VIRTUAL DAY PROGRAMS:

 

Brain Train online
This two-hour, weekly program, is for people in the early stages of memory loss.  The purpose of the program is to:
  • Create a community and support system
  • Stimulate physical, and cognitive functioning
  • Support emotional and spiritual needs
  • Group activities include –
    • Yoga – 45 minutes specifically designed for brain fitness and physical activity.
    • Support group – Includes check-in, discussion, and cognitive stimulation activities.
Depending on availability, you may choose to attend more than once per week.
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 1:00 pm  – 3:00 pm
Contact Cheryl Beck for more information, cheryl@opica.org
 
Friendship Group
This one hour program is for people in the early to moderate stages of memory loss.  This group provides an opportunity for:
  • Sharing of stories through reminiscences, and supportive conversation.
  • Stimulating activities, fun, and laughter
Every Friday, 11 am – 12 noon
Contact Sara Kaye for more information, sara@opica.org
 
Ladies Lounge
The Ladies’ Lounge is a one-hour women-friendly group for members in the early to moderate stages of memory loss. This group provides an opportunity for:
  • To socialize and connect through Art and Craft making and other fun activities,
  • Meaningful conversation, laughter, and joy
Every Friday,  10:30 am –  11.30 am
Contact Sara Kaye for more information, sara@opica.org
 
Music Group
Music has been shown to have a very positive effect on those with various forms of dementia, including stimulation of memory and cognitive function, decreased levels of anxiety and/or depression, and relationship building for members and caregivers. The purpose of this group is to provide a creative and therapeutic outlet for our members and their caregivers. We use a variety of music presentations and interventions including live music/singing with piano and/or guitar, movement, and listening and responding to recorded music. This group is designed for those in all stages of cognitive decline.
Every Friday, 2:30 – 3:30 pm  Contact Sara Kaye for more information, sara@opica.org
Care-partner
 
Support Groups
OPICA’s weekly support groups for individuals, couples, and families who are caring for loved ones affected by memory impairment provide:
  • practical information,
  • coping strategies,
  • emotional support and encouragement
  • an opportunity to learn from others faced with similar challenges.
All of our groups are facilitated by Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT)
Contact Anne Galbraith for more information, anne@opica.org
 
Storytelling Group
Through storytelling, the group facilitates a creative collaborative outlet that encourages being present in the moment. The group works together through fun and laughter to create a weekly story from a carefully curated image, resulting in an imaginative story that is then read to all the participants at the end of the session. This program sees benefits in both long and short term memory loss.
This group is designed for those in mild to moderate stages of cognitive decline.
Every Wednesday from 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Contact Sara Kaye for more information, sara@opica.org
 
Spirit Builders
The mission of Spirit Builders is to lift up individuals and their family caregivers coping with cognitive impairment and to encourage them to connect and engage with each other, thereby building a sense of community at OPICA.
  • Engagement through shared storytelling experiences and meaningful conversations.
  • The creation of an atmosphere for people to feel cared for and understood, thereby helping people feel less alone.
  • The opportunity to improve mood and boost self-esteem through creative self-expression.
This group is designed for those in mild to moderate stages of cognitive decline.
Every Thursday, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Contact Sara Kaye for more information, sara@opica.org
 
Expressive Art Class
Spirit Builders Expressive Arts program provides a way to free our imaginations, reduce stress, build resilience, and mindfulness skills. Through image-making, we will have the opportunity to express ideas, share experiences, and create a sense of connection and community.  No art experience is needed. We will use basic materials you may already have at home (pencils, paper, pens, and collage). It is an hour to play, celebrate, and discover. This group is designed for those in all stages of cognitive decline.
Contact Anne Galbraith for more information, anne@opica.org
 
Art Class
In this fun and engaging Art class, we look at reproductions of paintings, drawings, prints, and collages by highly regarded artists, such as Van Gogh, Hokusai, Cezanne, and Matisse, to name a few. We then take inspiration from their art to create art ranging from geometric abstractions to still lives to landscapes and portraits. For materials, all you need is paper, pencil, and something to add colors like watercolor paints or colored pencils or markers or pastels. This group is designed for those in all stages of cognitive decline.
Contact Anne Galbraith for more information, anne@opica.org
 
Mindfulness and Art
In this mindfulness-based group, we practice short meditations and guided imagery to reduce stress and cultivate resilience.  Best for individuals in early stages of memory loss. We also encourage caregivers to attend with or without  their loved ones. This group is designed for those in all stages of cognitive decline.
Contact Anne Galbraith for more information, anne@opica.org
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