, Newburyport, MA

September 20, 2013

Health Beat: Hospital Aid Association marks 125 years

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — The Anna Jaques Hospital Aid Association will celebrate its 125th anniversary with a tea on Friday, Sept. 27, from 2 to 4 p.m.

In addition to tea, specialty sandwiches, desserts and coffee will be served in the Newburyport hospital’s Higgins Room. Guest speaker Lois Valeo, who teaches college courses in textiles, fashion history and fashion marketing, will give a talk titled “Head to Toe: Bygone Women’s Accessories.”

Admission is $15 for association members and $17 for nonmembers. For reservations, call 978-463-1150.

Yoga, meditation in Newburyport

Free yoga and meditation classes will be offered Saturdays through Oct. 12 at the First Religious Society, 26 Pleasant St., Newburyport.

Presented by Thoughtful Life Studies and taught by Mary Kay Dyer, the sequence is designed to open each chakra, spreading healing energy through the body. Participants are asked to bring their own mats and blankets. Some yoga experience is helpful but not required.

Yoga classes will run from 9 to 10:15 a.m., followed by meditation from 11 a.m. to noon. For more information, email

Butterfly event to remember loved ones

Atria Senior Living will host a “Butterfly Release and Remembrance” on Tuesday at 7 p.m.

The release of live butterflies is a symbolic way to help residents and their families send love to those who have died.

Plum Island author Barbara Hopkinson will be the guest presenter. She is the founder of the local chapter of The Compassionate Friends, an international organization that supports families after the loss of a child.

Hopkinson will read from her book “A Butterfly’s Journey.” Music created for her book will be performed by songwriter Nancy Day.

The event is free and open to the public. It will be held at Atria Senior Living’s Merrimack Place, 85 Storey Ave., Newburyport.

Gentle chair yoga program to start

Interfaith minister Carla Mattioli will lead a gentle chair yoga program at Belleville Congregational Church Hall this fall.

The session runs from Sept. 26 through Nov. 21 and meets each Thursday from 1 to 2 p.m. There is a $90 fee.

This practice of yoga is gentle on the joints, as it is performed sitting in a chair, with options to stand if you wish. Beginners are welcome and encouraged.

Belleville Congregational Church Hall is located at 300 High St., Newburyport. To register or for more information, call 978-546-8018 or visit

Blood drives in local communities

A number of blood drives are scheduled in the area over the next several weeks.

Amesbury: Monday, Sept. 23, 2 to 7 p.m., All Saints Anglican Church, 67 Friend St.; Thursday, Sept. 26, 2 to 7 p.m., Main Street Congregational Church, 145 Main St.; and Friday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Amesbury Senior Center, 68 Elm St.

Groveland: Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2 to 7 p.m., Groveland Congregational Church, UCC, 4 King St. Sponsored by American Legion Post 248.

Newburyport: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 1 to 6 p.m., Elks Lodge, 25 Low St.

Salisbury: Sunday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Latitude Sports Club, 191 Elm St.

Individuals who are 17 years old (16 with parental permission), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood.

In September, all presenting donors will receive a voucher good for discounts at Monro Muffler/Brake & Service. In October, donors have the opportunity to win a $200 gift card courtesy of Suburban Propane.

For more information, call 800-REDCROSS or visit

Get help understanding Alzheimer’s disease

An Alzheimer’s support group meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at the SeaView Retreat, 50 Mansion Drive, Rowley.

Held from 6:30 to 8 p.m., the meetings will help primary caregivers, family members and friends understand Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias, as well as offer education resources, guest speakers and peer support.

The group is led by Dawn Edwards and Suzanne Carpentier, who have both received intense training through the Alzheimer’s Association.

For more information, call 978-356-5115 or 978-500-2523.

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

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


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