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Category: Safety

Fraud Alert: COVID-19 Scams

Dec 28, 2020. As the number of people and communities affected by the COVID-19 pandemic grows, so do the scams associated with it. Scammers use public health emergencies as opportunities for new fraud schemes, and because older adults and people with disabilities are at greater risk for serious illness from COVID-19, they may target these…
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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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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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Fall Prevention Awareness Week 2020

Sep 25, 2020 September 21-25 is designated as “Fall Prevention Awareness Week” by the National Council on Aging. Did you know that 1 in 4 Americans aged 65+ falls every year? Falls are the leading cause of fatal and non-fatal injuries for older Americans. Although, falling is not an inevitable part of aging, the fear…
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Home Care Available for All

Sept 5, 2020 The National Aging in Place Council (NAIPC) states that more than 90% of older adults would rather live in their own homes and communities rather than move to senior housing. Other research shows that 75% of people age 40 and over plan on living in their own homes when they are 80.…
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Hurricanes & Covid-19

July 31, 2020 August 1 is the first day of the peak hurricane season (August-September).  While the last hurricane in Massachusetts was Bob in 1991, the Commonwealth has a history of destructive hurricanes. In 2020, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts an above normal hurricane season. Regardless of the seasonal forecast and the…
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Rabies – What You Need to Know

Jun 12, 2020 Several years ago, we found a bat in our house in the early summer.  I trapped it and threw it out into the yard; and it disappeared after about a half hour.  After thinking about it, I realized that the bat had been in the house for several days.  Later that day,…
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COVID-19 Consumer Warnings and Safety Tips

Mar 27, 2020 This article was originally published on the Federal Communications Commission website. View the article and find updates here. If you are concerned about an older adult (age 60 or older), and have reason to believe he/she is a victim of elder abuse, neglect, self-neglect or financial exploitation call the Massachusetts-based Elder Abuse…
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Distraction-Free Driving

Feb 21, 2020 This Sunday, February 23, 2020, a new law becomes effective in Massachusetts.  The hands-free driving law prohibits operators of motor vehicles from using any electronic device, including mobile telephones, unless the device is used in hands-free mode. Penalties for breaking this law will include up to a $500 fine, mandatory attendance at…
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