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Massachusetts’ Local Food System: Perspectives on Resilience and Recovery

Oct 28, 2020 Over the summer people throughout Massachusetts were invited to a listening session as the MA Food System Collaborative compiled challenges, opportunities, and recommendations toward a sustainable, equitable, and resilient local food system. More than 300 people participated in 35 calls, and many others contributed during the process of reviewing and synthesizing notes.…
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Covid 19 continued

Oct 23, 2020 With the numbers rising again in the pandemic, we are finding it necessary to draw back into our protective shells of social isolation. With the arrival of cooler weather, this will be another challenge that we will endure. In some ways, it will be easier. We have learned a lot about how…
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Presidential Election 2020

The presidential election will be held on Tuesday, November 3, 2020. If you have questions and/or concerns about voting in the election, please contact your local election office: Beverly978-605-2327, clerks@beverlyma.govhttp://www.beverlyma.gov/departments/city-clerk/election-information/ Essex978-768-7111, townclerk@essexma.orghttps://www.essexma.org/town-clerk Gloucester978-281-9720, elections@gloucester-ma.govhttps://gloucester-ma.gov/337/Elections Hamilton978-468-5570, info@hamiltonma.govhttps://www.hamiltonma.gov/government/town-clerk/voting-elections/ Ipswich978-356-6600, amya@ipswichma.govhttps://www.ipswichma.gov/215/Elections-Town-Meetings-Voter-Registrati Manchester by the Sea978-526-2040, TownClerk@manchester.ma.ushttp://ma-manchesterbythesea.civicplus.com/305/Voting-Information Rockport978-546-5000https://www.rockportma.gov/town-clerk Topsfield978-887-1523, clerk@topsfield-ma.govhttps://www.topsfield-ma.gov/town-clerk/pages/2020-fall-elections-information Wenham978-468-5520, dbucco@wenhamma.govhttps://www.wenhamma.gov/town_government/departments/elections.php

Lewy Body Dementia

Oct 16, 2020 Last month, a documentary movie—Robin’s Wish—was released about Robin Williams’ illness and death. Unknown to many of us, Robin Williams was living with Lewy body dementia for the last few years of his life. This movie is likely the first time many people will hear the phrase Lewy body dementia.  Even though…
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Medicare Open Enrollment 2021

Oct 9, 2020 The annual Medicare Open Enrollment period begins next Thursday, October 15, for the 2021 calendar year.  Medicare health and drug plans can make changes each year—things like cost, coverage, and what providers and pharmacies are in their networks. October 15 to December 7 is when all people with Medicare can change their…
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Councils on Aging Update

Updated Oct 5, 2020 The information here is valid as of Oct 5, 2020, but is subject to change. Please confirm service availability with your COA. Many Councils on Aging (COAs) and Senior Centers have begun a limited reopening, some offering inside activities while others offer outdoor options only. Most COAs are offering online programming…
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Malnutrition Awareness

Oct 2, 2020 Next week (October 5-9) is Malnutrition Awareness Week. The goal of Malnutrition Awareness Week is to educate healthcare professionals on early detection, prevention, and treatment of malnutrition; educate consumers/patients to discuss their nutrition status with healthcare professionals; and to increase awareness of nutrition’s role on patient recovery. My Grandfather passed away in…
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AmeriCorps Seniors

Sep 29, 2020 RSVP Volunteers of the North Shoreis now a program of AmeriCorps Seniors The federal agency responsible for AmeriCorps and Senior Corps programs–the Corporation for National and Community Service– is now officially ‘AmeriCorps’ as a result of the first major update to the agency’s identity in a quarter century. As part of this…
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Fall Prevention Awareness Week 2020

Sep 25, 2020 September 21-25 is designated as “Fall Prevention Awareness Week” by the National Council on Aging. Did you know that 1 in 4 Americans aged 65+ falls every year? Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Although, falling is not an inevitable part of aging, the fear…
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Wanted: Volunteers who want to make a difference

Long Term Care Ombudsmen Volunteer Program Sep 22, 2020 SeniorCare Inc. is looking for volunteers to spend six hours per month advocating for patients and residents as they live their lives with dignity and respect at local nursing facilities or rehabilitation centers on the North Shore. Volunteers help the residents and staff to resolve concerns…
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