This month’s blog comes courtesy of ASEB Board President Lance Reynolds The world’s religions and our grandparents have always known the benefits of practicing thankfulness—think Grace before meals and our nation’s tradition of celebrating Thanksgiving. But Thanksgiving and other holiday times can be stressful too, particularly for caregivers of those with memory loss or other disabilities. Recently scientists have taken notice of their grandmothers’ advice and are finding people who practice gratitude consistently report a host of benefits: • Stronger immune systems and lower blood pressure • Higher levels of positive emotions • More joy, optimism, and happiness • Acting with more generosity and compassion • Feeling less lonely and […]

Let’s Celebrate!

ASEB has just begun its official 25th anniversary year, and I am ready to celebrate. With everything we do at ASEB, it’s sometimes hard to remember to take time to stop, look around, and appreciate what we have. First on our list is to thank all of you—the supporters who believe in us, who have stuck with us over the years, and whose generosity allows us to continue. This year we’re opening our doors and inviting you in so that we can connect with you face-to-face, shake your hand, and tell you in person how important you are to us. We’re planning a series of events that will give us […]

Beyond Doom and Gloom

People often ask how I cope with a job that’s so sad. The concern in their eyes is deep and genuine. They wonder how I can go to work every day and witness people who are dealing with memory loss, who are not going to get better, and who rely on the staff at ASEB to help them with the some of the most basic tasks of everyday life. I understand their fear and the perceptions that underlie it. But I’m here to say that my job is not all doom and gloom. On the contrary, it is deeply fulfilling, it brings happiness and pride—sometimes it’s even fun. That’s because […]

Art from the Heart Fundraiser

It’s that time of year again. On Thursday, May 3, 2012, ASEB will hold its annual fundraiser at the historic Piedmont Community Hall. Details to follow, but please save the date and watch this space for updates. Last year we raised $35,000 at Art from the Heart—resources that provide crucial support to the families we serve. We invite you to come and enjoy the fabulous food and wine, the great company, the music, and the silent and live auctions. This year more than ever, we need your help to make this event a success. Many of the social services provided over the past 30 years have been eliminated by the […]

Working Together to Make Change

We faced many challenges in 2011 but, as the year draws to a close, I’m happy to announce a victory. On November 17, 2011, a federal lawsuit that challenged the California Department of Health Care Services (DHCS) planned elimination of Adult Day Health Care (ADHC) as a Medi-Cal benefit was settled. The good news is that the right of the seven plaintiffs, and the 35,000 low-income people with disabilities they represent, to continue receiving center-based health care was upheld. We are grateful for the enormous effort that went into this action and for the outcome, which we hope will allow ASEB to keep its doors open to many who rely […]

New challenges bring change and opportunity

I’m delighted to have this chance to welcome you to my blog! I hope to share news about what’s happening at ASEB, keep you abreast of developments in elder care, and tell you about developments in the state and local government as it relates to caring for people with dementia. In particular, I want to let you know how we at ASEB affect people’s lives every day. I’m passionate about my work. I believe that what we do here at ASEB is of vital importance. My beliefs and values are not only professional, they’re deeply personal. I grew up in the Bronx, in a neighborhood where it was a given […]