December NEWS  FROM  OPICA   

OPICA provides comprehensive, personalized services for adults challenged with memory loss, and for their families. We thank you for sharing this news with others.
Eagle Scout Project to Support Adults with Memory Loss

When Kenneth Gee was charged to develop a community project to complete his Eagle Scout requirements, he chose OPICA. We asked Kenneth about his project, read what he told us   HERE .
Sensory Stimulation Can Help Alzheimer's Patients

Stimulation of the senses invoke memories in a very powerful way, understanding this fact can help loved ones create meaningful connections on purpose. Touching a flower petal, hearing a much loved poem, tasting favored foods, smelling fresh baked cookies all invoke joy, despite dementia. Click HERE to read more.
New Study Shows Signs of Hope Against D ementia

By 2025 the number of people in the U.S. age 65 and older with Alzheimer's disease is estimated to be 7.1 million. New research however provides hopeful signs that new dementia cases are actually declining, and better heart health efforts may be making the difference. Read the CBS article  HERE.
Mindfulness-Based Art Workshop January 29th

This monthly workshop, conducted in a studio environment, is designed to foster self-care practices, respite, and enjoyment for participants. 

The topic for January's workshop is:  Compassionate Communication With Self and Your Loved One,  click  HERE for more details.
Alzheimer's Disease and Dementia Care Seminar

OPICA is proud to provide the opportunity to become a Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP).

This 8-hour workshop for health care professionals is the required seminar for CDP┬« certification. Please visit the NCCDP website at to learn more about the process or feel welcome to join us just for the education.

Saturday, January 21, 2016

8:30 AM - 5:00 PM

OPICA Adult Day Program & Counseling Center
11759 Missouri Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90025

To learn more about this workshop click HERE
Why I Chose Dementia Care

As an undergrad I had the opportunity to interview two artists in their early 70's. This piqued my interest to work with older adults. When I came to OPICA as a volunteer and saw the marginalization of seniors, especially ones with dementia, I decided to stay!

My Favorite Things About Working at OPICA

I love when I connect with the members and ultimately make them smile. I think human interaction is very important and I enjoy forging relationahips with the members here. I also love the music, which is a really big part of my life. It's great to see how the music evokes different emotions from the members, and how they interact with the music.
The Gift of Friendship 

From morning coffee and brain fitness exercise, through making art together and sharing lunch, to afternoon music and dancing, OPICA is a place of friendship.

"Friendship is a sheltering tree," wrote Coleridge, and you are the roots of that tree, sustaining the friendships at OPICA.  Because our modest fees cover only half our costs, OPICA would not exist without you as our partner.  Please consider making a GIFT OF FRIENDSHIP to OPICA, click HERE  to DONATE NOW And thank you for your friendship .
7 Tips for Reducing Sundowning

S undowning syndrome causes many with dementia to have trouble sleeping at night. In turn, fatigue is a common symptom of sundowning, causing daytime dozing and inactivity that can create a vicious cycle. Learn how to reduce symptoms,  click HERE.

De-Stress Bath Time for
Persons with Dementia

For clients with dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, baths and showers can be upsetting for several reasons. Understanding common facts for dementia clients can arm CAREgivers with the ability to resolve fear, reduce frustration, and elevate safety for their loved one. Read more  HERE .