Adult day care center are important to persons living with dementia or disabilities, or for any senior who is living alone and needs to stay active. It is proven that keeping active, both mentally and physically, helps slow the progression of dementia. During the pandemic, many ku¯puna weren’t able to follow their “routine” of being social, exercising, being mentally stimulated, and having fun while apart from their caregivers. This, of course, was not the fault of family caregivers, who were also impacted by the shut-downs. Many noticed a severe decline in the physical and cognitive abilities of the loved ones they cared for, because of the lack of activities and socialization with their peers.
“Sports” activities like batting (with balloons and swim noodles), Fishing, Corn Hole and Chair Hula are simple but fun ways to exercise, both physically and mentally, and make for a better quality of life as we age. And an Antler Ring Toss is a lot of fun at Christmas!