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August 2012
October 6-7
Enjoy Art, Activities at PlaneTree Benefit
Miniature of an old elf      Come to the 37th annual Showcase of Miniatures during the first weekend in October, and bring your friends and family!
     Everyone will be delighted by the superb miniature pieces for sale and the houses, rooms, and outdoor scenes on display. While adults and teens marvel over the vendors' craftsmanship and artistry, younger kids will be fascinated by free workshops and a sales table meant just for them. Also enjoy the raffles, Saturday's silent auction, and Sunday morning's free demonstrations for adults.
     The Showcase is among the top three miniature art shows in the U.S. and the largest west of the Mississippi. Over 100 dealers, including award-winning American artisans and 16 dealers from abroad, will offer hand-crafted objects appealing to all ages.
     Join us for a fun, low-cost, family-friendly event that supports your favorite health library. Please drop by the PlaneTree table while you're there!
PlaneTree Health Lectures
     We are currently planning our fall series of informative presentations in English. Look for details on our website in September or in your email box with the next PlaneTalk edition.

Autism Spectrum Disorders (in Chinese)
Chinese characters re good healthSunday, September 16, 2 p.m.
      Autism spectrum disorders and treatment options will be presented by Shirley Long, Ed.D., a licensed psychologist. Handouts in Traditional Chinese and English will also be available. Sponsored by PlaneTree and the S. Ku Foundation, this free, public health talk will be at the Quinlan Community Center in Cupertino.
Step into...
Cover of book, Healthy Steps ... our center at the Cupertino Library for your free copy of Healthy Steps in Silicon Valley: Resources for Health & Fitness after 50. This popular, 70-page guide to staying (or becoming!) physically, mentally, and socially active is available online - but wouldn't you rather read a book than web pages? 
     The guide was created by the Health Trust (HT), UC Berkeley, and a team of advisors. The HT and Council on Aging Silicon Valley have distributed 25,000 Healthy Steps throughout the county.
     PlaneTree has the FINAL 30 copies of the print run. Stop by during our open hours starting Tuesday, September 4. While our supply lasts, we'll be happy to give you a copy.
Volunteer with PlaneTree
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     Learn a lot, help others, and have fun! Assist patrons in finding reliable, relevant health information if you are an adult and can volunteer 4 hours each week. We also need teens and adults for special projects a few hours a month, promoting our services (via social media, our new "Health Info to Go" table, and elsewhere) or assisting with health lectures and fairs.
     For more information, please email us with the subject line "volunteer interest;" include your name, phone number, and the best times to call. We hope to hear from you!
News You Can Use


Know Your Nutraceuticals
Pills    Consumer Reports has published "10 Surprising Dangers of Vitamins and Supplements: Don't assume they're safe because they're 'all natural.'" Packed with information and advice on using and buying nutritional supplements, the article links to a guide with detailed information (including drug interactions) about 100+ supplements and concludes with the maximum safe daily intake values for 12 vitamins and minerals. 


Private Pains
      Women with vaginal or vulvar discomfort often suffer needlessly because they are reluctant to discuss these problems with their doctors. Treatments are available for vaginal pain.  If you have chronic vulvar pain without an identified cause, learn more on the National Vulvodynia Association's website.
     You may also want to consult books recently added to our collection - What's Up Down There?, A Headache in the Pelvis, and Healing Painful Sex - for additional information on various painful urogenital and pelvic conditions.
Don't Stiffen Up
Man's bare legs       If you are young or middle-aged, you can minimize wear and tear on your hip and knee joints now to improve your quality of life in later years. If you already have joint problems, steps for delaying or even preventing the onset of osteoarthritis can be combined with additional measures to lessen discomfort and further deterioration.


Don't Trip!
     Accidental falls often lead to serious health problems for older people. Take steps now to lessen the odds that you or a loved one will be injured. This multi-page article has prevention advice, plus tips for getting back up after a fall.
Woman doing a balancing excercise     Improving leg strength and balance can help you stay safe. Specific exercises are described here. Recent research suggests that finding ways to incorporate balance and strengthening exercises into your daily routine can be especially beneficial. 
    In addition to exercise or physical therapy, the United States Preventive Services Task Force recently recommended vitamin D supplementation for fall prevention. The practice guideline also advised in-depth risk assessments for seniors who have previously fallen and/or have health conditions which may make falls more likely or serious.
We're Off! 

Suitcase with stickers     PlaneTree's staff and volunteers will take their traditional summer vacation starting Tuesday, August 28. We will re-open after Labor Day, on Tuesday, September 4.

     If you need medical information during that week, please see PlaneTree's recommended health links. Staff will respond to urgent requests during the week; please email us or leave a message at (408) 446-1677, extension 3350.

In This Issue
PlaneTree Health Lectures
Step into...
Volunteer with Us
News You Can Use
We're Off!
A Little Too Heavy?
Events: Fall into Health
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Free Lectures
    Community venues around the South Bay will be hosting presentations on the following topics:
Adult Hearing Loss & Hearing Aids -- Tues., Aug. 28 in Sunnyvale
Memory Games & Alzheimer's Disease -- Mon., Sept. 10, 10-11:30 a.m. at Cupertino Senior Center (Reservations are required at (408) 777-3150; please tell them PlaneTree sent you.)
BPA, Phthalates, & Kids --Wed., Sept. 12 in Fremont
High Blood Pressure --Tues., Sept. 25 in Sunnyvale
Infertility -- Wed., Oct. 3 in Sunnyvale
Liver Cancer Webinar
    Find guidance for coping with the decisions and challenges of treatment during a free online seminar on Friday, September 7. (We recommend participants adjust their computer's sound ahead of time and enter the webinar site several minutes early.)
Cancer as a Turning Point
    Educating, connecting, and celebrating anyone touched by cancer, this popular annual free conference will be held in Sacramento on the weekend of Sept. 8-9. CE credits to RNs, MFTs, and LCSWs.
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Caregiver Conference
    Support and useful information await caregivers during this event in Mountain View on Saturday, Sept. 15. Register early for a discount.
Eating Disorders Awareness
   Eating disorders (EDs) are more deadly than any other mental disorder. Help raise awareness and funds for research on Saturday, September 22 by joining a symbolic walk in downtown San Jose.
      Many people associate eating disorders with girls and young women, but increasing numbers of older women are being diagnosed with EDs. In addition, 40% of those who binge eat are male; roughly 10% of anorexia and bulimia patients are men and boys.
      Learn more about EDs on the MedlinePlus and National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA) websites. The Eating Disorders Resource Center can help you connect with local resources.
ActiveOver50 EXPO
Marionettes Dancing 
   Presentations by expert authors will be highlights of a resource fair on Saturday, September 29. Local agencies, organizations, and companies will have booths on the theme "How to Live a Healthier, Longer and More Active Lifestyle." Admission and parking at Santa Clara Convention Center will be FREE.
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    If you are overweight, you may be at risk for diabetes. Two research studies at Stanford University include screening tests and one will also evaluate sleep apnea risk. Participants may receive evaluation results and financial compensation.


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