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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 Athletes across the state prepare for Mass. Senior Games ‘Dear Janice.’ Remember letters? Rangeley: One of Maine’s hidden jewels
 

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 […]

Athletes across the state prepare for Mass. Senior Games

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.

‘Dear Janice.’ Remember letters?

Janice Lindsay “I thought I’d write,” the letter begins, “as we’re timing contractions. I saw the good doctor this afternoon and he said any time now…” On Oct. 30, 1969, my sister began this letter to me when she was about to give birth to her second child. By the time she finished the letter, […]

Rangeley: One of Maine’s hidden jewels

Maine Street, Rangeley. By Victor Block Digging our paddles into the shallow water, my son Tom and I steered our canoe around a sharp turn in the river. Suddenly, we were face-to-face – or, more accurately, face-to-knees – with a massive creature standing directly in our path. Another day, another moose! Lifting its head to […]

Trump’s ‘Skinny’ budget is all bones

25 April 2017

By Al Norman On March 16, President Donald Trump sent over his federal fiscal year 2018 Budget Blueprint to Congress. It was the president’s first budget, and there were no real surprises in it. It’s not really a budget at all; it’s more of a press release about what the president wants to see Congress […]

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Reverse mortgage rules are changing

25 April 2017

By Alain Valles, CRMP, CSA, MBA For the past 25 years reverse mortgages have allowed hundreds of thousands of homeowners 62 years old or older to convert the equity they have in their homes into tax-free cash.  On Jan. 19, 2017, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) announced over 50 significant changes to […]

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Aging drills

25 April 2017

By Marianne Delorey “Inaction breeds doubt and fear. Action breeds confidence and courage. If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it. Go out and get busy.”  — Dale Carnegie School children 50 years ago would practice bomb drills and hide under their desks. Twenty-five years ago, school children would […]

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Closing the ‘SNAP Gap’

25 April 2017

By Mike Festa, State Director, AARP Massachusetts Seniors on fixed incomes often have to make difficult choices between heating their homes, paying for essential medications, or putting food on the table. Food assistance programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) can provide seniors and their disabled family members with a monthly benefit to offset […]

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What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s?

25 April 2017

By Micha Shalev About 5 million Americans, or 10 percent of those over 65 years of age, suffer from Alzheimer’s disease according to the Fischer Center for Alzheimer’s Research Foundation. Yet, despite the prevalence of this condition, there exists a great deal of confusion over what it is and what causes it. When a loved […]

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The health care nuclear option

03 April 2017

By Al Norman Congress and the White House are poised to dismantle health care protections in our state that may take decades to repair. It’s a health care nuclear option. On Feb. 24, 22 advocacy groups (including Mass Home Care) sent the following letter to Governor Charlie Baker on the impending cuts to MassHealth: “Children, […]

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