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Dance improves seniors’ health

National Dance DayDid you know that July 26 marks National Dance Day? Initiated in 2010 by the Dizzy Feet Foundation, National Dance Day is celebrated the last Saturday of July to encourage Americans to embrace dance as a fun way to maintain good health.   

Fish fry fundraiser and the arts at EPOCH

Fish fry fundraiserThis week at our EPOCH communities, we will host a slew of events that will appeal to those with an artistic flair. First, we’ll welcome the award-winning writer Joey Kantor for a lively literary reading. We’ll also host a discussion on the life and work of Pablo Picasso, and a painting class for seniors interested in developing their artistic talent.

We also look forward to our annual fish fry fundraiser at Brewster Place. Join us for some delicious food while supporting the Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman’s Alliance. All our events are free unless otherwise stated. Keep reading for details.

Why you need to identify as a caregiver

Family caregiver tipsAlthough nearly 10 million adults aged 50 and older care for their aging parents, many do not think of themselves as caregivers. Yet, how these family caregivers identify themselves affects their wellbeing.

A week of fundraisers, concerts and more

BBQ cooking classIn the week ahead, we look forward to kicking off fundraisers, a cooking class and some stellar concerts. Throughout the month, we’ll host a Juice Box Drive – this will particularly help families with elementary-aged children who struggle during the summer without the help of school meals. We’ll also host a silent auction to benefit the Norton Council on Aging. One of our talented chefs will share barbecue secrets, and Over Time as well as a Michael Jackson impersonator will entertain. All of our events are free to attend, and we welcome you and your family to join us for any or all of them. Keep reading for details.  

Travel promotes healthy aging

Travel and healthy agingNow that we’re in the thick of summer, many people have vacations on their mind. Recent studies suggest that vacations are more than simply relaxing and fun – they can even improve your health. Now that’s some good news!

The Global Coalition on Aging surveyed adults’ perspectives on travel. More than 70 percent said vacations are mentally stimulating, 75 percent said they help improve stress levels and even physical health, and a whopping 86 percent reported boosts in mood and overall happiness as a result of travel.

Perhaps the most obvious explanation for the powerful impact of travel is that it’s relaxing by nature – as such, it helps reduce our stress and subsequently, reduce stress hormones that speed up the aging process.

 
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