Articles by Carol Higgins Taylor

 

Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program an option for seniors

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Nov. 13, 2012, at 9:20 a.m.
Have you been getting sticker shock at the grocery store? Wondering how to keep your pantry shelves stocked and eat healthful meals? There may be benefits out there for which you are eligible but are not receiving so Eastern Area Agency on Aging is very happy to offer Benefits Check-Ups. …

Special meal at Sunbury Village to benefit EAAA fuel fund

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Oct. 31, 2012, at 9:44 a.m.
Berry Chase knows food. He knows how to keep a secret too, almost. A number of years ago, Chef Chase worked with a French chef who bestowed upon him a unique and sumptuous spaghetti sauce recipe. Chase, being the creative, culinary artist that he is, tinkered with the ingredients and …

AARP offering drivers safety classroom course to veterans for free

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Oct. 24, 2012, at 9:54 a.m.
Eastern Area Agency on Aging is always looking for ways to salute our veterans. So is AARP and they have come up with the just the thing. To recognize and thank Maine veterans for their honorable service and dedication to our country, AARP Driver Safety is proud to offer a …

EAAA’s Health and Safety Fair great resource for seniors

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Oct. 18, 2012, at 9:47 a.m.
There is a definite chill in the air. Just as we have our cars and homes checked out for winter, we should also have ourselves checked out. Now there is a great way to do that and have fun in the process. Eastern Area Agency on Aging’s free annual Senior …

Dementia cases may explode as Baby Boomers reach at-risk years

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Oct. 10, 2012, at 9:51 a.m.
Clifford Singer is worried about a tsunami. Not the oceanic event but one potentially as devastating. He anticipates a tsunami of dementia that is inevitable as coming-of-age Baby Boomers begin entering their at-risk years. “We are struggling to provide needed services now and the numbers of people with dementia is …
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The time is here to get your flu shot

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Oct. 04, 2012, at 3:53 p.m.
Fall is here. The leaves are turning and the apples are delicious, especially when covered in caramel, but as joyous as autumn is, it does have a downside — not winter lurking right around the corner but the beginning of flu season. Germs can live on surfaces from doorknobs to …

Fire Safety Month offers helpful reminders for seniors

By Carol Higgins Taylor, Special to the Weekly on Oct. 04, 2012, at 10:05 a.m.
October is Fire Safety Month. It’s good timing as we gear up to heat our homes and start contemplating holiday lighting. We also spend more time cooking. Let’s face it, there is nothing like warm soups and stews when the temperature dips. And then there are the decorative candles which …
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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 …