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Institute on Aging Study: Adult Day Health Care Improves Senior Participants’ Quality of Life

(Source: cts.businsesswire.com)

A recent study by San Francisco’s Institute on Aging: (IOA) documents that adult day health programs play a vital role in helping senior participants maintain their health and independence. Since the 1970s, adult day health care has been promoted as an alternative to nursing home care for seniors with chronic illness, disability, or dementia. There are currently 4,600 adult day health centers operating in the United States, but little scientific research demonstrating their impact on the health of senior participants.  More

 

 

 

APRIL 2010

 

 

Institute on Aging Study: Adult Day Health Care Improves Senior Participants’ Quality of Life

(Source: Earthtimes.org)

SAN FRANCISCO - (Business Wire) A recent study by San Francisco’s Institute on Aging (IOA) documents that adult day health programs play a vital role in helping senior participants maintain their health and independence. Since the 1970s, adult day health care has been promoted as an alternative to nursing home care for seniors with chronic illness, disability, or dementia. There are currently 4,600 adult day health centers operating in the United States, but little scientific research demonstrating their impact on the health of senior participants.  MORE

 

Adult Day Programs: A Reprieve for Families and the Elderly

(Source: The New Old Age in The New York Times by Paula Span)

The other morning, I stopped by Senior Care, an adult day program near my home in Montclair, N.J. Things were hopping, as usual…  Though almost 4,000 such programs around the country serve older adults who are frail, isolated, chronically ill or demented, I still think these adult day centers constitute one of the better-kept secrets in elder care… 

 

People who might otherwise sit home alone with the remote, or who might move into a facility because they can’t stay home alone, instead spend several days a week being active, social, stimulated, well nourished and — at health-oriented adult day programs like this one — monitored by nurses. At the end of the day, though, the participants go home to familiar surroundings, and the centers often provide the vans that take them there… More

 

 

Grants Available for Social-Model Day Programs

(Source: BrookdaleFoundation.org)
The Brookdale Foundation will make grants for the development of new dementia-specific, social model day programs. The 2010 request for proposals for starting social model group respite and early memory loss programs for people with Alzheimer's disease and their family caregivers is now available. Funds may be requested by private non-profit 501(c)(3) or public agencies. More  

 

 

 

 

MAY 2010

 

 

Grants for Social Model Day Programs Available

(Source: The Brookdale Foundation)

The Brookdale Foundation will be making grants available to qualified organizations for the development of new dementia-specific, social model day programs. The 2010 RFP for the start-up of social model "Group Respite" or "Early Memory Loss" programs for people with Alzheimer's disease and their family caregivers is now available.

 

 

 

Adult Day Care for Alzheimer's Patients

(Source: Carol Bradley Bursack, Editor-in-Chief, ElderCarelink)

 

Caregivers of folks with early on-set Alzheimer's face unique challenges, not unlike those who care for parents or children who have suffered debilitating brain injuries. These younger people often don't quite belong with the older generation found in many adult day care settings…  MORE

 

Adult Day Programs May Help Reduce Caregiver Stress, Research Finds

 

According to researchers at Penn State University, family caregivers with no formal training who provide care to relatives with dementia are frequently overly stressed. The study, published in Aging & Mental Health, was conducted by Dr. Steven Zarit with a $3 million grant from the Institute on Aging. The focus was on how adult day care impacts the stress levels of all individuals involved. Findings from the study showed that participants experienced "radically different types and amounts of stress."  Read more about caregiver stress

 

 

JULY 2010

 

Weinstein Center for Adult Day Services Introduces TimeSlips Storytelling

(Source: Georgia Gunter, Executive Director)

The Weinstein Center for Adult Day Services in Atlanta is pleased to introduce and welcome their summer intern, Tammy Josephson.  Tammy comes to the Center from the graduate certificate program in Gerontology at Georgia State University.  Prior to going back to school, Tammy was a studio artist and teacher of ceramic arts. Tammy is facilitating 3 classes at the Weinstein Center.  She teaches a Creativity Class on Monday mornings using various art mediums.  She also facilitates two TimeSlips storytelling classes on Wednesday and Thursday.  The TimeSlips method opens storytelling to everyone by replacing the pressure to remember with encouragement to imagine.  The participants have already created several wonderful stories.  Please see below for one of those stories, created by the participants in the Men’s Club.  All the stories will be compiled in a book to be shared with clients and family members.  Tammy brings a lot of enthusiasm and creativity to the Weinstein Center and we are thrilled she chose our center for her internship.

