Mercy Retirement & Care Center

Mural Project Brings Mercy Residents, Students Together for Artistic Collaboration

What does holistic wellness mean to people of different ages? Erin Partridge, Experiential Researcher-in-Residence with Elder Care Alliance, hopes a joint mural project between local art students and residents of Mercy Retirement & Care Center can help enhance intergenerational understanding of the term. The project, a partnership with California College of the Arts as part…

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Mercy Is an Eden Alternative Community

What if senior living focused on people as individuals — and even altered operations to meet unique needs and preferences? What if communities eschewed a traditional, institutional framework to create a vibrant, empowering environment where older adults can thrive? Through a unique approach to senior care known as The Eden Alternative, such communities do exist.…

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How to Support a Legacy of Caring

What does it mean to leave a legacy? In its strictest definition, “legacy” can refer to anything handed down from the past or to gifts that are left in a will. While the concept can remind us of death, the truth is that leaving a legacy is one of the best ways you can continue…

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The Human Voice & The Power of Humanity

In recognition of National Aphasia Awareness Month, the daughter of an Elder Care Alliance staff member recently gave a presentation about her work to help those who suffer from voicelessness. Seventh-grader Ruby Jordan presented “The Human Voice & The Power of Humanity” at Mercy Retirement & Care Center on June 7. Ruby attends Ecole Bilingue…

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June is National Aphasia Awareness Month

Every 40 seconds, someone in the United States suffers a stroke. Nearly three-quarters of the individuals who have strokes are over the age of 65, and the effects can be devastating. As the top cause of disability among Americans, strokes can leave behind a number of communication problems, including aphasia — which impairs speaking and…

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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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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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Benefits of Assisted Living

Has maintaining your home become much more of a chore than it used to be? If you or a family member face challenges with the daily tasks required to keep up a home — including yard work, cleaning and cooking — you may want to consider a move to assisted living. By choosing an assisted…

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Mercy Retirement & Care Center, April 2017

If you’ve had surgery or suffered an injury or illness, you may face some challenges as you try to return to daily activities. With the help of occupational therapists, many seniors overcome physical barriers to resume the tasks that make it possible to live independently. April is Occupational Therapy Month, and it’s a good time…

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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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