, Newburyport, MA

November 9, 2012

Health Beat: Asperger's support group meets Monday

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — There will be a meeting of the Asperger Syndrome Support Group on Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Higgins Room of Anna Jaques Hospital, 25 Highland Ave., Newburyport. A general discussion is planned.

The support group addresses the concerns of parents of school-aged children diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, high-functioning autism or related challenges. Meetings are free, open to the public and serve families from all neighboring communities. The group is sponsored by the Asperger’s Association of New England.

Elder Services conducting community survey

Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc. in partnership with the Council on Aging is conducting a Community Needs Assessment throughout November throughout the Merrimack Valley area.

Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc. is the local area agency on aging. In partnership with Councils on Aging and other community agencies, Elder Services provides support and care to older adults and disabled persons in response to community needs. To help better serve the community, they will be conducting a survey asking the elder community to share information about their needs.

The information will be summarized, shared with the Executive Office of Elder Affairs and used as a guide for how the agency can best to use limited state and federal resources to help those in the greatest need.

“The survey consists of questions ranging from health needs, financial positions and support solicited. With this information we will be able to properly implement assistance where it is needed,” said Maureen Drouin, community programs director.

If you are interested in survey, contact Laura Marsan at or 978-946-1303.

Samaritan volunteers training session

The Samaritans of Merrimack Valley is seeking volunteers to answer their confidential crisis help lines. Each volunteer is asked to give five hours a week.

The next training session will be held on Monday and Wednesday. Each session runs from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Attendance is required at both evenings of a session. The training classes meet at Family Service, Inc., 430 North Canal St., Lawrence.

For more information or to register, call Debbie at 978-327-6671 or email

Dr. Dan addresses glycemic control

Dr. Dan Eyink will offer a lecture, “Glycemic Control and Diabetes, an Alternative Perspective,” on Monday.

The talk will run from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Dr. Dan’s Natural Healing Center, 171 High St., Newburyport. Dr. Dan will share his perspective that treating diabetes, prevention and reversing diabetes can be accomplished by changing your diet, providing appropriate nutritional and herbal support and incorporating lifestyle changes that effectively handle various forms of stress and include physical activity.

To register for the talk, call 978-462-0023 or email It is free to attend.

ARC seminar Wed.

Learn about the benefits, resources and best practices for successful transitions for teens and adults with intellectual disabilities ages 14-25 in a “Transition to Adulthood — Moving Forward” seminar on Wednesday.

Led by the Arc of Greater Haverhill-Newburyport, the roundtable discussion will explore what occurs when a child turns 18 and how to successfully make the transition from school into adult services.

The program will run from 7 to 9 p.m. The group meets at the Greater Newburyport YWCA, 13 Market Square, Newburyport. Use the pool entrance. For more information and to RSVP, contact or call 978-373-0552, ext. 201.

Blood drive at

Hilton Senior Center

A community blood drive will be held at the Hilton Senior Center in Salisbury on Friday from 1 to 6 p.m. The senior center is located at 43 Lafayette Road, Salisbury.

To make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-Red-Cross (1-800-733-2767) or visit

Snacks, fruit juices and bottled water will be provided by the Red Cross. The Lions Club will offer corn chowder courtesy of its members Herman and Regina Fortin, owners of Lena’s Seafood Restaurant. Donors will be entered into a raffle for a $50 gift card.

NAMI holds ‘In Our Own Voice’ program

The local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is hosting a free presentation, “In Our Own Voice,” on Monday, Nov. 19, from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, 63 State St., Newburyport.

During “In Our Own Voice,” two people who have lived with mental illness with discuss their experiences and their journey to recover. The 90-minute talk is appropriate for family members, friends, professionals, lay audiences and those living with a mental illness. It includes a video, personal stories and discussions that will enrich the audience’s understanding of how people with these disorders cope while recovering and reclaiming productive lives.

Kids Night Out returns to YWCA

The Greater Newburyport YWCA is once again offering Kids Night Out sessions.

The program, which will be held on the third Friday of each month, is for kids in grades 1 to 3. Their evening at the YWCA will include pizza, music, activities, pool time and a movie.

All children should bring a bathing suit and towel. Parents can also send their kids with pajamas to change into after swimming.

The sessions will run from 6 to 8:30 p.m. each month. Registration is required. Visit the YWCA’s membership desk at 13 Market Street. The program is open to the public.


If you have an item for Health Beat, contact Katie Lovett at 978-462-6666 or