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The latest in telemedicine: virtual house calls

TelemedicineImagine having a doctor’s appointment without leaving your house. Instead, you and your doctor consult via your webcam or smartphone.

The “virtual house call” is just the latest concept in the growing field of telemedicine—the use of technology to transmit medical information from one location to another. Telemedicine can refer to everything from a simple phone call from the doctor to at-home monitors that measure blood pressure and transmit the information to a hospital or clinic.

Tech demo, book club, yard sale and more

Book club to discuss CapoteThis week at EPOCH, we look forward to a wide variety of events including: a book club discussion on Truman Capote’s “The Grass Harp,” a demonstration on innovative eye-gaze technology, a performance by award-winning musician Krisanthi Pappas, and a good old-fashioned yard sale. We welcome you, your family and friends to join us for any or all of these free events.

Book club to discuss ‘The Grass Harp,’ May 27, 2 p.m.
EPOCH Assisted Living on the East Side
One Butler Ave. Providence, R.I.
TrumanCapote’s 1951 novel chronicles the lives of an orphaned boy, his aunt and his aunt’s servant, who seek refuge from life’s troubles in a tree house. For more information or to RSVP, please call 401-275-0682.

Meet our residents: Evelyn Roll on transitioning to senior living

Evelyn RollEvelyn Roll doesn’t hold back about leaving her longtime home to move to a senior living community.  “It’s no bed of roses making that move. It is hard to make changes in life when you’re older. You feel like you give up so much. I never thought I would end up in an elder community. I’m active in my town. I’m a volunteer. I’m engaged in politics and I have been for a long, long time.”

Evelyn is also realistic about her situation and her needs. When her husband was diagnosed with stage-three Leukemia, she became acutely aware of how dependent she was on him. “He was the healthy one who did all the right things. Fortunately, his treatment was not difficult, but there is no cure and he passed away about a year after the diagnosis.” 

History, art, music and more

Music performances in ProvidenceJoin us this week for presentations on Boston history, moving tips or Leonardo da Vinci. For music fans, we’ll welcome the talented Riga Duo for a piano-violin concert. Grab a friend or the family and join us for any or all of these free events. Be sure to RSVP!

Great Boston Fires, May 20, 6:30 p.m.
EPOCH Independent and Assisted Living at Boylston Place
615 Heath St. Chestnut Hill, Mass.

Local historian David Kruh will offer a look back at Boston’s most devastating fires, including the Great Fire of 1872, the Cocoanut Grove tragedy of 1942, and the Hotel Vendome fire of 1972. Kruh will discuss how these fires happened, what we learned from them, and what, if anything, was done to prevent similar catastrophes. Please RSVP by calling 617-244-6400.

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.

 
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