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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.

A week of concerts at EPOCH

Free massachusetts concertsAttention all music lovers – we will host a variety of free concerts at our communities this week. Join us for pub hour with Connie Giso, jazz piano with Ken Badger, numbers from Great American Songbook with Dave Cuddy, or a performance of big band hits with the Dave Burbank Orchestra. Keep reading to learn more about these great events.

Dance improves seniors’ health

National Dance DayDid you know that July 26 marks National Dance Day? Initiated in 2010 by the Dizzy Feet Foundation, National Dance Day is celebrated the last Saturday of July to encourage Americans to embrace dance as a fun way to maintain good health.   

Fish fry fundraiser and the arts at EPOCH

Fish fry fundraiserThis week at our EPOCH communities, we will host a slew of events that will appeal to those with an artistic flair. First, we’ll welcome the award-winning writer Joey Kantor for a lively literary reading. We’ll also host a discussion on the life and work of Pablo Picasso, and a painting class for seniors interested in developing their artistic talent.

We also look forward to our annual fish fry fundraiser at Brewster Place. Join us for some delicious food while supporting the Cape Cod Commercial Fisherman’s Alliance. All our events are free unless otherwise stated. Keep reading for details.

Why you need to identify as a caregiver

Family caregiver tipsAlthough nearly 10 million adults aged 50 and older care for their aging parents, many do not think of themselves as caregivers. Yet, how these family caregivers identify themselves affects their wellbeing.

 
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