Adjusting To Your Child's Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) Diagnosis

Wednesday December 12, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

If you have a child who has been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), then you understand the many challenges ASD presents and how those challenges evolve as the child grows.

This presentation, featuring Dr. Fiona Miller, will focus on describing the range of challenges that parents report, how those challenges change over time, and strategies for coping with them. Dr. Miller is a licensed clinical psychologist who supervises and practices in the Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) program at the University of Michigan Center for the Child and the Family.

Bright Nights Community Forum: The Adolescent Brain: A Work In Progress

Tuesday November 27, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Bright Nights Community Forum brings Dr. Paresh Patel, of the U-M Department of Psychiatry and the U-M Depression Center, to discuss the neuroscience of a teen's brain and how its ongoing development affects the behavior and emotions of teens. A panel discussion and audience Q&A follows.

This event is for Grade 9 - Adult

Caregiver Support

Interim HealthCare in partnership with Catholic Social Services, Blueprint for Aging, and The Best of Aging Magazine are hosting the First Annual National Family Caregivers Recognition Event on Sunday November 11, 2012 from 2:00-4:30pm at the Senior Health Building at 5361 McAuley Dr. on the campus of St. Joe's Hospital. Mary Ellen Geist, author of A Measure of the Heart: A Father’s Alzheimer’s, a Daughter’s Return, a Michigan Notable Book of 2009, will speak. Interim HealthCare will be providing Certified Nurse Assistants to provide respite care to allow family caregivers to attend this event. Call 734-468-3746 to arrange for this service.

World Diabetes Day!

The University of Michigan’s Comprehensive Diabetes Center is hosting their 6th Annual World Diabetes Day Health Fair November 10 from 9:00 AM -1:00 pm. The event takes place at the Sheraton Ann Arbor Hotel. There will be screenings for high blood pressure, urine screenings for kidney disease, foot exams and eye exams to screen for diabetic retinopathy. There will be three presentations during the event and many resources available for participants. This event is free and open to the public.

Know More about Hearing Loss

If you find yourself often asking people to repeat what they just said to you, or if you are bothered by an airy ringing between your ears, you will find it helpful to attend this talk on hearing loss. On Wed., Oct. 24 at 7-8:30 pm, at Malletts Creek Branch, Ben Wightman, UM Audiologist, will discuss problems with hearing, how to preserve and protect one's hearing, personal amplification, tinnitus, as well as various assistive devices related to audiology. This event is co-sponsored by the UM Council for Disability Concerns as part of the Council's Investing in Ability Week. For more information call 734-327-4555.

Yoga For Women

Monday October 22, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Come and join us for an hour and a half to do yoga, relax and celebrate womanhood.

As women we dedicate much of our time to nourish others, let's take a little time to share yogic tips for women with Victoria Duranona.

If you'd like to learn more about yoga, the library offers many books and videos on the topic.

Yoga for Women

Monday, October 22 | 7-8:30 PM | Downtown Multi Purpose Room

Give yourself 90 minutes to do yoga, relax, and celebrate womanhood. As women we dedicate much of our time to nourish others. Take this time to work out and pick up yogic tips from yoga instructor Victoria Duranona.

Bright Nights Community Forum: Stress: How It Affects Your Brain And How To Manage It

Tuesday October 2, 2012: 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm -- Downtown Library: Multi-Purpose Room

Stress is part of everyday life. There are many instances when it can be helpful, but stress can also have the opposite effect, harming our emotional and physical health, and limiting the ability to function at home, at work, and within relationships. Bodies react to stress by releasing hormones to help cope, but this also takes energy away from other brain functions.

To provide practical strategies for managing stress and greater understanding of the neuroscience of stress mechanisms, the U-M Depression Center presents this Bright Nights Community Forum. Brian Mickey, M.D., Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the U-M Department of Psychiatry and a member of the U-M Depression Center, will outline the interaction between stress and the brain, and what we can to do help reduce the negative effects of stress. This will be followed by questions and discussion with a panel of experts.

Lost It Fast, Lose It Forever

Local speaker and fitness coach Pete Thomas, just released a book entititled, 'Lose It Fast, Lose It Forever: A 4-Step Permanent Weight Loss Plan from the Most Successful "Biggest Loser" of All Time'. As a contestant in Season 2 of NBC's The Biggest Loser, Pete lost 185 pounds and won the $100,000 at home prize. Watch our videos of Pete @ AADL: GOOD HEALTH Makes Life Worth Living With Pete Thomas (2011) and Pete Thomas And UM Experts Discuss Overcoming Obesity And Winning At Health (2009).

Want to work out with Pete? Go to Ann Arbor Recreation and Education to register for the Slim U Boot Camp.

What is a PASREP and How do I Get One?

Have you ever heard of PASREP? To qualify for this program you must be a Michigan resident and meet the following PASREP eligibility requirements: Have a functionally significant disability and are employed or have an offer of employment working a minimum of 24 hours per week & earning at least minimum wage. A PASREP helps break the barrier to going back to work by assisting with out of pocket costs. This can help bridge the funding gap caused by lost benefits. PASREP recipients receive reimbursements for personal assistance expenses. Contact your regional representative for more information about this program.

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