Director’s Corner

Director’s Corner

Read the latest from our Program Director, Cynthia Bjorlie M.D.

What You Need to Know About Health Care Proxies

When we think about infirmity and the end of life, most of us want to make our own health decisions for as long as possible. Advance Directives include all the various ways that you can direct what you want in the event that you cannot speak for yourself. The best way to have that happen […]

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I Got Scammed!

Me! I fell for it! I almost handed over $500 at JCPenney to the lady behind the Sephora counter to help a friend. It started that morning when I heard from an old friend that I haven’t seen in years. He emailed and asked for a favor. I wrote back, “Sure, call me.” He didn’t […]

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COVID Vaccinations: Do What Is Right For You

As the country continues to deal with COVID-19 and its variants, I want to share my perspective. First, I want to be clear that if you fall into a high-risk category due to existing medical issues such as obesity, diabetes, asthma, chronic lung disease, sickle cell disease or are in some way immunocompromised, I encourage […]

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Sharing The Love: Homemade Valentine’s Day Cards for Seniors

Adult Foster Care of the North Shore teamed up with SeniorCare, Inc., again this year with piles of homemade Valentine’s Day cards and goody bags that were delivered with Meals on Wheels to 220 seniors in Gloucester, Manchester, Essex, Ipswich and Hamilton on Valentine’s Day. The cards and greetings were handmade by local youngsters.

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Seasonal Sadness

Dog in the Snow

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is a depression that occurs in people at the same time each year–usually in winter, hence the nickname “winter blues.” It became an official diagnosis in 1984 when Dr. Norman Rosenthal of the National Institute for Mental Health published a study that started with a man named Herb Kern. Herb was […]

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