Celebrate National Adult Day Services Week 2022

National Adult Day Services Week is September 18-24, 2022.

Welcome to National Adult Day Services Week:  Celebrating Success and Creating a Roadmap for the Future!

There has never been a more critical time for ADS professionals to come together to solidify our place in long-term care.  The pandemic has  ensured that the ways we serve seniors, veterans, and the IDD population are forever changed. Celebrating Success and Creating a Roadmap for the Future! will highlight and celebrate all the accomplishments of ASD while focusing on new methods, techniques and models to strengthen our profession. 

This special week has been celebrated annually since it was proclaimed on September 27, 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.

Check out these resources and start planning ways to celebrate!

National Adult Day Services Week provides a terrific opportunity to showcase the services and programs provided to meet the needs and enhance the lives of participants through adult day services. Tweet your activities. Use photos and links to increase engagement.  Add the hashtag #ADSWeek2022 to your tweets so that all NADSA followers can see them.

  • Consider highlighting employees and volunteers who make service delivery possible.
  • Interview and share stories with the media from families and participants who live better as a result of utilizing Adult Day Services.
  • Tell how your center provides enhancement in programming – Doing well in Adult Day Services; implementing person-centered practices.
  • Demonstrate how your center works well, e.g. fiscal wellness; board wellness; staffing wellness; investing in professional development; strategic planning to prepare for changing health care environment.
  • Promote Self Care/Staff Care – Being well with unplugging; scheduled vacations; grief management for losses we experience; yoga/ exercise/ diet/ meditation.
  • Describe care for participants and care for their family caregivers – How ADS enhances life for both groups; How to assist family caregivers; serving diverse populations.
  • “Like” https://www.facebook.com/NationalAdultDayServicesAssociation.

An example of how life is enhanced for family caregivers is evidenced by research published by Bangerter, L. R., Liu, Y., Kim, K., Zarit, S. (2019). Adult day services and dementia caregivers’ daily affect: the role of distress response to behavioral and psychological symptoms of dementia. Aging and Mental Health, DOI: 10.1080/13607863.2019.1681934. This article examines the psycho-behavioral mechanism on how daily ADS use may benefit caregivers’ daily affect through its impact on the distress associated with behavior and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD) stressor exposure.


Join us in Pittsburgh, PA October 12-14, 2022 for this year’s National Conference. https://www.nadsa.org/conference/




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