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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Movie Moments Event Helps Erase Stigma of Memory Loss

Individuals with dementia have unique life experiences, and they can continue to contribute by sharing their wisdom, humor and insight. At the latest “Movie Moments” event on Aug. 14, that message of inclusion — and erasing the stigma surrounding memory challenges — came through loud and clear. “Movie Moments at the Vogue” is a popular…

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Chuckles, Chortles & Giggles: The Benefits of Laughter

Seniors laughing

For most people, sharing a laugh with friends can quickly improve your day. But did you know laughing can do much more than boost your mood? Research has found that when people come together through laughter, positive emotional and physical changes can result. Reduced pain levels, protection from the harmful effects of stress, and a…

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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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Protecting Older Adults During National Safety Month

Protecting Older Adults During National Safety Month

June is National Safety Month, an awareness effort that focuses on lowering the top causes of injuries and deaths on the roads and in workplaces, homes and communities. Nearly a million people age 65 and older go to emergency rooms each year for injuries they suffer in their homes. Older adults die at three times…

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Self-Care for the Caregiver; Guarding Against Caregiver Burnout

Caregiver burnout

Care partners are accustomed to selflessly attending to the needs of others. But what happens when a care partner becomes physically and emotionally exhausted? In many cases, care partners who experience burnout feel anxious, depressed and fatigued, and they may lose interest in activities they once enjoyed. Some care partners also feel guilty if they…

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Improving Brain Function Through Nutrition

A growing body of evidence supports a strong relationship between cardiovascular problems and cognitive decline, including Alzheimer’s disease. People with subclinical cardiovascular disease are at higher risk for Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, research has found. As with cardiovascular disease, diet and nutrition also may play a role in diseases of the brain. Research…

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April is Minority Health Month

According to the latest U.S. Census, minority individuals constitute about 36 percent of the population. Overall health and life expectancy have improved for most older adults in recent years, but some minority elders continue to face specific health concerns at a higher rate. April is National Minority Health Month, a campaign to educate the public…

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National Nutrition Month and Eating Right for Your Lifestyle

National Nutrition Month

Experts offer plenty of advice on optimal eating, but the truth is that one size does not fit all when it comes to maintaining a healthy diet. Individual nutrition needs vary, and your lifestyle plays a significant role in the types of food you eat — and when and where you eat them. Some people…

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Brain Awareness Week, March 12-18

Brain Awareness Week

You think with your brain, but do you think about your brain? If not, consider spending some time learning about the many critical jobs your brain performs for you — and actions you can take to keep it healthy. March 12 through 18 is Brain Awareness Week, sponsored by The Dana Foundation to increase awareness…

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