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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.

Scollay Square, cool jazz, comedy and more

Free jazz showEvery week, our EPOCH communities offer a wide array of events that are free and open to the public. Coming up, local history discussions, jazz, comedy and a presentation on nutrition are all on the docket. We hope you’ll join us for any or all of the following:

Local historian presents on Scollay Square Jan. 21, 6:30 p.m.
EPOCH Independent and Assisted Living at Boylston Place
615 Heath St., Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Local historian David Kruh will discuss the evolution of the historic square that everyone from John Winthrop to Sally Keith frequented – whether they admitted it or not! Learn about the tales of Revolutionary War heroism, scientific breakthroughs, and Civil War courage that all happened in the same place where a hotdog stand and burlesque theater made truants out of all of New England. Please R.S.V.P. by calling 617-244-6400.

Stay sharp: Exercise your brain

Brain exercise keeps seniors sharpDid you know that with a little “brain training,” we can maintain or even improve our mental acuity?

Many studies have suggested that engaging in brain exercises positively impacts cognitive functioning. This can help many aging adults maintain their independence longer, and for others, it can even help delay the onset or slow the progression of dementia.

The most comprehensive and compelling of these studies to date comes out of the National Institutes of Health and the National Institute on Aging. It’s the largest and longest study of its kind, and among the first to show strong evidence that brain exercises are effective over the long term.

EPOCH opens Berkshire County’s first Memory Café

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

Caregivers often say that one of the greatest challenges in caring for a loved one with memory loss, Alzheimer’s disease or other form of dementia is a feeling of aloneness and isolation. Because of the nature of conditions that cause progressive memory loss, there is often a change in the quality and type of social interactions between couples or in a parent/child relationship. Instead, days can be filled with difficult and tedious tasks, communication challenges, and managing confusing symptoms.

This week at EPOCH: VA benefits, concerts and art

Piano recitalWe will host a wide range of events this week, including an art opening, a presentation on veterans’ benefits, and several musical performances. Please join us for any or all of these free events:

Art reception for local painters
Jan. 14, 6:30 p.m.
EPOCH Assisted Living at Melbourne
140 Melbourne Rd., Pittsfield, Mass.
EPOCH Assisted Living at Melbourne will host a reception for local artists Sharon Carlo and Eileen Riello. Carlo works with color pencils while Riello paints in watercolors and oils. Both women are members of the Dalton Art Guild. All are welcome to attend the reception or to view their work free of charge at the community’s gallery between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. For more information or to R.S.V.P. for the reception, call 413-499-1992.