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January 11, 2013

Health Calendar


Gloucester Daily Times

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Free LASIK eye screenings are offered every Tuesday at Cutler Eye Center, 9A Osman Babson Road, Gloucester. Screenings are conducted by one of the center’s eye surgeons. Screenings determine a person’s refractive vision and if someone is a candidate for refractive surgery. For an appointment, call 978-281-8809.

Active Healing Inc. offers free screenings for children and adults struggling with learning disabilities, diagnosis of ADD or ADHD, behavioral problems, autism, Down syndrome, cerebral palsy, Asperger’s syndrome, or any other brain-related problem. To schedule a screening, call 978-525-3608.

VOCAL (Victims of Crime and Loss) provides free services for victims of crimes including assault, robbery, domestic violence, adult sexual abuse/assault, child physical abuse, disabled and elder abuse, violation of a protective order, crimes related to driving while intoxicated, hate-motivated crimes, and political trauma. Services include individual and group counseling, community crisis response, critical incident stress debriefing, and training and education. VOCAL Children’s Program provides community outreach and clinical services to children and their non-offending family members who have been victims of trauma and experience physical and sexual abuse or who witness domestic violence. Sponsored by Health and Education Services Inc., 156 Cabot St., Beverly. Call Karen Tompkins at 978-927-4506, ext. 202 or ext. 203, or the Rape Crisis Intervention Hotline at 978-922-0000.

Speakers Bureau: Beverly and Addison Gilbert hospitals’ Speakers Bureau is a free service designed to provide timely information on a variety of health-related topics. Speakers include physicians, registered nurses, dietitians, physical therapists, pharmacists and others who highlight healthy living and illness prevention. Organizations or groups interested in providing guest speakers for upcoming events should call 978-236-1650.

Hepatitis C Health Services. Gloucester Health Department and North Shore AIDS Health Project offer weekly information and support services for those concerned about hepatitis C. Free, confidential services offered Mondays, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 67 Middle St., Gloucester. Regular drop-in services include private consultation with a nurse, health educator, support group and information sessions, case management assistance and referrals for holistic services. Call Kerri Connelly at 978-283-0101 or Sunny Robinson at 978-281-9771.

CPR classes, conducted by the Education Department at Beverly Hospital. Adult and pediatric American Heart Association Heartsaver classes offered. American Heart Association Healthcare Provider classes also offered. Call 978-922-3000, ext. 2236, for class availability, certification and re-certification.

Prepare for Surgery, Heal Faster, a workshop designed by Peggy Huddleston for use prior to surgery, chemotherapy, radiation treatments, dental procedures and challenging life transitions is designed to decrease anxiety and heal better using mind/body techniques. Program held at the Lifestyle Management Institute, located at the Beverly Hospital at Danvers Medical and Day Surgery Center, 480 Maple St., Danvers. Call 978-646-7060 for fees or class availability.

Health insurance program offered at Addison Gilbert and Beverly hospitals for those in need. Financial counselors available. Call Addison Gilbert Hospital at 978-283-4000, ext. 623, or Beverly Hospital at 978-283-4000, ext. 2124, 2045 or 2046.

Northeast Behavioral Health (NBH) Healthy Streets Outreach Program provides rapid HIV testing, hepatitis C information, access to drug treatment, overdose prevention and Narcan training. All services, provided by NBH Healthy Streets Program, available at various locations on the first Wednesday of the month. Call 978-767-3913 or 781-592-0243.

“Choosing Hospice,” a guide to specialized care for the terminally ill, is available for free from VNA Care Network & Hospice, a nonprofit agency that provides physical, emotional, practical and spiritual support to terminally ill patients and their families on Cape Ann. Booklet answers common questions about hospice and gives a list of resources. For copies, call 1-800-728-1862 or email info@vnacarenetwork.org. Visit www.vnacarenetwork.org.

CARE workshops are provided to active injection drug users at risk for hepatitis, overdose, HIV and other substance related health issues every Wednesday, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the Healy Room, Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., Gloucester. 978-236-0251.

Free ACL screenings and injury evaluations offered Mondays, 6:30 p.m., at Harmeling Physical Therapy, 8 Blackburn Center, Gloucester. 978-283-0888. www.harmelingpt.com.

Free blood pressure screenings:

Mondays, 1 to 3 p.m., Women’s Health Center, Addison Gilbert Hospital, Gloucester. Appointments not necessary. Not held on Monday holidays.

