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Category: Safety

Space Heater Safety (2021)

Oct 15, 2021 With temperatures starting to drop in the evenings, I find myself using a space heater while I watch TV.  I don’t need to keep my entire home toasty, but I do like to have my living room or office comfortably warm while I’m using the room.  So, a space heater makes sense…
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Falls Prevention Week (2021)

Sep 24, 2021 September 20-24 is Falls Prevention Week, a nationwide effort to raise awareness that falls are preventable. Many people think falls are a normal part of aging. The truth is, they’re not. Most falls can be prevented—and we have the power to reduce the risk. The National Council on Aging offers the following…
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Romance Scams

Sep 3, 2021 Evelyn is in her early sixties. She was divorced a few years ago, and thought it was time to try dating again. She signed up for an online dating service that markets specifically to people over 50 and set up her profile. In the first week, she received several responses to her…
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National Aviation Day

Aug 20, 2021 Yesterday, August 19, was National Aviation Day.  The holiday was established in 1939 by Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who issued a presidential proclamation which designated the anniversary of Orville Wright’s birthday as National Aviation Day. I went on my first airplane trip when I was a toddler and have flown all over the…
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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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Property Fraud Watch

May 21, 2021 A while back, I attended a presentation by the Southern Essex County Registry of Deeds concerning property fraud and the danger it poses to homeowners on the North Shore.  It was frightening to hear how easy it is for a person to steal someone’s identity and to steal their home.  Public documents,…
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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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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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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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