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HEALTH NEWS & SPECIAL EVENTS

SUPPORT GROUPS and HEALTH SCREENINGS  (by date)

DONATE BLOOD - SAVE LIVES AT NEARBY BLOOD DRIVES

Blood donors are always needed. Blood drives scheduled nearby include: Tuesday, December 12 from 1 to 6 PAM at Wingate Residences, 190 Mansfield Avenue in Norton.  Saturday, December 16 from 8 AM to 1 PM at Morton Hospital, 88 Washington Street in Taunton.  Monday, December 18 from 12:30 to 5:30 PM at Norton Public Library, 68 East Main Street in Norton. Thursday, December 21 from 1 to 6 PM at Somerset Council on Aging, 115 Wood Street in Somerset.  Friday, December 29 from 10 Am to 3 PM at St. Nicholas of Myra Pastoral Life Center, 499 Spring Street in Dighton.  Friday, December 29 from 1 to 6 Pm at Swansea Mall, 262 Swansea Mall Drive in Swansea. To make an appointment or confirm dates/times, please call 1-800-REDCROSS or visit redcrossblood.org.


MORTON HOSPITAL OFFERS SENIOR LUNCH AND LEARN PROGRAM

Morton Hospital will host a Senior Lunch & Learn program on Friday, December 8 from noon to 1 PM in the Margaret Stone Conference Room.  The program, “Taking Care of the Skin You’re In: Winter Skin Care & Wound Prevention,” will be presented by Jill Trelease, program director for the hospital’s Center for Wound Healing. This complimentary healthy lunch program is free of charge, but pre-registration is required.  Please call 508-828-7444 to reserve your seat.  This program is part of the hospital’s Senior Supper Series featuring quarterly educational talks on a variety of health and wellness topics geared toward seniors.


REHOBOTH AMBULANCE OFFERS CPR and AED TRAINING

Holiday gatherings are just around the corner.  Do you know CPR and how to use an automated external defibrillator (AED)?  Rehoboth Ambulance is offered training on Wednesday, December 13  from 5 to 8 PM at Goff Memorial Hall.  All ages are welcome to attend.  Classes are offered free of charge, but Rehoboth Ambulance, a non-profit organization, is always grateful for donations.  Registration is required, please contact Bonnie Meagher at 508-252-3049.


STURDY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL TO HOST DECEMBER BLOOD DRIVE

Sturdy Memorial Hospital will be holding a Blood Drive in partnership with the Rhode Island Blood Center on Thursday, December 7 from 7:30 AM to 4 PM in the hospital auditorium. Each donation you make can treat up to three people and will help alleviate the region’s seasonal blood shortage. While emergencies and disasters capture the attention of our community and prompt people to respond by donating, the need for blood donations is ongoing. Donating regularly is something we can do to ensure blood is always available the instant it is needed, and for people who have cancer, blood disorders, sickle cell anemia, and other illnesses, as well as those who need regular blood transfusions to live.

All donors will be entered in a raffle. Refreshments will be provided. To schedule an appointment for the Sturdy Memorial Blood Drive, call 508-236-8555 or visit sturdymemorial.org. Donors need to be at least 17 years of age and at least 110 pounds, and the process takes approximately one hour.


STURDY HOSPITAL OFFERS STRENGTH AFTER BREAST CANCER SERIES

If you or a loved one are a breast cancer survivor, you may be interested in Sturdy Memorial Hospital’s program, Strength After Breast Cancer (Strength ABC). This four-week program is a series of gradual exercise classes for women who are at risk for developing lymphedema or who have stable lymphedema as a result of breast cancer treatment. Strength ABC is based upon the Physical Activity and Lymphedema (PAL) Trial which identified that gradual weight lifting can help reduce the occurrence of developing lymphedema. Strength ABC can also aid in preventing the decline in activities of daily living that can be a result of cancer treatments, while also helping to improve body image. Classes are taught by Exercise Program Coordinator, Sherri-Lee Cahill, MS, in the Cardiac Pulmonary Exercise Facility at Sturdy Memorial Hospital. Evaluations for eligibility are conducted by Certified Lymphedema Therapist, Nancy Hardy, OTR/L, CLT-LANA. The cost is $60.00 for the four week program. Please call 508-236-7348 for more information.

FRIENDS AND FAMILY OF PATIENTS

WITH CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

Upcoming Meeting: Wednesday, December 13 from 5:30 to 6:30 PM in Conference Room A, B & C at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. No registration required. For more info, call Sturdy Hospital Oncology Dept. at 508-236-7170.


PARKINSON’S DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP

Upcoming Meeting:  Wednesday, December 13 from 10 AM to 12 Noon at Community VNA, 10 Emory Street in Attleboro.  This support group features speakers, mutual support, and camaraderie with some humor thrown in! People with Parkinson’s, family members, and friends are welcome to attend, even if a loved one who lives at a distance.  For more info, contact Gretchen Robinson at 508-226-2910 to discuss individual issues in full confidence. The group is affiliated with the American Parkinson’s Disease Association.


LYME DISEASE SUPPORT GROUP

The Bristol County Lyme Disease Support Group meets on Thursday, December 14 from 6 to 8 PM at Goff Memorial Hall. The group provides support and networking opportunities to individuals affected directly and indirectly by Lyme and associated tick borne diseases. All interested are welcome. For more info: Facebook and Website


CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

Upcoming Meeting: Tuesday, December 19 from 7 to 8:30 PM at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro, Conference Rooms A, B & C.  No registration needed. For more info, call Sturdy Hospital Oncology Dept. at 508-236-7170


BREAST CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

Upcoming Meeting:  Wednesday, December 27 from 6 to 7:30 PM  at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Conference Rooms D & E.  Registration not required. For more info: call Ellen Gilbert at 508-236-7015.


PROSTATE CANCER SUPPORT GROUP

Upcoming Meeting: Wednesday, January 3 from 7 to 8:30 PM in Conference Room A, B & C at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro. No registration needed. For more info, call Sturdy Hospital Oncology Dept. at 508-236-7170.


BREASTFEEDING SUPPORT GROUP

Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro offers an ongoing group that meets every Tuesday from 10 to 11:30 AM in the Michael J. Poissant Clinical Education Center.  For more info, call Nursing Administration at 508-236-7151.


CAREGIVER CONSERVATIONS SUPPORT

Harmony Adult Day Health Center in Taunton offers Caregiver Conversations, a monthly caregiver support group on TBA from 10 to 11 AM.  This monthly support group is free and open to caregivers of all ages. Meetings and guest speakers address topics that help people become more confident as caregivers. Pre-registration is required. Please call 508-880-3000. 725 A Myles Standish Boulevard in Taunton MA.


ALZHEIMER’S AND RELATED DEMENTIAS

CAREGIVER SUPPORT GROUP

Upcoming Meeting:  TBA from 1:30 to 2:30 PM at Community VNA, 10 Emory Street in Attleboro. For caregivers facing the challenges of caring for a loved one with dementia.  Facilitated by Joyce Colletto, RN, a specially trained dementia nurse.  Free and open to the community. Call 800-220-0110 for more info.