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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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Oakland Rehabilitation Program Changes Long-Term Care for the Better

The long-term care program at Mercy Retirement & Care Center offers residents the care they need and preserves independence and dignity. Today’s skilled nursing communities are nothing like nursing homes of the past. The Mercy Care Center is the perfect example. At the Care Center, residents receive the care they need in a comforting, restorative environment.…

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Palliative Care: Comfort and Dignity at a Sacred Time

Caring for terminally ill residents is a gift. Mercy Retirement & Care Center’s mission is to provide compassionate palliative care for residents with terminal diagnoses. We comfort residents and provide them dignity when they have a serious, incurable illness; when they’re nearing the end of their lives. This is an incredibly important and sacred time. “We…

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A Day in the Life of Senior Living Resident Skip Sahlin

From fitness classes to movie nights, there’s never a dull moment at Mercy Retirement & Care Center. Skip Sahlin starts his day just the way he likes—with a warm breakfast, a brief Mass, some light exercise and a hands-on art class where he can release some of his creative energy. Sahlin, a former baker, moved…

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Fighting Senior Hunger with the Mercy Brown Bag Program

The Mercy Brown Bag Program distributes wholesome bags of groceries to Bay Area seniors living on fixed incomes. In 1982, Mercy Retirement & Care Center launched the Mercy Brown Bag Program to distribute wholesome bags of groceries to Bay Area seniors living on fixed incomes. The Mercy Brown Bag Program is vital to our community and…

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