Cooper Corner Day Stay keeps seniors active, productive |

Cooper Corner Day Stay keeps seniors active, productive

Post Independent/Kara K. PearsonSherry McDonald, of New Castle, laughs as she colors a bookmark at Cooper Corner Adult Day Stay Center in Glenwood. The group will be donating the handmade bookmarks to the library.

After nearly eight years, Cooper Corner is alive and well, helping keep some of Glenwood Springs’ elderly residents productive and happy. The Cooper Corner Adult Day Stay Center, on the corner of Cooper and Ninth streets, is an adult daycare center that was formed in 1998, only to take a year off in 2004 to reorganize. Its doors reopened a year ago and now helps about a half dozen residents remain healthy. Program participants make arts, crafts and baked goods to be distributed to the community, said Jacy Sundlie, a member of Cooper Corner’s board of directors. For some people, Cooper Corner is a daily 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. affair, while others choose to drop in for a half-day.

“We start out our day with current events and try and stimulate the mind a little bit,” Sundlie said. Once that discussion concludes, participants create arts and crafts, exercise a bit and play board games. “We go out in the community when the weather’s nice,” she said. “So it’s kind of like a senior center or club, but it’s more structured.”Cooper Corner gives families peace of mind that their loved ones are being cared for without having to go to a nursing home, she said. “There was a huge need in the valley, and nationally, it’s the number one up-and-coming thing,” Sundlie said. “They want to keep people in their homes as long as possible. It’s very cost effective.”Cooper Corner costs $55 per day, and takes Medicaid, she said. For a half day, the cost is $30 per day.

Participants get plenty of individual attention, she said. The group has a registered nurse who administers blood pressure tests and gives medications. The group’s clients range from Alzheimer’s disease patients to those with dementia and those who are elderly and frail. But there are others, too. One participant is a disabled 22-year-old. For those interested in participating in Cooper Corner, Sundlie suggested coming by to spend a day to make sure the program is suitable. “They always come back,” she said.

Cooper Corner also raises money through the Yagatta Regatta, a regatta held in Glenwood each summer with music, food and rafting events. “We’re also working on a triathlon,” she said. For more information, contact Cooper Corner at (970) 947-1233.Contact Bobby Magill: 945-8515, ext.

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