Chapter 6: Senior and Adult Care Centers

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While your parent is living at home, either his own home or perhaps yours, two excellent types of community centers can provide him or her physical exercise, social interaction, and intellectual stimulation for hours during the day.

At the same time, these places, the senior center and the adult care center, can provide you, the caregiver, a needed break from your rewarding but demanding responsibilities. The two terms are sometimes loosely interchanged, and there is some overlap between them. But there are significant differences as well, and it would be a discouraging experience for your loved one to wind up in the wrong center.

Senior centers are for those who are in good mental and physical health and may be as young as 55. Healthy seniors seek a place where they can take part in activities like reading books and magazines, attending classes on gardening or pottery, working out on fitness machines, and dining in the company of their peers.

Adult care centers, on the other hand, are for those who have age-associated disabilities, such as physical frailty and early-stage dementia. They may be getting professional care at home but can come to the adult care center as well during the day, where they receive valuable physical and mental stimulation.

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