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Plan your loved one's care with the whole family

Being a caregiver for an aging family member is hard work. For many, the responsibilities are made more stressful by trying to juggle another job along with other family and social roles. Caregiving can become much more manageable when a whole family agrees to care for an aging relative together.

Initiating a family meeting is a great way to begin sharing caregiving responsibilities. You can set up clear expectations for each person’s role and help the primary caregiver feel less alone as everyone agrees to help and support each other. A meeting will also help aid planning for long term care to ensure your loved one will be well cared for even in the face of changing circumstances.

Upcoming events: A little bit of everything

Victorian ChristmasWe have something for everyone this week at EPOCH, from music aficionados to writers to history buffs. First, Aimee Gelinas will lead residents and guests in drumming circle. Then local columnist Rita Watson will offer her expertise in our memoir writing group. Our favorite historical interpreter Patricia Perry will resurrect a good old fashioned Victorian Christmas. The week wraps up with a musical performance by the ever-talented Duane Sullivan. You and your loved ones are welcome to join us for any or all of these free events.

Make the most of your charitable contributions

Donation tipsDuring the holiday season, the spirit of giving is everywhere and many people want to do what they can to help others. Yet, if we don’t make our donations carefully, we risk not really making much of an impact or worse, falling victim to scams. Below are some tips to help ensure your contributions actually serve those you wish to help.

First, be wary of solicitations for charitable donations. Charity scams are common around the holidays, with many scammers posing as legitimate charities. And unfortunately, they frequently target seniors. You’re better off playing it safe and ignoring solicitations altogether. Instead, look for a charity you’re passionate about. This way you can better avoid scams while also supporting a cause that shares your values.

History, holidays and music at EPOCH

drumming circleWe’re looking forward to a great lineup of events at EPOCH this week. First, historian Gary Hylander will share valuable insight into the life and work of theoretical physicist Robert Oppenheimer. Then we’ll roll into some holiday festivities, including a Hanukkah celebration, the program “Christmas at the White House,” and a performance of seasonal songs by our very own residents. We’ll wrap up the week with a fun drumming circle led by local musician Aimee Gelinas. We welcome you and your family to join us for any or all of these free events. We just ask that you RSVP so we can reserve your space.

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.