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What Happens If You Look At The Sun During A Solar Eclipse?

Don’t look now, but the solar eclipse is coming Aug 21. It’s the first total eclipse visible from the United States since 1979, though Connecticut residents will see only a partial eclipse when the moon blocks the sun from 1:25 p.m. to 3:59 p.m. It’s an event, for sure, but...


Traveling Abroad? A Checklist

Before you start to pack for that long-awaited trip abroad, make sure you’re fully prepared. Here’s a checklist, with information provided by the State Department and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Before You Go Check your passport. Is it still valid? Consult the federal government’s Travel Warning or...


Where To Get Help With Medicare Open Enrollment

By Penny Ross, MPH Resource Coordinator, and Robin Michel It’s no secret that Medicare can be complicated, with Part A, Part B, Part D, Medicare Supplement and Medicare Advantage. What does it all mean? As a Medicare beneficiary, you have from Oct. 15 to Dec. 7 to review your coverage and make...


When It’s Time To Take Over A Family Member’s Finances

By Nancy Becker Resource Coordinator, Hartford HealthCare Center for Healthy Aging While visiting her older mother-in-law, a local woman was shocked to find utility shut-off notices and past due bills in a pile of mail. She realized that her once-capable relative was no longer able to handle financial matters, including...


How Cancer Treatment Can Affect The Heart

Chemotherapy, radiation and other cancer treatments occasionally cause heart problems. Cancer patients should talk with their doctor before treatment begins about possible side affects. If you’re already started treatment, look for these symptoms: Shortness of breath. Fatigue. Swelling in hands, feet. Chest discomfort. Lightheadedness. If you experience any of these...