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Elders can stay at home

"Aging in Place" is the theme of a free resource fair for people of all ages to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Hearthstone Manor, 333 Dick Road, Depew. The theme emphasizes the fact that people often can stay in their existing homes safely as they age, especially with the assistance of local professionals to help plan and implement any lifestyle changes to overcome environmental challenges.

Sponsored by the Erie County Department of Senior Services, the event brings together varied partners able to help people "age in place," including healthcare and respite providers, transportation services, design and remodeling experts, housing and supportive service providers, and insurance and financial planning advisers. Hourly drawings for prizes will be held. Call (866) 265-6828 toll-free to pre-register and ask for Rose Davies.

Give baby a break

Toy stores are crammed with toys to stimulate and build babies' brains. But it's also important to let a baby do nothing and just chill out.

BabyTalk magazine says just about anything that allows a baby to slow down and reflect -- at her own pace -- can qualify as downtime. For instance:

* Sitting in her high chair and watching you make dinner.

* Lying in her crib and babbling to herself.

* Looking at a picture book (alone).

* Riding in a front carrier while you go about your routine.

* Staring into space.

Benefits of near beer

Alcohol-free beer may protect your heart better than your regular beer. German researchers found that it reduces levels of blood-clotting factors unaffected by alcoholic beers.

Compiled from News and wire service reports.

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