The Link Between Chronic Pain & Dementia

The New York Times reports that there may be a link between chronic pain and increased risk of dementia. The June 2017 article gives details about a research project that involved 10,065 people over age 62, who suffered from “persistent pain,” which participants defined as being moderate or severe pain. All participants had their health […]

Why Early Detection Matters

There is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease. Until recently, Alzheimer’s was primarily diagnosed after death. Today, researchers consistently seek to improve treatments that can slow the progression of the disease, but these treatments are made available only after detection of the disease has been accomplished. While Alzheimer’s is known to have seven stages, the first and […]

6 Things People with Alzheimer’s Wish You Knew

“I enjoy the same things I used to…” While people with dementia forget facts, they can often remember and enjoy many activities including drawing, painting, dancing, yoga, meditation, matching games and even story telling. Activities that engage the minds of people with dementia often give them a sense of meaning and purpose. Family members and […]

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 […]