HOBBIES ARE GOOD FOR YOUR HEALTH

Do you have a hobby? Hobbies can give meaning and purpose to your life in retirement. As Robert Putnam points out in his book, Bowling Alone, it’s easy to discount the importance of hobbies and social engagements. Putnam details the widespread decline in civic engagement, from PTA memberships to neighborhood potlucks and bowling leagues. Over a couple of generations, Americans have misplaced the concept of free time.

SPECIAL PLANS FOR YOUR SPECIAL PEOPLE

Lily is a beautiful, active and full of personality toddler who happens to have Down syndrome. Lily’s parents and I have been friends for years and I have the continuing pleasure of watching Lily and her siblings grow up. While Lily is becoming a physical therapy rock star and hitting all her milestones in a timely fashion, her parents have started planning for the future.

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WHY WE ENJOY OUR HOBBIES

The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines a hobby as “a pursuit outside one’s regular occupation, engaged in especially for relaxation.” Hobbies include anything from playing a musical instrument to gardening, bird watching or sewing. A hobby is a way of focusing on something you enjoy just for the sake of that enjoyment. It may also be a way to clear your mental palette. You could be stressed out by a situation at work or the challenges of raising children and need an escape.

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on staff so you can get rehab services at the center,” Matthews said. “We have buses that pick up members in the morning and drop them off.”


If you are unsure Active Day is suitable for you, you can check it out first by taking a tour. “We offer a free trial day to any client,” Matthews said. “They can come for free and try out a whole day and decide if they want to go through the enrollment process.”


Active Day of Lexington is located at 191 West Lowry Lane. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and one Saturday each month from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Call (859) 278-2053 for more information.

Active Day of Lexington has gained a stellar reputation for offering top care to seniors in a supportive and nurturing environment. Services offered here include health and social services; medication administration; transportation; nutritious meals and snacks; physical, occupational, speech and pet therapy; therapeutic recreational activities; and outings. That’s just the tip of the iceberg of a place that could be a great opportunity for your loved one to thrive.


“I first started out at Active Day as a case manager and did that role for a year or so,” said director Emily Matthews. “Then I took over as director in March 2017 as I fell in love with the families.”


Just about anyone can find a way to get involved in the program. Members are divided into two groups. “We have a group for older members and another for younger and more high-functioning members,” Matthews said. “Each group gets a program assistant that leads them and two nurses on staff that can administer medications.”


If you have Medicaid, you are approved to attend a certain number of days each week. If you are a private payer, you can attend for as many days a week as you want.


“Every month we come out with a newsletter with our activities,

CLIENTS STAY ACTIVE AND INVOLVED AT ADULT DAYCARE CENTER

menu for our morning and afternoon snack and lunch and the outings we have,” said Matthews. “Sometimes we have different groups come sing for us; sometimes we may have a preacher come in and do Bible study; and sometimes we go to different stores or go out to eat.”


Both groups always exercise in the morning to get their day started. After lunch, there is a rest period of about half an hour, followed by more activities until it is time for everyone to go home.


“We have a client council where our program manager meets with members,” Matthews said. “They give feedback on things they like and do not like and things they want for the next month.”


The benefits of a place like Active Day are countless, Matthews said. “I think it is great for socialization and it’s great for the family because the clients are in a safe, loving environment throughout the day,” she said.


Everything clients may need is at their fingertips. “We have a physical therapist

JAMIE LOBER

Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Living Well 60+ Magazine

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