A conservatively estimated 68,000 children are now being raised by their grandparents throughout Massachusetts.

Retiring to raise grandchildren is a growing phenomenon

By David Wilkening, Contributing Writer REGION - Former Massachusetts state legislator John B. Lepper’s youngest daughter had addiction problems: Both drugs and alcohol. Not a...
A DJ singalong and dance was one of the recent events that clients enjoyed at Hawthorn Adult Day Health in West Springfield. Photo/Submitted

Adult day centers can be a valuable aging in place tool

By Nance Ebert, Contributing Writer A DJ singalong and dance was one of the recent events that clients enjoyed at Hawthorn Adult Day Health...
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November is National Family Caregivers Month

BY MIKE FESTA, STATE DIRECTOR, AARP MASSACHUSETTS  Family caregivers are an essential part of the health care system across the state. In the Bay State...
Harley, a golden retriever, was a service dog for the late Judi Smith of Norwood, who suffered from ALS. Photo/Submitted

Dogs can present challenges for obtaining home health care

By Debbie Spingarn Contributing Writer NORWOOD – Tom Smith of Norwood, whose wife Judi required 24-hour, seven-days-a-week home care due to ALS, described his experience finding caregivers...

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Sheryl Sigel of North Grafton serves as a caregiver to her mother, Elaine Kulberg, who is in her nineties. Photo/Submitted

Many adults over sixty serving as caregivers for their very elderly parents

By Nance Ebert, Contributing Writer REGION - People today are living longer lives, thanks to advances in science and medicine. While this is a positive...
Participating in a clinical study can enhance personal well-being, provide solutions, and strengthen an individual's effectiveness as a family caregiver.

Clinical studies offer opportunities for family caregivers

By Rhonda R. Fletcher, Contributing Writer REGION - One in five Americans, over 53 million, are caring for a family member in the United States. In...
Notifications from Alexa Together provide assurance that an elderly person is going about their typical daily routine. Photo/Courtesy of Amazon.com

Alexa Together is next generation of remote assistance for older adults

By Brett Peruzzi, Managing Editor REGION - Alexa, the voice-activated digital assistant from Amazon that is present already in so many homes, is now the...
Three bills before the Massachusetts state legislature provide tax credits for incurred costs by family caregivers.

Tax credits possible for family caregivers

By R.R. Fletcher, Contributing Writer BOSTON - Family caregivers are a vital but largely unrecognized component of long-term health care. However, that may be changing. Currently,...
Navigating through the maze of caregiver agencies is time consuming and tough for the patient and his or her family. Start things off right by being organized

Do your homework before choosing a caregiver agency

By Janice Elizabeth Berte, Contributing Writer  REGION - When an individual or family decides to seek out caregiving services, they must ask themselves many questions....