News from the Reference Desk Category: Health

Vaping Becomes Epidemic in Suburban Schools

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E-cigarette use (vaping) among teenagers is a growing epidemic that’s quickly outpacing other substances, such as alcohol, marijuana, prescription drugs and opioids, health experts warn. Vaping use in middle and high school students in the United States has skyrocketed with an estimated 3.6 million users in 2018. A common perception is that e-cigarettes aren’t harmful to users, however; the Daily Herald reports that the majority of companies add the addictive chemical nicotine to their vaping products. Furthermore, health officials report that vaping can cause severe respiratory problems including cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, fever, vomiting and diarrhea.

District officials for School District 214 say that vaping has exploded among their high school students and that it’s a top concern for them going forward. They have begun taking action to battle the epidemic by bringing in experts to do presentations for students, parents and teachers as well as installing monitors in areas students commonly vape like bathrooms and locker rooms.

To read more, visit: https://www.dailyherald.com/news/20190820/why-teen-vaping-is-an-epidemic-that-needs-urgent-attention-experts-warn

Information gathered from The Daily Herald. 

Food for Mount Prospect Families during the Summer

Image result for food pantrySummertime can be full of fun times and fabulous food.  For some families, however, it can mean going without.  Children who qualify for school lunches are often not able to get as much nourishing food during the summer.  In Mount Prospect families with school-age children who receive free or reduced-price lunch at school can obtain an extra bag of food during summer break through Mount Prospect’s Food Pantry.  Call the Human Services Department at (847) 870-5680 or the Community Connections Center at (847) 506-4930 to schedule an appointment for a financial assessment and to learn more about local resources.

Memory Cafe – Mount Prospect Village Hall

Memory Cafe:
Remembering the 1960s

Friday, June 21st  2019
Noon – 1:30pm
Mount Prospect Village Hall Community Room

A Memory Cafe is a welcoming place for those with mild cognitive impairment, early-stage Alzheimer’s or a related dementia and their care partners to gather for refreshments, reminisce about times gone by, laugh and participate in an activity! This cafe’s theme is: Remembering the 1960s. Come have a great time connecting and creating new friendships!

Reservations Required
Please call Human Services: 847/870-5680

 

Help with Hoarding

Did you miss our April 10th Hoarding 101 program presented by the Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago? Not to worry.  Below, please find some helpful resources for those – or loved ones of those – struggling with hoarding behavior or Hoarding Disorder.

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Treatment:
Anxiety Treatment Center of Greater Chicago
Psychology Today Search Results for Hoarding Treatment Centers in Chicago 
Chicagoland Hoarding Task Force

Cleanout Services:
Red’s Hauling Services
1-800 Junk Removal 

Professional Organizers
Clear Your Space – Linda Parks (Chicago)
Altogether Organized – Linda Goldman

Local Groups:
Buried in Treasures Group at Frisbie Senior Center – Contact Dori at 847/421-5104

Village of Mount Prospect Help:
humanservicesdept@mountprospect.org
Human Services Department
50 South Emerson Street
Mount Prospect, IL 60056
Phone: 847-870-5680

Upcoming Events:
OCD & Hoarding Learning Expo

Books at MPPL:
Overcoming compulsive hoarding : why you save & how you can stop / Fugen Neziroglu
Stuff: Compulsive hoarding and the meaning of things / Randy O. Front & Gail Steketee
The secret lives of hoarders : true stories of tackling extreme clutter / Matt Paxton with Phaedra Hise.
Dirty secret : a daughter comes clean about her mother’s compulsive hoarding / Jessie Sholl

The New Medicare ID Cards

In the last few months, new Medicare ID cards have been sent to recipients across the United States.  As several policies change and the amount of scams targeting Medicare users increase significantly, staying informed is paramount to maintaining good health and safe accounts.  Take a look at these AARP articles detailing information about the new IDs and potential scams centered around them:

MEDICARE ID CARDS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

MEDICARE ID SCAMS

AARP: Beware of New Medicare Card Scam!