Adult day pro­gram run­ning in Truro

Pro­gram aimed at se­niors who are iso­lated or may have early-stage de­men­tia

Truro Daily News - - COLCHESTER COUNTY - BY FRAM DIN­SHAW

Lo­cal se­niors are mak­ing new friends at an adult day pro­gram that started in Truro last month.

Away For The Day, run­ning at the Wynn Park Villa on Tues­days and Thurs­days, of­fers clients aged 50 and over ac­tiv­i­ties such as trivia, cross­words and word searches, puz­zles, colour­ing, paint­ing and some light phys­i­cal ac­tiv­i­ties as well as a chance to so­cial­ize. Help­ing the bond­ing process is the chance to pre­pare a home-cooked meal.

“It keeps them from just sit­ting at home star­ing at a TV, los­ing their abil­ity to walk,” said Me­gan Mur­phy, re­cre­ation co-or­di­na­tor with Away For The Day. “We re­ally have the need for it in our com­mu­nity. There is a Vic­to­ria Or­der of Nurses day pro­gram, but they have a list that’s over a year long.”

She said one of her clients was a “to­tally dif­fer­ent” per­son when he showed up for the ses­sions, laugh­ing and so­cial­iz­ing with his new friends, and fam­i­lies of el­derly loved ones have also no­ticed the change, ac­cord­ing to Mur­phy.

It is sci­en­tif­i­cally proven that so­cial­iz­ing and en­gag­ing the brain with such ac­tiv­i­ties can ward off de­men­tia and other agere­lated dis­or­ders. While some clients may be show­ing signs of early de­men­tia, oth­ers were sim­ply lonely and iso­lated be­fore join­ing Away For The Day.

“It’s very re­ward­ing. It brings such a good feel­ing to show them there’s still more to life,” said Mur­phy.

She con­ducts the bi-weekly ses­sions with her col­league Jamie Bar­nett and classes run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the bot­tom level of Wynn Park’s build­ing.

To help bring in more peo­ple, a free ses­sion will be run­ning on Nov. 15 and peo­ple should call ahead to book a slot, as Mur­phy said spa­ces are fill­ing up fast.

Prices for reg­u­lar classes are $65 per ses­sion. To book a slot and find out more, please call 902-899-6233, visit the Away For The Day Face­book Page or go to away­forthe­day.ca.

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