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Health

Over 55: Life filled to the brim

Monday, April 27, 2015

The last of the baby boomers have turned 50, and with that, comes a new set of challenges. One of them is maintaining a healthy and active lifestyle. But being active isn’t just keeping up with physical activity — it’s also stretching your social and mental muscles. “No matter what age you are, we all need physical activity, positive social interactions and opportunities to challenge our brains,” says Kim Mansfield, program director at RiverMead Lifecare Community, a retirement community in Peterborough. “Research shows that leisure time and physical activity are an important part of healthy aging.” Physical activity, such as individual or group exercise classes, … 0

HealthFirst: Learning, a lifelong journey

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Mahatma Gandhi once wrote, “Learn as if you were going to live forever.” It is my firm belief that if a person continues to learn, to expand the mind, and keep a sense of curiosity about the world, that person will never grow old in spirit. Living well after 55, or in my … 0

HealthFirst: A meal with friends

Monday, April 27, 2015

Where can you go, where everyone knows your name? Every third Thursday, Home, Healthcare, Hospice and Community Services sponsors Friendly Meals for seniors at the VFW Hall in Jaffrey. Folks use the time as a social hour and to enjoy some good grub. There is also a registered nurse on hand for blood … 0

Peterborough: What makes death so scary?

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

When Jacqueline Vanallen’s husband passed away, she brought her 7-year-old grandson to visiting hours. Vanallen encouraged her grandson to touch her husband’s hair, hands, and fingers. Vanallen’s grandson turned to her, and said, “He’s dead, alright.” “It was … 0

ConVal: Teaming up and taking steps for cancer research

Monday, April 13, 2015

Purple blanketed the red-and-white gym at Keene State College on Friday night, as hundreds of feet pounded pavement at the Relay for Life. No team raised more money at the fundraiser for cancer research than Team Carney. Emma … 0

Dublin: An unlikely recovery

Monday, April 6, 2015

A traumatic brain injury that paralyzes half of your body and destroys your short-term memory can be seen as a death sentence for most. Allan Pinney saw it as an opportunity to grow stronger. After suffering a brain … 0

Peterborough: Making the tough choice to wear a wig

Thursday, February 26, 2015

“When you start brushing your hair and clumps of it fall out, that’s when you have to commit,” Kim Short said. Short, a two-time cancer survivor, experienced one of the many detrimental side effects of a battle with … 0

Peterborough/Keene: Substance abuse support group formed

Monday, April 6, 2015

As she has watched her son struggle with substance abuse since the time he was a young teenager, Sue Cullinane of Rindge has been looking desperately for support — and not just for her son, but for herself. There was a dearth of peer-to-peer support for those that … 0

Peterborough: Smoking cessation program at MCH

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Beginning April 14, Monadnock Community Hospital is introducing a newly designed six-week Smoking Cessation Program designed to maximize success for individuals who want to quit smoking. Titled, “Quit 2B Fit,” the program includes unique educational components, coupled with supportive coaching to help participants achieve success. Participants will learn … 0

Food is medicine

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Did you know that an apple a day is as effective as a statin drug? Statisticians in England explored the question: which would be better for everyone over age 50, to eat an apple a day or take … 0

Parent Wise: Can you be friends with your child?

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Wish I had a nickel for every time I’ve heard “Never be friends with your child.” The thinking behind this, I presume, is that children need a parent’s authority; they do not need to be a confidante. True … 0

Peterborough: Doctors at North Meadow leaving MCH

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Patients of doctors Scott Jaynes and Annika Brown want to know why the couple is leaving Monadnock Community Hospital for Dartmouth­-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, and why MCH hasn’t fought to keep them. Hospital administrators and trustees say … 0

Peterborough: Peer-to-peer support at the River Center

Monday, March 16, 2015

A peer-to-peer support group for those struggling with mental illness or emotional difficulties to be held Fridays from 11 a.m. to noon at the River Center. This ongoing group, offered by Monadnock Area Peer Support, is run by trained facilitators. It is a safe place for adults with … 0