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health & wellness

what is seniors helping seniors? IT’S LIKE GETTING A LITTLE HELP FROM A FRIEND® / By Jane Apkin M.A. CCC-SLP

need us for anything from transportation to companionship for as little as one hour, one time, or as much as 24/7 support.

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eniors Helping Seniors is the lowestcost, highest-quality, insured, licensed provider of nonmedical in-home care in Western Massachusetts. What makes Seniors Helping Seniors different?

We have no contract or minimum use requirement - Unlike most home care service agencies, we don’t require a contract from anyone using the service. Once the free initial assessment is complete, you can use us as you

Staff - We hire only active, compassionate senior care Providers who have an intrinsic desire to help others. These are people who might otherwise volunteer, but wouldn’t mind making a little money for their time and effort. Our Providers come from all walks of life; the one thing they have in common is a true desire to help. Match - We match each helper based on personality. We return to make the initial introduction at the start of service. Once we’ve made a good match, we work to keep the same Provider(s) on the case. This extra effort and personal attention fosters camaraderie and enhances the likelihood that our clients feel comfortable with the care Provider in their home.

In-home service by SENIORS for SENIORS ® No contracts, no minimums, & reasonable rates. Call Jane Apkin for a free in-home assessment.

It’s like getting a little help from a friend ® (413) 822-9988

www.SeniorsHelpingSeniors.com/Berkshires

sunscreen IS YOURS FILLED WITH CHEMICALS?

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e all know that sunscreen will help lower our risk of skin cancer and help prevent premature signs of aging. Sunscreen should be simple – apply it daily and you are protected. Unfortunately there are more issues to consider. Does it contain harmful chemicals? At Lenox Village Integrative Pharmacy we know that some sunscreens contain oxybenzone, which disrupts normal hormone production. If the sunscreen is “chemical free,” are the ingredients considered “nanoparticles”? Nanoparticles are so small that they can enter the body and bloodstream or can be inhaled in a spray. Is the sunscreen “broad spectrum”? In other words, does it protect from both UVB and UVA rays? At the current time, US regulations do not require

sunscreens to offer any UVA protection, but UVA rays penetrate deeper into the skin than UVB, and will cause immediate suntan, not sunburn. UVA also generates free radicals in living skin, which contribute to skin damage, wrinkling, and skin cancer. Is our choice of sunscreen harming the environment? Several common chemicals found in sunscreen are harming the world’s living coral reefs. Between 6,000 and 14,000 tons of sunscreen wash off swimmers, scuba divers, and snorkelers into coral reef environments each year. Even more sunscreen pollution can reach coastal areas via wastewater discharges. Up to 10 percent of the world’s coral reefs may be threatened by certain chemicals found in most sunscreens. Many coral reef parks and swim-with-the-dolphins aquaparks now mandate that their patrons use only mineral-based natural sunscreens. So, what sunscreen passes all of these tests? Look at Badger products and their testing. www.OurBerkshireTimes.com

June | July 2016

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