Wednesdays, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Rose Baker Senior Center, Gloucester.

Wednesdays, 2 to 5 p.m., Walgreens, Gloucester.

Thursdays, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Rite Aid Pharmacy, 127 Eastern Ave., Gloucester.

Free nicotine patches and information on quitting smoking is available for veterans and their families. Contact the Gloucester Office of Veterans’ Services at 978-281-9740.

Northern Essex WIC (Women, Infants and Children) is a nutrition program that provides nutrition and health education, healthy food and other services free of charge to Massachusetts families who qualify. The Cape Ann office is located in the Gloucester Family Health Center, 302 Washington St., Gloucester.

Yoga classes. Beginner’s Gentle Yoga offered every Saturday at 9:15 a.m. Tibetan Heart Yoga offered every Thursday at 7 p.m., and every Sunday at 9 a.m. All welcome. Classes held at the Vajramudra Center, 154 Granite St., Rockport. Led by registered yoga teacher Dr. Pattie O’Brien. Mats available. Donations appreciated. 978-281-3365. www.theyogaclinic.com.

Meditate in a group setting with other practitioners every Tuesday, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., at the Vajramudra Dharma Center, 154 Granite St., Rockport. Guided meditations in the Tibetan Buddhist tradition are followed by silent meditation and discussion. To register, email sangha@aci-capeann.org.

Recreational program for individuals who have had a traumatic brain injury. Offered by Community Enterprises, the group meets Thursdays and provides a variety of social and recreational activities. Call Barbara Fritz or Sandra Silva at 978-281-8889.

Hypnosis (progressive relaxation) sessions are held at the Lifestyle Management Institute, located at Beverly Hospital’s Danvers Medical and Day Surgery Center, 480 Maple St., Danvers. Approved by the American Medical Association hypnosis is a state of altered awareness in which the client remains in full control in order to accept behavioral modifications, such as smoking cessation, stress reduction, enhanced learning, improved memory skills and public speaking abilities. Call 978-304-8415 for fees and class availability.

CANCER SUPPORT

Prostate Cancer Support Group meets every third Thursday of the month, 7:30 p.m., in the first-floor Garden Room, Ledgewood Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center, Beverly Hospital campus. No fee or registration required. 978-236-1650.

Cancer support group meets every fourth Tuesday of the month, 4:30 to 6 p.m., in the Longan Room, Addison Gilbert Hospital. No fee or registration required.

Breast Cancer Survivors Group meets every third Tuesday of the month, 6:30 to 8 p.m., in the Longan Room, Addison Gilbert Hospital. No fee or registration required.

RECOVERY PROGRAMS

Gloucester:

Daily — Early Bird recovery meetings, 7 to 8 a.m., Mondays through Sundays, First Baptist Church, 38 Gloucester Ave. Open discussions.

Monday — Alcoholics Anonymous 12 Steps to Freedom, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Veterans Center, 12 Emerson Ave.

Tuesday — AA for young people, 7 to 8 p.m., Trinity Congregational Church, 70 Middle St. Open speaker discussion.

Wednesday — AA speaker meeting, Fish City Group, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle St., 7 to 8 p.m. 508-957-4690.

Friday — AA Gloucester Morning Glories women’s AA, 7 to 8 a.m., North Shore Health Project, 67 Middle St.; and starting March 5, Al-Anon Family Group, 7:30 to 8:45 p.m., First Baptist Church, 38 Gloucester Ave.

Saturday — Alcoholics Anonymous “Saturday and Sober,” 9:30 to 11 a.m., Trinity Congregational Church, Middle Street. Open speaker, discussion. Non; AA discussion group, 10 to 11:15 a.m., Easler Building, 23 Duncan St.; AA meeting, Union Congregational Church, Magnolia, 8 to 9 p.m.; AA Open Big Book/Discussion, non, 8 to 9:30 p.m., St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle St.

Rockport:

Sunday — Alcoholics Anonymous “Women in Recovery” 2 to 3 p.m., First Congregational Church, School Street.

Monday — Alcoholics Anonymous, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 24 Broadway.

Tuesday — Alcoholics Anonymous step meeting, noon to 1 p.m., First Baptist Church of Rockport, 2 High St.; Alcoholics Anonymous, 7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, School Street.

