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A program on palliative care with Cooley Dickinson Hospital physicians and nurses as well as representatives from the Cooley Dickinson Patient Family Advisory Committee, will be held today at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Philip’s Parish Hall, 128 Main St., Easthampton.

Palliative care helps patients and families manage serious illness, such as cancer, liver failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure.

For more information, contact annpjohnsw@aol.com or revjillrierdan@aol.com


Certified sex educator Brooke Norton offers a program, “Puberty for Parents,” May 21, 6:30 p.m., at Cup and Top Café in Florence.

The third in a series of free talks for parents, this one focuses on the physical changes, social impacts and emotional aspects of puberty. Norton will also touch upon sexual orientation and coming out, and what parents can teach children about consent.

“All value systems will be honored and respected,” said Norton. “My whole mission is just to encourage parents to think about how they want to guide their children through puberty, and then to get them to start talking as well.”

The event is sponsored by Hilltown Families. No preregistration is necessary. For more information, visit www.HilltownFamilies.org.


Residents can get free skin cancer checks May 21, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., in the Cancer Care Program of Cooley Dickinson Hospital’s annual screening clinic. The clinic will be held at the hospital.

The goal of the screening is to catch the early signs of skin cancer. Those who attend the screening may choose this full or partial body examination.

Appointments are required and can be made by calling (888) 554-4234. Under-insured or uninsured residents are encouraged to attend.

Risk factors for non-melanoma and melanoma skin cancers include

unprotected or excessive exposure to ultraviolet radiation; a fair complexion; family history; severe sunburns, especially as a child; multiple or atypical moles, and occupational exposures to coal tar, pitch, creosote, arsenic compounds or radium.


A series of workshops for dementia caregivers will be offered through June 26 at Highland Valley Elder Services in Northampton.

Topics include legal documents and procedures for caregivers, creating safer homes, managing ethical decisions, managing family visits, hiring in-home help, choosing nursing care facilies and more.

The programs, provided by the Demential Initiative, are held Wednesdays from 4 to 6 p.m. Sessions are free and open to all. For more information, contact dementia-initiative@comcast.net.

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