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‘Red flags’ for hoarding must be taken seriously

Q: I have a casual acquaintance I’ll call Sarah. Together, we go out to dinner or attend social events. When we pick Sarah up, I am never invited into her home. A mutual friend described the apartment as extremely cluttered,

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Putting the aging process in perspective

Q: My daughter recently celebrated her 40th birthday. She received many cards and gifts, some humorous, some sentimental, and was treated to a wonderful party. When the festivities were over, she acted a bit down and worried she was “getting old.”

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Elder Services awarded contract to increase access to the COVID-19 vaccine

Media Release May 12,2021 LAWRENCE – Elder Services of the Merrimack Valley and North Shore was one of 25 community-based organizations to receive funding as part of the Massachusetts Vaccine Equity Initiative to increase awareness and access to the COVID-19

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Benefits, responsibilities of a power of attorney

Q: Years ago, my parents met with an attorney to put their home and financial assets in a trust. I was named my mother’s health care power of attorney if my father became incapable of acting on her behalf. I didn’t

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Easing fears about the vaccine

Question: Some of my friends are afraid of getting the COVID-19 vaccine because they think it will give them the actual disease. What can I tell them to ease their fears? Answer: This is a common fear among many who

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Understanding herd immunity, and what it means for vaccination

Q: I am 72 years old and received my second COVID-19 vaccination two weeks ago. I am somewhat relieved to have this added protection, but others in my age group are reluctant to get vaccinated. I have heard the term “herd

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Visiting after vaccination

Q: I am fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and feel a great sense of gratitude and relief. Is it finally OK for me to visit my aunt in her long-term care facility? A: Becoming fully vaccinated is certainly a milestone. Many

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Adapting to hearing aids

Q: My elderly mother has experienced hearing loss during the last few years. She has denied she had a problem, which has frustrated her family and friends. She reluctantly agreed to visit an audiologist, and, as we expected, she was in

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Finding rehab help outside the hospital

Q: Two months ago, my husband broke his femur when he fell in our home. He had surgery to insert a rod and pins into the bone and was hospitalized for several days. Since that time, he has been staying in

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Watch out for vaccine scams

Q: My neighbor told me she received an email claiming that she could obtain an exemption and get the COVID vaccination before her age group becomes eligible. She is on Medicare but is only 65 years old. She tends to be