Mercy Retirement & Care Center

Team Members Spotlight on the Mercy Team

Each person who works at Elder Care Alliance (“ECA”) helps to create communities where people are empowered and engaged, providing environments that foster independence and joy. Advanced graphic design students from the TBD*  in-house design studio at California College of the Arts created a Celebrating Elder Caregivers campaign. The student project helps celebrate and honor…

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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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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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Residents, Students, Staff Members Enjoy Mural Project Installation and Reception

Students, residents and staff members gathered recently for a reception and installation of a mural project at Mercy Retirement and Care Center. The murals were created through a partnership between Mercy and California College of the Arts. The ENGAGE at CCA program brought together an entire class of art students with the Mercy residents to…

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Heart of Gold Award Winners

Team members often choose to work with seniors because they have hearts of gold. At Elder Care Alliance, special employees who strive to enhance residents’ quality of life every day receive the Heart of Gold Award. The award, established in 2002, is presented each year to one employee from each community. Winners exemplify the values…

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Update on Brown Bag Program

The Mercy Brown Bag Program continues to expand its reach to seniors in need following the addition of its Mobile Grocery Truck last summer. The Mobile Grocery Truck now serves seven buildings throughout Oakland and Hayward, notes Mercy Brown Bag Program Director Krista Lucchesi. More than 375 seniors come to the sites to freely shop…

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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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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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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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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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