Research & Innovation

Research & Innovation at Elder Care Alliance

Elder Care Alliance is committed to contributing to the field of senior living and aging, and one key way we do that is through fostering a collaborative environment where we embrace and actively engage with research in order to support creation and innovation. Our shared experiences in enrichment, creativity, exploration and continuing education allow us to offer ideas and solutions to improve senior care and shed light on innovative programs and activities. Whether we’re creating communities where seniors are empowered and engaged, exploring affordable independent living options, partnering with educational institutions to further student research, or working to combat ageism and senior hunger, the well-being and dignity of older adults is at the forefront of all we do.

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Sadie Harmon Joins ECA as Dementia-Inclusive Communities Director

September 18, 2018
Sadie Harmon

In August, Sadie Harmon joined Elder Care Alliance as Dementia-Inclusive Communities Director. This initiative, supported by a generous grant from The San Francisco Foundation, aims to combat ageism and stigma against people living with dementia through access to arts and culture. Making Connections Between Art and Aging Over the next year, Harmon will organize six…

How a Dementia Diagnosis Relates to Medication Use

June 27, 2018

Are individuals diagnosed with dementia more likely to receive inappropriate medications? A recent study provides troubling evidence that the use of unnecessary medications increases following a diagnosis. The University of Sydney study — conducted with the University of Kentucky and Yale University, and published in the Journals of Gerontology: Medical Sciences — followed almost 2,500…

Why Participate in Research?

April 6, 2018

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…

Creativity and research go hand-in-hand

January 31, 2018

Creativity and research are inextricably linked; in order to bring forth new knowledge, explore emerging ideas, or bravely refute previously accepted information, we have to get outside the rigid confines of thoughts like “this is just how things are,” or “this is the way we have always done things.” Though the word research may initially…

Big News For Art Therapy!

December 1, 2017

Big News For Art Therapy This week, something big happened with implications for art therapy, creativity, and research at Elder Care Alliance! First, an update from Erin Partridge, PhD, ATR-BC on art therapy and creativity in our communities and then the big announcement. Art Therapy at Elder Care Alliance Last month, I presented at the American Art…