Creativity and research go hand-in-hand

Creativity and research are inextricably linked; in order to bring forth new knowledge, explore emerging ideas, or bravely refute previously accepted information, we have to get outside the rigid confines of thoughts like “this is just how things are,” or “this is the way we have always done things.” Though the word research may initially…

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Caregiving for Those In Cognitive Decline

Serving as a care partner for a loved one with cognitive decline can present special challenges. Behaviors such as aggression and paranoia — along with trouble communicating — can make everyday care tasks more difficult. Individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, brain injuries and other disorders that affect memory and reason may exhibit a range of emotions…

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American Heart Month

Are you or a loved one at risk for heart disease? Physical inactivity, high blood pressure, obesity and other factors can increase the chances of cardiovascular problems, but there are steps you can take to keep your heart healthy. February is American Heart Month, created by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964 to increase public…

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Glaucoma Awareness & Eye Health Month

Did you know that you can lose as much as 40 percent of your vision to glaucoma without even noticing? Known as “the sneak thief of sight,” the disease may exhibit few symptoms — or no symptoms at all — and results in permanent vision loss. As Glaucoma Awareness Month and Low Vision Awareness Month,…

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Maintaining Healthy Bones in Older Adults

If you are a senior adult with type 2 diabetes, you may be at increased risk for bone fractures. As part of a three-year study of 1,000 people by Hebrew SeniorLife’s Institute for Aging Research in Boston, researchers recently found that older adults with diabetes had weakness in their bones that traditional bone density testing…

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The Importance of Skilled Human Touch in Dementia Care

Humans use touch as the language of compassion; a held hand or a hug often serve as the best way to express profound feelings. Research suggests that the sense of touch plays a fundamental role in human communication and even physical health. National Hugging Day, observed on Jan. 21, recognizes the importance of one form…

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Healthy New Year’s Resolutions for Older Adults

For people of all ages, the New Year is the perfect time to make a fresh start. Whether our goals include taking steps to improve our health, being more social or organizing our homes, New Year’s Day 2018 is the time to begin acting on meaningful resolutions. Residents of memory care and assisted living also…

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‘Movie Moments at The Vogue’ Recap

More than 200 movie buffs and 20 volunteers enjoyed classic film clips and shared personal stories at the latest “Movie Moments at The Vogue.” The interactive event — presented at the Historic Vogue Theatre in San Francisco — provided a creative outlet for people with memory loss and their care partners. Watching and discussing the…

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Robots in Assisted Living

Residents of two Elder Care Alliance assisted living and memory care communities have recently welcomed a friendly newcomer to their midst. Jibo is a personal robot that chats, jokes, sings, dances and shares information. At AlmaVia of San Francisco and AlmaVia of San Rafael, Jibo is eliciting positive responses from the residents he has visited.…

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AlmaVia of Camarillo Receives SeniorAdvisor.com “Best of Senior Living” 2018 Awards

Elder Care Alliance community AlmaVia of Camarillo has been named a recipient of the Senior Advisor “Best of Senior Living” 2018 awards. SeniorAdvisor.com, a leading ratings provider for senior living communities nationwide, announced the honor in Austin, Texas, on Dec. 13. The “Best of Senior Living” awards recognize senior living providers that receive exceptional ratings…

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