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Adult day care center opens in Alewa Heights “It’s the first one in Hawaii,” said Rosanna Evers, director of social services for the Waianae Coast Comprehensive Health Center, which oversees Hale Kakoo and other adult day care centers. “The only comparable programs are on the East Coast. …
The following story is an example of how volunteers enrich the House of Welcome Adult Day Services program, as well as just one of the many ways in which participants are still able to contribute and give to others.
One of our day program participants is almost completely deaf due to progressive hearing loss. Her cognitive functioning is only moderately impaired, but due to her severe hearing loss she needs extra attention to participate in activities. One-to-one activities are especially effective, because communication can be facilitated by writing things down for her to read.
A special relationship has developed between this participant and a volunteer. They are both knitters. The volunteer took on the special project, together with the partiticpant, of knitting a baby afghan for the volunteer’s newborn great nephew, to be given to him at his christening. Without revealing her identity in order to protect confidentiality, the volunteer took pictures of just the participant’s hands while knitting so she could share the story with the baby’s parents. She also prepared a booklet for the child with the story and pictures of how the afghan was made, together with her “friend” at House of Welcome. The participant and her daughter enjoyed seeing pictures of the baby along the way and at his christening with the afghan.[SOURCE: Summer 2011 Newsletter, House of Welcome Adult Day Services, Northfield, IL]
Introducing Go4Life, the new exercise and physical activity campaign from the National Institute on Aging
National Institute on Aging-funded studies show that exercise and physical activity are associated with many health benefits and can be especially beneficial for caregivers. They can help maintain physical strength and fitness, help manage chronic diseases such as diabetes, help reduce feelings of depression, and help improve mood and overall well-being.
Go4Life aims to motivate people 50 and older to incorporate exercise and physical activity into their daily lives. In addition to our popular, free print materials on exercise and physical activity, Go4Life offers a variety of online evidence-based resources for older people, family members, health professionals, and organizations.
We invite you to fully explore the interactive Go4Life website-www.nia.nih.gov/Go4Life-which includes:
- facts about the health benefits of exercise for older adults
- sample exercises with video demonstrations
- My Go4Life, an interactive tool for setting personal exercise goals and tracking progress
- motivational tips
- personal success stories
- free resources for organizations and health professionals
- and much more!
Use www.nia.nih.gov/NewsAndEvents/EmailAlerts.htm to sign up to receive regular fitness news from the National Institute on Aging.
We encourage you to share this exciting new campaign and the Go4Life website with family, friends, colleagues, and others. Please help us spread the word about the importance of exercise and physical activity for older adults and caregivers!
Go4Life is a trademark of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.