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Setting sail on a mid-life second act Brockton Fair has something for everyone Octogenarian earns college degree after 63 years It’s more convenient than ever to apply for social security benefits The Compassionate Friends of Metrowest: A place to go after losing a child Charlottesville brings America’s history to life Holocaust survivor speaks at Northborough middle school Volunteering in the community
 

Setting sail on a mid-life second act

By Melanie Petrucci, Contributing Writer Many may dream of a second act in life, such as pursuing a new job or hobby, but do not have the resources or commitment to really do so. Several years ago, John Gareri, an avid sailor, dreamed of sailing around the world on a tall ship. And then, with […]

Brockton Fair has something for everyone

Visitors enjoy the goats in the petting zoo. By Janice Elizabeth Berte, Contributing Writer Brockton – From June 29 – July 9, the 60-acre fairgrounds came alive as the 143rd Brockton Fair entertained families with exhilarating rides, games and music. But, the merrymaking didn’t stop there – this spectacular fair also featured demolition derbies, chainsaw […]

Octogenarian earns college degree after 63 years

Like many other students, Spencer graduated from Worcester State University with a degree in English this year. Although that is admirable there is another aspect that makes this a particularly notable story. This Shrewsbury resident (who prefers not to share his last name in this article) is 80 years old and he received his degree 63 years after he first attended college.

It’s more convenient than ever to apply for social security benefits

You’ve worked hard your whole life, and receiving your Social Security benefits should be the icing on the cake at your retirement party. We’re working hard to make it as quick and seamless as possible for you to apply for benefits from Social Security.

The Compassionate Friends of Metrowest: A place to go after losing a child

Region - On a beautiful Tuesday evening, Joan and Ed Motuzas are setting up one of the rooms at Saint Mary’s Church in Holliston. This special room is where one can go for grief counseling and compassion after losing a child.

Charlottesville brings America’s history to life

Charlottesville’s Historic Downtown Mall By Victor Block The mansion in Virginia which Thomas Jefferson called Monticello is a perfect example of an 18th-century estate. Its 33 rooms are filled with elegant furniture and architectural touches imported from Europe. About 10 miles away stands Pine Knot, a simpler cottage that lacks a stove, well and bathroom facilities. Theodore Roosevelt […]

Holocaust survivor speaks at Northborough middle school

(l to r)  Sam Weinreb, Lainey Bechta (8th grade student), and Kay Senior (8th grade teacher) Photos/Jane Keller Gordon By Jane Keller Gordon, Contributing Writer Northborough – The entire 8th grade class at Robert E. Melican Middle School in Northborough sat hunched forward—almost breathless—during an assembly on May 17.  It was Holocaust survivor Sam Weinreb […]

Volunteering in the community – Scituate Animal Shelter

As a nonprofit no-kill animal shelter, the Scituate Animal Shelter helps over 500 dogs and cats find their new forever homes every year, according to Executive Director Maryann Regan. The organization is primarily volunteer-run and funded solely by private donations.

AARP fighting for long-term care solutions

26 July 2017

Massachusetts ranks 11th in the nation when it comes to meeting the long-term care needs of older residents and people with disabilities, and even more must be done, at an accelerated pace, to meet changing demographic demands. Specific areas of concern in Massachusetts include affordability, the quality of life and quality of care, and effective transition dimensions.

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Affordable housing communities: Pros and cons of elderly housing

26 July 2017

There are two primary ways HUD has of subsidizing rents – tenant-based and project-based vouchers. One subsidy follows the person and the other subsidy follows an apartment. Project-based vouchers were more common historically, but an over-reliance on the project-based vouchers created communities of poverty, often in inner cities.

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Reverse mortgages:  Get the facts

26 July 2017

I was recently at a local charity event and invariably people asked what I do? My answer is always “I save financial lives by educating people about reverse mortgages and, when appropriated, arrange them.” That’s usually followed by a polite sigh and then the person stating: “Aren’t those bad? Doesn’t the person lose their home to the bank or government? Don’t the kids lose their inheritance? Don’t you have to have no mortgage? Isn’t a reverse mortgage a last resort?” In other words, they’re really asking “Aren’t you just taking advantage of old people?”

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War on poverty now a war on the poor

26 July 2017

The federal War on Poverty has turned into a war on poor people. The battle lines have shifted from alleviating poverty, to eliminating poor people. Instead of attacking poverty, the field has been reversed, and the attack is on poor people themselves.

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After the diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease: So what now!!

21 July 2017

It can’t be true. It has to be a mistake. You are really angry. It’s normal to have these feelings but the important thing is to find ways to cope, and continue to have fun and laugh. What you must understand first and foremost is that you or loved one will lose short-term memory but retain some long-term memory.

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Dementia information at your fingertips

21 July 2017

I just dropped my 91-year-old father and his wife off at Logan Airport. They live outside of LA, and were visiting here for a week.  My father has clearly deteriorated both physically and mentally with increased dementia since I visited him several months ago.

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