Senior Matters

Tips for Downsizing

Downsizing

Advice from Amy Roberts at Out of the Box Moves Thinking about moving out of your home and downsizing to a smaller home?  Out of the Box Moves is a company that specializes in moving and downsizing and has a few tips that will make this process flow smoother. The first step you will have to make is to decide what you want to take with you and what to do with the rest of your stuff! The best … [Read more...]

November is National Family Caregiver Month

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Care Managers: A Valuable Resource for Family Caregivers A By Leslie May-Chibani POWERFUL TOOLS FOR CAREGIVERS Free educational workshops offer information and support in a caring environment. Funded in part through the Northwest Suburban Health Alliance/CHNA 15 DoN funds from Lahey Hospital and Medical Center and Winchester Hospital. If you would like more information about upcoming … [Read more...]

Senior Matters~Tips for Recovering at Home and Avoiding Hospital Readmission

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By Jack Cross  | The nurse comes into your hospital room and says that you are ready to be discharged. You’re happy to be going home to the comfortable surroundings of your home and your own bed. The last thing you want is to be readmitted to the hospital because you run into problems taking care of yourself after you are discharged. The hospital staff also wants your transition from … [Read more...]

Lexington Fire Department and Lexington Lodge of Elks Install Smoke Alarms

Firefighter Paramedic Shawn Ormiston Installs a smoke dectector.

The Fire Department with support from the Lexington Lodge of Elks #2204 installed smoke alarms in several homes of seniors living in Lexington at no cost to them this past Saturday. “Funding for the program was received by a grant of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks of the U.S. designed to have local Lodges impact the community they serve,” stated Christopher Cavanaugh, President of the … [Read more...]

Living All the Way

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By Sandy Simon  | Why does there seem to be an increased fascination with the experience of growing older? I think it is safe to assume it is because the baby boomers have come of age. On January 1, 2011, the first baby boomers turned 65 years old. The US Census Bureau defines baby boomers as those born between January 1, 1946 and December 31, 1964. Everyday for the next 19 years, 10,000 people … [Read more...]

Supporting Family Caregivers

A new study from AARP on how well states support family caregivers who support seniors at home ranked Massachusetts 39th in the nation. Let's just say that leaves plenty of room to improve. According to AARP, the economic value of family caregiving was $450 billion in 2009 --- four times the total that Medicaid spent on long term care. If family caregivers do not receive needed support, they're … [Read more...]

Taking the Fear and Fiction Out of Hospice

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By Christine Dixon  | There are few words that cause more fear, or are more misunderstood, than “hospice”. Mention the “h” word, and most people, including some doctors, have misconceptions about what hospice truly is. Visiting Nurse and Community Health’s (VNCH) Hospice Care program, which opened in July 2009, has provided compassionate care and dignity for almost 300 end-of-life patients … [Read more...]

Strong Bones, Strong Bonds

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Age doesn’t count in this class, but getting fit for life does By Elena Murphy They are grandmothers and great-grandmothers, but when the opening bars of the song “Y.M.C.A.” start to thump from the stereo in the corner of Beverley Ikier’s Osteofitness class, all these women are doing is getting fit for life. “I’ll have you know, some of my students have driven Harleys,” Ikier … [Read more...]