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Support healthy hearts

American Heart Month FundraiserHome to Valentine’s Day and American Heart Month, February is the perfect time to focus on your heart health. Heart disease is the leading cause of death among men and women alike. Yet, we can significantly reduce our risk for it by making some smart lifestyle changes.

In particular, high blood pressure or cholesterol levels significantly increase our risk for developing heart disease. Try these heart healthy tips to keep levels low:

Wildlife, Washington insights and more at EPOCH

Cape Cod owlsThis is a great week for animal lovers at EPOCH – first, we’ll welcome the Massachusetts Audubon Society for a special presentation on Cape Cod’s owls. Then, Professor Gerry Krausse will discuss the diverse wildlife of Rhode Island. Learn more about these and our other great, free events below! Hope you’ll join us!

Audubon Society  Feb. 4, 2:15 p.m.
EPOCH Assisted Living at Brewster Place
855 Harwich Road, Brewster, Mass.

Cape Cod is home to five breeding species of owls along with a half-dozen other owl species. Mass Audubon’s Wellfleet Bay Wildlife Sanctuary naturalist Dennis Murley will introduce you to these species and share tips on how to find and identify the owls of Cape Cod. Please RSVP by calling 508-896-3252.

Misconceptions of the aging brain

Aging brains slow down due to greater experienceA common assumption is that as we age, our brains tend to process information more slowly. While this often proves to be true, the cause tends to be misunderstood. Many people falsely attribute the brain’s slowness to functional decline. According to a new study, however, that’s not always the case. Older brains work more slowly simply because they store a considerable amount of knowledge.  

By the time you reach 70, 80, perhaps 90 years old, you have accumulated a lifetime of experiences. That information doesn’t just shed away with old cells – your brain stores it. This means older brains have a larger “database,” if you will, to search through than younger brains. And the larger the database, the longer the search will be.

Town hall meeting with Sen. Downing and more at EPOCH

This week, we will host free concerts, a breakfast and health discussion with the Harwich Council on Aging, and – most notably – a town hall meeting with Massachusetts State Sen. Ben Downing! We welcome you to join us for any of the following:

Connie Giso performs – Jan. 29, 4 p.m.
EPOCH Senior Living on Blackstone Boulevard
353 Blackstone Blvd., Providence, R.I.
Pianist Connie Giso is an energetic, interactive performer who encourages the audience to sing along. She frequently performs at EPOCH and other venues throughout Rhode Island. Space is limited. Please RSVP by calling 401-273-6565. 

Harwich COA breakfast at EPOCH – Jan. 31, 8 a.m.
EPOCH Senior Healthcare of Harwich
111 Headwaters Dr., Harwich, Mass.

EPOCH Senior Healthcare of Harwich will host a breakfast and health discussion with the Harwich Council on Aging. EPOCH Admissions Director Pam Van Dyk and sleep expert Eric Bauman, RRT, will lead a presentation called, “Sweet Dreams” – an overview of sleep disorders and tips for managing them. Space is limited. Please RSVP by calling 508-430-1717.

Assisted living offers comprehensive care

Diane WeinsteinBy Diane Weinstein, Executive Director at EPOCH Assisted Living at Melbourne

Recently I’ve seen a lot of articles comparing the cost of assisted living with the cost of home health care. If you’ve read any of these pieces, you’ve noticed that at a glance, a home health aide is less expensive. However, these numbers alone don’t convey the whole picture.

First let me say that we’re lucky to live in a society where people have choices. If you are able to live safely at home, that’s great. But the reality is that not everyone is able to “age in place,” even with the help of a home health aide.

We can’t fairly compare the cost of assisted living with the cost of home health care, because these are not interchangeable services. If you’re a senior who needs access to round the clock care, you will be safer at an assisted living facility.