Traverse City Record-Eagle

November 4, 2010

Well-Being in Brief: 11/04/2010


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Recovery group targets dual issues

TRAVERSE CITY — A support group for individuals who experience both substance abuse and an emotional or mental health issue meets twice weekly.

Dual Recovery Anonymous is an independent self-help organization. Its goal is to help men and women achieve dual recovery, prevent relapse and to carry the message of recovery to others who experience dual disorders.

The group meets from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays at Central United Methodist Church, 222 Cass St. The next meeting is today. For more information, visit

Athletes get help with 'Boomeritis'

TRAVERSE CITY — Orthopedic surgeon Peter McAndrews III, DO, will offer tips to help aging athletes stay active and avoid "Boomeritis."

Boomeritis is a term coined by an orthopedic surgeon in 1999 to describe the explosion of bone and joint aches, pains, injuries and ailments among amateur athletes belonging to the Baby Boomer generation. McAndrews will address issues related to Achilles tendons, elbow pain and rotator cuff problems, and also will take a look at osteoarthritis to help keep athletes playing past the age of 50. He practices at Traverse City Orthopedics and Sports Medicine.

The free program will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Monday, Nov. 8, at Munson Community Health Center's Meeting Room A&B, 550 Munson Ave. Registration is requested. For details or to register, call (888) 838-9160 or visit

Lansing duo visits retirement facilities

TRAVERSE CITY — Mighty Medicine, a singing duo from Lansing, is performing at area retirement homes in the Grand Traverse region.

DeShaun Snead and Larry Neuhardt will make stops today at 2 p.m. at Manistee County Health, and at 4 p.m. at Orchard Hills in Brethren. On Friday, Nov. 5, the duo will perform in Traverse city at the Grand Traverse Pavilions at 4 p.m. and at Glen Eagle Retirement Community at 4:15 p.m.

Nurse will lead grief discussion

TRAVERSE CITY — Judy Sowle, LPN, will lead the discussion at the next meeting of the Compassionate Friends, a self-help support organization for families grieving the death of a child of any age.

Sowle will discuss how to "Nurture Yourself While You Grieve" at the 7 p.m. meeting on Monday, Nov. 8, at Munson Community Health Center, 550 Munson Ave. Contact Karen Strom, 946-9306 or, for details.

Foot workshop aims to help relieve pain

TRAVERSE CITY — Janet Messerschmidt, DO, believes foot, lower back or knee and hip pain can be helped through education and exercise and will offer some tips to help at a workshop on Tuesday, Nov. 9.

The workshop will be held from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Northwestern Michigan College's Oleson Center, room A.

Participants will learn the structure and function of the foot, as well as how to reduce pain and potentially prevent back, knee and hip problems. Messerschmidt will show participants exercises to improve function and attendees will build their own orthotic as a practical learning tool. A supply list will be mailed.

The class fee is $35. For details or to register, call NMC, 995-1700.

Tips on coping with diabetes, depression

TRAVERSE CITY — Psychologist Vince Cornellier, Ph.D., will examine the relationship between diabetes and depression in a program on Tuesday, Nov. 9.

Cornellier is staff psychologist for the Spine and Nerve Pain Treatment Center at Munson Community Health Center. He also is the ethics coordinator for Munson Medical Center's Ethics Committee.

The program will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in conference room 1 at Munson Medical Center, 1105 Sixth St. Cornellier will offer tips to cope with emotional aspects of diabetes. A question-and-answer session will follow.

The program is free and open to the public. No registration is required. Call Munson's Diabetes Education Department, 935-8200 or (800) 809-8127, for more information.

Meeting for nurses, nursing students

TRAVERSE CITY — The Registered Nurses Association in Michigan (RN-AIM) will host guest speaker Nancy Elmore, MA, LPC, at its Tuesday, Nov. 9, meeting.

Elmore will discuss Michael's Place, a healing center for grieving children, teens and families, at the meeting from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

The group will meet in conference room E at Munson Community Health Center, 550 Munson Ave.

Pizza and salad will be available for $5. Registration is required. Contact Jane Miller, 649-3730 or, for details or to register.

MS support group hosts guest speaker

TRAVERSE CITY — Ann Parker from Fast Fitness will demonstrate Tai Chi for multiple sclerosis patients at the next meeting of the MS Support Group.

The group will meet from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 10, at Munson Community Health Center, Rooms A&B, 550 Munson Ave. Call Karen Bailey, 947-0244, for details.

Gluten-free group welcomes guests

TRAVERSE CITY — Gastroenterologist Robert Barnes, MD, will be the featured speaker at the next meeting of the Traverse Area Gluten Free Support Group.

The meeting will be at 7 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at First Christian Church, 3686 S. Airport Road.

New guests are invited to come at 6:30 p.m. for an informal question-and-answer session.

Barnes, medical adviser for the group, will share the latest information on the celiac condition, including recent research, current opinions and the latest testing information.

Anyone who is following a gluten-free diet is welcome to attend.

For details, call 943-9285 or 946-1687.

More information also is available at