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The Northampton Senior Center on Conz Street holds a wellness day Thursday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Event features programs on medical records, nutrition, hand massage, exercise session and more. Hosted by the University of Massachusetts School of Nursing. Free and open to all Northampton area seniors. For more information call 587-1228.


Area residents are invited to join Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s executive chef Gary Weiss for a Mediterranean cooking demonstration today, 6 to 8 p.m., in the Dakin Conference Room at the hospital.

Samples and recipes will be provided, as will free chair reiki throughout the session. Cathy Bertinuson, registered dietitian with the Center for Excellence in Diabetes Education, will talk about the best diet for controlling blood pressure, diabetes and heart disease.

To register, visit the classes and events page at www.cooley-dickinson.org or call (888) 554-4CDH (234).


A follow-up discussion to last month’s “Consider the Conversation” film documentary, Cooley Dickinson Hospital and the VNA & Hospice of Cooley Dickinson invite area residents to discuss end-of-life issues Sunday, 2 to 4 p.m. in the Dakin Conference Room at Cooley Dickinson Hospital.

The discussion will be led by local end-of-life professionals. Topics include advanced directives, do-not-resuscitate orders, and health care proxy.

This event is free and open to all. Seating is limited. To register, visit the classes and events page at www.cooley-dickinson.org or call (888) 554-4CDH (234). For more information, visit www.considertheconversation.org.


Community members are invited to Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s Healing Garden Sunday at 4:30 p.m. to participate in the lighting of more than 2,000 lights as part of the 15th annual Trees of Love & Thanksgiving project.

Community members are encouraged to pay tribute to someone special by making a $10 donation that will sponsor a light in honor or in memory of that person. The donation not only lights a light but it contributes to the purchase of equipment to enhance patient care at CDH.

All are invited to the ceremony. Refreshments will be available; entertainment will be provided by Justina Golden & Friends and the Horse Mountain Jazz Band.

Money raised this year goes toward life-saving automated electronic defibrillators that monitor and shock heart rhythms of people in cardiac arrest. A portion of the money raised will purchase therapeutic reclining chairs that provide comfort for people recovering from surgical procedures.

The names of those honored will be posted in the hospital’s main lobby. Photos may be displayed as well.

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