SUPPORT FOR OLDER ADULTS WITH MEMORY LOSS AND THEIR FAMILIES

Living Your Best With Early Stage Alzheimer’s

One of the most confusing diagnoses to receive is Alzheimer’s disease. While most of us know it means an inevitable decline in memory, those newly diagnosed are usually overcome with fear of the unknown future that lays in front of them. We understand this confusion, and we are specially trained to support the needs of […]

Touching Song Elevates Awareness About AD

At 15 years old, Harry Gardner wrote and performed Not Alone, in tribute to his grandmother, who’s Alzheimer’s disease caused her to forgot his name. Harry performed his song this spring on the popular Britain’s Got Talent, shortly after his “nan” passed away. His goal was to bring awareness and funding to Alzheimer’s Research UK, and his efforts have […]

Why Do Savvy CAREgivers Utilize Respite Services?

For people who are challenged with memory loss, and for those who care for them, days are long and full of needs. Savvy caregivers understand that it is particularly important that they take regular breaks from care obligations to allow for recuperation, relaxation and stress relief. Respite services provide family CAREgivers a well-deserved reprieve, along with […]

Bite-sized Self-CARE Tips for CAREgivers

It is a clear known fact that CAREgiver burnout is real, and can lead to feeling overwhelmed, overworked, undernourished, and emotionally exhausted. It is equally clear that the regular practice of self-care replenishes the spirit and helps prevent burnout. But many self-care practices take time and resources that most of us just don’t have. Well, […]

The Best Dementia CAREgiver Phrases to Use

Dementia Specialist, Teepa Snow, understands the importance of words and phrases for people with Alzheimer’s and dementia. She regularly produces videos to help CAREgivers understand why word choice is so important within dementia relationships. We can easily take for granted how difficult the realities are for a person with dementia, and when we care enough to choose our […]

“I Remember Better When I Paint”

For people with dementia, the world is often confusing and unsettling. Global focus on the benefits of art therapy for persons with dementia yields optimistic proof that art improves self-esteem, provides a possitive outlet for emotions, and helps access pockets of memory believed to be lost forever. In the documentary “I Remember Better When I […]

OPICA Adult Day Program

When is a Walk In The Park More Than a Walk In The Park?

For adults challenged by memory loss exercise is more than exercise. Physical exercise, including walks in the park, contribute to an active lifestyle that research confirms can improve the physical and mental health of persons with dementia. At OPICA’s Adult Day Program we provide a comprehensive set of activities that are tailored to an individual’s […]

Caffeine, Memory & Dementia Prevention

Indiana University released findings that caffeine does boost enzyme production, and may protect against dementia. The enzyme at the center of this focused research is NMNAT2 which has been found to be helpful in two roles within the brain: it plays a protective function by combating misfolds in proteins that result in “plaques” and provides a […]

Alzheimer’s Disease… Understand The Current STATS

The 2017 ALZHEIMER’S DISEASE FACTS AND FIGURES are in… Alzheimer’s disease is the 6th leading cause of death in the United States and remains the only top 10 cause of death that cannot be prevented, cured or even slowed. According to ALZ.org it is estimated that 5.5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s dementia. 33% of […]

A Lifeline, Not a Luxury

Getting older has its benifits—senior discounts. You can see a movie for $10, ride the new metro for 75 cents and take any number of classes at the local community senior center for a minimal fee. Now that you are eligible for Medicare, visits to your doctor, medical tests, preventive health care and admittance to […]