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Menus for the week of February 27-March 3 Monday, chicken corn stew, genoa vegetable blend, escalloped apples (Diet: sliced apples) Tuesday, lentil and kale soup, grilled chicken breast, honey mustard sauce, orzo pilaf (HDM: carrots), tropical fruit Wednesday, macaroni and cheese, stewed tomatoes,...
Q: What’s the difference between hard of hearing and deaf? A: Hard of hearing (HOH) refers to people who still have some useful hearing, and can understand spoken language in some situations, with or without amplification. Most people who are HOH can use the phone and use hearing aids. People...
Saturday, Feb. 4, was World Cancer Day. It is recognized internationally each year. Globally, 14.1 million people are diagnosed with some form of cancer and 8.2 million people, 4 million of them aged 30 to 69 years, lose their lives to cancer each year. By 2025, that number is expected to rise to...
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released proposed changes for the Medicare Advantage and Part D Prescription Drug Programs in 2018 that will, if finalized, provide stable and fair payments to plans. “Medicare Advantage is an essential, growing part of the Medicare...
In this circa 1900 photo, students and teachers are shown at the Petersham First District Schoolhouse -- now the brick building used as Petersham's town office building on South Main Street next to town hall. There was no front door on the building, as boys and girls used separate entrances on the north and south sides of the building. The front door was added in the 1920s after the school building was changed over for town use.  Photo courtesy of the Petersham Historical Society
1992 A group from England and Ireland visited the Athol Daily News to view the new computer system recently installed by the newspaper. Ellen Bigelow School received a big boost in its Campbell’s “Label For Education” collection when Lacey Cofske brought in more than 5,000 labels. She...
Prescription costs are going up. Older adults may feel they have to choose between paying for important medications and buying groceries, heating their homes, or affording other necessities, which could place their health at risk. If you have a Medicare prescription drug plan, you may be able to...
According to research from the University of California San Francisco, 18 percent of elders live alone, and 43 percent feel lonely on a regular basis. The winter months can be an especially difficult time, with problems like freezing temperatures, limited transportation, and a lack of regular...
In a 2014 Huffington Post article entitled, “It’s time to retire our definition of retirement,” Arianna Huffington wrote: “The same principles that allow us to thrive in our daily work lives can also help us thrive in retirement, or whatever we call it. Just as a productive workday depends on...
Q: Is it important for seniors to keep up on their vaccines? A: Yes. A number of diseases which can be prevented with vaccines can cause significant illness, hospitalization, disability, and even death. Older adults are more affected than most people by these diseases. According to the...
When I give speeches to local senior groups, I always ask the question: “Does everyone in this room have a Will?” My next question is usually: “When was the last time you read your Will?” On the surface, these questions seem simple enough and I am finding that, today, more and more people have...

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