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October 8, 2009

Shoulders to lean on

Addiction

Overeaters Anonymous is a 12-step program for those who suffer from the disease of compulsive eating. Meetings are every Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the First Church of Christ, 10 Church St., Bradford. Information, 978-407-9909.

CoDa, Co-dependents Anonymous, a group designed to aid people in dependent relationships, meets Mondays, 7 p.m., Bellevue Congregational Church, 300 High St., Newburyport, and Wednesdays, 7 p.m., Family Mutual Bank State Line Plaza Route 125, Haverhill; David 978-452-3822 or Anne 978-686-0847.

Alzheimer's disease

Alzheimer's support group, monthly support group for caregivers and family members of those with memory impairments, meets last Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m., featuring a Life Guidance Program for the memory impaired, Atria Marland Place Independent & Assisted Living, 15 Stevens St.; Sara Santiago 978-475-4225.

Amyotrophic Laterial Sclerosis

Last Wednesday of every month, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Holy Family Hospital, First Floor Board Room. Free support group open to patients, caregivers and friends. Registration is required. For more information and to register, please call the ALS Association at 781-326-8884 or 888-287-3257.

ANXIETY

Panic disorder help, a program to help anyone with panic disorders, anxiety or agoraphobia is offered by Panic Relief Inc. The sessions will be in Haverhill on Mondays, noon to 1 p.m., and Wednesdays, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. For information, call 732-940-9658.

Arthritis

LGH Arthritis Support Group. Free group meets the second Friday of each month (except July and August) from 8 to 9:30 a.m. Usual meeting space is LGH's Clark Auditorium. Registration is not necessary. Call group leader Cissy at 978-454-5358.

Arthritis support group meetings, first Wednesday of the month, 7 p.m., Jennie Paulette 1-800-639-2113.

Arthritis support and education group, meets first Wednesday of the month, 1-2:30 p.m., at the Center, 49 Pleasant St., Reading; Judy Burgess 781-944-0653, Reading Elder Services 781-942-9056, or Arthritis Foundation 1-800-766-9449.

Bereavement

Beacon Hospice of Haverhill will start a new eight-week "Harbors of Hope" bereavement support group, Healing our Hearts - Transforming our Losses, on Sept. 29 at the Parish Community Center Library, 112 Lawrence St., Methuen. This program is free and open to the public, and is designed to help individuals confront the challenges of loss and cope with the feelings associated with the passing of a loved one. Registration is required. For more information or to register, contact Lu Bonanno at 978-372-4211 or lbonanno@beaconhospice.com.

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