Wednesday — Al-Anon group, 7:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Rockport, 2 High St., for friends and relatives of people with alcoholism.

Thursday — Alcoholics Anonymous closed book meeting, noon to 1 p.m., Rockport Baptist Church, 2 High St. Alcoholics Anonymous “Men in Recovery” men’s speaker discussion meeting, 7:30 p.m., United Methodist Church.

Friday — Alcoholics Anonymous, noon to 1 p.m., First Baptist Church of Rockport, 2 High St.

Saturday — Alcoholics Anonymous, 8:30 to 9:30 p.m., First Baptist Church of Rockport, 2 High St. (in July). AA meets at the First Congregational Church, School Street, the rest of the year.

Manchester:

Thursday — AA open speaker meeting, 8 to 9 p.m., Sacred Heart Church, 69 School St.

SUPPORT GROUPS

HEART, a group founded by mothers of gay children on Cape Ann, meets monthly to share thoughts and experiences and to offer support to other parents of gay children. Whether your child is 5 or 35 you are welcome to join us in a safe, comfortable setting. Meetings are one morning a month. You are strongly encouraged to call one of us to meet one-on-one if that is more comfortable for you. Call Diane Polley at 508-641-5535 or Judy Friend 978-283-1306.

Low Vision Group meets the second Monday of every month, 1:30 p.m., at Manchester Senior Center. All welcome. Call the Manchester Council on Aging at 978-526-7500.

Learn to Cope, a confidential support group for parents/caregivers struggling with a member of the family who is addicted to opiates and/or other drugs (opiates include heroin, Oxycontin, Vicodin, Percocet, etc.) meets Wednesdays, 7 to 9 p.m., in the Thompson Room, St. John’s Episcopal Church, 42 Middle St., Gloucester. 508-801-3247. Visit www.learn2cope.org. Sponsored by Healthy Gloucester Collaborative.

Cape Ann Military Family Support Group meets the first Thursday of every month, 7 p.m., at the Veterans Center, 12 Emerson Ave., Gloucester. All veterans, family and friends of those in the military welcome. Group provides speakers, events, resources and support.

Free Polycythemia Vera Support Group meets at Addison Gilbert Hospital, 298 Washington St., Gloucester. Family members and friends welcome. To register, call Joanne Gibbs at 978-283-4000, ext. 559, or Nancy Guinivan at 978-762-6684.

Cape Ann Cancer Support Group meets the fourth Tuesday of every month, 4:30 to 6 p.m., in the Longan Room, Addison Gilbert Hospital (use Washington Street entrance). No fee or preregistration required.

Surviving a Loss Support Group, for anyone grieving a loss, meets the first and third Tuesday of every month, 10 to 11:30 a.m., at the Rose Baker Senior Center in Gloucester. Sponsored by the Center for Grief and Healing. Free. Registration required; call 978-774-5100. Call Claire Phillips at 978-281-9765.

Support group for parents who have lost a child due to a substance use/abuse death. No fee. Day, time and location will be determined depending on group consensus. Contact Natalie Femino at 978-745-8311 or natalina1@verizon.net.

Parent Connection, a free parent support and education group, offered by Cape Ann Families, meets once a week for all parents and caregivers. Group meets Fridays, 10 to 11:30 a.m., at 28 Emerson Ave., Gloucester. Child care and transportation provided. 978-281-7856.

TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly), a weight-loss and maintenance support group, meets every Monday at Seacoast Nursing Center, 292 Washington St., Gloucester. Weigh-in begins at 5:30 p.m., followed by the meeting at 7 p.m. New members should arrive at 6 p.m. Low membership fees. Call MaryEllen at 978-283-2103 or Susan at 978-768-7959.

Overeaters Anonymous, a 12-step program of recovery from compulsive eating. No dues or membership fees. For information and meeting location, call 978-407-9909 or 781-641-2303. Visit www.oa.org.

Cape Ann chapter of PFLAG (Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays) meets the first Tuesday of every month, 7 to 9 p.m., at First Universalist Church of Essex, 57 Main St., Essex. Group members, their parents and family members welcome for an evening of conversation, sharing, support and connection. 1-866-427-3524.

Smoking cessation program meets at the Lifestyle Management Institute, located at the Beverly Hospital at Danvers Medical and Day Surgery Center, 480 Maple St., Danvers. Progressive relaxation helps smokers stop smoking without stress, weight gain or irritability. Call 978-304-8415 for fees and class availability.

