by Susan Oppenborn
Administrative assistant, Elderday Center
William Shakespeare once said, “A friend is one that knows you as you are and understands where you have been, accepts what you have become and still gently allows you to grow.“ At Elderday Center, we promote the idea that everyone has something important to contribute to the world. And through connecting with others, being active and making new friends, we stay vibrant and young at heart. By accepting who we are and what we have become, we can live fuller and more rewarding lives at home and in the world at large.
Celebrating 25 years this year, Elderday Center specializes in dementia and age-related illness care. Our program is unique because our specialized day program promotes cognitive stimulation and socialization, which can help slow the progression of dementia, minimize depression, and increase the overall quality of life. As the only community-based not-for-profit adult day program in the Tri-Cities, Elderday Center uses evidenced-based techniques to engage senior citizens affected with these diagnoses.
From the moment our seniors walk through the Elderday Center door, every activity has a therapeutic value. Each activity is selected with care to keep bodies, brains and spirits healthy and actively engaged. Year after year, our program has been shown to slow the progression of cognitive and bodily decline so our clients’ lives are enriched and they can remain in their homes with their families longer.
The Elderday Center program offers a wide variety of services and activities in which our clients can participate: daily exercise, seated yoga, field trips, intergenerational activities, games, crafts, special entertainment, lively discussions of current events, music and pet therapy, a hot lunch and two nutritious snacks, daily nurse monitoring, professional case management and much, much more. We are committed to providing the highest quality of care for each and every senior in our program. It is our intention every day to make a direct and meaningful impact on the quality of life for both our clients and their caregivers.
If you know a senior citizen suffering from dementia, alzheimers, depression, or isolation and think Elderday Center might be a good fit, or you’d like to learn more about our programming, call us at (630) 761-9750 or visit us online at www.elderdaycenter.org. We are located at 328 W. Wilson St., Batavia. We always welcome tours and guests.
And for those who would like to support our efforts, we will hold a fundraising event on June 9, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. at the Panera Bread location on Wilson Street in Batavia. Just visit our website and print out the Panera coupon, and up to 20 percent of the day’s proceeds will be donated to Elderday Center. Just have breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner at Panera and support our seniors through your purchase. We will also host an open house at Elderday on Tuesday, Aug. 11, from 4 to 7 p.m. for anyone interested in learning more about us and touring our facilities.
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