Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

May 9, 2013

Health Briefs


The Andover Townsman

---- — Red Cross blood drives

The American Red Cross is planning two community blood drives this month in Andover. All eligible and new blood donors are encouraged to give blood. Blood donors are needed every day to ensure an adequate blood supply for patients in need.

This month’s blood drives are Thursday, May 16, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at CBRE Richard Ellis, One Tech Drive; and Wednesday, May 22, from 1:30 to 7 p.m. at Free Christian Church, 31 Elm St., Andover

In May, all presenting donors will receive a coupon for $25 off any auto service purchase of $50 or more at Sullivan Tire and Auto Repair. Plus, they will be entered for a chance to win two Boston Red Sox tickets and be honored at Fenway Park as the Blood Donor of the Game.

To make an appointment to donate blood, call 1-800-RED CROSS (733-2767) or log onto redcrossblood.org.

Changes in Memory seminar

Spectrum Adult Day Health, 1820 Turnpike St., North Andover, will host “Changes in Memory: Normal Aging or Alzheimer’s Disease?,” a free seminar, on Wednesday, May 15, from 5 to 6:30 p.m.,

Presenter Heather Carroll will cover the normal cognitive changes associated with aging, what is dementia and Alzheimer’s disease, the warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease, steps for a proper diagnosis, lifestyle choices that contribute to good health and Alzheimer’s Association programs and services.

Registration is required by calling 800-272-3900. For more information on Alzheimer’s, visit www.alz.org/MANH.

Free tai chi, qi gong trial run

A free introduction to the ancient Chinese practice of tai chi and qi gong will be offered Monday, May 13, from 8 to 9 p.m. at Yang’s Fitness Center, 5 Dundee Park, Andover. Participants will learn how the practices work to improve balance and increase flexibility, energy and vitality. For more information or to sign up, call 978-475-2020 or visit www.YangsFitnessCenter.com.

Trauma intervention training

The Trauma Intervention Program of Merrimack Valley is seeking qualified volunteers for its June training. TIP is a nonprofit program that for the past 21 years has worked alongside police, fire and hospital personnel to offer emotional and practical support to children and adult survivors of trauma in the Merrimack Valley. The program is based at 68 Main St., Suite 8, in Andover.

For information or to register for the training, call TIP CEO/Executive Director Dr. Jayan Landry at 978-474-1941.