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Retirees find meaning volunteering for Habitat for Humanity Athlete, musician and broadcaster reflects on achieving goals Honor Flight treats local WWII veteran to D.C. trip 10 reasons to get off the couch and take a walk 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
 

Retirees find meaning volunteering for Habitat for Humanity

Region - When Lee Cooprider of Stow became part of the “Thursday Regulars,” he knew that he had found a good place to volunteer. Usually with eight others – mostly men – Cooprider spends most Thursdays building houses for Habitat for Humanity North Central Massachusetts. “Zero, zip, nada, squadoosh,” is he how he described his construction experience before volunteering for Habitat 10 years ago. He said that he’s learned a lot of skills along the way, but always needs direction.

Athlete, musician and broadcaster reflects on achieving goals

Worcester resident Marty Ayotte, age 62, has become known as a multitalented athlete, musician and radio broadcaster. Being an incomplete paraplegic doesn’t slow his pace as he pedals a handcycle around the city at least three days a week. He has completed 11 marathons, five half-marathons and one 10K.

Honor Flight treats local WWII veteran to D.C. trip

College of the Holy Cross ROTC cadets escort World War II veteran Bob Rochette from Whitney Place Assisted Living Residences at Northborough to a limousine bound for Logan Airport for an Honor Flight New England trip to Washington, D.C. Photo/Ed Karvoski. Jr.   By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer Northborough – A memorably full day […]

10 reasons to get off the couch and take a walk

It can be daunting and overwhelming to consider starting an exercise program; especially when you have not been that active. That’s why walking is such a great way to exercise – just about all of us can do it, it doesn’t require much more than good supportive shoes and can be done almost anywhere at any time. Now that spring has arrived, here are 10 great reasons to get going:

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!”

Colonial Williamsburg brings history to life in Virginia

26 May 2016

As the pounding of the sheriff’s wooden staff calls the court to order, James Hubbard prepares to defend his client. He is an orphan’s guardian who stands accused of squandering his charge’s estate. Centering his neat wig and smoothing the frilly lace sleeves of his shirt, the attorney bows to the bench and begins to plead his case. This scene is repeated today in the same place where it occurred during the 1770s. That is when James Hubbard lived and practiced law in Williamsburg, at a time that the town served as the capital of the Virginia colony.

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You hunter, me gatherer

26 May 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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The state’s ‘secret’ budget

26 May 2016

I have been a registered lobbyist on Beacon Hill for 30 years. I have only represented one client over all that time: Mass Home Care, a private, nonprofit network whose mission is to help elderly and disabled individuals live independently at home. I am in the middle of my 30th state budget cycle. The House version of the budget has just been approved. The Senate is up next. There were 1,307 amendments filed in the House, which means that the average state representative filed eight budget amendments.

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Reverse mortgages: It’s about time

26 May 2016

By Alain Valles, CRMP Reverse mortgages often conjure dire outcomes. But the facts are just the opposite. With changes to the government-insured loan program, formally called a Home Equity Conversion Mortgage (HECMs), the risks to the senior homeowner has diminished, and, under many circumstances, results in a drastic cut in costs. Financial and estate planners, […]

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How to recognize signs it’s time for placement

26 May 2016

More than 15 million Americans devote time and energy to caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, but sometimes the cost of caregiving becomes too high. Caregivers find themselves unable to bear the burden of providing home health care without suffering from stress and illness themselves. At that point, it may be time to consider whether to move a loved one into senior care if their health needs become too much to handle at home.

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Fighting fraud

26 May 2016

On the heels of a new report showing the top scam in Massachusetts involves debt collection, the AARP Fraud Watch Network offers tips so you can learn how to protect yourself from the five top scams reported by Massachusetts residents in 2015. According to the FTC’s Consumer Sentinel Network Data Book, of the 46,414 Massachusetts complaints recorded last year, 37,884 were fraud-related, ranking the Bay State at number 22 of 50 states.

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