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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!

Tai Chi and yoga for healthy aging

yoga for healthy agingPhysical and mental activities are both essential to healthy aging.

Physical exercise of course improves your overall health, reducing your risk for heart disease and other illnesses. Meanwhile, it can reduce your risk for falls by improving your balance. By increasing muscle strength and flexibility, exercise also improves mobility, helping you maintain your independence longer.

Meet our caring staff: Mary Kirk, Director of Social Services

Mary KirkMary Kirk is a longtime member of our team at EPOCH Senior Healthcare of Brewster. Now in her 14th year as our Director of Social Services, Mary has developed rich, deep bonds with residents and staff alike.

Mary meets daily with residents and families to offer guidance and help them navigate the healthcare process. Mary’s support is valued by all, but is particularly important for our new residents. As Mary says, moving from a beloved family home to a nursing home is a difficult transition, one that often makes seniors feel they’re losing their independence. Mary aims to help both seniors and their families cope with the change and adjust to their new home. “I see my role as their key go-to person to help them through the whole process,” she said.

Mr. DJ’s Quiz Show and more at EPOCH

We’re looking forward to a lineup of great events this week that are sure to invigorate the brain. We’ll host a trivia-filled game show, a therapeutic dance program, a presentation on the Cuban Missile Crisis and JFK assassination by a former Secret Service agent, and a music discussion on jazz saxophonist Glen Gray and entertainer Al Jolson. We welcome you, your family and friends to join us for any or all of these free events.

Mr. DJ’s Quiz Show, June 4, 1:30 p.m.
EPOCH Assisted Living of Norton
190 Mansfield Ave. Norton, Mass.

Tad Travis, aka Mr. DJ, will put your trivia knowledge to the test during this entertaining game. With a podium, handheld clickers, visual and audio clues, and a light-up scoreboard, participants will feel like they’re on a real live game show! Whether a contestant or member of the “studio” audience, participants will enjoy teasing their brain and answering questions from categories including Name that Tune, U.S. History, Nursery Rhymes, the Price is Right and more. Refreshments will be served. Please RSVP by calling 508-285-3355.