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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.

World traveler, musicians and more at EPOCH

Pianist Connie Giso will perform at EPOCHAt our EPOCH communities, we’re closing out February with plenty of great events. Join us for a book club discussion, a show by pianist Connie Giso, a world traveler’s multimedia presentation, or a lively concert by the Dave Burbank Orchestra. As always, all of our events are free and open to public. But please RSVP! Find more details about these great events below.

Book club to discuss ‘Wait Till Next Year’ Feb. 24, 2 p.m.
EPOCH Assisted Living on the East Side
One Butler Ave. Providence, R.I.

The book club at EPOCH on the East Side will discuss Doris Kearns Goodwin’s memoir, “Same Time, Next Year.” Goodwin chronicles her experience growing up in the New York suburbs in the 1950s, her mother’s debilitating illness, and the love she and her father shared for the Brooklyn Dodgers. For more information or to RSVP, please call 401-275-0682.

Traversing the globe with armchair travel

Armchair travel allows seniors to experience cultures across the worldWe cannot underestimate the importance of lifelong learning. It helps aging adults stay mentally sharp and socially engaged. This, in turn, can help delay symptoms for adults at risk for memory impairment. Mental and social engagement also contribute to a stronger sense of purpose and happiness, which many researchers have found reduces the risk for heart disease and stroke and helps seniors maintain independence longer.

EPOCH welcomes local historians

Denise Vanaria will host a presentation on the TitanicAcross all our EPOCH communities, our residents, staff and friends are passionate about history. That’s why we frequently invite historians to EPOCH to lead engaging presentations and discussions on a wide breadth of topics.

This week, in honor of Presidents Day, you can enjoy an in-depth look at the life of President John Quincy Adams. We also look forward to learning more about Boston history, the legacy of renowned philanthropist Doris Duke, and the tragedy of the Titanic from the perspective of those who lived it. As always, our events are absolutely free. We simply ask that you RSVP. Keep reading for details!

The upside of downsizing

Downsizing your homeDownsizing from a longtime home can be one of the most difficult decisions a senior can make. Yet, it’s also one of the most important. Remaining in a large house becomes financially impractical for many during retirement years. Plus, it can be socially isolating while the upkeep can be overwhelming. And for aging adults who find themselves increasingly struggling with chores, driving, and the like, downsizing to an assisted living community is one of the best and safest moves they can make.