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Curacao: tropical touches with European flair Inspired to start second career as filmmaker at age 50 A passion for compassionate care Jack Williams: a Massachusetts television icon The entertaining George Cataldo Ancient and modern combine in fascinating Tokyo Winchester’s senior center celebrates completion of major renovations Karyn Polito
 

Curacao: tropical touches with European flair

A floating market By Victor Block I knew the Caribbean island of Curacao is unfamiliar to many Americans, but the flight attendant’s announcement still caught me by surprise.  As she said where the plane was heading, she stumbled over the destination, then sheepishly admitted, “I don’t know how to say the name of that island.” […]

Inspired to start second career as filmmaker at age 50

“Blessid” poster (right) By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer Shrewsbury – Bob Heske of Shrewsbury credits his late mother for inspiring him to pursue his dream of completing a full-length screenplay. He wrote and produced the award-winning drama “Blessid,” which is now available on Amazon Prime and Vimeo on Demand. In 2011, Heske began writing […]

A passion for compassionate care

By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor Co-owners Micha Shalev and Ben Herlinger Photo/Andy Weigl, Weigl Photography Worcester – Under the leadership of Micha Shalev and his business partner Ben Herlinger, Dodge Park Rest Home has earned an impressive list of accolades over the years for its unique model of deeply compassionate Alzheimer’s and dementia care. Now, the […]

Jack Williams: a Massachusetts television icon

Jack Williams on assignment for Wednesday’s Child By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor For nearly four decades, before the advent of the internet and its various news sources, many New Englanders trusted one station, WBZ-TV in Boston, for its news. And in particular, they trusted the station’s longtime anchor, Jack Williams. Williams stepped down from the […]

The entertaining George Cataldo

George Cataldo, aka “The Silver Foxx” By Bonnie Adams,  Managing Editor When George Cataldo turns on the instrumental music on his karaoke system to sing along to the classic Italian song, “That’s Amore,” his face lights up. “I just love singing,” he said. It is obvious that he means it. A tall, slender man, the […]

Ancient and modern combine in fascinating Tokyo

By Victor Block The traffic-clogged streets, sleek towering skyscrapers and dazzling lighted billboards could be in any city in the United States. So, too, could familiar fast food chain restaurants and signs promoting brands of electronics, clothing and other goods that are popular with Americans. But this setting is half a world away in Tokyo, […]

Winchester’s senior center celebrates completion of major renovations

The Jenks Senior Center By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor Winchester – For nearly 50 years, the Jenks Senior Center has served as a destination for Winchester’s senior population. Recently, the building, which was named for town residents and philanthropists Evelyn and James Jenks, underwent a major $2.5 million renovation which will allow it to be […]

Karyn Polito – Lieutenant governor continues commitment to public service

Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito Photo/Andy Weigl, Weigl Photography By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor Shrewsbury – As the commonwealth’s lieutenant governor, Karyn Polito is not just a figurehead. Rather, she has been charged by Gov. Charlie Baker with many important leadership tasks. And since the two took office in January 2014, Polito has crisscrossed the state, […]

Middle Name: Chocolate?

30 January 2017

By Janice Lindsay Answer this question: In a parking lot, you stroll past a brand new Mercedes. Glancing in the passenger-side window, you see an open Hershey bar on the beige leather seat. The chocolate is melting in the sun, oozing onto the leather. Your first  thought is:  (a) How could someone be so careless […]

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Combating demographic deafness

30 January 2017

By Al Norman Over a period of seven years, I criticized former Governor Deval Patrick for rarely mentioning the elderly in his annual State of the Commonwealth speeches. In 2013, I wrote: “This is the seventh year in a row that the elderly have been invisible to this administration. Not one word about older people.” […]

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Reverse mortgages: Where to start?

30 January 2017

By Alain Valles, CRMP, MBA, CSA Almost a million people have obtained a reverse mortgage to help achieve their personal and financial goals, and an additional 20 million homeowners may be eligible. Almost everyone has heard of the term “reverse mortgages,” but few really understand the pros and cons. Where does one start? 1. Gather […]

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The relationship between dietary patterns and age-related cognitive impairment

30 January 2017

By Micha Shalev An estimated 5.3 million Americans of all ages have Alzheimer’s disease (AD), the most common type of dementia. Due to the increasing longevity of the U.S. population, the increasing incidence with age, and the lack of effective treatment options for AD, a dramatic rise in AD prevalence is expected. Thus, effective strategies […]

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Those who humble themselves will be exalted

30 January 2017

By Marianne Delorey A large part of our success in aging well has to do with how we cope with changes in our bodies.  All bodies change over time. There are amazing people who are able to continue using the same skills well into older adulthood. There are also some incredible people who develop or […]

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The president-elect and the future of Medicare, Medicaid

29 December 2016

By Al Norman In October of 2016, before Donald Trump became president-elect, The Atlantic magazine published an article called “Trump’s Graying Army.” “Senior citizens are his strongest demographic,” The Atlantic wrote. “In polls, voters over 65 tend to be the only age group he wins…Despite the stereotype of the Trump supporter as a prime-aged working […]

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