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    recalls telling her mother An author is different than a writer an author is published Johnson attended the University of Washington graduated magna cum laude and was named Writer of the Year She has written numerous best selling nonfiction books and now shares her expertise with her fellow residents at AlmaVia of San Francisco Johnson encourages residents to compose notes called a message to myself to help them honestly identify their own needs hopes and troubles through writing To motivate community members she uses herself as an example citing how being in a wheelchair is not ideal yet she doesn t allow her condition to hold her back I made a pledge I would never write anything that wouldn t help someone In her 1991 book Brothers and Sisters Johnson writes about the difficulties faced when adult siblings grow apart through time and challenging circumstances She also presents common pitfalls that occur during reconciliation and suggests ways to re establish contact with siblings The book was inspired by Johnson s interactions with families in conflict The book was her way to provide a resource for them to overcome the situation I saw many families separate bitterly says Johnson Brothers and sisters were jealous thinking Mother loved you best I had no idea the thunderous reception the book would get It sold thousands of copies and I think it helped people Johnson carried this mission throughout her career I write totally nonfiction no novels she says I made a pledge I would never write anything that wouldn t help someone I always emphasize writing and expression and I offer to help people write something I will edit for them if they wish A two year resident of AlmaVia of San Francisco Johnson spends her time listening to Elder Care Alliance speakers

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  • Events | Elder Care Alliance
    Memory Care Skilled Nursing Continuing Care Retirement Community Care Coordination Communities AlmaVia of Camarillo AlmaVia of San Francisco AlmaVia of San Rafael Mercy Retirement Care Center Visit Our Communities Estimated Costs Floor Plans About Us Holistic Wellness Mission Vision Quality of Care Our Leadership Our Culture of Learning Mercy Brown Bag Program Events Contact Us Resources Caregiver Spiritual Leader Medical Provider Financial Planner map call AlmaVia of Camarillo AlmaVia of San Francisco AlmaVia of San Rafael Mercy Retirement Care Center Events Calendar Filter by Community Speaker Series Talking to Parents About Moving January 13 2016 1 30 pm to 2 30 pm Back to Events List Required RSVP Speaker Series Talking to Parents About Moving January 13 2016 State Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California Colorado Connecticut Delaware District of Columbia Florida Georgia Hawaii Idaho Illinois Indiana Iowa Kansas Kentucky Louisiana Maine Maryland Massachusetts Michigan Minnesota Mississippi Missouri Montana Nebraska Nevada New Hampshire New Jersey New Mexico New York North Carolina North Dakota Ohio Oklahoma Oregon Pennsylvania Rhode Island South Carolina South Dakota Tennessee Texas Utah Vermont Virginia Washington West Virginia Wisconsin Wyoming Check below to receive updates on news and events Please keep me informed about upcoming events and updates

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    and cries with them For seven years Rev Donene Blair has served as the Spiritual Care Director at AlmaVia of San Rafael As a minister ordained by the United Church of Christ she leads worship services and provides spiritual guidance for residents and staff no matter their beliefs Here she talks about her work with residents as part of Elder Care Alliance s holistic approach to wellness Q What does your role as chaplain entail A I am the heart and soul of the spiritual life of the residents I do a lot of listening and counseling both one on one with residents and family members I also lead memorial services when we have residents who have passed away and help the community say goodbye to someone who s been part of our community Q What are some of the challenges of counseling seniors A As seniors get older and frailer it s difficult and sometimes impossible for them to get to church When they move into AlmaVia they have access to a chaplain and pastor every day providing spiritual nurture and someone who can help them talk through problems and challenges Sometimes there are spiritual issues when residents feel they re approaching the end of their life they may want to talk about that My training taught me the skills I need to be in tune with residents in their grief process as they approach the end of life All families deal with grieving in different ways After someone has passed one of the challenges I ve faced is working with families who don t agree on how grandma and grandpa should be remembered in a memorial service Other times I may get into conversations with people about family grudges they ve held for a long time I try to work with them on those issues and sometimes refer them out to other counselors as appropriate Q How do you help seniors maintain ties with the congregation they used to frequent more often A On Sunday mornings we provide our residents with transportation to local churches We encourage them to get out in the community and attend church if they can I meet with a clergy group every month and we discuss what I can do to partner with them because we do have clergy who refer their congregants to us I appreciate when they call me ahead of time and say Mrs Jones is coming in next week and she s from this particular church Would you let her know who you are and what services you provide Most local clergy appreciate having a partner in ministry in one of our communities to supplement the spiritual care they offer Additionally I have partnered to bring other spiritual care services into AlmaVia For instance Rabbi Jerry Levi leads services for our Jewish residents Spiritual care extends to all residents no matter their beliefs and my role is to ensure those needs are being met Q How does this holistic

