Throughout the Life Center’s existence, recreation and leisure activities have played a major role in the overall program. Staff members with college degrees, national certifications, and licenses in Therapeutic Recreation provide expertise which results in a quality, comprehensive program designed to facilitate socialization, enhance physical and mental functioning, and promote psychological well-being.
What may appear to an outside observer as just “fun and games” are, in fact, activities which have been chosen and adapted to meet the needs, interests, and abilities of EVERY center participant. Whether participants are experiencing cognitive impairments, physical limitations, emotional disturbances, or other challenges, each center participant is included in daily activity programs. To achieve optimal success and meet the needs of each individual, several activities are often scheduled concurrently.
Without diminishing the importance of the many other services provided by the LIFE Center, it is our conviction that recreation and leisure-related activities are unmatched in their inherent potential to motivate, heal, and raise the human spirit.
The Life Center offers services to older adults:
Who have one or more disabilities or conditions which prevent them from being independent or need monitoring
Who require some assistance in meeting various health care needs.
Who seek to improve or maintain their level of functioning.
This would include:
Persons with physical disabilities, such as those caused by stroke, Parkinson’s Disease, multiple sclerosis, hip fractures, arthritis or any other physically limiting condition.
Persons with cognitive or intellectual difficulties from an illness or injury as in Alzheimer’s Disease, other types of dementia and stroke.
Persons with emotional or mental health issues such as anxiety or depression.
Persons who are socially isolated who would benefit from socialization and companionship.
Regularly scheduled activities at the Center include:
Yoga and Tai Chi
Guest speakers & entertainers
Daily exercise programs
Group and individual exercise
Green Thumb Society
Seasonal events and parties
Arts and Crafts
Participant Services Family and Caregiver Services
Noon meals, including special diets
Assistance with Activities of Daily Living (includes personal care, ambulation, eating, dressing)
Health and nutrition monitoring and education
Speech and Memory Therapy
Protection and Supervision
Individual and Group Exercise
Recreational and Leisure Activities
Caregiver Education and Support Group (meets monthly at the Center)
Scheduled and Drop-in Respite
Information and Referral
7:30-9:00 -> Individual/Small Group Activities 9:00-9:30 -> News and Views (Current Events) 9:30-9:50 -> BREAK 9:50-10:50 -> Special Interest Activity 10:50-11:00 -> BREAK 11:00-11:40 -> Exercise Groups: Cardiovascular, strength training, relaxation and stretching. 11:40-12:00 -> BREAK 12:00-12:40 -> LUNCH 12:40-1:30 -> Individual Leisure: Conversation, rest, table games, etc. 1:30-1:45 -> BREAK 1:45-2:15 -> Adapted Sport 2:15-2:30 -> BREAK 2:30-3:10 -> Special Interest Activity 3:10-3:30 -> BREAK 3:30-3:50 -> Daily Review and Refreshments 3:50-4:00 -> BREAK 4:00-5:30-> Mixed Bag (word games & discussion)/Individual or small group activities
This is a general format. Special events modify the daily schedule.