Monthly Archives: September 2014

23 September 2014

Adult Day Centers Celebrate Fall Prevention Every Day

Posted September 23, 2014 in Uncategorized

September 23, 2014, is designated as National Fall Prevention Day, but adult day centers promote exercises that build strength, balance and flexibility daily to help reduce risks of falling.  Falls can be particularly dangerous for older adults, but don’t let a fear of falling prevent you from being active! The National Council on Aging (NCOA) Falls Free® Initiative is sponsoring Falls Prevention Day on September 23rd. This year’s theme is Strong Today, Falls Free® Tomorrow.

Check out free Go4Life resources related to falls prevention:

Visit NCOA’s website for more information on Falls Prevention Day and visit theGo4Life website to get more ideas on being active every day.

17 September 2014

Celebrate the Power of Adult Day Services: Easing Stress on Family Care Providers

Posted September 17, 2014 in Research

(Reuters Health) – The stress of caring for a family member with dementia may take a toll on health over time, but a new study suggests that even one day off can shift caregivers’ stress levels back toward normal.   Adult day services supporters nationwide are celebrating the power of adult day services during National Adult Day Services Week, September 14-21, 2014.

Based on measurements of the stress hormone cortisol, researchers found that caregivers had healthier stress responses on days when the dementia patient went to adult daycare. Even anticipation of the day off had an effect on cortisol levels.

“This study reinforces the notion that caregivers need support and sometimes that support means sharing the care,” said an expert who was not involved in the study.

Dr. Gary Kennedy, director of the Division of Geriatric Psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, said that sharing the care means the caregiver has some time off and that’s important because the caregiver’s health is critical to the care receiver’s health.

“If the caregiver is comfortable, at ease, calm, in good spirits, that’s going to carry over to the person who’s receiving the care,” he told Reuters Health. “And conversely if the caregiver is upset, that person with dementia is going to be affected by that.”  Read more 

15 September 2014

Celebrate National Adult Day Services Week

Posted September 15, 2014 in Events

Whereas, nearly 6,000 Adult Day Centers in the United States provide year-round professional and compassionate services for adults, and

Whereas, Adult Day Centers enable adults with physical and/or mental challenges to receive compassionate, practical care in a community setting, and

Whereas, Adult Day Centers provide a coordinated program of individual and group activities designed to maximize challenged adults’ physical and mental abilities,

Whereas, Adult Day Centers offer participants an opportunity for enriching educational, therapeutic, and social experiences outside the home, and

Whereas, Adult Day Centers provide much-needed assistance and counseling for caregivers and involved others, and

Whereas, the third week of September was established by former President Ronald Regan as National Adult Day Services Week in 1983,

Now Therefore I, Alva Chip Cromartie, III, as Chair of the National Adult Day Services Association, do hereby proclaim September 14 – 20, 2014, National Adult Day Services Week, celebrating “The Power of Adult Day Services:  The Future of Care” and urge the citizens in every state to honor and celebrate this special event.

10 September 2014

2012 National Study of Long-Term Care Providers: State Web Tables for Adult Day Services Centers Component Released

Posted September 10, 2014 in Research

The Long-Term Care Statistics Branch is pleased to release adult day services-specific state web tables, using data from the first wave of the National Study of Long-Term Care Providers (NSLTCP) conducted in 2012. NSLTCP is a new initiative by the National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) to provide reliable, accurate, relevant and timely statistical information to support and inform long-term care services policy, research, and practice. The main goals of NSLTCP are to: (1) estimate the supply and use of paid, regulated long-term care services providers; (2) estimate key policy-relevant characteristics and practices; (3) produce national and state-level estimates, where feasible; (4) compare estimates among sectors; and (5) monitor trends over time.

View the state web tables here:

NSLTCP comprises two components: (1) survey data collected by NCHS on adult day services centers and assisted living and similar residential care communities; and (2) administrative data on nursing homes, home health agencies, and hospices obtained from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. The restricted 2012 survey data files for adult day services centers and residential care communities are available through NCHS’ Research Data Center (

The four adult day services-specific state web tables complement Data Brief #164 and Data Brief #165. Table 1 provides state estimates of the characteristics presented in Data Brief #164 and Table 2 provides the standard errors for those estimates. The same applies to Tables 1 and 2 for Data Brief #165.

Data are presented in the state web tables only if they meet NCHS’ confidentiality standards. Footnotes are included in the state web tables to indicate if estimates do not meet NCHS’ confidentiality standards. Estimates are presented as percentages, except for average daily attendance in Table 1 for Data Brief #165. No estimates are presented for the District of Columbia, Idaho, and Wyoming because the number of respondents to the survey was fewer than the number required to meet NCHS’ confidentiality standards. There are other states in the tables where estimates for selected characteristics are not presented because they do not meet NCHS’ confidentiality standards. The data sources and methodology used to develop the state web tables are the same as that used for NCHS Data Briefs #164 and #165. For more information on the data source and methodology, please see the “Data source and methods” section on p.7 in the data briefs.

The adult day services center survey was conducted between September 2012 and February 2013. NSLTCP used a multi-mode survey protocol with mail, web, and telephone follow-up for nonresponse. The questionnaires included survey items on provider characteristics such as ownership, size, number of years in operation, services offered, and selected practices, in addition to aggregate user characteristics, such as age, sex, race, and the number of participants with selected medical conditions and the number of participants needing assistance with selected activities of daily living (ADLs). The 2012 mail questionnaires are available at: Survey data were collected by RTI International under contract to NCHS. Survey documentation is available at:

Using a sampling frame obtained from the National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA) and additional centers that self-identified during data collection, a total of 5,254 adult day services centers were included in the survey. About 9% (476) of the adult day services centers were found to be invalid or out of business. All remaining centers (4,778) were assumed eligible and of these centers, 3,212 completed the survey, resulting in a response rate of 68%.

If you have any questions, please contact the Long-Term Care Statistics Branch at (301) 458-4747.


2 September 2014

Spark New Ideas for Celebrating National Adult Day Services Week

Posted September 2, 2014 in Events

Learn from NADSA’s upcoming webinar depicting the power of Adult Day Services!

Benefits of ADS for the Health and Well-being of Family Caregivers: Evidence and Implications

September 10, 2014

Time:  10:00 AM (Alaska) / 11:00 AM (Pacific) / 1:00 PM (Central) / 2:00 PM (Eastern)


This presentation will examine research findings of the benefits that family caregivers experience when using ADS for a relative with disabilities and/or dementia.  As a clinician and researcher, for the past 20 years Dr. Zarit has researched what helps lower stress and burden for family caregivers.


  • Gain an understanding of what ADS programs can accomplish for family caregivers


  • Explore the new evidence base for ADS demonstrating substantial measurable benefits on health and emotions


  • Discover “audience friendly” information which can be used to explain, in your communities, that adult day services has important health and mental health benefits for family caregivers.


In particular, recent studies demonstrate that ADS use alters caregviers’ stress response at a physiological level.  By reducing harmful effects of stress, ADS use by caregivers lowers the risk of subsequent illness.  These findings have implications for ADS in the continuum of long-term care services, as the type of program that gives caregivers the most substantial benefit in a way that is sustainable across the whole span of time they are providing help.  Presenter:  Steven H. Zarit, PhD. Distinguished Professor, Department of Human Development and Family Studies; Adjunct Professor, Gerontology Institute, University College of Health Science, Jönköping, Sweden. To view Dr. Zarit’s bio click on the following link:


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