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  • Events | Elder Care Alliance
    Options Health Benefits Finding the Right Fit Talking About Assisted Living What Is Memory Care Financial Assistance Making the Move Services Assisted 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 Events Calendar Filter by Community All Communities AlmaVia of San Francisco Mercy Retirement Care Center AlmaVia of San Rafael AlmaVia of Camarillo January Ready Set Move Making the Move to Your Next Home Tue January 26 2016 3 00 pm to 4 00 pm 515 Northgate Dr San Rafael CA 94903 Join us for a free seminar on everything you need to know about moving to a senior living community Presented by Elder Transition Care Please RSVP to pondercin eldercarealliance org Select a Link Visit Our Communities Services Floor Plans Contact Us Related Content Creating Connections Across

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    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 All Communities AlmaVia of San Francisco Mercy Retirement Care Center AlmaVia of San Rafael AlmaVia of Camarillo January Lunch N Learn Mindfulness for Greater Health Wed January 13 2016 12 00 pm to 1 00 pm 2500 Ponderosa Dr North Camarillo CA 93010 Join us for a Lunch N Learn on mindfulness for greater health and being with Gloria Miele PhD in training coaching and professional development With the many demands of modern life it s easy to feel drained stressed and overwhelmed Increasingly scientific evidence suggests that mindfulness which includes a wide array of practices to increase your focus on the present can help address these challenges and foster greater well being in your work and home life Dr Miele will present cutting edge scientific findings on the benefits of mindfulness in your daily life including improved productivity sleep resilience and more You ll leave with practical strategies and exercises that you can start using right away to help you lead a more balanced mindful life February Health and Resource Fair Tue February 09 2016 10 00 am to 2 00 pm 2500 Ponderosa Dr North Camarillo CA 93010 Join us for a Health and Resource Fair a great opportunity for seniors to gather information and answer questions about health issues The fair will include many health professionals on site for consultation Podiatrist Audiologist Ombudsman Alzheimer

    Original URL path: http://www.eldercarealliance.org/events?filter_group=277 (2016-01-08)
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    Care Alliance s holistic approach to memory care Involving residents in making choices about their environment is an important part of the overall care plan says Erin Partridge MA ATR RYT Art Therapist and Life Enrichment Coordinator at Mercy Retirement Care Center It also brings their voices out from behind the door of the memory care program and into the rest of the community Partridge says We created the piece on thin wood veneer over two sessions and the design was unstructured I didn t come in with a theme Instead it evolved from the residents color choices and our conversations as we worked on it says Partridge One resident artist sat with her daughter while working on the mural She did not speak but every so often looked up smiled at her daughter then went back to working on the art She was fully engaged in her project Partridge hopes the mural will continue to be a point of engagement for the residents It can be a conversation starter a way for families to interact with their loved ones and a warm invitation into BridgeHaven she says Another resident did not make many additions to the mural but she stayed for the entire session I ve seen this so often where residents who do not necessarily engage in active art making are very engaged in the process of a piece being created Partridge says Memory Care and Art Therapy There s research supporting the increased engagement that Partridge sees in residents Studies suggest that art therapy engages attention provides pleasure and improves neuropsychiatric symptoms social behavior and self esteem In addition people with dementia who participate in such activities may be less likely to need psychiatric medication Dr Zachary Miller M D assistant professor of neurology at the University

