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Menopause sometimes requires a survival guide

Menopause has gotten a bad rap. Women in their 40s and 50s who have any symptoms – from moodiness to insomnia and headaches – may believe that it’s a normal part of aging and there’s not much they can do about it.

Library also offers coloring, inclusive storytime events

Along with baby story time and sign language, the Los Altos Library offers other programs that are catching on with the community.

‘Keep Calm and Color’

Swapping the baby coos for Enya, the same room in the library reassembles as a haven for older patrons during “Keep Calm and Color!” events. They invite grownups to gather and just, well, color – in adult coloring books – an increasingly popular fad associated with relaxation and meditation as much as it is creativity. Librarian Pat Oey organized the pilot session this spring and to her surprise, found a following.

Sleep deprived? Try these tips to get more Zs

Is counting sheep to drift off to sleep not working for you? If that’s the case, you’re not alone.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, more than a quarter of the U.S. population states that they occasionally don’t get enough sleep. Nearly 10 percent experience chronic insomnia. Insomnia is a medical condition that keeps you from falling asleep, staying asleep or both.

Reading in sign, ink and song

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A baby girl learns sign language during a program offered Wednesdays at the Los Altos Library.

Visit Los Altos Library’s community room on a Wednesday afternoon and you’ll see its plain gray expanse descend into a slobbering, rolling, gurgling-baby Thunderdome.

Younger babies watch older babies. Toys rattle, jiggle and quake while children squeal without shushing. Parents ask each other questions, discuss impending returns to work and take the time to admire each other’s young.

ECH's ASPIRE expands to empower struggling youth

Photos by Alicia Castro/Town crier
El Camino Hospital’s mental health and addiction services leaders Michael Fitzgerald and Lauren Olaiz, above, review artwork, right, by participants in the After School Program Intervention and Resiliency Education.

Nahal Zakerani, Ph.D., last week recounted a true and all-too-common scenario.

The El Camino Hospital therapist spoke of a 15-year-old girl who harmed herself and thought about committing suicide. She rarely communicated with her father – especially not about traumatic events from her childhood. But then the girl began attending the hospital’s After School Program Intervention and Resiliency Education.

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