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 […]


There are symptoms that can identify the onset of Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. These 10 Signs demonstrate a slow decline in memory, thinking, and reasoning skills and may indicate the need for evaluation by a medical provider. 1. MEMORY LOSS THAT DISRUPTS DAILY LIFE 2. CHALLENGES IN PLANNING OR SOLVING PROBLEMS 3. DIFFICULTY […]

Dementia Speaks: Are We Listening?

Far too many dementia clients have vivid ideas and desires but are unable to express them verbally. For the millions of Americans suffering from Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, communication is a challenge. The simple beauty of interpersonal expression that we often take for granted gradually becomes impossible as the parts of the brain […]

Is Napping Good For You?

While many think of napping as something lazy people do, research tells us that napping regularly helps productive people stay healthy and be more vibrant. The National Sleep Foundation tells us to see napping as a mini-vacation within our day. 3 common types of naps: Emergency napping — in a situation where alertness matters, like driving or operating […]

Can Brain Training Exercises Really Prevent Dementia?

According to the Time Magazine, it can. As part of their “100 New Scientific Discoveries of 2016” article, Time Magazine sheds light on a decade-long study that evaluated the impact of a brain training exercise on dementia. The ACTIVE  study is the largest study on cognitive training ever performed, with 2,832 participants aged 65 or […]

Using Art to Explain Alzheimer’s to Children

“Why Can’t Grandma Remember My Name?” is a book by Kent L. Karosen, CEO of the Fisher Center for Alzheimer s Research Foundation. In this 4 minute video, see how and why Karosen uses art produced by children alongside art produced by Alzheimer’s patients to explain Alzheimer’s disease to children in a digestible way. In addition to […]

Be Prepared for Wandering

Wandering away from home is a common behavior in people with dementia. See how this 15-Year-Old Invents a Sensor to protect his grandpa… In addition to alarm devices, take these proactive steps to safeguard your loved one and increase your peace of mind: Maintain a schedule of activities for your loved one, which significantly decreases […]

Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts

Alzheimer’s: Every Minute Counts is an informative documentary about the national threat posed by Alzheimer’s disease. While most people know about this disease, few are aware that Alzheimer’s is one of the most critical public health crises facing America. In one hour, the facts about social and economic impacts of Alzheimer’s are illuminated.  It will take us ALL […]

Mary Turned 101!

Everyone loves to celebrate a birthday – even those with serious dementia can enjoy it. Because some of our members have challenges with short-term memory we are almost certain they will quickly forget the “party.” At OPICA, our focus is joy, and we know that creating a simple celebration produces a positive and happy vibe […]

An Unreal Approach to Alzheimer’s Care

Hogewey, an amazing “village” on the outskirts of Amsterdam transports its residents back to the 1950s… literally.  In this faux city of manicured streets, there is a grocery, cafe, coffee shop, restaurant, beauty salon and barber shop. The 152 residents of Hogewey all have advanced dementia, and this faux village is a treatment facility that […]