Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

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October 31, 2013

Health Briefs

Red Cross blood drives

The American Red Cross is holding two upcoming community blood drives in Andover. The schedule is:

Thursday, Oct. 31, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., CBRE Richard Ellis, One Tech Drive

Saturday, Nov. 16, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Masonic Lodge, 7 High St.

All eligible and new blood donors are encouraged to give blood. To make an appointment to donate blood, call 800-RED CROSS (800-733-2767) or log onto redcrossblood.org.

Early Onset Social Group

Spectrum Adult Day Health Program provides an Early Onset Social Group on the fourth Wednesday of the month from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at 1820 Turnpike St., suite 106, North Andover. The free group provides a comfortable and supportive environment for people and their loved ones to discuss the struggles and challenges of being diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease before the age of 65. A light dinner is served. All ages are encouraged to attend. Free respite care upon request. To reserve a spot or more information, call 978-921-2065, ext. 11562, or e-mail sogorman@nhs-healthlink.org.

Food Addicts Anonymous

Are you having trouble controlling the way you eat? Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous is a free 12-step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating or bulimia.

Meetings are held in Andover on Saturdays at 7:45 a.m. at Christ Church at 33 Central St. and on Wednesdays at 9:15 a.m. at St Augustine’s Education Center at 35 Essex St. For more information or a list of meetings elsewhere, call 781-932-6300 or visit www.foodaddicts.org.

Caregiver Support Group

Spectrum Adult Day Health Program provides a free Caregiver Support Group on the second Wednesday of every month from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at 1820 Turnpike St., North Andover. The support group provides information and education about Alzheimer’s disease and related memory disorder, increased understanding through shared experiences, and mutual support from other caregivers.

Fee respite care is available upon request. Light refreshments are provided. To RSVP for respite care or for more information, contact Susan Harrison at 978-921-2065, ext. 1163, or sharris@nhs-healthlink.org.

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