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Back to school: The benefits of lifelong learning

Lifelong learningMany kids are getting ready to head back to the classroom, but there’s no reason they should be the only ones. The desire to learn does not fade with age, and in fact, pursuing lifelong learning opportunities helps promote healthy aging. 

Many studies have shown that keeping the brain active helps us maintain our reasoning skills and the ability to quickly process information. Other researchers have found that stimulating the brain even has the potential to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, helping many individuals maintain their memories and independence longer.

Tai Chi, concerts and independent film at EPOCH

Ida Lewis, Keeper of the LightWe’ll host a variety of free events at our EPOCH communities this week, including Tai Chi classes, a blood pressure screening, concerts by the Victrola Society and Bill Burke, and a discussion with independent filmmaker Marian Gagnon. Join us for any or all of these free events. Keep reading for details.

Free Tai Chi class, Aug. 26, 10 a.m.
EPOCH Senior Living on Blackstone Blvd.
353 Blackstone Blvd. Providence, RI

The class will be led by eastern fitness instructor Bob McManus, who has 13 years’ experience teaching Tai Chi. All seniors in the community are welcome to attend and learn the ancient Chinese system for meditative exercise. To RSVP, please call 401-273-6565 or register online.

Transitioning to senior living

Transitioning to senior livingAs summer turns to fall, many older adults consider moving to a senior living community. Maybe it’s the crisp air, the leaves to rake or the desire to socialize as people turn inward; regardless of the reason, this major life decision should be made deliberately. Choosing the right community is a difficult decision, so we have picked out some tips to help you pick out your next home:   

Music, movies and more at EPOCH

Chocolate lovers dreamThis week, we look forward to performances by popular baritone James Michael and the big band quartet Four Guys in Tuxes; a delicious lunch and learn on chocolates from around the world; a backyard movie party featuring the popular Disney film “Frozen”; and an informative presentation on Israel’s first Prime Minister, David Ben-Gurion. We welcome you and your family to join us for any or all of these free events.

Honor older Americans this Senior Citizens Day

National Senior Citizens DayDid you know that August brings National Senior Citizens Day? Since Ronald Reagan issued the proclamation in 1988, August 21 has been a day to honor older Americans for a lifetime of contributions to our communities and country. In his proclamation, Reagan wrote:

“With improved health care and more years of productivity, older citizens are reinforcing their historical roles as leaders … Many older people are embarking on second careers, giving younger Americans a fine example of responsibility, resourcefulness, competence, and determination. And more than 4.5 million senior citizens are serving as volunteers in various programs and projects that benefit every sector of society. Wherever the need exists, older people are making their presence felt – for their own good and that of others.”

 
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