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Educational and holiday programs at EPOCH

Holiday celebrationsThis week, we will host a wide array of events at our communities that are free and open to the public. We have some educational programs on the calendar, including presentations on coping with grief during the holidays and safe medication practices. We’ll also host a support group for family caregivers on individuals with memory impairment. In addition to these helpful and informative events, we’ll host some fun holiday programs. Join us for a discussion of the popular film “Love Actually” or for a lively reading of “A Christmas Carol.” Find out details below.

Life improves with age

life improves with ageContrary to stereotypes about aging, studies continue to indicate that life improves with age. According to Paul Costa, scientist emeritus at the National Institutes of Health, only 10 percent of the older population reflects our negative stereotypes about aging. Rather than a time of depression, loneliness and cognitive decline, most people tend to thrive in old age with happiness, relationships and even creativity continuing to strengthen. 

Studying adults aged 18-94, Stanford researchers found that compared to the younger participants, older adults experienced positive emotions such as amusement and joy more often than negative ones, such as anger, sadness and boredom. Their conclusion was that mood improves steadily with age.

Celebrate the holidays at EPOCH

Happy HolidaysAt EPOCH, we’re excited for the holidays and welcome you to celebrate the season of giving with us. We’re hosting Toys for Tots collections as well as a winter wear collection to help bring joy and comfort to local children and families in need. We’ll also host a craft fair for anyone still searching for the perfect holiday gifts. “Brewster for the Holidays” is coming up and we’ll participate with our own delicious chowder fest. Finally, the Nauset Model Railroad Club will stop by to show off their impressive collection for all train lovers. Keep reading to learn more.

Toys for Tots collections
Several of our communities will host Toys for Tots collections in December. We welcome you to donate new, unwrapped toys to help less fortunate children experience the joy of Christmas. Donations can be dropped off at the following communities:

Diabetes Awareness Month

Before November comes to a close, we want to acknowledge Diabetes Awareness Month, observed every November. Diabetes largely impacts older adults – roughly 26 percent of Americans 65 and older have diabetes while roughly 50 percent have pre-diabetes. Diabetes is among the leading causes of disability and death in the United States. It can also increase the risk for additional health problems, including blindness, nerve damage, kidney disease and even Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Learning how to prevent or effectively manage diabetes is an important step to promoting your health.

Happy Thanksgiving from EPOCH

ThanksgivingHappy Thanksgiving! All week long, we’ll host Thanksgiving-themed events and we welcome you and your family to join us. First up, a delectable bake sale featuring all of your favorite seasonal treats. Stop by and pick up the perfect dessert for your family’s Thanksgiving dinner. We’ll also host a dessert buffet and two open houses; at East Side’s open house, child prodigy Mackenzie Melemed will perform – we can’t wait! All of our events are free to attend. Keep reading to learn more.

Thanksgiving Bake Sale, Nov. 25, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
EPOCH Assisted Living and EPOCH Senior Healthcare of Norton
184 Mansfield Ave. and 190 Mansfield Ave. Norton, MA
EPOCH of Norton will host a campus-wide Thanksgiving bake sale featuring a variety of favorite, homemade confections. All are welcome to stop by and find the perfect holiday treat to share with friends and family. Each purchase will benefit the resident council. For more information, call 508-285-3355 or 508-285-7745.