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AGE OF CHAMPIONS FREE Health Fair It’s never too soon to age well! Community Resources Vendors Demonstrations Health Assessments Hands-on Activities Giveaways   Center on Aging and Community Living Visit us at www.agingandcommunityliving.com April 27, 2019 Lundholm Gymnasium UNH, Durham

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Wednesday, April 24th 5:00 PM-7:00 PM Frisbie Memorial Hospital 11 Whitehall Road, Rochester, NH 03867 Join us for an open conversation with staff and volunteers from the Alzheimer’s Association as we connect individuals and families impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. Learn about available resources, discover volunteer opportunities and share your experiences in an effort to bolster resources, programs and services to support families in the community.   Registration is requested. Light refreshments will be provided. 800.272.3900 alz.org/manh email Carrie: camorim@alz.org

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Sign Up Today for Free Six Week Workshop! Sponsored by Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc. Wednesday, April 10th- May 15th 2019 11:00am- 1:30pm Andover/North Andover YMCA 165 Haverhill St., Andover MA Lunch will be provided for 3 of the 6 sessions For More Info or To Register Please call Maria Arias at 978-946-1211 www.healthyliving4me.org

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The healthy living Center of Excellence My Life, My Health Sign up today for FREE Six Week Workshop! Sponsored by Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley, Inc.   My Life My Health- the Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is for anyone living with an on-going medical condition like: Arthritis Cancer Chronic Back Pain Diabetes High Blood Pressure Parkinson’s Disease Asthma COPD Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Fibromyalgia Heart Disease Stroke…and more Chronic disease, pain and discomfort may limit activities you enjoy. Join the My Life, My Health workshop and start to live again! Learn to Eat well Control your pain Start and exercise program Handle stress and relax Increase your energy level Lunch will be provided for 3 of the 6 sessions For More Info or to Register Please call Maria Arias at 978.946.1211 www.healthyliving4me.org  

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The Residence at Silver Square in Dover, NH, is excited to host the Seacoast Providor Networking Breakfast Group this month. Happy Spring to everyone! Enjoy a morning of professional networking in our beautiful senior living community. A light breakfast will be served. RSVP by Monday, March 25 Kellie Fiers, Marketing Director kfiers@residencesilversquare.com 603-570-9390  

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Join us for a special professional education program that will discuss ways healthcare professionals can better care for Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender individuals and families at end of life. Wednesday March 27, 2019 8:00AM Breakfast/Registration: 7:30-8:00am Program: 8:00- 9:00am Location: Ashland Farm 700 Chickering Road North Andover, MA To RSVP, please contact Sarah Coletti at 978.914.0514 or scolleti@benchmarkquality.com **This program has been approved for 1 Social Work Continuing Education hour for relicensure, in accordance with 258 CMR. Collaborative of NASW and the Boston College and Simmons Schools of Social Work Authorization Number D 80341-6 Program meets the requirements of the Massachusetts Board of Registation in Nursing at 244 CMR 5.00 for 1 contact hour. Please contact Care Dimensions at 888.283.1722 for the status of CE accreditation.

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Fast Forward >> Planning for the Future An Educational Seminar for the Community Please join ABC Home Healthcare Professionals for an interactive and informative seminar where expert panelists will educate attendees on a variety of topics that are essential to future planning for you and/or your loved ones such as: Exploring different elder care and living options The value of having a long-term care insurance plan The role that Medicaid or a VA benefit can play in helping subsidize care costs How you can use a reverse mortgage to pay for care The importance of estate planning Register online today @ www.abchhp.com Light snacks and refreshments will be served For more information, please email Michelle McNall at michelle@abchhp.com

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March 20, 2019

If your child has psoriasis, you may feel helpless and overwhelmed at times. The important thing to remember is this not your fault and you haven’t done anything wrong! No one knows what really causes psoriasis and there is currently no cure, but the good news is that for most kids, psoriasis is limited to only a few patches that typically respond well to treatment.[1] More serious cases might need advanced treatment, but there are ways you can avoid flare-ups. Check out some of the most common psoriasis triggers for children.

Infections

Psoriasis is a disorder that affects the immune system causing it to attack healthy skin cells resulting in plaque. Having an infection sends the immune system into overdrive and can cause flare-ups. Bacterial infections such as strep throat are the most common, but viral and fungal infections can also be a big problem. Microtears in the skin of the plaques could also be the perfect opening for skin infections. [2]

Obesity & Diet

Maintaining a healthy weight is important across the board, but some psoriasis research suggests that obesity can really affect the skin. Plaques from psoriasis are prone to developing in folds of skin, so an obese child may suffer with more flare-ups as a result.

Along with an immune disorder, psoriasis is also an inflammatory condition, meaning inflammatory foods can be a trigger as well. Top foods to avoid giving your child would be processed foods and refined sugars, fatty cuts of red meat, and dairy. [3]

Stress

High stress levels can have an effect on a person’s immune system and thus can make psoriasis symptoms worse. One doesn’t normally think of children as having a lot of stress, but there are lots of things that can cause a child to be stressed out. In preschool, just separation from parents can cause anxiety and as they get older academic and social pressures create stress.[4] Many kids these days are just overly busy. Every child is different, so talk to yours to determine what makes them stress the most.

