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A new series of movement and yoga classes for people with Parkinson’s disease begin Oct. 2 in Hadley. Teacher Donna Brooks combines seated and supported dance, yoga and vocalization to improve dexterity, strength, balance, walking, speech, flexibility, motor control and rapidity.
Free introductory classes. For more details, call (413) 230-1260, or visit originalbodywisdom.com
In recognition of National Depression Screening Day, Holyoke Medical Center will offer a depression screening and distribute informational material on a range of mental health issues Oct. 11, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Holyoke Mall at Ingleside.
The depression screening is brief, anonymous and conducted by mental health professionals. Referrals and resources to mental health treatment will be offered as needed.
Depression strikes more than 17 million Americans each year, according to figures from the National Institute of Mental Health. Fewer than half of the individuals with depression, however, actually seek treatment — even though treatment can help 80 to 90 percent of those affected. Common symptoms of depression include feelings of hopelessness, worthlessness, restlessness and irritability, changes in sleep and appetite, loss of energy and thoughts of death or suicide.
FLU SHOT CLINIC
Pelham Council on Aging holds its annual flu clinic Wednesday, 1 to 3 p.m., at the Pelham Library. Free for those with Medicare or insurance card; otherwise, fee is $30.
ALS SUPPORT GROUP
Cooley Dickinson Hospital will host a resource and support group for people with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), their families, friends and caregivers. The next meeting will be held Oct. 4 at 1 p.m. The group meets in Conference Room B. The meeting will be facilitated by Michele Chmura, care coordinator for the ALS Association Massachusetts Chapter. For more information or to register, call (508) 963-5091.
SENIOR HEALTH PROGRAMS
The Easthampton Council on Aging Enrichment Center offers several health programs this fall.
They include “Gluten-Free Holiday Cooking,” with Bruce Homstead, R.D.; a session on using Personal Health Record, a portable system to carry your records and make them accessible whenever you need them, with Janet Bunce; a program on the Ayurveda system for health with Joa from Earth Song Farm, and a talk on financial organization with Betsy Yetter.
For more details, call 527-6151, ext. 16.