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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AlmaVia of San Francisco memory care director receives Excellence in Service Award

Congratulations to Memory Care Director Josie Davis, who was named Outstanding Department Director by the California Assisted Living Association (CALA). The Northern California Excellence in Service Award honors exceptional department directors who have “demonstrated through words and deeds outstanding leadership, as well as a team approach and a strong commitment to the residents and community.”…

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Dementia-Specific Advance Directives and Health Care Decisions Day

If you’ve provided care for a loved one living with dementia, you know how important it is to tackle the discussion of how medical decisions will be made as cognitive abilities decline – but it can be a challenging conversation. When individuals become unable to make their own decisions, who should take on that role…

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Improving Brain Function Through Nutrition

A growing body of evidence supports a strong relationship between cardiovascular problems and cognitive decline, including Alzheimer’s disease. People with subclinical cardiovascular disease are at higher risk for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, research has found. As with cardiovascular disease, diet and nutrition also may play a role in diseases of the brain. Research…

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Dementia caregiver class focuses on safety, care planning, financial, legal matters

The California Central Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association is offering a free “Care Planning, Financial and Legal Matters, Safety Issues and Driving” workshop on April 17 at AlmaVia of Camarillo. The workshop is part of the association’s Confident Caregiver Series for family caregivers of people living with dementia. Attendees will hear from those directly affected…

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April is Minority Health Month

According to the latest U.S. Census, minority individuals constitute about 36 percent of the population. Overall health and life expectancy have improved for most older adults in recent years, but some minority elders continue to face specific health concerns at a higher rate. April is National Minority Health Month, a campaign to educate the public…

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National Nutrition Month and Eating Right for Your Lifestyle

Experts offer plenty of advice on optimal eating, but the truth is that one size does not fit all when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet. Individual nutrition needs vary, and your lifestyle plays a significant role in the types of food you eat — and when and where you eat them. Some people…

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Brain Awareness Week, March 12-18

You think with your brain, but do you think about your brain? If not, consider spending some time learning about the many critical jobs your brain performs for you — and actions you can take to keep it healthy. March 12 through 18 is Brain Awareness Week, sponsored by The Dana Foundation to increase awareness…

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Dementia and Sleep Disorders

Individuals with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia sometimes have trouble sleeping, or they sleep on irregular schedules. The reasons for such sleep disturbances are unclear, but medical experts say there are strategies that can help. March 11 kicks off the annual Sleep Awareness Week — sponsored by the National Sleep Foundation — to educate…

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