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Kindness matters History and beaches abound in St. Augustine Making magic professionally for over 40 years Teachings from the trail Hull artist aims to create jewelry each week of the year Marlborough resident becomes unlikely advocate for colon cancer screening Golden Tones chorus nears 30 years of musical outreach This spring, enjoy many of the state’s outdoor and cultural destinations
 

Kindness matters – Veterinarian is also accomplished author and musician

Shrewsbury - Dr. Monica Mansfield, 55, greets her patients by sitting on the floor - gently hovering her hand - then touching their furry backs. Kindness and compassion are always paramount to the way she conducts her practice of veterinary medicine at the Medway Animal Hospital, as well as all other parts of her life. Although she loves being a veterinarian, there are many unique facets to this multi-talented woman. She is a published author of two books and a talented musician and passionate fan, producing and hosting Shrewsbury’s award-winning cable show, “Mostly Rock ‘n Roll.

History and beaches abound in St. Augustine

Visitors may enjoy a carriage ride in the historic district. Photo/submitted By Victor Block In 1607, a small band of settlers founded the first permanent English outpost in the Americas, Jamestown in the Colony of Virginia. At that time, another town had existed since 1565 in a different part of the New World. Last year, […]

Making magic professionally for over 40 years

Worcester – Fran Flynn of Worcester was first influenced by the wonder of magic as a teenager. Now with over 40 years of experience, he continues performing as a professional magician throughout New England and beyond. He was introduced to magic at age 14 while attending the YMCA by staff member Steve Dacri. When not working at the Y, Dacri operated his store on Lake Avenue known as Imperial Magic.

Teachings from the trail

One day I was hiking on a wooded trail, alone. Technically, I was accompanied by two people but they were far ahead of me on the path. As I trudged along, I said to myself, “Life is a lot like hiking.”

Hull artist aims to create jewelry each week of the year

Many people have New Year’s resolutions such as losing weight or getting their house organized. But for 2017, Priscilla Beadle of Hull decided to set a goal for the New Year that would correspond with a milestone birthday, her 75th. She is set on creating a new handmade necklace each week of 2017.

Marlborough resident becomes unlikely advocate for colon cancer screening

Marlborough – At her 50-year annual physical, Marlborough resident Dorothy O’Shea was advised by her doctor that she should undergo a routine colonoscopy. Like many, she was very reluctant.

Golden Tones chorus nears 30 years of musical outreach

Region – A sing-along activity offered at the Wayland Senior Center with several participants in 1988 has evolved significantly in 29 years. Now, Golden Tones chorus is comprised of over 70 members, ages 60s to 90s, residing in 17 communities: Framingham, Holliston, Hudson, Lexington, Lincoln, Marlborough, Medfield, Millis, Natick, Newton, Sherborn, Sudbury, Waltham, Wayland and Weston.

This spring, enjoy many of the state’s outdoor and cultural destinations

Naumkeag, Stockbridge Photo/R. Cheek By Bonnie Adams, Managing Editor Now that spring is finally here, it’s time to go out and explore the many parks, gardens and other cultural treasures that Massachusetts has to offer. Although the state’s beaches and well-known destinations such as the Boston Common are favorites, there are so many lesser-known gems […]

When will home care workers get ‘enough pay to stay?’

30 May 2017

Picture a widowed elderly woman in her mid-80s. She needs help daily with bathing, dressing and toileting. But she has one more problem. She has been told that there are no workers available to come into her home to fill all the hours of care she needs. This scenario is happening more and more across the commonwealth. The recruitment and retention of home care aides, home health aides, and care managers poses a real threat to the independence of many of our older neighbors. The image of a low-wage/high-turnover job makes it hard to find and keep home care workers. We must do better if we are to keep up with our fastest growing demographic - those over age of 60. We must give these workers "enough pay to stay."

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Reverse mortgages and healthcare

30 May 2017

By Alain Valles, CRMP, MBA, CSA Obama-care, Trump-care, no-care The cost of healthcare, doctor’s visits, prescriptions, and forms to fill out when you’re healthy is enough to make you sick. But when a cold turns more serious, or a life event occurs, or a chronic ailment worsens then the care available to you becomes life […]

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Certificate in ‘Adulting’

30 May 2017

By Marianne Delorey Every generation creates its own lingo. Recently, Millennials have coined the word “Adulting” to mean “being responsible.” Many 20- to 30-year-olds are proudly proclaiming their accomplishments by posting on Twitter and Facebook that they paid rent on time or made dinner without using a microwave. While the tone is often very tongue-in-cheek, […]

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Male family caregivers: A population needing support

30 May 2017

By Mike Festa, State Director, AARP Massachusetts What’s your image of a caregiver? If you envisioned a middle-aged woman, one who is caring for an ailing parent, you wouldn’t be wrong. AARP research shows that the “typical” family caregiver is a 49-year-old woman who cares for a relative. However, caregivers on the whole are becoming […]

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Dementia end stage: what to expect

30 May 2017

By Micha Shalev During the end stages of dementia, a person will gradually become dependent on others for all their care and activities of daily living. The body becomes very frail and weak. This information will help you think about what type of care and treatment you might want before you become unable to make […]

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Athletes across the state prepare for Mass. Senior Games

25 April 2017

Region – This June, hundreds of athletes ages 40 and older will converge upon Springfield College to participate in the Massachusetts Senior Games (MASG). There, they will compete in sports such as track and field, swimming, basketball, tennis, racquetball, table tennis and volleyball. Some participants have been lifelong athletes while others may be taking up a sport after a hiatus. And still others may be trying an entirely new sport for the first time.

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