NEWINGTON - Wellness Wednesdays are back.
This April, May and June local residents are invited to take part in three informative and interesting programs at Newington Town Hall.
The Department of Human Services’ Wellness Wednesdays series began in 2017 and continued last fall with mindfulness, laughter yoga and drumming.
Local chiropractor Dr. Steve Judson is the guest presenter at the first program, set for Wednesday, April 3.
Owner of Judson Family Chiropractic on Louis St. in Newington, Judson is also a recently published author. His book, “Wake Up, Humans!” focuses on how chiropractic therapy “restores the body’s innate power, transforms lives, and unlocks human purpose.”
He will discuss the atlas bone and how the body can heal itself through the central nervous system.
Joining him will be Lucy Robbins Welles Library Head of Community Services Michelle Royer and Parks and Recreation Director Bill DeMaio. Royer will share materials related to healing the mind, body and spirit. DeMaio will talk about his department’s Kindness Counts initiative, which begins in May, and how kindness is healing in itself.
“Judson Chiropractic has been longtime supporters of our Holiday Food and Gift Drives so we’re happy to be partnering with them on a different level,” Human Services Director Carol LaBrecque said. “We’re excited about this collaboration with the library and Parks and Rec. I think it will be a very valuable presentation.”
Since May is Mental Health Awareness Month, the May 1 Wellness Wednesday will feature a panel of mental health experts from agencies across the state. They will provide an overview on common diagnoses, treatment resources and insight into hurdles like self-medicating. There will also be a speaker from the National Alliance on Mental Illness, who has fought their own battle and can offer that personal perspective.
At the very beginning of the program Human Services Coordinator Rik Huggard will guide attendees through experimental exercises, designed to relax everyone and dissolve the tension.
“We’re hoping this program will appeal to everybody, from the average citizen who wants to improve their own well-being to people living with the diagnoses and their loved ones,” LaBrecque explained.
Finally on June 5 in honor of Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, Dr. Charles Atkins will be presenting an interactive workshop geared towards people with dementia and/or their caregivers.
An esteemed power in the medical, literary and psychiatry worlds, Dr. Atkins has been published in academic journals and written urban fantasy novels.
His “highly interactive” workshop will focus on helping people with dementia and their caregivers. He will also teach attendees how to differentiate between dementia and normal aging or stress reactions and discuss what resources do and don’t exist.
All three Wellness Wednesday programs are free and open to the public. They will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. in the Newington Town Hall auditorium or the Helen Nelson Room. Register with Human Services at 860-665-8590.
Erica Drzewiecki can be reached at 860-801-5097 or firstname.lastname@example.org.