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Improve your health: Get some sun

Sunlight improves your healthWe all know sunlight is a key ingredient to good health, but it may have an even bigger impact than we previously thought. According to a new study from Northwestern University, basking in the sun can help you manage your weight.

An important thing to note is that this refers specifically to bright, early morning light. In the study, people who spent time in the sun between 8 a.m. and noon had a lower body mass index than those who spent time outside later in the day.

Of course, this raises some questions – how do early morning rays differ from late day rays, and why would sunshine impact your weight at all?

A week of poetry, music and health

We’re kicking off April with a variety of great events. Join us for educational presentations on managing your health, or for performances by jazz singer Krisanthi Pappas or Elvis impersonator Robert Black. If you enjoy writing or reading poetry, you won’t want to miss a visit from Massachusetts Senior Poet Laureate, Marian Shapiro. Keep reading to learn more about these upcoming events.

Presentation on UTI prevention – April 2, 2:30 p.m.
EPOCH Assisted Living at Melbourne
140 Melbourne Rd. Pittsfield, Mass.

Registered nurse Maura Rose, of Rosecare Patient Advocacy and Elder Services, will visit EPOCH to discuss urinary tract infection prevention. UTIs are a common infection amongst older adults, particularly women. Rose, who has more than 30 years of experience, will share tips on lowering your risk of infection. For more information or to RSVP, please call 413-499-1992.

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.