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Veterans forum, Berkshire art and more at EPOCH

Veterans BenefitsFrom history discussions to art shows to healthcare forums, we’re pleased to offer a wide array of stimulating and informative events at our EPOCH communities. We welcome you to join us for some history trivia or presentations on Bastille Day and Providence founder Roger Williams. For those interested in art or who just love the Berkshires, don’t miss an art reception with the Pittsfield Parade Committee. If you’re a veteran or the spouse of a veteran, you’ll find our upcoming forum on benefits particularly helpful. All of these events are free. Keep reading to learn more. 

Boost heart health for brain health

Heart and brain healthRecently, the American Heart Association released “Life’s Simple 7,” an assessment tool measuring cardiovascular health.

As the name suggests, the assessment tool zeros in on seven areas of our lives – usually behaviors linked with heart health. The test asks questions related to your blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, smoking status, body mass index, physical activity and diet. Sample questions include the level of fruit, vegetables, whole grains and sodium consumed per day, as well as the level of moderate and vigorous exercise you engage in per week.

If you score high on the assessment – congratulations! Your cardiovascular health is in tip-top shape. As an added bonus, you’re also less likely to develop cognitive impairment later in life. 

Happy Fourth of July from EPOCH

Fourth of July celebrationsThe Fourth of July is quickly approaching, and we’re celebrating with a slew of concerts all week long, including patriotic tributes. We’ll also host a discussion on the great American jazz musician Louis Armstrong, as well as an important and informative discussion on detecting and preventing all forms of elderly abuse. We welcome you and your family or friends to join us for any or all of these events.

Ethan Stone to entertain, June 30, 3 p.m.
EPOCH Assisted Living of Norton
190 Mansfield Ave. Norton, MA

Pianist Ethan Stone entertains audiences with popular jazz songs from the 1920s through the 1950s. He has toured throughout the United States, Europe and Latin America. RSVP by calling 508-285-3355.

Tips for long distance caregivers

Long distance caregivingWhile caring for an aging family member is a rewarding job, it can also be a challenging one. Family caregivers often have many other responsibilities to juggle along with caregiving, including another full-time job. And when you add distance to the equation, managing all your responsibilities can be even more taxing.

A long-distance caregiver can be someone who lives an hour’s drive away from an aging relative, or a plane ride away. The National Institute on Aging estimates there are more than seven million long-distance caregivers.

While they can’t often provide hands-on care, long-distance caregivers do provide many valuable services – they research local resources and care options; help manage finances, medical records and legal papers; monitor the quality of care their loved one receives; offer emotional support; and help connect their loved one with benefits and programs that will help meet their needs.

Prevent heat stress and dehydration­ in seniors

Heat stress and seniorsPeople aged 65 and older are more vulnerable to heat stress and dehydration than younger individuals. There are many reasons for this, including: