DerryNews.com, Derry, New Hampshire

February 22, 2012

Health Happenings


First and third Mondays

NAMI — Family to Family Support Group, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Avery Center, 126 Pillsbury Road, Londonderry. Connect with others who have adult loved ones with mental illness. Groups are led by either Michelle Brown or Laura Bobroff, trained facilitators. For more information, call Michelle Brown at 421-2916 or Laura Bobroff at 437-3810.

Second and fourth Mondays

F.A.S.T.E.R. (Families Advocating for Substance Treatment Education & Recovery support groups), 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Avery Center 126 Pillsbury Road, Londonderry. The free support groups consist of parents and caregivers discussing issues associated with children, teens and young adults affected by alcohol and/or other drugs. Groups are led by trained facilitators who help connect group members with resources. For specific dates and times or to start a FASTER group, email Janis Lilly at fasternewhampshire@gmail.com. Call Sue at 475-1473 for more information.

Wednesdays through April 11

NAMI NH Parents Educational Training Series, 6 to 8:30 p.m. at the Avery Center, 126 Pillsbury Road, Londonderry. The educational program provides parents and primary caregivers with tools, strategies and information to help meet the challenges of parenting/taking care of a child with emotional and behavioral disorders, to navigate the system and advocate for their child's mental health needs. Participants will receive a copy of the "Guidebook for Caregivers of Children and Adolescents with Serious Emotional Disorders" and an educational packet that includes science-based information and current publications on children/adolescent emotional and behavioral disorders. Call 1-800-242-6264, ext. 28 to register.

Third Tuesday of each month

Parent Support Groups, 6 to 8 p.m. at the Avery Center, 126 Pillsbury Road, Londonderry. For parents who have a child/adolescent with serious emotional disorders. With facilitator, Susan Allen-Samuel. For more information, call 225-5359, ext. 28.

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Women's AA group, meets every Wednesday from noon to 1:30 p.m. at the Avery Center, 126 Pillsbury Road, Londonderry. For more information, call 432-9794.

NAMI/Family to Family peer support meetings, are held on the first and third Wednesday of the month, at Westervelt Hall, in the Londonderry Presbyterian Church, 126 Pillsbury Road. For more information, call 432-9794.

Youth Recovery NA meetings, are held every Thursday from 4 to 5 p.m. at the Avery Center, 126 Pillsbury Road, Londonderry. For more information, call 432-9794.

A-Anon meetings, are held every Thursday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. at the Avery Center, 126 Pillsbury Road, Londonderry. For more information, call 432-9794.

Vet-to-Vet meetings, are held every Wednesday from 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Friendship Center, 45 E. Broadway, Derry. For more information, call 432-9794.

A Family & Substance Abuse support group, will be offered on the fourth Sunday of every month, from 7 to 8 p.m. at St. David's Episcopal Church, 231 Main St., Salem. The family informational meetings are open to the public, spouses, other significant adults and adolescents in an alcoholic's/drug user's life. This group is geared towards helping family members understand that they are not responsible for the addiction and that they need to take steps to take care of themselves. The group offers speaker presentations, videos and other support information. Call 717-2707 or email mwfsg@comcast.net.

DUAL RECOVERY ANONYMOUS meeting is held every Wednesday, from 12 to 1 p.m. at On the Road to Recovery, 12, Birch Street, Derry. Sponsored by the Derry Friendship Center, this is a non-professional organization established to help men and women who experience a dual disorder, meaning chemical dependency or other additions as well as an emotional or psychiatric illness.

Free Bereavement Support Group, for children, ages 6 through 11, who are grieving the loss of a parent or grandparent, or who have a loved one facing a life-threatening illness. The group meets every Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. at the Parkland Oncology Clinic, Suite 209, Nutfield Professional Building, Entrance A, 44 Birch St., Derry. For more information or to register, call 877-642-2362.

Free Lupus Support Group, 7 p.m. at Parkland Medical Center in Derry on the first Thursday of every month. Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease that causes the immune system to attack normal tissue resulting in inflammation of various parts of the body. For more information or support, call cochairman Denise Hawkes at 529-4454 or Linda Zarrella at 880-1367. Light refreshments are provided.