Melanoma Support Group meets the second Tuesday of every month, 6 p.m., in the first-floor Garden Conference Room, Beverly Hospital. Free. To register, call 978-922-3000, ext. 2710, or the Melanoma Foundation of New England at 617-232-1424.

NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) hosts recovery support groups for persons suffering depression or other brain disorders and their families the first Wednesday of every month, 7 to 8:30 p.m., at the North Shore Health Project, 67 Middle St., Gloucester. 978-281-1557. Email namicapeann@comcast.net. Visit www.namicapeann.org.

Parkinson’s Disease Support Group meets the first and third Thursday of every month, 1:30 to 3 p.m., at the Peabody Senior Center. Call Diane Durkee at 978 532-0712 or email 2siddi@verizon.net.

Gloucester Stroke Club meets the first Thursday of every month, 7 p.m., in the Women’s Health Center, Addison Gilbert Hospital. No fee or registration required. 978-283-2633.

WOMEN’S SUPPORT/PROGRAMS

Support group for women dealing with partner abuse. Talk privately with other women in a healing environment and gain friendship, strength and confidence. Call Christine 781-586-8551 or Clara 978-283-8642.

Cape Ann La Leche League welcomes all mothers with nursing babies and mothers-to-be. Whether you’re thinking of breastfeeding, planning to breastfeed or are presently breastfeeding, LaLeche offers meetings where you can exchange information and be part of a maternal network. Call Cecily 978-282-0192 or Sonja 978-546-1160.

Connecting Young Moms Education/Support Group, conducted by the Social Work Department at Beverly Hospital, meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., at the Women’s Health and Medical Arts Building, Beverly Hospital campus. Free. Registration required; call 978-922-3000, ext. 2720.

Free prenatal yoga classes meet every Saturday, 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m., at Prana Health and Yoga Center, 7A Colonial Road, Salem. Classes focus on safety, breathing exercises, reducing common pregnancy discomforts, improving circulation and easing back pain. Doctor’s approval recommended for those who are new to yoga. Visit www.pranahealthcenter.com.

Widowed Persons’ Support Group meets every other Wednesday, 3 to 5 p.m., in the Longan Room, Addison Gilbert Hospital. No fee or preregistration required. Call 978-283-7102 or 978-281-3275.

Healthy pregnancy workshop, sponsored by the Connecting Young Moms Support Group, a two-hour class to be attended in the first or second trimester. Childbirth series offered to assist young women and their support people to prepare for birth. Class meets one evening a week for seven weeks. Free. To register, call 978-922-3000, ext. 2720.

MotherTime Support Group meets Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to noon, at the North Shore Birth Center, Beverly Hospital. All area mothers of infants and young children welcome. No fee or registration required. 978-927-7880.

Postpartum Adjustment Group meets the first and third Friday of every month, 10 to 11 a.m., in the first-floor doctor’s conference room, Beverly Hospital. Led by licensed social worker Carnie Hansen. No fee or registration required. Mothers welcome to bring their babies. 978-922-3000, ext. 2716.

DIABETES SUPPORT/PROGRAMS

Outpatient diabetes management program, sponsored by North Shore Medical Center. Approved by the American Diabetes Association, program teaches patients how to better manage diabetes through lifestyle choices, medication and continuous monitoring. Program is reimbursed by many health insurance policies (referrals may be needed.) New sessions start monthly and are held Tuesdays, 4 to 5:50 p.m., at the Cape Ann Medical Center. To register, call 781-477-3409.

Diabetes clinic, a free diabetes screening is held the first Monday of every month, 1 to 3 p.m., in the Women’s Health Center, Addison Gilbert Hospital. Appointments not necessary.

CAREGIVERS SUPPORT

Alzheimer’s Caregivers Support Group, for those caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease, meets the first and third Wednesday of every month, 2:30 to 4 p.m., at the Spectrum Center, 600 Cummings Center, Suite 176X, Beverly. Free. 978-921-5020, ext. 201.

Alzheimer’s support group, for families with loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, meets the third Tuesday of every month, 6 to 8 p.m., at Heritage at Danvers, 9 Summer St., Danvers. No fee or registration required. Call Cheryl Wall at 978-921-2615, ext. 256, or Deidre Edward-Reid at 978-774-5959.