Now that you know some of the most common triggers for children suffering from psoriasis, it is also important to know all of your child’s treatment options. It could be that a clinical trial is the best fit for them. ActivMed Practices & Research, Inc. has a psoriasis study for children aged 6-17 enrolling now. All study related care is provided at no cost, and compensation for travel is available for patients that qualify and participate. Click here to learn more: https://activmedresearch.com/join-a-trial/beverly-ma/#!/study/529

 

[4] https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/stress.html

[3] https://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/psoriasis/psoriasis-avoid-foods#1

[2] https://www.cdc.gov/groupastrep/diseases-public/strep-throat.html

[1] https://kidshealth.org/en/parents/psoriasis.html

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Elder Services Golf Classic Tuesday, June 11, 2019 Haverhill Country Club 58 Brickett Lane Haverhill, MA 01830 Sponsorship Opportunities Available Sponsorships range from $300- Hole Sponsors up to $10,000- Tournament Sponsors All sponsorships will be recognized at: Registration, Tournament Leaderboard Luncheon, Awards Ceremony Marketing Materials, Website, Facebook Player & Foursome Entry Fee $185 Per Player – $700 Per Foursome Sponsorship Info Bonnie Sisson, Golf Event Manager 978-946-1433- bsisson@esmv.org Submit Your Logo Hemali Shah, Marketing & Design Systems Specialist 978-946-1467 – hshah@esmv.org   Safe- Easy- Secure Registration & Payment on-line at www.esmvgolf.org Our classic fills up fast, so don’t wait!    

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Join us for a Pottery Painting Networking Event Tuesday March 12, 2019 Cocktails & Hors D’oeuvres 5:00-5:30 Pottery Painting 5:30-7:30 Hosted By Heather Demarkis from Clay Dreaming Pottery Studio Please RSVP Monday March 4th to Regina Guardino, Marketing Director 781-853-0005 or rguardino@hallkeen.com *Space is limited*    

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March 11, 2019

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of Parkinson’s Disease is shakes and tremors, but it can be so much more than that! Research has shown that the majority of people diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease will experience some degree of cognitive impairment and will continue to decline over time. In fact, about half of the people living with Parkinson’s Disease have dementia.[1] As a caregiver it is important for you to pay attention to these cognitive changes and respond accordingly. Here are some steps that you can take to ensure you give your loved one the best possible care!

Elderly couple visiting doctor

Educate yourself – Knowledge is power

First and foremost, talk to your loved one’s physician. Any time you can, attend their appointments. This is where you can ask all your questions, raise all your concerns, and hear if the doctor has concern. Next, do your own research. Below are some good resources to get you going.

Also, know all of your options! It could be that the best option for your loved one is not even on the market yet. Definitely make sure to consider research options! Not only could it benefit your loved one, but they could be playing a part in a major breakthrough for their condition.

 

Keep them active!

A healthy diet and exercise are important for any condition, but for Parkinson’s Dementia another key element is keeping their brain active as well! Some research suggests that practicing mentally challenging tasks can help to slow cognitive decline.[2] Play brain teasing games with them, learn a new language together, do a puzzle or anything that will get them thinking!

 

 

Take care of yourself – You matter too!

Taking care of a loved one can be overwhelming and it can be easy to lose yourself in someone else, but don’t! Always make sure to have time for yourself. Take a nice long bubble bath or get a massage or even get lost in a book somewhere. You deserve it! And, make sure you have help along the way. You are only one person and you can’t do it alone.

If you are interested in learning more about your research options, ActivMed Practices & Research, Inc. has a Parkinson’s Disease Dementia study enrolling now. All study related care is provided at no cost, no insurance required, and compensation is available for those that qualify and participate. Click here to see if a clinical trial could be right for you and your loved one today: https://activmedresearch.com/join-a-trial/methuen-ma/#!/study/549

 

[1] http://www.ageucate.com/blog/parkinsons-disease-dementia/

[2] https://www.michaeljfox.org/understanding-parkinsons/living-with-pd/topic.php?cognitive-impairment&navid=cognitive-impairment

 

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Sleeves Up! ActivMed is proud to partner with the American Red Cross and be a part of all they do for our community, our country, and around the world. Our blood drive is important to patients in need, and we are grateful to be able to help make a difference in our community. Help us make an impact on March 8, 2019! 421 Merrimack St. Suite 204 Methuen, MA 01844 Pre-register today! Contact Nikki Boyd @ 978-655-7155 or email nboyd@activmedresearch.com

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February 26, 2019

Psoriasis is the most prevalent autoimmune disease in the United States. According to the National Psoriasis Foundation, more than 8 million Americans have psoriasis. The chronic skin condition causes cells to build up rapidly on the surface of the skin and the excess cells form scaly red patches that can be itchy and painful. There are a lot of misconceptions surrounding this uncomfortable skin condition. Let’s clear up a few.

