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Tips for family caregivers

Tips for caregiversIncreasingly, family members are providing care for aging parents or relatives. Many find themselves stretched thin as they try to juggle caregiving responsibilities with their regular job. Surveys suggest that in the last five years, roughly 42 percent of working Americans cared for an aging adult at some point; meanwhile, 17 percent currently provide care. Those numbers are likely to continue growing as our senior population continues growing. 

A week for the arts at EPOCH

This week we’ll host plenty of concerts as well as an art show. We’ll even get a little theatrical with a historical reenactment by Judy Bernstein. We welcome you, your family and friends to join us for any or all of these free, upcoming events. Be sure to RSVP as space is limited.

‘Songs of Our Lives’ with Bill Reidy , Nov. 3, 3:30 p.m.
EPOCH Independent and Assisted Living at Boylston Place
615 Heath St. Chestnut Hill, MA

Guitarist Bill Reidy will perform a variety of songs from his vast repertoire, including standards, swing music, classic oldies and other songs of the ’40s, ’50s and ’60s. To RSVP, call 617-244-6400 or register online.

Reduce chronic inflammation through volunteering

Not only does volunteering allow you to give back, recent research has also linked it to reduced levels of inflammation. Researchers believe, among other things, that such productive activities can benefit older adults’ health because they provide meaningful social roles, which positively impact the volunteer’s well-being.

The study, published in The Gerontologist, looked at four different productive activities—employment, volunteering, attending meetings and caregiving—and how they might play a role in reducing chronic inflammation. Chronic inflammation has been linked to the risk of heart attack and stroke, emphasizing the importance of keeping inflammation levels low.

Celebrate Halloween at EPOCH

Halloween celebrationsCelebrate Halloween with us! We are hosting festive events all week long. Bring the family by for a lesson in Halloween history, good old-fashioned trick-or-treating, costume contests or live entertainment by a number of talented musicians. All of these events are free but space is limited and an RSVP is requested.  

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.

 
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