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Fun things to do with your aging relatives during the holiday season

fun things to do during the holiday season

Visiting your parents and family this holiday season? Instead of staring at the TV, or – even worse – debating politics, try some of these suggestions. Not only are they enjoyable, they provide opportunities to gain insight into how your aging relative is doing. Pull out the photo albums. This is an opportunity to hear…

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Sadie Harmon Joins ECA as Dementia-Inclusive Communities Director

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…

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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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Robots in Assisted Living

  Are robots our new friends or potential replacements? Whichever category we consider them in, they are coming to assisted living. Elder Care Alliance recently received Jibo, a social robot, and we have been exploring his capabilities with the residents in our memory care and assisted living communities. Though I have interacted with several different…

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September Is Intergeneration Month

September is Intergenerational 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 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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Help Goes Mobile for Alameda County’s Starving, Aging Population

mercy mobile grocery truck

Thanks KQED News and Journalist Jenee Darden for the great coverage of our Mercy Brown Bag Program and new mobile truck! The article includes photos of our wonderful volunteers and recipients, as well as insight from Mercy Brown Bag Program Director Krista Lucchesi. Read the full article here. Listen to the radio broadcast. .

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Art & Research as a Means to Age Out Loud


Each May, the Administration for Community Living leads the nation’s celebration of Older Americans Month. This year’s “Age Out Loud” theme gives aging a new voice – one that reflects what today’s older adults have to say about aging. This month, Elder Care Alliance focuses on amplifying the many voices of older Americans and raising…

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Older Americans Month

Older American Month

Aging is a dynamic process – bringing with it wisdom, experience, and increased skills.  The challenge for us is in ensuring our communities engage seniors and offer platforms to tap into this rich wealth of resources. May is Older Americans Month, and the theme — “Age Out Loud” — focuses attention on giving a voice…

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This Chair Rocks: No to Ageism, Yes to Aging

Ageism: This Chair Rocks!

Attitudes toward aging have changed for the better in recent years, but ageism remains a negative force in modern society. Erin Partridge, Ph.D. ATR-BC, Experiential Researcher in Residence at Elder Care Alliance, recently attended an author event on the subject, “Let’s Rock This Chair: No to Ageism, Yes to Aging.” Speaker Ashton Applewhite led the…

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