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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 …

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What is Vascular Dementia?

Vascular dementia is the second most common cause of dementia, accounting for up to 30 percent of all dementia cases. Vascular dementia results from conditions that damage blood vessels or reduce circulation, depriving the brain of sufficiant oxygen and nutrients. While major strokes and multiple mini strokes are common causes of vascular dementia, not all strokes lead …

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Understanding Dementia MOOC

The University of Tasmania’s Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), Understanding Dementia, is a FREE 9-week online course. The curriculum focuses on current research and draws upon the expertise of neuroscientists, clinicians and dementia care professionals at the Wicking Dementia Research and Education Centre. It’s free and anyone can enroll. Since 2013, 90,000 people from more …

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Common Myths About Alzheimer’s Disease

Myth: People with Alzheimer’s are condemned to suffering. Many people with an Alzheimer’s diagnosis continue to live fulfilling lives for many years, surrounded by loved ones and care providers who purposefully enrich their quality of life. Organizations like OPICA’s Adult Day Program and Counseling Center provide a broad range of socially and intellectually engaging activities …

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