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 […]

Why Are Support Groups Beneficial to CAREgivers?

Research shows that participation in support groups helps CAREgivers of person’s with dementia keep their loved ones home longer. When CAREgivers collaborate within a focused group they’re reassured that they are not alone, talking with other people who are on a similar journey is incredibly empowering. Facilitator lead CAREgiver support groups are a resource for information and […]

Bring In The Clowns

The American Geriatrics Society published findings of a pilot research study that shows clowning around does improve the quality of life for people with dementia. This video provides an overview of the approach and methodology utilized in the study and embraced by the Humour Foundation, an elder clown program administrator. Elder clowns are specially trained to be highly skilled performers that bring […]

Paula Wolfert Fights Fading Memory with Food

This author of nine cookbooks is world renowned for her culinary palate. At age 78, she shares her struggles with dementia in a candid interview from her own kitchen in Sonoma, California. She is no longer able to taste the difference between a walnut and a pecan. Once a linguist of eight languages, she maintains […]

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, 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 people in […]

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 […]