Elder Care Alliance Art Therapist to Present at International Conference

An art therapist with Elder Care Alliance will present her research on seniors and technology at an upcoming international conference. The event, the Thirteenth International Conference on Technology, Knowledge & Society, will take place May 26 at Canada’s University of Toronto. Dr. Erin Partridge was selected to present her findings, which focused on how nonverbal…

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New Website, Mobile Grocery Truck Support Mercy Brown Bag Program

Our Mercy Brown Bag Program is getting the word — and the groceries — out to more seniors than ever before. On April 19, Oakland city officials participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Mercy Brown Bag Mobile Grocery Truck. The event took place at Mercy Retirement & Care Center during Senior Hunger Awareness…

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Living with Arthritis: Recognizing the Signs and Symptoms

Arthritis can make everyday tasks difficult and painful. Walking, driving, reaching for items in the grocery store and even getting dressed in the morning can become seemingly insurmountable challenges. May is National Arthritis Awareness Month, a time to learn more about this debilitating condition that affects one in every five adults in the United States.…

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Highlighting Our Amazing Team

At AlmaVia of Camarillo, we’re proud of our devoted team members, and we want to get the word out about what makes them so special. We’d like to introduce you to four of our extraordinary staffers who were recently honored as Employees of the Week. Veronica Verduzco is a member of our memory care team…

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The Health Benefits of Wine

Wine – in moderation – has long been touted as good for health, and many people believe that having a glass of red or white on a regular basis can enhance their overall wellness. May 25 is National Wine Day, a time to celebrate wine for its history and the depth it adds to meals…

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Older Americans Month

Aging is a dynamic process – bringing with it wisdom, experience, and increased skills.  The challenge for us is in ensuring our communities engage seniors and offer platforms to tap into this rich wealth of resources. May is Older Americans Month, and the theme — “Age Out Loud” — focuses attention on giving a voice…

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‘Movie Moments’ Stimulates Discussion with Classic Film Clips

“Here’s looking at you, kid.” You probably remember that famous quote from the classic 1942 movie “Casablanca.” And even if you don’t recall the name of the actor who uttered those well-known words — Humphrey Bogart — you’d likely recognize his face. Watching clips from familiar, classic films can temporarily ease the burden of dementia…

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Sharing Stories, Sharing Meals & Sharing Art

Elder Care Alliance and the Northern California Chapter of the American Art Therapy Association co-hosted an open studio this past weekend. It was wonderful to share an art space with those working in and around the creative art therapy field. Among our participants were several art therapists, an art student from California College of the…

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This Chair Rocks: No to Ageism, Yes to Aging

Attitudes toward aging have changed for the better in recent years, but ageism remains a negative force in modern society. Erin Partridge, Ph.D. ATR-BC, Experiential Researcher in Residence at Elder Care Alliance, recently attended an author event on the subject, “Let’s Rock This Chair: No to Ageism, Yes to Aging.” Speaker Ashton Applewhite led the…

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AlmaVia of Camarillo, April 2017

For organizations that fight dementia, the disease is a powerful foe. Mounting an effective defense requires tools, strategies and support. Dementia Friendly Ventura County aims to provide support in the form of resources tailored to the local community. AlmaVia of Camarillo is proud to have recently received designation as a member of Dementia Friendly Ventura…

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