February is Low Vision Awareness Month

In my time as an art therapist with older adults, I’ve encountered many people dealing with low vision. Most notable were two elders who came regularly to art therapy groups. One had life-long vision loss; he was a strong advocate for independence and autonomy. He enjoyed creating clay sculptures and working with textured materials. Another…

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Elder Care Alliance Welcomes The Villa at San Mateo to the Family

Elder Care Alliance welcomes the residents, families and staff at The Villa at San Mateo to our family! With its rich history and unique offerings, the 135-unit vibrant community for seniors perfectly complements our mission and 100-plus year history of serving and enriching the holistic wellness of older adults. The Villa at San Mateo’s 4.5-acre…

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The Benefits of Owning a Pet

Dogs, cats and other types of household pets work hard to earn our esteem by serving as affectionate, protective, loyal and comical companions. Did you know that for seniors, pets can help improve mental and physical health?

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How Can Music Benefit Seniors in Assisted Living?

Music plays an important role in life for people of all ages, forging connections to pivotal events and fond memories. Research has found that music can promote relaxation, improve productivity and lower stress. For seniors, pleasing melodies can deliver even more benefits for physical and mental health, memory and important social connections. What are some…

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Elder Care Alliance Announces Acquisition of The Villa at San Mateo

ALAMEDA, Calif., Jan. 3, 2017 –Elder Care Alliance today announced it has acquired The Villa at San Mateo, an independent living community for seniors. The 135-unit apartment community marks the first acquisition of an existing community by Elder Care Alliance, an Alameda, Calif.-based nonprofit organization that has a 100-plus year history of serving and enriching…

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Top Types of Low-Impact Exercises for Assisted Living

As seniors age, it’s more important than ever to maintain an active lifestyle. By exercising regularly, you greatly increase your chances of remaining independent, improving your overall energy, managing pain, boosting your memory, and warding off serious health problems like diabetes, heart disease and some forms of cancer. As seniors age, it’s more important than…

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How is Technology Transforming Assisted Living?

Walk into an assisted living community these days and you may think you’ve entered an upscale resort. With positive changes in everything from interior design to wellness to amenities and services, assisted living provides a welcoming environment where seniors can thrive. Walk into an assisted living community these days and you may think you’ve entered…

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Alzheimer’s and Dementia: After the Diagnosis

If you’ve been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, you may feel overwhelmed and uncertain. But by recognizing important next steps to take, you can survive the diagnosis — and even thrive. If you’ve been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia, you may feel overwhelmed and uncertain. But by…

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