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Experiencing fall foliage in a whole new way Attorney General Maura Healey warns seniors about scams Newton golfers hit the links for fun and friendship Commission helps grandparents raising grandchildren Outdoor seating area dedicated to late Ted Coghlin Jewish Family Service of Metro West – quality assistance for all stages of elder care Massachusetts Retirees United: Giving a voice to retirees through education 80 years of Social Security
 

Experiencing fall foliage in a whole new way

By Victor Block Jill and Bill Kelly oooh and aaah at the scenery passing below the hot air balloon in which they’re sailing gently above the treetops. The ride is very different for Mark and Marylee Sutherland as they help steer a rubber raft through a stretch of rock-strewn river and over a 12-foot-high waterfall. […]

Attorney General Maura Healey warns seniors about scams

Attorney General Maura Healey Photo/submitted By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer The Massachusetts attorney general’s office offers several telephone hotlines including one specifically for seniors. Among the recurring concerns addressed are scams, fraud and abuse, noted Attorney General Maura Healey. “We know from the kinds of calls we receive that senior citizens may be particularly […]

Newton golfers hit the links for fun and friendship

Newton - The game of golf continues to be a favorite national pastime despite indications that show a decline in participation and closure of more than 160 golf facilities in the United States from a high of 14,600 in 2006, according to the April 2015 edition of The Economist. But don’t point out negative statistics to one group of over-55 golfers who call Newton Commonwealth Golf Course their home. The Newton Senior Golf League (NSGL) is alive and stronger than ever, said League coordinator Ted Korelitz, with a roster of 55 players who tee off every Tuesday for nine holes, weather permitting, from April through October.

Commission helps grandparents raising grandchildren

When the Commission on the Status of Grandparents Raising Grandchildren (CSGRG) of Massachusetts hosted its fourth annual conference this year, over 100 attendees were asked to identify what they thought should be the top-five priorities. Among the responses was to hire a commission director – an idea that is now closer to becoming a reality. An appropriation was approved for the CSGRG in the state’s budget, noted John Lepper of Attleboro, who has served as commission chair since its inception in 2009.

Outdoor seating area dedicated to late Ted Coghlin

Worcester – Family and friends of Ted Coghlin gathered at the Worcester Senior Center July 15 to officially open a new outdoor seating area that was dedicated in the late Shrewsbury resident’s memory. Coghlin, a noted businessman, community leader and philanthropist, was also an avid supporter of scouting and considered the “Godfather” of the Worcester Technical High School. He passed away in December 2014.

Jewish Family Service of Metro West – quality assistance for all stages of elder care

Jewish Family Service of Metro West (JFS) is a nonprofit social service agency with over 35 years of experience in providing quality care to elders in the community. “With family and friends working overtime and the needs of elder care being so complex, it takes a whole community to provide support so that older adults can maintain independent lives and have peace of mind,” said Malka Young, director of Healthy Aging and Geriatric Care Management.

Massachusetts Retirees United: Giving a voice to retirees through education

Marie Ardito, information coordinator and co-founder of Massachusetts Retirees United (MRU), is proud of and passionate about the work the organization does for retirees. “It's a great group of people,” says Ardito. “All volunteers. All member dues go back into member benefits. We're not interested in your membership to meet a payroll; we're interested in informing and educating you.”

80 years of Social Security

By Kristen Alberino Social Security Public Affairs Specialist Quincy, Mass. Social Security has provided critical financial help to people of all ages for the last 80 years, and despite our age, we’re far from retiring! As the Social Security program celebrates its historic birthday this August, we’re reflecting on our diverse history, our current strengths, […]

Head space — Save money on headboard replacements

03 September 2015

Buying furniture is an expensive endeavor, but living on a tight budget doesn't mean that you have to sacrifice your sense of style. It can be an opportunity to be creative. For those with small bedrooms, having too much furniture can make the room appear cluttered and even smaller. Fortunately, you can do without bulky items, such as a nightstand, dresser or armoire, and replace them with organizers to make the room appear more spacious.

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The Top of the Hill Gang just won’t sit still

03 September 2015

Men and women over 50 who are looking for increased social connections in an athletic and sporting setting have come together in The Top of the Hill Gang of New England (http://www.tohg.org/). They gather and enjoy one another’s company year round, “sharing common interests that nourish our love of being active and having fun.” They ski, hike, bike, travel and socialize together. They play golf, tennis, kayak and do hosteling, enjoy social events including dinner dances, clambakes, riverboat rides and game nights. They go to cultural venues such as museums and musical concerts.

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Health care and long term care: two different worlds

03 September 2015

State policymakers are once again trying to change the health care system to save money, produce better health outcomes, and increase the consumers’ satisfaction with their care. If the subject of long-term services and supports (LTSS) ever comes up, it is usually in the context of the larger health care system.

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This fall, ease into retirement, online

02 September 2015

September 23 marks the first day of fall. During this season, many people reflect on the gradual passing of time as green leaves turn gold and pine needles blanket lawns. You are also slowly changing, and those golden years of retirement are one season closer.

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Viewpoint – We love our old stuff

02 September 2015

To paraphrase an old saying: There’s no tool like an old tool. We love our old stuff, even when we can afford new stuff and new stuff might work better. As I type, my favorite writing instrument rests nearby. This thin black plastic mechanical pencil, my companion for 35 years, fits my hand like an old shoe -- impossible biologically speaking, of course, but quite correct metaphorically. Its worn, scratched surface assures slip-free writing. Its original clip and eraser have been replaced with body parts from less favored implements.

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Home sweet home for adopted dog

02 September 2015

Cedar Falls, Iowa - Some circumstances fall together so beautifully it's almost certain they were meant to be. So goes the story of Pops the dog and his friendship with residents of the Western Home's Thalman Square, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier reported. On Feb. 10, Pops arrived at the Cedar Bend Humane Society (CBHS). The odds were long for finding the 9-year-old Labrador retriever mix a forever home.

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