Wellness

National Influenza Vaccination Week

The holiday season has arrived, and the Centers for Disease Control has an important message for you: It’s not too late to get your flu shot. The CDC and its partners recognize Dec. 3 through 9 as National Influenza Vaccination Week, a time to highlight awareness about the importance of vaccination against the flu virus.…

Read More

Spotlight on the Spirituality Domain of Holistic Wellness

Holistic wellness focuses on many aspects of health — including physical, environmental, emotional, social and spiritual. At AlmaVia of Camarillo, a variety of diverse programming supports the spiritual component. “In caring for the whole person, you must care for the health of the spirit as much as the body,” noted Jerry Cooper, Spiritual Care Director…

Read More

Bone and Joint Health Week

For more than half of U.S. adults over the age of 50, bone health is a significant concern. Approximately 54 million people have an elevated risk of low bone mass and osteoporosis, increasing the chances of a devastating fracture. Bone and Joint Action Week, observed from Oct. 12-20, seeks to raise public awareness about medical…

Read More

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…

Read More

September is Healthy Aging Month and National Yoga Month

September is Healthy Aging Month and National Yoga Month. In this guest blog, Dr. Erin Partridge, ATR-BC, an Experiential Researcher in Residence for Elder Care Alliance, shares how these two topics connect and dispels a few myths about yoga. Why Yoga? Most of us know we should move our bodies more. Do a quick scan…

Read More

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.…

Read More

IBM Report Taps Thought Leadership of CEO Iverson

What causes loneliness among seniors, and why is it critical that organizations understand loneliness and aging? The IBM Institute for Business Value asked those questions in a recent report entitled “Loneliness and the aging population: How businesses and governments can address a looming crisis.” Adriene Iverson, President and CEO of Elder Care Alliance, was among…

Read More

Staying Fit at any Age

Are you feeling challenged to stay fit as you get older? If so, you’re not alone. Metabolism begins to slow with age, and a healthy diet and a little exercise aren’t always enough to keep fitness at an even keel. For people in their 30s and 40s, some experts recommend increasing cardiovascular activities to boost…

Read More

The Importance of Socialization in Aging

Research has found that social support can play a significant role in overall health as people age. Spending time with friends and family members can boost quality of life, including both physical and mental health. Throughout life, close friends provide a strong foundation of compassion and trust for many people, and they can become even…

Read More

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.…

Read More