The BridgeHaven Learning Series at Mercy Retirement & Care Center

If you’re a caregiver for a loved one with dementia, you may find that communication sometimes can present challenges. Attempting to communicate about even simple things like meals can end in unexpected agitation or hostility. Fortunately, there are proven methods you can use to effectively communicate with your loved one. For example, keeping distractions, noise…

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Steps to Help Seniors Avoid Identity Theft

For many seniors, having a nest egg provides peace of mind. Unfortunately, healthy savings accounts often make seniors the targets of identity thieves. Scammers also may consider seniors as easy marks because they can be more trusting than younger people, they may live alone and they often have favorable credit scores. If you’re a victim,…

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The BridgeHaven Learning Series at AlmaVia of San Francisco

Did you know that physical environment can play a significant role in allowing dementia patients to thrive? Memory care communities carefully consider implementation of environmental design elements, including camouflaging and controlling potentially dangerous exits. Providing personal and private spaces, decorating distinct areas of common spaces and creating safe and therapeutic gardens are among the actions…

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Tips for Seniors Who Want to Dive into Social Media

Think seniors don’t use social media? That’s so 2013. In 2017, seniors are adopting social platforms for a wide variety of uses well beyond keeping tabs on grandchildren. A recent study from Michigan State University found that online networking can reduce loneliness in seniors and may even give their health a boost. More than 95…

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The BridgeHaven Learning Series at AlmaVia of San Rafael

How much do you know about dementia? If a family member has been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, you can benefit from learning more about the condition and how memory care services in an assisted living community can help. The BridgeHaven Learning Series: “Alzheimer’s & Related Dementia” provides three upcoming opportunities to…

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How Does Spiritual Wellness Fit into the Holistic Wellness Concept?

True wellness focuses on much more than just the physical. Holistic wellness considers the whole individual, including emotional, social, vocational, intellectual and environmental factors — along with physical well-being. In many of the categories that constitute the holistic wellness concept, spirituality plays an important role. For some people, spirituality can refer to religion, but it…

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The BridgeHaven Learning Series at AlmaVia of Camarillo

How can you create an engaging and supportive environment for your loved one with Alzheimer’s or related dementia? An upcoming workshop sponsored by AlmaVia of Camarillo provides you with valuable information on forms of expression as diverse as interactive art creation, virtual visits to museums, poetry collages, seated yoga, volunteer opportunities and iconic movie clips…

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Community Programs Connect, Combat Ageism

In this educational and insightful Senior Living News article, President & CEO Adriene Iverson and Memory Care Specialist Sean Caulfield share what Elder Care Alliance is doing to connect our communities, combat ageism and focus on the holistic wellness of older adults. Read the article: https://seniorlivingnews.com/community-programs-connect-combat-ageism/

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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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