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June 2014
Your Summer Fun Check-up
     Test your water-safety smarts with these true/false questions:
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----- The main problem with peeing in a pool is the ick-factor.
----- Someone who is drowning will yell for help, so a shout of distress is the best indication that someone is in danger.
----- A hair dryer can help ward off swimmer's ear.
----- While life jackets differ in appearance, they are all similar in comfort and effectiveness.
----- It is okay to jump in the pool immediately after eating.
----- Rip currents move slowly, so they are only hazardous to weak swimmers.
----- Most drowning victims are adults.
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     If you do not know how to swim, take steps to learn this pleasurable and potentially life-saving skill. Lessons for adults are widely available. Check with your local community center (e.g., San Jose residents will find adult classes on pages 7 and 13 of this schedule), YMCA, or a private school or instructor.
      Parents and grandparents may want to review the American Academy of Pediatrics' guide to keeping kids safe, especially if your family has a pool.
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Hope in Treating Alcoholism
Empty wine bottle     A review of research studies has found that two drugs can reduce alcoholic cravings for many people - yet are seldom prescribed. Addiction experts hope the robust findings of this study will encourage more people to seek treatment and that more treatment programs will use these drugs in combination with behavioral interventions.

 

Feeding Foster and Adoptive Children
     Kids coming from troubled home lives and institutional settings may have unusual anxieties and behaviors regarding food. Adoptive and foster parents can help these children develop a healthier relationship with food, as well as trusting family relationships, by following these guidelines.

 

Move to a Smoke-free Home
Ashtray with many cigarette butts      Are you are currently looking for an apartment to rent or a condominium to purchase? Would you like smoking to be banned in public and private areas of the property? These Silicon Valley facilities prohibit tobacco use in all areas.

 

An Ounce of Prevention
     Shingles causes a painful rash, usually on just one side of the torso, head, or neck. The pain, which can be intense, lingers for months or even years for about 1 in 5 people.
Drawing of shingles sites      See a doctor immediately if you experience the first symptoms of shingles; treatment begun in the first 3 days can greatly lessen the disease's impact.
     Because the disease is more common, and typically more severe, among seniors, immunization is recommended for people over 60. A one-time vaccination will halve your odds of getting shingles, and lessen its severity if you do.
     Many doctors do not routinely keep the vaccine on hand, so specifically request the shingles vaccine when making your appointment. It is also available from a few pharmacies.
     Immunization is generally covered by Medicare Part D; contact your drug plan or insurance company for details.

 

"Liquid Candy Bars"
Glass of milk        Beverages such as Boost. and Ensure. are often used by individuals who have difficulty eating enough to maintain their weight. However, geriatricians warn that liquid nutritional supplements are a poor substitute for real food. They recommend other feeding strategies for all but the most seriously ill patients.

 

Scoliosis
     Side-to-side curvature of the spine can become a disfiguring and serious health problem. An exercise program used in Europe is capturing the interest of researchers and scoliosis patients in the United States.

 

Bitey Bugs
     Enjoy your yard and the great outdoors this summer with effective techniques that deter mosquitoes and ticks. This is especially important with West Nile virus and Lyme disease now present in Santa Clara County. 

In This Issue
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Events
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    All events are open to the public; pre-registration may be required. There is a fee for events marked with an *asterisk.
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Stroke prevention & treatment
Milpitas - Tues., June 3
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Bone health & osteoporosis
Sunnyvale - Tues., June 3 or Wed., June 4
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Stress reduction for parents of kids with severe food allergies*
Los Altos - Fri., June 6 or Mon., June 9 (4-session classes begin)
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Early treatment of schizophrenia
Stanford - Thurs., June 5
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Cancer survivors' fair
Mountain View - Sat., June 7
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Skin care
Mountain View - Wed., June 11
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Exercise for cardiac rehabilitation
Mountain View - Wed., June 11
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Men's health fair
Los Gatos - Sat., June 14
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Teen Internet addiction
Cupertino - Sat., June 14
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Fitness for adults with physical disabilities*
San Jose - 10-week program begins Mon., June 16
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Eye care
Sunnyvale - Wed., June 18
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Stroke caregivers
Los Gatos - Thurs., June 19
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Tai Chi for cancer patients & survivors (scroll to last page)
Mountain View - Sat., June 21
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Child car seat installation check
San Jose - Sat., June 21
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Heart-healthy nutrition
Mountain View - Fri., June 27
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Medicare options
Palo Alto - June 30
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Summer camps now enrolling kids with -
asthma*

 

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