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Seniors living alone at risk for malnutrition

Seniors and nutritionHome Instead Senior Care recently released a report about the challenges living alone poses to seniors’ nutrition. According to the report, 40 percent of seniors aged 75 and older live alone, and among them, two out of five are malnourished.  

Why? Part of the problem is that shopping, meal planning and meal preparation can be arduous tasks for aging adults. As a result, they may not shop as frequently as they should or eat as frequently as they should, and rely heavily on premade or convenience foods, which lack the nutrients they need. 

But the biggest challenge to seniors’ eating habits is a lack of shared mealtime experiences, those family dinners so often taken for granted. Although most of us acknowledge the value of family dinners for bonding, we might not think of them as important to proper nutrition.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at EPOCH

St. Patrick's Day celebrationsSt. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and we have plenty of celebrations planned, including free concerts and a multimedia presentation covering the history and sociology of this day. All are welcome to join us for any or all of these free celebrations. Keep reading for details!

St. Patrick’s Day with the Victrola Society March 14, 2:30 p.m.
EPOCH Senior Healthcare of Harwich
111 Headwaters Dr., Harwich, Mass.
The Victrola Society will perform songs celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. The popular chorus enjoys entertaining audiences with themed programs and entertains frequently at EPOCH. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Michael Walker at 508-430-6208.

Skilled nursing facilities offer personalized approach to rehab

After staying at the hospital for a stroke, fracture or other illness or injury, many seniors may find themselves struggling with day-to-day activities, pain and limited mobility. In these instances, seniors need post-acute care to aid recovery; as many as 37 percent of acute hospitalizations require follow-up care.

Skilled nursing facilities are a great place for short term rehabilitation, and in fact, rehabilitation admissions at these facilities have grown significantly in recent years. The growing popularity of skilled nursing facilities for rehab can likely be attributed to the high quality of care delivered with a personalized and compassionate approach.  

An interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals – including physicians, nurses and therapists – meets with the patient and create a treatment plan that best meets the individual’s personal rehabilitation needs and goals.

Music, movies and more at EPOCH

Spring WildflowersNow that March is here, we are eagerly anticipating the first day of spring. In celebration of winter’s end, the Audubon Society will lead the presentation, “Spring Wildflowers.” Learn about and see some of the Cape’s most beautiful plants!

We’ll host several other great presentations on a variety of topics this week, including Grand Teton National Park, Harry James and Nat King Cole, and the film, “Now, Voyager.” We welcome you to join us for any or all of these events. They’re all free of charge; we just ask that you RSVP. Find details below!

Spring Wildflowers – March 4, 2:15 p.m.
EPOCH Assisted Living at Brewster Place
855 Harwich Road, Brewster, Mass.
The Mass Audubon Society will discuss the role and history of your favorite wildflowers, name origins, pollination and seed dispersal, and the latest scientific research on the ecology of these beautiful plants. Please call 508-896-3252 to RSVP.

Happiness changes with age

For many people, the pursuit of happiness is the driving force behind the choices they make. The issue is figuring out what makes you happy so that you can devote your time to it. Interestingly, the things that make us happy significantly change the older we get.

According to a recent study set to be published in the Journal of Consumer Research, we thrive off of extraordinary experiences in our youth – in other words, uncommon, infrequent, and potentially adrenaline-pumping events. For some, this might mean skydiving; for others, it could mean meeting new, interesting individuals.

While most people still value the extraordinary well into old age, their perspective of the ordinary – common, day-to-day occurrences – changes. As we age, we are more likely to derive joy from events a younger person might view as mundane. For example, sharing a meal with your loved ones or walking your dog.