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.

Diabetes: Persistent Epidemic

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The term “epidemic” is usually applied to the spread of infectious disease, but judging by the numbers of patients affected, you can certainly add diabetes to the list. The incidence of this chronic disease has tripled in the U.S. since 1980 and now affects nearly 21 million adults 18 and older.

Chair Yoga at the Hopkinton Senior Center

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The Hopkinton Senior Center will hold a Chair Yoga Demo Class on Monday, May 4 at 9:00 AM. Regular classes start on May 11 and take place on Monday mornings at 9:00 AM. Each class is $5 and you pay by the month. Sign up at the Front Desk of the Senior Center.

My Life, My Health: Self-Management

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The Hopkinton Senior Center will host a free workshop called My Life, My Health: Self-Management. This is for people 18 and older with long-term medical conditions and takes place on April 29, May 6, May 20, May 27, June 3 and June 10 from 9:30 AM-12:00 PM. You will learn disease related problem-solving, ways to deal with pain and stress, and more! Call Marlene Troupes or Joyce Raum at 508-497-9730 to register. You must attend 4 out of 6 sessions to be a full participant.

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!


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