Some seniors need more than hobbies after leaving full-time jobs

CAPTION: Part-time consultant work may be just what retirees are looking for to fill their time and earn some extra money. Upon retiring, many newly minted retirees find themselves looking for ways to fill their free time. Hobbies may not take up too much time, and travel can stretch retirees’ budgets. One way that retirees […]

Ways to keep marriage going strong into golden years

The trend of long-married couples calling it quits has been growing. However, there are some steps couples can take to keep their relationships going strong. According to the AARP, divorces among people over the age of 50 have doubled since 1990. According to Susan Brown, co-director of the National Center for Family & Marriage Research […]

Making a difference

Assisting with the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve’s Toys for Tot collection at Brookdale Senior Living in Cumberland are World War II veterans, from left, Albert Choquette, Leo Totoro, Lester Hilton and Edward Andre.

Say, ‘Shoo flu’

Since it is the month of January, I am addressing the flu season in long-term care facilities.  Just to remind everyone, the term long-term care covers nursing homes, assisted living facilities, home care and hospice. Influenza can be brought into facilities by newly-admitted residents, health care workers or family members. Residents of long-term care facilities […]

Locate feeders to prevent birds from hitting windows

I hate hearing that sickening thud that indicates a bird has flown into my picture window or sliding glass door. It happened again just the other day, and I rushed out to find a stunned goldfinch panting and unmoving on my deck. So I gently held the bird in my hands for about 20 minutes […]

Writing classes scheduled

Cynthia Anne Bowen, a published fiction writer and poet with a bachelor’s degree in English literature from Brown University, Providence, is conducting creative writing classes at the Coventry Senior Center, 50 Wood St., on Thursdays at 11 a.m. The fee is $5 per class. For more information, call (401) 822-9175.

Exercise caution when shopping online

It’s hard to believe the holiday season is upon us. With Christmas right around the corner, many people are gearing up to do some serious shopping. While it can be fun to search stores and websites for the perfect gifts for loved ones, it can also present a few challenges, especially for older adults. According to […]

Toast cultural differences while celebrating

“I am as light as a feather, I am as happy as an angel; I am as merry as a school-boy. I am as giddy as a drunken man.”  ~ Charles Dickens, “A Christmas Carol”  It’s that time of year again when we all get so busy we sometimes forget why we celebrate December holidays. Instead […]

No reason to wing it as you shop for bird lovers

It’s the season of gift giving – and gift receiving – and the wildlife lover in your family probably has a few outdoorsy items on his or her wish list. That’s because we can always use a little something special that will help make our enjoyment of wildlife and wildlife watching even greater. So here’s […]

Harlequins flock to Southern R.I. locations

While many Americans consider the turkey to be the iconic bird of November, for me it’s the harlequin duck, a clown-like duck that returns to southern New England in good numbers every November. Dressed in a dapper plumage of slate blue and reddish brown with a variety of white stripes and spots, it is an […]