Gentog’s Adult Day Program provides a structured day for persons with dementia. This structure includes opportunities for exercise and activities that help to strengthen and maintain mental and physical health.
- Daily Routines
People with dementia do best with a consistent daily routine. Having structure to the day gives needed predictability and stability when their mind is making them feel disoriented or confused.
- Nourishing Meals/Snacks
Gentog provides nutritious meals that follow the guidelines set by the USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program. Assistance with eating is provided to those that need it. Participants are encouraged to eat to maintain health. All meals are prepared on-site, and the regular interactions with our cook give them a real homemade appeal. Finally, enjoying meals in a social setting helps to support good eating habits.
- Exercise Programs
We understand that exercise helps to improve self-sufficiency, self-confidence, and cognition. It helps to build/maintain muscle strength and balance, thus reducing the risk of falling. Gentog offers several times throughout the day where participants can enjoy exercise and moving their bodies. A daily 30-minute seated exercise program is offered, and all participants are encouraged to join. Activities that encourage large muscle movement are sprinkled throughout the day. Opportunities to get up and walk are provided in the routine. Dance is included and encouraged daily.
- Sleep Regulation
Consistent and sufficient sleep is critical to good health. The level of activities offered in a day program keeps participants actively engaged for hours, which in turn helps to prevent restlessness and sleeplessness at night.
- Feeling of Productivity
As dementia progresses, older adults are capable of less and often feel like a burden. Helping them participate in everyday tasks and activities can boost mood and improve quality of life, thus lowering the risk of developing depression. Regular activities include assisting others in the program and preparing things for the children in our daycare in addition to the typical games offered in adult day settings.
- Reduction of Challenging Behaviors
Daily activities can also reduce common dementia behaviors, like agitation and anger. Staying active and socially engaged gives them a way to use their energy in a positive way.
- Intergenerational Activities
Social isolation is one of the greatest risks to American seniors. Gentog’s intergenerational program includes our Adult Day Program and a Childcare Center for children ages 6 weeks-5 years. The two groups come together for organized activities daily, and there are multiple opportunities for informal interactions throughout each day, adding an element of joy that cannot be matched!