Articles by Carol Higgins Taylor

Carol Higgins Taylor

Comfort, safety edge out vanity as we age

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Nov. 20, 2015, at 8:59 a.m.
Carol Higgins Taylor: “What really matters is how I feel about myself.”

Three things Katherine Musgrave believed about senior nutrition

By Carol Higgins Taylor on July 02, 2015, at 10:42 a.m.
If we’re lucky, we meet a person or two during our lifetime who have crossed the threshold into greatness. These special people are more than supremely accomplished in their fields — they are truly generous of spirit, kind-hearted and always leave someone better off for having known them. Katherine Musgrave, …

Don’t dismiss these fleeting signs of stroke

By Carol Higgins Taylor on April 30, 2015, at 10:21 a.m.
Just the word “stroke” can strike fear in our hearts. It is easy and somewhat comforting to dismiss weird symptoms that may be fleeting — dizziness, severe headache and vision disruption, all of which happen suddenly but may disappear just as quickly. As tempting as it is to explain away …
Ruth Clark, 95, goes through her daily aerobic exercise routine in Pompano Beach, Florida, on April 24, 2012.

Ready to exercise after a winter on the couch? Tips for older adults

By Carol Higgins Taylor on April 02, 2015, at 10:51 a.m.
Dare I say it? I think spring is here. At least it is warmer. Nothing really is as motivating as the clean, fresh air that doesn’t sting your lungs. It’s time to get moving. If you have not been active for a while, start very slowly. It will still have …
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How to celebrate the season with your aging loved one

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Dec. 04, 2014, at 11 a.m.
The holiday season is officially here. Christmas carols are playing everywhere and store sales flyers, offering never-before-seen savings, are competing for attention. I won’t even mention the traffic. The holidays can make many seniors and their caregivers feel a bit sad or even depressed. Maybe shades of holidays past are …
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Visiting aging parents over the holidays? Warning signs to look for

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Nov. 06, 2014, at 9:44 a.m.
The holidays are fast approaching. For some of us, it means visiting aging parents whom we may not have seen in a while. This is the perfect opportunity to check out their environment and see how they are really getting along. The “We’re fine, dear” they utter on the phone …

First-aid tips for seniors

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Oct. 02, 2014, at 11:02 a.m.
I cut my finger the other day and couldn’t find a bandage anywhere. Toilet paper is not a good substitute, and while alcohol is considered a disinfectant, I don’t think watermelon vodka was the best choice. Have you looked at your first-aid kit lately? Do you even have one? These …

How to get off the couch, get fit in your senior years

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Sept. 04, 2014, at 3:54 p.m.
Exercise, it seems, is the equivalent to sipping from the fountain of youth. While you may thirst for the vitality of past years, there are things you should think about if you are a senior and just beginning an exercise plan. First off, if you haven’t been active for a …

Five tips for seniors to avoid injury and stay healthy

By Carol Higgins Taylor on May 01, 2014, at 9:38 a.m.
May is Older Americans Month. Established in 1963, it was designated as a time to celebrate and acknowledge senior citizens for their past and current contributions to their communities and the country at large. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Community Living has a different theme …

New Health Insurance Marketplace is breeding ground for scammers

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Sept. 05, 2013, at 1:35 p.m.
People on Medicare are a coveted group. Scammers thrive on them, stopping at nothing to separate these beneficiaries from their Medicare numbers. In a word, it’s criminal. And it’s about to get worse. The new Health Insurance Marketplace is a breeding ground for scammers who are trying to convince Medicare …
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Local business owners Debra Bell (left) and Don Hanson (right) present checks to Rob Crone, director of nutrition at the Eastern Area Agency on Aging. Bell and Hanson collaborated on a joint pet-photo shoot that helped raise money for EAAA’s Furry Friends Food Bank.

Two local businesses support seniors and their pets and EAAA

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Jan. 29, 2013, at 2:22 p.m.
One of the best things about living in this area is the generosity of community businesses. Add to that fact that animal lovers encompass a special breed of caring, and great things can happen. The beneficiaries of the good works of two area businesses are Eastern Area Agency on Aging’s …

Layering essential to help seniors to keep warm on cold days

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Jan. 09, 2013, at 10:06 a.m.
“Baby, it’s cold outside” isn’t just a song by Bing Crosby, it’s also the weather forecast. We are approaching the middle of January and have seen some pretty bone-chilling temperatures. It is safe to say that there are more on the way so it’s time to get serious about warmth …

Retiring judge recalls that he most enjoyed adoption cases

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Jan. 02, 2013, at 9:52 a.m.
Editor’s note: Judge Allan Woodcock has been known for ruling with fairness and integrity for decades. He will be missed. In honor of his retirement from the bench, this column, which originally ran five years ago today, is being republished. He may rule with the iron hand of the law …

LiveSAFE system provides emergency response, security

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Dec. 19, 2012, at 9:04 a.m.
It’s like having the world at your fingertips. Well, almost. Rosscare’s LiveSAFE provides personal emergency response service, friendly support, and a sense of security, literally at the touch of a button. “This is a unique service in that it is not only for emergencies but it is total telephone support,” …

More holiday gift ideas that will please your favorite senior

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Dec. 13, 2012, at 8:16 a.m.
If you read last week’s column and got some gift ideas for your favorite senior, I am sure you are relieved. And I’m glad. However, I have a few more suggestions, all of which are cost effective. • How much would you pay for some relaxation while helping a non-profit? …

Holiday caregiving: Adjust traditions and stretch your budget

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Dec. 06, 2012, at 2:19 p.m.
The holiday season is officially here. Christmas carols are playing everywhere and store sales flyers are slipping out of the morning paper at an alarming rate. Then there’s the traffic, only made worse by the perpetual confusion of motorists. Stressed out yet? Feeling the pressure? “The holiday season can make …

Finding the right gift for your senior needn’t be complicated

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Dec. 05, 2012, at 10:05 a.m.
Thanksgiving is over and the pumpkin pie is but a memory. Now it’s time to give serious thought to brushing up on holiday songs and hoarding sales flyers. There is no denying that this is a difficult economy and people on fixed incomes will feel the pinch. Energy costs and …

Ways to bring holiday cheer to long-term care facilities

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Nov. 28, 2012, at 9:57 a.m.
With Thanksgiving behind us, we gear up for even larger festivities. While there may be no place like home for the holidays, that’s just not reality for some people who are ill and in a long-term care facility. Visits from loved ones are important and much appreciated but there are …

Food safety important when preparing Thanksgiving meal

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Nov. 21, 2012, at 8:17 a.m.
It’s Thanksgiving. But as we look forward to a delicious meal with all the trimmings, we should be aware of one important component — food safety. Some people eat cookie dough and love traditional homemade eggnog, but it’s risky because raw eggs can be dangerous to consume. To be safe, …

Reflective orange vest helps seniors to be visible to motorists

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Nov. 14, 2012, at 9:32 a.m.
Is it just me or is winter coming at us at breakneck speed? Driving home in the dark at 4:30 is depressing. But what’s worse is not being seen by drivers when you’re walking in the street or even retrieving mail from a roadside mailbox. Seems every year we hear …