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    an emotional one For financial planners talking to your clients about their future care needs as early as possible can help ensure they find a good match for their resources When working with clients be ready to discuss 1 Planning for likely health needs No one can predict with certainty what kind of care will be needed in the future but about 70 of seniors will require long term care at some point after age 65 You can help clients understand what it will take to cover those costs should it be needed at some point in their lives You may want to suggest that clients meet with their doctors to discuss their current health and medical history as well as their family s health and longevity patterns This will help them identify what type of care they might need to pay for in the future a critical consideration because different levels of care carry different financial commitments and payer sources 2 The cost of assisted living and other long term care options Make sure you understand the costs associated with various senior living options We are always happy to talk to financial advisers and help them prepare for conversations with clients When possible ask your clients well in advance about their perceptions of the cost of assisted living services Make sure they have a realistic idea about how much they will need to finance their care needs Planning ahead may mean they have more options and resources available to help cover the costs in the future 3 Incorporate long term care into estate planning If clients have specific goals for an inheritance they want to leave you ll need to discuss how to incorporate the potential cost of long term care into their estate planning 4 Long term care payment options Your clients may look to you to explain the details of options like long term care insurance reverse mortgages and annuities for covering their care costs Be ready to explore the pros and cons of the many different choices This may be a good time to have a conversation about the financial assistance that may be available to them 5 The costs of caregiving Family members might be unsure how to cover the costs associated with caregiving and may be unaware that they might be eligible for tax breaks Discuss the expenses and potential assistance that come with caring for a loved one Ask if your client is a veteran or the spouse of a veteran The VA offers financial assistance for qualifying veterans and spouses This assistance can be a financial bridge for those who qualify 6 End of life legal paperwork Discussions on long term care can be an opportunity to bring up end of life legal issues Ask your senior clients if they have completed a will an advance directive and durable power of attorney documents If not you should advise them to make an appointment with their lawyer to do so To learn more

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    workers For some having a loved one share their home offers emotional rewards and a meaningful chance to bond For others the role reversal that often occurs when you become the one in charge can strain the relationship Talk openly with your loved one about these issues You may also want to seek help from a spiritual adviser or counselor 2 Is my family prepared to make this decision Sometimes spouses adult children and other family members have differing opinions about long term care options for their loved ones You and your family may need to discuss how to communicate and work together in arriving at this decision If you and your family are not on the same page consider speaking with a trusted adviser who is not emotionally invested in the outcome A spiritual adviser physician or counselor can help families come together to support their loved one while making a decision about the most appropriate living situation 3 What type of senior living community does my parent need There are two issues to consider when making this choice health care needs and emotional needs In terms of health care different communities offer different levels of care services The first step in answering this question is to understand the kind of care your loved one needs today and then think about how those needs may change with age or the progression of any chronic illness Speaking to your loved one s doctor can help Your loved one might need help with daily activities short term rehabilitation after an illness or injury skilled nursing for chronic ailments or memory care for Alzheimer s disease or dementia A continuing care retirement community provides multiple levels of care allowing residents to remain in one community as their care needs change Each community has its own culture offers its own life enrichment programming and has different levels of social interaction At all of our communities we provide person centered quality care focused on the whole person and designed to foster engagement so people can live every day to the fullest Use this resource to help understand the different levels of care available and schedule a visit to experience one of our communities The goal is simple Loved ones should feel that they ve found a new home and you should feel secure knowing they will be well cared for 4 How will my loved one pay for senior living Assisted living and memory care are typically private pay the resident pays for services Skilled nursing can be paid for by Medicare Medi Cal Medicaid private insurance or private pay depending upon the situation You will likely need access to your loved ones financial records to see what resources they have available to cover the cost of care They may have enough assets to pay on their own whether that means selling their home using a long term care insurance policy or other savings Financial advisers can be a valuable source of information There

    Original URL path: http://www.eldercarealliance.org/library-details?ResourceID=3138 (2016-01-08)
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    you ve been a caregiver for years there can be times when the stress feels like too much to handle When these moments arise the best thing to do is to take a little time for yourself It could be grabbing coffee with a friend taking a walk or just reading a book Alone time can allow you to clear your head and recharge before facing what s causing you stress One of the most important pieces of caregiving is knowing that you shouldn t feel guilty about not being there all the time says Jana Gesinger Director of Social Services at Mercy Retirement Care Center Make the most out of the time you spend with them but don t feel guilty about finding balance Balance is healthy and positive 2 Talk About It It s easy to feel like you re the only one going through the challenges of caring for an aging parent But there s always someone there to talk It s really tough and no one wants to actually say It s hard for me to take care of my parents I don t feel like a good kid I m tired of the responsibility Gesinger says But you re not the only one going through this process you can learn a lot about coping methods and acceptance by being open about what you re going through Gesinger recommends talking to friends family or even a therapist Many senior living communities provide support groups for family caregivers If you can t make time to leave the house there are several online communities for caregivers Verbalizing your feelings can help give you perspective and boost emotional well being 3 Compartmentalize It can be difficult to separate your role as a caregiver from your personal life But blending the two can make it feel as if your life revolves around caregiving leaving you feeling overwhelmed The more you separate the stress of personal problems from caregiving problems the less they will build on each other says Gaylyn Hayden a memory care caregiver and part time mentor at AlmaVia of Camarillo Compartmentalizing requires prioritizing Honestly evaluate what s most important in your life whether it s keeping close friendships or maintaining your career Then deliberately schedule time away from caregiving to make sure you re preserving what matters to you This may involve setting boundaries but remember that caregiving is only one aspect of your life 4 Stay Positive Even the most optimistic people may feel strained in a caregiving situation But maintaining a positive outlook can improve quality of life for you and the person you are supporting When they see a smile on your face it affects them personally says Hayden If you re able to control your tone and work with care and attention then they ll notice your positive energy and trust you more Acceptance is the first step to a more positive outlook Instead of focusing on what can t be changed try to

