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SUICIDE & AGING: GATEKEEPER WORKSHOP
Pittsfield, 8 - 12 or 1 - 5
In the Berkshires, between 2007 - 2011, more than one third of suicides were in people over the age of 55.  The Samaritans of Merrimack Valley, a program of Family Services of the Merrimack Valley is offering a free, Department of Public Health - funded training for "gatekeepers" to reduce the incidence of suicide among people ages 55 or older.  Gatekeepers are people who, through their personal, professional or volunteer activities, have regular contact with older adults. This training is appropriate for Council on Aging personnel and nursing home staff including directors, administrative assistants, activities staff, nurse's aides, food service workers, transportation staff, as well as housekeepers & caregivers of older adults, police officers, postal workers, and Meals on Wheels staff.  Friday, March 6, 2015 (2 sessions for your convenience)  Morning session: 8 - 12 Noon, Registration at 7:30 a.m. or Afternoon Session: 1 - 5, Registration at 12:30.  Location: Home Instead Senior Care, 66 Wendell Avenue, Pittsfield.  Registration is required by contacting:  Bobbie Orsi @ 413-442-0907 or Matt Bitten @ 413-495-1500 Ext. 1472 (3.5 continuing education credits are available for social workers and professionals who need training hours.)
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MS SUPPORT GROUPS
North Adams, 5-6:30 p.m.
MS Support Foundation hosts support group the third Thursday of each month at its office at 85 Main Street, Suite 212. This month, Jennifer Munroz, Program Manager for the Growing Healthy Garden Program, will speak on nutrition and developing a healthy relationship with food.

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MS SUPPORT GROUPS
North Adams, 5-6:30 p.m.
MS Support Foundation hosts support group the third Thursday of each month at its office at 85 Main Street, Suite 212. This month, Jane Apkin, M.A. CCC-SLP, Owner & Speech-Language Pathologist of Seniors Helping Seniors, will speak on her new business and her personal experiences living with MS.

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MS SUPPORT GROUPS
North Adams, 5-6:30 p.m.
MS Support Foundation hosts support group the third Thursday of each month at its office at 85 Main Street, Suite 212. This month,  Shawn Godfrey, General Manager of the Village Ambulance in Williamstown will do a presentation on CPR and the Heimlich maneuver.

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MS SUPPORT GROUPS
North Adams, 5-6:30 p.m.
MS Support Foundation hosts support group the third Thursday of each month at its office at 85 Main Street, Suite 212. This month, Denise Vigna, Clinical Liaison, and Kira Beard  will discuss how to prepare for expected or unexpected hospitalizations the new programs and renovations at Sweetbrook of Williamstown.
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