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Month: September 2021

Falls Prevention Week (2021)

Sep 24, 2021 September 20-24 is Falls Prevention Week, a nationwide effort to raise awareness that falls are preventable. Many people think falls are a normal part of aging. The truth is, they’re not. Most falls can be prevented—and we have the power to reduce the risk. The National Council on Aging offers the following…
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Pfizer COVID-19 Booster Availability

Sept 24, 2021 CONTACT: Kate Reilly, Executive Office of Health and Human Services, Katelyn.Reilly@mass.gov  Baker-Polito Administration Provides Update on Pfizer COVID-19 Booster Availability Boosters available for all residents over 65 and individuals 18 and over at high risk who have received the Pfizer vaccine The Baker-Polito Administration announced how eligible Massachusetts residents initially can access…
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Strokes

Sep 17, 2021 Someone in the United States has a stroke every 40 seconds. A stroke can happen to anyone, at any time, at any age. A fetus can experience a stroke. However, three quarters of all strokes happen in people age 65 and over. Every 4 minutes, someone dies of stroke—more than 130,000 people…
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Difficulty Sleeping

Sep 10, 2021 Ever since I was a young adult, I have had periods of insomnia. In 1994, I did not sleep more than an hour a night for almost four weeks. It was a miserable month for me and for everyone in my life. Insomnia is a sleep disorder that impacts our ability to…
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Romance Scams

Sep 3, 2021 Evelyn is in her early sixties. She was divorced a few years ago, and thought it was time to try dating again. She signed up for an online dating service that markets specifically to people over 50 and set up her profile. In the first week, she received several responses to her…
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Pneumococcal Vaccine

Sep 1, 2021 Just as we were on the cusp of normal, the Delta variant is showing us just how virulent COVID-19 is.  Here we are again wearing masks indoors and taking all necessary precautions.  The vaccines are proving effective in lessening symptoms and preventing hospitalizations and death in breakout cases. COVID-19 took a toll…
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