Midwestern University and the Downers Grove Public Library will present a series of wellness topics designed to help you lead a healthier life. Specialists from the Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic will provide the latest information, research, and actions you can take today to achieve better health. All sessions will take place at the Downers Grove Public Library, 1050 Curtiss Street, Downers Grove, IL. The sessions are free and open to interested community members. Topics include:

Aging and Oral Health (Tuesday, September 13, 11:00 am) – An interactive discussion on the various aspects of aging as applied to oral health, including medications, systemic illness, disability, and access to care. Speaker: Larry Williams, D.D.S., Assistant Professor, College of Dental Medicine-Illinois.

eBooks, iBooks, and the Eyes: Keeping Healthy Eyes in a World of Technology (Tuesday, September 20, 7:00 pm) – This presentation will focus on eye health related hazards that can occur when using handheld electronic devices, and strategies to reduce those risks. Specifically, the effect of blue light on sleep cycles, dry eye, and visual fatigue will be addressed. Speaker: Maria Cucuras, O.D., FAAO, Assistant Professor, Chicago College of Optometry.

Wellness through the Adult Years (Thursday, September 22, 11:00 am) – Learn about the healthcare and lifestyle choices people can make at all stages of their adult life to achieve the best health possible and enjoy life to the fullest. Speaker: Kim Huntington-Alfano, D.O., Clinical Assistant Professor, Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine and Osteopathic Family Physician, Midwestern University Family Medicine Clinic.

Stroke and Aphasia (Thursday, September 29, 7:00 pm) – This session will focus on aphasia, an impairment of language due to an injury to the brain typically associated with stroke, as well as the signs, symptoms, and types of strokes associated with aphasia. Participants will also gain an understanding of the general types of aphasia, and tips and techniques to communicate effectively with individuals with aphasia. Speaker: Judith Ball, M.S., Clinical Assistant Professor, Speech-Language Pathology, College of Health Sciences. 

Top 10 Tips and Exercises for Back and Neck Pain (Tuesday, October 4, 7:00 pm) – Physical Therapy is a non-surgical, non-pharmacological approach to treating musculoskeletal pain and dysfunction. Join us for an interactive discussion on managing back and neck pain through conservative exercises and body mechanics training. Speaker: Teri Elliott-Burke, PT, M.H.S., WCS, PRPC, BCB-PMD and Tom Dillon, PT, DPT, Midwestern University Physical Therapy Institute.


To learn more about the services offered at the Midwestern University Multispecialty Clinic, visit, www.mwuclincs.com or call 630-743-4500.

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Midwestern University and the Downers Grove Public Library will present a series of health lectures.



Midwestern University is a graduate degree-granting institution specializing in the health sciences with eleven colleges and two campuses. The Illinois campus, located on a 105-acre site in Downers Grove, is home to over 2,900 students and five colleges: the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Chicago College of Pharmacy, the College of Health Sciences, the College of Dental Medicine-Illinois, and the Chicago College of Optometry. The Arizona campus, located on a 156-acre site in Glendale, is home to over 3,300 students and six colleges: the Arizona College of Osteopathic Medicine, the College of Pharmacy-Glendale, the College of Health Sciences, the College of Dental Medicine-Arizona, the Arizona College of Optometry, and the College of Veterinary Medicine. The University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission, a Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools. For more information, visit http://www.midwestern.edu or call 630.515.7200.