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Avoiding Winter Falls

Dec 4, 2020 As the first day of winter approaches, visits to hospital emergency rooms due to falls will increase in the coming weeks. According to the U.S. Administration for Community Living (www.acl.gov), falls are the leading cause of both fatal and nonfatal injuries for people 65 years of age and older. Every 14 seconds,…
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2020 Needs Assessment

Dec 1, 2020 Take our Needs Assessment Survey today so we can meet the needs of older adults! As one of the federally designated Area Agencies on Aging in Massachusetts, SeniorCare coordinates the operations of community services for older adults in our nine communities. Every four years, we conduct a Community Needs Assessment that evaluates…
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Thankfulness in a Pandemic

Nov 27, 2020 My refrigerator should now be packed full of turkey and leftovers. As in many households this year, there wasn’t a Thanksgiving feast at my house. Despite the cancellation this year of my family gathering, Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays.  To me, it’s the perfect holiday.  I love when we go…
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Councils on Aging Update

Updated Nov 23, 2020 The information here is valid as of Nov 23, 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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Giving Thanks During a Pandemic

Nov 20, 2020 Each week, as I write this column, I often have a seasonal theme.  The theme on the Friday before Thanksgiving is usually based around how to prepare for the holidays and attempt to not overindulge in seasonal treats at celebrations in the coming six weeks. Early this week, I pulled up last…
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Share the Love with Vulnerable Seniors This Year

Nov 19, 2020 Exciting news! For the 13th year running, the Meals on Wheels network is participating in the 2020 Subaru Share the Love Event. Over the past twelve years, Subaru and its retailers have helped Meals on Wheels to deliver more than 2.3 million meals nationwide to seniors in need. Why does Subaru support…
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COPD Awareness Month

Oct 13, 2020 November is COPD Awareness Month. The American Lung Association estimates that 16.4 million people suffer from COPD, and several more million likely have the disease but do not know it. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis, is a leading cause of death and disability in the United…
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National Family Caregiver Month 2020

Nov 5, 2020 November is National Family Caregiver Month, and is a time to thank and honor the 40+ million unpaid caregivers in the U.S.  Not all superheroes wear capes. Caregivers are superheroes! Managing medications. Getting to doctor appointments. Balancing work and home. How can family caregivers handle it all? The National Family Caregivers Association…
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Winter Driving

Oct 30, 2020 As we experience fewer warm days and move into late fall, most of us start to make preparations for the winter. We take out our winter coats, check our hats and gloves, and start to weatherproof the windows, doors, etc.  But, how many of us remember to prepare our car for the…
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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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