Domestic Violence Support and Education Group, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., Mondays at the Marion Gerrish Center in Derry. Visit familyservicesnh.com.

Approved Veterans Services, available at SarahCare's compassionate, professional, comprehensive day care for the elderly includes Veterans Administration approved services for eligible veterans. Third Thursday of each month SarahCare sponsors a CareGiver Support Group from 4:30 to 6 p.m. The public is welcome. Experts offer advice and answer questions on how to provide the most cost effective and stress-free care for loved ones. Email lsteir@SarahCare.com, call 329-4401, or visit sarahcarehampstead.com.

Overeaters Anonymous Meetings, Tuesdays at First Parish Congregational Church, 47 East Derry Road, 7 to 8 p.m.; Thursdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m., at the Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 West Broadway in Derry; Saturdays, 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 West Broadway in Derry.

Families on the Go, a weekly support and information program for parents with children from birth through age 6, at The Upper Room in Derry. The program meets Wednesdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Free child care and light refreshments are provided. Call Sue at 437-8477, ext. 22.

The Alexander Eastman Foundation, Partners In Health program, serves children with chronic illnesses from birth through 21 in the towns of Atkinson, Chester, Danville, Derry, Hampstead, Londonderry, Newton, Pelham, Plaistow, Salem, Sandown and Windham. Visit nhcf.org, areaagencynh.com and nepassage.org.

Swiesz Family Chiropractic LLC, 320 Sandown Road, Unit 3 in East Hampstead, sponsors a free massage program for local companies. Dr. Swiesz is offering local employers an opportunity to offer 10-minute chair massages for their employees on the job site. Call Cheryl, program coordinator, at 475-5673.

Planned Parenthood of Northern New England, 4 Birch St. in Derry, has new hours and offers teen walk-in hours on Wednesdays. Private insurance and Medicaid are welcome for services and contraceptives dispensed on-site. Emergency contraception is available over the counter for adults and with a prescription for minors. New hours are Monday through Wednesday, noon to 6:30 p.m.; Wednesday Teen Walk-in hours are 2:30 to 5:30 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.; and Saturday, 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 434-1354 or visit ppnne.org.

Greater Derry Community Health Services Inc., is a community-based primary health care program that assists low-income, uninsured residents. For those who do not have health insurance, cannot afford the costs of commercial coverage and are not covered by Medicaid or Medicare, Greater Derry Community Health Services may be able to help. It is a primary health care and prevention program for low-income, uninsured residents of Atkinson, Chester, Danville, Derry, Hampstead, Londonderry, Plaistow, Salem, Sandown and Windham. CHS provides access to affordable care, medication and other necessary services including oral health when needed. All inquiries are confidential. Call 425-2545 or stop by the office at 41 Birch St. in Derry from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

St. Joseph Hospital Lifeline, provides personal response services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to seniors in Greater Nashua. The service provides quick assistance whenever personal support is needed, especially in a medical emergency. By pushing a lightweight, waterproof button that can be worn around either the neck or the wrist, a subscriber is immediately connected to a trained monitor who has instant access to the caller's complete health history and will quickly link each subscriber to the care they need. Call St. Joseph Hospital Lifeline at 866-674-9900, ext. 4333.

Brown Bag Lunch Thursdays, are weekly meetings that welcome new and seasoned participants. Bring a lunch on Thursdays, from noon to 1 p.m., and chat in Women Supporting Women Center style. "New and Good" will be discussed followed by a go-around regarding a particular topic. Topics can be seasonal, current-events oriented or totally original. Held at Women Supporting Women Center, 111 Water St., Exeter. To register, call 772-0799 or visit wswcenter.com.

The Loaner Closet, is in need of rolling walkers with seats, transfer benches, bath chairs and other items. To donate items or if you are in need of equipment, call Caregivers at 432-0877.

