Older Americans Month: Engage at Every Age

Aging isn’t what it used to be. Life expectancy continues to increase among Americans, but aging may be changing in another profound way. Slower aging — actual alterations to the rate at which people age biologically — may play a significant role in lifespan, research indicates. May is Older Americans Month, an ideal time to…

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Why Participate in Research?

When you participate, you contribute to advances in science and medicine, create new knowledge, and shape best practices. Have you ever participated in research? What was your experience like? Did you wonder if your contribution made an impact? As a researcher, I can speak for myself and say that I am so endlessly grateful to…

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Erasing Boundaries for Business: Dementia Inclusion Training

How can we create inclusive communities that enable individuals living with cognitive impairment or dementia to be more engaged and socially integrated? Elder Care Alliance is addressing this issue through development of innovative programs such as Erasing Boundaries for Business, a training program in the pilot stage to help create inclusivity for individuals living with…

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Vision and Hearing Loss, Their Role in Cognitive Decline

Research has linked hearing impairment with a higher chance of cognitive decline as people age. Based on a new study, vision impairment may pose the same risks. Using data on two large groups of older adults, researchers found that individuals who had trouble with distance vision had as much as three times the risk of…

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What’s the Difference Between Active Adult vs. Independent Living?

If you or a loved one are considering a move to senior housing, you may encounter several options for active, independent individuals. What is the difference between active adult communities and independent living, and what should you know to make the best choice for you? Active Adult Communities Active adult communities have emerged in recent…

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CCA Fellow smashes stereotypes through work with Mercy memory care residents

When Andrea Uribe began working last November with memory care residents at Mercy Retirement & Care Center, the stereotypes she knew about older adults with cognitive impairment were quickly dismantled. Uribe, a California College of the Arts fellow who is studying photography, has worked with many children and teenagers throughout her life but had no…

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“The Lost Torah” donated to AlmaVia of San Rafael

The Fuerstenau/Hamburger/Kodmur Torah had a fascinating and extensive journey before making its way to a special display case at AlmaVia of San Rafael. Here’s the story: This Torah, this sacred scroll, was possibly written by a scribe in Germany in the mid-1800s. It was entrusted to a small congregation in the town of Fuerstenau, a…

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AlmaVia of San Francisco memory care director receives Excellence in Service Award

Congratulations to Memory Care Director Josie Davis, who was named Outstanding Department Director by the California Assisted Living Association (CALA). The Northern California Excellence in Service Award honors exceptional department directors who have “demonstrated through words and deeds outstanding leadership, as well as a team approach and a strong commitment to the residents and community.”…

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Dementia-Specific Advance Directives and Health Care Decisions Day

If you’ve provided care for a loved one living with dementia, you know how important it is to tackle the discussion of how medical decisions will be made as cognitive abilities decline – but it can be a challenging conversation. When individuals become unable to make their own decisions, who should take on that role…

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