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Art and music at EPOCH

It’s all art and music at our EPOCH communities this week. Join us for a discussion with an art expert on the different meanings and uses of the portrait. Or, make your own unique creative projects with the help of local artists at our annual Harvest Festival. Enjoy live performances by the talented Bill Burke or Lloyd Kaplan and the Aristocats. We also look forward to welcoming former Cape Codder editor and reporter Greg O’Brien to our Brewster community for a discussion of his book, “On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s.” All of these events are free but space is limited and an RSVP is required.

A fit lifestyle has far-reaching benefits for seniors

Fitness for seniorsWe’ve written before about the benefits of exercise for aging adults – it reduces the risk for illness by boosting immunity, and reduces the risk for falls by improving balance and strength.

Concerts, classes and more

This week, we look forward to concerts, history discussions and fun fitness classes at our communities. We welcome you to join us for any or all of these free events. Space is limited, so RSVP to reserve you space! Find details below.

Pub Hour with the Larry Pearlman Duo, Oct. 6, 4 p.m.
EPOCH Assisted Living on Blackstone Boulevard
353 Blackstone Blvd. Providence, RI

The Larry Pearlman Duo will perform for pub hour. Pearlman performs Dixieland jazz on piano accompanied by the standup bass. To RSVP, please call 401-273-6565 or register online.

Combating depression with the internet

technology and seniorsOctober is Emotional Wellness Month. A healthy emotional life can help us age well and even promote longevity. Yet, many seniors’ emotional health is compromised by social isolation and loneliness. 

Loss of friends, dispersed family, and limited mobility or income leads to social isolation for many aging adults. Isolation can have a domino effect, causing depression, which in turn can lead to declining physical and mental health. Depression can exacerbate existing medical conditions, including arthritis, heart disease, hypertension and diabetes.

So what can seniors do to minimize isolation and increase their emotional (and in turn physical) wellbeing? The answer may be taking advantage of modern technology. According to a study published in the Journals of Gerontology, internet use reduces the risk for depression in the elderly by 33 percent.

Music, dance and fitness at EPOCH

Exercise class for seniorsThis week at our EPOCH communities, we’ll host performances by karaoke group Lady Ann & DJ Ice, country and bluegrass band Bits and Pieces, and jazz pianist Diane Dexter. We’ll also welcome the therapeutic dance program Tap n’ Time and host an ongoing exercise class designed to increase seniors’ health and independence. All of our events are free unless otherwise stated. All are welcome to attend these events. Space is limited so please RSVP!

Lady Ann & DJ Ice, Sept. 29, 1:30 p.m.
EPOCH Senior Healthcare of Norton
184 Mansfield Ave. Norton, MA

Popular karaoke group Lady Ann & DJ performs old-time favorites and contemporary hits. Call 508-285-7745 to RSVP.