Articles by Carol Higgins Taylor

 
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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 …

Sedentary seniors: go slow with exercise plan

By Carol Higgins Taylor on June 13, 2011, at 7:49 p.m.
Every health care provider in the free world promotes staying active as a secret to staying healthy. We’ve all heard the slogans designed to motivate us, such as “move it or lose it” and “no pain, no gain.” Regular exercise, it sometimes seems, is the active equivalent to sipping from …
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Keep hot food hot, cold food cold and wash hands

By Carol Higgins Taylor on June 06, 2011, at 9:45 p.m.
Almost everyone loves cookouts and all the fixings that that go with them. Just one whiff of a grill in action can make you salivate. It seems that every weekend is a new opportunity to join family and friends in a barbecued feast. However, nothing spoils the memory of these …
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Tips for avoiding food poisoning

By Carol Higgins Taylor on June 06, 2011, at 9:41 p.m.
Almost everyone loves cook-outs and all the fixings that that go with them. Just one whiff of a grill in action can make you salivate. It seems that every weekend is a new opportunity to join family and friends in a barbecued feast. However, nothing spoils the memory of these get-togethers …
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Keeping info about medications private the safest thing

By Carol Higgins Taylor on May 31, 2011, at 11:47 p.m.
About a month ago, the nation participated in a drug take-back day sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration. This is something that the Penobscot County Triad does regularly with its drug drop-off box, most recently at the fifth annual Senior Expo. Stationed at the Senior Expo, Chief Deputy Troy Morton …
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Keeping info about medications private the safest thing

By Carol Higgins Taylor on May 27, 2011, at 11:24 p.m.
About a month ago, the nation participated in a drug take-back day sponsored by the Drug Enforcement Administration. This is something that the Penobscot County Triad does on a regular basis with their drug drop-off box, most recently at the fifth annual Senior Expo. Stationed at the Senior Expo, Chief Deputy Troy …
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Medications a big challenge in caring for an elder

By Carol Higgins Taylor on May 25, 2011, at 12:48 p.m.
Caring for an elder person can be rewarding but also challenging. While caregivers are as varied as the tasks they perform, they share some of the same concerns. Caregivers are people of ages, from all walks of life. A caregiver is anyone who provides unpaid assistance to an older adult, …
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Medications a big challenge in caring for an elder

By Carol Higgins Taylor on May 20, 2011, at 10:02 p.m.
Caring for an elderly person can be rewarding but also challenging. While caregivers are as varied as the tasks they perform, they share some of the same concerns. Caregivers are people of all ages, from all walks of life. A caregiver is anyone who provides unpaid assistance to an older adult, be it …

Sensor lights, closed curtains can help improve home safety

By Carol Higgins Taylor on May 17, 2011, at 9:53 a.m.
We all want to feel safe at home but a few precautions can make that feeling stronger. I hear seniors say, “Oh, I never lock my door,” but that’s not the safest thing to do. I admit, I have done it myself on occasion, but always end up worrying about …
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Come to Senior Expo on May 20 in Bangor

By Carol Higgins Taylor on May 13, 2011, at 2:45 p.m.
Get a red pen and circle Friday, May 20, on your calendar. You don’t want to miss the fifth annual Senior Expo at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor. Doors open promptly at 9 a.m. and then the fun begins. There will be more than 70 exhibitors displaying everything from home health …

Come to Senior Expo on May 20 in Bangor

By Carol Higgins Taylor on May 10, 2011, at 11:31 p.m.
Get a red pen and circle Friday, May 20, on your calendar. You don’t want to miss the fifth annual Senior Expo at the Spectacular Event Center in Bangor. Doors open promptly at 9 a.m. and then the fun begins. There will be more than 70 exhibitors displaying everything from home health …

Sleep apnea more common with age

By Carol Higgins Taylor on May 09, 2011, at 1:45 p.m.
Sleep. The word conjures up relaxing visions of comfy beds and cozy covers, unless you have sleep disorder, which can make the vision not so relaxing. Do you go to bed early only to wake up feeling tired? Are you constantly nudged in the night by an impatient spouse because …
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Protect yourselves from money scams

By Carol Higgins Taylor on May 03, 2011, at 10:30 p.m.
There is no shortage of scams circulating right now designed to separate you from your money. This is done in a variety of ways. In one, a caller claims to be a family member detained in Canada (or some African country) who needs money wired to a certain location to …
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Community services can help with senior independence

By Carol Higgins Taylor on April 25, 2011, at 9:29 p.m.
I’m a homebody by nature. It is undeniable there’s a certain comfort that comes from being at home. Most of us feel it after a long day of work or an extended vacation. Imagine the comfort that comes from living in the same home for decades. Every turn is a memory, from …