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Category: Health

Hearing Loss

Feb 28, 2020 Hearing loss is one of the most common conditions affecting older and elderly adults. According to the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders, one in three people between the ages of 65 and 74 has hearing loss, and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing. The ripple…
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Medicare Savings Programs / MassHealth Buy-In

Feb 15, 2020 Working in an aging services agency, I hear stories quite often of seniors who are having to make horrible choices—should they buy their medication or groceries? Should they pay their utility bill or their Medicare premium?  Too many people simply do not have adequate assets and/or income to cover these necessary expenses.…
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Dance the Night Away

Jan 24, 2020 I attended the Beverly Council on Aging “Senior Soiree” earlier this month as a representative from SeniorCare. The room was brilliantly decorated, tables set for a full dinner, and people were beautifully dressed. When the live band started playing, the dance floor filled with couples sharing the art of ballroom dancing. The…
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Eating Healthy During the Holidays

Nov 22, 2019 The holidays are a time to celebrate and enjoy connecting with family and friends. If you are anything like me, it can be a time of overindulgence. My sister-in-law hosts our family Thanksgiving dinner. She is a wonderful hostess. We arrive at her home and immediately smell those wonderful turkey and spice…
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Mini Strokes (TIA)

Nov 8, 2019 Transient ischemic attack (TIA), often referred to as a ministroke, occurs when there is a temporary lack of blood flow to the brain. Almost a quarter million Americans experience a TIA every year. TIAs are a “good news, bad news” condition.  The good news is that TIAs don’t kill brain tissue or…
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Post Polio Syndrome

Oct 25, 2019 World Polio Day was earlier this week– on October 24, 2019.  Many people do not realize that polio still exists.  There are currently two countries that are polio endemic—Afghanistan and Pakistan. Efforts toward the complete eradication of this disease are continuing and, as of October 16, the Global Polio Eradication Initiative reports…
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Vision Loss

Sep 27, 2019 Vision loss is a difficult condition – it changes the tools you need to engage in the world. Learning to function in the world without sight takes time, effort and commitment, but just like other challenges, it can be done successfully and with grace. There is the emotional aspect of vision loss.…
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Home Care for All

Sep 20, 2019 The National Aging in Place Council (NAIPC) states that more than 90 percent of older adults would rather live in their own homes and communities rather than move to senior housing. Other research shows that 75 percent of people age 40 and over plan on living in their own homes when they…
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Insomnia & Sleep

Sep 13, 2019 Ever since I was a young adult, I have had periods of insomnia. In 1994, I did not sleep more than an hour a night for almost four weeks. It was a miserable month for me and for everyone in my life. Insomnia is a sleep disorder that impacts our ability to…
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Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)

Sep 6, 2019 Although many older adults experience well-being and satisfaction in their later years, there are a number of people age 65 and older who will experience mental health concerns. One such growing concern for the older population is Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder or PTSD. PTSD is often associated with traumatic experiences as a result…
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