Cornerstone’s Alzheimer’s Day Center in Warwick, Rhode Island, is receiving national recognition for their promotion of healthy aging with a NuStep exercise machine. Cornerstone Adult Services, a member of Saint Elizabeth Community, was selected from 50 applicants for NuStep’s Gold Pinnacle Award in the senior center category. Read more
Monthly Archives: January 2013
Members of the Colorado Commission on Aging recently toured the beautiful new facility of Seniors’ Resource Center in Denver, CO. Teresa Johnson, Managing Director of NADSA, was also on site to meet with Adult Day Center Director Linda Johnston. Recent funding cuts have forced the reduction of some services, including closure of their Southwest site at 3000 S. Wadsworth Boulevard.
The requirement that adult day health care centers become not-for-profit operations has been delayed at least a year, according to Department of Health Care Services officials. This welcome news comes after a multi-year crisis among adult day health centers in California which used to operate under MediCal guidelines until its termination. Families and business operators/owners are now transitioning to a new program approved by CMS called Community Based Adult Services (CBAS). The reprieve is a welcome relief!
Read more: http://www.californiahealthline.org/capitol-desk/2013/1/state-delays-cbas-not-for-profit-rule.aspx#ixzz2HK6aQQkb
“This Doesn’t Look Like Dementia – Serving people with FTD in day services programs”
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Presenters: Sharon S. Denny, MA and Sandi Grow, RN
Webinar sponsored by NADSA on Jan 31, 2013
Day services are a critical resource for families facing frontotemporal degeneration (FTD). People affected are typically younger, more active and have different symptoms and challenges than people with Alzheimer’s. This session will present information and case studies to illustrate challenges in care, the impact on family, and strategies for providing quality services to people with frontotemporal degeneration. Staff training tools, including behavioral interventions, activities, and resources and support for continued learning will be discussed. Ample time for questions will be included.
Sharon S. Denny, MA is Program Director at The Association for Frontotemporal Degeneration (AFTD) where she directs support and education for families and healthcare professionals. She has a Master’s in Clinical Psychology and over 25 years’ experience in program development with organizations that serve people with medical and psychiatric disabilities.
Sandi Grow, RN is the wife of Karl – diagnosed with FTD in March of 2007 at the age of 54. Sandi is an RN and has continued to work while caring for her husband. Their experience with several day services programs and now long term care epitomize the importance and value of the partnership needed between family and staff for quality services.
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AT&T* recently gave the gift of technology to some of those who need it most. AT&T contributed funds and tablets to the Foundation for Senior Living‘s Adult Day Health Services to help launch its new “Therapeutic Tech” program. The program will use technology to provide much needed therapeutic services to adults of all ages with traumatic brain injuries, dementia and other disorders.
AT&T hosted a holiday-themed event at Phoenix Adult Day Health Services, located in the Monsignor Edward J. Ryle Life Center. At the event, AT&T presented more than $13,000 in technology and a grant to the organization, including 16 new Pantech Element tablets. The donation will help launch the “Therapeutic Tech” program, which will serve around 680 participants across FSL’s four Adult Day Health Services centers.
AT&T volunteers also led a workshop to show how staff and participants can use the tablets technology to access the Internet, play therapeutic games, listen to music, stay connected, and more.
“Technology is constantly evolving to benefit everyone,” said Vicki Martin, vice president and general manager of AT&T Arizona. “At AT&T, our goal is to help people utilize technology to improve their lives, and this program is an excellent example of that.”
The new “Therapeutic Tech” program will be used to help two groups: adults aged 18-55 with traumatic brain injuries, and seniors aged 55 and older who have Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia. The program will use the funds for technology-based cognitive therapies, physical therapies, communication services, and allow participants to grow important social support systems while maintaining or improving their own independence. The tablets are adaptable and portable, allowing for use and benefit by everyone in the adult day service centers.
“We’re very thankful that AT&T provided the resources needed to launch this important therapeutic program,” said Guy Mikkelsen, president and CEO of Foundation for Senior Living. “Their donation gives our participants the helpful tools they need to improve the quality of their lives.”
For more information on AT&T products and offerings, please visit www.att.com.
*AT&T products and services are provided or offered by subsidiaries and affiliates of AT&T Inc. under the AT&T brand and not by AT&T Inc.