Caregivers Support and Information Group meets the third Wednesday of every month, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m., at the Rose Baker Senior Center in Gloucester. 978-281-9765.

Caretakers & Family Support Group meets the second Tuesday of the month, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m., at Essex Park Rehabilitation and Nursing Center, 265 Essex St., Beverly. Sponsored by EPRNC and Senior Care Inc. To register, call Linda Zaremba at 978-816-0560.

Dementia Caregiver Support Group meets the second Tuesday of the month, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., in the Cape Ann Way Room, Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Gloucester. No fee or registration required. Call Barbara Jaworski at 978-283-0300, ext. 127.

ABUSE SUPPORT

HAWC (Healing Abuse Working for Change) drop-in group meets every Wednesday, 9:30 to 11 a.m., with child care provided. Free, confidential group for women who have experienced emotionally or physically abusive relationships. Join other women for nonjudgmental support and education about domestic violence. Call 978-281-1135 for Gloucester location. Visit www.helpabusedwomen.org.

Male Survivor Group, for men who have been sexually abused as adults or children, meets every Wednesday, 7 p.m., at 131 Rantoul St., Beverly. Free. Registration not required. A program of North Shore Rape Crisis Center and Victims of Crime and Loss. Call Bill Hirschaut at 978-922-8182.

Support group for older women who have been abused by a spouse or partner. Greater Lynn Senior Services offers weekly support groups in Gloucester, Beverly and Lynn for women 50 and older who have experienced abuse from a spouse or partner, now or in the past. Abuse may be physical, emotional, financial or sexual in nature. Additional services are also available. All services are free and confidential. Call 1-800-594-5164 or 781-599-0110.

LOSS SUPPORT

Bereavement support groups for adults coping with the death of a loved one meet the second and fourth Tuesdays of every month, 6 to 7:30 p.m., at the VNA Care Network, 5 Federal St., Danvers. Call Robert Purdy at 978-777-6100, ext. 1401 or 888-663-3688, ext. 1401.

Infant Loss Support Group, for parents who have lost an infant at any time during pregnancy through early infancy, meets the fourth Tuesday of every month, 7 to 9 p.m., in the Kauders Conference Room, Beverly Hospital, 85 Herrick St., Beverly. No fee or registration required. 978-236-1650.

Support group for those with a loss because of death, separation or divorce meets Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m., in the St. Mary of the Annunciation Church rectory, 24 Conant St., Danvers. Nondenominational group offers structured topics, professional speakers and social events. 978-774-1967.

Widowed persons support group meets every other Wednesday, 3 to 5 p.m., in the Longan Room, Addison Gilbert Hospital. No meetings during July and August. No fee or registration required. 978-283-7102 or 978-282-1622.

SENIOR SUPPORT/PROGRAMS

Free Keep Well Clinics, open to residents 60 and older. Community health nurses from VNA Care Network conduct blood-pressure screenings and provide education about medications, diet, disease management and other health concerns. Blood sugar, weight-monitoring and other health assessments also available. Visit www.vnacarenetwork.org. Appointments preferred; call 888-663-3688, ext. 5603 or 978-283-2020, ext. 5603. Schedule as follows:

Gloucester: McPherson Park, 31 Prospect St., fourth Thursday of the month, 1 to 3 p.m. Rose Baker Senior Center, 6 Manuel Lewis St., first four Wednesdays of the month, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. Lincoln Park, third Thursday of the month, 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. 888-663-3688, ext. 5603 or 978-283-2020, ext. 5603.

Manchester: Congregational Chapel, Chapel Lane, first and third Thursdays of the month, 10 a.m. to noon. 888-663-3688, ext. 5603 or 978-283-2020, ext. 5603.

Rockport: Senior Drop-In Center, 4 Broadway, second Thursday of the month, 9:30 a.m. to noon. Senior Housing, Millbrook Park, fourth Thursday of the month, 9:30 a.m. to noon.

Meals for seniors: Hot and cold meals offered through the food and nutrition services of Addison Gilbert and Beverly hospitals may be purchased for $6 or less from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. daily in the Nelson Dining Room, Addison Gilbert, or the third-floor cafeteria of Beverly Hospital’s Service Building. Both facilities are handicapped-accessible. Free parking available.

Brown Bag food distribution program is usually held on the last Friday of every month, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Rose Baker Senior Center in Gloucester.