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Three tips for staying healthy over 50 A healthy lifestyle is necessary at any age, but for those over 50, it’s especially important. As you age your body changes, and your risk for health problems increases. Fortunately, there are three simple things you can do to lead a healthier and happier life. Eat Heart Healthy If high blood pressure isn’t controlled through lifestyle changes and/or medicine, it can lead to stroke, heart disease, eye problems and other serious health issues. A great way to establish a heart healthy diet is by reducing your sodium intake, which may reduce the risk of high blood pressure. Starting the day with a low-sodium ready-to-eat breakfast cereal is just one way to choose a healthier lifestyle. Enjoy Nutrient-Dense Foods As you age, your body needs fewer calories for energy – but still needs the same amount of nutrients. It’s important to make your calories count by eating foods packed with good nutrition such as: Fruits and vegetables - Fresh, canned, frozen – it doesn’t matter. Vegetables are loaded with vitamins and minerals your body needs. Protein - Add some variety to your diet with delicious protein sources

such as fish, beans and peas. Whole grains - “The Dietary Guidelines for Americans” recommends at least three servings of whole-grain foods each day (16g per serving or 48g per day). Get Moving Physical activity and regular exercise can decrease the risk of heart disease, stroke, colon cancer, diabetes and high blood pressure. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend those 65 years of age or older, who are generally fit, and have no limiting health conditions, try to get two hours and 30 minutes of moderateintensity aerobic activity, such as brisk walking or yoga, and musclestrengthening activities two or more days a week. You should consult your physician or other health care professional before making changes to your diet or exercise plan to determine what is right for your needs. In addition to taking up walking or yoga, joining group activities or sports are great ways to keep moving. Taking care of your blood pressure, enjoying healthy foods, and staying active are three steps you can start taking today to help you get and stay healthy for tomorrow.



Antiques Purchased

Bert (617) 733-8863 • Sarah (508) 650-1994

Avery Crossings

110 West St., Needham, MA 781-444-6655

Avita of Needham

880 Greendale Ave., Needham, MA 781-444-2266

Briarwood Rehabilitation & Healthcare Center

150 Lincoln St., Needham, MA 781-449-4040

Clark House at Fox Hill Village

30 Longwood Dr., Westwood, MA 781-326-5652

Deutsches Altenheim

2222 Centre St., West Roxbury, MA 617-325-1230

Friends of Medfield Seniors/FOSI & Council on Aging

One Ice House Rd, Medfield, MA 508-359-3665

Home Instead Senior Care


New Pond Village

180 Main St.,Walpole, MA 508-660-1555

Pond Home

289 East St., Wrentham, MA (Rte 140) 508.384.3531

Pulte Homes at Canton Point

475 Turnpike St., Canton, MA 877-881-0086

Rehabilitation Associates Inc.

Riverbend of South Natick 34 Lincoln St., S. Natick, MA 508-653-8330 Thomas Upham House 519 Main St., Medfield, MA 508-359-6050 Timothy Daniels House 84 Elm St., Holliston, MA 508-429-4566 Victoria Haven 137 Nichols St., Norwood, MA 781-762-0858

Speech-Language & Hearing Associates of Greater Boston

5 North Meadows Rd., Medfield, MA 508-359-4532 30 Man-Mar Drive, Plainville, MA 508-695-6848

The Residences at Wingate

235 Gould St., Needham, MA 781-455-9080

Traditions of Dedham

735 Washington St., Dedham, MA 781-251-9330

Walpole Area VNA

55 West St., #3, Walpole, MA 508-668-1066

An independent, non-profit, Medicare certified home health agency. When home health care is necessary, you have the right to choose your home health provider. Request the very best. Walpole Area VNA recipient of the 2013 Home Care Elite Award. Services: Nursing, Therapies, Social Work, Nutritionist, Maternal/Child, Home Health Aide and Public Health Nursing. We work with all Massachusetts hospitals, physician groups and hospital networks.

