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Senator Spilka Hosts 2013 Senior Health & Wellness Fair

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Senator Karen Spilka (D-Ashland) will host her annual Senior Health and Wellness Fair on Saturday, October 26th at the Joseph P. Keefe Technical School in Framingham. All MetroWest seniors are invited to learn more about ways to continue to lead a healthy and active lifestyle.

Throughout the course of the day, seniors will participate in a variety of workshops and presentations about senior health programs, benefits and wellness activities. The Fair will also include a continental breakfast, a hot lunch and health screenings for attendees.

Seasonal Flu Clinic This Thursday at Town Hall

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2013 Seasonal Flu Clinics by the Hopkinton Board of Health through Century Health Systems will be held on October 10, 2013 at the Town Hall (lower level), 18 Main Street and on November 4, 2013 at the Senior Center which is located at 28 Mayhew Street, Hopkinton, MA. These will be the only clinics the Board of Health holds this season. These Clinics are for Hopkinton Residents 19 years of age or older.

Flu Clinics
Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. @ Town Hall
Monday, November 4, 2013 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. @ Senior Center

Inside the ER

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From left, Bruce Karlin, M.D., Nathan MacDonald, M.D., Jeffrey Hopkins, M.D. during October on Physician Focus

We never know when a medical emergency will occur, but when it does, it’s good to know there’s a place to go that’s open for care 24 hours a day, every day of the year.

The ER, celebrated by such television programs as NBC-TV’s long-running show of the same name, has become a critical component of American health care: An estimated one of every five Americans now visits a hospital emergency department each year, for a total of nearly 130 million visits annually.

National Depression Screening Day October 10

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From Hopkinton Youth Services:
Mental Illness Awareness Week occurs during the week of October 6­-12, 2013. In an effort to recognize and de-­stigmatize mental illness, Hopkinton residents can take part in National Depression Screening Day.

In person Screening: October 10, 2013
Hopkinton Public Library
10 am -­ 12 pm
or

Anonymous Online Screening: 24 hours a day, 365 days a year at http://www.mentalhealthscreening.org/screening/HOPKINTON

Executive Office of Health ande Human Services: Top 10 Reasons Why The Affordable Care Act Is Good For Massachusetts

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In a press release dated September 25, 2013, the Massachusetts Executive Office of Health and Human Services cites the top 10 reasons why the Affordable care Act is good for Massachusetts:

10. Creates new protections to ensure your insurance plan covers you when you need it. Massachusetts already has strong insurance protections. The Affordable Care Act (ACA) enhances these protections by eliminating limits on the amount of benefits you can receive.

Youth Services: Understanding Loss and Coping with Grief Resources

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To assist you in helping to cope with the recent tragedy in Hopkinton, here are some resources to support your child through grief and loss. The entire Town of Hopkinton offers our deepest sympathy to the Family. Hopkinton Youth Services will work with the Hopkinton Public Schools to support any child or family in need.

Click Here for Developmental Understanding of Death Handout for parents or see attachment.

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Vineyard Church Program Focuses on Spiritual and Physical Health

Vineyard Church Family Life Pastor Areli Biggers wanted to create a class for women at the church that combined exercise with spirituality. After reading the book "Running by the Book" by Corrine Baur, Biggers was inspired to base her class off of the principles of that book. The class, which is designed for women of all abilities, follows the book's 12-week guide of positive empowerment, with each week focusing on a different topic that relates the messages of bible scripture back to the challenges of exercise and pushing through adversity.

The 21 women in Biggers' class have been working extremely hard to meet the end goal of the program, to complete a 10k. At the end of the twelve weeks, the class will be participating in the AFA Veterans Fun Run in Bedford on November 9, 2013.

Although the class has been in session for a few weeks now, Biggers encourages all who are interested to still join the class, which meets Thursdays at either 9:30am or 6:30pm for cross training and on Saturday mornings for runs.

For more information about the class, visit www.vineyardhopkinton.org/get-plugged-in/for-women. Or contact Biggers at areli@vineyardhopkinton.org

Golden Pond Celebrates National Assisted Living Week with “Homemade Happiness” Theme

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In observance of National Assisted Living Week®, September 8 to 14, Golden Pond Assisted Living will sponsor a series of events developed as a special opportunity to bring together residents, families, employees, volunteers and the surrounding community to celebrate “Homemade Happiness.”

The “Homemade Happiness” theme acknowledges the contributions of staff, residents, and families in making the assisted living community a home for residents.

MassHealth Launches New Program to Stop Fraudulent Provider Billing

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Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS) John Polanowicz today announced the launch of an innovative new program that will help detect and prevent provider fraud, waste and abuse in real-time, by freezing payments to providers with suspicious claims, until they are investigated.

You and Your Doctor

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Since the days of the Greek physician Hippocrates, the physician-patient relationship has generally been regarded as a key part of good health care.

While medicine in most every way is light years away from the days of the venerable Greek physician who practiced before the time of Christ, choosing a medical doctor is still one of the most important decisions a person can make about his or her health care.

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