Some programming will change when we are able to open in-person programming when it is safe to do so again.

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   Or call  (310) 478-0226
 
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   Or call  (310) 478-0226
 
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   Or call  (310) 478-0226
 
Spirit Builders 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.
Every Thursday, 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
 
Contact Anne Galbraith for more information, anne@opica.org   Or call  (310) 478-0226
 
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.
Every Tuesday 2 pm – 3 pm and every Thursday, 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
 
Contact Anne Galbraith for more information, anne@opica.org   Or call  (310) 478-0226
 
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.
Every Monday, 10:00 am – 11:00 pm
 
Contact Anne Galbraith for more information, anne@opica.org   Or call  (310) 478-0226
 
Improv-Ology
Join in the group fun, with no judgement and support, doing freestyle imperfect acting, singing, humming, speeches, product selling, and more! Each class is on a surprise, different improvised art to help build your confidence, flexibility and power. Gain a voice, taking ownership with self-love, self-acceptance, and self-liberation, through expressive arts. 
 
Every Monday 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
 
Contact Anne Galbraith for more information, anne@opica.org or call (310)  478-0226 
 
Nisei Group
 This group was created to support our Japanese-American Heritage.  The group enables Nisei members with memory loss to stimulate memories, retell stories from the internment camps and Work War II, decrease depression/isolation, increase socialization, and improve cognitive function by sustaining engaging and meaningful relationships with other Nisei.  Weekly meetings foster a unique experience with a caring and multi-disciplinary staff utilizing but not limited to ikebana, traditional tea and snacks, origami, brain- stimulation games, puzzles, Phototherapy, Reminiscence Therapy, Art/Music Therapy, Calligraphy, language and culture exchange, and guided visualization/meditation. 
 
Every Wednesday 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm
 
Contact Dr. Juliet Yeh, group facilitator or Sara Kaye for more information, dr.julietyeh@gmail.com or sara@opica.org or call (310) 478-0226   

 

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