Senior Social Club at The Allendale Community for Mature Living Keeps Older Adults Engaged and Connected
By Mel Fabrikant Monday, December 23, 2013, 04:27 PM EST
Adult Day Program Provides Social Interaction in a Safe, Supportive Environment
The relationship between physical activity and vitality is widely documented, but recent studies also reveal a strong link between social interaction and a senior’s mental and physical well-being. Adult day programs such as the Senior Social Club at The Atrium Assisted Living at The Allendale Community for Mature Living provide ambulatory older adults with a safe, secure environment complemented by a range of activities designed to foster peer companionship and enrich the lives of participants.
For a modest fee, the Senior Social Club provides daytime supervision for adults in a group setting. Along with a nutritious breakfast, lunch and snacks served in The Atrium’s restaurant-style dining room, participants enjoy a range of meaningful activities, planned day-trips and social outings. Activities include yoga, Zumba and Tai Chi; art appreciation; card games and chess; book clubs; religious services; and reminiscing and discussion, among others.
Established in 2002, the Senior Social Club operates weekdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and participants are welcome to enroll for any number of days. Round-trip or one-way local transportation is available.
“The Senior Social Club combines the independence of living at home, with the security and social benefits of being a member of an active community,” said Mary Stampleman, ADC, Director of Therapeutic Recreation and Public Relations at The Allendale Community. “Aside from the opportunity to socialize and make new friends, the activities we offer help to engage the mind, strengthen the body and brighten the spirit. There’s something here for everyone.”
Senior Social Club members also have access to The Atrium's community spaces, including an on-site cinema, a game room, an arcade, an Internet Café, a library, an exercise room, an activities center, a 1950s-style diner and an outdoor courtyard with putting green. Club members also will enjoy a full calendar of regularly scheduled guest speakers, and cultural and musical performances.
“Advantages of the Senior Social Club go beyond socializing with peers, though that certainly is a big reason why many people like the program. By offering enjoyable pastimes and activities we’re helping participants to maintain a healthy state of mind, pursue existing hobbies and interests, and be introduced to exciting new experiences,” said Stampleman.
In addition to the Senior Social Club, The Allendale Community offers an Emergency Respite and Short-Term Stay Program. Originally designed to offer respite to caregivers traveling for business or a family vacation, the program has been expanded to include emergent stays during periods of severe or inclement weather. During a respite stay, seniors are given all the same amenities and care as permanent residents, including meals, medication management and access to a range of social activities.
The Allendale Community for Mature Living is located at 85 Harreton Rd. in Allendale (GPS: 65 Route 17 South, Ramsey). Developed in stages beginning in 1967, The Allendale Community pioneered modern-day eldercare. Consistently updated and renovated, the senior living and healthcare campus includes four full-service senior residences offering a continuum of care that serves residents’ changing needs: The Atrium Assisted Living; Carlton Court, a memory care neighborhood; The Allendale Nursing Home; and The Rehabilitation Center at The Allendale Community. In addition, the Community offers the Senior Social Club, an adult-day program that provides a variety of dynamic activities. For more information about The Allendale Community, call (201) 825-0660 or visit www.allendalecommunity.com.
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Photo Caption: Adult day programs such as the Senior Social Club at The Atrium Assisted Living at The Allendale Community for Mature Living provide ambulatory older adults with a safe, secure environment complemented by a range of activities designed to foster peer companionship and enrich the lives of participants. Pictured trimming the tree are: Bernadette Hicks (left), Senior Social Club coordinator and Learle VanEmburgh, an Atrium resident and retired social worker, who volunteers to lead a number of classes that the Senior Social Club members attend.