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January 3, 2014

Health Beat:

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — A new yoga class for female veterans will start Saturday, Jan. 11, at the Amesbury Council on Aging.

Designed specifically for those with post-traumatic stress disorder and/or military sexual trauma, the 75-minute mat class will be held over 12 weeks. The time is yet to be determined.

Participants should be able to get up and down from the floor with relative ease. The class is open to women from Amesbury and surrounding communities.

If you are interested in attending, contact Tarynne Crutchfield at 978-388-8138, ext. 551.

Peer-led support for mental illness

The local chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness hosts a Family & Friends Support Group on the first and third Thursday of every month.

The peer-led group is for those who have a loved one dealing with a mental illness and offers understanding, support and resource information.

Sessions are held from 7 to 8:30 p.m. On the first Thursday of the month, they take place at Merrimack Valley Hospital, 62 Brown St., Haverhill. On the third Thursday, they are held at Newburyport Five Cents Savings Bank, 63 State St.

For more information, email bernard.c.gallant@gmail.com or mkoplove@gmail.com.

NAMI Northeast Essex also holds a Connection Peer Support Group, for anyone with a psychiatric diagnosis, at Merrimack Valley Hospital on the first Thursday of every month at 7 p.m. For more information on that group, email elizakwilson@yahoo.com.

Learn ‘The Three Characteristics of Reality’

A free lecture on “The Three Characteristics of Reality” will be held Wednesday, Jan. 8, from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, Jan. 18, from 1 to 3 p.m. at the First Religious Society in Newburyport.

Speaker Jesse Fallon will talk about how we’re causing optional suffering in the world and how we can lessen it. Fallon, the spiritual adviser for Wisdom’s Heart in Rockport, has been studying and practicing dharma and meditation since 2004.

The lecture is facilitated by Thoughtful Life Studies of Merrimack Valley. For more information, email tkmccarty@gmail.com.

The First Religious Society is located at 26 Pleasant St. Wednesday’s lecture will take place in the Parish Hall, and the Saturday lecture will be held in the lower church.

Meetings to aid Alzheimer’s caregivers

A newly formed group for Alzheimer’s caregivers will meet Saturday, Jan. 11, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at SeaView Retreat in Rowley.

Those caring for a loved one with diagnosed Alzheimer’s disease or other memory impairment diseases are encouraged to attend. Meetings will be held twice a month and will offer a safe place for sharing and educational resources.

SeaView is located at 50 Mansion Drive. For more information, call 978-500-2523 or 781-720-9046.

Flu vaccinations available in Newburyport

Flu shots are offered by appointment every Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Newburyport Health Department.

The vaccine is recommended for everyone 6 months and older. The shots are free to Newburyport residents ages 4 and up, regardless of health insurance status.

To schedule an appointment, call 978-465-4410.

Emotions Anonymous meetings held weekly

Emotions Anonymous holds a free meeting every Thursday from 7 to 8 p.m. at People’s United Methodist Church, 64 Purchase St., Newburyport.

The 12-step organization is composed of people who come together to work toward recovery from emotional difficulties, including depression, anxiety, grief, anger and relationship problems.

As an anonymous program, EA respects the confidentiality of its members at all times. For more information, call 978-462-4647 or visit www.emotionsanonymous.org.

Gentle yoga to help cancer survivors

Healing Yoga for Cancer Survivors is offered on the second Sunday of every month at Roots to Wings Yoga & Healing Center.

The workshops will include gentle, mindful stretching and supported restorative poses and dialogue with other cancer survivors. Each session will be modified to meet the needs of participants, determined in preregistration interviews.

Sessions will take place from 2 to 4 p.m., and the fee is by donation. To set up an interview or for more information, call 978-985-4166 or email arleendamon@gmail.com.

Roots to Wings is located at 1 Lunt St., Byfield.

Scleroderma support group meets monthly

The Scleroderma Foundation’s New England Chapter hosts a North Shore support group on the second Wednesday of every month in Topsfield.

Anyone who has been diagnosed with scleroderma or has a loved one who has been diagnosed is welcome to attend the meetings, which take place from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the chapter office, 462 Boston St., Suite 1, 1st floor, Topsfield.

Refreshments will be served, and attendees are invited to bring their own lunches. The building is handicapped-accessible.

For more information, call 978-887-0658.

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