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Caring for Elders Resources Posted on Feb 27

Caring for Elders Resources

According to the National Alliance for Caregiving (NAC), more than 65 million Americans act as unpaid caregivers for a family member, and the average age of an adult who receives assistance is 69 years old. The Executive Office of Elder Affairs (ELD), primarily through the   …Continue Reading Caring for Elders Resources

Glaucoma: What to Know and How to Help Posted on Feb 24

Glaucoma: What to Know and How to Help

Approximately 2.7 million people in the United States have glaucoma, according to the National Eye Health Education Program (NEHEP), and many of them experience partial or total vision loss. The Massachusetts Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) offers a number of resources for employers,   …Continue Reading Glaucoma: What to Know and How to Help

Prevent Heart Disease During American Heart Month Posted on Feb 20

Prevent Heart Disease During American Heart Month

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year more than half a million Americans die from heart disease, making it the number one cause of death for both men and women. The Commonwealth strives to educate and inform residents about the   …Continue Reading Prevent Heart Disease During American Heart Month

This National Donor Day, Give Hope to Residents of the Commonwealth Posted on Feb 12

This National Donor Day, Give Hope to Residents of the Commonwealth

Organ transplants have enabled numerous Massachusetts residents to live longer, have more time with their family and friends, and have a better quality of life. However, despite continuing advances in medical technology, the demand for organs is still vastly greater than the supply available for   …Continue Reading This National Donor Day, Give Hope to Residents of the Commonwealth

What Is Prescription Advantage? Posted on Feb 4

What Is Prescription Advantage?

Massachusetts residents who are elderly or living with disabilities can get supplemental assistance through Prescription Advantage to help pay for prescription drugs without insurance. Prescription Advantage is a prescription drug assistance program run by the Executive Office of Elder Affairs (EOEA). How Can Prescription Advantage   …Continue Reading What Is Prescription Advantage?

Six Facts About Radon, the Leading Cause of Lung Cancer in Nonsmokers Posted on Jan 15

You don’t have to smoke or be exposed to second-hand smoke to get lung cancer. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), radon is responsible for an estimated 20,000 lung cancer deaths a year. One in four homes in Massachusetts has the potential to   …Continue Reading Six Facts About Radon, the Leading Cause of Lung Cancer in Nonsmokers

On Guard: Staying Healthy This Flu Season Posted on Nov 5

On Guard: Staying Healthy This Flu Season

As the days grow shorter and the winter months approach, it’s time to start thinking about flu season, how to avoid it, and what to do if you get sick. The flu (otherwise known as influenza) is a contagious disease that affects the body’s respiratory   …Continue Reading On Guard: Staying Healthy This Flu Season

Diabetes Information and Management Tips Posted on Nov 4

Diabetes Information and Management Tips

Diabetes is a serious disease that affects 29.1 million people in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). In response, the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) is working to reduce death and disability related to diabetes, its comorbidities,   …Continue Reading Diabetes Information and Management Tips

National Down Syndrome Awareness Month Posted on Oct 17

Down syndrome is the most commonly occurring chromosomal condition. One in every 691 babies in the United States is born with Down syndrome according to the National Down Syndrome Society. The disease affects a child’s physical development, language, and cognitive skills. Massachusetts participates in Down   …Continue Reading National Down Syndrome Awareness Month

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month Posted on Oct 14

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

According to the National Violence Against Women Survey (NVAW) completed jointly between the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 22 percent of women and 7 percent of men were physically assaulted by a partner at some   …Continue Reading National Domestic Violence Awareness Month