NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

December 14, 2012

Health Beat: Blood drive in Salisbury Sunday

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — The American Red Cross will hold a blood drive on Sunday at Latitude Sports Club in Salisbury. All eligible donors are encouraged to donate.

The drive will be held from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the club, 191 Elm St., Salisbury.

Donors will receive a coupon for a free appetizer or dessert from Chili’s Grill & Bar. To make an appointment to donate, call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or log onto redcrossblood.org.

Bereavement Group meets in Amesbury

The Amesbury Council on Aging and Beacon Hospice are jointly hosting a bereavement group on Thursday evenings at 5:30 at the Amesbury Senior Center, 68 Elm St.

Healing from Loss is for individuals dealing with the loss of a loved one. It is through the process of sharing in a confidential environment that healing is fostered.

Registration is required. Call Lu Bonanno, Beacon Hospice, at 978-837-3333 for additional information and to register. The group is free.

Overeaters groups

meet locally

Overeaters Anonymous now meets weekly at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Newburyport. The meetings run from noon to 1 p.m. on Wednesdays. The church is located at 166 High St., Newburyport.

Overeaters Anonymous also holds weekly sessions in Amesbury. On Tuesdays, from 3:45 to 4:50 p.m., meetings are held in the Carriage Room of the Amesbury Health Center on Highland Street. It is the first door on left after entering.

A 12-step program of recovery, OA is meant to assist people with food disorders and food addictions. It addresses physical, emotional and spiritual well-being. To learn more about OA, visit www.oaambi.org.

Elder Services seeking feedback

Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc. is conducting a community needs assessment during November and December throughout the Merrimack Valley.

The organization is seeking feedback from elders about their concerns, challenges and needs in order to deliver the most responsive services, make the best use of resources and understand emerging trends.

Elder Services wants to hear from LGBT elders within the Merrimack Valley to learn from their experiences, challenges and concerns with regard to aging, care giving, health care, etc. Elders interested in completing an anonymous survey should contact Maureen Drouin via email at mdrouin@esmv.org.

“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,” community programs director Maureen Drouin said.

In addition to the survey, ESMV also hopes to conduct a focus group with LGBT elders from the Merrimack Valley to explore needs and concerns and to discuss ways to bring LGBT elders together and build connections. If interested in attending this group, contact Ron Bourque via email at rbourque@esmv.org.

To have a survey mailed to you, contact Laura Marsan at 978-946-1303 or by email at lmarsan@esmv.org.

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