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Exploring the Czech Republic: Prague Grandpops sing at Retired Men’s Club of Arlington and beyond Both seniors and children benefit from the Foster Grandparents Program Dance therapist connects with multiple generations and needs Seasoned actress continues to go on with the show Salem Lifelong Learners stay sharp with variety of courses Grant provides funds for senior fire safety in Southborough Adults inspired to continue education at Regis College program
 

Exploring the Czech Republic: Prague

Most visitors to the Czech Republic confine their stay to Prague, and with good reason. Known as “the city of a hundred spires,” although it’s actually decorated by nearly a thousand towers and steeples, it challenges the most magnificent capitals of Europe in its beauty, and boasts a history that stretches back over a millennium. In addition, since the Middle Ages Prague (Praha) has been recognized as one of the most vibrant cultural settings on the continent.

Grandpops sing at Retired Men’s Club of Arlington and beyond

Arlington – The Retired Men’s Club of Arlington (RMCA) offers a number of unique activities including the Singing Grandpops, which recently celebrated its 25th anniversary. The vocal group performs regularly at senior centers, civic clubs, nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Its musical director, Frank Vaughan, has been active with the group since its founding in 1990.

Both seniors and children benefit from the Foster Grandparents Program

Boston – Monday through Friday, Aziline Booth, 66, looks forward to seeing her “grandchildren” at the CAAS Head Start Program in Cambridge. For the past four years, sometimes leaving at 6:30 a.m., “Miss Aziline” travels by three different buses from her Cambridge home to the program at the Frisoli Center.

Dance therapist connects with multiple generations and needs

A longtime passion for dance progressed to working as a dance/movement therapist for Donna Newman-Bluestein. In recent years, personal family experience compelled her to focus her work on helping people with dementia. “My father had dementia and I saw that the care he was given was not anywhere near good enough,” she shared. “People with disabilities who cannot speak and advocate for themselves get minimal care. I want to right that wrong.”

Seasoned actress continues to go on with the show

Tillie Sweet personifies the showbiz motto, “The show must go on!” She’s a retired registered nurse with over 50 years’ experience in community theaters. Now, she serves as director of the Senior Dramatic Society of the Concord Council on Aging (COA). “Once theater is in your blood, you absolutely fall in love with it,” she declared.

Salem Lifelong Learners stay sharp with variety of courses

What do journaling, backyard astronomy, and Italian all have in common? They are all courses offered by Explorers Lifelong Learning Institute of Salem State University. Explorers, one of more than 400 Lifelong Learning Institutes across the country, offers a multitude of courses in two main semesters for people ages 50 and over.

Grant provides funds for senior fire safety in Southborough

Southborough - According to the National Fire Protection Association, people age 65 and over are twice as likely to be killed or injured by fires compared to the population at large.

Adults inspired to continue education at Regis College program

Adult learners participate in classes and special lectures as part of Lifelong Learning at Regis College. Photo/submitted By Zenya Molnar, Contributing Writer Learning is an ongoing process that doesn’t stop after college graduation. Adults who take classes with Lifelong Learning at Regis College (LLARC) are especially aware of this fact. Founded in the spring of […]

Elders to MBTA: ‘Don’t create more shut-ins’

02 February 2016

On Dec. 14 2015, elder rights groups, including Mass Home Care, testified at an MBTA hearing in Boston against a plan to cut The RIDE services for the elderly and disabled. For these riders, transportation is the key service that connects them to all the other services in the community: doctors’ offices, clinics, professional services, lawyers, grocery stores, basic shopping, etc. Transportation is the lifeline service in the community.

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Good fences make good neighbors

02 February 2016

Robert Frost once wrote a poem called “Mending Wall” in which the property line between neighbors brings them together and yet keeps them apart. This seeming contradiction is seen every day in elder housing. The best neighbors come together in times of need, but are aware of their own limits, or boundaries in the relationship.

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New year, new life!

02 February 2016

We all know the stereotype of a "senior" - a weary, grumpy “old person.” But, like all generalities, this image of a "senior" is far from accurate. Today’s seniors are active, engaged and filled with a desire to get the most out of life. They have worked hard for many years to earn a living, buy a home, and raise a family. Now they are eager to turn to the next chapter and enjoy the rewards of retirement.

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What is Deep Vein Thrombosis and how can it be treated?

02 February 2016

As we age, our circulation system can lose efficiency, causing a variety of problematic conditions. One such problem is that of undesired clots in the legs. Although clotting is an important safeguard from injury, an unexpected clot can cause pain and swelling and can often be the precursor to a more serious health condition.

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Do not gargle from the finger bowl

02 February 2016

It has occurred to me that novels like Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility, movies made from them, and other such period dramas, are popular partly because they depict a society where people were expected to be polite.

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The diagnosis is Alzheimer’s disease – So now what?

26 January 2016

Are you kidding me, I have what?! It can’t be true. It has to be a mistake. When you or your loved one first receives a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease (AD), it can feel like the world is slipping away from you. It can be hard to move at all, much less stay positive and start making the future plans that will make the later stages of the disease easier both for you and those around you. You may also feel really very "angry.”

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