One of the biggest myths about psoriasis is that it’s contagious. Since psoriasis can resemble a rash, many people think they may get the skin disease from someone else. You can’t “catch” psoriasis from someone, even if you make direct contact with their skin.

Another common misunderstanding about psoriasis is that it only affects the skin. The painful effects associated with psoriasis aren’t just cosmetic. People with psoriasis are more likely to struggle with depression and anxiety due to their skin condition, which can have a significant impact on their quality of life. [1]

Many people also think that changing your diet will have an impact on your psoriasis. Your diet does not affect your psoriasis. You may feel better when you are eating healthy, but that’s simply due to healthier eating and has nothing to do with your psoriasis.

There is currently no cure for psoriasis. Many psoriasis sufferers experience periods where their flare-ups are at a minimum, and other periods where their psoriasis is exceptionally bad. While there is no cure, psoriasis symptoms can be treated. Treatments may include prescription medications, light therapies, or injected medications to name a few. However, these treatments don’t work for everyone.

Physicians at ActivMed Practices & Research, INC are currently enrolling for studies evaluating potential new psoriasis treatment options. Qualified candidates who participate will receive study-related care at no cost and receive compensation for travel. To learn more and see how you or someone you love may qualify for a study, click HERE.

[1] https://www.psoriasis.org/life-with-psoriasis/depression

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Have you been: Thinking of learning more about senior living? Feeling overwhelmed as the primary caregiver? Looking for the right fit for mom or dad? Trying to restore balance in your relationship with your parents where you feel like the daughter or son again? Find answers to these questions, learn about the newest senior living community in the area and meet the Stone Hill team at one of our information sessions. Where: Salvatore’s Restaurant 34 Park Street, Andover, MA *Appetizers, beer & wine served RSVP: 978-664-2600 or email heidi@stonehillandover.com Stonehill Andover OPENING SPRING 2019! Independent Living, Assisted Living and Avita Memory Care 141 Elm Street Andover, MA

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Come relax and unwind with a chair massage and share a little wine, cheese, and conversation with your peers. Then, when it’s time to head home, grab a healthy salad to go! Guests will also be invited to enter to win a spa gift basket. Wednesday, Feb. 20 5 to 7pm. RSVP required Wingate Residences at Haverhill 10 Residences Way Haverhill, MA 01830 978-912-9250  

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Eat Right For Life The right foods can make a huge difference in how well you age – not to mention how wonderfully you can live. Join us for an informational nutrition session, and learn the five key items you should include in your daily menu, as well as healthful eating tips. We’ll also have some treats on hand and send you home with a must-have recipe. Join us for our Eat Right for Life event, and see how easy living well can be. Wednesday, February 20 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm Complimentary admission For reservations or more information, call 978-458-0099  

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SPREAD THE WORD Alzheimer’s Support Group Every 2nd Thursday of the month 6:45pm- 8:00pm   Exeter Senior Center 30 Court Street Exeter, NH 03833 For information please call Denise Petty @ (603) 772-5251 or email denise.petty@genesishcc.com

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February 11, 2019

Prurigo nodularis, or PN, is a skin disease that causes hard bumps, or nodules to form on the skin. These nodules are extremely itchy and can itch constantly. Many people scratch themselves to the point of pain or even bleeding due to the intense itch. Unfortunately, itching the bumps can cause more of them to appear, escalating the vicious cycle.

What causes prurigo nodularis?

While the exact cause of PN is unknown, certain risk factors may make you more prone to developing PN. Some of these include:

  • A history of skin conditions that cause itching, such as eczema
  • Reduced liver and kidney function
  • Type 2 diabetes
  • HIV/immunodeficiency
  • Some psychological conditions

What exactly do the nodules look like?

The nodules can vary in size. You may have some that are very small and some that are rather large. They typically have a dry, rough top and typically appear on areas like the arms, shoulders, and legs. You may notice a few nodules, or a few hundred.

Is prurigo nodularis genetic?

Prurigo nodularis is not believed to be an inherited disease. If one of your parents has PN, this does not mean that you will develop it. However, since the development of PN is sometimes associated with having other health problems or skin diseases, you may notice a family history associated with those skin conditions.

How is prurigo nodularis treated?

While some treatments to reduce itchiness are available, they don’t work for everyone. Many people with PN may have to try several different treatments without receiving much relief due to the intense itch that comes with PN. Fortunately, if you have prurigo nodularis, you may be eligible for currently enrolling research studies to help find potential new PN treatment options.

Physicians at ActivMed Practices & Research, INC are seeking adults with PN for local enrolling research studies. Qualified candidates who participate will receive study-related care at no cost and receive compensation for travel. CLICK HERE to learn more and see if you or a loved one may qualify for studies enrolling in Beverly, MA or CLICK HERE to learn more about PN studies enrolling in Portsmouth, NH.

