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September 30th, 2016

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Aging with Grace…

I’ve recently received inquiries regarding grief and depression so this week I’ll offer some insight, information and suggestions. Dear Grace, This winter my Dad passed away and my Mom is now living alone. I’ve noticed that she just doesn’t seem to be herself anymore; she’s not eating well and she doesn’t want to leave the house. She refuses to go...

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Aging with Grace…

When you become the main caregiver for a loved one, many times other family members are involved. This involvement can take many forms from financial support to active physical support or in some instances, no support at all. Each situation/family is different and each person within the family handles the emotional stress of having an ill loved one...

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Aging with Grace…

I’ve received several inquiries about how to handle specific situations involving someone with a dementia illness, so this column is all about helpful strategies/tips for living with a loved one who has some form of dementia/Alzheimer’s. How we communicate is vastly different from what we are used to doing and no two cases are exactly the same. Bei...

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Aging With Grace…

When a loved one needs a caregiver’s support… One topic that comes up fairly often at caregiver support meetings is: Am I capable of being a caregiver? The simple answer is yes, we are all capable of being a caregiver in some way or another. Being a caregiver for a loved one doesn’t mean you have to care for someone 24/7, all by yourself. Here are...

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Aging With Grace…

Project Independence answers your questions dealing with aging. This week, both questions involve caregiver burnout. Hopefully, the answers help not only the persons asking the questions, but all caregivers who are struggling to make it through the day. Dear Grace, Q. I’m a fulltime caregiver for my husband who has a dementia related illness and I...

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Doris Bowen Reflects on 100th Birthday

On November 17, Doris Bowen of East Montpelier will turn 100 and join a growing group of centurions that belie not only their age, but also many of the popular stereotypes of older people. “I believe in regular exercise, especially walking, and eating good foods,” says the lifelong Vermonter, who in earlier years would be the first in the family po...

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CVCOA Perseveres as Government Funding Shrinks

By Aaron Retherford It’s not an easy time to be a non-profit these days. For non-profits to survive during a time of decreasing funding, they truly have to provide effective and valuable services. Central Vermont Council on Aging has been in existence since 1972 and has become a centerpiece in the central Vermont non-profit world due to the bountif...

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Barre Area Senior Center Shows Off New Pad

By Aaron Retherford Two months ago, the Barre Area Senior Center moved into its new space, going from one of the oldest buildings in Barre to a place that was built specifically for BASC and would cause anyone’s eyes to widen as he or she walks through the door. On Friday, BASC held an open house to show off the new space, complete with a ribbon cu...

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Is macular degeneration limiting your ability to make new memories?

Have you noticed your loved one having trouble seeing what they’re doing at the stove? Are they having trouble recognizing which grandchild is asking for help tying his shoe? For people over the age of 60, age-related macular degeneration (AMD) is the leading cause of irreversible vision loss and legal blindness, which affects as many as 15 m...

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Health care teams demand nurses with doctorate degrees

When open enrollment for the Health Insurance Marketplaces closed earlier this year, more than 7.1 million Americans had signed up for health insurance coverage. As millions of new patients continue to gain access to insurance under the Affordable Care Act, industry leaders are facing the challenge of providing quality care while meeting the needs...

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