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Travel promotes healthy aging

Travel and healthy agingNow that we’re in the thick of summer, many people have vacations on their mind. Recent studies suggest that vacations are more than simply relaxing and fun – they can even improve your health. Now that’s some good news!

The Global Coalition on Aging surveyed adults’ perspectives on travel. More than 70 percent said vacations are mentally stimulating, 75 percent said they help improve stress levels and even physical health, and a whopping 86 percent reported boosts in mood and overall happiness as a result of travel.

Perhaps the most obvious explanation for the powerful impact of travel is that it’s relaxing by nature – as such, it helps reduce our stress and subsequently, reduce stress hormones that speed up the aging process.

Meet our caring staff: Andrea Sbordone, Life Enrichment Director

Andrea Sbordone-Turner We are pleased to welcome Andrea Sbordone aboard as our new Life Enrichment Director at EPOCH of Weston. With seventeen years’ experience working in long-term care, including past experience as life enrichment director for other senior communities, Andrea makes a great addition to our team.

Andrea is passionate about working with seniors and improving their quality of life through kindness, friendship, and an array of educational and stimulating programs. She enjoys the opportunity to work directly with seniors and participate with them in the programs as much as she can.

“At the end of the day, when I hear them say thank you and see them smile, that’s what I love about my job,” she said.

Veterans forum, Berkshire art and more at EPOCH

Veterans BenefitsFrom history discussions to art shows to healthcare forums, we’re pleased to offer a wide array of stimulating and informative events at our EPOCH communities. We welcome you to join us for some history trivia or presentations on Bastille Day and Providence founder Roger Williams. For those interested in art or who just love the Berkshires, don’t miss an art reception with the Pittsfield Parade Committee. If you’re a veteran or the spouse of a veteran, you’ll find our upcoming forum on benefits particularly helpful. All of these events are free. Keep reading to learn more. 

Boost heart health for brain health

Heart and brain healthRecently, the American Heart Association released “Life’s Simple 7,” an assessment tool measuring cardiovascular health.

As the name suggests, the assessment tool zeros in on seven areas of our lives – usually behaviors linked with heart health. The test asks questions related to your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, smoking status, body mass index, physical activity and diet. Sample questions include the level of fruit, vegetables, whole grains and sodium consumed per day, as well as the level of moderate and vigorous exercise you engage in per week.

If you score high on the assessment – congratulations! Your cardiovascular health is in tip-top shape. As an added bonus, you’re also less likely to develop cognitive impairment later in life. 

Happy Fourth of July from EPOCH

Fourth of July celebrationsThe Fourth of July is quickly approaching, and we’re celebrating with a slew of concerts all week long, including patriotic tributes. We’ll also host a discussion on the great American jazz musician Louis Armstrong, as well as an important and informative discussion on detecting and preventing all forms of elderly abuse. We welcome you and your family or friends to join us for any or all of these events.

Ethan Stone to entertain, June 30, 3 p.m.
EPOCH Assisted Living of Norton
190 Mansfield Ave. Norton, MA

Pianist Ethan Stone entertains audiences with popular jazz songs from the 1920s through the 1950s. He has toured throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America. RSVP by calling 508-285-3355.

 
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