DAVENPORT, Iowa - March 13, 2009 -- The Bend of the River Quad Cities Pilot Club will host its annual Brunch and Style Show on Saturday, March 28, at the Radisson Hotel, Davenport to benefit the Genesis Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation Department.

Doors will open at 9:30 a.m. Cost is $25 per person. Rehabilitation staff will be among the models, and there will be door prizes.

Proceeds will go toward the purchase of the Invacare Top End Excelerator Handcycle for inpatients who have sustained a brain injury, multiple trauma, stroke, spinal cord injury or who have a neuro-degenerative disorder.

Funds raised also will help purchase Wii Fit, Wii Carnival Games, Interactive Mouse Switches, and Capability Switches to be used by patients served by the Genesis Outpatient Pediatric Rehabilitation Program and the Outpatient Brain Injury Day Treatment Program.

The handcycle and Wii games will help patients improve endurance, strength, balance, range of motion, and psychological well-being. The computer switches also will allow children with disabilities to operate computer games during therapy sessions.

For tickets, call (563) 445-5554, (563) 332-1760 or Jan King at (563) 421-1425.


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Alzheimer's is the 7th leading cause of death for people of all ages and 5th leading cause of death for people age 65 and older. One of the most important ways of dealing with the disease is early detection and treatment.  Starting in January, the Alzheimer's Association Greater Iowa Chapter will be hosting Beginning the Conversation programs in Clinton, Muscatine and Scott Counties in Iowa and Henry, Rock Island and Mercer Counties in Illinois.

The Beginning the Conversation program is designed to address the challenges confronting families of those newly diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease. Crucial information is presented, from disease progression to programs and services that can support caregiving and maintain quality of life. (Please note, this is for caregivers only; respite funds may be available for those suffering from the disease).

Programs for Scott and Rock Island County will be held the 4th Tuesday of the month from 3-4:30 pm at the Alzheimer's Association office, 736 Federal Street, Ste. 2318, Davenport, IA.

Programs for Clinton County will be held 1st Tuesday of the month in April, July and October from 3-4:30 pm at the Mercy Medical Center, South Campus Boardroom, 638 S. Bluff, Clinton, IA.

Programs for Muscatine County will be held the 2nd Tuesday of the month in March, June, September and December from 3-4:30 pm at Senior Resources, 3rd Floor Meeting Room, 1808 Mulberry Avenue, Muscatine, IA.

Programs for Henry County will be held the 3rd Thursday of the month in February, May, August and November from 3-4:30 pm at Henry Seniors Upstairs Meeting Room, 219 W. 2nd Street, Kewanee, IL

Programs for Mercer County will be held the 4th Thursday of the month in January, April, July and October from 3-4:30 pm at the Mercer County Hospital, Conference Room A, 409 NW 9th Avenue, Aledo, IL.

Persons interested in signing up for the class may call 563-324-1022 or 800-272-3900 or email Jerry Schroeder at Jerry.Schroeder@alz.org.

The Alzheimer's Association, the world leader in Alzheimer research and support, is the first and largest voluntary health organization dedicated to finding prevention methods, treatments and an eventual cure for Alzheimer's. For 25 years, the donor-supported, not-for-profit Alzheimer's Association has provided reliable information and care consultation; created supportive services for families; increased funding for dementia research; and influenced public policy changes.


MILWAUKEE - With the balance of LA Weight Loss centers closing across the country, TOPS Club, Inc. (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), the nation's oldest weight-loss education and support organization, is inviting former LA Weight Loss members to attend a TOPS meeting free of charge. 

TOPS recently celebrated 60 years of weight-loss support and success.  Members of TOPS embrace its philosophy of healthy eating, regular exercise, wellness education, and support from others at weekly chapter meetings.  The fee for an annual membership is $26.  On joining TOPS, members receive a complimentary copy of "My Day One," a booklet which features a six-week plan to kick-off the weight loss journey.

