, Newburyport, MA


October 11, 2013

Health Beat: Events shine light on Alzheimer’s, dementia

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

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.

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