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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

Dress in Blue Day is Friday

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Please join me and wear blue tomorrow, Dress in Blue Day, to increase awareness of colorectal cancer. Colorectal cancer, or cancer in the colon or rectum, is the second leading cause of cancer death and the third most … 0

Jaffrey: Forum on drug use Tuesday

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

On March 10 from 4 to 6 p.m., the Jaffrey Civic Center will host a discussion on drug use in our towns. Terry Choate will be discussing the extent of the drug problem in the area, recognizing signs of both addiction and distribution of drugs, rising up as … 0

Rindge: Prayer Garden open March 8-10

Friday, February 27, 2015

A Prayer and Meditation Garden will be open to the general public March 8-10 at the First Congregational Church in Rindge. The Prayer Garden offers participants a unique opportunity to explore their relationship with the Divine by reflecting on beauty, gratitude, transformation, prayer, peace, love and the breath … 0

Keene: Manual about blood pressure now available

Friday, February 27, 2015

In recognition of American Heart Month, Cheshire Medical Center/Dartmouth-Hitchcock Keene and the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services are pleased to announce the release of “Ten Steps for Improving Blood Pressure Control in New Hampshire: A Practical Guide for Clinicians and Community Partners.” This guide details … 0

Concord: Anthem speaks on data security breach in N.H.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Editor’s note: this story is adapted from an article which appeared in Wednesday’s Concord Monitor. Almost four weeks after the insurer disclosed a massive nationwide data breach, Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield released an initial estimate on the number of New Hampshire customers “impacted” by the cyberattack: 667,866. … 0

New Ipswich: Benefit for cancer-stricken local

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

An auction and benefit dinner will be held Friday to benefit Lynda Swenson of New Ipswich. Swenson was diagnosed in January with a grade II diffuse astrocythoma, a cancerous tumor that starts in the brain and tends to remain there. She is currently being treated at the Brigham … 0

Dog Tales: When dogs could be dogs

Thursday, January 29, 2015

When I hear myself say, “When I was young...,” I must admit it makes me feel old. Life is different now. When I was young, I had to walk two miles to school. Well, not really, but boy … 0

Parent Wise: Walking on eggshells or shell-shocked?

Thursday, January 29, 2015

Ever feel that way? You try desperately to avoid the inevitable meltdown, the screaming “No!,” the next “I don’t have to and you can’t make me,” or the falling on the floor in a fit of tears, in … 0

Health: Has sugar become the new tobacco?

Friday, January 30, 2015

Some scientists believe that sugar has become the new tobacco. Last year, a major study published in JAMA Internal Medicine reported that a sugar-laden diet may raise your risk of dying of heart disease, even if you aren’t … 0

Peterborough/Temple: ML

Monday, February 2, 2015

Steven Stanley of Temple is no stranger to the effects that cancer can have on a person’s life. Each year, when Performance Health and Fitness in Peterborough holds its annual “Pedal to End Cancer” in their indoor cycling … 0