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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.

Music, dance and fitness at EPOCH

Exercise class for seniorsThis week at our EPOCH communities, we’ll host performances by karaoke group Lady Ann & DJ Ice, country and bluegrass band Bits and Pieces, and jazz pianist Diane Dexter. We’ll also welcome the therapeutic dance program Tap n’ Time and host an ongoing exercise class designed to increase seniors’ health and independence. All of our events are free unless otherwise stated. All are welcome to attend these events. Space is limited so please RSVP!

Lady Ann & DJ Ice, Sept. 29, 1:30 p.m.
EPOCH Senior Healthcare of Norton
184 Mansfield Ave. Norton, MA

Popular karaoke group Lady Ann & DJ performs old-time favorites and contemporary hits. Call 508-285-7745 to RSVP.

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.

Meet our team: Dianna Felletti, RN

Dianna FellettiDianna Falletti, RN, plays an important role at Brewster Senior Healthcare as our MDS coordinator. MDS refers to a multi-disciplinary assessment tool we use in long term care; this assessment allows us to create individualized care plans for our residents and to ensure they receive the appropriate reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid.  

World Series Trophies, engineering, music and more

Red Sox World Series TrophiesWe’ll host a wide variety of events at our EPOCH communities this week that are free and open to the public. First, we’ll host a history discussion on the American and French Revolutions. Then the Red Sox World Series trophies will come our way just in time for a good old fashioned cookout. Later in the week, we’ll host musical concerts as well as a special program on engineering innovations for seniors. Please join us!