St. Joseph Hospital in Nashua, hosts healthy senior clinics every other Tuesday of each month, held at the Roger Dionne Center. Assessments include checking blood pressure, blood sugar, weight, pulse rate, ear wax removal, medication review and other health education. Call 595-3722 for an appointment. Clinic is free.

Are you a single parent? Parents Without Partners, a nonprofit and social group run by volunteers, invites all to monthly social events to meet others in the same situation to discuss single parenthood. Call 669-4275.

Volunteers are needed to drive patients, to and from cancer treatments. To volunteer for the American Cancer Society's Road to Recovery program, call 1-800-ACS-2345.

Al-Anon has been helping men and women, for more than 50 years. Call 877-825-2666 or visit nhal-anon.org. A men's focus group meets Wednesdays at 7 p.m. at 257 Main St. in Nashua.

Greater Derry Diabetes Support Group, meets at Parkland Medical Center in Derry on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Call 432-1500, ext. 3229.

Foot Clinics, by Rockingham Visiting Nurse Association and Hospice are for people older than 60 who can no longer perform their own foot care. Clinics are in Chester, Derry, Londonderry, Windham and Hampstead. Appointments are required. There is a suggested donation of $20 for the first visit and $15 for subsequent visits. Call Rockingham Visiting Nurse Association at 432-7776 or 800-540-2981.

Big Brothers/Big Sisters, seeks volunteers for its school-based mentor program. Volunteers meet with a child for 40 minutes, one day a week, on school grounds. Call 434-4414.

Miracle on Wheels, makes electric wheelchairs available to non-ambulatory senior citizens at no out-of-pocket expense if they qualify. No deposit is required. Call 800-749-8778.

Easter Seals, 555 Auburn St. in Manchester, offers a caregiver group for those caring for someone with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia. The group meets the third Tuesday of the month from 4 to 5:15 p.m. Respite care is provided at Easter Seals' Alzheimer's Adult Day Program. Call Linda Frost at 621-3565.

High Hopes Foundation, grants wishes to seriously ill New Hampshire residents, ages 3 through 18, including requests for trips to Disney World, computers and wheelchair-accessible vans. Volunteers help to schedule trips, shop for computers and help at fundraisers and in the office. To volunteer, call the Merrimack office at 429-1010.

The Center for Life Management offers a weekly support group, for families coping with a loved one with mental illness. Families Cope is a 12-step self-help and support group for concerned family members and friends of adults who suffer with mental illness or serious brain disorders. Two weekly meetings are Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Kelley Library, 234 Main St. in Salem and Mondays from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 West Broadway in Derry. Call George Fisher at 434-9937 or email gfisher@clmnh.org.

Easter Seals New Hampshire In-Home Respite Program, provides flexible, short-term temporary care at home. Call 621-3550.

Birthright of Southern New Hampshire, offers free pregnancy tests and pregnancy services to women or girls distressed by an unplanned pregnancy. Other services include counseling referrals, community resources and medical referrals, all in a confidential and in an atmosphere that is not clinical. Located at 37 Crystal Ave., Plaza One in Derry. Call 434-3000 or the 24-hour hotline at 800-550-4900.

Court Appointed Special Advocates of New Hampshire, needs volunteers to advocate for abused and neglected children. Forty hours of training provided. Call 626-4600.

Greater Salem/Derry Alliance for the Mentally Ill, offers support for people with mental illness and their family members and friends. In Salem, the group meets the third Thursday of each month from 10:30 a.m. to noon at Kelley Library, 234 Main St. in Derry, and Wednesdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. at Marion Gerrish Community Center, 39 West Broadway.

Home Health Visiting Nurse Association, serves the Merrimack Valley and Southern New Hampshire and offers free senior health clinics. The clinics focus on preventive care and assist senior citizens in maintaining good health through blood pressure checks, nutrition and medication counseling. Call 470-3800.

The Manchester Red Cross Blood Center, 425 Reservoir Ave., has blood donation hours Mondays, noon to 7 p.m.; Tuesdays, 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; Wednesdays and Thursdays, noon to 7 p.m. and two Saturdays per month from 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Call 625-1951.