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    to sing alongs he focuses on each senior s strengths to encourage participation There s always parallel activities and another side activity depending on the level of dementia says Buquich Buquich always takes the time to provide one on one interactions with the memory care residents He often gives personalized attention to one resident that he sometimes finds sitting alone He starts by noting the time of day with a simple phrase such as Let s go have breakfast Afterwards he asks her a few questions to elicit responses an approach called threading For example he knows she does well with trivia based activities and uses this to help her open up to him and other residents This type of engagement works well during individual interactions but he uses other methods while working with groups In that case Buquich may lead a discussion group activity where he ll take an everyday word from the dictionary like chicken print it on a notecard and prompt the participants to read it aloud Buquich will repeat the word using a technique called echoing that helps seniors with dementia retain information Then he ll ask questions about the term such as Do you like to eat chicken to increase engagement and stimulate the residents memory In the past Buquich worked with children with autism and students with Down syndrome He joined AlmaVia of San Rafael in August 2014 Buquich says he appreciates the level of collaboration among departments at the community There s a wonderful communication system here between caregivers chaplains and nurses he says It s a big building so there has to be a good communication system He s very enthusiastic and engages well with all residents says Joseph Sarto Executive Director of AlmaVia of San Rafael He s taken the I

    Original URL path: http://www.eldercarealliance.org/library-details?ResourceID=3085 (2016-01-08)
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    employee wellness program in 2014 through a partnership with LIFT Levántate LIFT Levántate a Bay Area based nonprofit is focused on community wellness The program developed for Elder Care Alliance is a holistic wellness program centered on nutrition physical activity life skills development and chronic disease reduction with a goal of creating a culture of wellness that supports a healthy lifestyle and healthy choices The multi lingual multi cultural nature of LIFT allows the program to meet the unique needs of Elder Care Alliance s diverse population of employees Caregivers housekeepers culinary staff and other Elder Care Alliance employees are able to participate in classes in nutrition healthy recipes cooking demonstrations physical activity Zumba yoga walking and gardening clubs and life skills art therapy stress reduction Health coaches are available to talk privately about individual challenges The community members also receive benefits from LIFT Levántate s partnerships with other local organizations such as access to fresh fruits and vegetables The program began with a pilot at AlmaVia of San Rafael in September 2013 Rachel Main Elder Care Alliance s Director of Life Enrichment and Memory Care says the program proved so successful the organization chose to extend it to all four Elder Care Alliance communities Because many Elder Care Alliance employees are on a shift based schedule class timing flexibility is key We wanted to be very flexible and adapt to the needs of each community Main says If the particular community says We want Zumba or meditation we offer them at times that work for the employees In addition the health educators at each community try to meet employees where it is most convenient They may have a hard time getting employees into classes about healthy topics such as stress management Main says So health educators go around the

