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Three Chelsea Jewish Residences Win National Quality Awards

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Three Chelsea Jewish Lifecare skilled nursing facilities have received national recognition for the outstanding quality care they provide to residents.  The Jeffrey and Susan Brudnick Center for Living in Peabody and the Chelsea Jewish Nursing Home in Chelsea are two of just nine facilities in Massachusetts that received the Silver National Quality Award from the American Health Care Association. The achievement quality awards spotlight providers across the nation that have a commitment to providing quality care for residents and patients in long-term and post-acute care centers and communities. Additionally, the Leonard Florence Center for Living in Chelsea received the Bronze level award, which is the first step in the awards process.

“We are so honored to receive these prestigious awards,” said Adam Berman, President of Chelsea Jewish Lifecare.  “Our dedicated staffs were instrumental in obtaining this national recognition. They truly make a difference – every single day – in the lives of our residents.”

These Quality Awards recognize organizations that develop and demonstrate effective approaches to help improve performance and health care outcomes.

 

Treatment Plant Fire Results in Voluntary Water Restrictions

Due to the fire at the Coolidge Avenue Water Treatment Plant, and based on a recommendation by the Department of Environmental Protection, Mayor Bettencourt has declared a water emergency for the City of Peabody effective Wednesday, July 5, 2017. Since the fire rendered the treatment plant inoperable, the City has had to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to purchase water from the Massachusetts Water Resource Authority, the MWRA. Water purchased from the MWRA is priced at a significantly higher rate than locally treated water. Mayor Bettencourt said he hopes to have the plant back online by this fall. However, he noted that the fire damage was extensive and that the fall timeframe could prove optimistic. The initial water emergency measure consists of a Phase 1 – Voluntary Water Restriction Request – which went effect on Wednesday, July 5th. Residents are asked to conserve water by only watering their lawns every other day as follows: • Via sprinklers or by hose (both in-ground and above-ground systems). • Odd # houses – Monday, Wednesday, and Friday ONLY 6 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and 6 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. • Even # houses Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday ONLY 6 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. • Cars should only be washed during scheduled watering times • Please no Sunday watering Residential water billing is based on usage. By helping to conserve water during the city’s water emergency, residents can also help lower their costs. For more information on the water emergency and voluntary water restrictions, please visit the city’s official website, www.peabody-ma.gov.

 

 

Have More Get-Up- and - Go energy

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It seems that not matter the time we set the alarm clock the day is over before the to-do list is all checked off.  We, as a society, are busy, stressed, need more physical activity and sometimes have poor eating habits — all contributing to low energy levels. One way to fix our energy deficit is to eat better. The right combinations of food can give you that get-up – and- go energy. Follow these five strategies to maximize your energy.

Plan Your Eating

Eating every three to four hours can help to fuel a healthy metabolism, maintain muscle mass and prevent between-meal hunger that can lead to unwise snacking. If you only are eating one to two meals a day, this will be an adjustment. As you learn how to eat more frequently throughout the day, remind yourself that you will feel better and be more focused when you have fuel in your system on a regular basis.

Honor Your Hunger and Fullness Cues

Eating just enough, but not too much, helps to curb cravings and reduces chances of overeating. Keep in mind that portions often are too large. If your meal carries you five to six hours without hunger pangs, it’s likely that you’re eating too much. On a scale of 0 to 10 (where 0 is starving and 10 is painfully full), try eating to about a 5 or 6 level, where you are comfortably full but not stuffed. Be mindful of your feeling of fullness and not what’s on your plate. As you realize you have had enough to eat – save the rest for later.

Eat Healthy Ingredients

A healthy meal includes whole grains, lean meats, poultry or fish, fiber-rich fruits and vegetables, fat-free or low-fat dairy and a small amount of healthy fats. Balance out your meals throughout the day with all the food groups for sustained energy.

Snacks Are a Bridge

Don’t skip this important eating event. Snacks should have protein and fiber-rich carbohydrates to provide lasting energy. Grab a small apple and a few nuts; carrots and one stick of string cheese; or ½ cup of Greek yogurt and ½ cup of fresh berries. Keep in mind that snacks are not intended to fill you up, but to bridge you from one meal to the next.

Skip Sugary Drinks

Skip the soda, sugary coffee and energy drinks. These foods may leave you buzzing for an hour, without satisfying your hunger or energy level. Plus they are usually high in calories.  Instead, quench your thirst with water; add a splash of fruit juice if desired. fat-free or low-fat milk, or unsweetened ice tea.

Make your eating habits healthier. Balance out your meals throughout the day to get the energy required for all the items on your to-do list.  Keep hunger at bay as you maximize your energy.

By Anna Tourkakis Nutritionist

Anna Tourkakis is a nutritionist, author and founder of Eating From Within Nutrition. She provides nutrition advisory services and healthy eating programs to companies and individuals to help clients manage health conditions and maintain healthy eating lifestyles. Anna can be reached at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it T. 781 334-8752; www.eatingfromwithin.com


   

How to Find and Claim Your Family’s Unclaimed Money

Dear Savvy Senior,

I’ve heard that there are free online search tools that can help people look for lost or forgotten money left behind by deceased relatives. Can you refer me? When my father passed away his financial affairs were in such a mess, I’m wondering if there was anything he left behind.

Wondering Daughter

Dear Wondering,

Forgotten or lost money is actually quite common in the United States. According to the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators, there is around $42 billion in unclaimed funds sitting in state treasuries and other agencies just waiting to be found.

