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A special brotherhood of service Former MSP superintendent continues to help those in need Active seniors develop healthful program of day trips Find your calm through tai chi and qigong Boston’s Dry Eye Pioneer The wisdom of the old toaster oven Women skiers in their 50s bond, stay fit on the slopes via ski group membership Traveling the world for that perfect picture
 

A special brotherhood of service

In the town of Hingham, there are two Chief Olssons. Robert “Bob” Olsson, 64, is the fire chief and his younger brother, Glenn, 59, is the police chief. And although they took different paths to achieve their respective department’s top spots, they share a deep commitment to public service and honoring the work ethic that was instilled in them at an early age.

Former MSP superintendent continues to help those in need

In 2012, Col. Marian McGovern, the former head of the Massachusetts State Police (MSP), retired after a career that spanned over 30 years in law enforcement. And although it is now in a different capacity, her time is still spent helping many of society’s most vulnerable – children, the elderly, and victims of abuse – all of whom she worked tirelessly for throughout her career with the MSP.

Active seniors develop healthful program of day trips

Members of the Trailblazers gather at the Adventure Park at Heritage Museums & Gardens in Sandwich. By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer Southborough – The Trailblazers is not your parents’ recreational organization. It’s a group of active seniors who developed a year-round program offering day trips with healthful activities. Destinations of the Trailblazers trips range […]

Find your calm through tai chi and qigong

Ray Caisse (l) and Dave Crocker By Jane Keller Gordon, Contributing Writer Westford/Ayer – Dave Crocker, 71, and Ray Caisse, 77, have a lot in common. Both have had long careers in management, and describe themselves as former workaholics. Both have had life-altering health challenges: Crocker, a stroke, and Caisse, a heart attack. Now both […]

Boston’s Dry Eye Pioneer – Donald R. Korb OD

Donald R. Korb OD Photo/Andy Weigl, Weigl Photography Boston’s Dry Eye Pioneer Donald R. Korb OD By David Bagdon, Publisher Dry eyes are not a new phenomenon, in fact; most people have experienced them at various times throughout their lives. In most cases, dry eyes are a nuisance causing minor discomfort often brought about by […]

The wisdom of the old toaster oven

My husband and I arrived at our new house, in a new town, on a wintry night, just after a blizzard and before a raging rainstorm – not an auspicious welcome to our new life.

Women skiers in their 50s bond, stay fit on the slopes via ski group membership

Last winter, Holly Hendrickson, 52, found herself with the spare time in the evenings and weekends that she had dreamed of for years. Being divorced with her kids now grown and out of the house, she was surprised that her longed-for freedom left her wondering what she should do. After a 30-year hiatus from the slopes, she decided to start skiing again.

Traveling the world for that perfect picture

In living his dream, Ron Rosenstock has no ordinary retirement. This former Clark University professor travels the world, leading photographic tours to exotic locations like Morocco, Bhutan, and New Zealand. In addition he teaches small groups in his Holden studio. He has exhibited his work in more than 100 shows worldwide and is featured in numerous permanent exhibitions, including the Fogg Art Museum, the Worcester Art Museum, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the International Center of Photography. He has written and published a half dozen books about photography.

AARP’s 2017 legislative priorities

28 February 2017

By Mike Festa, State Director, AARP Massachusetts AARP is hard at work fighting for the interests of older adults across the country, including our renewed efforts to protect Medicare.  AARP Massachusetts is working on new legislation to prevent identity theft and to support family caregivers, and we are proud to announce two new bills submitted […]

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The State of the (elderly) Commonwealth

28 February 2017

No governor since Mitt Romney in 2006 has mentioned "elders' in their State of the Commonwealth speech. On Jan. 24, Gov. Charlie Baker made reference to a yet-to-be filed executive order that would focus on older adults---but the details of the order are not known. We applaud the governor for mentioning older adults in his speech, and we are prepared to work with him on his executive order. But there are major fears among the elderly that need to be addressed, in light of rhetoric coming out of Congress and the White House.

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Curacao: tropical touches with European flair

30 January 2017

A floating market By Victor Block I knew the Caribbean island of Curacao is unfamiliar to many Americans, but the flight attendant’s announcement still caught me by surprise.  As she said where the plane was heading, she stumbled over the destination, then sheepishly admitted, “I don’t know how to say the name of that island.” […]

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Middle Name: Chocolate?

30 January 2017

By Janice Lindsay Answer this question: In a parking lot, you stroll past a brand new Mercedes. Glancing in the passenger-side window, you see an open Hershey bar on the beige leather seat. The chocolate is melting in the sun, oozing onto the leather. Your first  thought is:  (a) How could someone be so careless […]

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Combating demographic deafness

30 January 2017

By Al Norman Over a period of seven years, I criticized former Governor Deval Patrick for rarely mentioning the elderly in his annual State of the Commonwealth speeches. In 2013, I wrote: “This is the seventh year in a row that the elderly have been invisible to this administration. Not one word about older people.” […]

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Inspired to start second career as filmmaker at age 50

30 January 2017

“Blessid” poster (right) By Ed Karvoski Jr., Contributing Writer Shrewsbury – Bob Heske of Shrewsbury credits his late mother for inspiring him to pursue his dream of completing a full-length screenplay. He wrote and produced the award-winning drama “Blessid,” which is now available on Amazon Prime and Vimeo on Demand. In 2011, Heske began writing […]

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