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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.

Happy Holidays from EPOCH

Holiday celebrationsMerry Christmas and Happy Holidays! We welcome you to share the magic of the season with residents, family and friends at EPOCH. We will host plenty of holiday celebrations this week, and invite all to attend. See below for details.

Karen Tchougourian performs Pittsfield, Mass.
Tuesday, Dec. 24, 3 p.m.
EPOCH at Melbourne,
140 Melbourne Rd.
In celebration of Christmas Eve, PianistKaren Tchougourian will perform at EPOCH Assisted Living at Melbourne. Tchougourian’s extensive repertoire includes everything from classical music to movie scores to jazz numbers. He has an interactive performance style and welcomes audience requests. He received his Doctor of Musical Arts form the Manhattan School of Music and has won numerous performance competitions. Call 413-499-1992 for more information or the R.S.V.P.

Help seniors fight loneliness

Prevent loneliness among seniorsLoneliness and depression are devastating for anyone, but can be particularly damaging for aging adults, as it takes a heavy toll on their physical health.

Many studies have shown that loneliness among seniors contributes to an onslaught of health problems, including hardened arteries and higher blood pressure, problems with the hypothalamus, and a weakened immune system, compromising the body’s ability to fight infections.

Even more troublesome are the results of a recent study on seniors and loneliness; published in the journal Social Sciences & Medicine, the study of 2,100 older Americans found, “Those who reported the most intense feelings of loneliness were nearly twice as likely to die as those who didn’t.”