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Working past retirement

working past retirementAs Americans continue to live longer, healthier lives than previous generations, they’re also working longer than ever before. Although the traditional retirement age is 65, many older adults are working into their seventies and beyond.  For some, working past traditional retirement age may simply be a financial necessity. But it can also provide an outlet for energy and creativity while offering stimulation and a sense of purpose.

Whether you want to change fields or you already retired and want to reenter the workforce, here are some tips to help your job search:

Local detective, reporter and historian to visit EPOCH

We’re hosting a wide variety of events at EPOCH this week. First, we’ll welcome blues musician Mike Higgins for a performance. Then the Better Business Bureau will stop by Norton for an informative presentation on scams and identity theft. We’ll also learn about identity theft in Harwich from a local police detective. Later in the week, WCVB reporter Ted Reinstein will discuss his excellent book, “New England Notebook,” and historian Bruce Hambro will discuss the life and work of Frank Sinatra. Hope you’ll join us!

Mike Higgins performs, Jan. 27, 2 p.m.
EPOCH Assisted Living on Blackstone Boulevard
353 Blackstone Blvd. Providence, RI
Mike Higgins sings with a strong, expressive voice and frequently performs piedmont blues. He is a native of Taunton, Mass. and has been teaching guitar for more than 35 years. To RSVP, please call 401-273-6565 or register online.

Take care of your brain

Brain healthA brain-healthy lifestyle is essential to aging well. Mental acuity allows us to remain independent and enjoy a higher quality of life. To help promote the brain health of older adults in 2015, Eldercare Locator put out a brochure with tips for maintaining cognitive functioning. It draws on the research and recommendations of the Administration for Community Living, the National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

The brochure, “Brain Health: You Can Make a Difference,” offers the following tips to maintain optimal brain health:

Three EPOCH Senior Living communities named as Caring Stars of 2015

Caring.com Caring Stars of 2015Congratulations to the three EPOCH Senior Living communities named by Caring.com as Caring Stars of 2015! The communities to receive the honor are EPOCH Assisted Living at Brewster Place, EPOCH Assisted Living at Melbourne and EPOCH Assisted Living of Norton.

The ranking was determined by compiling the assisted living and memory care communities with the highest praise from the Caring.com community, which includes reviews from older adults, family caregivers and industry experts.

Caring.com is a leading website offering information and resources about senior care to help consumers make the best senior living choices, and includes a comprehensive directory of thousands of the nation’s assisted living and memory care communities.

Concerts, book club and art at EPOCH

Providence book clubThis week, we look forward to performances by Sinatra impersonator Chris Jason, GQ & the Lady, and the Limb Shakers during one of our favorite events, “Hot Coffee, Cool Jazz.” We’ll also discuss the book the popular new film “Unbroken” is based on and we’ll learn about the depiction of animals in art. Join us for any or all of these free events. Space is limited and an RSVP is requested.

Art Matters presents ‘Wild and Domestic,’ Jan. 21, 3 p.m.
EPOCH Assisted Living of Norton
190 Mansfield Ave. Norton, MA

Jane Blair, artist and owner of Art Matters, will take attendees on a journey around the world to learn more about humanity’s connection with animals and the way we’ve depicted them in art throughout history. To RSVP, please call 508-285-3355 or register online.