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September 13, 2013

Health Beat: Six-week bereavement group starts Tuesday

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — A six-session educational and supportive program will help those dealing with the grieving process.

“Beginning the Grief Journey” will meet every Tuesday, Sept. 17, through Oct. 22, from 9 to 10 a.m. at the Amesbury Senior Center, 68 Elm St.

The sessions will help participants understand the uniqueness of grief, recognize the myths associated with grief, learn more about the grieving process and develop ways to take care of themselves both emotionally and physically.

Co-sponsored by Merrimack Valley Hospice and Amesbury Council on Aging, the free program is also open to residents from surrounding communities. Free transportation is available for Amesbury residents. For more information or to register, call 978-552-4537.

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.

Recognizing the signs of dyslexia

A free, informational seminar on dyslexia will be held tomorrow at 10 a.m. in Amesbury.

Participants will gain an in-depth understanding of what dyslexia is, signs to look for and solutions that help. Difficulties with reading, decoding, phonemic awareness, writing, spelling, math or attention deficits can all be caused by dyslexia.

The seminar is presented by New England Dyslexia Solutions and will be held in the Boston North Technology Park Building A conference room, 110 Haverhill Road.

Seating is limited, and registration is required. Call 978-337-7753 or visit http://ne-dyslexia.com/calendar.html to sign up.

Hospital to showcase community in video

Bring your dancing shoes to Anna Jaques on Monday, Sept. 16, when the hospital will film the finale for its video entry in the Medline Pink Glove Dance Competition. The event was rescheduled due to thunderstorms in the forecast yesterday.

The hospital that wins the national competition will receive a $25,000 donation toward the breast cancer charity of its choice. Anna Jaques has chosen Amesbury-based Tough Warrior Princesses, which is a nonprofit committed to educating the public and providing support to local women and their families.

Anna Jaques has chosen “community” as the theme for its video and invites everyone to come to the hospital entrance at 25 Highland Ave., Newburyport, at 5:30 p.m. Participants are asked to wear jeans and pink T-shirts; pink gloves will be provided.

No dance experience is required, and anyone who wishes to practice in advance can view the choreography online at www.ajh.org.

All competing videos will be posted on the website www.pinkglovedance.com on Oct. 25, with the voting period then running through Nov. 8.

Gentle yoga to help cancer survivors

Healing Yoga for Cancer Survivors will be offered on the second Sunday of every month, starting Sept. 15, 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. in Byfield.

Events to raise cancer awareness

A local group has two upcoming events in Newburyport to observe National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

Greater Newburyport Ovarian Cancer Awareness was founded in 2011 by volunteers who work in partnership with Ovations for the Cure, a Natick nonprofit, and has raised more than $43,000 for ovarian cancer services and research.

Tonight at 7, “A Comedy Night to Remember” will bring two critically acclaimed comedians to the Firehouse Center for the Arts. New York-based Leighann Lord will present her take on politics, world news and current events, while Haverhill native Amy Tee will turn her personal tribulations into hilarious performances.

Admission is $25, and the show will be followed by a reception with Lord and Tee.

On Sunday, Sept. 29, the group will wrap up the month with the Jackie Poor Memorial Walk at 10:30 a.m. at Michael’s Harborside. The walk honors Poor, the late sister of one of the organizers, and other women struggling with ovarian cancer.

Individuals or teams may participate in the 3-mile walk through downtown Newburyport. Registration costs $20 online at www.ovationsforthecure.org or $25 on the day of the event.

Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer deaths in women, with more than 21,000 diagnosed in the U.S. each year.

Community yoga classes in Amesbury

The following community karma yoga classes will be offered this month at the People’s Yoga Co-Op in Amesbury on a pay-by-donation basis. All classes are drop-in and held from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at 14 Cedar St.

Tonight, Core & Abs Yoga with Paula Wilson; Sept. 20, Mindful Movements with Marie Zappala-Stewart; and Sept. 27, Curious Yogi Workshop with Jennifer Freeman.

A pay-by-donation Yoga by the River class will also take place every Sunday in September from 8:30 to 9:30 a.m. on the Merrimack River in Amesbury.

Bring your own mat, water and a towel for the damp grass. Park along the grass between the houses at 391 and 417 Main St.

For more information, call 508-333-4160 or visit www.peoplesyogacoop.com.

Blood drives in local communities

Locals have three opportunities to give blood in the region over the next few days. Drives are scheduled from 1 to 6 p.m. today at the Hilton Senior Center, 43 Lafayette Road, Salisbury; 1 to 6 p.m. Monday at Trinity United Church, 29 Main St., Seabrook; and 2 to 7 p.m. Monday at the Newburyport Elks Lodge, 25 Low 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. Donors will also have the chance to win two Red Sox tickets and to be honored at Fenway Park as the Blood Donor of the Game.

For more information, call 800-REDCROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org.

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