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2 October 2014

Adult Day Services are Person- and Family-Centered

Posted October 2, 2014 in Public Policy in Research in Uncategorized

The AARP Public Policy Institute has released a new blog post on adult day services (ADS).  Lynn Friss Feinberg writes that that ADS provides supportive services for both the adult with functional limitations and  their family caregiver.  With more consumers rejecting nursing homes in favor of home and community-based services, ADS can help build a better person-and family-centered system of long-term services and supports in the community.

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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.

19 March 2014

Adult day services boosts beneficial stress hormones in caregivers

Posted March 19, 2014 in Research in Uncategorized

Family caregivers show an increase in the beneficial stress hormone DHEA-S on days when they use an adult day care service for their relatives with dementia, according to researchers at Penn State and the University of Texas at Austin. DHEA-S controls the harmful effects of cortisol and is associated with better long-term health.

“This is one of the first studies to show that DHEA-S can be modified by an intervention, which, in our case, was the use of an adult day care service,” said Steven Zarit, Distinguished Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Penn State. “The study is also one of the first to demonstrate that interventions to lower stress on caregivers, such as the use of adult day care services, have an effect on the body’s biological responses to stress. We know that caregivers are at increased risk of illness, because of the long hours of care they provide and the high levels of stress.  These findings suggest that use of adult day care services may protect caregivers against the harmful effects of stress associated with giving care to someone with dementia.”

The researchers studied 151 caregivers of family members with dementia who attend an adult day care service at least two days a week. For eight consecutive days, the caregivers collected their own saliva five times each day and kept a diary of the times at which they collected the saliva. They kept these saliva samples refrigerated until they could be shipped back to the laboratory. During the evenings of each of the eight days, interviewers from the Penn State Survey Research Center called the participants and asked them about the daily stressors they had encountered as well as their mood.

The team’s results suggest that caregivers of family members with dementia who use adult day care services at least two times a week have increased DHEA-S levels on the day following the adult day service visit. The results appear on-line in the American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

“Prior research has found that higher DHEA-S levels are protective against the physiological damaging effects of stressor exposure and may reduce risks of illness,” Zarit said. “We have found that regular use of adult day care services may help reduce depletion of DHEA-S and allow the body to mount a protective and restorative response to the physiological demands of caregiving. These results suggest the value of broadening the focus of caregiver interventions to include their impact on relevant biological risk factors associated with chronic stress and disease.”

The National Institute on Aging supported this research.  Steve Zarit is a member of the Board of Directors for the National Adult Day Services Association.

Other authors on the paper include Courtney Whetzel, research associate in biobehavioral health, Penn State; Kyungmin Kim, postdoctoral fellow, University of Austin at Texas; Elia Femia, research associate in human development and family studies, Penn State; David Almeida, professor of human development and family studies, Penn State; Michael Rovine, professor of human development and family studies, Penn State; and Laura Cousino Klein, associate professor of biobehavioral health, Penn State.

19 July 2013

Let’s Dance!

Posted July 19, 2013 in Uncategorized

Exercise is part of the core daily routine in adult day centers, and how exercise is presented can impact more than a person’s physical well-being.  Mayfield House, a day centre for older Somali people in Tower Hamlets in London, is hosting a dance class as a result of a recent conference that highlighted the benefits of dance for older adults.  Adult day centers and dance academies can make a significant difference in people’s lives.  Get up and dance!  Read more at

19 April 2013

2013 National Adult Day Services Awards Applications Accepted

Posted April 19, 2013 in News / Awards in Uncategorized

The National Adult Day Services Association invites nominations recognizing excellence in the support and delivery of adult day services.  Awards recognize program staff, organizations, programs, media representatives, legislators and advocates who support adult day services.  Electronic nominations must be submitted by July 12, 2013.  Winners will be recognized at the National Conference on October 12, 2013, Louisville, KY.   For conference details visit

Award applications are available here and in the Members Only library at

Why give recognition?
  • Recognition for a job well done is a primary motivator for people.
  • Recognition shows employees that they are appreciated and that their contributions count.
  • Recognition increases employee self-esteem which improves morale and leads to a more positive workplace overall, increasing productivity and building commitment to the organization.
  • Recognition improves interaction between supervisors and staff and among staff when they recognize each other’s notable achievements.
  • Recognition nurtures pride and enthusiasm.
  • It’s the right thing to do! Everybody, all of us want and need to be recognized when they’ve worked hard and done an extra special job.

Download the application from the Members Only library at




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