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A special brotherhood of service Former MSP superintendent continues to help those in need Active seniors develop healthful program of day trips Find your calm through tai chi and qigong Boston’s Dry Eye Pioneer The wisdom of the old toaster oven Women skiers in their 50s bond, stay fit on the slopes via ski group membership Traveling the world for that perfect picture
 

A special brotherhood of service

In the town of Hingham, there are two Chief Olssons. Robert “Bob” Olsson, 64, is the fire chief and his younger brother, Glenn, 59, is the police chief. And although they took different paths to achieve their respective department’s top spots, they share a deep commitment to public service and honoring the work ethic that was instilled in them at an early age.

Former MSP superintendent continues to help those in need

In 2012, Col. Marian McGovern, the former head of the Massachusetts State Police (MSP), retired after a career that spanned over 30 years in law enforcement. And although it is now in a different capacity, her time is still spent helping many of society’s most vulnerable – children, the elderly, and victims of abuse – all of whom she worked tirelessly for throughout her career with the MSP.

Active seniors develop healthful program of day trips

Members of the Trailblazers gather at the Adventure Park at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich. By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer Southborough – The Trailblazers is not your parents’ recreational organization. It’s a group of active seniors who developed a year-round program offering day trips with healthful activities. Destinations of the Trailblazers trips range […]

Find your calm through tai chi and qigong

Ray Caisse (l) and Dave Crocker By Jane Keller Gordon, Contributing Writer Westford/Ayer – Dave Crocker, 71, and Ray Caisse, 77, have a lot in common. Both have had long careers in management, and describe themselves as former workaholics. Both have had life-altering health challenges: Crocker, a stroke, and Caisse, a heart attack. Now both […]

Boston’s Dry Eye Pioneer – Donald R. Korb OD

Donald R. Korb OD Photo/Andy Weigl, Weigl Photography Boston’s Dry Eye Pioneer Donald R. Korb OD By David Bagdon, Publisher Dry eyes are not a new phenomenon, in fact; most people have experienced them at various times throughout their lives. In most cases, dry eyes are a nuisance causing minor discomfort often brought about by […]

The wisdom of the old toaster oven

My husband and I arrived at our new house, in a new town, on a wintry night, just after a blizzard and before a raging rainstorm – not an auspicious welcome to our new life.

Women skiers in their 50s bond, stay fit on the slopes via ski group membership

Last winter, Holly Hendrickson, 52, found herself with the spare time in the evenings and weekends that she had dreamed of for years. Being divorced with her kids now grown and out of the house, she was surprised that her longed-for freedom left her wondering what she should do. After a 30-year hiatus from the slopes, she decided to start skiing again.

Traveling the world for that perfect picture

In living his dream, Ron Rosenstock has no ordinary retirement. This former Clark University professor travels the world, leading photographic tours to exotic locations like Morocco, Bhutan, and New Zealand. In addition he teaches small groups in his Holden studio. He has exhibited his work in more than 100 shows worldwide and is featured in numerous permanent exhibitions, including the Fogg Art Museum, the Worcester Art Museum, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the International Center of Photography. He has written and published a half dozen books about photography.

Reverse mortgages: Do you have the answers?

27 March 2017

If you are like many seniors you may wake up feeling financially stressed. Concern about having enough money, worry about a lingering home repair, or frustration with credit card or real estate tax payments can be a burden. Even worse is the fear of not having enough money if something should happen in the future.

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The safety of the person with Alzheimer’s disease

27 March 2017

Caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer's can be rewarding - and stressful. Home safety is important for everyone - but it carries added significance for caregivers. This is especially true if you're caring for a loved one who has Alzheimer's disease in your home. A throw rug or a stray toy on the steps could easily put your loved one at risk of a fall or injury.

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Do good. Then do better.

27 March 2017

While in college I worked at a nursing home where I met Mary. Mary had severe dementia and was combative. One day while trying to bring her to the commode, she punched me. Hard. With both fists. In the kidneys. I saw stars. Cathy was another resident who would lash out. Cathy did not honor social envelopes nor did she know when enough was enough. She would interrupt me without thinking and would talk for hours if left unchecked. Sometimes, if she felt she was being ignored, she would get in my face and say some pretty unkind things.

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Time to take a new look at reverse mortgages

28 February 2017

By Alain Valles Since 1987, reverse mortgages, also known as Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs), have been a viable option for hundreds of thousands of qualified homeowners aged 62 and older. Over the past several years there have been many changes made to the program in order to better protect borrowers, with the intent of […]

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Not your typical rags to riches story

28 February 2017

By Marianne Delorey Each industry has their own way of showing off their accomplishments to the world.  The armed forces gives out medals, the music industry gives out Grammys.  Affordable housing has victories, but often, the stories do not wrap up into a pretty little package, which makes it harder to show others the pride […]

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Placement in a memory care facility: Damned if you do – damned if you don’t

28 February 2017

By Micha Shalev Life expectancy has been on an upward trajectory for over 100 years. According to the most recent report released by the AARP, the age group 65 and above will increase 89 percent over the next 20 years, and the 85 and older population will grow 74 percent during the same period. Based […]

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