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Make the most of your charitable contributions

Donation tipsDuring the holiday season, the spirit of giving is everywhere and many people want to do what they can to help others. Yet, if we don’t make our donations carefully, we risk not really making much of an impact or worse, falling victim to scams. Below are some tips to help ensure your contributions actually serve those you wish to help.

First, be wary of solicitations for charitable donations. Charity scams are common around the holidays, with many scammers posing as legitimate charities. And unfortunately, they frequently target seniors. You’re better off playing it safe and ignoring solicitations altogether. Instead, look for a charity you’re passionate about. This way you can better avoid scams while also supporting a cause that shares your values.

History, holidays and music at EPOCH

drumming circleWe’re looking forward to a great lineup of events at EPOCH this week. First, historian Gary Hylander will share valuable insight into the life and work of theoretical physicist Robert Oppenheimer. Then we’ll roll into some holiday festivities, including a Hanukkah celebration, the program “Christmas at the White House,” and a performance of seasonal songs by our very own residents. We’ll wrap up the week with a fun drumming circle led by local musician Aimee Gelinas. We welcome you and your family to join us for any or all of these free events. We just ask that you RSVP so we can reserve your space.

Tips for traveling with an aging parent

Traveling with an aging parentIf your aging parent’s health or mobility has been on the decline, long-distance travel can pose some challenges. Travel becomes even more difficult during the holiday season when airports are busier and more chaotic than usual. While you’ve likely already made your travel plans and purchased your plane tickets, there are still some things you can do to make your travel experience less stressful and your holiday more enjoyable.

Meet our team: Ludnie Emile

Ludnie Emile, MA Senior Care Foundation ScholarEver since she was 15 years old, Ludnie Emile’s dream has been to follow in her grandmother’s footsteps and become a nurse. As Ludnie says, “Becoming a nurse is not simply a job or career choice for me, but a calling.”

Born and raised in Haiti, Ludnie pursued her degree at the State College of Nursing, but her plans were derailed when a major earthquake hit and she had to relocate to the United States. Despite the challenges she faced, Ludnie continues to pursue her dream and is well on her way to achieving it. After moving to Massachusetts, she took English courses and soon found a position as a Dietary Aide at EPOCH of Weston, a job she loved. “I have enjoyed every second of my work at EPOCH, spending time with the residents during happy hours where employees and patients converse, eat and have fun. I didn’t think that as a simple diet aide I would make such an impact on the patients I encounter,” she said.

Educational and holiday programs at EPOCH

Holiday celebrationsThis week, we will host a wide array of events at our communities that are free and open to the public. We have some educational programs on the calendar, including presentations on coping with grief during the holidays and safe medication practices. We’ll also host a support group for family caregivers on individuals with memory impairment. In addition to these helpful and informative events, we’ll host some fun holiday programs. Join us for a discussion of the popular film “Love Actually” or for a lively reading of “A Christmas Carol.” Find out details below.