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How to become a super ager

Super agers seem to be some kind of mythical creature – not only does their longevity exceed that of the average person, their mental and physical health also surpasses the norm for their age group.

Super agers are defined as people older than 80 with the brains and bodies of people decades younger. This elite group has fascinated researchers for years and has been the subject of many studies. Using imaging tests, researchers at Northwestern University found that Super Agers have far less age-related plaques and far more brain mass related to attention and memory than most people their age.

Book club, concerts and more

From health screenings to book discussions to concerts, we have something for everyone at EPOCH. Find details about our upcoming events below. You’re welcome to join us for any of these free events; we just ask that you RSVP.

Free blood pressure clinic – March 26, 9:30-10:30 a.m.
Dennis Council on Aging & Senior Center
1045 Rt. 134, South Dennis, Mass.

EPOCH Senior Healthcare of Brewster will host its monthly blood pressure clinic at the Dennis Council on Aging. EPOCH nursing staff will administer the blood pressure tests and be available to discuss elder-care topics. As high blood pressure increases the risk for heart disease and stroke, regular blood pressure screenings are an important preventative measure for protecting your health. EPOCH hosts these free clinics every fourth Wednesday of the month. For more information or to RSVP, please call 508-896-7046.

Exercise promotes healthy aging

Exercise for healthy agingNow that the days are longer and spring is just around the corner, many of us are probably thinking about exercising to spend more time outside—thinking being the operative word.

Exercise is important to your physical health (and often your emotional health) no matter who you are or what your age is. But the older we get, the more important exercise becomes to maintaining our health well into our golden years.

Even if you’re middle aged and can’t remember the last time you exercised, starting now can still have a major impact on your long-term health and longevity.

Honoring Women’s History Month, St. Patrick’s Day and more

Celebrate St. Patrick's DayThis week, we will host a wide variety of events at our EPOCH communities that are free and open to the public. We’ll honor St. Patrick’s Day as well as Women’s History Month, host a town hall meeting with our local congressman in Providence, and learn the best repotting techniques from a seasoned horticulturist. With such a diverse calendar, there’s something for everyone. We hope you’ll join us!

Seniors living alone at risk for malnutrition

Seniors and nutritionHome Instead Senior Care recently released a report about the challenges living alone poses to seniors’ nutrition. According to the report, 40 percent of seniors aged 75 and older live alone, and among them, two out of five are malnourished.  

Why? Part of the problem is that shopping, meal planning and meal preparation can be arduous tasks for aging adults. As a result, they may not shop as frequently as they should or eat as frequently as they should, and rely heavily on premade or convenience foods, which lack the nutrients they need. 

But the biggest challenge to seniors’ eating habits is a lack of shared mealtime experiences, those family dinners so often taken for granted. Although most of us acknowledge the value of family dinners for bonding, we might not think of them as important to proper nutrition.