January 2022 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.
"The best tunes are played
on the oldest fiddles!"

~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Exercise Alters Brain Chemistry To Protect Aging Synapses

Enhanced nerve transmission seen in older adults who remained active
When elderly people stay active, their brains have more of a class of proteins that enhances the connections between neurons to maintain healthy cognition, a UC San Francisco study has found.
This protective impact was found even in people whose brains at autopsy were riddled with toxic proteins associated with Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases.
"Our work is the first that uses human data to show that synaptic protein regulation is related to physical activity and may drive the beneficial cognitive outcomes we see," said Kaitlin Casaletto, PhD, an assistant professor of neurology and lead author on the study, which appears in the January 7 issue of Alzheimer's & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer's Association.

The beneficial effects of physical activity on cognition have been shown in mice but have been much harder to demonstrate in people. See entire article here.
As we prepare for the long MLK Day weekend, let us remember one of Dr. King's many great quotes:

"Everybody can be great ... because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace. A soul generated by love." 

We honor our caregivers who serve everyday! You too may honor a caregiver that you know, remember, appreciate. They don't get a day off for MLK day. OPICA is always here to support them.
We Can't Wait
To See You

In-Person Programs Reopening

The OPICA renovation is under way. We are making improvements to our physical space: new flooring, cabinets, paint, bathroom updates.

At OPICA, our dedication to a safe environment for our loved ones includes looking at what materials we will be using for our renovation! We selected the best materials, the ones that assure our staff and our adult day-care guests have an environment free of toxins that could be considered harmful.

We expect to begin limited attendance in-person programs on January 31, while continuing our OZ online programs.
Thank You
to our
Wonderful Foundation
Donors for your


Iceland: A Virtual Journey in 360

Are you looking for daily activity
for your loved one?
Is your loved one lonely
and need a place to socialize?
Would you like to add something new to your daily routine?
Join the Online Day Program at OPICA
OZ OPICA on Zoom

Online Day Programs Continue
Join us every week for one, two or as many groups as you want to be part of.
Mindfulness Based Art Group, Nisei Group,
Spirit Builders Group, Art Class,
and more.

At OPICA we strive to bring you an assortment of excellent online programs.
Please check out the links below for all of our online programs, and hopefully we can spark your interest in joining!
All of our groups are facilitated by Marriage and Family Therapists (MFT) and trainees

Sara Kaye 
for more information about these groups
OPICA Support Group
Openings Available

Adult Children Support Group
Spousal Support Group
Email Anne for more information
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