Acupuncture for Seniors – Ever Tried It?

January 22, 2010

Filed under: Medical Care — Tags: — Alexis @ 4:42 PM

Ever tried acupuncture? It took me years to work up the nerve to leave the comforts of the doctor’s office experience I have always known and to explore this new territory – and am I glad I did! If you’ve never tried it, now is a great time.

Bob Thomson, Lic. Ac., practices in Hingham. I know several people who swear by his skills. He is a great listener, and he really takes the time to think up the most appropriate treatment for each client. Lucky for us, he is conducting group sessions at our local senior centers. He has the group sit in comfortable chairs, and he applies treatments to the calfs and forearms – and from those locations, the acupuncture works its way to the rest of your body, to find the places that need the healing.

Afraid of needles? They don’t hurt. They shouldn’t call them needles, that word scares too many people. Although I admit that I close my eyes and don’t look at them for my entire session.

Here is where you can find Bob and begin your path towards feeling better:

Hanover Council on Aging: Friday 1/29 & Friday 2/5, both from 8:00 – 10:30 a.m. (Ongoing)

Hingham Department of Elder Services: Thursday  1/28 from 9:00 – 11:00 a.m. (Fourth Thursday of every month)

And if you aren’t quite ready for a treatment but would like to meet Bob and learn more about acupuncture, he will be presenting an introductory seminar at the Braintree Council on Aging on Thursday 2/18 from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m.

The fee is $25 per treatment, and the fifth session is free.

Spice up your winter and try something new!

South Shore Senior Population Set to Boom

January 18, 2010

Filed under: Uncategorized — Tags: , — Alexis @ 2:56 PM

Yesterday’s South Section of the Boston Globe had a two-page story on the coming boom in the senior population.  It’s reassuring to read that senior centers are reexamining their goals and programming in light of the change in clientele. The biggest issues I see facing my clients are (1) bringing in the support system required to remain at home for as long as possible and (2) transportation.

So far the societal responses to these needs have been minimal. Take transportation – the Ride is, well, a long ride. The senior centers have vans, but you need to set up your appointment in advance, and their funding allows them to transport seniors only for certain types of activities. Poor transportation options as an elder or disabled person have been the flip-side to the choice of living the quiet life in the suburbs.

As for remaining at home for as long as possible, there is more help available here, and I help my clients access the resources available to them as best as possible. There is veteran’s funding, MassHealth money, and then good old fashioned creativity – like setting up a contract with a child that allows her to leave her job in order to care for her parents, yet be paid so that she can still meet her own obligations at home. Or, another example would be two or three elderly neighbors sharing the services of a personal shopper or a personal chef so that the grocery shopping and cooking is taken care of.

As a society, we expect to be taken care of in our old age, yet we encourage our children to cross the county in search of their dreams, so we don’t have a built-in support system. And we don’t like to pay taxes. So who will care for the Boomers? I think the coming decades will see a blossoming of the American “creative spirit” – neighbors banding together to develop shared living arrangements, new businesses developing to serve seniors at home at prices they can afford. And in the mean time, each aging Boomer should be saving up funds for what they hope will be a long retirement. Meeting with a trusted financial advisor would be a very good first step.