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Expert Insights

Analysis of trends in senior care, advice for people coping with an aging patent, and health advice for seniors.

This fall, protect yourself from the flu

flu tipsIt’s no wonder so many people love autumn – it brings beautiful fall foliage, delicious seasonal treats like hot apple cider and caramel apples, and plenty of fun festive activities, from apple picking to pumpkin carving to trick-or-treating with the kids. And yet, autumn also means that cold and flu season is approaching. At EPOCH, we want our residents and staff – as well as each and every one of you! – to enjoy all your favorite fall festivities, so we encourage everyone to be proactive about protecting their health.

Recognize common scam scenarios

The senior population is among those at greatest risk for identity theft and fraud.  One reason seniors are frequently targeted by scammers is because many have sizable retirement savings. Plus, they usually have established good credit and, unlike their younger counterparts, may be less likely to carefully monitor their credit reports or bank account statements.

Combating depression with the internet

technology and seniorsOctober is Emotional Wellness Month. A healthy emotional life can help us age well and even promote longevity. Yet, many seniors’ emotional health is compromised by social isolation and loneliness. 

Loss of friends, dispersed family, and limited mobility or income leads to social isolation for many aging adults. Isolation can have a domino effect, causing depression, which in turn can lead to declining physical and mental health. Depression can exacerbate existing medical conditions, including arthritis, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes.

So what can seniors do to minimize isolation and increase their emotional (and in turn physical) wellbeing? The answer may be taking advantage of modern technology. According to a study published in the Journals of Gerontology, internet use reduces the risk for depression in the elderly by 33 percent.

Understanding Medicare: What it covers, what it doesn’t

Whether you’re preparing to sign up for Medicare for the first time or you’re a longtime beneficiary, you may be confused about what services Medicare covers. According to a recent study from Merrill Lynch/Age Wave, just 7 percent of people aged 55 to 64 feel very knowledgeable when it comes to Medicare coverage.

In short, Medicare covers procedures, equipment and care that are deemed medically necessary. There are four types of Medicare coverage, with Part A and Part B considered “Original Medicare.”

Medicare Part A covers your hospital care, as well as skilled nursing care, nursing home care, hospice and home health services.

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.