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Senior Care Helps Patient And Caregiver At Olympic Adult Day Health Care

Posted in Adult Day Health Care, Alzheimers, caregiver, Free Health Care, Medi-Cal, Mental Therapy, Public Relations with tags , , , , , on February 9, 2008 by Michael Yager

Nacole and Lilith remind me of two sitcom heroines sitting behind their desks at the end of their group socialization/1-on-1 counseling rooms.

Each behind their anchor desks like a pair of sweet news anchors reporting on the day from a whole different point of view. I kind of expected Bob Newhart to come through the side door to the garden. They report to me how life really is in the mental health/senior health care field.

Nacole says these are the most rewarding moments of her life. “Nothing in school can prepare you for the real world experience of working with someone in the middle of a full blown hallucination. It certainly gives you reasons to appreciate your own life.” She is grading math problems that she had given to one of her patients who is learning to add. Lilith tells me, “It is the simplest things that make the difference, like listening to them – nobody ever listens to them.”

Behind them sat a vase of a half dozen roses, a gift from one of the seniors who was appreciative to have been taught how to pay her bills online, a serious step forward for persons of this age. These are the victories of life at the Olympic Adult Day Health Care center on La Cienega.

The most rewarding moments for them are the days when they help a patient solve a problem. The degree of appreciation is a lesson for me to take outside these doors.

There is an Eastern philosophy to life that is apt here. If someone gives you a dime, spend a nickel on bread and a nickel on flowers.



Many health care centers provide care for one of the following 3 areas. Olympic provide all three types.

1. The traditional model with social services, activities, crafts and some individual attention from workers.

2. The medical model with services above but also skilled services from nurses, therapists, social workers, psychiatrists, geriatric physicians and others.

3. The Alzheimer’s model with services specifically designed to support and care for Alzheimer’s patients.


Medi CAL cover the costs if you qualify.

Contact Luba at 310.300.1111

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Adult Day Health Care For The Loved One Who Cared For You

Posted in Adult Day Health Care, Alzheimers, caregiver, Free Health Care, Medi-Cal, Mental Therapy, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , on February 1, 2008 by Michael Yager


The mark of a truly advanced society is the legacy left behind of the way it cared for it’s elderly. Our parents and our grandparents.Not even so much as the amount of money we spend, but finding the right people with the heart and willingness to give the absolute best care is a rare prize. The state provides a beautiful structure upon which the joy of the caregiver can express itself. In most cases Medi-Cal covers all the costs of Adult Day Health Care, including free transportation.

This joy and delight of the caring heart is in full expression at the Olympic Adult Day Health Care facility in Los Angeles. Hattie Connerly is one of the most appreciative of the program participants. She is thankful to God to have this place and remembers just what her health and life was like previously.
“I used to sit around my daughter’s house getting weaker and weaker. Now I look forward to getting up in the mornings and coming here.” She shows it too. She dresses up for her time at the center and looks rather like she’s heading for Sunday Service once we conclude our talk. Moving slowly with her cane, she sat right next to me in the spotless therapy room with several other women as well.

Hattie has come a long way, not only physically and mentally, but geographically as well. She is a true survivor. A displaced resident of New Orleans, Hattie had to move in with her daughter in Los Angeles after Hurricane Katrina took everything she had.

You can still see the experience in her eyes when she speaks of it. It is still very vivid to her. I could almost see her actual belongings floating down the river as she talked. And for a moment it seemed as though she was standing alongside the banks once again, but this time watching the muddy waters from the banks of her new perspective. A touch of melancholy still colors her memory, but her expression settles on one of hope and rebuilding as she continues to praise the staff at Olympic.

God willing and with the help of the good people and friends she has at the Olympic ADHC, she will stay healthy enough to return to her own home one day. Until then, she’s happy and healthy here.

Olympic Adult Day Health Care
1221 S. La Cienega Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90035

310.300-1111. Ask for Luba.

Michael Yager