    Original URL path: http://www.eldercarealliance.org/library-details?ResourceID=2935 (2016-01-08)
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    with Elder Care Alliance about seniors and financial planning Q What is unique about financial planning for seniors A When you go into retirement things can be drastically different You are basically going from the saving mode you have been in all your life to a distribution mode That means you have to understand the best ways to preserve your money while at the same time avoid paying a big tax bill when you receive it Q Seniors need to plan for their futures but might think they don t need a financial advisor How can financial planners reach them A The key is to connect the planner with middle income seniors people who may not ordinarily work with financial planners I would say do more outreach I can tell from the feedback I get from my column that people are eager for retirement information and many do not have planners as they don t believe they have enough assets to justify hiring an advisor Q What are the common challenges financial planners have when working with seniors A Many of the people who email me have never been to a planner They are do it yourself some because they want to and others because they ve just never thought to go to a planner So there does appear to be an issue of how people connect with planners I d say there is room for outreach including interviews sending newsletters speaking at community centers and in spiritual centers Q How can senior living communities support financial planners in helping seniors A Senior living communities should promote sessions with planners and volunteers You could do a weekly or monthly session and invite seniors both residents and those living in the surrounding community Ask planners to volunteer to do short one

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    a joy to residents in a senior living community But it can be tough to bring kids along when you don t know what to expect These tips can help family members of all ages make the most out of your visit Talk to your kids before you go Often children don t understand why grandma or grandpa is living somewhere new or in a place with a bunch of other people Be honest with them and use kid friendly language Explain why your loved one is living in a community and how their life will be better there because they live with friends and can get some extra help with things Tell kids ahead of time if there are any noticeable physical changes in your loved one like a wheelchair or oxygen tank Explain how the device helps and what it does Mental changes like dementia or Alzheimer s may be tougher to explain Describe the situation as clearly and calmly as you can Give examples of behavior that might seem different or strange like a grandparent repeating a question or not being sure of a name offer plenty of reassurance and time to ask questions Before you go help kids prepare by letting them talk on the phone with the loved one you ll be visiting It s better to keep the first visit short especially with younger children who might get tired or overwhelmed Plan an activity or distraction Get kids excited before your visit by encouraging them to make something to bring their grandparent It could be a card drawing or craft This will make the children feel more involved and be a nice treat for your parent One of the biggest hurdles during visits can be communication Planning an activity can help overcome this barrier Ask the community s activities director what s on the schedule and which activities allow visitors Make sure to pick an activity that both the resident and children will enjoy Many communities have plenty of all ages options like arts and crafts or bingo If you can t find an activity that fits your family feel free to bring your own entertainment You can also encourage your kids to bring in favorite objects for a show and tell This can be especially helpful when visiting memory care residents Bring a book or puzzle or bring in an achievement such as a trophy they just won at a soccer tournament This also then gives the children something to talk about with the memory care resident says Renee Glasson Memory Care Director at AlmaVia of Camarillo Keep the community in the loop Try to call ahead and let staff know when you ll be coming It s best to first call so we can let the resident know that they should be expecting someone but we will never turn away a visitor if it will be a meaningful experience for the resident says Ted Burgess Executive Director at AlmaVia of Camarillo Staff

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