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Juneteenth

Jun 18, 2021 There has been a significant amount of talk this month about Juneteenth—a celebration that honors the end of slavery in the United States. In Massachusetts, Juneteenth became an official state holiday this year. Nationally, the U.S. Senate unanimously passed a resolution this week establishing June 19 as Juneteenth National Independence Day. As…
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Massachusetts Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) (2021)

Jun 11, 2021 The Massachusetts Department of Transitional Assistance is once again working with Massachusetts Farmers Markets to offer the Massachusetts Healthy Incentives Program (HIP) to recipients of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits (commonly known as food stamps).  Massachusetts residents enrolled in SNAP are automatically enrolled in HIP. When someone uses their SNAP card…
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World Elder Abuse Awareness Month (2021)

Jun 4, 2021 June is Elder Abuse Awareness Month. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is June 15, and was launched 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations.  Elder abuse is a largely hidden and growing problem in the United States. It is…
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National Heat Awareness Day 2021

May 28, 2021 It is the beginning of Memorial Day weekend, the official open to the beach season! It is also National Heat Awareness Day.  According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 600 people in the United States are killed by extreme heat every year.  As we enjoy the return to warmer weather,…
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Property Fraud Watch

May 21, 2021 A while back, I attended a presentation by the Southern Essex County Registry of Deeds concerning property fraud and the danger it poses to homeowners on the North Shore.  It was frightening to hear how easy it is for a person to steal someone’s identity and to steal their home.  Public documents,…
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Malnutrition Awareness

May 14, 2021 We have all seen film footage of malnourished people in other countries.  But, malnutrition is a very real problem in our own country.  According to the American Society for Parenteral and Enteral Nutrition (ASPEN) approximately 15,000 hospital patients with malnutrition go undiagnosed every day. Patients with malnutrition have higher hospital costs, longer…
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RFP – Title III Services 2021-2022

May 10, 2021 REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS May 22, 2021: The window for accepting Title III proposals has closed. SeniorCare Inc., Area Agency on Aging, requests proposals from qualified organizations to provide services under Title III of the Older Americans Act for FFY2022 through Title III-B (supportive services) to persons 60 and older living in one…
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Springtime Sneezes

May 7, 2021 In the past week or so, spring seems to have arrived.  The beautiful pale green of spring is now everywhere. Unfortunately for me, the season of pollen has arrived.  When I walk out to my car, it’s covered in a layer of yellow dust.  That dust gets into my eyes, making them…
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Thank You Volunteers

May 3, 2021 As National Volunteer Month comes to a close, we wish to say “Thank You” to our volunteers just one more time with a special video message. Thank you to volunteers Jonathan Golding and Amit Agarwal for their assistance in creating this video. Thank you also to BevCam for the loan of video…
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Older Americans Month (2021)

May 1, 2021 Read President Biden’s proclamation about Older Americans Month. In tough times, communities find strength in people—and people find strength in their communities. In the past year, we’ve seen this time and again throughout the North Shore as friends, neighbors, and businesses have found new ways to support each other. In many cases,…
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