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80 years of Social Security Bill Rodgers Senior Songsters take show on the road for love of music Grafton musician is busier than ever in retirement Final bit of work is completed for Shrewsbury’s World War I monument Fit in her 50s, former smoker now Senior women keep in step with patriotic drill team Find security with a solid retirement plan
 

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, […]

Bill Rodgers – marathon legend

By Janice Elizabeth Berte Bill Rodgers is best known as one of the all-time top marathoners in the world. He won the Boston and New York marathons four times each and has ranked number one in the world three times. In addition, Rodgers has won many other races over the course of his running career. […]

Senior Songsters take show on the road for love of music

(l to r) Evans Cheeseman, Bill Harrington, Jack Gracey and Ford Sanborn sing “Home on the Range.” By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer As the founders, producers and directors of the Southborough Senior Songsters, Jim and Linda Duncan of Westborough are accustomed to packing sheet music and traveling to the Southborough Senior Center for weekly […]

Grafton musician is busier than ever in retirement

Fred Orkiseski leads a Fourth of July concert in Grafton. Photo/submitted By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor Grafton – Fred Orkiseski is a busy man. And at age 83, he intends on staying that way. He has spent a lifetime performing and teaching music, including serving as director of music for Grafton Public Schools for 40 […]

Final bit of work is completed for Shrewsbury’s World War I monument

Shrewsbury – After nine years, work on the new Shrewsbury World War 1 monument, located in front of the Beal Early Childhood Center on Maple Avenue, is finally complete.

Fit in her 50s, former smoker now ‘addicted’ to adventure races, ultra-marathons

Leominster - When Kris Gleason was in high school, she was sedentary and never did sports. She smoked and considered herself "extremely overweight."

Senior women keep in step with patriotic drill team

There are more than a few participants and they certainly have reasons to be proud. They’re the Peabody Council on Aging (COA) Senior Ladies Drill Team, instructed by retired U.S. Marine Corps Master Sgt. Carolyn Spencer. The team is currently comprised of 15 women in their late-60s to mid-90s.

Find security with a solid retirement plan

Achieving financial independence is key to enjoying a satisfying retirement. Social Security has many tools to help you plan for your future. Prepare for a secure, comfortable retirement by visiting www.socialsecurity.gov/myaccount. Once there, open a secure my Social Security account and assess your financial needs. You’ll get immediate access to your personal Social Security Statement, your earnings record, and an estimate of your retirement benefits at age 62, at your full retirement age, and at age 70. You can also ensure your earnings are correct, since your future benefits are based on your earnings record.

Financial planning tips for caregivers

03 August 2015

By Michelle Murdock Becoming a caregiver can result in many challenges; communicating with doctors, managing your time and your parents’ health, and just as importantly, their financial welfare. According to the National Caregiver’s Library website, (www.caregiverslibrary.org,) “caregiving involves more than just medical problems. Helping your loved one manage his or her finances can ensure that […]

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‘Rementia’ versus ‘Dementia’

01 August 2015

By Micha Shalev Dementia is conventionally defined in terms of neurological changes in the brain and an inevitable and progressive decline in the individual’s cognitive powers and functional ability. However, this “biomedical” model fails to recognize other important factors within the dementing process, such as the social and care context within which the dementing person […]

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A good diet is good medicine for what ails you

01 August 2015

By Janice Walper “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” Greek physician and philosopher, Hippocrates’ advice is timeless and perhaps more important in these days of an overabundant food supply and conflicting nutrition information.  There is little doubt that what you choose to eat has an impact on how you feel today […]

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In the know: shingles can be devastating for older adults

01 August 2015

By Dr. David Rideout, M.D. Many people remember a common childhood illness from their past; chickenpox. Chickenpox is caused by the varicella-zoster virus and comes in the form of a characteristic itchy, weepy rash that appears on the face, trunk, and limbs. Although having chickenpox may be a distant memory, the virus that causes the […]

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Best towns in central Mass. for retirees – a review of senior centers

01 August 2015

By This article is part of a series intending to open the discussion of which Central Mass towns are most elder-friendly. This article focuses on the actual dollars given to the local councils on aging (COA) by their municipality. Every town in Worcester County has a Council on Aging. These agencies provide supportive service links […]

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History, art and food are just some of Tuscany’s treasures

01 July 2015

Vineyards and groves of olive trees blanket rolling hillsides and spill down into deep valleys. Many hills are topped by an ancient stone villa, its entrance road lined by parallel rows of tall, straight cypress trees. Vast fields provide a patchwork of colors ranging from the green of crops to golden wheat to the reddish-brown of freshly turned earth.

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