“I truly believe that I’m a better person, happier and more content because of my caregiving years,” says Sarahbeth Persiani, the author of “Run, Walk, Crawl: A Caregiver Caught Between Generations.” Photo/Submitted

Author says caregiver experience made her happier and more content

By Nance Ebert, Contributing Writer MILLBURY – When Sarahbeth Persiani began writing about her experiences as a caregiver, she had no idea it would eventually...
If you are juggling work, raising children or grandchildren and taking care of parents, then you are a part of the Sandwich Generation―people sandwiched between two sets of dependents.

‘Sandwich Generation’ of caregivers is caught in the middle

By Sharon Oliver, Contributing Writer REGION - Baby Boomers, Gen X, Gen Z and so on and so forth are all defined by age groups....
Sundown syndrome is characterized by agitation and confusion which peaks during late afternoons and evenings.

Sundown syndrome affects majority of adults with dementia

By Sharon Oliver, Contributing Writer REGION - Before people became familiar with Alzheimer's or dementia due to a loved one being stricken with either disease,...
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...