This year 2,776 walkers in Sacramento came out to support the Walk to End Alzheimer’s. The morning air was cool and crisp—a refreshing change from the warm Sacramento summer heat. It was a perfect fall day—the crowd was filled with people wearing purple who were holding forget-me-not flowers that each tell a story. The feeling that day was hope.
The nonprofit, known as Eskaton, began in the 1960s when several members of the Disciples of Christ Church in Oakland, California, formed a charitable organization to provide health care, housing and other services to seniors and their families. The name Eskaton was drawn from the Greek language and interpreted to mean "the dawning of a new day."
Russ, a retired Los Angeles firefighter and Korea War Veteran, lives in a cottage at Eskaton Village Placerville with his pet Bella. One of his favorite things is happy hour at the dog park. Russ and his neighbors enjoy a glass of wine or cocktail while watching the dogs. Neighbors without pets also welcome to join the evening party.
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Born: 1898 – Independence, Missouri
Died: 1988 – Oakland, California
Hazel was a registered nurse, musician (organist), poet, writer, widow, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.
She lived opposite Moeser Lane Shopping Center before its construction, and was prompted to activism by the eviction of trailer residents living there at the time.
Hazel became increasingly disabled by loss of sight and hearing and by frequent falls, but insisted on independent living, refusing family offers of shelter. She finally yielded to residency at “The Berkshire”, a board and care facility in Berkeley.
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By Javonte Page, Communications Intern for Eskaton
A common misconception is as we get older we are faced with an inevitable loss of mental capabilities, and the decline cannot be stopped. Well, I have good news for you: That is not true. Music and Memory, a program developed by New York City Social Worker Dan Cohen in 2006, is proving to be a way to restore the mind’s abilities, even after the onset of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. Cohen’s evidence-based program brings personalized music to people experiencing memory loss.
Eskaton supports a wide range of research and innovative strategies determined to make Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia a thing of the past. But today, over 5 million people in the US are suffering from this disease. There are 45 million family members providing care to those with dementia and other age related illnesses. Eskaton is committed to older adults and their family members to offer flexible options for the level of care needed. Below are resources, support groups and services available in Northern California and beyond.
Eskaton is different because of its professional staff who dedicate their careers to caring for older adults. Today we recognize the team at Eskaton Lodge Gold River for its outstanding commitment to enriching the lives of seniors by embracing Smart Sensor Technology, one of the Eskaton Signature Programs.