HEALTH CARE AGENTS AND ANTIPSYCHOTIC MEDICATIONS

By Edward H. Adamsky

            The Massachusetts courts have a procedure to deal with people with mental health issues for whom the medical professionals would like to prescribe anti-psychotic medications. Based on the 1983 case of Rogers v. Commissioner of Department of Mental Health, the system provides for a Guardianship proceeding. The Court may appoint a person with authority to consent to extraordinary medical procedures such as anti-psychotic medications to treat the mental health …

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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)recently issued guidelines which label high, low and moderate-risk activities for families and kids who will be seeking candy door-to-door or headed to pumpkin patches and orchards. Social distancing while trick-or-treating and avoiding packed holiday parties are among the recommendations from local health agencies nationwide.

A child’s ability to breathe under both a Halloween mask and a cloth mask are among the concerns addressed within the typical fall …

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NEW HELP TO QUIT MENTHOL TOBACCO PRODUCTS

Gift Cards Totaling $50 Can Motivate Smokers and Vapers to Quit

Smoking and vaping may put people at higher risk of complications from COVID-19, especially because they can weaken the immune system and damage the lungs. So, this is an especially good time for those who smoke or vape to try to quit.

In addition, as a result of a new law, menthol tobacco products have been removed from regular stores in Massachusetts.  With menthol …

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Planning for a Child with a Disability By Edward H. Adamsky

            As a parent of a child with a disability you may be anxious when thinking about your passing. It requires careful thought and planning. The choices available may impact not only your child with a disability but your other children and grandchildren. The needs of the child with a disability must be considered but the needs and desires of the other family members cannot be overlooked.

            You will want to consider the government …

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NASHOBA NURSING SERVICES & HOSPICE NASHOBA ASSOCIATED BOARDS OF HEALTH

In response to the Governor’s guidance, Nashoba Nursing is cancelling all Well Adult clinics until further notice. 

To the residents of the towns of Ashburnham, Ashby, Ayer, Berlin, Bolton, Boxborough, Dunstable, Groton, Harvard, Lancaster, Littleton, Lunenburg, Pepperell, Shirley, Stow and Townsend – all Well Adult clinics are cancelled until the end of April.  The updated schedules will be listed at www.nashoba.org. If you need to get in touch 978-772-3335 ext. 340.…

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Elder Law News By Edward H. Adamsky

A major issue for many families is providing care for family members with disabilities. This may be a parent caring for an adult child with a disability or adult children caring for an elderly and frail parent. Most families willingly provide whatever assistance is needed by their loved ones. But our systems, and society in general, don’t usually value that care very well.

Every year AARP does a study of family caregivers and the …

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Aging In Place By Edward H. Adamsky, Esq.

Aging in place is the “gold standard” for seniors, at least according to many working in the senior care fields. But, is it really a viable alternative to retirement homes, assisted living, nursing homes and other care options? It is appealing to consider staying in the home you have known and loved for all of your life, but most homes and communities are not designed to provide for the needs of people as they age. …

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