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Memory café, history and concerts at EPOCH

memory cafeFrom educational presentations to support groups to musical entertainment, we’ll offer something for everyone this week at our EPOCH communities. If you or a loved one has early stage memory impairment, we welcome you to join us at the Pittsfield Memory Café to receive encouragement and support from others travelling the same journey. If you’re interested in history, don’t miss our presentations on John F. Kennedy’s legacy or the Charles River. Music fans are welcome to a performance by James Michael, aka the Broadway Baritone, who is quickly becoming a hit at EPOCH and all along the East Coast. All of our events are free, but space is limited. Call to RSVP. 

Smartphones promote seniors’ health

smartphone apps for seniorsIncreasingly, smartphones are being used to promote health and wellbeing, particularly among aging adults. Currently, there are more than 40,000 health-related apps available through the Apple iPhone alone. These apps have helped many seniors better understand, monitor and improve their overall health.

“Pharmacy” apps can help seniors and their caregivers manage their medications. The forthcoming GetMyRx app, for example, allows users to conveniently have their prescriptions delivered to their home. They simply scan a prescription into their smartphone and they’ll receive their order within a few hours. The app helps address issues of unfulfilled prescriptions and a common tendency to put off visits to the pharmacy, where the average wait time is 45 minutes.

Meet our residents: Ina Starobin

Ina StarobinAt EPOCH, our residents impress and inspire us again and again with the incredible stories they have to share. This is true in the most literal sense of Boylston Place resident Ina Starobin. Ina, a longtime storyteller and writer, writes under the penname of Ina R. Friedman and currently has five published children’s books.  

Her most successful work is the picture book, “How My Parents Learned to Eat.” This humorous story depicts the budding romance between an American sailor and a young Japanese woman, both of whom are afraid to go out to dinner together. Their fear is not due to rampant butterflies fluttering in their stomachs, but rather, to the fact that they don’t know how to eat with one another’s native utensils. The gentleman worries he’ll embarrass himself because he doesn’t know how to use chopsticks, while the woman harbors similar anxieties because she doesn’t know how to use a knife and fork. The story teaches children a valuable lesson about embracing others’ cultures – there are different ways to do all sorts of things, and we can all learn other customs (and better understand each other) if we just try. The book may be ordered through your local booksellers or through Amazon.

“How My Parents Learned to Eat” has sold a half million copies and is the recipient of a Christopher Award, which honors work that positively influences the public and encourages audiences to see the better side of human nature. In fact, all of Ina’s works might be considered for Christopher Awards, given that they all strive to educate their audience, helping kids embrace cultural differences, better understand race relations, and learn about history from the perspective of people who lived it.

A week of music at EPOCH

free concertsWe’re hosting a wide range of musical performances at our communities this week. The lineup includes “The Man of a Thousand Songs,” “The Orchestra of One,” big band ensemble Stage Door Canteen, the precocious musicians of the Young Artists Piano Program, and Elvis impersonator Robert Black. Please join us for any or all of these free performances. Space is limited, so please RSVP.

Rick Olsen to perform, Aug. 5, 3 p.m.
EPOCH Independent and Assisted Living at Boylston Place
615 Heath St. Chestnut Hill, MA

Rick Olsen is known as “The Man of a Thousand Songs” for his extensive repertoire that includes everything from classic oldies to contemporary hits. Please RSVP by calling 617-244-6400.

Tips for managing Parkinson’s

Managing Parkinson's Parkinson’s disease affects as many as ten million people worldwide, and one million people in the United States. With such widespread prevalence, it’s important to understand the issues Parkinson’s poses and strategies for managing it.  

The first symptom of Parkinson’s, as you likely know, is usually slightly shaking limbs. As the disease progresses, individuals tend to experience stiff muscles, difficulty walking and other issues related to movement. Difficulty with movement and coordination results from drops in dopamine levels, which also affects mood. Consequently, many people with Parkinson’s also suffer depression. Others may also experience difficulty swallowing, dry skin and scalp, constipation or sleep problems. Roughly 20 percent of people diagnosed with Parkinson’s have dementia or other cognitive disorders.

 
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