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Comfort pets provide companionship to adults experiencing isolation, memory loss

By Stephen Anable, Communications Specialist Bernadette Cary, 87, is relaxing on her bed in her room at the Sutton Home for Women in Peabody, cuddling a new stuffed dog. It looks like a typical plush toy: blond, roughly a foot

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“Forever Fit” TV Series Begins Tomorrow, Friday, July 16

Some days, cooking can seem like a time-consuming hassle and making time for exercise falls victim to our busy schedules.   But, if we’re told “you are what you eat” and “move it or lose it,” what should we do? This

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5 Quick Tips to Handle the Holidays!

My caregiving journey is challenging, but I do not journey alone, and my best is enough. Family Caregiver Holidays can be wonderful. And, holidays can be stressful – especially if you are a caregiver. Here are five quick tips to

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“Do I Have Rights as a Caregiver?” Understanding the CARE ACT

As we close out the year and get ready for 2019, it’s important that caregivers are recognized for all the support they give daily to their loved one, and to make sure they understand their rights. Most caregivers know the

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March is Brain Injury Awareness Month!

I thought I would first start with sharing a personal story with you.  This is Jim’s story and he shares his experience following his brain injury and how the Brain Injury Association of Massachusetts (BIA-MA) has helped support him through

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Personal Care and Alzheimer’s Disease: How to Avoid the Struggle

Bathing can be difficult for someone with Alzheimer’s or Dementia and also then often becomes a daily struggle for their caregivers. Here are some suggestions that might help if you are providing bathing assistance for your loved one: Have all

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Bombarded with information, SHINE to the Rescue!

This may be how you feel at this time of year if you are eligible for Medicare, already have Medicare, or turning 65 soon. With television advertisements that tell you they have the best plan for you, the extra mail

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Latino Caregiver Event! Evento para Cuidadores Latinos!

Yes it is that time of year again! October brings Pumpkins, Pumpkin coffee, football, sweaters and beautiful fall foliage to the New England area. We have one more exciting event to add to the fall in the Merrimack Valley, Our

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Sunrises and Sunsets – My World in Between

It’s 3:30 pm and it’s about time for me to finish my work day, here at Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley. Rushing home to pick up my children (10 year old and 12 year old), to drive them to

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Sharing the Caring

“The best long-term care insurance in our country is a conscientious daughter”, quoted a recent article in the New York Times, “The Daughter Care System”. While the article notes that more men have been stepping up as caregivers in the