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Category: Health

Stroke

Aug 30, 2019 A stroke can happen to anyone, at any time, at any age. A fetus can experience a stroke. However, three quarters of all strokes happen in people age 65 and over. More than 130,000 people die each year due to stroke, making it the fifth leading cause of death and a leading…
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Chronic Illness

Aug 23, 2019 People are living longer than any other time in history. Once you make it to age 65, data suggests you can expect to live another 19 years. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 41% of people over 65 say their health is very good or excellent. Aging has…
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Kindness

Aug 16, 2019 About 20 years ago, I had one of the best bosses that I’ve had in my entire working career.  Ross had a way of working with people that was amazing.  Whenever I interacted with him, I walked away feeling great about working for him.  More important, I felt great about myself.  This…
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Appreciation

Aug 2, 2019 My Father in Law was a really lovely man.  Actually, both my Mother in Law and Father in Law were wonderful, but I’m going to talk about Jimmy today. Jimmy loved his children with his entire being.  When the Grandbabies arrived, he could not do enough to make them happy.  If some…
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Cyclospora

July 26, 2019 Summer is the season of fresh produce.  Who doesn’t love getting tomatoes and zucchini from a generous neighbor with a garden?  Farmers markets and farm stands offer the most beautiful variety of fruits and vegetables.  It’s very tempting to grab a fresh nectarine or plum and immediately bite into it, enjoying the…
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Hot Weather Safety

Jul 19, 2019 It feels like we’ve arrived at the “dog days of summer” as my Grandmother used to say.  This weekend, we are looking at forecast highs in the nineties and lows in the eighties! Did you know that people aged 65 and older are more prone to heat injuries than younger adults?  According…
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Stigma

Jun 14, 2019 I had a dear friend who suffered her entire adult life with depression. She received medication for her depression, but she resisted taking it. She believed that, if she was a stronger person, she would not need this medication. Because of this belief, she suffered much more than she might have if…
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Playing Games

May 31, 2019 A few months ago, I started going to events hosted by the North Shore Gamers group.  This is a group of adults of all ages who enjoy playing board games. Many of the games we play are new games, but I have also seen some of the old standards that I remember…
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Sun Screen

May 24, 2019 Memorial Day weekend opens the long-awaited summer season on Cape Ann.  As I write this article, the weather forecast for this weekend is looking for warm and somewhat humid weather.  The beaches are going to be crowded. I am very fair-skinned, and have never tanned.  I just burn and peel.  When I…
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Laughter

May 17, 2019 A few weeks ago, I was driving to New Hampshire with a couple of friends.  Someone said something silly and we got to giggling.  Giggling turned to laughter, and pretty soon, we were hysterical.  We were laughing so hard that I had to pull over on the side of Route 3 because…
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