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SPORTS SCREENING FOR TEENS

Teens can get screened for balance and strength Wednesday during a clinic set for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Northampton High School gym.

The goal of the sports clinic, run by Cooley Dickinson Hospital staff, is to identify areas of weakness for student athletes who have signed up for soccer, football, cross country, field hockey and other fall sports. “If the physical therapists identify an area of concern, they will recommend the student follows up with the doctor,” said Andrea Doubleday, physical therapist and event organizer.

In addition, Northampton High School will offer ImPACT baseline concussion testing.

STORIES FROM A HOSPICE NURSE

Cathy Truehart of Southampton, the author of “The Miracle of Hospice: A Personal Journey of a Hospice Nurse,” will read from her book June 27 at 7 p.m. at White Square Books at 86 Cottage St. in Easthampton.

Truehart is a volunteer and bereavement coordinator in Enfield, Conn., and her first book tells the stories of patients she worked with, most of whom lived in western Massachusetts.

PALLIATIVE CARE DISCUSSION

Cooley Dickinson Hospital-affiliated physicians, nurses and representatives from the Cooley Dickinson Patient Family Advisory Committee will offer a presentation on palliative care June 26, 12:15 p.m., at the Williamsburg Town Offices, Room 101, Haydenville.

Palliative care is a way to help patients and families manage serious illness, such as cancer, liver failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and congestive heart failure.

Speakers include Jeffrey Zesiger, M.D., director of the Palliative Care Program; Maureen Groden, R.N., of the Cooley Dickinson VNA & Hospice Program, and Patient Family Advisory Committee Members Ray Ducharme and Howard Nenner.

Discussion will include how palliative care differs from hospice car how to identify and clarify goals of medical care and advance directive planning.

For more information, contact Sherry Loomis, sloomis@burgy.org or Marie Westburg, coa@burgy.org

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