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Event Description: Please join us for an early morning of networking with the Academy of Notre Dame! They will be hosting us for breakfast and giving us a tour of their lovely school, we hope you can join us! The Greater Lowell Chamber’s mission is to provide opportunities for our members through education, marketing, networking and advocacy. This event features opportunities through networking. RSVP HERE

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Event Description: Please join us for a mixer with the Boys & Girls Club of Greater Lowell! This will be a great opportunity to network with fellow Chamber members, have some lunch, and learn more about the wonderful work that the Boys & Girls Club does for kids in our community. We hope to see you there! The Greater Lowell Chamber’s mission is to provide opportunities for our members through education, marketing, networking and advocacy. This event features opportunities through networking.

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January 29, 2019

Today, 30 million people in the United States are living with chronic kidney disease (CKD). CKD is the gradual loss of kidney function. While anyone can get CKD, some people are more at risk than others. Some factors that increase risk include:

  • Heart Disease
  • Diabetes
  • Being over 60 years old
  • Being African American
  • Having High Blood Pressure

If you have CKD in its’ early stages, you may not even notice any signs or symptoms. During advanced stages, fluid levels build up in your body and may cause you to start to notice certain symptoms including:

  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Muscle cramps
  • Itching
  • Too much urine
  • Trouble catching your breath
  • Swelling in your feet and ankles
  • Having trouble sleeping

If you’ve been diagnosed with chronic kidney disease, you may also be at risk for developing anemia. Anemia occurs when there are not enough red blood cells in your body. Some symptoms of anemia like dizziness, pale skin, fatigue, and chest pain can all be caused by other problems. If you have chronic kidney disease and are experiencing anemia symptoms, it is important to talk with your doctor so that they can test you to be sure.

If you or someone you love is suffering from anemia related to chronic kidney disease, research studies exploring potential new treatment options are enrolling now at ActivMed Practices and Research, Inc.  Study participants have access to potential new treatment medications and are cared for by board-certified physicians. Qualified participants may also receive compensation for travel expenses. To learn more and see if you may qualify, click HERE.

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Free Confidential Memory Screenings A MEMORY SCREENING IS A SIMPLE AND SAFE “HEALTHY BRAIN CHECK-UP” THAT TESTS MEMORY AND OTHER THINKING SKILLS. YOU CAN A MEMORY SCREENING AT THE LOCATION BELOW: Location: 110 Corporate Dr., Suite 2 Portsmouth, NH Date: Every Thursday *By Appointment Only Time: 8am-5pm Phone: 603-319-8863 **Each memory screening takes approximately 10 minutes and while the result is not a diagnosis, it can suggest if someone should see a physician for a full evaluation.**  

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Free Confidential Memory Screenings A MEMORY SCREENING IS A SIMPLE AND SAFE “HEALTHY BRAIN CHECK-UP” THAT TESTS MEMORY AND OTHER THINKING SKILLS. YOU CAN GET A MEMORY SCREENING AT THE LOCATION BELOW: Location: 421 Merrimack St. Ste 203 Methuen, MA Date: Every Wednesday *By Appointment Only Time: 8am-5pm Phone: 978-655-7155 **Each memory screening takes approximately 10 minutes and while the result is not a diagnosis, it can suggest if someone should see a physician for a full evaluation.**  

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  Memory Loss & Intimacy Tammy Pozerycki is a certified dementia practitioner, a certified Alzheimer’s disease and dementia care trainer, and the founder of Alternatives in Alzheimer’s Care and Pleasantries Adult Day Services, LLC. Join her for this onehour CE event and learn about sexuality and intimacy as it relates to those living with dementia. Tammy will discuss the efficacy of relationship forming in memory care assisted living and other institutionalized care and help you develop the competency and compassion needed to educate families about this often misunderstood topic. **Continuing Education Qualifying Event** 1 Hour Social Worker CE 1 contact hour Nurse CE Wednesday, January 23rd 7 to 8:30 a.m. Breakfast | 7 a.m. Program | 7:30 to 8:30 a.m Please RSVP by Monday, January 21st to Diane Robinson at 978-420-1570 or drobinson@wingatehealthcare.com 10 Residences Way (GPS: 182 North Ave.) | Haverhill, MA 01830 978-912-9250 | Residences at Haverhill.com

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CAREGIVER Speaker Series presents Medicaid & Medicare Planning with Joy V. Riddell Smart decisions are well-informed decisions. Join us for an evening of information sharing about these two programs and how to best position yourself for retirement and later years. Joy V. Riddell, of RIDDELL LAW, PLLC in Portsmouth, NH has been practicing law over 20 years in estate planning, trust and estate administration, elder law, guardianships and special needs trusts. Ms. Riddell will present strategies and information to help you navigate the retirement maze. A question & answer session will follow. Tuesday, January 22, 6-7:30pm PLEASE Join us at the RYE Public Library Together the Rye Public Library and Evolve at Rye continue this speaker series to inform and support caregivers in our community. The series is FREE and open to the public. Kindly call Evolve at Rye to RSVP as seating is limited (603) 379-1898  

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January 22, 2019

We all love to get away for a few days. An escape from the normal routine can be exciting and gives us something to look forward to. However, for those that suffer from celiac disease, the thought of traveling can sometimes bring more stress than excitement. Check out these helpful tips to make traveling with celiac disease a little more carefree.

