Enhanced outdoor recreation program for the elderly receives grant

Submitted Photo Seated are Mason Burton and Theodora Giamo. Standing are Karen Lucks, associate director; Judy Waterman, board member and Eileen Ardillo, Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation.

Chautauqua Adult Day Services, Dunkirk Site has recently received a grant from the Northern Chautauqua Community Foundation. This grant has allowed the program to enhance its outdoor games as pictured above. The grant also made it possible to purchase raised beds for gardening where they are growing vegetables. The participants are planning on doing some canning when the vegetables are ready. They also received a gas grill for cookouts and everyone enjoys a cookout. For many seniors, the cookouts at program are the only ones they will be able to attend. The participants are very excited with all the new outdoor items and will enjoy them for many summers to come.

Chautauqua Adult Day Services offers senior day programs for adults 60 years of age and older who live in the community. The day programs enable seniors to remain at home and obtain quality of life through socialization and activity programming. In addition to providing a break for caregivers, the sites provide breakfast, snack and a hot noon time meal for participants. There is also a Community Recreation Program that helps our seniors participate in outings in the community. The sites offer pet therapy, ceramics, music programs, arts and crafts and much more on an ongoing basis. In addition, the agency also has a “Saturday Program” in Jamestown which helps participants stay involved in community events and out-door recreation. Funding is available.

The Chautauqua Adult Day Services is a not-for-profit United Way community partner, that provides an affordable option for older adults in the community to remain independent and at home.

Chautauqua Adult Day Services has four sites throughout Chautauqua County located in Westfield, Jamestown, and Dunkirk. One of its sites in Jamestown, the Present Center, is a program specifically for older adults with Alzheimer’s disease. For information: visit www.seniordayprograms.com or call Westfield at 326-6842, Dunkirk at 366-8786 or Jamestown at 665-4899.