Maria Garcia: Dancing and Laughing to Health

Maria Lopez Garcia, PACE participant at Center for Elders' Independence

The vibrant Maria Lopez Garcia, nicknamed “JLo” can be easily recognized at the East Oakland PACE Center from her hearty laugh, often from the center of a dance circle. A native Spanish speaker, she discovered a renewed sense of well-being and joy through the innovative healthcare service model of PACE, provided by Center for Elders’…

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Rose in Bloom: A PACE Participant Profile

PACE Participant: Rose Usher in Bloom

The Importance of Social Connection in Older Adults As one ages, keeping the social connections necessary to find happiness and fight isolation gets more challenging. Research has shown that loneliness can be as damaging to the health as smoking or obesity. Luckily, solutions are at hand. “After my husband passed away suddenly of a heart…

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