Maine has one of the highest percentages of veterans in the nation. Many who are over 65 are living alone or with aging spouses and feel isolated from the community. Vet to Vet Maine matches volunteers who are themselves veterans with veterans who are experiencing loneliness and isolation. It makes a huge difference.
You can't live too long without learning a life lesson or two. By the time you hit 60 and beyond, it's likely you've learned quite a few. Start off the new year with some words of wisdom from the people I interviewed this past year for my Conversations About Aging podcast.
She may be tough, but at 60, there are some things that Kathy McInnis-Misenor can't do. She was diagnosed with a debilitating form of arthritis as a child but has still managed to achieve a lot and isn't about to quit. She now has a highly trained sidekick to help her maintain her independence.
I have a recipe for you that is delicious and healthy, along with good things to know about a Mediterranean diet AND what I learned about pomegranates.
I've heard so many people say that as soon as they retire, they plan to travel. Well, recently, I met a woman who's long past retirement age and she's not just taking trips, she's leading them — to the land of her birth. Ireland.
People often don't realize how devastating it is to lose all your hair during cancer treatments. Debby Porter understands and that's why she started a program called Hair Matters. Because it does.
Ten years ago, Sally Loughridge, who is a well-known Maine artist, had 33 days of radiation therapy for breast cancer. To get through it, she did what she knows best. After each treatment, she painted.
Since I found out I had DCIS five years ago, I have talked with many women who also have DCIS. It's considered stage 0 breast cancer, but that doesn't mean there are zero risks. This is my story.
When Bob got scammed, he felt terrible. Instead of keeping it to himself, he decided to warn other people by sharing his experience.
When she was 20 years old, Leona Bright Chasse joined the Navy. She served during World War II. The work Leona did was top secret until just a few years ago. She was a Code Girl.
An estimated 2.4 million people in the United States are living with hepatitis C. Baby boomers are among the high-risk groups. Find out why and also learn about new medications that have revolutionized how this serious infection is treated.
A poem called "The Crabby Old Man" has made the rounds for years. It turns out the story behind the poem is not accurate, but it still contains a useful message. He may seem crabby, but the man is simply feeling lonely, isolated, invisible, and depressed.
Leaves are falling, temperatures, too. Autumn in Maine heralds the beginning of flu season. Are you planning to get a flu shot?
Watch the video of a discussion between retired NASCAR driver Dale Earnhardt Jr and Dr. Micky Collins, the concussion specialist who gave Dale his life back. It's chock-full of important information.
Got a tingling sensation in your thumb and several fingers? You might have carpal tunnel syndrome. Learn more.
Have you ever done or witnessed something that made you feel sick inside because it violated your moral code? And ever since you seem lost and maybe even broken? There's a term for what you may be feeling — moral injury — and Volunteers of America Northern New England is trying to do something about it.
Did you know that practicing gratitude can make you happier and healthier? Don't know where to begin? Some tips from Dr. Robert Emmons, a gratitude expert.
Let's face it. As we age, a lot of things don't work quite as well as they used to. Balance, for instance, can be an issue. But guess what? There are ways to assess and lower your risk of losing your balance and falling.
We do all kinds of things to exercise our bodies and keep them strong and healthy. Here are some tips on how to keep our brains fit as well.
Do your shoulders ache sometimes? Maybe while you're on the computer or texting on your phone? Watch our short video demo of some shoulder soothing exercises.
There are two primary ways the medications you take can get into the environment and your drinking water. Learn what they are and what you need to do right now to make sure your water is safe to drink.
We sometimes think that to be healthier and happier we have to make sweeping changes in our lives. Not so. Read about small changes that have made a difference.
Does the threat of ticks keep you from enjoying outdoor activities? If you're confused about how best to protect yourself, be sure to read these important tips.
Thanks to deer flies, mowing the lawn used to be a nightmare for my husband. Now, it's a dream! Learn his secret to getting rid of them and get an update on its success rate.
Blueberries. What isn't there to appreciate about blueberries? They're delicious, easy to eat, full of nutrition, and beautiful to behold. AND there's so much you can do with them — here are a few recipes.
As people age, a common scenario is family members worry that home is no longer a safe place to live and the person growing older wants to stay put. A little bit of extra help might make that possible. That's where Portland Area Villages comes in.
It's going to be wicked hot in Maine this weekend. In the 90s and high humidity could make it feel even hotter. Stay cool and take a minute to learn about heat-related illnesses, their symptoms and what to do if someone has any. (Pets, too.)
Imagine walking into a roomful of people strumming and singing a happy tune. Your worries would melt away in an instant. Your toes would start tapping and your face would break into a smile. It happened to me when I heard the ukulele band The FLUKES.
Planning a 4th of July fireworks display in your backyard? You need to know what the law allows. You also want to follow these important safety tips.
A painful, itchy, gross rash. That about sums up what can happen if you come in contact with the hairs of a browntail moth caterpillar. We've got some remedies that may help to settle things down.
Join me for a worthwhile, albeit a bit dizzying experience as I put on a special suit and try to walk a straight line.