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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.

Honoring Women’s History Month, St. Patrick’s Day and more

Celebrate St. Patrick's DayThis week, we will host a wide variety of events at our EPOCH communities that are free and open to the public. We’ll honor St. Patrick’s Day as well as Women’s History Month, host a town hall meeting with our local congressman in Providence, and learn the best repotting techniques from a seasoned horticulturist. With such a diverse calendar, there’s something for everyone. We hope you’ll join us!

Seniors living alone at risk for malnutrition

Seniors and nutritionHome Instead Senior Care recently released a report about the challenges living alone poses to seniors’ nutrition. According to the report, 40 percent of seniors aged 75 and older live alone, and among them, two out of five are malnourished.  

Why? Part of the problem is that shopping, meal planning and meal preparation can be arduous tasks for aging adults. As a result, they may not shop as frequently as they should or eat as frequently as they should, and rely heavily on premade or convenience foods, which lack the nutrients they need. 

But the biggest challenge to seniors’ eating habits is a lack of shared mealtime experiences, those family dinners so often taken for granted. Although most of us acknowledge the value of family dinners for bonding, we might not think of them as important to proper nutrition.

Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at EPOCH

St. Patrick's Day celebrationsSt. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and we have plenty of celebrations planned, including free concerts and a multimedia presentation covering the history and sociology of this day. All are welcome to join us for any or all of these free celebrations. Keep reading for details!

St. Patrick’s Day with the Victrola Society March 14, 2:30 p.m.
EPOCH Senior Healthcare of Harwich
111 Headwaters Dr., Harwich, Mass.
The Victrola Society will perform songs celebrating St. Patrick’s Day. The popular chorus enjoys entertaining audiences with themed programs and entertains frequently at EPOCH. For more information or to RSVP, please contact Michael Walker at 508-430-6208.

Skilled nursing facilities offer personalized approach to rehab

After staying at the hospital for a stroke, fracture or other illness or injury, many seniors may find themselves struggling with day-to-day activities, pain and limited mobility. In these instances, seniors need post-acute care to aid recovery; as many as 37 percent of acute hospitalizations require follow-up care.

Skilled nursing facilities are a great place for short term rehabilitation, and in fact, rehabilitation admissions at these facilities have grown significantly in recent years. The growing popularity of skilled nursing facilities for rehab can likely be attributed to the high quality of care delivered with a personalized and compassionate approach.  

An interdisciplinary team of healthcare professionals – including physicians, nurses and therapists – meets with the patient and create a treatment plan that best meets the individual’s personal rehabilitation needs and goals.