’s Association joins us at the Salem Church branch on Monday, October 26, to discuss behaviors to expect in dementia, as well as which communication strategies work best when caring for someone with this disease. The program begins at 10:00.
Here are some quick facts on Alzheimer’s disease in the United States:
It’s something people don’t want to think about—until they must. When friends or family members have debilitating conditions, so much so that they must have help on a daily or even hourly basis—it is time to sit down and figure out what can be done. The Comfort of Home: A Complete Guide for Caregivers is a plainly written manual for those who wish to keep their loved ones at home.
A History of Ebola
Ebola was first recorded in 1976 in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan where it infected about 600 people. Mortality rates were frighteningly high, but the disease was contained and dropped out of sight until 1995 when some 300 cases showed up again in the Democratic Republic of Congo. From 2000-2001, during a large outbreak in Uganda, the disease took a couple of hundred lives.
Vaccinations can save your life. As we get older, immune systems tend to weaken over time, putting us at higher risk for certain diseases. Older adults are especially vulnerable to certain diseases, such as influenza and pneumonia. There is no better time than the present to follow-up with your doctor and make sure you have all the shots you need. Despite the common misconception, vaccinations are needed throughout your life—not just when you are a child.
The library staff often journeys into the community to share our many wonderful educational, cultural, and recreational resources. From May through October you will find us at area farmers' markets. Stop by to learn about our great services while your children complete a quick and fun STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) activity. You can even check out a cookbook full of tasty recipes to use with the fresh produce you just purchased!
March is National Nutrition Month—and what better time to learn more about the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)?
SNAP helps many low-income seniors pay for the foods they need to maintain good health. However, a staggering number of older adults—approximately 2 out of 3—who qualify to receive SNAP are missing out on the benefits. With an average monthly benefit of $122 for a senior living alone (in 2011), a variety of healthful food options may be purchased. Click on the link below to learn more: