Glenwood now has adult day care |

Glenwood now has adult day care

GLENWOOD SPRINGS – The Cooper Avenue Social Center makes it fun to be old.

The nonprofit center, located in the back of the First United Methodist Church at 824 Cooper Ave., was formerly Cooper Corner Adult Day Care Center. In its new incarnation, the center provides older residents with a place to go for lunch, activities, music, movies and more.

Executive director DeAnna Anderson on Thursday announced a new program at the center – Senior Play Day.

Senior Play Day is not for thespians. It’s a day of activities for Glenwood Springs-area senior citizens to gather, socialize and have some fun. It’s free to seniors, but donations are gladly accepted.

“Rather than just sitting around at home and twiddling their thumbs, we give them some quality of life,” said Renee Littlefair, the center’s business manager.

In its essence, the social center is an adult day care center, providing people with a place to drop off seniors in a place they’ll be well cared for, they said.

“You can drop your kids off at one corner and your parents off on the other,” Anderson quipped.

Folks who are taking care of kids and parents are part of what’s termed the “sandwich generation,” Littlefair said.

But Anderson and her staff want the center to be more than just a day care center, they want it to be fun.

“There’s arts and crafts, bingo with prizes from Wal-Mart and other local merchants, and we have movies in the back room,” she said.

Thursday was the first senior play day, and the turnout wasn’t bad. About 15 seniors ate lunch and played bingo.

“We want to open this up for all senior citizens 55 and up,” Anderson said.

A unique aspect of play day is that participants vote for the activities, giving them control over what goes on.

Lunch is offered to seniors on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday for $2.25 and the center, staffed by a certified occupational therapy assistant and a certified nursing assistant, also offers a day stay program from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. This program costs $6 per hour, but can be lowered on a sliding scale according to income.

Soon the center’s staff plans to branch out into caring for disabled adults 16 and older.

“I think the community really needs it,” Littlefair said of the center. “Our only problem is a lot of people don’t even know about it.”

Events planned for later this year, including the first-ever “You Gotta Regatta” on June 14, should help spread the word about the center and raise money at the same time.

For more information on the Cooper Avenue Social Center, call 947-1233.

Contact Greg Masse: 945-8515, ext. 511

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