National Adult Day Services Week is September 17 to 23!
Adult Day Services Week is a special week that has been celebrated annually since it was proclaimed in 1983 by former President Ronald Reagan. The third complete week of September is set aside to raise awareness of the availability and accessibility of adult day programs nationwide. If you’re familiar with Insight, you might already know this, but first…
What are Adult Day Services?
The National Adult Day Services Association describes, “Adult Day Services centers provide a coordinated program of professional and compassionate services for adults in a community-based group setting.” Generally, adult day centers will offer social and/or therapeutic activities, meals and snacks, and assistance with personal care.
Why are we celebrating Adult Day Services?
There are many benefits of Adult Day Services! Studies show that adult day services increase cognitive function, ambulation, strength and flexibility, pleasure and interest, overall functioning and quality of life, while decreasing agitation, depression, psychoactive medication use, falls, and need for nursing home care. In addition to helping participants, studies have also shown that care partner’s stress was reduced and their health improved as a result of having their loved one attend an adult day center.
How are we celebrating?
At Insight, we treat Adult Day Services Week as a homecoming week of sorts – we have fun theme days planned for staff and participants, along with treats and games to celebrate the hard work of our staff. Follow along with us on Facebook or Instagram to see the theme days in action!
We know a dementia diagnosis affects more than just the individual. Care partners and families also need support. Adult Day Services help by providing respite, and Insight takes it a step further offering a number of support and education programs for families also. We have many great classes happening this week; everything from a Virtual Dementia Tour and Dementia 101 to professional trainings and a Caregiver Bootcamp at the end of the week. Take a look at the calendar!
Want to celebrate with us?
An easy way you can help spread the word about the benefit of Adult Day Services is to share our information! Forward this blog post, share a Facebook photo, or send a friend the link to our calendar. Many people have never heard of Adult Day Services that could benefit, so it always helps to spread the word!
Wishing you a happy Adult Day Services Week!
Activities & Engagement
"I like that IMCC focuses on dementia-related problems and provides a focal point for families to network and socially interact in coping with dementia. It provides a community that helps us in our struggle."