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Rest easy! It’s National Sleep Awareness Week Posted on Feb 25

Rest easy! It’s National Sleep Awareness Week

After a long day of work and play, we often can’t wait for bedtime. But for some, falling asleep can be elusive and stressful.  In fact, most people experience difficulty falling asleep at some point in their lives. National Sleep Awareness Week is an opportunity for   …Continue Reading Rest easy! It’s National Sleep Awareness Week

February 14th is National Donor Day Posted on Feb 11

February 14th is National Donor Day

Showing love with chocolates and roses isn’t the only way to celebrate Valentine’s Day. February 14th is also National Donor Day – a time to recognize those who have helped save people’s lives by donating blood, bone marrow, tissue, or organs, and to consider doing   …Continue Reading February 14th is National Donor Day

American Heart Disease Awareness Month Posted on Feb 6

American Heart Disease Awareness Month

Heart disease, including stroke, is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, more than one million Americans suffer a heart attack and approximately 600,000 die from heart disease — that’s one out of every four deaths. The   …Continue Reading American Heart Disease Awareness Month

Transportation Services for Massachusetts Seniors Posted on Jan 23

Transportation Services for Massachusetts Seniors

The availability of adequate transportation for seniors in Massachusetts enables them to live independently in their communities, and helps prevent isolation and the possible need for long-term care placement. Many seniors who do not drive often rely on family and friends to help get them   …Continue Reading Transportation Services for Massachusetts Seniors

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month Posted on Jan 16

January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Glaucoma is the number one cause of preventable blindness in the United States. Currently, 2.7 million Americans over age 40 have glaucoma, and the National Eye Institute projects this number will reach 4.2 million by 2030. During January, the Glaucoma Research Foundation and other eye health groups   …Continue Reading January is National Glaucoma Awareness Month

Housing Services for Massachusetts Senior Citizens Posted on Jan 9

Housing Services for Massachusetts Senior Citizens

Everyone shares concerns about caring for their parents, grandparents, and loved ones as they reach retirement age and beyond. In Massachusetts there are public and private housing options that address seniors’ different needs, from independent living and active senior communities to assisted living, continuing care, and nursing   …Continue Reading Housing Services for Massachusetts Senior Citizens

Massachusetts Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Posted on Jan 2

Massachusetts Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services estimates that 8.6 percent of all Americans are hard of hearing or are deaf. Using this percentage for the Commonwealth’s citizenry, per the most recent (2010) U.S. census data, approximately 563,000 Massachusetts residents have varying degrees of   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Services for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Time to Renew: New Year’s Resolutions Posted on Dec 31

Time to Renew: New Year’s Resolutions

Many see the new year as an opportunity for self-improvement – “a new year, a new you.” It’s a time to reflect on the changes we want to make in our lives and a time we resolve to follow through on those changes. However, keeping   …Continue Reading Time to Renew: New Year’s Resolutions

Hunger Relief Programs in Massachusetts Posted on Nov 19

Hunger Relief Programs in Massachusetts

As Thanksgiving approaches, millions of Americans are looking forward to celebrating the holiday with family, friends, heaping plates of food, and maybe even some football. It’s a time of plenty for most but for some of the 750,000 Massachusetts residents who experience hunger and struggle   …Continue Reading Hunger Relief Programs in Massachusetts

5 Preventative Steps to Help You Stay Healthy During Flu Season Posted on Nov 5

5 Preventative Steps to Help You Stay Healthy During Flu Season

Cold weather is here and with the first frost of the season comes the coughing, sniffling, and sneezing that heralds in flu season. During this time of year it’s important to remember how to avoid contracting the flu and what to do if you get   …Continue Reading 5 Preventative Steps to Help You Stay Healthy During Flu Season