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Tips for managing medications

Medication Management TipsMay brings Older Americans Month – a time not only to celebrate our seniors, but also to look out for their wellbeing. Protecting seniors is at the heart of this year’s theme, “Safe Today, Healthy Tomorrow,” highlighting injury prevention.

Unfortunately, seniors are the population at greatest risk for accidental injuries. On average, older Americans are treated for six million injuries every year. This means we all need to promote safe practices that help seniors live longer, healthier lives. One way we can do this is by learning effective strategies for managing medications.  

Fundraisers, ChowderFest & child prodigy at EPOCH

Looking ahead to May, we have a busy agenda at our communities. We’ll host a canned food drive as well as a fundraiser to benefit Relay for Life’s cancer research and outreach efforts. Plus, we have plenty of excellent entertainment lined up, including a Titanic-themed reenactment, our annual ChowderFest, and a performance by child prodigy Mason Zink – don’t miss the chance to see this incredibly talented five-year-old musician perform! Preview his chops here. Keep reading to learn more.

Canned food drive
EPOCH Senior Healthcare of Melrose
15 Green St. Melrose, Mass.
Everyone is welcome and encouraged to donate canned goods and nonperishable food items, which can be dropped off in EPOCH of Melrose’s front lobby anytime until May 31. Please make sure items have not expired. Donations will be given to A Servant’s Heart Food Pantry to be distributed to more than 150 families in need living in Melrose, Malden and the surrounding communities. For more information, please call 781-665-3950.

Combat age-related sleep decline

Age-related sleep declineMany people experience a decline in sleep quality as they age. It becomes increasingly difficult to fall and stay asleep. Often, this is due to naturally-occurring changes in the way we sleep. The older we get, the more time we spend in the lighter stages of sleep.

The good news is that a new study published in PLOS Biology suggests age-related sleep decline may be preventable and even reversible.

Although it may sound strange, the researchers studied fruit flies to learn more about age-related sleep changes. The fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster is actually used in aging research frequently, in particular because its sleep patterns are similar to humans’. For example, they sleep at night and are active during the day, and they even experience a decline in sleep quality as they age.  

You’re never too old to learn

Learning opportunities for seniorsComing up at our EPOCH communities, we will host several intriguing and educational presentations. Take a virtual tour of Thailand or popular museum exhibits around the world; learn more about Boston’s role in the civil war; receive great advice on making the move to a senior living community; or listen to the riveting tale of Anne Hutchinson, condemned as an “instrument of the devil” by the Puritan community in the 1600s.

You’re never too old to learn, and we hope you’ll join us for any or all of these great presentations! Keep reading for details.

Alzheimer’s gene poses greater risk to women

Alzheimer’s researchers have known for a while that the gene APOE4 increases the risk for developing this devastating memory-impairing disease. What they didn’t know was that this gene may pose a greater risk to women than men.

According to a new study published in Annals of Neurology, APOE4 nearly doubles women’s likelihood of developing Alzheimer’s disease, while men are only slightly more likely to develop it. 

This may help explain why women are disproportionately affected by the disease – roughly two-thirds of the five million people diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in the United States are women. Another widely accepted explanation for this is that because women generally outlive men, they have more time to develop the disease.