"We feel for the people who have lost their investment to LA Weight Loss," said Barb Cady, TOPS Club President.  "At TOPS, we offer continual support and motivation to our members as they adopt healthier lifestyles.  We want to welcome and encourage those who have been affected by the closings.  They are not alone and can continue to successfully manage their weight with our program."

Through January 31, TOPS extends a $3 discount on the purchase of "The Choice is Mine" and "The Choice is Mine Workbook," our "ready-set-go" guide to better food choices and menu planning, fitness tips, and more to the former LA Weight Loss members and anyone else who may join.  In addition to our weekly meetings, membership also includes a one-year subscription to "TOPS News," a magazine that is published nine times per year and shares inspirational stories, healthy tips, and helpful advice.

To find a local chapter, visit www.tops.org or call (800) 932-8677 for more information.

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CREATE a NEW YOU in the NEW YEAR! TOPS® Chapter IA-177 meets Thursdays, 6:30pm at All Saints Lutheran Church, 5002 Jersey Ridge, Davenport. We offer a healthy, caring and supportive approach to weight control, at an affordable price. Nationally, we've been doing this since 1948. Stop in and Take Off Pounds Sensibly.

TOPS has nearly 180,000 members in almost 10,000 chapters throughout the United States and Canada, and several chapters in Europe.


Body and Soul Personal Training is offering you a New Year's Solution to your lose weight, get healthy and get fit resolution.  Join with us as we train to WALK a half marathon.  Body and Soul offers the longest, most comprehensive training program to teach you everything you need to know to cross the finish line with a smile on your face.  You'll get nine months of weekly group walks and instruction, full training schedule, a training log and much more for $130.  Open to both women and men! Orientation is January 22 at 6:00 pm.  Call 563-370-2359 or email bodyandsoulpt@yahoo.com for more details.



Healthy people, 16 yrs old and older, are needed to donate blood at the Aledo Community Blood Drive on Saturday, January 24th from 7am unitl 11am at the Community Bible Fellowship, 1109 Southeast 3rd St in Aledo. A Blood Donor card or photo I.D. is required to donate.  Sixteen year olds must have a completed parental consent form, which is available at www.bloodcenter.org.

For more information, or to arrange an appointment, please call Tammy Mizner at 309-371-6914.

ImageIONS-QC presentation series continues at the Bettendorf Library, Thursday, January 8th, 6:30 PM. The program will explore the primary leaders in history who understood the power of water as a curative agent. A new theory of physics leading to new inventions and a clean planet will be discussed. Michael Grady will facilitate.
The Sage Center, a program of Alternatives for the Older Adult, is holding a Holiday Stress Relief Day for Caregivers.  The event is free and open to the public.  The event will be held on December 17th from 10:00 A.M. - 3:30 P.M. The event will offer free refreshments provided by the Lighthouse at Silvis, free wrapping of Christmas gifts, and free chair massages.  Caregiver Counselors will be at the event to assist those in need of elder care information.  RSVP's are encouraged for the event to Joy at 309-277-0167 extension 232. 

In observance of Breast Cancer Awareness Month Gilda's Club will host a workshop for women with advanced breast cancer.  

The program will focus on the needs of women newly diagnosed with advanced (metastatic) breast cancer, and also includes information relevant to women who have lived two to five years with metastatic breast cancer.  This free workshop will take place on October 30 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. This will include dinner.

Women can and do live for years with metastatic cancer.  This workshop will give those living with breast cancer, as well as their families, the opportunity to learn more about the disease and develop the skills necessary to become an active and informed partner with their treatment team.

The speaker will be Dr. Susannah Friemel, Oncologist, with Hematology Medical Oncology.  For questions or to register please call 563-326-7504.

Frankly Speaking About Advanced Breast Cancer is created by The Wellness Community - National in collaboration with Living Beyond Breast Cancer and made possible through an unrestricted educational grant from GlaxoSmithKline Oncology, AstraZeneca and Abraxis.