These unclaimed funds are from accounts that are inactive or whose owners, or their heirs, cannot be located. Unclaimed funds can include things lost or forgotten saving or checking accounts, stocks, utility security deposits, tax refunds, life insurance proceeds, un-cashed dividend checks, contents of safe-deposit boxes and more.

This typically happens because of a change of address (the owner moved), a name change (the owner got married or divorced), or the owner dies and the estate was unaware of the money or the heirs could not be located. By law, companies and financial institutions that can’t find the owner or their next of kin within two to five years must turn the property over to the state where it’s held indefinitely.

Where to Search

It’s very possible that your father, or you, have some unclaimed money out there and you don’t even know it. To start your quest go to Unclaimed.org, which has links to all state programs that will let you to do a state benefits search online for free. Or, you can do a multi-state search in 40 states at MissingMoney.com.

Check every state in which your father or you have lived, worked or conducted business.

Also, if you’re married, make sure to check under your maiden name as well. Using a first initial and your last name is also encouraged to make sure everything comes up. Every state can tell you immediately if you or your dad have some unclaimed money, as well as how to go about collecting it.

Look Here Too

In addition to state treasuries, here are some other agencies that can help you find unclaimed money.

IRS: Each year thousands of refund checks totaling millions of dollars are returned to the IRS by the post office. To look for lost Federal tax refund checks go to IRS.gov/refunds, or call 800-829-1954.

U.S. Treasury: To find out if there are any savings bonds your dad didn’t claim dating back to 1974, go to TreasuryHunt.gov. For older bonds or those still drawing interest use form 1048, which you can download at TreasuryHunt.gov/forms/sav1048.pdf, or call 844-284-2676 to request a form by mail.

Pension Benefit Guaranty Corporation: If your dad worked for a company that went out of business or ended its defined benefit pension plan, you may be entitled to some of his benefits. To look for lost pensions, use the pension-search tool at PBGC.gov/search/unclaimed-pensions, or you can call 800-400-7242 and get help over the phone.

National Association of Insurance Commissioners: To track down a lost or forgotten life insurance policy, the NAIC, an insurance regulatory support organization, offers a national policy locator service at Locator.NAIC.org.

PenChecks Inc. and Millennium Trust Co.: To search for lost or forgotten retirement benefits or 401(k) funds left behind with an old employer, go to UnclaimedRetirementBenefits.com and MTrustCompany.com/unclaimed-retirement-funds.

Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation: To search for unclaimed bank accounts at firms that were shut down between January 1, 1989 and June 28, 1993 go to ClosedBanks.FDIC.gov/funds. State treasuries hold assets from shutdowns after 1993.

Social Security: To find lost Social Security benefits, including the $255 death benefit, call 800-772-1213.

Send your senior questions to: Savvy Senior, P.O. Box 5443, Norman, OK 73070, or visit SavvySenior.org. Jim Miller is a contributor to the NBC Today show and author of “The Savvy Senior” book.

 

 

State funds keep Peabody seniors on the go

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Grant allows Senior Center to purchase six new transportation vehicles

The Senior Center has six new transportation vehicles, thanks to a state grant. The city now has five new passenger vans and one new car. Last Thursday (July 6), Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito came to the Peter Torigian Senior Center (79 Central St.) to present the new transportation vehicles on behalf of the state.

The vehicles, which cost $240,000 in grant money, are a win for the city and the Senior Center, which lobbied hard to get them. The city now has one of the biggest fleets of any council on aging.

“[Carolyn Wynn, the director of the Council on Aging] fights for things like this all the time,” Carol McMahon, of the senior center, told The Advocate.

Mike Berry, director of Legislation and Community Affairs for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation (MassDOT), told The Advocate that the city stood out for the “depth and breadth of their application.”

Wynn, in a conversation with The Advocate, thanked the many groups that came together to make the funding a reality. “It’s a wonderful partnership. Between working together we can provide so much more for the seniors and disabled population for Peabody,” Wynn said.

Lt. Governor Polito thanked Wynn and Mayor Ted Bettencourt and the City Council for their leadership. “It all starts with leadership.” Polito said. “With a strong mayor, city council, you’re putting Peabody in the best position possible to take advantage of these funds.”

The funds come from the competitive Community Transit Grant Program, which in its latest round of grants, doled out $10.2 million to a handful of Councils on Aging around the Commonwealth, totaling 148 new passenger vans for senior centers (including Peabody).

“Peabody stands out as a community that cares for seniors,” Polito later told The Advocate. She commended the city for its “strong portfolio of policies.”

Polito said that the vans would help Peabody’s seniors lead “a healthier, safer and more comfortable lifestyle” and “stay in the community.”

Wynn said that the Senior Center gives approximately 50,000 rides per year, from shopping to doctors’ appointments. They visit neighboring Danvers, Beverly and Lynn.

The new MV1 car will save on fuel. It also does not require a special license, like a van, to drive. It will help the one or two people who need a ride, instead of having to take a whole van.

Peter Torigian’s widow, Jackie Torigian, called the event “a little emotional” in a conversation with The Advocate. “I know how proud he would be to have it reach this level,” she said.

Peter Torigian was the longest serving mayor in Peabody’s history (1979-01) and invested significantly into the Senior Center that bears his name.

A hub of activity

The Senior Center has over 300 volunteers and offers a wide array of services and activities for Peabody’s elders. “There’s something for everyone,” McMahon said.

The mayor told the crowd that the Senior Center “continues to be a hub of activity for thousands of older residents.”

Thanks in large part to the Senior Center, AARP designates Peabody as an “age-friendly community.”

“This really is the envy of the North Shore,” the mayor said of the city.

By Melanie Higgins


   

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