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Reducing overused medical services

Overused medical servicesAccording to a study from the Harvard Medical School Department of Health Care Policy, overused medical services are costing Medicare a pretty penny.

Meet our caring staff: Tom Enderby

Tom Enderby with Ms. T and Norton residentWith May being Older Americans Month, we’d like to take this opportunity to honor someone who goes above and beyond to better the lives of seniors.

Tom Enderby is the official driver at EPOCH Assisted Living of Norton, but he’s become so much more to residents and staff. Above all else, Tom is a good friend to everyone here. Beyond providing transportation for doctor appointments and errands, Tom takes Norton residents on field trips around town, most notably to the reservoir and Winslow Farm – a sanctuary for abandoned and mistreated animals –and brings along his trusty golden lab Ms. T to brighten everyone’s day. 

Celebrating local artists

Celebrating local artistsWe’re celebrating local artists this week. First, we’ll host an art opening for Pittsfield folk artist Jo-Anne Irwin, who paints real and imagined scenes of simpler times in the Berkshires. Then, we’ll host a reception for EPOCH of Norton’s own resident artist, Thomas Casso. Stop by to view Tom’s beautiful nature-themed paintings and talk to him about his inspirations.

We also look forward to a book club discussion of the thrilling novel, “The Art Forger,” as well as a discussion with Stonehill College professor Gary Hylander on the riveting presidential election of 1940. Everyone is welcome to join us for any of these free events – just be sure to RSVP! Keep reading to learn more.

Young at heart: Seniors feel positive about aging

Seniors have positive attitudes on agingNo matter how old you get, you always feel young at heart.

At least, that’s what many aging adults reported in UnitedHealthCare’s ninth annual 100@100 survey.

Centenarians on average reported feeling 83 years old, while 65-year-old baby boomers felt at least 10 years younger than they were. On top of that, many centenarians also reported feeling “blessed” and “happy” to be 100.

So what’s the secret to growing older without feeling like you are? Good health is surely a significant factor. Most of the respondents who reported feeling young were in relatively good health. The centenarians, for example, could carry out most of their daily activities without assistance. Respondents also visited their doctors annually for checkups and maintained an active lifestyle.

Celebrate Mother’s Day and more at EPOCH

Mother's Day celebrationsMother’s Day is quickly approaching and we have plenty of great events planned to celebrate. We’ll reflect on the history of this special day and share our favorite stories about our mothers during a special Connected Living discussion group. We’ll also host a cabaret-style show with Andrea Lyman in honor of Mother’s Day, as well as a performance by pianist Chris Callahan.

But that’s not all! Comedian Bill Burke will entertain earlier in the week, and we’ll host a guided meditation with expert Matt Trowbridge. We welcome you and your loved ones to join us for any or all of these free events. We just ask that you RSVP. Keep reading to learn more!

 
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