Seniors Be Well at GRPL

A speaker series with accompanying low-impact exercise classes and book clubs for seniors

Join us for the Seniors Be Well at GRPL series! Family Medicine Physicians, sometimes partnering with a community service provider, will discuss health misinformation, nutrition, dementia and much more. When you sign up for the book club, you will receive the book to read, discuss, and keep for your personal library! The series will move online if necessary for public health and patron safety. Seniors Be Well at GRPL is a partnership with Mercy Health Saint Mary’s.

These materials were provided by a generous grant from the National Library of Medicine.

All talks will be available virtually and in Spanish translation.

Register online or at any GRPL location or by calling 616-988-5400.

This program is being funded by Region 6 of the Network of the National Library of Medicine, whose mission is to provide U.S. researchers, health professionals, public health workforce, educators, and the public with equal access to biomedical and health information resources and data.

December 2021

Preventing and Managing your Type II Diabetes and Heart Disease

Thursday, December 16, 2021
Main Library – 111 Library St NE

11:00 am Presentation by Stephany Zahl MD & Vanessa Green with the African American Health Institute

12:30 pm | Exercise Class

2:00 pm | Book Club on Black Man in a White Coat by Damon Tweedy

6:00 pm | Black Man in a White Coat Documentary Showing

January 2022

Ask-a-Doctor and Ask-a-Lawyer about Advance Care Planning

Thursday, January 20, 2022
Main Library – 111 Library St NE

11:00 am Presentation by Claire Belevender MD, and Gregory Hodge with the Elder Law Firm

12:30 pm | Exercise Class

2:00 pm | Book Club on Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

February 2022

Grief, Stress Management, and Mood (Mental Health Issues)

Thursday, February 24, 2022
Main Library – 111 Library St NE

11:00 am Presentation by Sarna Becker MD

12:30 pm | Exercise Class

2:00 pm | Book Club on The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion

March 2022

Decreased Appetite, Nutrition, and Fall Prevention

Thursday, March 24, 2022
Main Library – 111 Library St NE

11:00 am Presentation by Nolan Coallier MD

12:30 pm | Exercise Class

2:00 pm | Book Club on Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver

April 2022

Senior Preventative Care and Community Health Resources

Thursday, April 21, 2022
Main Library – 111 Library St NE

11:00 am Presentation by Kellie Clark MD & Stephanie Hecksel with the Area Agency on Aging

Yankee Clipper Branch – 2025 Leonard NE

12:30 pm | Exercise Class

2:00 pm | Book Club on Book Club on Extra Life: Short History of Living Longer by Steven Johnson

Caregiver Expo

Sunday, April 24, 2022 
Main Library – 111 Library St NE
1:00 – 5:00 pm

 

  • Family Medicine Residents
  • Area Agency on Aging West Michigan
  • Alzheimer’s Association
  • Elder Abuse Coalition
  • Hope Network Side by Side Day Program
  • Home Repair Services
  • Legal Aid of West Michigan
  • Michigan Medicare/Medicaid
  • African American Health Institute
  • Elder Law Firm
  • Faith Hospice
  • Red Cross

Past Events

Addressing Health Misinformation (Vaccines and Much More) and Scams Targeting Seniors

Thursday, October 28, 2021
Main Library – 111 Library St NE

11:00 am | Presentation by Renah Farhan MD & Cassie Caple with the Elder Abuse Coalition

12:30 pm | Exercise Class

2:00 pm | Book Club on Complications by Atul Gawande

Community Resources for Caregivers and Dementia vs Normal Memory Loss

Thursday, November 18, 2021
Main Library – 111 Library St NE

11:00 am | Presentation by Rachael Plantholt MD & Anna Ramos with the Alzheimer Association

12:30 pm | Exercise Class

2:00 pm | Book Club on The 36-Hour Day by Nancy Mace and Peter Rabins