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At both of our Bridges communities, our priority is the wellbeing and comfort of our residents. From the executive director to the nursing staff to volunteers, every member of our team goes above and beyond to make those who live here really feel at home ...

Learning new skills improves memory

We know that a mentally engaging lifestyle is so important for people living with dementia. Stimulating the brain can aid memory formation and cognitive performance, and slow the progression of dementia symptoms.A new study from the University of Texas, ...

What is the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia?

By Dr. Brent P. Forester, MSc., Geriatric Psychiatrist, Bridges by EPOCH at WestfordThis is the most frequent question I hear when talking about approaches to diagnose and treat dementia. So, let’s start with the basic definitions. Dementia, now known as ...

Meet our team: CNA Linda Beaudoin

Linda has worked as a Certified Nursing Assistant at our Bridges community in Westford since we opened in June 2013. As a CNA, Linda is very involved in our residents’ lives. She assists with the activities of daily living when needed, such as dressing, ...

Gene doubles women’s risk for Alzheimer’s

There are many risk factors for Alzheimer’s disease. One factor that’s gaining increasing attention from researchers is the gene APOE4. Just 15 percent of people carry the gene, but of those that do, 50 percent are diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. Researchers ...

Understanding the signs and stages of Alzheimer’s

An important part of recognizing and managing Alzheimer’s disease is understanding the signs and stages.In the earliest stages, many people struggle to distinguish between memory impairment and the memory changes that can come with aging. They may feel ...

“Where did I put my keys?”

By Dr. Brent P. Forester, MSc., Geriatric Psychiatrist, Bridges by EPOCH at Westford  Aging is associated with changes in our physical and mental functioning. As much as we try to stave off the inevitable changes that we experience as we age, ...

Meet our team: Life Enrichment Assistant Abbi

Abbi has been a part of our team at Bridges by EPOCH at Westford since our community opened in June 2013. Initially, she started out as one of our certified nursing assistants, but earlier this year, she became our Life Enrichment Assistant.In her new ...

Meet our team: Irene Edwards, Life Engagement Assistant

Irene has been part of the team at Bridges by EPOCH at Hingham since our community opened back in 2012. Originally, she was a C.N.A. in our Wellness Department. Irene made the switch to the Life Engagement Department when our Life Engagement Director, ...

Accepting the changes Alzheimer’s brings

By affecting memory, thinking skills, and behavior, Alzheimer’s disease can cause personality changes. For family members, coping with these changes is difficult. The loved one with Alzheimer’s may seem like a different person, causing their family ...

Can medications help treat Alzheimer’s Disease?

By Dr. Brent P. Forester, MSc., Geriatric Psychiatrist, Bridges by EPOCH at Westford Although hard for me to imagine, I was in medical school 25 years ago. Back then, we were taught little about how to assess Alzheimer’s disease (AD), and nothing ...

Downsizing to a memory care community

There comes a time when a senior experiencing memory loss can no longer live safely alone, and their family caregivers can no longer meet their complex needs. At this point, downsizing to a memory care community is one of the best and safest moves a ...
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