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One woman, two needles and lots of yarn Shrewsbury octogenarian lives life to the fullest Hockey players and cardiac arrest survivor advocate AEDs Mass. Senior Games to celebrate 25th anniversary Train your brain with new smartphone apps How to keep your mind sharp ‘Volunteering: A Work of Heart’ at the Brookline Senior Center Civil rights activist works to instill justice values in younger generations
 

One woman, two needles and lots of yarn

Northborough - Ande Lockwood was first taught how to knit by a college friend and has never stopped creating and surrounding herself with yarn. Lockwood is the current owner of Craftworks in Northborough, which is a yarn and fiber shop and artisan cooperative. The original store opened in 1979 and has since expanded in a new location to include the yarn shop.

Shrewsbury octogenarian lives life to the fullest

Shrewsbury resident Marion Kaletski works out at Planet Fitness four times a week.   By Valerie Franchi, Contributing Writer Shrewsbury – If you are a member of Planet Fitness in Shrewsbury, and work out almost any morning of the week, then you certainly know Marion Kaletski. You might not know her name, but she certainly […]

Hockey players and cardiac arrest survivor advocate AEDs

Hudson resident Brian Martin, age 59, follows a regular exercise routine including cardio, weight lifting, and an hour playing pick-up hockey year-round Sunday mornings with longtime friends at Valley Sports Arena in Concord. There, he suffered sudden cardiac arrest the Sunday of last Thanksgiving weekend. He’s thankful that the facility is equipped with an automated external defibrillator (AED). His hockey buddies used the AED to save his life.

Mass. Senior Games to celebrate 25th anniversary

Region – When the Massachusetts Senior Games (MASG) are held at Springfield College this June, there will be hundreds of athletes age 40 and up participating 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. What they will all have in common is what Davis Cox, the group’s state ambassador, calls their unofficial slogan – “Get fit, have fun and make friends!”

Train your brain with new smartphone apps

It is well-known that as we age, our cognitive functioning begins to deteriorate. We forget names, get distracted more easily, and start to lack concentration. Physical exercise and natural supplements can help. But a new, rising trend has become a fun way to keep your mind sharp: brain-training smartphone apps.

How to keep your mind sharp

It’s as important to take care of your brain as well as your body. Here are 10 things that you can do to help keep your mind sharp as you age.

‘Volunteering: A Work of Heart’ at the Brookline Senior Center

Brookline - Five days a week, Agnes Rogers, 96, volunteers at the Brookline Senior Center’s lunch program. Volunteer Director Patricia Burns, 72, said, “First Agnes has her coffee, and then she folds napkins, and sets the table for the 20 to 50 people who have lunch here.” Burns said that when she thanked Rogers for her efforts, Rogers replied, “I am the one who is thankful. This gives me a reason to get up every morning and get dressed. It gives me a good lunch, and I get to visit will all kinds of interesting people.”

Civil rights activist works to instill justice values in younger generations

Growing up in the 1940s and ‘50s, Yvonne Brown noticed that everyone around her had brown skin, like her. The doctor, the dentist, the shoe cobbler did, too. But the owner of the meat and fresh produce store was white, and the prices of his goods were higher and of poorer quality and less variety than what was available in white neighborhoods. She paid attention to the discrepancies.

The challenges of aging

26 April 2016

Two well-known social psychologists named Alter and Oppenheimer did an experiment in which they had groups of people take a quick, three-question intelligence test called the CRT. This particular test is rigged so that the most obvious answer is wrong. Eighty-three percent of people miss at least one question. However, the researchers found when they made the test harder, people did better. They did this by writing the test in a font that was difficult to read. The conclusion the researchers drew from the experiment is that making people slow down their reading made them make fewer mistakes. In this case, less speed made for more processing time, which in turn led to more careful answers.

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Exploring the island of Cozumel

26 April 2016

A Mayan ruin   By Victor Block Much about the island says Mexico. Archeological sites hint of the rich Mayan civilization that once flourished there. Parts of San Miguel, the only town, retain the charms of villages common throughout the country’s mainland. At the same time, Cozumel displays its Caribbean roots. White sand beaches are […]

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Senior Athletes: Advocates for wellness

26 April 2016

By G, Gregory Tooker, CPCU The debate about national health care rolls on and on. The fact remains, however, that nearly every first world nation on the face of the planet considers access to affordable health care a basic right. The United States has been wrestling with this enormous challenge for years. Unfortunately, we are home to some of the most unfit people on earth. Poor diet and an increasingly sedentary lifestyle are mostly to blame. Nearly one person in 10 suffers from some form of diabetes. Many cases are of the type two variety, potentially reversible through improved diet and moderate exercise, but often patients opt for the easier but far more expensive pharmaceutical approach.

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You hunter, me gatherer

26 April 2016

Ordinarily, this woman does not believe that household tasks are sex-specific. A person does not need upper-body strength to balance a checkbook. The ability to bear children does not uniquely qualify someone to slip a role of toilet paper into a holder. So when routine household chores don’t require superior brawn, she and her husband share them, each doing what he or she likes best or dislikes least.

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A place not made for us

26 April 2016

In his New York Times bestselling book, “Being Mortal,” surgeon Atul Gawande explains the rise of nursing homes in America starting in the 1950s. “Hospitals couldn’t solve the debilities of chronic illness and advancing age,” he wrote, “and they began to fill up with people who had nowhere to go.” The hospitals lobbied Congress for funding “to enable them to build separate custodial units for patients needing an extended period of “recovery.”

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Top ways to use a reverse mortgage

26 April 2016

Reverse mortgages, also called Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECMs), are government-insured loans that allow qualified senior homeowners to convert illiquid home equity into available tax-free cash for immediate or future use. Although reverse mortgages have been available since 1987, they still only account for about 1 percent of the total mortgage industry.

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