, Newburyport, MA

November 15, 2013

Health Beat: Low-vision support offered in Amesbury

Health Beat
Newburyport Daily News

---- — A support group for those with recent or ongoing vision loss meets on the first Thursday of every month from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Amesbury Senior Center.

Whether low vision is a result of diabetic retinopathy, macular degeneration, glaucoma or another condition, group members will learn about the tools available and have the opportunity to share their experiences with others facing similar challenges.

Guest speakers have come from the Massachusetts Commission for the Blind, Perkins School for the Blind and Simply Foot Care. The group also takes biannual outings.

To sign up, call 978-388-8138.

Yoga studio to hold open house

The People’s Yoga Co-op in Amesbury will hold an open house tomorrow to celebrate its new location.

Visitors are welcome to drop in to the second floor of 36 Main St. from 1 to 4 p.m. Snacks and drinks will be served, and special rates for classes are available.

‘Meet the Trainers’ in Salisbury

All Natural Training in Salisbury is hosting a “Meet the Trainers” open house on Sunday from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The public is invited to tour the fitness studio and meet the personal trainers. The facility is located in the Crossroads Plaza at 6 Merrill St.

Author, healer to speak at YWCA

Local throat cancer survivor Denise DeSimone will give a free talk on Monday at the YWCA Children’s Center in Newburyport.

Told seven years ago that she had only three months to live, DeSimone used holistic and spiritual healing practices to beat the odds.

She believes that by applying the scientific principles of energy to the way we conduct our lives, we are capable of miraculous recovery.

The author of “From Stage IV to Center Stage,” DeSimone is an ordained minister with a background in sound healing, reiki, polarity therapy, reflexology, Shamanism and process therapy.

The talk will start at 6:30 p.m. at 131/2 Pond St. To reserve a seat, call 978-465-9922, ext. 27, or email

Local man needs lung transplant

A fundraiser planned for tomorrow will honor a Georgetown man who needs a double lung transplant to survive.

“Lungs for Scott” will run from 5 to 10 p.m. at the VFW Post Hall, 435 Andover St., Georgetown. Scott Collin, 45, has been struggling for two years with the disease scleroderma and has undergone 12 months of chemotherapy.

He is an employee of the Georgetown Water Department.

The evening will include raffles, gift baskets, a silent auction and entertainment. Tickets are $10 and may be purchased by calling 978-352-2276 or at the door.

Donations can also be made at Georgetown Bank, 2 E. Main St., to the account called “Lungs for Scott.”

Learn how to shift your mood

A free program on Thursday, Nov. 21, will teach you how to “Choose Your Mood, Change Your Life.”

Newburyport author, speaker and leadership coach Don Arnoudse will give a 90-minute talk and interactive discussion at 7 p.m. in the Newburyport City Hall auditorium, 60 Pleasant St. Refreshments will be served started at 6:30.

Arnoudse is committed to shifting the primary mood of our times from fear to exuberance.

He will share stories about the surprising power of mood in all aspects of life.

Blood drives in local communities

There are several upcoming blood drives in the region:

Salisbury: Today, 1 to 6 p.m., Hilton Senior Center, 43 Lafayette Road

Amesbury: Monday, Nov. 18, 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Sparhawk Theatre, 196 Main St.

Newburyport: Monday, Nov. 25, 2 to 7 p.m., Elks Lodge, 25 Low St.

Rowley: Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2 to 7 p.m., Rowley Veterans Association, 19 Bradford 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.

For more information, call 800-REDCROSS or visit


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