Two upcoming events presented by Atria Merrimack Place in Newburyport will provide insight and information on Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.
On Wednesday, Oct. 16, the public is invited to visit Atria to “Walk a Day in a Life” of someone with dementia. Thirty-minute tours offered between noon and 6 p.m. will show what life is like for a person with memory impairments.
On Saturday, Oct. 21, dementia expert David Troxel will speak at Newburyport City Hall from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Troxel, who helped develop “The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer’s Care,” will address questions about dementia and sign copies of his books. Refreshments will be served.
For more information or to register for either event, call 978-462-7324 or visit www.atriaseniorliving.com.
Local dentists offer free care for seniors
Free dental care will be offered to senior citizens at three local dentistry practices on Saturday, Oct. 19.
Hosted by Dr. Robin Davies of Parker River Dental, “Giving Back to the Community Day” will also include Drs. David Reczek and Brendon Chiou of Newburyport Family Dental and Dr. Shradha Sharma of Georgetown Family Dentistry.
Davies began the “Giving Back” program in 2011 and provides free dental services twice a year at her office at 3 Kent Way, Byfield, to seniors who have no dental insurance or cannot afford dental care.
Reczek and Chiou will provide free dental service at 1 Inn St., Newburyport, and Sharma and staff will provide free dental service at 37 E. Main St., Georgetown.
To sign up for the free care, contact the Newbury, Newburyport or Georgetown councils on aging for registration forms and more information on the program.
Asperger’s support group to meet
The Asperger Syndrome Support Group will meet Monday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at Anna Jaques Hospital.
A general discussion, including recent successes and challenges, is planned. The group addresses the concerns of parents of school-age children diagnosed with Asperger’s syndrome, high-functioning autism or related challenges.
The meeting is free and will take place in the cafeteria, 25 Highland Ave., Newburyport.
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Community yoga classes in Amesbury
The following community karma yoga classes will be offered 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 36 Main St., the studio’s new home.
Tonight, Yoga Basics with Jennifer Freeman; Oct. 18, Hip Opening Yoga with Paula Wilson; and Oct. 25, Ballroom Dancing with Ivana Ruzkova.
The studio is in the process of renovating new space at the front of the second floor of 36 Main St. and plans to move there permanently next month. Classes are currently being held in the back of the second floor, next to Workspace 36.
For more information, call 508-333-4160 or visit www.peoplesyogacoop.com.
Be part of a ‘thrilling’ experience for charity
A local dance instructor is getting involved in a worldwide effort to break the record for the largest simultaneous dance to Michael Jackson’s “Thriller.”
Through Oct. 20, free clinics will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. every Sunday at the Agnes Strecker Dance Studio at 908 Salem St., Groveland. Everyone ages 8 and up is welcome to come and learn the “Thriller” dance.
Then, on Oct. 26, anyone who wishes to participate is invited to the Harry Della Russo Stadium in Revere, where check-in starts at 4 p.m. and the dance will be performed at 5 p.m. Dressing like a zombie is encouraged.
Donations collected on the day of the event will benefit Children’s Hospital Boston and Alzheimer’s disease research.
For more information, visit www.thrilltheworld.com or www.agnesstreckerdancestudio.com.
Blood drives in local communities
There are three upcoming blood drives in the region:
Salisbury: Sunday, Oct. 20, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Latitude Sports Club, 191 Elm St.
Amesbury: Friday, Oct. 25, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Amesbury Senior Center, 68 Elm St.
Newburyport: Tuesday, Oct. 29, 1 to 6 p.m., 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 October, donors have the opportunity to win a $200 gift card courtesy of Suburban Propane.
For more information, call 800-REDCROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org.
Healing arts market this weekend
The monthly Newburyport Healing Arts and Crafts Market will be held Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the First Religious Society in Newburyport.
The community is invited to receive intuitive readings and reiki healing and to browse fine crafts, herbal products and crystals for sale.
The church is located at 26 Pleasant St. For more information, visit healingartsmarket.blogspot.com.
Gentle yoga to help cancer survivors
Healing Yoga for Cancer Survivors is offered on the second Sunday of every month 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Roots to Wings is located at 1 Lunt St., Byfield.
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