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Tips for traveling with an aging parent

Traveling with an aging parentIf your aging parent’s health or mobility has been on the decline, long-distance travel can pose some challenges. Travel becomes even more difficult during the holiday season when airports are busier and more chaotic than usual. While you’ve likely already made your travel plans and purchased your plane tickets, there are still some things you can do to make your travel experience less stressful and your holiday more enjoyable.

Meet our team: Ludnie Emile

Ludnie Emile, MA Senior Care Foundation ScholarEver since she was 15 years old, Ludnie Emile’s dream has been to follow in her grandmother’s footsteps and become a nurse. As Ludnie says, “Becoming a nurse is not simply a job or career choice for me, but a calling.”

Born and raised in Haiti, Ludnie pursued her degree at the State College of Nursing, but her plans were derailed when a major earthquake hit and she had to relocate to the United States. Despite the challenges she faced, Ludnie continues to pursue her dream and is well on her way to achieving it. After moving to Massachusetts, she took English courses and soon found a position as a Dietary Aide at EPOCH of Weston, a job she loved. “I have enjoyed every second of my work at EPOCH, spending time with the residents during happy hours where employees and patients converse, eat and have fun. I didn’t think that as a simple diet aide I would make such an impact on the patients I encounter,” she said.

Educational and holiday programs at EPOCH

Holiday celebrationsThis week, we will host a wide array of events at our communities that are free and open to the public. We have some educational programs on the calendar, including presentations on coping with grief during the holidays and safe medication practices. We’ll also host a support group for family caregivers on individuals with memory impairment. In addition to these helpful and informative events, we’ll host some fun holiday programs. Join us for a discussion of the popular film “Love Actually” or for a lively reading of “A Christmas Carol.” Find out details below.

Life improves with age

life improves with ageContrary to stereotypes about aging, studies continue to indicate that life improves with age. According to Paul Costa, scientist emeritus at the National Institutes of Health, only 10 percent of the older population reflects our negative stereotypes about aging. Rather than a time of depression, loneliness and cognitive decline, most people tend to thrive in old age with happiness, relationships and even creativity continuing to strengthen. 

Studying adults aged 18-94, Stanford researchers found that compared to the younger participants, older adults experienced positive emotions such as amusement and joy more often than negative ones, such as anger, sadness and boredom. Their conclusion was that mood improves steadily with age.

Celebrate the holidays at EPOCH

Happy HolidaysAt EPOCH, we’re excited for the holidays and welcome you to celebrate the season of giving with us. We’re hosting Toys for Tots collections as well as a winter wear collection to help bring joy and comfort to local children and families in need. We’ll also host a craft fair for anyone still searching for the perfect holiday gifts. “Brewster for the Holidays” is coming up and we’ll participate with our own delicious chowder fest. Finally, the Nauset Model Railroad Club will stop by to show off their impressive collection for all train lovers. Keep reading to learn more.

Toys for Tots collections
Several of our communities will host Toys for Tots collections in December. We welcome you to donate new, unwrapped toys to help less fortunate children experience the joy of Christmas. Donations can be dropped off at the following communities:

 
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