October 24, 2014
ASHBURNHAM, Mass. (AP) - Senior citizens in a Massachusetts
community are telling a town official to keep his hands off their
Francis "Bill" Johnson is chairman of the advisory board in
Ashburnham, a 90-minute drive northwest of Boston. He said at a
Council on Aging meeting this week that spending money on doughnuts
and pastries for the local Senior Center's morning coffee club
encourages unhealthy eating habits in a population that already has
Council on Aging board member Lorna Fields says Johnson has
"overstepped his boundaries." She says that many seniors won't
eat "carrot sticks and stuff" and that healthier items such as
grapes and cheese are available.
A cream-filled doughnut covered with sprinkles has about 350
But 67-year-old Senior Center regular Betty Bushee tells The
Telegram & Gazette of Worcester (WUS'-tur) that no one has the
right to tell seniors what to eat.
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