Meet AlmaVia of Camarillo’s New Executive Director

AlmaVia of Camarillo is pleased to introduce new Executive Director, Matthew Hathway, who joined our team in May. Matthew has a wealth of education and experience, making him the ideal candidate for our Executive Director position. He has spent of the last several years in the health care field with several organizations in Southern California,…

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Camarillo Residents Spend an Afternoon with a Jet Fighter Test Pilot

Tom Morgenfeld, a former Chief Test Pilot at Lockheed Martin’s world-famous Skunk Works, spent a recent afternoon at AlmaVia of Camarillo, where he shared his experiences as a test pilot for three generations of fighter jets. Sponsored by the Men’s Group and open to the AlmaVia of Camarillo community, the event drew about 30 residents.…

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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…

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World Alzheimer’s Month Increases Awareness, Reduces Stigma of Disease

Science has uncovered significant information about Alzheimer’s disease in recent years, including ways that individuals can spot the signs of this condition. Much remains to be learned, however, researchers continue to study potential risk factors like the environment, physical activity, nutrition and brain fitness. September is World Alzheimer’s Month, a global effort to increase awareness…

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September Is Intergeneration Month

Throughout the year, Elder Care Alliance communities support and promote opportunities for different generations to interact and spend time together. September is Intergeneration Month — the perfect time to recognize some of the programs and activities that bring together people of all ages. One example is a new partnership with California College of the Arts.…

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Move Out of Your Comfort Zone During Healthy Aging Month

“Healthy aging” is often viewed in the context of increasing physical activity, eating a nutritious diet and seeing a doctor regularly. But for the creators of Healthy Aging Month, it is so much more than that.  Aging well means stepping out of your comfort zone to not just survive, but thrive. September is Healthy Aging…

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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.…

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Looking for a Rewarding Experience? Consider Working with Older Adults!

If you’ve never worked with older adults, you may be missing out on an experience that can change your life for the better. Individuals who work in senior living communities often feel that they get back as much or more than they give. In return for providing compassionate care, employees have the opportunity to learn…

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10 Tips for Communicating with Individuals with Dementia

Individuals living with dementia experience the disorder differently, and their care partners often feel the impact of the symptoms in a variety of ways. In the middle stage of the disorder, communication is one of the key skills affected. The deterioration of expression often occurs just as people with dementia require increasing levels of help…

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