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Category: Health

Blood Donors Urgently Needed

Jul 23, 2021 I entered the Army right after high school.  During my five-plus years in the service, I got into the habit of donating blood at least four times a year.  My military units would schedule blood drive days, and would give us the day off if we gave blood.  It was a great…
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Hydration During a Heat Wave

Jul 9, 2021 The weather has been crazy for the last couple of weeks.  Temperature variations from the fifties to the nineties from day to day.  I, personally, want to thank Willis Carrier, the inventor of modern air conditioning, for his brilliant work in 1902.  Any time the weather is extreme and out of the…
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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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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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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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The SAVVY Caregiver (Spring 2021)

Apr 1, 2021 Update: May 12, 2021 The Savvy Caregiver program, originally scheduled to begin on May 20, 2021, has been postponed due to low registration levels. If you are interested in this program, please contact Deborah Schwendiman at 978-281-1750 x-525 or deborah.schwendiman@seniorcareinc.org. The Savvy Caregiver Program is a free six-session training for family and…
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Daylight Savings Time

Mar 12, 2021 This weekend, we “spring ahead” an hour with Daylight Saving Time (DST) at 2:00 a.m. Sunday morning. I am not a particular fan of the “fall back” aspect of DST, but I love springing forward!  The history of DST is interesting.  I have heard that Benjamin Franklin came up with the idea…
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Covid Vaccine Information

Update: Mar 25, 2021 Information on Covid Vaccine eligibility and availability is changing day by day, sometimes hour by hour. For the most up to date information, please visit the state information page at: https://www.mass.gov/info-details/covid-19-updates-and-information#covid-19-vaccine-.

Winter Weather Safety

Jan 29, 2021 This winter has been fairly easy so far.  I was a little worried when we had the early storm last month.  It’s anyone’s guess what will happen in February.    When the temperature drops, older adults have a higher risk of weather related health problems and injuries. According to the National Institute…
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