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Chair yoga instructor helps seniors with physical and emotional balance Physician Focus: A cancer than can be prevented 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
 

Chair yoga instructor helps seniors with physical and emotional balance

Nearly 10 years ago, Joanne Laubacher was at a crossroads of sorts. Like many women, she was juggling a career while taking care of her family which included her three children and her mother, who was facing serious medical challenges. As she visited her mother in the different facilities where she was being treated, Laubacher was struck, she said, by many of the other seniors she met who were “vibrant, eager to learn something new and very funny.”

Physician Focus: A cancer than can be prevented

Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related death and the third most common cancer for both men and women in the United States. The disease claims more than 50,000 lives each year; only lung cancer causes more deaths from cancer. Many of the deaths from colorectal cancer, however, are needless. Unlike other cancers, such as breast cancer or prostate cancer, screening for colorectal cancer can save lives by actually preventing the cancer from occurring. But 23 million American adults – about one in three – do not get screened as recommended. As a result, according to the American Cancer Society, more than 135,000 cases of colorectal cancer are diagnosed every year, a far great number than cancers of the esophagus, stomach, pancreas, or other organs of the digestive system.

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 […]

Recommendations from the Elder Economic Index Report

28 June 2016

It’s no surprise that the older adult population in Massachusetts is increasing rapidly. In 2010, those aged 65 and older accounted for 14 percent of the state’s population. However, by 2030, that figure will grow to 21 percent. To be economically secure at any age, one’s income must cover basic living expenses. If housing, health care, food, transportation and other incremental expenses are not sufficiently covered by household income, we must support effective strategies to fill the gap or the household will suffer severe economic hardship in retirement.

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Planting the seed

28 June 2016

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” – Proverb When people think of planning for their later years, they think about saving for retirement. This is great, but it is not enough. Planting a tree requires thinking about water, soil and sun. People have more diverse needs. They need food, clothing, shelter, and health care. But they also need to fill their psychological needs. Some need something to do, a purpose in being, a goal. This may be harder to plan for, but it is important none the less.

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Alzheimer’s disease: It’s impact on the patient and the family

28 June 2016

Alzheimer's disease is a neurological disorder which gradually destroys or impairs the individual's brain cells. It creates problems in thinking, remembering, and the ability to perform what once were simple tasks such as taking a bath, driving a car, or writing a check. Alzheimer's disease affects more than four million people. Most are 65 years of age and older with a dramatic increase in the incidence of the disease in the 80-plus population.

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Reverse Mortgages: What’s the buzz?

28 June 2016

Reverse mortgages are a unique, government insured loan program that allows eligible homeowners 62 years old or older to access their home equity for immediate cash, a line of credit, a monthly check, or a combination of the three. In all cases, the homeowner has the right to never again make a monthly mortgage payment, as long as the real estate taxes and insurance are paid and other requirements are met.

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Boston’s ZUMIX offers news of interest to seniors

28 June 2016

Boston Seniors Count, a weekly radio broadcast hosted by staff members of the Massachusetts Commission on Elder Affairs, presents guests and topics of interest to seniors. It is heard each week on Wednesdays at 2 p.m. and Mondays at 9 a.m., streaming on web-based zumix.org/programs/zumix-radio, and is rebroadcast Sundays at 7:30 a.m. on WJIB 740 AM radio.

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Stretch it out!

28 June 2016

According to the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA), as we age, muscles lose their elasticity unless used regularly, leading to stiffness and soreness. Stretching is the best way to regain and improve flexibility, helping seniors remain active and independent. By incorporating some simple stretching exercises into your routine, you can greatly improve your flexibility, as well as enhance your balance, posture and circulation, relieve pain and stress, and prevent injuries.

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