There are two training opportunities to becoming Elder Service volunteers.

Elder Services is looking for people who wish to be a Friend in Deed — volunteers who are willing to help a neighbor with companionship, food shopping, errands and outings to increase socialization.

The Friend in Deed training session is Tuesday, March 8, from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Volunteers are also needed for medical advocates — someone who drives and accompanies elders to medical appointments or treatments to support, coach and empower an elder to take charge of their health care needs. They help elders ask the right questions, keep medical information and report to caregivers when necessary.

A training session for medical advocates will be held on Wednesday, March 16, from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

All trainings are held at the Elder Services office at 360 Merrimack St., Building 5, Lawrence. For more information or to register for the training, call Eileen Giordano at 800-892-0890, ext. 1463.

My Life, My Health workshop meets Thursdays through March

The Elder Services' Healthy Aging Program is offering a free six-week My Life, My Health workshop for those living with, or caring for someone, with a chronic disease.

Through this workshop, participants will learn strategies that will help reduce stress, better communication, and encourage making better choices about treatment.

The workshop meets on Thursdays from 1 to 3:30 p.m. and will run through March 31. The workshops are held at the Elder Services office, 360 Merrimack St,, Building 5, Lawrence.

Contact Susan at 978-946-1355 for more information.

Yoga session designed for people living with cancer

A yoga class for those living with cancer will take place Saturday, March 12, from 2 to 4 p.m. at the Yoga Center of Newburyport, 12 Maple St.

Led by Joanne Rowley and Rose Russo, the wellness workshop is designed for individuals who have been newly diagnosed with cancer, are in treatment or in recovery.

Participants will learn yoga-based practices designed to reduce symptoms and create physical and mental ease through relaxation breathing, gentle movement, and imagery and meditation. No prior yoga experience is required.

A two-time breast cancer survivor, Russo teaches yoga from a personal understanding of the healing power of the body. She is also a Reiki master.

Rowley is a registered nurse and mindfulness instructor for bone-marrow transplant patients and a counselor/stress management educator. She is certified as a holistic nurse, kripalu yoga teacher and adult mental health clinical specialist with a private practice in Newburyport.

Admission is by donation; $10 is suggested. Class size is limited, and registration is required. For more information, contact Russo at 978-465-2998 or or Rowley at 978-463-9318 or

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