Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Senior Connection provides vital services

The Senior Connection has reopened their doors after a fantastic kitchen remodel that will offer nourishing meals to an ever-growing senior community in the Wood River Valley.  But it’s not only meals that bring seniors together. Exercise, films, bingo, art classes, yoga and bridge are some of the Senior Connection’s activities. 

 The Connection Club, the nonprofit’s newest program, is a critically important component honoring the aging process and trauma when changes in memory are experienced.  Meeting Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and/or Friday, participants experience a variety of activities that stimulate mental and physical activity  in a supportive, safe and social environment. 

 The benefits, including decreased depression, increased self-esteem, critical structure and routine,  social interaction, and caregiver relief, to mention a few, are key to participants’ quality of life.

 When the doors reopened on Oct. 23, my brother, who is 65 and has Down Syndrome and memory loss, walked back into the embrace of the Connection Club. He was instantly full of the old joy and happiness that has marked his life, but eluded him during the five-week hiatus. I am deeply grateful for the Connection Club and staff for this essential program. I urge anyone who has a family member who might benefit to call the  Senior Connection at 788-3468.

Kerrin McCall


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