We're always interested in hearing about news in our community. Let us know what's going on!

We aren’t quite at the “go anywhere, do anything” point, but we aren’t captives. We walk the beach, go to the market, aren’t terrified to pump our gas, and (with confidence) use the ATM. We are in between. If Route 128 had three lanes, we would be in the middle one.

Despite being “so done” with living our lives around the COVID-19 virus, the severity of the current rate of infection demands our attention…and consideration. We have many months of coping and learning under our belts. We’ve become informed about the scientific facts, transmission method, a…

Do we remember what a world not dominated by a pandemic feels like?  I often find myself saying to colleagues in the healthcare field, "Remember when we thought healthcare was stressful before COVID?" And we either roll our eyes, let out a huge groan, or respond with a long pause of silence. 

Our "normal" goal is usually to be in balance, and even then, without a pandemic or social and political unrest, it's a challenge.  The whole work/family ratio, "on and off-time," and as we all have become so intimately acquainted with these past months, the blur of life's factions, blended …

The scientists and medical experts certainly have amassed a vast amount of knowledge of COVID-19, since January 11th, when the first Coronavirus patient in Wuhan China succumbed to the illness. That is just over three months ago. From an unknown to a household word, inside of 3 months. Staggering.

Despite being so done” with living our lives around the COVID-19 virus, the severity of the current rate of infection demands our attentionand consideration. We have many months of coping and learning under our belts. We’ve become informed about the scientific factstransmission method, and most importantly, the tools and lifestyle behaviors that can protect us and prevent infection. 

  • Updated

It is almost like midnight at 4:00 pm these days.  Even if the seconds of daylight increase after the solstice on December 21, the darkness is upon us, NOW.  In the darkness, I’m looking for the lightthe decorated houses with window lights that feel like Colonial Williamsburg, the Chevy Chase Christmas chaos, or a wreath on the door with a little light on it.  It cheers me; it warms me; it makes the darkness more tolerable.  

  • Updated

This will be a holiday season like no other, writes Joanne MacInnis, RN and president of Danvers-based Aberdeen Home Care, Inc.  Here are her tips for getting through, safely.

  • Updated

We’ve been living under a weighted blanket of worry and anxiety for eight months. 

  • Updated

Is your loved one's neighborhood still participating in Halloween, even if in a limited capacity?  Consider putting a basket of candy outside in the driveway, not necessarily right next to the door.  Although this may be a "light" trick or treat year, it's a good idea to have a family member visit with your elder on Halloween during the evening hours.  If you can't be there in person, a telephone check-in is a must. 

  • Updated

As Dorothy said in the “merry old land of OZ,” which was as different from Kansas as it could be, she was in a new world. We are in that new world too. School and Testing and Vaccines, OH MY. 

 

  • Updated

It is indeed.  Consider just these four big-ticket topics: COVID, Economy, School, Politics, and my head is spinning.  I imagine yours is too.  The heat setting on our cooktop of coping seems to be on “hard boil.

  • Updated

Resiliency. The new buzz word Every crisis has one; we've had many during COVID. The "R" word has many meanings, depending on your perspective.

  • Updated

Do we remember what a world not dominated by a pandemic feels like?  I often find myself saying to colleagues in the healthcare field, "Remember when we thought healthcare was stressful before COVID?" And we either roll our eyes, let out a huge groan, or respond with a long pause of silence. 

  • Updated

Our culture has brought immediate gratification to a new, perhaps unhealthy, level, but the pandemic screeched all of that to a halt, and we have no choice but to slow down. Use this time to consider who you are, what makes you tick, what you value, and how you cope. It might serve you well in the future...whatever that brings.

A question we are all thinking about, even if we are not putting it into words.  Is a vaccine the COVID-19 "Holy Grail?"  Will it bring safety and normalcy back to our lives?  Who is working on it?  How many are in trials?  Is it safe?  Will it give me the virus?  Can everyone get vaccinated, or will it be the most vulnerable among us first?  How long will it take to provide immunity?  These are the questions I have, and you must have them too.

  • Updated

Our "normal" goal is usually to be in balance, and even then, without a pandemic or social and political unrest, it's a challenge.  The whole work/family ratio, "on and off-time," and as we all have become so intimately acquainted with these past months, the blur of life's factions, blended into one.  Balance.  The inner and outer world.

  • Updated

There has been a prevailing sense of "powerlessness" these past months. We were all indoors, working from home, no school, no socialization, yet the numbers went up and up. As our communities "reopen:" remember the power we do have. Our intentional interventions are what is bringing cases and deaths down. The principles of hygiene, distancing, and masks remain crucial. By continuing to use these, we are protecting ourselves and others.

  • Updated

We've all had experiences of being "up to our eyeballs," "underwater," or "sick to death" of a number of things.  Most of us have good endurance…for a time.  We are New Englanders, after all.  We know that the blizzards come, the power goes out, and we have no milk.  School gets canceled.  It can even snow in May.  But usually, the impact doesn't last months... Until now.

  • Updated

The scientists and medical experts certainly have amassed a vast amount of knowledge of COVID-19, since January 11th, when the first Coronavirus patient in Wuhan China succumbed to the illness. That is just over three months ago. From an unknown to a household word, inside of 3 months. Staggering.

  • Updated

North Shore city and towns have implemented "masks in stores" policies, and some have asked for "masks in public places." We see a wide variety of medical, surgical, procedure, and cloth masks, bandanas, and sundry face coverings being used to protect both wearer and neighbor—gloves of green and blue cover many hands at the gas station and grocery store. Information is coming at us from all sides.  

  • Updated

The trajectory of COVID-19 is clearly climbing toward the peak of infection, and when it gets there is unknown. By now, we are deeply engulfed in the daily numbers, the news, and the experts. We are hopefully doing our part by not “carrying the virus” or catching it, by staying at home, and using all the extreme hygiene measures recommended.

  • Updated

In light of the recent outbreak and constant media coverage of Coronavirus (COVID-19), I want to inform you of some widely accepted practices and tips from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO), and Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) on how to best protect yourself and prevent the spread of the flu and other respiratory illnesses.