Articles by Carol Higgins Taylor

 

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 …

Protect back and heart when shoveling snow

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Jan. 31, 2011, at 8:20 p.m.
Winter has a firm grip on us this year with several huge storms blanketing the state and no end in site. While snow may look beautiful when the large flakes are falling, this winter wonderland has lost its charm. Clip the column and give it a read through before you …

Give yourself doable resolutions this year

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Jan. 03, 2011, at 7:16 p.m.
OK, it is now officially the new year. Traditionally this is a time when we make great big plans to get in shape mentally and physically. Well, with years of broken resolutions behind me, I’m finally over the grandiose schemes. So this year I suggest a much smaller scale, taking …

Honor a senior with a nomination for a Hale award

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Dec. 28, 2010, at 9:13 p.m.
It’s that time again — time to start taking notice of the inspiring seniors in your life. Then put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, and let us know about them. Through the years, we have met some incredible seniors with amazing attitudes. In May, in honor of Older …
Aging in Maine

Holiday visits to nursing homes can touch the heart

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Dec. 23, 2010, at 2:40 p.m.
While there may be no place like home for the holidays, that’s just not reality for some people who are ill. Being in a nursing home can be a struggle anytime of year, but the holiday season can be particularly difficult. Having a visit from loved ones is surely appreciated, …
Aging in Maine

Honor a senior with nomination for George Hale Silver Frame Awards

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Dec. 23, 2010, at 2:28 p.m.
It’s that time again — time to start taking notice of the inspiring seniors in your life. Then put pen to paper, or fingers to keyboard, and let Eastern Area Agency on Aging know about them. Through the years, we have met some incredible seniors with amazing attitudes. In May, …

Seniors should make disaster preparedness kits

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Dec. 13, 2010, at 8:33 p.m.
We have had some very heavy winds of late that have resulted in power outages — not to mention the blowing snow that came with the first storm of the season. While the mere thought of the beginning of winter makes me shudder, what’s worse is not being prepared for …

Your favorite senior sure to love these holiday gifts

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Dec. 07, 2010, at 2:18 p.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. For example, this gift is free. If your senior has recently acquired a computer, …

Here are some gift ideas to put smiles on seniors’ faces

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Nov. 30, 2010, at 2:28 p.m.
Thanksgiving is behind us, and the leftovers are but a memory. The time has come to give serious thought to brushing up on Christmas carols and hoarding sales fliers. There is no denying that this is a difficult economy, and people on fixed incomes will feel the pinch. Energy costs …

Volunteers lend a hand, life a heart, make a difference

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Nov. 16, 2010, at 2:40 p.m.
Paula Burnett has a question for you: “Would you like possibly to live longer, put smiles on people’s faces, solve problems, learn something new, engage in intergenerational activities, make new friends and serve your community?” If you answered yes, Burnett has a plan for you. “To make these kinds of …

Family caregivers need to take care of themselves, too

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Nov. 08, 2010, at 2:49 p.m.
No one wants to think about Mom and Dad getting older. The strong, seemingly invincible parents of our childhood may now be in need of a little help from us. And this need can come at a time when we already are trying to balance family and work. While caring …

Caregivers need time to care for themselves, too

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Nov. 06, 2010, at 3:16 p.m.
No one wants to think about Mom and Dad getting older. The strong, seemingly invincible parents of our childhood may now be in need of a little help from us. And this need can come at a time when we are already trying to balance family and work. While caring …

AARP Driver Safety class the ticket to build confidence

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Oct. 26, 2010, at 3:07 p.m.
Do you like to drive but just aren’t feeling as sharp as you once were? Well, not to worry. AARP’s Driver Safety course can have you feeling more confident in no time. Along with ways to navigate difficult traffic situations, you’ll learn about potential trouble spots for drivers, parking lots …

As season sets in, time to consider fire safety

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Oct. 18, 2010, at 6:03 p.m.
October is Fire Safety Month, and rightly so as we gear up to heat our homes and think about holiday lighting. We also spend more time cooking — there’s nothing like warm soups and stews when the temperature dips. Then there are the decorative candles, which can prove disastrous if …

Silver Frames honor fitness, lifelong learning

By Carol Higgins Taylor on May 20, 2009, at 8:18 p.m.
The winners have been chosen for the Eastern Area Agency on Aging George Hale Silver Frame Awards. These awards are the celebration of active aging and, as always, the entrants were inspiring. The …

Jot down your concerns before visiting doctor

By Carol Higgins Taylor on May 18, 2009, at 3:41 p.m.
How often have you heard an older person say, “I am not really sure what I am supposed to do. I didn’t understand everything,” on returning from a medical appointment? This is not uncommon. Often, physician’s appointments are short and before you know it, you’re out the door. And sometimes …

Information, free stuff, prizes at May 14 expo

By Carol Higgins Taylor on May 18, 2009, at 3:24 p.m.
May is Older American Month. To honor older Americans, Eastern Area Agency on Aging has teamed up with Penquis to bring you the third Senior Connections Expo, set for 9 a.m.-2 p.m. Thursday, May 14, …

Driver safety course tailored to older drivers’ needs

By Carol Higgins Taylor on May 18, 2009, at 3:11 p.m.
Do you like to drive but aren’t feeling as sharp as you once were? Well, not to worry. AARP’s Driver Safety course can have you feeling more confident. Along with ways to navigate difficult traffic situations, you’ll learn about potential trouble spots for drivers, parking lots where cars may be …

Keep in the pink to banish winter blues

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Jan. 14, 2009, at 5:44 p.m.
January is a tough month. The holidays are over and spring seems so far away. Then there is the weather. It still gets dark early. It’s cold and snowy and icy. The gray days can give way to the …

Meals for ME looks to bring people together

By Carol Higgins Taylor on Dec. 31, 2008, at 6:09 p.m.
About a week before Thanksgiving I went to the Meals for ME dining room in Holden to serve the holiday feast. After all these years, I’m still amazed and delighted at how much fun it is to join …
 
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