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Cooley Dickinson-affiliated physicians, nurses and representatives from the Cooley Dickinson Patient Family Advisory Committee will discuss palliative care Wednesday, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., at the Rockridge Retirement Community, 25 Coles Meadow Road, Northampton.

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

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

For more information contact Cathleen McGaffigan at 585-2902 or cmcgaffigan@rockridgema.com.


Two support groups in Florence begin new sessions this week.

The Bereavement Group, for those who have experienced the death of a loved one, meets Thursday, again on Sept. 19, and then the first and third Thursdays of each month beginning in October. The meetings are at 10 a.m.

The Divorced/Separated Support group meets the first and third Wednesdays of each month at the same location. The first meeting is Wednesday at 6:30 p.m.

Both groups meet at the Tir Na NOg Retreat, 423 Florence Road. Call 584-0339.


A free lecture, “College-Age Binge Drinking, ” featuring experts from the Massachusetts General Hospital’s Department of Psychiatry, is set for Sept. 26.

The program will be held at 6 p.m. at the new Hadley Farms Meeting House/Hampton Inn Hadley, 41 Russell St., which is behind the Hadley Village Barn Shops, Route 9.

Paola Pedrelli and Amy M. Yule will discuss the prevalence of alcohol use disorders in the college age population, the impact of alcohol use on the developing brain, screening tools to assess drinking patterns and more. They will also discuss strategies for helping young adults to change their drinking patterns.

Registration for the lecture is required; visit at www.cooley-dickinson.org/classes or call (888)554-4CDH (234).


What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease?

You can find out at a Sept. 26 presentation at the Northampton Senior Center. The session, led by Susan Chapman-Brooks, will be held at 10 a.m.

The presentation is free and open to all. Call 413-587-1228 to register.


The Northampton Senior Center hosts a free program Sept. 17 at 10 a.m. on avoiding falls.

Participants can discuss concerns and learn strategies to maintain independence and confidence. Call 413-587-1228 to register.

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