On Wednesday, February 5, the Manchester Council on Aging was invited by Cape Ann Seniors on the Go to participate in their Winter Bowling Event at Cape Ann Lanes. The purpose was to bring seniors from Cape Ann together.  Seniors from Gloucester, Rockport, Manchester and Essex came for some physical activity through bowling, mingling with new friends and refreshments.  Local seniors were provided with transportation to and from Cape Ann Lanes through the Manchester Council on Aging shuttle bus.  

My name is Jazzy!  I am a pretty girl, and I am about 5 years old. I made my way to Cape Ann Animal Aid when my family couldn't keep me due to some allergies.  Change can be tough, but I am putting my best paw forward and excited for an opportunity at a family to love me forever! In my previous home I was playful and affectionate. I loved being pet or bird watching out the window. I would do best in a quiet home as your one and only!  

Joint replacement surgery is becoming more and more common and is occurring and younger ages. It is to your advantage to think through how you can approach surgery for the best possible recovery and outcome. Start by considering these four major categories as you prepare for upcoming surgery: Overall HealthPrehab, Home Environment, and Post-Op Help.

We mere mortals, from the Latin word “mortalis,” meaning “of life or living, ending in death.” Hmmm. If the oldest person living on the planet is 117 years old, even if we get to 90, we know what happens eventually. Why don’t we focus on what happens between now and then?

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My friend's Dad is super organized…with issues that he feels comfortable with.  He's excellent at banking, manages the insurance for the house and cars, and pays the bills with Swiss watch precision. When Mom was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he assured the family that he had "everything under control." As it turns out, Dad's version of "everything" had some MAJOR gaps.

If you would like to get a loved one a pet, you should go for it. However, it might be a good idea not to gift a pet quite exactly. Many animal shelters sell gift certificates that cover their rescue fee. Giving a gift certificate to cover the cost of adoption allows pet parents time to rese…

We had every intention of bringing him home for Thanksgiving, but he had a bad cold, and the nursing home advised against it. After we finished our meal, we packed up his dinner, and the whole crew headed over for a visit. He seemed fine, but we all left with a lump in our throats. Will we be able to bring him home on Christmas, or will we be back here with a plate of leftovers and some gifts in hand?

Let there be Peace on Earth… and let it begin where? With ME? Are you serious? It's the hap-happiest time of the year…and Peace on Earth, but NOT for everyone.  And that's OK, writes Joanne McGinnis.

Every year we see an increasing number of patients with pet health insurance.  Pet insurance is becoming an increasingly popular way to plan for emergency veterinary medical bills.  Almost unheard of just a few years ago, pet insurance is now a $1 billion per year industry.  The question is:…

Christmas can be a dangerous time for pets, with tempting but potentially poisonous treats adorning every open surface — meaning many pet owners will experience an emergency this festive season. 

You want to have the "attitude of gratitude," but right now… it's just not working out that way. Good news: it doesn't have to every minute of every day. It's not an all-or-nothing proposition. It's not: either/or — thankfully, it's both/and.

Mom was all about the holidays. She always started her extensive planning on the first day under 50 degrees. Now, this was back in the day before Thanksgiving hit the stores before the Fourth of July. She was all about festivity, menu, getting the family together. The more, the merrier. The …

It's been such a mild fall; we forget what is really about to happen. Last weekend, Daylight Saving Time ended, and we rolled our clocks back one hour. While some of us may be grateful for the extra hour of sleep, the seniors in our lives may take some time to adjust.

A person’s smartphone is more than just a phone to most people. In fact, smartphone use is now so expected that companies are now trying to find a way to utilize their employees’ use of their devices rather than keeping them from using them. Today, we thought we would take a look at the current smartphone market. 

Painting may be the last thing on people’s mind.  That’s a mistake, says one expert.  Interior painting is one of the easiest ways to make a fresh, dramatic change for the new season.  Exterior jobs stop by November, because of the cold.  But fall and winter can the optimal time for interior painting.  It’s easier to achieve the right balance between hot and cold temperatures that allow paint to dry and bond properly.

For those of us who have been through it, we attest that this is FAR from just a task of "cleaning out a house." In truth, it's a life review. Everything we touch inside our parents or other loved one's home, has a story, a memory, and a feeling attached to it.

Allergy in pets is one of the more common and challenging conditions we see at Manchester Animal Hospital. It is defined as a state of over-reactivity or hypersensitivity of the immune system to a particular substance called an allergen. Most allergens are proteins from plants, insects, animals or foods.

You may be very familiar with this term, or not at all, or somewhere in between. Is this like Power of Attorney? Is this the same person as the executor of my will? Is it automatically my spouse and children? Let's clarify what a Health Care Proxy document is, what power it grants, how it's …

What a relief not to worry about Mom and Dad during the winter months; no slipping on ice, driving in snow, frozen pipes, furnace failures or snow removal. They enjoyed winter outdoor living down South, without the weather-related complications that are the norm here in New England. Living in two places has its benefits, but there sure are plenty of complications.

She's the family favorite. All the kids adore her. She was the one who took them to the carnival, the fall fairs and the water parks. Dot never missed a game, a performance or a birthday. So... how in the world do we tell them about her terminal diagnosis? It will break their hearts.

Coping with death and the loss that follows is the subject of "hot off the press" books, movies, magazine articles, YouTube videos, pop songs, tattoos, and we've just scratched the surface. Benjamin Franklin said there were only two things certain in life: death and taxes. Our early life experiences, and that of our parents and even grandparents, often shape the way we cope with loss.