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Sunday, January 4, 2009

Adult Day Care

Have you ever heard of Adult Day Care? I had not until I saw a sign for it while driving today. It is day care for the elderly. Geriatric day care. Then I came home and googled it and apparently this is not a lone business on Delmar but a nationwide thing.

"Adult day care centers, also known as adult day services, have been providing a form of respite for caregivers for more than twenty years. In 1978 there were only 300 centers nationwide. By the 1980s there were 2,100 centers, and today there are about 4,000 centers nationwide, according to the National Adult Day Services Association (NADSA)."

"Adult day care centers provide a break (respite) to the caregiver while providing health services, therapeutic services, and social activities for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia, chronic illnesses, traumatic brain injuries, developmental disabilities, and other problems that increase their care needs. Some adult day care centers are dementia specific, providing services exclusively to that population. Other centers serve the broader population."

Initially I thought it seemed so strange and almost sad. I still think that it seems strange but it seems well founded. It also makes me nervous about growing old.

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