February 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.
Mary turned 101!

Everyone loves to celebrate a birthday - even those with serious dementia can enjoy it. Because some of our members have challenges with short-term memory we are almost certain they will forget the "party." At OPICA, our focus is joy, learn why   HERE .
An Unreal Approach to Alzheimer's Care

Reminiscence therapy involves the exploration of past activities, events and experiences with the aid of tangible prompts from the past.

Hogewey "village"  transports its residents back to the 1950s... literally. This faux town helps connect and reassure people with memory loss. It is hailed as an invaluable experience for all who visit.  C lick HERE  to read more.
Sneaky Preview 7
March 3, 2017

OPICA invites you to v iew a wonderful new film at the Laemmle Royal Theater
followed by a Persian feast at Javan restaurant.   Doors open 10:00 AM, film starts at 10:30 AM...
C lick HERE  for more details.
Mindfulness-Based Art Workshop February 26th

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:  The Practice of Self-Care click  HERE for more details and to sign up.
Alzheimer's: Every Minute Counts

Many understand the tragedy of this disease, but not as many know that Alzheimer's is one of the most critical public health crises facing America. In a powerful documentary, social and economic consequences for the country are illuminated alongside hopeful research progress and planning. Watch  the two-minute trailer HERE or the full documentary HERE.
Powerful Tools for Caregivers

Learn how to Care for yourself while Caring for a loved one. You will learn techniques to:
  • Reduce personal stress
  • Communicate your needs effectively
  • Manage emotions while coping with difficult situations
  • Use best approaches for comforting and gaining compliance
Presenter  Carol Hahn, MSN, RN delivers this series on SIX consecutive meetings at several locations in the community. 

Six Tuesdays: 
February 7 - March 14, 2017

Six Wednesdays:
March 8 - April 12, 2017

5 PM to 6:30 PM
1 PM - 2:30 PM

Beach Cities Health District
514 N. Prospect Avenue, Suite 102
Redondo Beach, CA 90277

Palms-Rancho Park Library
2920 Overland Ave, Los Angeles, CA 90064
To learn more about this workshop click HERE
Why I Chose Dementia Care

My father had Alzheimer's disease and when I saw how difficult the journey was for my family, even with my healthcare background, I decided to help others going through the same experience. 

My Favorite Things About Working at OPICA

I really enjoy the commitment and compassion of the staff, not only for the members and their families, but also for fellow staff, volunteers, and trainees.  What a great place to work!
Understand Alzheimer's Disease in 3 Minutes

This brief video describes the progression of Alzheimer's Disease. In clear and simple ways it explains how it damages the brain and how it affects behavior. Every family caregiver can better understand what is happening with their loved one, watch  HERE.
Reliable Inspirational Support for Early Alzheimer's

OPICA's Brain Train for Early Memory Loss provides support for individuals experiencing mild cognitive decline, including early Alzheimer's. This weekly four-hour program is designed to fortify memory and stimulate overall wellbeing ,  click HERE to know more.

Support OPICA Today and Into the Future

There are many different ways to support OPICA, but a legacy gift will allow future generations of seniors to receive the same exceptional care provided to our members today. 

When you designate OPICA as a beneficiary of your estate, your enduring legacy honors yourself and your family. Your single action has the power to change lives.
For more information about Planned Giving, contact  Stacey Barrett.
Rainbow Sorting Activity

The power of sensory stimulation can ignite connection, in meaningful ways, given the  correct  investment of time and attention. 

We invite you to visit our Dementia Activities board on Pinterest for many examples of sensory activities that can create stimulating engagement with your loved one, click  HERE .