Articles by Carol Higgins Taylor

 
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Losing sense of smell can signal disease and put seniors at risk

By Carol Higgins Taylor on April 05, 2012, at 4:47 p.m.
We are nearing the season when a whiff of freshly cut grass can make us dizzy with delight. Or how about the aroma of freshly baked bread, a baby’s hair or a new car? Our sense of smell triggers memories, makes us hungry and keeps us safe. The National Institutes …
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PCHC to sponsor Senior Health Fair on Oct. 28

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Oct. 11, 2011, at 10:07 p.m.
The weather is turning colder and just as we have our cars checked out for winter, we should also have ourselves checked out. Now there is a great way to have fun in the process. Eastern Area Agency on Aging will hold the first-ever — and we hope annual — …
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Fair tunes seniors’ health for winter

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Oct. 07, 2011, at 9:46 p.m.
The weather is turning colder and just as we have our cars checked out for winter, we should also have ourselves checked out. Now there is a great way to have fun in the process. Eastern Area Agency on Aging is holding the first but, it is hoped, annual Senior …
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Consumer University just the prescription for seniors

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Sept. 27, 2011, at 8:55 p.m.
These are difficult financial times, and it is challenging to know where to turn for advice. But you’re in luck. The Consumer University: Exercising Financial Wellness will be held 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Spectacular Event Center, 395 Griffin Road, Bangor. The seminar is free, open to …
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Special garden to highlight Alzheimer’s Walk on Oct. 1

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Sept. 19, 2011, at 8:49 p.m.
Gardens are good for the soul and while they are typically hard work, the end result is worth the effort. The Alzheimer’s Association agrees with this sentiment, so this year at the Bangor Walk to End Alzheimer’s, formerly the Memory Walk, flowers will be planted in the Promise Garden as …
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Being prepared can help make doctor visits productive

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Aug. 22, 2011, at 9:52 p.m.
Think about the last time you visited your health care provider. Did you understand everything that was talked about? Did you leave the office confident that you had a solid plan for better health? Medical appointments are short, and before you know it, you’re out the door. And sometimes there is …
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Tax and Rent Circuit Breaker program ready to help

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Aug. 16, 2011, at 1:09 p.m.
As we head into late summer, it is time to think about taxes. Lest you think I have lost my calendar — or worse — let me assure you that I am not referring to income taxes, but to the Maine Tax and Rent Circuit Breaker program, which provides tax …
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Tax and Rent Circuit Breaker program ready to help

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Aug. 14, 2011, at 9:34 p.m.
As we head into late summer, it is time to think about taxes. Lest you think I have lost my calendar — or worse — let me assure you that I am not referring to income taxes, but to the Maine Tax and Rent Circuit Breaker program, which provides tax …
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AARP Driver Safety class just the ticket

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Aug. 08, 2011, at 10:11 p.m.
It’s a great time to be a retired teacher, especially if you are looking to improve your driving skills. National Retired Teachers Association members received a coupon in the mail recently that entitles them to a free AARP Driver Safety class. The coupon expires Aug. 30, but don’t let that …
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Blue Hill woman took books around the world

By Carol Higgins Taylor on July 25, 2011, at 7:50 p.m.
The best thing about the Eastern Area Agency on Aging George Hale Silver Frame Awards is meeting the inspiring seniors in our area. The range of talents and activities is vast. It’s strange but we did not have a nominee in the category of Fitness Enthusiast-Adventurer, age 60-75. We did …
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Silver Frame Awards honor seniors

By Carol Higgins Taylor on July 24, 2011, at 9:14 p.m.
The best thing about the Eastern Area Agency on Aging George Hale Silver Frame Awards is meeting the inspiring seniors in our area. The range of talents and activities is vast. It’s strange but we did not have a nominee in the category of Fitness Enthusiast-Adventurer, age 60-75. We did …
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Silver Frame winner appreciates seasoned workers

By Carol Higgins Taylor on July 11, 2011, at 9:52 p.m.
We, as human beings, never stop learning if we are open to new experiences and yearn for knowledge. Meet the two winners of the 2011 Eastern Area Agency on Aging George Hale Silver Frame Award for the category of Life-Long Learner-Entrepreneur. Dave Tomm, from Rockland, won for age 60-75. He …
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Seniors at risk from summer heat

By Carol Higgins Taylor on July 11, 2011, at 6:57 p.m.
Every summer, heat waves plague the Northeast. While usually brief, these weather patterns can be dangerous for seniors. Once heat creeps into the house and settles in, it can prove difficult to get it back out, especially the humid air that Maine is so famous for. It can wrap around …
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Hale Awards honor those of creative spirit

By Carol Higgins Taylor on July 05, 2011, at 4:20 p.m.
Every year, Eastern Area Agency on Aging hosts the George Hale Silver Frame Awards for the picture of active aging. We are always amazed and inspired by the cast of nominees each year, and 2011 was no exception. There are four categories with two age groups. Over the next few …
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Awards honor those of creative spirit

By Carol Higgins Taylor on July 03, 2011, at 8:43 p.m.
Every year, Eastern Area Agency on Aging hosts the George Hale Silver Frame Awards for the picture of active aging. We are always amazed and inspired by the cast of nominees each year and 2011 was no exception. There are four categories with two age groups. Over the next few weeks, …
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Lighthouses beckon Senior College members

By Carol Higgins Taylor on June 26, 2011, at 9:45 p.m.
What could be a more striking symbol of Maine than a lighthouse other than 21 lighthouses? Here is your chance to visit them all. This August and September, Penobscot Valley Senior College members have a special opportunity to participate in the ever-popular and adventurous Lighthouse Exploration course offered by Duane Prugh …
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Take leg pain seriously

By Carol Higgins Taylor on June 22, 2011, at 1:55 p.m.
Myths are circulating that getting older is the sole cause of countless varieties of aches and pains. Nothing to be done, they say, as it is “a normal part of aging.” Don’t listen to these naysayers with defeatist attitudes because in today’s world the medical profession can do wonders. And sometimes an ache or …

Take leg pain seriously

By Carol Higgins Taylor on June 20, 2011, at 10:17 p.m.
Myths are circulating that getting older is the sole cause of countless varieties of aches and pains. Nothing to be done, they say, as it is “a normal part of aging.” Don’t listen to these naysayers with defeatist attitudes because in today’s world the medical profession can do wonders. And sometimes an ache or …
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Following first aid tips can help those of all ages

By Carol Higgins Taylor on June 14, 2011, at 6:06 p.m.
Have you checked out your first aid kit lately? Do you even have one? I realized the benefit of having a well-stocked first aid kit when I got a pretty impressive splinter lodged in my finger. All I had available to help the situation was water and paper towels. A little disinfectant …
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Following first aid tips can help those of all ages

By Carol Higgins Taylor on June 14, 2011, at 5:01 p.m.
Have you checked out your first aid kit lately? Do you even have one? I realized the benefit of having a well-stocked first aid kit when I got a pretty impressive splinter lodged in my finger. All I had available to help the situation was water and paper towels. A …
 
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