  1. Plan ahead! Check with your hotel to see if you will have a microwave and refrigerator available to you. This would allow you to go to a store and pick up some items to have in your room.
  2. Pack smart. Pack non-perishable food items like nuts, dried fruit, etc. that could really come in handy. If possible, you could even pack a small cooler with some frozen or quick cooking items that could help as well.
  3. Think local. If you’re traveling internationally, you may not be able to pack a cooler, but you will be able to print out an allergen translation card in the local language. This can be extremely helpful. You can find the cards
  4. Get friendly with your phone. There are many apps available now on smartphones that can help you to find gluten-free restaurants. Check them out ahead of time so you have a plan and are comfortable with using the app.

While traveling with celiac disease can certainly be stressful, incorporating some of these useful tips may help to make things just a little bit easier. Physicians at ActivMed Practices and Research Inc. are working diligently to help find potential new celiac disease treatment options. If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with celiac disease, you may qualify to participate in a currently enrolling research study. Qualified candidates who participate will receive study-related care at no cost and receive compensation for travel. To learn more and see if you may qualify for a study, CLICK HERE.

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Alzheimer’s Café Every 2nd Tuesday of the month 2pm-3:30pm       Join us for Alzheimer’s support groups, discussion, and guest speakers!   Exeter Senior Center 30 Court Street Exeter, NH 03833   For more information, please call Denise Petty at (603) 772-5251 or email denise.petty@genesishcc.com

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SPREAD THE WORD Alzheimer’s Support Group Every 2nd Thursday of the month 6:45pm- 8:00pm   Exeter Senior Center 30 Court Street Exeter, NH 03833 For information please call Denise Petty @ (603) 772-5251 or email denise.petty@genesishcc.com

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Free Confidential Memory Screenings A MEMORY SCREENING IS A SIMPLE AND SAFE “HEALTHY BRAIN CHECK-UP” THAT TESTS MEMORY AND OTHER THINKING SKILLS. YOU CAN GET A MEMORY SCREENING AT THE LOCATION BELOW: Location: 110 Corporate Dr Suite 2 Portsmouth, NH Date: Every Thursday *By Appointment Only Time: 8am-5pm Phone: 603-319-8863 **Each memory screening takes approximately 10 minutes and while the result is not a diagnosis, it can suggest if someone should see a physician for a full evaluation.**  

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A MONTHLY SUPPORT GROUP For Those With Parkinson’s Disease, Parkinsonian Syndrome, & Their Caregivers Join us at the Brentwood for an hour of compassion & learning, and you can ASK THE EXPERT all your questions about Parkinson’s. Keep up-to-date about new medications and treatments, and receive the encouragement and motivation needed to live well with Parkinson’s disease. Moderated by Dr. Diana Apetauerova, a Neurologist who serves at Director of the Movement Disorders Center at Lahey Hospital and Medical Center and is associate clinical professor at Tufts University and visiting associate clinical professor at Charles University, Czech Republic. Dr. Apetauerova evaluates and plans treatment for patients with Parkinson’s disease and other movement disorders. She is also involved in surgical therapy for Parkinson’s patients and actively engaged in research. UPCOMING EVENTS: January 9- Caregiver Support Group, Massage Gloves Giveaway! February 13- The Love of Art: Artists for Parkinson’s March 13- PSP April 10- Topic to Be Determined   RSVP to Leah Kirkpatrick at 978-777-2700 or Marlene Sheehy at msheehy@mhslp.com   Pancakes for Parkinson’s Breakfast

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December 26, 2018

Atopic dermatitis, or eczema as it’s more commonly known, is a frustrating condition that affects more than 35 million Americans. Symptoms tend to present as patches of skin becoming red and itchy, with areas of oozing or swelling. It most commonly appears on the face, backs of the knees, insides of the elbows, hands and wrists.  Eczema is long-lasting and tends to ‘flare-up’ periodically. While most common in children, Eczema can affect anyone at any age.  By knowing some common eczema triggers, it can help you to manage flares and prevent new outbreaks.