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Serving: Walpole, Westwood, Needham, Dover, Sherborn, Medfield and seventeen more communities.


ost people prefer to stay in their home or apartment for as long as possible. The best way to make this a reality is to plan ahead of time to make the amenities in your home as safe and accessible as possible.

Aging in Place

Home Modifications Living at home longer may mean renovating a home to make it more accessible. This can include such things as installing ramps to bypass stairs, building a bedroom on the main floor, placing grab bars in the shower, changing the height of kitchen countertops or making a bathroom safer and more accessible.

Keeping a house running smoothly requires a lot of hard work. If you are no longer able to keep up with the demands, you may need to hire someone to do laundry, buy groceries, run errands, clean the house or perform any necessary repairs. There are a number of services that can be brought in to assist. You can hire someone, such as a personal care aide or home health aide, to help you out a few hours a day or around the clock. Transportation Declining health often causes a decline in independence and mobility. Many seniors lose the ability to drive or simply feel uncomfortable behind the wheel at night. Investigate transportation options in your area so you can maintain an active social life, get medical care and shop for necessities. Finding new ways to get around, even after you are no longer driving, may allow you to stay engaged and active.

Healthy Breakfast Series continues next week The Healthy Breakfast Series of Victoria Haven Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Center is exited to partner with Brigham and Women’s/Mass General Health Care Center Cardiac Rehab Program at Patriot Place to present “Heart Health for Seniors: Nutrition Discussion” with guest speaker Frances Scarlata, Senior Nutritionist. The event is free of charge and open to the public on Tuesday, February 25 at 10 a.m. at 137 Nichols Street, Norwood. A continental breakfast will be provided. Parking is available. For questions or more information, please call Kimberly at 781-7620858, ext. 11, or email kciardi@

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The National Resource Center on Supportive Housing and Home Modifications is a good resource for those looking to make such modifications. Go to the center’s website at and click on the link to the “Safety Checklist and Assessment Instrument.”

Getting Help

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Hearing Associates of Greater Boston, PC Specialists in Speech, Language, Learning & Audiology Licensed & Certified Audiologists and Speech-Language Pathologists

• Hearing Tests • State-of-the-Art Digital Hearing Aids • Blue Tooth Connectives (TV, Cell) • Tinnitus Evaluations & Management • Some insurances now cover hearing aids.

Helping Seniors stay active, healthy, and in touch We accept most insurances and Medicare A & B DR. MAURA G. MARKS Ph.D., Au.D., CCC-A/SLP

MEDFIELD 5 N. Meadows Road 508-359-4532 PLAINVILLE 30 Man-Mar Drive 508-695-6848

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enior Life 2014 Call Us Before You Have a House or an Estate Sale ~FREE HOUSE CALLS~ Bert (617) 733-8863 • Sarah (508) 650-1994 Over 50 years of experience buying and selling! MA Auction LIC. AU2628 - Serving all of New England

Caring for residents of Westwood and surrounding communities for over 20 years!

• Private and Semi-Private Rooms • Restaurant Quality Food • Physical Therapy • Occupational Therapy

• Speech Therapy • Individual TV’s & Phones • Free WiFi Access

Joint Commission Accredited

781-326-5652 30 Longwood Dr., Westwood 02090

“With the support of Traditions of Dedham staff and residents I have rediscovered my passion for life and am so happy I made the choice to live here.� Mary, Resident for five years

735 Washington Street, Dedham, MA 02026 Tel 781.251.9330

A non-profit offering an affordable option in long term care, Residential Care and Supportive Nursing Care since 1902


Arrange your visit today. Call 508.384.3531 or e-mail us at

289 East Street Wrentham MA (Rte 140) Managed by Rogerson Communities


A full listing of the area's businesses that focus on the senior community. From residential services to medical care, the area has plenty o...


A full listing of the area's businesses that focus on the senior community. From residential services to medical care, the area has plenty o...