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February 10, 2012

Health Beat: Asperger's Support Group meeting Monday

The Asperger Syndrome Support Group will meet on Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Higgins Conference Room of Anna Jaques Hospital, 25 Highland Ave., Newburyport. A general discussion is planned.

The group addresses the concerns of parents of school-aged children diagnosed with Asperger's syndrome, high-functioning autism, or related challenges. The 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.

For more information, call Suzanne Phillips at 978-356-1775 or email her at suzannemphillips47@gmail.com or Carol Keating at 978-372-2799. Her email address is Carol_Keating@comcast.net.

Fire safety program at Amesbury Senior Center

Amesbury firefighters Ryan York and Jeremy Bean will visit Amesbury Senior Center on Monday at 10 a.m. to discuss fire safety with the Amesbury Caregivers Essentials group.

Amesbury Senior Center is at 9 School St.

Hospice volunteers sought

Learn how to make a profound difference in someone's life in just two hours a week.

Merrimack Valley Hospice House is offering an eight-week training program for new volunteers. Trainees will learn how to provide practical help and emotional support to individuals with life-limiting illnesses and their loved ones, through lectures and small group exercises.

The next training class will begin on Monday, March 5, and run through April 30 at Merrimack Valley Hospice, 360 North Ave, Haverhill. Classes are held on Mondays from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.

Volunteers must be 18 years old. This class is offered free of charge. Registration is required. Call Sheryl Meehan at 978-552-4522 or email her at smeehan@homehealthfoundation.org.

Arc offers legal planning session Wednesday

The Arc of Greater Haverhill/Newburyport is sponsoring an information night on legal planning for families who have members with intellectual and/or developmental disabilities.

The information night will be held on Wednesday at 7 p.m. with attorney Faith Delaney. She will answer questions about guardianship and address the application process, court monitoring and required reports, special needs trusts and applying for financial benefits.

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