Sore knees

CONCORD — Join Emerson Hospital for a seminar in a series of health-related presentations, titled “Your sore knee: From athletics to arthritis.” The free lecture, which will be presented by Dean Howard, M.D., orthopedic surgeon, will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 9, at 7 p.m. in the North Assembly Room at Emerson Hospital. To register, please call 978-287-3085. Light refreshments will be provided.


and holidays

AYER — Parents are invited to a roundtable discussion about managing food allergies during the holidays and at other celebrations at a meeting of the Nashoba Valley Asthma & Allergy Educational Support Group on Monday, Nov. 24 at 7 p.m. at the Nashoba Valley Medical Center in Ayer. The program is free and open to the public.

Topics will include arrangements for holiday gatherings, birthday parties and school events. Participants are invited to bring allergen-free recipes, travel tips and any issues or questions they wish to discuss.

“Sharing experiences and hearing how others have explained their family’s needs and negotiated safe arrangements is a great way to gain confidence and feel less alone,” said Sharon Schumack, director of education for the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, New England Chapter, which is sponsoring the meeting. The discussion will be led by the support group’s new co-leaders Terry Linsey, of Acton, Ruth Lovett Smith, of Harvard, and Dana Wick, of Ayer, all of whom have extensive personal experience as parents of children with food allergies.

AAFA New England organizes educational support group programs throughout the region, publishes a newsletter, and runs a telephone resource and referral line for people coping with allergies and asthma. For more information, or a free copy of “Eating Out with Food Allergies,” call (781)444-7778 or see



AYER — “Focusing” is a mind-body self-help technique that was drawn from research on how people create positive changes in their lives. Currently practiced in over 50 countries around the world, “Focusing” offers a remarkable array of benefits such as reducing stress, clarifying decision-making, and facilitating lifestyle changes.

A series of four “Focusing” classes will be offered at Nashoba Valley Medical Center on Thursdays, Nov. 13 and 20 and Dec. 4 and 11 from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Founders Room. Cost for the four-class program is $75. Instructor is Jocelyn Lopatin, a licensed psychotherapist and a certified focusing trainer. Lopatin teaches Focusing at the Arlington Center, is on the clinical staff at Advocates Community Counseling in Marlborough, and has a private psychotherapy practice in Groton.

Seating is limited so reserve a space by calling 978-784-9289 or e-mailing For further information about the program, call (978) 944-3405 or e-mail

Quit smoking

with hypnosis

CONCORD — Hypnosis can be a solid tool to help you quit smoking by taking away the cravings and withdrawals. Combined with your desire to stop, this tool can make all the difference for success.

Presented by Joseph Packard, board certified from the National Guild of Hynotherapists, this XXXX will be held in three sessions, Dec. 4, 11 and 18, 7-9 p.m., in the North Assembly Room at Emerson Hospital, Concord. The cost is $100 for all three sessions.

Call Emerson Hospital’s Health & Wellness Programs at (978) 287-3777 to register.

Women’s Heart Health

CONCORD — Join Emerson Hospital for a seminar in a series of health-related presentations, titled “Women’s Heart Health.” The free lecture will be presented by Ginny Dow, RN, BC, manager of Emerson’s cardiac rehabilitation program. It will take place on Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 7 p.m. in the North Assembly Room at Emerson Hospital. To register, please call (978) 287-3085. Light refreshments will be provided.

Better Breathers

CONCORD — The Better Breathers Club at Emerson Hospital will hold its monthly meeting in the North Assembly Room at Emerson from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 20.

Terese Hammond, M.D., will present a lecture titled “Sleep Studies and COPD.”

he public is invited to this free lecture. Refreshments will be served.

The purpose of the Better Breathers Club is to provide support and information to people with chronic lung disease and their family and friends. From September to May, they meet on the third Thursday of each month.

For more information, please call the pulmonary rehabilitation team at (978) 287-3715.