Soothing Frustration for People with Dementia

All of us, including those with dementia, have a desire to maintain control over our lives. For people with dementia, this desire becomes increasingly difficult to navigate and often leads to frustration and anger. As CAREgivers we have the potential to comfort frustration in our loved ones. Understanding a few facts about dementia will contribute […]

Happiness Is a State of Mind

The challenges of caring for someone with memory loss are constant, often depleting much of our energy. While research shows that self-care is necessary, most of us fail to actively seek opportunities to create moments of joy. We hope to encourage you to make a change! A moment that puts a smile on your face […]

80-year-old man lands record deal…

Did I mention that he has Alzheimer’s? Ted McDermott was recently signed to Decca Records when a shocking video of him singing in a car went viral. The video was recorded by his son Simon, who noticed that singing actually helped his father cope with his Alzheimer’s. McDermott, like most with Alzheimer’s, has his day-to-day […]

Alzheimer’s Association Announces $7 Million Research Competition

We are desperate for a cure. It is projected that by the year 2050 13 million American’s will share the deadly diagnosis. The global estimate for people living with dementia in 2050 is 131 million. In a unique, goal-oriented competition, Alzheimers’s Association is funding four clinical trials, each received $1 million in funding, the first to accomplish the […]

Living with the Unforeseen

Bob and Gail were looking forward to the next chapter of their lives. They were still young and their three daughters had finally finished college and were on their way to becoming financially independent. After dedicating so much time to raising a family, they looked forward to coming together as a couple and having an […]

Lewy Body, Alzheimer’s, or Parkinson’s related dementia?

According to Alzheimer’s & Dementia Weekly it is increasingly important that families know the difference between Lewy Body Dementia (LBD), Alzheimer’s disease, and Parkinson’s disease related dementia. The primary concern is that treatments for these dementia diagnoses differ, and certain dementia medications may actually worsen LBD symptoms. While a doctor is the best resource to […]

The Power of Music for Dementia Clients

Music has the capacity to reawaken our souls and uncover the deepest parts of our humanity… despite dementia. Musical appreciation is one of the last abilities to fade for dementia patients, and music consistently sparks enjoyment, engagement and emotional comfort for most dementia clients. Research supports that people with dementia have real and significant responses […]

An OPICA Love Story

It began with simply holding hands. Today, Morton and Misty are an OPICA fixture, participating in activities together or relaxing side-by-side on the patio swing. Morton began coming to OPICA in 2013. Always pleasant and rarely agitated, he was content observing activities from the sidelines. When asked to join in he’d politely decline, “No, thank […]

Increasing Concern and Awareness

Tallulah is seven. Her grandpa has dementia. This past weekend she spent her Saturday in support of OPICA, a nonprofit agency that supports her grandpa and lots of people with dementia. Her motivation to earn $152 in support of #ENDALZ is proof of our nation’s increased concern and awareness about Alzheimer’s and other forms of […]