    Original URL path: http://www.eldercarealliance.org/library-details?ResourceID=3086 (2016-01-08)
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  • Donate | Elder Care Alliance
    Retirement Community Care Coordination Communities AlmaVia of Camarillo AlmaVia of San Francisco AlmaVia of San Rafael Mercy Retirement Care Center Visit Our Communities Estimated Costs Floor Plans About Us Holistic Wellness Mission Vision Quality of Care Our Leadership Our Culture of Learning Mercy Brown Bag Program Events Contact Us Resources Caregiver Spiritual Leader Medical Provider Financial Planner map call AlmaVia of Camarillo AlmaVia of San Francisco AlmaVia of San Rafael Mercy Retirement Care Center Donate A gift to Elder Care Alliance can put food on the table for a low income senior in need or help an older adult live independently Your support can also make a huge difference with specific initiatives such as memory care programming or professional development programs The Mercy Brown Bag Program is one initiative that relies on your support Through the Mercy Brown Bag Program we provide approximately 6 000 low income seniors living throughout Alameda County with two bags of nutritious groceries each month The program is larger and stronger than it has ever been but the need for help is growing We count on the generosity of people like you to provide the support we need to keep this vital program running The guiding philosophy of this program is Seniors Helping Seniors Over 500 volunteers donate 21 000 in kind hours every year to help sustain this critical program If you d like to be part of the Mercy Brown Bag Program mission please call us at 510 534 8540 ext 369 to find out how you can help or donate You can also support us in our mission to provide seniors with innovative holistic care that celebrates their individuality by donating to Mercy Retirement Care Center To stay up to date on how you can support urgent and ongoing needs follow Elder

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    after he decided he could no longer live alone I find the lifestyle here very conducive to my way of life he says Some people might have apprehensions coming from their home and living with other people but you make friends so quickly especially in the dining room Enjoying Senior Fitness Classes and Activities Erin Partridge MA ATR Art Therapist Life Enrichment Coordinator teaches a variety of exercise and art classes which Sahlin particularly looks forward to He appreciates the wide range of options available from chair yoga and Silver Sneakers fitness classes to Partridge s brain fitness jewelry making and mixed media art classes My whole day is occupied he says I m never never bored It s so lovely Seniors Making Friends During lunch Sahlin spends his time chatting and getting to know new residents Recently he talked with a tablemate who worked as a nurse during World War II He has also formed bonds with the employees including a Mercy chef who went back to school to learn more about healthy meal preparation for seniors Like all residents Sahlin can take advantage of on site hair and nail appointments as well as laundry and shuttle services which can be used for medical appointments lunch outings grocery trips and even movie showings In the late afternoon Sahlin has his choice of events from indoor golf and trivia games to occasional courtyard socials and happy hours Giving Residents a Voice He also has the chance to participate in meetings and forums These sessions give residents and department heads the opportunity to ask questions voice concerns and discuss upcoming changes If residents have concerns or things they want to bring up or see happen there are a lot of times during the month where residents are able to voice their

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    Living Memory Care Skilled Nursing Continuing Care Retirement Community Care Coordination Communities AlmaVia of Camarillo AlmaVia of San Francisco AlmaVia of San Rafael Mercy Retirement Care Center Visit Our Communities Estimated Costs Floor Plans About Us Holistic Wellness Mission Vision Quality of Care Our Leadership Our Culture of Learning Mercy Brown Bag Program Events Contact Us Resources Caregiver Spiritual Leader Medical Provider Financial Planner map call AlmaVia of Camarillo AlmaVia of San Francisco AlmaVia of San Rafael Mercy Retirement Care Center Library Details Fighting Senior Hunger with the Mercy Brown Bag Program The Mercy Brown Bag Program distributes wholesome bags of groceries to Bay Area seniors living on fixed incomes In 1982 Mercy Retirement Care Center launched the Mercy Brown Bag Program to distribute wholesome bags of groceries to Bay Area seniors living on fixed incomes The Mercy Brown Bag Program is vital to our community and to the thousands of Alameda County residents it serves It also enriches the lives of more than 500 senior volunteers who keep the program running Click here to download or print this infographic Return to Library Select a Link Visit Our Communities Services Floor Plans Contact Us Visit a Community We d love

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