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Protecting seniors from scammers

By the end of 2013, the Massachusetts Protective Services department received approximately 21,000 reports of elder abuse, a third of which cited financial exploitation. Indeed, scammers frequently target senior citizens and elder financial abuse is a serious problem plaguing our country.

In all, victims of elder financial abuse lose an estimated $2.9 billion every year, according to a study by the National Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the MetLife Mature Market Institute. The study also found:

Music, magic and more

Magic showAlthough the holiday hubbub is winding down, we still have plenty of great events lined up for January, from classical concerts to magic acts. Check out what’s happening this week below. We hope you’ll join us for any or all of these free events. 

Classical pianist performs – Jan. 7, 3 p.m.
EPOCH of Boylston Place, 615 Heath St.
Chestnut Hill, Mass.
Classical pianist Rick Scalise will perform. In addition to giving weekly concerts in the Boston area, Scalise teaches piano and guitar at the Lexington Music School and plays the organ for St. Theresa’s Church in Billerica. A graduate of Boston University, Scalise holds a bachelor’s of music degree in piano performance and composition as well as a master’s degree in composition from Boston. For more information or to R.S.V.P., please call 617-244-6400.

Five-year plan enhances road safety for senior drivers

Safe roads for seniorsAs we age, our eyesight tends to decline while our reflexes begin to slow. While this prompts many seniors to hang up the car keys for good, others continue driving well into their golden years, leaving many concerned about their safety.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of older drivers increased 21 percent between 2003 and 2012. With the population of senior drivers rising, the number of senior driving accidents is also climbing—from the previous year, 2012 saw a three percent hike in fatalities and a 16 percent hike in injuries related to car accidents involving seniors.

Thankfully, the NHTSA came up with a five-year strategic plan to minimize the risks for older drivers and enhance their safety on the road. The plan focuses on three main areas:

Ring in the New Year at EPOCH

Happy New YearHelp us ring in the New Year with performances by a wide range of talented entertainers, including jazz musicians Larry Perlman, Ken Badger and Krisanthi Pappas.

Accomplished musician David Ponlansky will also perform and the travelling petting zoo Barn Babies will melt our hearts with adorable puppies, bunnies, piglets and more. Animal lovers won’t want to miss it! Keep reading to learn more.

Larry Perlman performs – Dec. 31, 1:30 p.m.
EPOCH Senior Living on Blackstone, Providence
Jazz musicianLarry Perlman and his four-piece band will entertain for a special New Year’s Eve program. To R.S.V.P., please call 401-273-6565. EPOCH on Blackstone is located at 353 Blackstone Blvd. 

Seniors enjoy better mental health than previous generations

Seniors enjoy better mental health than previous generations It perhaps comes as no surprise that we’re living longer than ever before. In 1900, the average life expectancy for men was only 46! Now, most men live to 79, and still others become thriving octogenarians.

The good news is that not only has life expectancy dramatically increased, our mental health has also significantly improved; according to a group of researchers from France, seniors today are experiencing delayed cognitive impairment compared to previous generations.

Between 1991 and 1997, 204 French seniors participated in tests measuring their cognitive functioning. Between 2008 and 2009, a new group of 177 seniors took these same tests. Researchers compared the data and discovered the latter group had higher overall scores.