Articles by Carol Higgins Taylor

 
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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 …

Community services can help with senior independence

By Carol Higgins Taylor on April 25, 2011, at 5:23 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 …
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Put your best face forward

By Carol Higgins Taylor on April 18, 2011, at 9:42 p.m.
We all know that beauty is more than just skin deep, but putting your best face forward is never a bad idea. Practicing good skin care habits will not only make your skin look better, but also will make you feel better. A well-done facial can leave you glowing from …

For women, heart disease is the top killer

By Carol Higgins Taylor on April 11, 2011, at 11:14 p.m.
Hearts. We hear about them all the time: heartbreak, heartburn, having heart-to-heart chats and getting to the heart of the matter. The heart has become the muscle of emotion. But as heart-shaped symbols appear on everything from bumper stickers to T-shirts, how much thought is given to heart disease? Did …
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Be “scentsible” when wearing perfume

By Carol Higgins Taylor on April 04, 2011, at 12:09 p.m.
You never know when it will happen. You are minding your own business, when suddenly you encounter someone who is drenched in fragrance. This happens to me on a regular basis and as the waves of heavily scented air wash over me, I can feel my nose getting stuffy. I …

EZ Fix volunteers needed to do ‘home’ work

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Feb. 15, 2011, at 11 p.m.
Owning a house gives you a full understanding of the phrase “it’s never done.” Because I purchased my home later in life and was fairly set in my ways, this was a new concept to me. I figured that it would take about a year to make the house perfect …

Pets improve quality of life for seniors

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Feb. 14, 2011, at 6:23 p.m.
Sometimes a new lease on life comes in the most unlikely of packages. An older woman recently revealed that her new lease was in the form of a fluffy and feisty kitten that had become the light of her and her husband’s life. They couldn’t believe how wonderful it was …

Spring semester begins soon at Bangor-area Senior College

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Feb. 08, 2011, at 9:12 p.m.
Spring is in the air. OK, maybe not. But regardless of how much snow has piled up around your house, the spring semester of classes offered by the Penobscot Valley Senior College starts on Friday, March 4, and runs through April 8. Just like our homes, our brains need spring …

Smart shoveling may avoid injuries to heart and back

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Feb. 01, 2011, at 9:03 p.m.
Winter has a firm grip on us this year with several huge storms blanketing the state and no end in sight. Snow may look beautiful when the large flakes are falling, but this winter wonderland has lost its charm for many people. Clip this column and give it a read-through …
 
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