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Determining if independent or assisted living is right for you

Assisted LivingKnowing when the time is right to consider independent or assisted living is a personal moment in a senior’s life, but for many, transitioning from a private home to an independent or assisted living community is a smart decision that has a positive impact on the senior’s emotional wellbeing and physical wellbeing.

Knowing when it’s the right time for independent living
Independent living is for seniors who want the benefits of living in a senior living community but who are still mobile, can live their day-to-day lives without supervision and are able to monitor their own medication.

It can be ideal for younger seniors who enjoy being active but tire of the responsibilities that come with owning a home and who long for more active social lives. There are many benefits to moving into an independent living community, including:

Education and art at EPOCH

Art Show with Norton High SchoolThe highlight of this week’s events is a health policy program with Jennifer Wood, Chief of Staff to Rhode Island’s Lt. Governor. We also look forward to a presentation on John Quincy Adams, an art show with local high schoolers, and the delicious Thanksgiving Pie & Craft Fair. We welcome you and your family to join us for any or all of these free events.

Tips to aging well and living a more satisfying life

A resident from the Greek island of Ikaria—a seemingly magical place in the north Aegean Sea where cancer and disease are rare and people live to ripe, old ages—is offering tips on living longer in her new cookbook, “Ikaria: Lessons on Food, Life, and Longevity from the Greek Island Where People Forget to Die.”

The 99-square mile island has been the subject of much research and was even featured in a New York Times profile in 2012, featuring the story of an Ikarian man who left the island, only to return years later after a cancer diagnosis. He had been given less than a year to live, but found that his health returned once he moved back to his native island.

Celebrate Veterans Day at EPOCH

Veterans Day celebrationsObserved on November 11 each year, Veterans Day is an opportunity to celebrate the men and women who have served and sacrificed for our country. Originally, Veterans Day was known as Armistice Day, and only acknowledged those who had served in World War I. It wasn’t until 1954 that Armistice Day was amended to become Veterans Day, which honors all veterans of all wars.

Tips for family caregivers

Tips for caregiversIncreasingly, family members are providing care for aging parents or relatives. Many find themselves stretched thin as they try to juggle caregiving responsibilities with their regular job. Surveys suggest that in the last five years, roughly 42 percent of working Americans cared for an aging adult at some point; meanwhile, 17 percent currently provide care. Those numbers are likely to continue growing as our senior population continues growing.