  1. Stress: Stress is one of the most common eczema triggers. While it’s nearly impossible to remove all of the stress from our lives, trying to keep our stress levels at a minimum can help with flares.
  2. Temperature Extremes: Too hot or too cold is not ideal for those with eczema. Excessive sweating is an eczema trigger for many people, while extreme cold can cause the skin to become too dry. Aim for a comfortable environment with humidity levels of 45-55 percent.
  3. Cosmetics: Cosmetics tend to have fragrances or preservatives in them that can be irritating to eczema sufferers. Look for “fragrance-free” products and do a patch test before using them to check for irritation.
  4. Get to know your fabrics: Cotton is the best option when it comes to eczema sufferers. Wool, synthetics, and other rough materials could irritate skin and trigger a flare.
  5. Laundry Detergents: Harsh ingredients in many detergents can irritate skin. Opting for a fragrance-free, neutral pH detergent is a good choice.
  6. Diet: Food allergies can sometimes trigger eczema symptoms, so if you start to notice symptoms after eating a particular food, it might be time to see your doctor.While there’s currently no cure for eczema, the condition can be better managed by knowing your personal triggers and avoiding them to prevent flare-ups.

    If you or someone you love is struggling with eczema, ActivMed currently has enrolling studies for those seeking new treatment options. Qualified candidates who participate will receive study-related care at no cost and receive compensation for travel. To learn more and see how you or someone you love may qualify for a study, click HERE.

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Free Confidential Memory Screenings A MEMORY SCREENING IS A SIMPLE AND SAFE “HEALTHY BRAIN CHECK-UP” THAT TESTS MEMORY AND OTHER THINKING SKILLS. YOU CAN A MEMORY SCREENING AT THE LOCATION BELOW: Location: 421 Merrimack St. Ste 203 Methuen, MA Date: Every Wednesday *By Appointment Only Time: 8am-5pm Phone: 978-655-7155 **Each memory screening takes approximately 10 minutes and while the result is not a diagnosis, it can suggest if someone should see a physician for a full evaluation.**  

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Free Confidential Memory Screenings A MEMORY SCREENING IS A SIMPLE AND SAFE “HEALTHY BRAIN CHECK-UP” THAT TESTS MEMORY AND OTHER THINKING SKILLS. YOU CAN A MEMORY SCREENING AT THE LOCATION BELOW: Location: 110 Corporate Dr., Suite 2 Portsmouth, NH Date: Every Thursday *By Appointment Only Time: 8am-5pm Phone: 603-319-8863 **Each memory screening takes approximately 10 minutes and while the result is not a diagnosis, it can suggest if someone should see a physician for a full evaluation.**  

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Free Confidential Memory Screenings A MEMORY SCREENING IS A SIMPLE AND SAFE “HEALTHY BRAIN CHECK-UP” THAT TESTS MEMORY AND OTHER THINKING SKILLS. YOU CAN A MEMORY SCREENING AT THE LOCATION BELOW: Location: 421 Merrimack St. Ste 203 Methuen, MA Date: Every Wednesday *By Appointment Only Time: 8am-5pm Phone: 978-655-7155 **Each memory screening takes approximately 10 minutes and while the result is not a diagnosis, it can suggest if someone should see a physician for a full evaluation.**  

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December 13, 2018

We enjoyed a wonderful feast provided by Dr. Portney and Nurse Ali yesterday. Thank you for all you do for us!

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SPREAD THE WORD Alzheimer’s Support Group Every 2nd Thursday of the month 6:45pm- 8:00pm   Exeter Senior Center 30 Court Street Exeter, NH 03833 For information please call Denise Petty @ (603) 772-5251 or email denise.petty@genesishcc.com

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Andre Dubus III, local best-selling author, will speak about the path that led him to become a writer – one that pulled him out of a life of violence and allowed him to find his voice through the arts. Andre’s reflections and observations of coming of age gives a compelling and compassionate view of the social determinants his family faced: poverty, isolation, housing, lifestyle and environmental risks. Andre is the author of Gone So Long, Dirty Love, Townie, The Garden of Last Days and House of Sand and Fog (an Oprah Book Club pick and a finalist for the National Book Award).   To learn more about Mr. Dubus visit his website at http://andredubus.com/ As eloquent in person as in writing, we want you to enjoy an exciting and inspirational evening. Thursday, December 13, 2018 5:30 pm – 8:30 pm     Reception, Dinner and Presentation Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley 280 Merrimack Street, Suite 400, Lawrence, MA 01843   Online Registration – click below Register Now!   Phone Registration: Andrew McGinty 978-946-1429 development@esmv.org   Please RSVP on or before Friday, December 7th

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Free Confidential Memory Screenings A MEMORY SCREENING IS A SIMPLE AND SAFE “HEALTHY BRAIN CHECK-UP” THAT TESTS MEMORY AND OTHER THINKING SKILLS. YOU CAN A MEMORY SCREENING AT THE LOCATION BELOW: Location: 110 Corporate Dr., Suite 2 Portsmouth, NH Date: Every Thursday *By Appointment Only Time: 8am-5pm Phone: 603-319-8863 **Each memory screening takes approximately 10 minutes and while the result is not a diagnosis, it can suggest if someone should see a physician for a full evaluation.**  

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Seacoast Seniors Networking Breakfast Hosted by Easterseals NH Homemakers & Health Services WHERE: Easterseals Office, 157 Portsmouth Ave., Stratham WHEN: Thursday, December 13th 8:00AM- 9:30AM RSVP: bchagnon@eastersealsnh.org or 722-5925

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Mystery Box Bingo Join us for some holiday spirits, cheer and fun! Play a few quick rounds of Mystery Box Bingo for a chance to win that last minute gift for a loved one or yourself. Take a chance to win tickets to Blue Man Group, Greater Lowell Music Theatre, and other mystery prizes to be discovered!    

