Artificial Intelligence: An Emerging Tool in Senior Health

Over the past decade, technology has brought astounding advances to the daily lives of average people. In the coming years, industry observers expect significant changes for the aging population thanks to one specific type of technology: artificial intelligence. Many believe that through a variety of applications, artificial intelligence — or AI — may offer improved…

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Single and No Children? How to Plan Care in Your Later Years

Many older adults rely on family members — often spouses or adult children — to provide care as they age. However, research indicates that a growing number of U.S. older adults are unmarried and do not have children. In fact, a recent study found that nearly a quarter of people older than 65 either do…

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The Villa Challenge Design Competition Continues This Summer

How would you remake iconic spaces to support older adults’ quality of life? Three design teams will have the opportunity to work their creative magic as The Villa Challenge continues this summer. The challenge invited students, professionals, entrepreneurs and creatives from the community to help imagine innovative purposes for unused spaces in the historic Villa…

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ECA Approved to Host Alameda Chapter of Aging2.0

Aging 2.0 Chapters Logo

Elder Care Alliance is honored to announce our approval to host the Alameda Chapter of Aging2.0. The accomplishment comes after several months of engaging in a rigorous interview process, and we look forward to creating original events in our Support Center to continue our commitment to innovation in aging. Aging2.0 is dedicated to supporting cutting-edge…

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Creating Supportive Environments for LGBT Seniors

For LGBT elders, recent years have brought a welcome shift in attitudes — and more acceptance. In cities across the country, parades and celebrations marked Pride Month in June, and the festivities are slated to continue throughout the summer. But lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender seniors also have experienced darker times when they did not…

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What Are the Primary Differences Between Hospice and Palliative Care?

Hospice and Palliative Care.

Before her death in April, former First Lady Barbara Bush made the decision to begin “comfort care” and die in her own home. Her decision has sparked a renewed conversation about the benefits of palliative care and how it differs from hospice. Palliative care and hospice have a number of similarities in the care they…

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Protecting Older Adults During National Safety Month

Protecting Older Adults During National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month, an awareness effort that focuses on lowering the top causes of injuries and deaths on the roads and in workplaces, homes and communities. Nearly a million people age 65 and older go to emergency rooms each year for injuries they suffer in their homes. Older adults die at three times…

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Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month: Advance Directives Make Wishes Clear

Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month

While no cure currently exists for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, new treatments have begun to emerge as researchers make progress into the mechanisms behind the disease. Elder Care Alliance is committed to supporting innovation and research that improve quality of life for older adults, especially those living with dementia. The Impact of Alzheimer’s…

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Cheers! Culinary Director Eduardo Chavez Joins the AVSF Family

AlmaVia Culinary Director, Eduardo Chavez

With more than a decade of experience in restaurant, large-scale catering and five-star cuisine, Eduardo Chavez is a chef of all trades, and we’re thrilled to welcome him as our new Culinary Director and Executive Chef. Chef Chavez leads the 15-person culinary team at AlmaVia of San Francisco, serving daily meals to more than 125 residents and guests. He…

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Team Members Spotlight on the Mercy Team

Mercy employee Spotlight: Martha Valesco and Derielle Coleman

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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