Mercy Retirement & Care Center

Explore the Freedom of Downsizing, Oct. 11

Explore the freedom of downsizing.

Say goodbye to clutter and learn ways to simplify your life at the Upside of Downsizing event held Oct. 11 at Mercy Retirement and Care Center. Moira Brennan of Senior Settlers will share the secrets to downsizing and the comforting feelings that come with whittling down possessions. Brennan, a certified senior move manager and member…

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What’s New with the Brown Bag Program?

The Mercy Brown Bag Program is going strong this summer, with a new cooler that allows storage of twice as much produce. Filled with a summer bounty — including melons, cucumbers, strawberries, zucchini, pears, apples, oranges, bell peppers, peaches, plums, nectarines, corn on the cob, broccoli, collard greens and hot peppers — along with tofu,…

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Mercy Residents Embrace Creativity in Recent Cabaret Club Performance

“What good is sitting alone in your room? Come hear the music play. Life is a cabaret, old chum. Come to the cabaret.” – Cabaret by Liza Minelli Embracing these words, Conly Basham, expressive arts therapist in training and former New York City actress, shared her love of theatre and artistic expression with Mercy Retirement…

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Team Members Spotlight on the Mercy Team

Mercy employee Spotlight: Martha Valesco and Derielle Coleman

Each person who works at Elder Care Alliance (“ECA”) helps to create communities where people are empowered and engaged, providing environments that foster independence and joy. Advanced graphic design students from the TBD*  in-house design studio at California College of the Arts created a Celebrating Elder Caregivers campaign. The student project helps celebrate and honor…

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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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CCA Fellow smashes stereotypes through work with Mercy memory care residents

Mercy Retirement & Care Center

When Andrea Uribe began working last November with memory care residents at Mercy Retirement & Care Center, the stereotypes she knew about older adults with cognitive impairment were quickly dismantled. Uribe, a California College of the Arts fellow who is studying photography, has worked with many children and teenagers throughout her life but had no…

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Residents, Students, Staff Members Enjoy Mural Project Installation and Reception

Mercy mural project

Students, residents and staff members gathered recently for a reception and installation of a mural project at Mercy Retirement and Care Center. The murals were created through a partnership between Mercy and California College of the Arts. The ENGAGE at CCA program brought together an entire class of art students with the Mercy residents to…

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Heart of Gold Award Winners

Heart of gold awards

Team members often choose to work with seniors because they have hearts of gold. At Elder Care Alliance, special employees who strive to enhance residents’ quality of life every day receive the Heart of Gold Award. The award, established in 2002, is presented each year to one employee from each community. Winners exemplify the values…

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Update on Brown Bag Program

Mercy Brown Bag mobile truck

The Mercy Brown Bag Program continues to expand its reach to seniors in need following the addition of its Mobile Grocery Truck last summer. The Mobile Grocery Truck now serves seven buildings throughout Oakland and Hayward, notes Mercy Brown Bag Program Director Krista Lucchesi. More than 375 seniors come to the sites to freely shop…

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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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