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December 7, 2012

Health Beat: Blood drive tomorrow

The American Red Cross will hold two local blood drives over the next several days. All eligible and new blood donors are encouraged to give.

There will be a drive tomorrow from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church, 895 Main St., West Newbury, and on Monday, from noon to 5 p.m. at the Merrimac Public Library, 86 West Main St.

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.

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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