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Holistic Wellness

Let’s Socialize! Tips to Boost Your Social Wellness

Whether we’re sipping wine on a Friday evening, visiting a new art exhibit or enjoying a beautiful picnic with friends, social wellness and nurturing ourselves and our relationships with other people plays an integral role in overall health and life at AlmaVia of San Rafael. July is Social Wellness Month, a time to recognize the…

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Big News For Art Therapy!

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…

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Art Student Shares Firsthand Experience of Intergenerational Mural Project

ECA mural student project studio

California College of the Arts, through ENGAGE: Mural Arts, a Diversity Studies course and community engagement program of  Center for Art + Public Life, has brought together art students with a group of elders from Mercy Retirement & Care Center to create mural panels that will be installed in the community in mid-December. We spotlighted…

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The Villa at San Mateo Promotes Holistic Wellness During Active Aging Week

Help Ease Aging

Staying active can mean many different things as we age. To some people, active aging is keeping physically fit and eating in a healthful manner. To others, getting together with friends or engaging in intellectual pursuits may represent the ideal of an active life. Active Aging Week is Sept. 24 through 30, and it’s the…

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Mural Project Brings Mercy Residents, Students Together for Artistic Collaboration

What does holistic wellness mean to people of different ages? Erin Partridge, Experiential Researcher-in-Residence with Elder Care Alliance, hopes a joint mural project between local art students and residents of Mercy Retirement & Care Center can help enhance intergenerational understanding of the term. The project, a partnership with California College of the Arts as part…

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Community Programs Connect, Combat Ageism

ECA quilters combat ageism.

In this educational and insightful Senior Living News article, President & CEO Adriene Iverson and Memory Care Specialist Sean Caulfield share what Elder Care Alliance is doing to connect our communities, combat ageism and focus on the holistic wellness of older adults. Read the article:

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How Can Music Benefit Seniors in Assisted Living?

Senior ladies listening to music.

Music plays an important role in life for people of all ages, forging connections to pivotal events and fond memories. Research has found that music can promote relaxation, improve productivity and lower stress. For seniors, pleasing melodies can deliver even more benefits for physical and mental health, memory and important social connections. What are some…

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How is Technology Transforming Assisted Living?

Seniors and technology at Elder Care Alliance.

Walk into an assisted living community these days and you may think you’ve entered an upscale resort. With positive changes in everything from interior design to wellness to amenities and services, assisted living provides a welcoming environment where seniors can thrive. Technology has played a significant role in the progress of assisted living in recent…

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Bring Your Hobbies: Assisted Living Offers Stimulating Hobbies and Activities

Bring Your Hobbies: Assisted Living Offers Stimulating Hobbies and Activities

As you consider a move to assisted living, you may fear having to give up beloved hobbies and activities. But the truth is, assisted living communities encourage residents to continue the pastimes they love – and may even offer unexpected activity options. In modern assisted living communities, available activities and hobbies have expanded to fit…

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