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Q: What are the major lung conditions elders should know about? A: Diseases of the lung are almost as common as breathing air. Lung problems that are common among older people include: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), pneumonia, lung cancer, and asthma. The Centers for Disease...
Q: Do the elderly or ill have protections against utility shut-offs? A: Yes. Households in Massachusetts in which all adult members are age 65 or older — whether there is a financial hardship or not — are protected against utility and phone shut-offs. “Utility” means your gas or electric service...
Q: Are there any strategies for preventing or slowing cognitive decline? A: Most studies are cautious about answering this question. One recent report by the Lancet Commission on Dementia Prevention and Care concluded that one-third of dementia cases could potentially be prevented through better...
Malnutrition is an epidemic that affects nearly 50 percent of elders. It can affect both the overweight and underweight, and can impact our ability to remain healthy and independent. The amount and quality of food you eat are critical for good health. If you are age 60, homebound, and unable to...
With advances in longevity, older adults are living longer than ever. For the first time since 1948, employees old enough to retire outnumber teenagers in the workforce, according to AARP. And the desire to stay engaged has never been so strong. Older workers are increasingly staying employed in...
Editor’s note — The first part of this series ran on the Sept. 26 edition’s Quabbin Times Page (page 11). More than 75 percent of falls take place inside or in close proximity to the home, but your home doesn’t have to be an obstacle course of potential falls. Some simple and quick changes will...
More than 75 percent of falls take place inside or in close proximity to the home, but your home doesn’t have to be an obstacle course of potential falls. Some simple and quick changes will easily help reduce your risk of falling. Review the steps below to get started today. The front door •...
Many people assume that adding another name, such as a daughter’s or a son’s, to the title of their vehicle will automatically create a joint tenancy. The purpose of establishing joint ownership of the vehicle is to avoid probate upon the death of the parent. Unfortunately, the Registry of Motor...
An article that ran in The Boston Globe on July 29, titled, “Many of the state’s elderly residents struggle to pay their bills,” talked about Judi, age 74, who lives in elder housing in Boston. Despite working all her life as a flight attendant and library worker, Judi struggles every month to...
Healthcare transportation is a critical need for elders living in our community. In a few hours a month, you could help as a Rides for Health volunteer. Volunteer Rides for Health drivers are critical to the health of elders who are home care clients of LifePath in Franklin County and the North...

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