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A Scary Message In The Middle Of The Night

It felt like a normal Monday night. Randy and I had both gone to bed around 10:30 p.m. with our Yorkie Libby stretched out between us.

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Does Your State Pay Family And Friends To Be Caregivers?

On Oct. 12, my Massachusetts State Senator invited me to testify on legislation she filed to allow spouses to be paid caregivers for the elderly and disabled in the Medicaid program.

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What Are Your Favorite Married Dates?

Every couple has them, the occasional rough patch where you can’t speak to each other without considering murder. After 43 years of marriage, Randy and I have had a few.

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Three Vaccines This Winter for Elders

On Sept 12, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) issued a press release advising “everyone 6 months and older to get an updated COVID-19 vaccine to protect against the potentially serious outcomes of COVID-19 illness this fall and winter. ”

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The Best Things About Being Alone

Most introverts love and need people. After all, no man — or woman — is an island. And yet, for me, it’s solitude that has those special powers to energize and soothe. I now see how private time has always filled five essential needs.

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The ‘Unwinding’ Of Medicaid: A Quiet Health Emergency

On May 11 the federal government announced the end of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). That announcement, which should have been good news for millions of Americans, instead turned into a quiet health care emergency.

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