TimeSlips Story created by the Weinstein Center Men’s Club

The following story was created after the participants viewed this picture of a Ford Fairlane.

Ford Fairlane

The car is a Ford Fairlane.  Andrew Dice Clay, the comedian, owns it.  He drives it himself.

He’s currently in Arizona or California or maybe even Alaska or Texas.  You can tell by the clouds and the sky.

The weather looks beautiful.  He may be from Ohio because the license plate says Ohio on it.

He is going to Nevada to pan for gold and to gamble.  He’s not going alone – he’s going with a girl.

It’s just the two of them.  She’s beautiful and has blonde hair.  Her name is Blondie.

The time period is the 1950s, and it’s evening.  They’re going to get married in Nevada.  An Elvis impersonator is going to marry them.  The songs they’ll play at the wedding are “Here comes the bride” and “I drive a Lincoln”.  You can hear the sound of slot machines, cash registers and “ka-ching”.  They probably won’t go on a honeymoon.  They might already be on one.

 

 

AUGUST 2010

 

Adult Day Health Care Council of NY Highlights ADHC on Award-Winning Video
Changing how you live, not where you live.”

(Source: National Adult Day Services Association)

The Adult Day Health Care Council of New York produced an award-winning nine minute DVD on adult day health care (ADHC) program services in New York State. This amazing video demonstrates the person-centered care for individuals served by ADHC programs. Most of these individuals in the video would be in nursing homes, if it wasn't for Adult Day Health Care.  The 160 plus ADHC programs in NY provide all the services that are available in a nursing home setting. The difference is that the person can return home at the end of the day.

The award-winning nine minute DVD provides an overview of adult day health care (ADHC) program services in New York State through interviews with clients and caregivers. ADHC programs provide comprehensive health care services to the disabled, chronically ill and frail elderly in a day center setting. ADHC programs allow enrolled individuals to receive the health care services they need while living at home. In addition, ADHC is a program that supports the person as a unique individual, not as a person with disabilities. The DVD offers information on services, the trained staff that provide them, the cost-effectiveness of ADHC, the role Medicaid plays in the delivery of ADHC services, and how to find a program among the 160 plus programs operating in New York.

View the video

 

 

OCTOBER 2010

ADULT DAY SERVICES CENTERS INCREASING NATIONWIDE, ACCORDING TO NEW METLIFE MATURE MARKET INSTITUTE STUDY

There has been significant growth in the number of Adult Day Services centers in the U.S. over the past eight years. As reported in The MetLife National Study of Adult Day Services: Providing Support to Individuals and Their Family Caregivers, there are more than 4,600 Adult Day Services (ADS) centers nationwide, a 35% increase since 2002.

The study was produced in collaboration with the National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA) and The Ohio State University College of Social Work. 
A consumer guide -- The Essentials: Adult Day Services -- accompanies the study.  Both can be downloaded via: www.MatureMarketInstitute.comLINK TO ARTICLE HERE

Adult Day Services Fact Sheet: "A Smart Choice" - Comparisons at a Glance

(NOTE:  This is a GREAT resource)

How do the services offered in an adult day center compare to other long term care services?  Discover "Adult Day Services At-a-Glance", a one-page Fact Sheet now available for NADSA members to copy and distribute to help increase the awareness of adult day services nationwide. Download "Adult Day Services At-a-Glance

You might want to send this sheet with a personal cover letter to your state legislators so they know why we are A Smart Choice!  And feel free to share it with your participants and their caregivers so they can do the same.  Access additional resources in the State Association Toolkit on the NADSA website to help strengthen advocacy efforts in your state.