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Young at heart: Seniors feel positive about aging

Seniors have positive attitudes on agingNo matter how old you get, you always feel young at heart.

At least, that’s what many aging adults reported in UnitedHealthCare’s ninth annual 100@100 survey.

Centenarians on average reported feeling 83 years old, while 65-year-old baby boomers felt at least 10 years younger than they were. On top of that, many centenarians also reported feeling “blessed” and “happy” to be 100.

So what’s the secret to growing older without feeling like you are? Good health is surely a significant factor. Most of the respondents who reported feeling young were in relatively good health. The centenarians, for example, could carry out most of their daily activities without assistance. Respondents also visited their doctors annually for checkups and maintained an active lifestyle.

Celebrate Mother’s Day and more at EPOCH

Mother's Day celebrationsMother’s Day is quickly approaching and we have plenty of great events planned to celebrate. We’ll reflect on the history of this special day and share our favorite stories about our mothers during a special Connected Living discussion group. We’ll also host a cabaret-style show with Andrea Lyman in honor of Mother’s Day, as well as a performance by pianist Chris Callahan.

But that’s not all! Comedian Bill Burke will entertain earlier in the week, and we’ll host a guided meditation with expert Matt Trowbridge. We welcome you and your loved ones to join us for any or all of these free events. We just ask that you RSVP. Keep reading to learn more!

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.