Art Student Shares Firsthand Experience of Intergenerational Mural Project

California College of the Arts, through ENGAGE: Mural Arts, a Diversity Studies course and community engagement program of  Center for Art + Public Life, has brought together art students with a group of elders from Mercy Retirement & Care Center to create mural panels that will be installed in the community in mid-December. We spotlighted…

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Robots in Assisted Living

  Are robots our new friends or potential replacements? Whichever category we consider them in, they are coming to assisted living. Elder Care Alliance recently received Jibo, a social robot, and we have been exploring his capabilities with the residents in our memory care and assisted living communities. Though I have interacted with several different…

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Benefits of Reminiscence Therapy

For people with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, personal identity can seem to slip away as cognitive abilities decline. But even as individuals begin to lose touch with current events, they may hold onto cherished memories. Photographs, treasured objects and favorite songs all can help stimulate fond thoughts of the past for people with…

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Visitor from Assisted Living Community in Argentina Collaborates with AVSF Team

During a recent meeting with an international visitor, team members from AlmaVia of San Francisco had the opportunity to share senior living best practices and further promote the culture of learning that prevails in Elder Care Alliance communities. Elder Care Alliance Vice President of Sales & Marketing Ken Claire arranged the visit to AlmaVia of…

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Heart Healthy Dinner and Boot-Scootin’ Chili Cook-Off

AlmaVia of Camarillo had a delicious — and healthy — month in September with a chili cook-off and a special dinner. Heart Health On Sept. 14, about 25 people attended Heart Health, a free dinner and seminar to help people live a healthy life. Dr. Michael Jamison, an internal medicine cardiologist, gave an educational presentation…

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Disaster Preparedness a Key Focus for Elder Care Alliance Communities

From wildfires to earthquakes to hurricanes, natural disasters have dominated the news recently. Across the country, people worry about whether they are prepared for the next destructive act by Mother Nature. At Elder Care Alliance, team members take a variety of precautions to ensure that vital services continue in the event of a natural disaster…

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Artistic Projects Bring Engagement, Beauty to AlmaVia of San Rafael

For people who love art, the hallways and common spaces at AlmaVia of San Rafael provide a feast for the eyes. Artistically talented residents create a continual rotation of new works that add color and beauty to the community. Working both individually and with a local artist who facilitates a class in the community twice…

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Side by Side: Understanding Dementia Within Our Community

As dementia causes deterioration to neurons in the brain, individuals experience growing challenges with memories, cognitive function and engaging in daily activities. Although damage caused by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia is permanent, individuals with the disease can continue to thrive with some modifications by care partners. At a recent workshop entitled “Side…

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ECA Contributes Thought Leadership to Senior Living White Paper

Across the country, independent living and assisted living communities meet the needs of older adults with a wide range of services and amenities. However, not every senior needs or can afford the array of bundled services offered by many communities. A promising type of senior housing, Apartments for Life — known as A4L — is…

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