SUPPORT FOR OLDER ADULTS WITH MEMORY LOSS AND THEIR FAMILIES

Dementia Starts in Childhood

The medical journal Lancet reports that at least 35% of seniors who suffer memory loss have exposures to harms as early as birth and that if we resolve these harms we can preserve independence and dignity for magnitudes of people. The Los Angeles Times published an article July 20, 2017, that proposes more than 1 in […]

Why Meditation Works for Self-CARE

According to research, meditation is the antidote for chronic stress. Meditation on a regular basis resolves many of the emotional and biological consequences of prolonged stress, like that experienced by most CAREgivers. Research constantly demonstrates that meditating produces activity in the brain that results in decreased anxiety and depression, and increased tolerance for pain.  These […]

The Link Between Chronic Pain & Dementia

The New York Times reports that there may be a link between chronic pain and increased risk of dementia. The June 2017 article gives details about a research project that involved 10,065 people over age 62, who suffered from “persistent pain,” which participants defined as being moderate or severe pain. All participants had their health […]

Why Early Detection Matters

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Until recently, Alzheimer’s was primarily diagnosed after death. Today, researchers consistently seek to improve treatments that can slow the progression of the disease, but these treatments are made available only after detection of the disease has been accomplished. While Alzheimer’s is known to have seven stages, the first and […]

6 Things People with Alzheimer’s Wish You Knew

“I enjoy the same things I used to…” While people with dementia forget facts, they can often remember and enjoy many activities including drawing, painting, dancing, yoga, meditation, matching games and even story telling. Activities that engage the minds of people with dementia often give them a sense of meaning and purpose. Family members and […]

What’s the difference between Dementia and Alzheimer’s?

This very common question is sparked by shared confusion about the meaning of each of these terms. Many in the health profession prefer the word “dementia” because the word “Alzheimer’s” can be overwhelming and frightening. But the terms are not always interchangeable. According to The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, “dementia is not […]

A 1-Hour Walk, 3 Times a Week Impacts Dementia

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. The New York Times recently reported on research which suggests that frequent, brisk walks might improve memory and physical […]

“I Remember Better When I Paint”

For people with dementia, the world is often confusing and unsettling. Global discussion about the benefits of art therapy for people with dementia includes abundant proof that art improves self-esteem, provides a positive outlet for emotions and helps access pockets of memory believed to be lost forever. In the documentary “I Remember Better When I Paint” […]

Update of OPICA’s Eagle Scout

When Kenneth Gee, age 15, was charged to develop a community project to complete his Eagle Scout requirements, his family suggested he check out OPICA. Once Kenneth visited OPICA and saw firsthand what it offered to support adults with memory loss and their families, he was excited to give back to his community by helping OPICA. […]

Why are African Americans at Higher Risk for Alzheimer’s Disease?

Research shows that older African Americans develop Alzheimer’s at a rate higher than any other group, and nearly double that of non-Hispanic Whites. Chronic medical issues such as cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, obesity, hypertension and high cholesterol are known to be more prevalent in African Americans and believed to play a role in the Alzheimer’s disparity. Researchers […]