Sister Kay Gilmore celebrating her 80th birthday with Sister Lois Connors and Maureen McElhinney at Canton Luncheon

Jimmy Shea with 3 year old granddaughter Reis Formar at Canton luncheon

Noreen Casby with Ellen Costello at Canton Luncheon

Cara Club ~ Brighton

Due to Veterans Day the Cara Club did not meet this week. However we will all gather to share stories and news this Monday. We will be joined by Mairead Van Heest who is going to share her tips and advice for table settings over the Thanksgiving period. All are invited for what will be an informative and relaxed afternoon. Hope to see you all there!

Café Eireann ~ Dorchester

Café Eireann had a good turn out this week as we were joined by Marie Burke from Celtic Angels. Marie shared some advice about the dangers of too much sodium in our diets! Marie also offered free blood pressure checks. Many thanks to Marie for her time and information, as always it was great to have her join us. Also a big thanks to our kitchen volunteers who make the morning run so smoothly! Next week Café Eireann will not be meeting due to Thanksgiving. We wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving! See you all on the 28th, when we will be joined by Lisa Harris to discuss Senior Whole Health.

Monthly Mass and Luncheon at Canton

The monthly mass and luncheon at the Irish Cultural Centre in Canton was packed to capacity. We gathered this month to remember our deceased in the month of Holy Souls. All present enjoyed the special event with new friends and old, a lovely meal and lively entertainment. Music and entertainment was provided by The Dave Healy Band who kept the crowd on the dance floor with old Irish favorites’. A big thanks to the band and all the volunteers in Canton who make the event such an enjoyable day! The next mass and luncheon is December 20th and please RSVP to 855-479-2472 to avoid disappointment. See you all soon!

Eating your way to help lower the risk of Dementia

New research has shown that we can keep our brains healthy and happy be eating specific foods. This research has shown that the food we eat may be connected with the ‘age’ of our brain. People in their late 80s with higher blood levels of B, C, D and E vitamins and omega-3 fatty acids (found in fish, seeds and nuts) did better on cognitive tests and had less of the typical signs of Alzheimer’s disease, according to a recent study led by Gene Bowman, a scientist at Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in Portland.
A University of Miami study also found that individuals who ate a Mediterranean diet, including vegetables, fruits, small amounts of meat and fish, whole grains, nuts and olive oil, had less small blood-vessel damage in the brain. Other studies have highlighted the apparent dementia-fighting benefits of leafy greens and vegetables like cabbage and cauliflower.

Further research is needed to confirm the diet/brain health link. In the meantime, consider eating more of the following foods to help protect your brain: Flax seeds, walnuts, soybeans, salmon, tuna and sardines! (Haederle, AARP, 2012).

Please feel free to call Eileen at 617 265 5300 x13 for more information on IPC Senior Citizen Outreach Program activities and services.