Restoring quality of life – The lifelong mission of Dr. Charles Birbara

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There are very few Americans who have not been touched by arthritis in some way. Whether it’s a parent, sibling, friend or for the many who suffer themselves, the disease is all around us. Currently one out of five adults has been officially diagnosed as having some form of arthritis. And according to the Centers for Disease Control, the number of adults who will have the disease is expected to top 67 million within the next 15 years.

On Guard: Fencing for the ages

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“When I was a teenager, I met one guy who said, ‘Hold onto this’ and I asked, ‘What end?’ He proceeded to wrap his foil around my foil and tossed my saber across the room,” Shamir said.

The National Senior Network keeps Massachusetts seniors connected and working

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Are you over 55 and bored? Like to make some extra money during retirement? Like to get back into the workforce? The Senior Community Service Employment Program (SCSEP), operating through the National Senior Network, assists people 55 and older who want to work and who are committed to searching for employment.

Secretary of Elder Affairs discusses resources available to support elders’ mental health needs

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Boston – According to the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA), Massachusetts is projected to have 1,178,852 residents over the age of 65 by the year 2020. As such, the department oversees program designed to provide support services, information, options counseling, and education/training to assist older adults in making decisions about things such as healthcare, housing, jobs, nutrition and the next stage of their lives.

Chelmsford prepares for 50th Fourth of July Art Festival

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Roberta Witts, president of the Chelmsford Art Society Photos/submitted By Ed Karvoski Jr., Culture Editor Chelmsford – After the Chelmsford Art Society (CAS) was founded in...

Chard serves as Wheelock College’s 14th president

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David J. Chard Photo/submitted By Jane Keller Gordon Boston - David J. Chard brings a wealth of academic, management and life experiences to his position as Wheelock...

Social Security announces 1.6 percent benefit increase for 2020

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Social Security and Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits for nearly 69 million Americans will increase 1.6 percent in 2020, the Social Security Administration recently...

SHINE helps seniors, disabled with Medicare issues and questions

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The SHINE Program (Serving the Health Insurance Needs of Everyone) is a Massachusetts health insurance assistance program providing health insurance information, counseling and assistance to Massachusetts residents with Medicare and their caregivers. It is administered by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Elder Affairs along with elder service agencies, social service and community based agencies, and Councils on Aging. The program is partially funded by the federal agency Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

A teacher shares love for foreign languages

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By Janice Elizabeth Berte Bonjour! Hola! Thirty-year Framingham State University (FSU) adjunct faculty member, Lauren Taylor-Fernandes, greets her 25 person classroom with an upbeat “hello”...

Massachusetts Care Act becomes law

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By Mike Festa, State Director, AARP Massachusetts AARP Massachusetts is thrilled to announce that the Caregiver Advise, Record, Enable (CARE) Act has been signed into...