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Staff Training Benefits Adult Day Friends

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Adult Day Program staff at both our Manchester and Rochester locations have been sharpening their skills and learning new techniques to support the health, safety, and independence of older adults.

Lois Biehler, Elaine Dunton, Sofia Jeanes, and Cindy Wentzell, were all recently trained in PEARLS (Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives), a nationally recognized, evidence-based program being offered through a partnership with our Clinical Services team to educate older adults about depression and help them develop skills around problem solving, social behavior, and physical activity.

“In just a few weeks, we’ve seen real results through PEARLS,” said Sofia. “Individuals eagerly reach out to me to tell me how they’ve resolved issues and that they feel empowered.”  Cindy added, “The comradery in our Adult Day group has evolved to a level of trust. People are comfortable sharing because they trust each other.”

Cindy is also trained in Ageless Grace, a brain fitness program that activates all 5 functions of the brain. Joan Conquest and Val Patnaude became certified in Tai Ji Quan: Moving for Better Balance, an evidence-based balance training program aimed at assisting older adults at risk of falling.  Joan, Val, Elaine and Lois are also trained in Walk With Ease, designed to improve balance, strength and physical stamina.

“We are pleased to say that 67% of participants attending the Adult Day programs have demonstrated an improvement or stability with their falls risk.” stated Sue Reynolds, Manchester Adult Day Director. Through evidence-based programs, chronic disease and falls are highly preventable. Such programs assist with improving health behaviors, health and functional status, and reduce the use of hospital services and emergency room visits. Healthy aging reduces healthcare costs and increases quality of life for older adults.