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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:

A week of education and entertainment at EPOCH

Whether you live in Providence, Pittsfield, or on the Cape, we have some great educational and entertaining events planned this week. First, we’ll learn how to break that bad habit procrastination with a little help from a professional organizer. Then we’ll enjoy a couple historical presentations – one on Providence founder Roger Williams and the other on New England’s presidential landmarks. Later, award-winning news anchor Mario Hilario will share details of his riveting career, while actor Richard Clark will perform his stellar one-man show.

We welcome you and your family or friends to join us for any or all of these free events. Details below.

‘How to Overcome Procrastination,’ June 17, 10 a.m.-noon
EPOCH Assisted Living at Brewster Place
855 Harwich Rd. Brewster, Mass.

Professional organizer and trainer Maryann Murphy, MSW, will discuss tips for overcoming procrastination. Murphy will give strategies for tackling all the tasks in your life without becoming overwhelmed. Please call 508-896-3252 to RSVP.

Sleep may slow dementia symptoms

sleep and dementiaA study from the University of Rochester Medical Center found that sleep could be even more important than we thought; in addition to helping us learn new things, make decisions, process memory, react quickly and more, sleep could help slow the brain damage caused by Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia.

How? By cleaning up “gunk” that builds up in the brain while we’re awake, including the protein beta-amyloid. These proteins clump and form sticky plaques between nerve cells in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s, blocking cell-to-cell signaling and potentially leading to cell death and tissue loss.

Flag Day celebrations, Alzheimer’s fundraiser and more

Flag Day celebrationsIt’s a busy week at our EPOCH communities with an antiques seminar, an Alzheimer’s fundraiser and a performance by the Berkshire Ballroom Dancers. We also look forward to celebrating Flag Day. We’ll host a celebration featuring a flag exchange and a performance by “Orchestra of One” Susan Mcleod for our friends in Providence; then we’ll host a belated ceremony in Weston where the fire department will help us respectfully retire old flags. All our events are free unless otherwise stated. Keep reading to learn more!