A Presentation by the National Alliance On Mental Illness Washtenaw County (NAMI WC)

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This event is designed to provide help and hope to both individuals living with serious brain disorders as well as their loved ones. It is also meant to educate the public about mental illness, address the need to stop the stigma and discrimination and possibly encourage someone in the audience who may be in need to seek help.

The National Alliance On Mental Illness Washtenaw County (NAMI WC) will have two presenters who will share stories of how to manage and succeed with a mental illness and how to cope and support a loved one with a mental illness.

Tuesday May 10, 2011: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Free Pap Test Screening

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Are you are 21 years or older? Has it been two or more years since you last had a pap test? If you meet this criteria here's something you should know: The University of Michigan Health System is offering a free screening at the Briarwood Center for Women, Children and Young Adults. Cervical Cancer has no symptoms at its earliest stages. That's why screenings are so important. This test takes 10 minutes and may save your life! Registration is required, so please call: 1-800-865-1125.

Healthy Eating For Kids

Check out the new series Food Is CATegorical for a way to teach your Kindergarten - 3rd graders about the food pyramid. Using humor and rhyme ("They're loaded with fiber - a friend to your body. They help you digest food and make you go potty."), this series of six books comes from author Brian Cleary, who created the Words Are CATegorical and Math Is CATegorical books. Choose from the following titles:
Apples, Cherries, Red Raspberries : What Is in the Fruits Group?
Black Beans and Lamb, Poached Eggs and Ham : What Is in the Meat and Beans Group?
Green Beans, Potatoes, and Even Tomatoes : What Is in the Vegetables Group?
Macaroni and Rice and Bread By the Slice : What Is in the Grains Group?
Oils (Just a Bit) to Keep Your Body Fit : What Are Oils?
Yogurt and Cheeses and Ice Cream That Pleases : What Is in the Milk Group?

Grief 101: What To Expect When Grieving

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Presented by Arbor Hospice's Grief Support Services, this one-hour educational meeting will provide you with the resources and information you are looking for when coping with the loss of a loved one. The session will help examine what is normal during the grief process, strategies for coping, suggestions for self-care, and what support is available to you. There will also be time for questions at the end.

Arbor Hospice is a community resource that provides grief support services to anyone who has experienced a loss through death. In addition to providing support services to family members who have utilized Arbor Hospice's services, programs are open to any member of the community who has experienced a loss. For more information on Arbor Hospice Grief Support, contact Grief Support at 734-794-5375 or ghaynes@arborhospice.org.

Grief 101: What To Expect When Grieving -- Tuesday, March 15 -- 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM -- Pittsfield Branch Library: Program Room

Bright Nights™ Community Forum - Learning and Depression: What's the Connection?

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

Children with undetected attention and learning problems often feel unsuccessful in school. Over time, the stress associated with doing poorly in school can create vulnerability to depression. Similarly, symptoms of depression can interfere with academic progress.

Cynthia Ewell-Foster, PhD, Clinical Assistant Professor in the U-M Department of Psychiatry and member of the U-M Depression Center, will present an overview of the latest research on the interaction of learning disorders and depressive illnesses, and information on effective treatment strategies. This will be followed by a specialist panel discussion. Parents and educators are encouraged to attend.

Bright Nights™ Community Forums are presented by the U-M Depression Center. This public forum series gives community members the opportunity to obtain up-to-date information on a variety of topics related to depression.

A Very Special Dental Storytime

In celebration of National Children's Dental Health Month, join us for a dental-themed storytime with local dentist, Dr. Bunek. Each February, the American Dental Association (ADA) sponsors National Children's Dental Health Month to raise awareness about the importance of oral health. Developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums!

This special storytime is happening this week, Wednesday, February 23rd, 11:30 AM at our Malletts Creek Branch. We look forward to seeing you there!

For more information on dental health, check out some of our AADL materials like The Tooth Book : A Guide To Healthy Teeth And Gums, I Know Why I Brush My Teeth, Open Wide : Tooth School Inside, and Make Way For Tooth Decay. Planning a child's visit to the dentist? Check out books like My First Visit To The Dentist, What To Expect When You Go To The Dentist, The Berenstain Bears Visit The Dentist, or Dora The Explorer : A Visit To The Dentist. Show me your smile! Check out our Stories-to-Go: Teeth kit for a tote bag filled with 6 books, 1 DVD, and 1 Activity folder.

For adults interested in the history of the profession, check out the fascinating (and often disturbing) Dentistry : An Illustrated History or The Excruciating History Of Dentistry / Toothsome Tales And Oral Oddities From Babylon To Braces.

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Medications and Aging

The current approach to high quality, less costly health care encourages better communication with your doctors. If you have been taking several prescribed medications for chronic medical conditions for years, the way your body reacts to them can change over time. Thus, it is important to tell your doctors all the medicines you are taking to minimize potential errors. MedlinePlus is one good online site to consult. AADL welcomes Alan Dengiz, M.D., of UM Turner Geriatric Clinic, to give an overview of this important topic and answer your questions on Wed., Feb. 16, 7-8:30 pm. This event is cosponsored by UM Geriatrics Center.

Wednesday, Feb. 16 | 7-8:30 pm | Pittsfield Branch | Dr. Alan Dengiz

Alzheimer's and You

Many people wonder whether and when Alzheimer’s Disease could impact you or a loved one. What are the causes, and are there things you can do to prevent or postpone its onset? On Feb. 14, Kenneth Langa, M.D., Ph.D., UM Dept. of Internal Medicine, will explore the current research on Alzheimer’s Disease from around the world to help us understand the risks and the remedies for this big concern as one ages. So come with questions and join the discussion. Cosponsored by UM Geriatrics Center.

Monday, February 14 | Malletts Creek | 7-8:30 pm | Dr. Kenneth Langa

Huron Valley Ambulance Citizens Academy

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Have you ever wondered how your local Emergency Medical System works? Join the 2011 Huron Valley Ambulance Citizens Academy! The free 8-week program will guide you in exploration of Huron Valley Ambulance operations, including the 9-1-1 Call Center. You'll view demonstrations of skills performed in the field, receive first aid and CPR certification, hear guest speakers from fire and police departments, and more! The program will take place on Wednesday evenings from February 16 to April 6. For questions or to register, call Jason Trojan at (734) 477-6781 or email jtrojan@hva.org.

Kids Kicking Cancer

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Kids Kicking Cancer is a weekly program provided by the Cancer Support Community of Greater Ann Arbor. It consists of martial arts, breathing, meditation and focus techniques that teach children tools to reduce pain, fear & anger. With their mantra 'Power, Peace, Purpose', participants learn how to de-stress themselves & teach others to do the same! The program is open to children with cancer, children of a parent with cancer and all siblings. To register or for more information call the Kids Kicking Cancer office at (313) 557-0021, contact cindy@kidskickingcancer.net, or Cancer Support Community at (734) 975-2500.

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