January 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.
A Story of Love and Resilience 

At an age when most young women would be building a career or starting a family, Melissa took on the responsibility of caring for her grandmother Dottie, who has dementia. Read their inspirational story HERE.
Thank YOU For Your Partnership! 

OPICA could not help adults with memory loss and their families without YOU. From all of us at OPICA, thank you for your support in 2016, and wishing you a healthy and happy New Year. 
OPICA Ladies' Needlework Lounge

The OPICA Ladies' Needlework Lounge held their first open house to show off their handiwork this December, just in time for the Holidays. Read their inspirational story HERE.
Alzheimer's: The 'Best News in 25 Years '

Scientists share new evidence that amyloid plaques have been dissolved for several patients treated with the antibody drug aducanumab. In this image, the red marks show amyloid plaques, and the significant reduction one year after treatment. How these plaques contribute to cognitive decline and what this breakthrough means for dementia treatment is a must read...  view the full  article  HERE .
Why I Chose Dementia Care

It brings me so much joy to help older adults, and watch them thrive. I've been a caregiver for a long time, a client I cared for came to OPICA until he passed at 104 years old. I became part of the OPICA team shortly after that. 11 years now, I still carry his ID card to remind me why I do this.

My Favorite Part of OPICA

The singing. I love to watch the members sing and I love to sing along. I had a friend who worked here with me and we used to sing along together. The memory of her also makes singing my favorite part of the day.
TimeSlips Creativity Journals

When memory loss separates us, we can bridge the gap by creating meaningful moments together. Imagination is inspired by this storytelling system that is especially designed for people with dementia and their families. The journal inspires a creative journey by providing images and questions to stimulate stories authored in collaborations full of joy and connection.  See the video  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 a required seminar for CDP┬« certification. Please visit the NCCDP website at www.nccdp.org 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
OPICA's  Tree

OPICA's logo, our iconic tree, was created to symbolize the shelter we provide to families coping with dementia. For over 37 years our sheltering tree has provided connection , respite, guidance, and support for those making this difficult journey. We invite you to ADD A LEAF to OPICA's Tree to ensure our ability to provide shelter to the growing number of people who seek our help.
Life D oesn't E nd W hen D ementia Begins

"Alzheimer's has changed my style of painting; it hasn't changed my passion for art," says John Williams, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease in January 2014, at the age of 70. "It is a huge part of my life... I'll carry on with my art as long as I can hold a paintbrush. I always keep a smile on my face because I've had a good life, and it's not over yet." John is not alone in his perseverance to stay engaged with life, despite dementia. Read 8 Uplifting Tales Of Coping With Dementia to be further inspired.