Creative Longevity and Positive Aging

Wednesday November 2, 2011: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Within the next 8-10 years, 65 year-olds will outnumber children aged five and under for the first time in our history. As we live longer and face the financial, relational, and health factors often associated with longevity, effective coping strategies become increasingly important to the maintenance of creative, healthy lifestyles.

This lecture, by Todd K. Favorite, PhD., will focus on the impact of psychological stressors as we adjust to changes in life after years of dedication to careers and families. The value of close relationships; taking control and living with intentionality; engagement in community and networking; and discovering meaning and purpose in each stage of life are among the timely topics Dr. Favorite will discuss.

Health Information on the Web - Finding the Good Stuff!

Medline Body PartsMedline Body Parts Thursday October 27 | 9:15 am | West branch

Learn from the Taubman Health Sciences Library how to use MedlinePlus. Brought to you by the National Institutes of Health and produced by the National Library of Medicine, MedlinePlus provides medical information in a language you can understand.

Classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Registration is not required. Click here to view the computer class schedule. See you in class!

Film & Discussion: Telling Amy's Story

Monday October 24, 2011: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

In observance of Domestic Violence Awareness Month, AADL and SafeHouse Center present a special screening of the award-winning documentary Telling Amy's Story.

The film, hosted by actress and advocate Mariska Hargitay and told by Detective Deirdri Fishel, follows the timeline of a domestic violence homicide that occurred in 2001. The victim's parents and co-workers, law enforcement officers, and court personnel share their perspectives on what happened to Amy in the weeks, months, and years leading up to her death.

While the ending to Amy's story can never be changed, it is hoped that it's telling can change outcomes for the millions of victims, survivors, and loved ones affected by domestic violence every day. A discussion (led by SafeHouse Center) will follow the screening of the 43 minute film, which is not rated.

Lifelong Exercise for Everyone

Many people who have a chronic health condition or disability stop exercising after they experience a big change in their movement abilities. A panel of five exercise specialists from Chelsea, Ann Arbor and Saline will be at the Traverwood Branch on Thursday, Oct. 27, 7-8:30 pm to talk about a much healthier approach for anyone who has had this experience. They will show how fortunate we are in Washtenaw County to have so many resources that integrate medical care with fitness programming. In addition, Chelsea is partnering with Stockbridge and Manchester to help with sustainable access in rural areas. Please come ready to learn and ask questions. This event is part of UM Investing in Ability Week.

The Buzz on Dietary Supplements

UM Clinical Pharmacist Tami Remington will speak and answer questions on Oct. 19 about the pros and cons of taking dietary supplements to maintain and improve health. We often get very different opinions on this from medical doctors and practitioners of alternative medicine. Tami will help us navigate through these divergent perspectives to help you make better decisions for yourself and your family. This program is cosponsored by UM Geriatrics Center.

Tami Remington, PharmD | Wed., October 19, 7-8:30 pm | Downtown Library

Living with Low Vision Support Group

Join the Living with Low Vision group each month at the University of Michigan Kellogg Eye Center. Each meeting features a guest speaker or an activity for individuals with low vision. The group meets on the second Wednesday of each month from 5:30pm to 7:30pm. The October 12th meeting will feature Dan Furton from the Michigan Commission for the Blind. If you have questions, contact Gale Oren at (734) 763-9468 or goren@umich.edu.

Next Week In Booklists

Notable Dates for the Week of October 9 to October 15

October 9 Leif Erickson Day

October 10 Spread awareness on World Mental Health Day

October 11 Face one of your fears on National Face Your Fears Day. Whether it's petting an animal that scares you or going to a place that gives you the heebie jeebies, give it a try.

October 12 National Gumbo Day

October 13 English Language Day

October 14 The 86th birthday of Winnie the Pooh!

October 15 Ignore syrupy, commercialized Sweetest Day and keep it real with National Grouch Day

Celebrate each and every day!

Do you feel the burn?

It seems like every other person in Ann Arbor is off to yoga, pilates or a spinning class. For the exercise-reluctant, signing up for a class forces you to go -- which is a big motivator for action. But classes cost money, and sometimes scheduled time. Don’t panic when I mention the next few words: home exercise video.

We’re not talking Jane Fonda here. Yes, you’ll feel the burn, MAJOR, but it’s not Jane, it’s Jillian and her DVD, 30 Day Shred. Jillian Michaels, trainer extraordinaire from the hit TV show The Biggest Loser, has many DVDs to get you working out hardcore to get quick results.

The first time I heard someone say they were going home to shred, I had no idea what they were talking about. Then I learned of Jillian’s 30 Day Shred. The DVD features a 30-day plan that has three, 20-minute workouts that progress in intensity, and include cardio, strength and ab work. The exercises are tough, and you’ll barely have time for a water break, but if you stick with it (or any workout routine for that matter) you’ll see and feel the results. Other DVDs by Jillian Michaels also available at AADL include 6 Week Six-Pack and Ripped in 30.

Vegetarian Awareness Month Event: A Raw Food Diet: What Can It Do For You?

Tuesday October 4, 2011: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Looking for a healthier lifestyle? Join us during Vegetarian Awareness Month, as raw-foods enthusiast Ellen Livingston discusses the essentials of eating an uncooked plant-based diet, explores heated controversies in the modern raw food movement, and explains what a healthy, balanced raw diet looks like and how it is deceptively simple to prepare.

Ellen Livingston, MA, RYT, shares her passion for health creation through Living Yoga. A natural raw food diet and yoga are the primary tools of her unique teachings and healthy lifestyle coaching. She is a certified yoga teacher and has inspired and assisted hundreds of people to make lasting, life-changing health improvements.

Yoga for Women Experiencing Perimenopause or Menopause

Monday, September 26 | 7:00-8:30 PM | Malletts Creek Branch

Feel empowered through Kundalini yoga as you go through the cycles of life. Victoria Duranona will guide you through breathing techniques and yoga sets designed to help maintain hormonal balance through perimenopause and menopause. Dress in comfortable exercise clothes so you can try out these helpful techniques.

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