October 2018
In this issue
Come One, Come All!
Clown figure in miniature

Creator: Marsha Beckman Vendor: D.Sierck Ltd.
You are invited to the nation's third largest (and arguably best!) miniature show during the weekend of October 13 and 14. As a maker, a collector, or curious browser, you'll enjoy the phenomenal artistry of the miniatures displayed by 100+ national and international vendors. Exhibits, an auction, and workshops for adults and kids are also featured in this fundraiser for our services.
Here are details you will want to know before coming to our fun, family-friendly event in downtown San Jose.  
If you would like to help - and get into the show for free - please email us so we can send you information about volunteering.


If the current flurry of media coverage on sexual assault allegations is making it hard for you to cope with memories of past sexual abuse, this excellent advice may be helpful.
When should children miss school because of a health concern? Guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics may surprise you.
How much should you trust "Dr. Google" to provide an accurate diagnosis or keep your search topics private?
Gun-owning seniors with depression or dementia can be dangerous to themselves or others. Family members may want to consider taking proactive steps to prevent a tragedy.
Preparations you take now can ensure the safety and care of your pet during an earthquake or wildfire emergency.

When You're Child Is 18+
If you are the parent of someone age 18 or older, would you want to be able to talk to his or her doctor if your child was seriously ill or injured?
When your child legally reached adulthood, you lost the right to be informed of, or make decisions about, his or her medical condition, health care, or financial affairs. The only exception to this is if your child has formally authorized you to act on his or her behalf.
Since serious accidents and illnesses can strike even the young and healthy, you may want to encourage the young adults in your family to designate who should act as their agent during an emergency. Our Later Life Guide has many resources to help you start this conversation, access the appropriate health care forms, and learn what to do with the completed documents.
To designate an agent to manage financial and other legal matters, a durable power of attorney form is needed. We recommend obtaining legal advice for this, but this form may be adequate for younger adults with simple financial affairs. It too needs to be shared with the chosen agents.

Screening Tests
We have been told again and again to get tested for diseases - for cancer, for osteoporosis, for stroke, for heart disease. When screening tests are appropriately matched to patients, they can indeed be life-savers. Learn which are recommended for you by visiting one of the following links:
However, inappropriate screening exams can lead to significant harm while offering little chance of benefit. This article can help you more knowledgeably discuss tests with your doctor and better evaluate the validity of messages promoting them. 
Apple's Heart-Monitoring Watch
Apple's newest product got a lot of publicity for its heart monitor function, which has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and endorsed by the American Heart Association (AHA). If you are thinking the watch might help you better manage your health, you may want to learn how most news coverage failed to address issues such as the questionable value of heart monitoring in healthy individuals and the significance of the FDA and AHA imprimaturs. 
Insomnia | C. difficile | Omega-3 | Bipolar Disorder
The effectiveness of treatments for common conditions are occasionally evaluated by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. AHRQ recently prepared lay-level reports for most of the following topics; technical reports are available for all of them:
PlaneTree Talk: Depression in Seniors
Changes in one's social life, medication side effects, and chronic disease are among the factors that can precipitate depression in seniors. The complexities of depression in older adults, its signs, and issues to discuss with health care providers will be described during a PlaneTree Health Library presentation. A question-and-answer period will follow this free, public event in the Senior Center Laurel Room, Sunnyvale Senior Center on Monday, October 8 from 9:30 to 10:30. Call 408-730-7350 to pre-register.

All events are open to the public. Some require pre-registration.
.....* Fee for participation
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Medicare basics 
Palo Alto^ - Thurs., 10/25
Yoga & meditation for cancer patients, survivors, & caregivers
Mountain View - Thursdays 
Los Gatos - Wed., 10/3
Santa Clara - 6-week class begins Wed., 10/3
San Jose - 6-week class begins Mon., 10/15
San Jose - Thurs., 10/4
San Jose - Thurs., 10/4
Palo Alto - Thurs., 10/4
Sunnyvale - Thurs., 10/4
Mental health fair (see p. 3)
Mountain View - Sat., 10/6
San Jose - Tues., 10/9
San Jose - Mon., 10/8
Depression in seniors - a PlaneTree presentation 
Sunnyvale - Mon., 10/8
See the article above "Events"  
Stanford - Tues., 10/9
Teen mental health - for parents
Cupertino - Tues., 10/9
San Jose - Wed., 10/10 & 10/27
Los Gatos - Wed., 10/10
Los Gatos - Thurs., 10/11
Weight-loss surgery
Los Gatos - Thurs., 10/11
Mountain View - Tues., 10/16
Santa Clara - Mon., 10/15
San Jose - Tues., 10/16
Mountain View - Tues., 10/16
Palo Alto - Wed., 10/17
San Jose - most Wednesdays, from 10/17/18 to 1/16/19
Recognizing & ending bullying - for parents & teens
Santa Clara - Thurs., 10/18
San Jose - Wed., 10/17
San Jose - Sat., 10/20
San Jose - Sat., 10/20
Mountain View - Sat., 10/20
Managing high cholesterol, high triglycerides, &/or heart disease risk*
Mountain View - Mon., 10/22
Palo Alto - Tues., 10/23
Palo Alto - Tues., 10/23
Los Gatos - 4-session class begins Wed., 10/24
Mountain View - Wed., 10/24
Mountain View - Sun., 10/28
Mental health services for kids
Palo Alto - Tues., 10/30
Palo Alto - Thurs., 11/1

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