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Hopkinton Police Drug Take-Back Day September 26th, 10am-2pm

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The Hopkinton Police Department and the Drug Enforcement Administration will give the public another opportunity to prevent pull abuse or theft by ridding their homes of potentially dangerous expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Bring your medications for disposal to Hopkinton Police Headquarters at 74 Main Street, Hopkinton, MA, Saturday September 26th between 10am and 2pm. The service is free and anonymous, no questions asked.

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Increase Your Medicare IQ

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Are you approaching your 65th birthday? Are you over 65 and still working? Needing information for your parents?

If you will be signing up for Medicare for the first time...
- What does Part A cover?
- What isn't covered?
- What are the deductibles? Copays?
- And what about Parts B, C, and D?
- I've heard about Medigap. What is it?

If you are on Medicare now...
- Have your prescriptions changed?
- When did you last review your options?
- Has your physician network changed?

A Matter of Balance at the Senior Center

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Do you have concerns about falling? A Matter of Balance is a program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. The program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls.

You will learn to:
- view falls as controllable
- set goals for increasing activity
- make changes to reduce fall risks at home
- exercise to increase strength and balance

A Matter of Balance at Golden Pond

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Do you have concerns about falling? A Matter of Balance is a program designed to manage falls and increase activity levels. The program emphasizes practical strategies to manage falls.

You will learn to:
- view falls as controllable
- set goals for increasing activity
- make changes to reduce fall risks at home
- exercise to increase strength and balance

Breast Cancer: 1 in 8, but good news, too

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Next to skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among American women. About one in eight women in the U.S. will develop breast cancer in their lifetime, with three out of four developing it after age 50.

But the good news is that death rates from this disease have been declining due to better treatment, and today there are nearly three million breast cancer survivors in the U.S.

Walk to Break the Silence 5K

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Do you want to raise awareness about domestic violence? Do you want to make sure that victims get the help and support they need? Then you need to walk the walk!

“Walk to Break the Silence,” is the 4th annual fundraising walk and rally benefiting Voices Against Violence. The event will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2015, 10:00 AM ‐ Noon, at the Downtown Framingham Common with special guests U.S. Congresswoman Katherine Clark and Honorary Chair and former Middlesex D.A. Gerry Leone.

Can you see clearly now?

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For those of us getting older, perhaps not so much. Vision can deteriorate as we age (reading glasses, anyone?), and eye disorders become more common as we get older as well. Just four conditions, in fact, affect nearly 37 million adults over 40 in the U.S.

17th Annual UMass Medicine 5K Cancer Walk and Run

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Registration is now open for our UMass Medicine Cancer Walk & 5K Run taking place on September 27. Run registration is 7:00 AM and run start is 8:00 AM. Walk registration is 8:00 AM and Walk Start is 10:00 AM. The event will be held at UMass Medical School, 55 Lake Avenue North, Worcester. People can register or donate by visiting our website.

Guns and Public Health

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The medical field of public health typically takes in a variety of topics affecting large populations, such as infectious disease, environmental hazards, or sexually transmitted diseases. Now, say physicians, you can add guns, or more specifically, gun safety, to the list of subjects.

The Other Side of Alzheimer’s

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Alzheimer’s disease is a cruel affliction, robbing individuals of memory, motor activity, and the ability to plan and organize. Children, families, and friends become strangers; a longtime home turns into an uncomfortable, odd environment.

The disease currently affects more than five million Americans, but the number of patients with the condition is rapidly increasing with an aging population. Estimates are that by 2025, two million more seniors 65 and older will be afflicted, raising the total to more than seven million.

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