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December 12, 2018

When someone says that they have depression, many people compare it to being sad or upset, but that’s only a small part of it. A general assumption about depression is that someone who has been diagnosed is temporarily going through something stressful, hurtful, or difficult. What they don’t realize is that it’s not all environmental. A bad day at work or a fight with your significant other is not the sole thing that makes someone feel this way; it’s also mental.

So, what is depression?

Depression is a mood disorder that affects a person’s entire life. This is not just a feeling of sadness, it is the lack of enjoyment and importance for things that were once a priority for a person. Other symptoms include feelings of hopelessness, lack of concentration, and even restless sleep. All of these things have an impact on all aspects of life; work, school, relationships, and general life.

How do I know if I’m depressed?

Being diagnosed with this disorder would mean that someone has been experiencing the symptoms mentioned before, almost every day for a two-week period or longer. That’s not to say that, just because you have these symptoms, means that you should assume that you are depressed. Consulting your physician is the only way to truly be diagnosed and treated properly. They will be able to help you learn the best ways to cope and start living a healthier life.

What comes next?

If you or a loved one is experiencing signs of depression, know that you are not alone. Hundreds of millions of people around the world have experienced the same things. It is important to keep in mind that this feeling is not permanent. A clinical study conducted by ActivMed at our Methuen location could also benefit individuals who battle with this disorder. We are currently seeking participants, and those who qualify will receive not only study-related care at no cost, but compensation for travel. To learn more about this study and how you or a loved one could qualify, CLICK HERE.

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Free Confidential Memory Screenings A MEMORY SCREENING IS A SIMPLE AND SAFE “HEALTHY BRAIN CHECK-UP” THAT TESTS MEMORY AND OTHER THINKING SKILLS. YOU CAN A MEMORY SCREENING AT THE LOCATION BELOW: Location: 421 Merrimack St. Ste 203 Methuen, MA Date: Every Wednesday *By Appointment Only Time: 8am-5pm Phone: 978-655-7155 **Each memory screening takes approximately 10 minutes and while the result is not a diagnosis, it can suggest if someone should see a physician for a full evaluation.**  

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Alzheimer’s Café Every 2nd Tuesday of the month 2pm-3:30pm       Join us for Alzheimer’s support groups, discussion, and guest speakers!   Exeter Senior Center 30 Court Street Exeter, NH 03833   For more information, please call Denise Petty at (603) 772-5251 or email denise.petty@genesishcc.com

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December 11, 2018

This season we have partnered with Emmaus House in Haverhill, Massachusetts. This organization is now holding a Toy Drive to collect gifts for children in shelters and housing programs. If you’re looking for a way to give back this season, give the gift of Christmas to families with children. CLICK HERE to find out more about how you can donate!

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Free Confidential Memory Screenings A MEMORY SCREENING IS A SIMPLE AND SAFE “HEALTHY BRAIN CHECK-UP” THAT TESTS MEMORY AND OTHER THINKING SKILLS. YOU CAN A MEMORY SCREENING AT THE LOCATION BELOW: Location: 110 Corporate Dr., Suite 2 Portsmouth, NH Date: Every Thursday *By Appointment Only Time: 8am-5pm Phone: 603-319-8863 **Each memory screening takes approximately 10 minutes and while the result is not a diagnosis, it can suggest if someone should see a physician for a full evaluation.**  

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SENIOR NETWORKING EVENT   Comfort Home Care is hosting this networking event. This event is an opportunity for Seniors to network with people who provide Senior Services in the local Area. DONATE New or Used Cold Weather Items! Please bring coat, hats, gloves, or mittens to donate for our annual donation drive! Boston North Senior Services Network organizes these meetings, which take place on the first Thursday of the month in different locations.

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Free Confidential Memory Screenings A MEMORY SCREENING IS A SIMPLE AND SAFE “HEALTHY BRAIN CHECK-UP” THAT TESTS MEMORY AND OTHER THINKING SKILLS. YOU CAN A MEMORY SCREENING AT THE LOCATION BELOW: Location: 421 Merrimack St. Ste 203 Methuen, MA Date: Every Wednesday *By Appointment Only Time: 8am-5pm Phone: 978-655-7155 **Each memory screening takes approximately 10 minutes and while the result is not a diagnosis, it can suggest if someone should see a physician for a full evaluation.**  

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Join us for an night of Bingo and purses! All participants who bring non-perishable food to be donated to the Tewksbury Food Pantry will be entered into a raffle to win purses from Coach, Kate Spade, Michael Kors, Cole Haan & Tory Burch! When: Tuesday, December 4, 2018 5:00 pm mix & mingle | 6:00 pm bingo Where: Bayberry at Emerald Court 2000 Emerald Court | Tewksbury, MA RSVP: 978.640.0194 or email jennifer@bayberryatemeraldcourt.com    

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December 3, 2018

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You can now find us on the Michael J. Fox Foundation! Fox Trial Finder is a tool that connects volunteers with clinical trials. Join us in speeding a cure for Parkinson’s disease.

