Boost Your Brain Power, Food For Thought

Your brain—if it only worked as well as it should, you’d always be able to find your keys, finish projects in half as much time and come up with those witty comebacks on the spot. The good news? Proper nutrition, lifestyle habits and the way you challenge your brain actually can enhance your mental capabilities.…

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Boost Your Brain Power, Food For Thought

When someone you love has dementia: Coping strategies for caregivers Caring for a loved one who is ill requires patience and compassion, and when that loved one is suffering from dementia, the caregiver’s role can be especially challenging. Dementia is the name given to a group of conditions that involve a progressive loss of mental…

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Boost Your Brain Power, Food For Thought

When Mary stopped by her sister Sophia’s for coffee—at Sophia’s request— Sophia seemed surprised to see her. And Mary couldn’t help but notice that Sophia was wearing mismatched shoes. Sophia’s daughter noticed that her mother often forgot not only the names of her grandchildren, but that she even had grandchildren. Sophia’s family was seriously concerned…

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Boost Your Brain Power, Food For Thought

Can’t find your keys again? While it’s natural to lose brain cells as you age, take these steps to boost your memory’s muscle. Can’t find your keys again? While it’s natural to lose brain cells as you age, take these steps to boost your memory’s muscle: Go for a walk. Exercise increases blood flow to…

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Signs Your Parent May Need Assisted Living

How do you know a parent needs more help than you can give? Here’s how to tell when they need assisted living. Sometimes, it’s easy to see the signs. Maybe your parent experienced a fall or received advice from her physician that it’s time to consider assisted living. But, sometimes the signs are tougher to…

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Mercy Retirement & Care Center Plans for Its Second Century

The Oakland assisted living community is kicking off a project to engage with the neighborhood and reconfirm its commitment to local seniors. When a devastating earthquake struck San Francisco in 1906, the Sisters of Mercy were forced to relocate the elderly patients of St. Mary’s Hospital to Oakland. More than 100 years later, Mercy Retirement…

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Elder Care Alliance’s Corporate Director of Clinical Services takes a hands-on approach with every aspect of resident services. You might expect a Corporate Director of Clinical Services and Memory Care Programming to be sitting in an office making big decisions about processes and implementing new programs for the care of approximately 500 residents in four…

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What You Think You Know About Dementia May Be Wrong

New approaches to memory care are part of the movement to reduce fear and misconceptions about dementia. In the media, people with dementia are typically portrayed as frail and disengaged. They’re usually shown in a nursing home slumped over in a wheelchair or looking off into empty space. These images contribute to the “public narrative…

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AlmaVia of San Francisco's Memory Care Breakfast Club

The daily memory care meeting opens up one senior living resident’s world. Jerry was a bit aloof when he first arrived at AlmaVia of San Francisco in 2012. The 93-year-old didn’t like to socialize. He didn’t say much, and he tended to keep to himself. That didn’t deter Resident Assistant Ronnie Dickens, who leads the…

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