Mercy Residents’ Embrace Creativity in Recent Cabaret Club Performance

“What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play. Life is a cabaret, old chum. Come to the cabaret.” – Cabaret by Liza Minelli Embracing these words, Conly Basham, expressive arts therapist in training and former New York City actress, shared her love of theatre and artistic expression with Mercy Retirement…

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Meet Ashley Fajardo: AVC Employee of the Month

Moving is never easy, but when residents make AlmaVia of Camarillo their new home, Marketing Coordinator Ashley Fajardo works to make the experience and the transition as smooth and comfortable as possible. Her great creative and organizational skills, as well as her warm, positive attitude, make her a wonderful part of our team and well-deserved…

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Let’s Socialize! Tips to Boost Your Social Wellness

Whether we’re sipping wine on a Friday evening, visiting a new art exhibit or enjoying a beautiful picnic with friends, social wellness and nurturing ourselves and our relationships with other people plays an integral role in overall health and life at AlmaVia of San Rafael. July is Social Wellness Month, a time to recognize the…

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Summit Explores LGBT Dementia Care During National Pride Month

Guest blog by Margaret “Gary” Bender, memory care specialist, Elder Care Alliance Earlier this month, I attended an LGBT Dementia Care Summit that brought together service providers, community members and policymakers to look at opportunities to meet the needs of those facing dementia while working toward forming a network of dementia-capable services for the LGBT…

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How a Dementia Diagnosis Relates to Medication Use

Are individuals diagnosed with dementia more likely to receive inappropriate medications? A recent study provides troubling evidence that the use of unnecessary medications increases following a diagnosis. The University of Sydney study — conducted with the University of Kentucky and Yale University, and published in the Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences — followed almost 2,500…

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5 Ways to Prevent Elder Financial Abuse

In an increasing — and alarming — number of cases, older adults become the victims of financial abuse, often at the hands of family members, guardians and other care partners. As many as one in 20 seniors reports having been the victim of financial abuse, and the problem cost victims nearly $3 billion last year.…

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Artificial Intelligence: An Emerging Tool in Senior Health

Over the past decade, technology has brought astounding advances to the daily lives of average people. In the coming years, industry observers expect significant changes for the aging population thanks to one specific type of technology: artificial intelligence. Many believe that through a variety of applications, artificial intelligence — or AI — may offer improved…

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Single and No Children? How to Plan Care in Your Later Years

Many older adults rely on family members — often spouses or adult children — to provide care as they age. However, research indicates that a growing number of U.S. older adults are unmarried and do not have children. In fact, a recent study found that nearly a quarter of people older than 65 either do…

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The Villa Challenge Design Competition Continues This Summer

How would you remake iconic spaces to support older adults’ quality of life? Three design teams will have the opportunity to work their creative magic as The Villa Challenge continues this summer. The challenge invited students, professionals, entrepreneurs and creatives from the community to help imagine innovative purposes for unused spaces in the historic Villa…

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ECA Approved to Host Alameda Chapter of Aging2.0

Elder Care Alliance is honored to announce our approval to host the Alameda Chapter of Aging2.0. The accomplishment comes after several months of engaging in a rigorous interview process, and we look forward to creating original events in our Support Center to continue our commitment to innovation in aging. Aging2.0 is dedicated to supporting cutting-edge…

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