September 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.
beyond alzheimer's, the artist within

Our seventh annual OUTSIDER/INSIDER Art Show celebrates OPICA's artists as they proudly present their paintings to friends, family, and members of the community. 

Join us
September 17, 2016
2 PM - 6 PM

RSVP HERE by September 10th for a FREE raffle ticket. Additional raffle tickets on sale at the event for $10 each.  Raffle winner must be present at the drawing , which will take place at 4 PM. Proceeds from the artwork sold and the raffle benefit OPICA's Counseling Center.
Why does music memory outlast other memories?

For many with dementia, including Alzheimer's, recalling the name of a loved one is often difficult, if not impossible. Yet this group can often recall the lyrics to many songs. Why does music memory outlast most other memories? According to research, the long-term memory that stores music still exists for people with dementia, and is often activated by music. Read  more HERE.

Carol   Hahn , MSN, RN, RYT, CPT, CDP holds a Master's of Science in Nursing degree with a clinical focus in Gerontology. She has more than 30 years' experience delivering varied health education curriculum at hospitals, universities, nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and adult day care centers. 

As a Certified Dementia Practitioner through the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners, Carol has a wealth of knowledge about approaches that reduce and resolve CAREgiver stress. 

Carol will entertain questions from the audience.  This event is FREE OF CHARGE and open to the general public. This event is made possible by the generous support of OPICA's donors.

Managing Stress

presented by
Carol Hahn, MSN, RN, RYT, CPT, CDP

Monday, September 12th, 2016
6:00 p.m. - 7:30 PM
OPICA, Stoner Park
11759 Missouri Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90025

An OPICA Love Story

There is an undeniable healing power inherent in love, regardless of age, and despite dementia. The special relationship that's developed between Misty and Morton validates OPICA's prevailing message, that while our loved ones may undergo changes with the progression of dementia they are still capable of finding joy in life. We are happy that Misty and Morton have found each other, each allowing the other to be his or her better self, we're also grateful that both Misty and Morton were single at the time. Read the full story HERE.
OPICA is proud to participate in
The Senior Health Fair
A t Roxbury  Park 
Monday, September 12
10:00am - 2:00pm

For  more  information  call  
Stacey  at (310) 478-0226  or 
Why I'm A Dementia  Care Volunteer

My mother is 93, I have a deep respect and affinity for seniors. They have a rich legacy to bring to us all, and they have terrific stories. My volunteer work is in the art studio, and with our annual Art Show. This year, our 7 th show, will be a day of joyful celebration of our members and their families!

My Favorite Part of Working at OPICA

The atmosphere of OPICA is one of kindness and encouragement. Smiles abound and there is a genuine sense of caring. I wish everyone could experience this unique community of conscientious people.
Powerful Tool for CAREgivers

Learn how to Care for yourself while Caring for a loved one. You will learn techniques to r educe personal stress, c ommunicate effectively, m anage emotions through difficult situations, and best approaches for comforting and gaining compliance.

This series is offered Six Consecutive Mondays at two locations:

Beginning September 12, 2016

Beach Cities Health District
Time: 11:30 - 1:00 PM

Beginning October 3, 2016

OPICA, Stoner Park
Time: 4:30 - 6:00 PM
Carol Hahn, MSN, RN, RYT, CPT, CDP instructs both offerings.  This event is FREE OF CHARGE and open to the general public. This event is made possible by the generous support of OPICA's donors, we do suggest a $25 donation to defray the cost of the book.  RSVP TODAY
    Every step matters... click HERE to know more.
Managing Aggressive Behaviors in People with Dementia

It is essential that families understand why aggression in people with dementia arises and what to do to reduce frustration. UCLA psychologist Linda Ercoli, PhD empowers CAREgivers with a thorough explanation of the common causes of verbal and physical aggressive behavior in persons with advancing dementia.  KNOW MORE, click HERE to read more.  
Why Are Support Groups Beneficial to CAREgivers? 

Research shows that participation in support groups helps CAREgivers of persons with dementia keep their loved ones home longer. When CAREgivers collaborate within a focused group they're reassured that they are not alone, talking with other people who are on a similar journey is incredibly empowering and reassuring.  Read more HERE. To learn more about OPICA's support groups click HERE.