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Boost heart health for brain health

Heart and brain healthRecently, the American Heart Association released “Life’s Simple 7,” an assessment tool measuring cardiovascular health.

As the name suggests, the assessment tool zeros in on seven areas of our lives – usually behaviors linked with heart health. The test asks questions related to your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, smoking status, body mass index, physical activity and diet. Sample questions include the level of fruit, vegetables, whole grains and sodium consumed per day, as well as the level of moderate and vigorous exercise you engage in per week.

If you score high on the assessment – congratulations! Your cardiovascular health is in tip-top shape. As an added bonus, you’re also less likely to develop cognitive impairment later in life. 

Happy Fourth of July from EPOCH

Fourth of July celebrationsThe Fourth of July is quickly approaching, and we’re celebrating with a slew of concerts all week long, including patriotic tributes. We’ll also host a discussion on the great American jazz musician Louis Armstrong, as well as an important and informative discussion on detecting and preventing all forms of elderly abuse. We welcome you and your family or friends to join us for any or all of these events.

Ethan Stone to entertain, June 30, 3 p.m.
EPOCH Assisted Living of Norton
190 Mansfield Ave. Norton, MA

Pianist Ethan Stone entertains audiences with popular jazz songs from the 1920s through the 1950s. He has toured throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America. RSVP by calling 508-285-3355.

Tips for long distance caregivers

Long distance caregivingWhile caring for an aging family member is a rewarding job, it can also be a challenging one. Family caregivers often have many other responsibilities to juggle along with caregiving, including another full-time job. And when you add distance to the equation, managing all your responsibilities can be even more taxing.

A long-distance caregiver can be someone who lives an hour’s drive away from an aging relative, or a plane ride away. The National Institute on Aging estimates there are more than seven million long-distance caregivers.

While they can’t often provide hands-on care, long-distance caregivers do provide many valuable services – they research local resources and care options; help manage finances, medical records and legal papers; monitor the quality of care their loved one receives; offer emotional support; and help connect their loved one with benefits and programs that will help meet their needs.

Prevent heat stress and dehydration­ in seniors

Heat stress and seniorsPeople aged 65 and older are more vulnerable to heat stress and dehydration than younger individuals. There are many reasons for this, including:

A week of education and entertainment at EPOCH

Whether you live in Providence, Pittsfield, or on the Cape, we have some great educational and entertaining events planned this week. First, we’ll learn how to break that bad habit procrastination with a little help from a professional organizer. Then we’ll enjoy a couple historical presentations – one on Providence founder Roger Williams and the other on New England’s presidential landmarks. Later, award-winning news anchor Mario Hilario will share details of his riveting career, while actor Richard Clark will perform his stellar one-man show.

We welcome you and your family or friends to join us for any or all of these free events. Details below.

‘How to Overcome Procrastination,’ June 17, 10 a.m.-noon
EPOCH Assisted Living at Brewster Place
855 Harwich Rd. Brewster, Mass.

Professional organizer and trainer Maryann Murphy, MSW, will discuss tips for overcoming procrastination. Murphy will give strategies for tackling all the tasks in your life without becoming overwhelmed. Please call 508-896-3252 to RSVP.