Keeping older adults active is key to their cognitive and physical health, but it requires perseverance from caretakers who are often overwhelmed by basic caregiving responsibilities. Fortunately, there are places like OSF Senior World in Peoria, IL, that provide adult day services that activate and energize their senior clients in a way they couldn’t get at home.
Pre-pandemic, the facility hosted up to 44 clients a day, however due to COVID-19 restrictions, they are currently limited to 15 to 20 clients a day who participate in fun activities like trivia, word games, chair exercises, singing and art projects. Most of the participants have some form of memory loss and comorbidities, but none of it slows them down once they’re at Senior World. Courtney Roberts, MSG, Senior World Supervisor says, “Our clients look forward to coming here. It gives them a sense of purpose.”
Participants at OSF Senior World using pool noodles to play balloon volleyball; George, shooting hoops to keep his body moving and active.