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The Causes of Cancer

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“You have cancer” are three words no patient ever wants to hear. The disease, however, is a common one. It is the second leading cause of death in the U.S., surpassed only by heart disease, and claims nearly 600,000 lives every year. The American Cancer Society estimates that more than 1.6 million new cases will be diagnosed this year.

Public surveys show that many people not only lack understanding of what causes cancer, but also have many misperceptions about how the disease develops.

Legal Education Seminar: Keeping Control as You Get Older

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On April 1 from 6:00-7:00 PM at the Hopkinton Senior Center, Attorney Arthur Bergeron will review the important documents you need to have in place to ensure that you keep control as you age: Power of Attorney and Health Care Proxy. He will also discuss the importance of wills, trusts, and joint ownerships. In addition, he will explore whether or not you should consider purchasing long-term care insurance (while you still can).

Kindly register by contacting the Senior Center at (508) 497-9730. Light refreshments will be provided.

A disease once eliminated, now back

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Measles was declared eliminated from the United States 15 years ago, yet within the last five years cases have increased. The latest outbreak at Disney World, which began last December and has since led to more than 150 cases in 17 states, is a stark reminder that vaccine-preventable diseases can, without vigilance, return easily, spread quickly, and be dangerous.

Golden Pond Invites You to its Free March Events

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Golden Pond will host a lecture series on chronic pain self-management on March 2, 9, 16, 23 and on April 6 from 9:00-11:30 AM. The series will focus on practical ways to deal with pain, fatigue and stress. The series is presented by The Healthy Living Center for Excellence with Bay Path Elder Services. Pre-registration required.

An Open House will be held on Wednesday, March 11 from 6:00-8:00 PM. Learn about the independent and assisted living options available at Golden Pond. Wine and cheese will be served.

Registration Now Open for the Sharon Timlin 5K

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The 12th annual Sharon Timlin 5K/Family Fun Day event returns to Hopkinton on June 20! It's a fun day for the whole family! Get more information or register now here. The event will be at Hopkinton High School from 8:30 AM-12:00 PM. Honored Guest: Mike Timlin, retired MLB Pitcher for Boston Red Sox. Enjoy a 5K race, kids 1 mile race, fun and games for kids, dunk tank, great raffles, live music and much more!

Hopkinton Lions Club Community Blood Drive

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The Hopkinton Lions Club is sponsoring a Community Blood Drive on Monday, March 2 at Golden Pond Assisted Living, 50 West Main Street, Hopkinton. The drive will take place from 2-7 PM. Sign up in advance here. Walk-ins are also welcome.

Alzheimer's Disease for Caregivers

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Staff from Hopkinton Health Center, Geriatric and Adult Day Care, will present on Alzheimer's Disease for Caregivers at the Hopkinton Public Library on Wednesday, February 11 at 7:00 PM. Lori-ann Sumner has a Master's degree in Social Work and diplomas in Whole Health Education and Wellness Coaching. She will provide an informative session for caregivers on symptoms of Alzheimer's, behavior changes, skill development and self care for caregivers, options, and resources.

Free February Events at Golden Pond

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Golden Pond Assisted Living invites you to our free events taking place throughout the month of February. On Monday, February 9, there will be a Veteran’s Talk. What is the Veteran’s Aid and Attendance Benefit, and who is eligible? This talk is presented by John Givner, Director of Veteran Services for the town of Hopkinton. The talk is from 6:30-8:00 PM, and there is a free Open House tour at the same time.

Opiate Abuse: What Doctors Think

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We hear about it all too often: a life cut short from opiate abuse. Death from drug overdose is now the leading cause of injury-related death in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control. While drugs like heroin remain a prime cause of such deaths, most of the more than 38,000 annual drug overdose deaths in the U.S. – 60 percent - are related to pharmaceuticals. And of those, 75 percent involve prescription pain medicines

Hopkinton Physicians Kick Off 11th Year of Physician Focus

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Physician Focus begins its 2015 season with a decidedly Hopkinton flavor, as two local physicians discuss chronic kidney disease, a serious condition that affects more than 20 million Americans.

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