FREMONT, Mich., May 12, 2021 – Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial’s free Parkinson’s support group meeting on Thursday, May 20, will feature Ashok Sriram, MD, a Spectrum Health board-certified neurologist and fellowship-trained movement disorders specialist.
The free virtual event on May 20, is from 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Participants can join via smartphone and laptop, or through a conference phone call.
At the support group meeting, Spectrum Health will share education on symptoms, treatments and living with Parkinson’s. Participants also provide support to each other as the meeting is an opportunity to share experiences and coping skills.
“Previous participants of our support groups say they value feeling heard and appreciate hearing others go through what they’re going through so they don’t feel alone,” said Gerber Memorial’s Shelly Klochack, RN, who facilitates the support groups. “Support groups like ours encourage a sense of belonging and acceptance. With Dr. Ashok Sriram joining us at our upcoming event, we look forward to hosting a renowned expert and having him share his insight with individuals and families who are living with Parkinson’s.”
To join the virtual support group, copy and paste the following link to enter the meeting: https://bit.ly/2X5EDRC. Then click: “Join on the web instead” and the meeting will open. For help getting the link or other questions, call Klochack at 231-924-3275.
For those who don’t have a smartphone, laptop or tablet and want to call into the meeting, please dial: +1 616-773-2109, then enter conference ID 663 413 214#.
Dr. Sriram uses a multidisciplinary team approach to care for people with Parkinson’s disease, tremors, dystonia, ataxias, and other movement disorders. His clinical interests include surgical treatment/deep brain stimulation (DBS) for Parkinson’s disease, dystonia and tremors, and botulinum toxin injections for cervical dystonia, blepharospasms, hemifacial spasms, spasticity, sialorrhea and chronic migraines.
By Crystal Brisbin, Parent Support Partner
Newaygo Community Mental Health
May is Mental Health Awareness Month.
Observed nationally since 1949, Mental Health Awareness Month promotes mental health education and support in hopes of decreasing the stigma often associated with seeking help for mental illness.
We asked the staff of Newaygo Mental Health to put forth a few articles this month to promote good mental health. Last week we heard from Executive Director Carol Mills and this piece from Ms. Brisbin focuses on dealing with some of the stress that parenting can bring and how to take needed time for yourself
Parenting requires dedication, patience, and time. As a parent, I realize that it is easy to forget about my needs and wants. Self-care can often be forgotten or neglected but is an important tool in relieving stress and boosting moods.
Self-care does not have cost money or consume a lot of time. My hopes are to give suggestions on how to make time and incorporate activities for yourself that will allow you to step away from your routine obligations for a moment.
Take a look at your family schedule. Narrow down times during the day and week that allow you to focus on time to yourself. Naps, school, a trip to grandmas, bedtime, or a play date are all great times to consider. Parents often look at these times to take care of chores and errands. It is much easier to get groceries or go to the bank without your child. The time spent without our children seems to evaporate and we forget to take a breath and relax. Try and find periodic moments, within the day, where you can schedule time for you. If you feel that you have no break from parenting time, look to your circle of friends and family. Asking for help may be easier than anticipated.
Think about what you enjoy doing. There may be a lost hobby or interest that you have left behind because you felt you no longer had time to spare. Consider revisiting your interests as you begin finding time for yourself. Taking a walk, reading a book, enjoying a bubble bath, painting your nails, gardening, fishing, or drawing cost very little to nothing but time. If you have the financial means you could think about an arts and crafts project, joining a gym, taking a yoga class, coffee with a friend, or visiting a spa. When someone asks you for gift ideas, consider asking for gift certificates that will encourage you to seek self-care activities or supplies.
It may be hard to not feel selfish when giving up parenting time for your own needs. It is okay to feel this way, but try and get comfortable with the idea that you deserve self-care and the benefits that may develop. Reduced stress may help increase your level of patience, understanding, and may change your overall mood. Children are sensitive to our moods and your child may benefit from potential changes in you. Realizing that your self-care may indirectly positively affect your child may help eliminate your feelings of guilt.
Self-care is needed, deserved, and rewarding! It is never too late to focus on you…..consider it today!
For those interested in seeking assistance, please call 231-689-7330 during office hours for an appointment. As a reminder, Newaygo CMH is available 24/7 for people in crisis. Our crisis line is 231-689-7580. You can also visit our website at www.newaygocmh.org
Gerber Memorial’s early childhood nutrition classes share info on healthy eating, impact on immunity
FREMONT, Mich.– Nutritious eating for expectant mothers, newborns and infants can help build immunity and improve health and wellness into adulthood.
Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial’s Early Childhood Nutrition program is geared to encourage healthy eating habits during pregnancy and for children from newborn to 2 years old. This information can improve overall health and avert chronic illnesses, which are critical factors in reducing the risk of getting infected from diseases.
Upcoming virtual sessions are Tuesdays, May 11, for pregnancy through babies 6 months old, and May 18 for children 6 to 24 months old. The sessions are from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
The classes are free and participants who register will receive a free gift. The sessions are held via virtual classrooms. Participants can connect via mobile device or computer. To register, call 231.924.6776. Online registration is: https://www.onlineregistrationcenter.com/ECN
Up to 80 percent of chronic diseases such as heart disease, Type-2 diabetes, obesity and hypertension can be prevented by maintaining a healthy lifestyle, which includes eating a healthy diet, maintaining a healthy weight, getting regular exercise, and not smoking, said Gerber Memorial registered dietitian Emilie Klop, who will lead the sessions.
“Providing a balanced nutrient-dense diet to your child as they grow will support appropriate growth and development, as well as foster food acceptance to healthy foods and healthy eating patterns throughout their life,” Klop said. “When moms and children don’t get the nutrients they need, they’re more likely to experience long-term health challenges such as chronic diseases. On the other hand, children who eat a variety of nutrient-dense foods early in life will grow to enjoy a wider variety of healthy foods which will set them up for better health for their future.”
Gerber Memorial’s Early Childhood Nutrition classes are designed to set caregivers and children up with knowledge and practical tips to develop a foundation for good health and nutrition through a child’s lifetime. Balanced nutrition during pregnancy can help improve health outcomes for children as they grow, Klop said.
Early Childhood Nutrition classes discuss breastfeeding and bottle feeding. If a mother is able, exclusive breastfeeding is recommended for the first 6 months of the baby’s life as breast milk contains antibodies that can protect infants from illnesses and allergies. Other topics include:
CBD Store of Michigan finds its place in the local business landscape
Rod Glupker spent a decade fighting the pain that came from his degenerative disc disease. From rounds of physical therapy to steroid injections nothing seemed to provide the kind of relief he was seeking.
Then one day his wife Liz offered up an alternative.
“When I took it it actually helped. It gave me the relief I’d almost given up hope of finding.”
The product she shared?
The results were so profound that Glupker began doing the research. He attended seminars, took online courses and learned everything he could about CBD.
When he spoke to friends about it they expressed an interest so he bought a few bottles to sell. Soon he had more people inquiring about CBD and it became necessary to open a store to handle the increase in demand.
From those early beginnings the CBD Store of Michigan now offers over 60 brands and over 200 products with CBD in everything from the popular tinctures to coffee,gummies, creams salves, energy drinks and more.
Having begun their brick and mortar experience in a shop near the Fremont Farmers Market the store recently moved to a prime spot on the main drag across from the city hall and fire department.
And business is thriving.
What is CBD?
Well, what it is NOT is marijuana, a common misconception. CBD is a chemical compound from the Hemp plant. CBD does not contain THC, which is the component of marijuana that produces a “high”.
Getting this message out has been important and the CBD Store is not to be confused with a dispensary where medical and recreational cannabis is sold.
With a growing popularity and availability Glupker emphasizes the need for customers to be educated on a product still not regulated by the FDA.
“What we offer might be more expensive than what you might buy at a gas station or convenience store but the big difference is in the quality of the product.”
CBD Store puts their products through a rigorous testing regimen to ensure both the appropriate potency as well as the purity of the items they sell.
They also use local growers for many of their products including their own brand Blue Lake CBD.
Anxiety, Sleep problems, panic attacks and of course chronic pain are but a few of the issues CBD is sought by customers seeking relief.
And they even stock products aimed at pets.
“People who have dogs that experience anxiety, especially those who react strongly to the 4th of July fireworks report that their pets got through the night without the usual angst associated with the holiday. Customers also say the product has helped dogs who become anxious on car trips.”
The new store has plentiful products (in a number of flavors) and the depth of knowledge along with an ‘educational center’ in the store serves to answer any questions customers may have about CBD.
We asked Rod and Liz what they wanted people to know about their shop.
“We can help you. If you have issues with pain. anxiety, stress, sleep problems and panic attacks we can help.”
The CBD Store of MIchigan is located at 37 E Main in Fremont.
Their hours are M-F 10am-6pm and Saturdays from 10am-3pm.
For more information you can visit their website at https://www.cbdstoremi.com/#/