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A spotlight of both planned events and spontaneous moments.

What volunteering means for seniors

It’s National Volunteer Week – a great time to get involved in your community, encourage others to do the same, and to recognize those who already commit themselves to volunteerism.

Volunteering is a worthwhile cause no matter who you are, but it can be particularly valuable for seniors. By helping those in need, volunteer work often provides older adults with a newfound sense of purpose at a time when their social roles are changing. Although the freedom that comes with retirement offers us an opportunity to explore new things, it can be difficult to adjust to having so much free time after a lifetime spent going to school, caring for kids and working. Volunteering is a great use of your time and will help you feel a sense of accomplishment and fulfillment.

Celebrate National Case Management Week

Case management weekDid you know October 13-19 is National Case Management Week?

It’s a time to recognize the contributions and achievements of all case and care management professionals. It’s also an opportunity to increase awareness about the important services case managers provide our society.

The new look of aging

Imagine the current age profile of Florida. Early-bird specials might come to mind. Now, imagine the age distribution in America in 2030. They should look about the same. In twenty years, the percentage of seniors across America will be higher than they are in the Sunshine State today—one in five will be older than 65. Thanks to technology and increased longevity, however, the retirement years are radically transforming.

“A new model of life is emerging,” Ken Dychtwald, president and CEO of the consulting firm AgeWave, said at an Aging in America conference. "People want to distribute the longevity bonus. They are going back to school at 40 and coming back from illness to run a marathon at 80. They are beginning as late bloomers and hitting their stride in later years.”

Celebrate Grandparents Day

Don’t forget that Sunday, Sept. 8 is National Grandparents Day. It’s a day to celebrate the relationship between grandparent and grandchild, as well as all intergenerational bonds. The idea for Grandparents Day originated in the 1970s with a woman named Marion McQuade. Knowing seniors to be vital members of the community, McQuade fervently believed in the importance of showing respect and appreciation for seniors and their contributions to our country. She rallied supporters to campaign for an annual celebration of seniors in West Virginia, and went on to fight for a national observance. In 1978, after several years of campaigning, McQuade finally achieved her goal. President Jimmy Carter signed a proclamation declaring that National Grandparents Day would be celebrated every year on the first Sunday after Labor Day. The statute cites it as a day to “honor grandparents, to give grandparents an opportunity to show love for their children’s children, and to help children become aware of strength, information, and guidance older people can offer.”

Sharon named best small town in America

CNN’s Money Magazine recently named Sharon, Mass. the best small town in America. We are proud to call it home to one of our respected skilled nursing facilities, EPOCH Senior Healthcare of Sharon.

Money editors selected Sharon for its small-town appeal, while also being close enough to Boston and Providence to provide Sharon residents with ample job opportunities. In fact, the availability of jobs helped shield Sharon from the worst of the recession and aided a speedy recovery.

The editors also chose Sharon for its vast open spaces and beauty, highlighting Lake Massapoag, which provides residents with a wonderful place to swim, picnic and enjoy concerts. The town also boasts top-notch schools as well as diversity—30 percent of students identify themselves as nonwhite and 18 percent speak a language other than English at home. On top of that, Sharon houses seven synagogues, nine churches and one of New England’s largest Islamic mosques.