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Social Workers

Mar 15, 2019 March is National Social Work Month, an opportunity to honor social workers in our community and around the nation and world for the invaluable contributions of their profession. Every day, the nation’s 680,000 social workers work to empower and elevate millions of people, including some of the most vulnerable in our society.…
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Falling

Mar 8, 2019 A few years ago, I was wearing a pair of jeans that were too long.  I rolled up the cuffs and was heading down the stairs in my home when my toe caught the rolled up cuff.  I fell head first down the stairs and bashed into the wall below.  Thankfully, I…
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Spring!

Mar 1, 2019 March 1 is the first day of meteorological spring, which is based on annual temperature cycles and the Gregorian calendar.  March 21 is the “official” first day of spring.  But, when it gets to the end of winter, I like to consider March 1 as spring.  I love the spring!  March and…
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Getting Out of Debt

Feb 22, 2019 If you are over 55 and in debt you are not alone. The average household headed by someone age 55 or older had $76,679 of debt in 2016 according to the Employee Benefit Research Institute. A survey conducted by SSRS Omnibus on behalf of financial website Bankrate.com found that 19% of baby…
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Alzheimer’s History

Feb 15, 2019 My Father was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease several years ago.  At the moment, he is doing okay. His medications seem to have slowed down the progression of the disease. He lives at home with my Mother and is able to help her around the house and play with the dogs. He has…
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Valentines Day

Feb 8, 2019 Valentine’s Day is an interesting holiday.  For children, it is a fun day to bring cute cards and treats to friends at school.  For young lovers, it can be a day to celebrate romance.  For many of us, it’s a day to find a surprise chocolate on your desk from a co-worker…
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Circuit Breaker Tax Credit

Feb 1, 2019 If you are a senior homeowner or renter, you may be eligible for the 2018 Massachusetts “circuit breaker” tax credit.  The program is for those aged 65 or older, whose property taxes (or 25% of rent) exceed 10% of their annual income. The following are the eligibility requirements to qualify for the…
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Winter Weather Hazards

Jan 25, 2019 This past week, we’ve been reminded just how “special” a New England winter can be.  I’m so thankful that Gloucester did not receive the 12 to 18 inches of snow, followed by freezing rain that I saw forecast a couple days before the storm.  Can you imagine the mess we would have…
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Civil Rights

Jan 18, 2019 This weekend, we remember and celebrate the life of Martin Luther King, Jr.  I recently read the full text of Dr. King’s memorable “I Have a Dream” speech, which he gave in August 1963 in Washington D.C. I had not read this speech since I was a high school student, and it…
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A Good Night’s Sleep

Jan 11, 2019 How well and how much we sleep has great influence on the quality of our life. The amount of sleep needed varies from person to person but on average adults need between 7 and 9 hours of sleep each night. We each have a natural rhythm that guides our need for sleep…
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