Exploring the Uncharted World of Financial Caregiving

Every year, older adults lose billions of dollars to fraud. Trusted financial care partners — who help older adults pay their bills and monitor their accounts — serve as a critical defense against scammers. Some elders benefit from loved ones contributing to the costs of care. However, a recent study from Age Wave and Merrill…

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Is it Time to Consider a Move to Assisted Living?

Assisted living communities offer a variety of benefits to help residents continue to thrive in a supportive environment. From compassionate personal care to wellness programming, stimulating activities, housekeeping and nutritious meals, services in assisted living promote optimal well-being and engagement. Residents of assisted living often note that they wish they’d made a move sooner, but…

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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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Why Participate in Research?

When you participate, you contribute to advances in science and medicine, create new knowledge, and shape best practices. Have you ever participated in research? What was your experience like? Did you wonder if your contribution made an impact? As a researcher, I can speak for myself and say that I am so endlessly grateful to…

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Erasing Boundaries for Business: Dementia Inclusion Training

How can we create inclusive communities that enable individuals living with cognitive impairment or dementia to be more engaged and socially integrated? Elder Care Alliance is addressing this issue through development of innovative programs such as Erasing Boundaries for Business, a training program in the pilot stage to help create inclusivity for individuals living with…

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Vision and Hearing Loss, Their Role in Cognitive Decline

Research has linked hearing impairment with a higher chance of cognitive decline as people age. Based on a new study, vision impairment may pose the same risks. Using data on two large groups of older adults, researchers found that individuals who had trouble with distance vision had as much as three times the risk of…

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What’s the Difference Between Active Adult vs. Independent Living?

If you or a loved one are considering a move to senior housing, you may encounter several options for active, independent individuals. What is the difference between active adult communities and independent living, and what should you know to make the best choice for you? Active Adult Communities Active adult communities have emerged in recent…

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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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“The Lost Torah” donated to AlmaVia of San Rafael

The Fuerstenau/Hamburger/Kodmur Torah had a fascinating and extensive journey before making its way to a special display case at AlmaVia of San Rafael. Here’s the story: This Torah, this sacred scroll, was possibly written by a scribe in Germany in the mid-1800s. It was entrusted to a small congregation in the town of Fuerstenau, a…

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