Forgotten Givers

Eating for Your Brain as a Senior

April 24, 2017

If you could keep your brain sharp and stave off dementia with specific foods, you’d probably grab your grocery list. Well, start writing. Whether it’s due to their ability to fight off harmful free radicals, keep brain blood vessels clear of debris or because of an evolutionary boost from plant-based chemicals, a variety of foods appear to give aging brains a healthy edge.

Rankings Released for Best Places to Work: Central Valley

April 20, 2017

April 10, 2017 (Modesto)—Central Valley organizations with a strong workplace environment were recognized on Wednesday, April 19 at Dustbowl Brewery in Turlock. In front of a crowd of elite local businesses, the companies receiving the award for Best Places to Work: Central Valley were named.

The complete list of recipients is as follows:
• Ambeck Mortgage Associates
• Community Hospice
• DeHart Plumbing Heating and Air
• Grimbleby Coleman CPAs
• Huff Construction Company, Inc.
• Opportunity Stanislaus
• PMZ Real Estate
• Prime Shine Car Wash
• Warden’s Office Products

Best Places to Work: Central Valley is in its first year of program participation and expects double digit growth for the 2018 program, which will begin in November. “The organizations selected for this designation are leaders in their field without exception,” said David White, Chief Executive Officer of Opportunity Stanislaus. “Their cultures and emphasis on employee satisfaction are evident in their employee response and evidence shows prospective employees will look favorably on these rankings as they search for their next position.”

All companies that participated in the 2017 Best Places to Work: Central Valley program receive an in-depth evaluation identifying strengths and weaknesses according to their employees. In turn, this report can be used in developing or enhancing employee retention and recruitment

Best Places to Work: Central Valley is brought to you by Opportunity Stanislaus, Prime Shine Car Wash, and the Modesto Chamber of Commerce.

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Community Hospice – April Super Star

April 20, 2017

Our Community Hospice Super Star for the month of April is Kristin Gromm! Kristin went above and beyond to support our mission and ensure high quality care for our patients.


April 19, 2017

Contact: Kristin Mostowski, Director of Public Relations | Community Hospice | | 209.578.6301


STOCKTON, CA (April 19, 2017) — Community Hospice Foundation today announced it received a $100,000 Grief Reach grant from the New York Life Foundation, which will enable the organization to expand their school based Grief Relief Program in Stanislaus and San Joaquin Counties. The New York Life Foundation created the Grief Reach grant to help providers overcome barriers to bringing grief support services to youth not served by existing bereavement programs.

Pictured l to r: Employees from New York Life’s Stockton General Office including Administrative Manager Nathaniel Moore, Managing Partner Mychael Nguyen and Agent Lars Willerup present a $100,000 Grief Reach grant check to Monica Ojcius, Executive Director of Community Hospice Foundation (third from left) in support of the organization’s Children’s Grief Relief program. Please visit the organization’s website at for more information.

Preparing Your Home for a Loved One with Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Guide

April 17, 2017

Alzheimer’s disease affects about 5.4 million Americans, about 5.2 million of which are 65 and older. It can be your grandparent, your cousin, your sibling or even your parent who faces the diagnosis. Eventually, those with Alzheimer’s require round-the-clock care, and for many families, that means taking the loved one into their own home.

Alzheimer’s disease has unique symptoms and traits, so it’s likely that your home will need some modifications in order to create the best environment for your loved one. This guide will cover all the adjustments you should consider making room by room, with tips on creating both the safest surroundings and the most secure environment. Many of them are simple enough to complete on your own, but others may require the skills of a trained professional to ensure the safest result. Keep in mind that every home and instance of Alzheimer’s disease is different, and needs will vary from family to family. Always consult your doctor about your loved one’s specific needs and challenges.

Six Things Seniors Can Do To Improve Memory

April 10, 2017

“What was it I was looking for in the fridge?” “What was it I was supposed to get at the store?” “What’s your name again?” Most of us have had to ask questions like this, and it seems to happen more often as we get older. We can’t turn back our biological clock, but there are things Seniors can do to reduce their amount of forgetting.

I have been studying memory research literature for quite a few years now, and I know some of this research is relevant to everyday memory problems. I have summarized these findings in my book, Thank You Brain for All You Remember, and keep readers up to date with my blog (see

Here are some things I’ve found to be helpful for us Seniors.

The Benefits of Cooking with Alzheimer’s: A Caregiver’s Guide

April 3, 2017

In many advice columns and informational resources for caregivers of loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease, you’re likely to find recommendations that suggest unplugging the stove. There’s solid reasoning behind this advice: Some people who suffer from Alzheimer’s disease may begin to cook but lose track of what they’re doing partway through the process. When the stove is forgotten, the results can be disastrous.

So while there’s a valid safety reason behind preventing loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease from inadvertently putting themselves in harm’s way by cooking alone, there are an abundance of valid reasons why cooking can be a beneficial activity for people who have Alzheimer’s disease – all the better when it means spending quality time with someone they care about.