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This fall, protect yourself from the flu

flu tipsIt’s no wonder so many people love autumn – it brings beautiful fall foliage, delicious seasonal treats like hot apple cider and caramel apples, and plenty of fun festive activities, from apple picking to pumpkin carving to trick-or-treating with the kids. And yet, autumn also means that cold and flu season is approaching. At EPOCH, we want our residents and staff – as well as each and every one of you! – to enjoy all your favorite fall festivities, so we encourage everyone to be proactive about protecting their health.

Game shows, cabaret shows and more shows at EPOCH

Quiz ShowsEvery week, we host a wide array of events for our residents that are also open to the public. Coming up, we look forward to performances by pianist Connie Giso and cabaret vocalist Andrea Lyman. We’ll also host a trivia-filled “game show,” an educational presentation on New England Whaling, and a book club discussion of Tom Franklin’s popular novel, “Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter.” Keep reading to learn more about our free events.

Pub Hour with Connie Giso, Oct. 20, 4 p.m.
EPOCH Assisted Living on Blackstone Boulevard
353 Blackstone Blvd. Providence, RI
Pianist Connie Giso will perform for pub hour. Giso is an energetic performer and encourages audience participation. She frequently performs at EPOCH and other venues throughout Rhode Island. To RSVP, please call 401-273-6565 or register online.

Recognize common scam scenarios

The senior population is among those at greatest risk for identity theft and fraud.  One reason seniors are frequently targeted by scammers is because many have sizable retirement savings. Plus, they usually have established good credit and, unlike their younger counterparts, may be less likely to carefully monitor their credit reports or bank account statements.

Art and music at EPOCH

It’s all art and music at our EPOCH communities this week. Join us for a discussion with an art expert on the different meanings and uses of the portrait. Or, make your own unique creative projects with the help of local artists at our annual Harvest Festival. Enjoy live performances by the talented Bill Burke or Lloyd Kaplan and the Aristocats. We also look forward to welcoming former Cape Codder editor and reporter Greg O’Brien to our Brewster community for a discussion of his book, “On Pluto: Inside the Mind of Alzheimer’s.” All of these events are free but space is limited and an RSVP is required.

A fit lifestyle has far-reaching benefits for seniors

Fitness for seniorsWe’ve written before about the benefits of exercise for aging adults – it reduces the risk for illness by boosting immunity, and reduces the risk for falls by improving balance and strength.