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Category: Health

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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Covid 19 Vaccines (1/25/2021)

This information is from a Commonwealth of Massachusetts memo dated 1/25/2021. Beginning Monday, February 1st, people ages 75 and older are eligible to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Massachusetts. The COVID-19 vaccine is provided free of charge. Find a vaccine location at: https://www.maimmunizations.org/clinic/search?page=1 When can I get vaccinated? Vaccinations for people ages 75 or older…
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Popcorn

Jan 22, 2021 This Tuesday (January 19) was National Popcorn Day. I grew up in a military household in the 1960s and 1970s, and my father spent a good portion of my childhood in Vietnam.  When Dad was away, Mom would find inventive and inexpensive ways to entertain and feed us.  As an inexpensive snack,…
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Civil Rights in 2021

Jan 15, 2021 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. As I think back on the past twelve months, I realize that Dr. King’s words…
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