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Health and wellness programs keep on movin’ at EPOCH

Earlier this year we talked about our Wellness initiative with Nicola Vichert, Benefits Manager at EPOCH. Lots of great things were happening then, and according to an update from Nicola, the momentum has kept up through the holidays and even through the snowstorms that battered our area during the first weeks of the year.

Healthy fruitOur senior healthcare community in Brewster has really taken the bull by the horns and is putting a lot of effort into their wellness programs. For the first quarter of 2011, they’re planning a “Challenge Yourself” program, where team members sign up with names and personal goals (losing weight, exercising more, reducing stress, etc). Those participating get a special badge to put in their name tags. People with similar goals are going to meet together to discuss how things are going, set goals, challenge each other, and most importantly, provide support.

4 questions with Tiffany Michalski, Life Enrichment Director

Tiffany Michalski is the Life Enrichment Director at EPOCH Senior Living of Norton in Mass. She’s been in her position for nearly 10 years and is very passionate about what she does.

EPOCH senior community ranked 5 stars

Best Nursing HomesIn the senior living world, staying at the top of your game is important. Receiving an award or designation that recognizes the high quality of your community, then, is a great boost and something we’re proud to talk about. It’s okay to toot your own horn once in a while, after all!

Preventing falls: Geriatric Societies release new guidelines and recommendations

Preventing Falls, seniors and elderlyThe American Geriatrics Society and the British Geriatrics Society have released updated guidelines for preventing falls among seniors. The guidelines haven’t been updated since 2001.

Bird rescue to visit Blackstone seniors

Doctors and researchers have found that contact with animals is good for our health. Seniors can especially benefit from such contact, which is one of the reasons why many EPOCH communities invite animals and their human companions to visit.