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Pancake Breakfast The Greater Haverhill Breakfast Exchange Club Providing transportation and heat to local seniors Tickets: $5 for Adults, $3 for Children, $15 per Family Holiday Fair Photos with Santa 50/50 Raffle   DATE: December 1, 2018 Tickets can also be purchased at the door TIME: 7:30-10:30am For more information LOCATION: Sarah’s Place Contact: Amy Anwyl at 978-374-2175 Adult Day Health 180 Water St. Haverhill, MA 01830

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November 29, 2018
skin

No two people are born completely identical. Even in the case of twins, personalities, preferences, and even minute physical differences, makes each person a unique individual. In the same way, the appearance and symptoms of skin conditions vary from person to person.

Eczema, psoriasis and prurigo nodularis (PN) are three common diagnoses that have no known  cure, yet they affect the lives of millions across the globe. The symptoms of each disease are remarkably similar, and yet they each maintain distinct differences, making general treatment options difficult to prescribe. In celebration of Healthy Skin Month, here is a brief explanation of these three diseases, and what symptoms they each manifest.

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Eczema

Eczema is an umbrella term used to describe a condition in which the skin becomes rough, inflamed, and causes itching and bleeding. Sometimes also referred to as Atopic Dermatitis, eczema is a hypersensitive allergic response in which the immune system attacks an unspecified stimulant inside or outside the body. Symptoms include:

  • Dry skin
  • Redness
  • Itching/Bleeding
  • Skin cracking

According to the National Eczema Association, while all types of eczema can cause redness and itching, specific types of eczema, such as Nummular eczema, can leave open, crusted or “weeping” sores. Fortunately, eczema does tend to appear in “flares”, and can subside over time.

Psoriasis

Similar to eczema, psoriasis causes itching, dry patches on the surface of the skin. The primary difference is that psoriasis is a chronic autoimmune condition that results in the production of too many skin cells. These skin cells cause thick, scaly patches to form, which can limit flexibility and cause pain. Other symptoms of psoriasis include:

  • Red patches covered in thick, silvery scales
  • Itching, burning, soreness
  • Swollen and stiff joints

Prurigo Nodularis (PN)

Unlike eczema and psoriasis, PN is an intensely itchy skin condition that is hypothesized to be primarily caused by a thickening of nerve endings that sends a strong itching impulse to the brain. When repeatedly scratched, these nerve endings develop thick, hard nodules on the surface of the skin that can scar. Patients diagnosed with PN often find themselves scratching until pain or bleeding occurs, even while asleep. Similar to the effects of poison ivy, the more scratching that occurs, the more the nodules form and spread.

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Treatment and Research

Unfortunately, there is no known cure for these conditions. Physicians at ActivMed are looking to change this reality by continually seeking new treatment options for patients diagnosed with eczema, psoriasis and PN. Those who qualify and participate in a clinical study will see a dermatologist at no cost, and receive compensation for travel. If you or someone you know has experienced chronic, itchy skin conditions, you may be eligible to participate! To learn more on how you can be involved, CLICK HERE.

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VETERANS NORTHEAST OUTREACH CENTER’S THANKSGIVING DINNER NOVEMBER 19 5:30 – 8:OOPM AMVETS Post 147 All Veterans and Family Members Are Welcome! 576 Primrose St. Haverhill, MA 01830

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  STOP BY FOR A QUICK TOUR AND RECEIVE A -FREE TURKEY-    

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November 15, 2018
National Memory Screening Program

National Memory Screening Program

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Sign Up Today for Free Six Week Workshop! Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley Inc. Wednesday, November 7th – December 12th 2018 l:oopm – 3:30 pm Lowell Senior Center 276 Broadway Street, Lowell MA For More Info or To Register Please call Maria Arias at 978-946-1211. Or visit our website at www.healthyliving4me.org Find us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HealthyLivingCenteroffxcellence Find us on Twitter: @HealthyLivingCE My Life My Health — the Stanford University Chronic Disease Self-Management Program is for anyone living with an on-going medical condition like: Arthritis Cancer Chronic Back Pain Diabetes High Blood Pressure Parkinson’s Disease Asthma COPD Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Fibromyalgia Heart Disease Stroke. ..and more

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Learn about memory loss, what’s normal and what may be a concern. Join us for an afternoon of Cookies, Coffee, Cocoa & Tea Tuesday, November 13th 2-4 PM You are cordially invited to visit our new Learning Center in our research facility. Short Presentation by: Robert Portney, MD & Allison Castonguay, APRN, FNP-BC 421 Merrimack Street, Suite 204, Methuen MA, 01844 RSVP: 978-655-7155

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