House of Welcome Adult Day Services Open House
North Shore Senior Center would like to extend a special "thank you" to all of those who attended our open house for House of Welcome Adult Day Services (HOW). We also want to thank Mariano’s for generously donating the food!
Our open house provided an opportunity for community members, potential sponsors and professionals to take a glimpse in a typical day at HOW, which provides specialized programs for people suffering from Alzheimer's disease and other dementias. Services include a day program, an early memory loss program, family support and education.
Using a person-centered approach, HOW provides structured, therapeutic, small-group activities in a comfortable, home-like setting. Creative arts therapies are a unique feature of our programming. Participants with early, as well as more advanced memory loss, enjoy meaningful activities and friendships, while caregivers benefit from time on their own. For those who participate in HOW’s day program, it's an experience of care, warmth and stimulating activities in a comfortable, homelike environment. Our day program schedule resembles the following:
- 8:30 a.m. Arrival, enjoy coffee, converse with friends, and read the newspaper
- 10:15 a.m. Go over the daily schedule and talk about the plan for the day
- 10:45 a.m. Break out into small-group activities
- 11:30 a.m. Beverage break
- 11:45 a.m. Strength training and exercise
- 12:30 p.m. Everyone enjoys lunch together
- 1:30 p.m. Music
- 2:45 p.m. Beverage break
- 3:00 p.m. Break out into small-group activities, which include pet therapy, trivia, cooking/baking, gardening/plant care, exercise/strength training and more
- 4:00 p.m. Participants head home
Mind Matters Early Memory Loss Program
Winner of the 2014 MetLife/American Society on Aging MindAlert Award, Mind Matters is a therapeutic, evidence-based group program based on research indicating that social interaction, physical exercise, cognitive activities and creative arts therapies can benefit those with early memory loss. For those who participate in the Mind Matters program, our schedule resembles the following:
- 10:00 a.m. Arrival, enjoy coffee, word games
- 10:30 a.m. Variety of activities related to the theme for the day, including cognitive exercises, creative arts therapies, discussion/reminiscence, and more
- 11:00 a.m. Support group—discussion topic based on the theme for the day, including medical information, research and treatment, brain health, coping strategies, changes in relationships, future planning, and more
- 12:00 p.m. Lunch/walk
- 1:00 p.m. Additional activities related to the theme for the day
- 2:00 p.m. Exercise, including dance movement therapy, tai chi, yoga
- 2:45 p.m. End-of-day wrap-up
- 3:00 p.m. Participants head home
As a caregiver, it's important to realize that you are never alone. According to a 2009 AARP study, more than 39.8 million people—17 percent of the U.S. population—provide care for a chronically ill, disabled or aged family member or friend during any given year.
House of Welcome Adult Day Services hosts a monthly Alzheimer's Family Support Group. Discussions include caregiving issues, education programs on dementia, working with your doctor, communication issues and more.
When: 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. on the second Tuesday of each month
Where: Arthur C. Nielsen, Jr. Campus, 161 Northfield Road, in Northfield
For more information on House of Welcome Adult Day Services, please call 847.242.6250.Back to Blogs