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Elderday Center – A place where seniors make friends and grow

Jul 12, 2016 09:04AM ● Published by Neighbors Magazines

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William Shakespeare once said that “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 26 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 chosen 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.

Another key aspect of senior care that Elderday focuses on is caregiver respite and support. Caregivers must care for themselves in order to be able to care best for those they love. Knowing this, Elderday offers a monthly support group on the third Thursday of each month from 1:30pm to 3:00pm, open to the public, which provides a safe haven for caregivers to share experiences and to find support for their own needs. We often have special guests that touch on topics relevant to our seniors, their needs, and how to best navigate the intricacies of their illnesses. If you or someone you know is struggling with the responsibilities of caregiving, visit Elderday’s caregiver support group meeting – all are welcome and no registration is required.

Also, if you know a senior suffering from dementia, Alzheimer’s, depression, or isolation and think Elderday Center might be a good fit or you’d like to learn more about our programming, please call us at 630-761-9750 or visit us online at elderdaycenter.org. We are located at 328 W. Wilson Street, Batavia, IL 60510. We always welcome tours and guests!

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