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Older adults are early birds

Older adults have morning brainsI’m sure we’ve all been asked the question, “Are you an early bird, or a night owl?” Well no matter which we are when we’re young, we might all evolve into early birds as we age.

At least, that’s what a recent Canadian study published in Psychology and Aging suggests.

For the study, researchers compared the results of memory tests given at different times of day for younger adults aged 19 to 30 and older adults aged 60 to 82. During the tests, researchers scanned each participant’s brain with an fMRI to see which areas were activated.

Meet our team: Sandy McSweeny

Sandy McSweenySandy McSweeny has been our concierge at EPOCH Senior Healthcare of Weston for the last two years. She’s often the first person our residents meet when they move in and she makes them feel welcome right away with her warm smile, handwritten notes and beautiful flowers. 

As concierge, Sandy is incredibly involved in our residents’ daily lives, from setting up their appointments, to providing social support during physical therapy, to escorting them to lunch and dinner and serving them meals. She facilitates our brain fitness program, helping to keep our residents mentally sharp, and helps out with happy hour – something she enjoys almost as much as the residents. “We have a great happy hour,” she said. “Their favorite is the root beer float. They love to reminisce and talk about times they enjoyed floats with their grandchildren.”

Alzheimer’s fundraiser, eyeglasses collection and more at EPOCH

Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimer's 2014September brings new programs and events to our EPOCH communities, including a bi-weekly fitness class open to all local seniors and a collection for unneeded eyeglasses and hearing aids. We’ll also host a presentation on the rehabilitative program Sage Strides, a fundraiser for the upcoming Walk to End Alzheimer’s at Paul Revere Park, and a performance of Broadway classics by Jack Craig. All of our programs are free and open to the public, and we welcome you to participate.

Kids promote seniors’ health

Kids promote seniors' healthIntergenerational relationships are invaluable. A strong relationship with grandparents can boost kids’ self-esteem, give them a stronger sense of family roots, help them understand history from the perspective of people who lived it, learn unique skills and life lessons, and so much more. 

Celebrate National Assisted Living Week® at EPOCH

National Assisted Living Week 2014

This week is National Assisted Living Week®, an annual event sponsored by the National Center for Assisted Living. To celebrate, our communities will host a series of events that all are welcome to enjoy. In honor of this year’s theme, “The Magic of Music,” many of these events include live concerts, music discussions and other musically related events to highlight the important role music plays in assisted living communities across the country.

Music brings joy to residents; helps them build relationships with one another, staff and the wider community; and even stimulates the brain and keeps them sharp. We hope you’ll join us as we honor our residents for all they’ve accomplished throughout their lives and thank staff, volunteers and families for all that they do to make our communities radiant, welcoming homes. All of our events are free, we just ask that you RSVP.

 
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