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"Bridging the Years"

A Supportive

Adult Day Program






"Bridging the Years," is a Supportive Adult Day Program specifically designed to promote and enhance the social, physical and cognitive skills of elders. It is an opportunity for caregivers, often "on the job" 24 hours a day to have a well deserved respite, with the assurance that their loved one is in a safe and supportive environment.

The Supportive Adult Day Program is a social day setting, as opposed to an adult day health model, which is staffed by medical personnel. Our highly skilled four member staff has a combined experience of more than 50 years working in the human service environment. Each has been specifically selected for their invaluable experience in working with elders and those with cognitive impairment. "Bridging the Years" is designed to accommodate 14 participants per day that can benefit from a safe and supportive environment. Potential participants must meet the program guidelines which include: ability to administer own medications with cueing if necessary, able to attend to personal care needs, i.e. toileting, be willing to participate in activities and be non-combative.

The Program is committed to maintaining the participant's quality of life by offering meaningful activities in a caring environment. Initial and early to mid-stage Alzheimer's and related dementia clients are encouraged to apply. A variety of opportunities are offered for individuals to socialize, develop new interests and enhance cognitive and physical skills. Program activities may include: chair exercising, reminiscing, memory games, arts and crafts, word games, music, table games, cooking, movies, monthly birthday parties, pet therapy, sing-a-longs and local outings. Volunteers with specific talents to share are always welcome.

"Bridging the Years" is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, from 9:00am to 3:00pm. A typical day includes a continental breakfast upon arrival, lunch, and afternoon snack. The fee for Bourne residents is $35 per day, including a nutritious lunch and door-to-door transportation; the fee for non-residents is $45 per day, including a nutritious lunch, and transportation may be arranged. The fee may, if eligible, be all or partially waived for the clients of Elder Services of Cape Cod or Old Colony Elderly Services.

A new scholarship program "Give A Gift to A Senior" was launched by the Friends of the Council on Aging in December, 2004. The goal is to raise $5000, so that 3 seniors may attend the Supportive Adult Day Program 1 day per week for a year.

Scholarships will be awarded based on financial need and the enhanced "quality of life" benefit to the recipient.

The creation of the Supportive Adult Day Program is the result of dedication and generosity from many sources; the initial vision of the Bourne Council on Aging and the Friends of the Bourne Council on Aging, a grant funded by the MA Legislature for the separate program facility at the new Senior Center, a generous bequest by the Cantini family to provide for start-up staffing and the long term commitment of the Friends organization to the continuation of the Supportive Adult Day Program.

All donations are gratefully accepted and will be acknowledged in the Council on Aging monthly newsletter and by mail. Please make checks payable to Friends of Bourne Council on Aging, 239 Main Street, Buzzards Bay, 02532. Donations should be clearly designated for "Bridging the Years."

Bourne residents, age 60 and over, and potential participants from surrounding towns are welcome to apply. All applicants are carefully screened to ensure an appropriate fit for both the program and the client.

Applications, information and tours of the facility may be arranged by contacting the Director of "Bridging the Years," Supportive Adult Day Program at 508-743-3004

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