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 […]

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 […]

Alzheimer’s: How far are we from a cure?

The global race to find a cure is underway. The campaign to elevate awareness about Alzheimer’s disease, and other dementias, is in full swing across the planet, while funding to support research is at an all-time high in the U.S. and U.K. But how soon will a cure arrive? Today’s Alzheimer’s treatments temporarily reduce symptoms […]

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 […]

What Are The Best Activities For People with Dementia?

Dementia can rob a person of so many things, a sense of purpose is one of the many tangible areas of jeopardy. As CAREgivers we are empowered be knowing the right activities that help safeguard this potential risk. As the first Adult Day Program and Counseling Center in Los Angeles, OPICA has been providing programs […]

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 […]