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March 23, 2012

Health Beat: MS walk set for March 31

The National Multiple Sclerosis Society will host the annual Walk MS on March 31 to help individuals and families address the challenges of living with multiple sclerosis. The 5-mile route will start and end at Cashman Park in Newburyport. Check-in opens at 9 a.m., and the walk begins at 10 a.m.

Walk MS is a fundraising event that provides MS education, support, advocacy and services to people affected by multiple sclerosis, while it supports cutting-edge research and treatment to stop disease progression, restore function and end MS.

Each walker older than age 12 is required to raise at least $25. Family members and co-workers are encouraged to form teams that walk and fundraise together in support of a loved one with MS. Teams and individual walkers can register online, www.walkMSgne.org, to take advantage of e-fundraising tools.

Registrations are also accepted by phone, 1-800-344-4867, option 2, and in person on the day of the walk. Volunteers are also needed.

Donations in support of walkers and teams may be made online, at walkMSgne.org. Click on "Donate" and select "Massachusetts, Newburyport, Donate/ePledge" and enter the individual or team you want to support.

Alzheimer's caregivers workshop Thursday

The Alzheimer's Association will present a workshop to help family and caregivers understand the behaviors of those with Alzheimer's disease on Thursday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Newburyport Council on Aging.

The workshop will offer education and practical tools on caring for a loved one. For someone with dementia, a safe and supportive home can prevent injury and enhance independence and a sense of security. Learn to adapt your home environment and make it dementia-safe and supportive.

The session is free and open to the public. The Council on Aging is at 40 Water St., Newburyport.

Registration is required. Call 800-272-3900 for more information.

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