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Some experts say Americans spend upwards of 10 hours a day in front of screens. This holiday season, many are grappling with whether or not to give children a gift with a screen.  On The Point, we talk about screen use guidelines for adults and children, and steps for raising children to be conscious digital citizens instead of just digital consumers.

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Twice a week the Edgartown Council on Aging serves a hot lunch. On Fridays, it’s a full entrée, hot and homemade and anyone can join in. This week on The Local Food Report, Ali Berlow visits with the many people who help make it all come together.

In many ways there’s never been a better time in human history to be aging. As knee joints and shoulders give way, or with the first onset of disease, advances in surgery and preventive medicine have meant people can continue being active longer, and with more enjoyment. And the population on the Cape and Islands is well positioned to benefit from these advances. 

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Hurricane Maria made landfall on Puerto Rico as a Category 4 storm on October 4th. It’s not an overstatement to say the island was devastated; not only were many structures damaged or flattened by wind, the power grid was destroyed and thousands of people were without access to fresh water and food for weeks.  Dr. Stephanie Prior is a physician at The Community Health Center of Cape Cod and recently returned from a medical humanitarian trip to Puerto Rico. Dr.

People are living longer. On The Point, we discuss the factors that contribute to healthy aging, and the challenges and opportunities we face as we prepare for an aging population at the community level. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that by 2030 about 1 of every 5 Americans will be age 65 or older: that’s about 72 million people. We will see a similar trend in our region: it’s estimated that the percentage of our state population of older adults will increase from 15% in 2015 to 21% in 2030.

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Three-quarters of Americans over age 45 live in single-family homes, according to AARP. As homeowners age though, it can become increasingly difficult for them to remain in their homes safely. In recent years, a growing number of people have begun retrofitting their homes with new safety features and technology to help them live in their homes longer.

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It’s indeed the most wonderful time of the year – Christmas Bird Count season is upon us! Binoculars have been hung by the window with care, in hopes that rare birds soon will be there! It’s all because this weekend starts the 118th annual Christmas Bird Count, a massive, continent-wide citizen science effort with humble, turn of the century beginnings.

Bird News for December

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On The Point, Mark Faherty, ornithologist at Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary, joins our host Mindy Todd to talk about winter birds. Somewhere out there in the complete darkness of the arctic, snowy owls are hunting for sea ducks. Some of them will come this far south. Sea birds abound in our local waters; one can see hundreds of razorbills in Cape Cod Bay, and also other alcids (stocky oceanic birds that includes razorbills, dovekies, murres,  and puffins).

Here’s a Cape Cod factoid that you can use at parties during the holiday season: “What is the only town on Cape Cod that has a pedestrian sidewalk running continuously from one end of the town to the other? Think about that for a moment or two. Got an answer?

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As people age into their 60s, 70s and 80s, senior centers can offer a way to stay active and engaged. But many senior centers also suffer from an identity crisis. One Cape Cod senior center has been broadening its programs and activities to attract people who otherwise might never set foot inside.

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