Articles by Carol Higgins Taylor

 

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 …
SENIOR BEAT

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 …
SENIOR BEAT

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 …

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 …