ADVICE FOR YOUR BUCKET LIST

Do you know what a bucket list is? Most people think it is a list of things you want to do before you die. A typical guess is people want to visit a particular place before dying. Based on an unscientific poll about bucket lists, that is not a bad guess. Travel appears to be a frequent bucket list ambition.  Anne is an American who is proud her ancestors lived for centuries on the group of small islands in the English Channel between the southern coast of England and mainland Europe.

REDUCE STRESS, INCREASE ENJOYMENT FOR A HAPPY 2018

Family caregivers provide practical assistance and enhance the quality of life for frail seniors who might otherwise require placement in a long-term-care facility. Typically, caregivers are spouses or adult children, many of whom are seniors themselves. Their role involves physical, psychological, emotional and financial demands. It can be a heavy load.  If you are a caregiver, consider the following strategies for not only surviving but thriving in the year ahead.

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DISCOVER A LOVE OF LIFELONG LEARNING

Curiosity, exploring interests and engagement are a few crucial ingredients to healthy and happy longevity. Enrolling in a class just for the love of learning is a great way to do this. The Osher Lifelong Learning Institute (OLLI) at the University of Kentucky offers educational and enrichment courses, forums, shared interest groups, trips and more for adults age 50 years and older. Membership for the full year is $25; summer programs are at a prorated fee.

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on staff so you can get rehab services at the center,” Matthews said. “We have buses that pick up members in the morning and drop them off.”


If you are unsure Active Day is suitable for you, you can check it out first by taking a tour. “We offer a free trial day to any client,” Matthews said. “They can come for free and try out a whole day and decide if they want to go through the enrollment process.”


Active Day of Lexington is located at 191 West Lowry Lane. Hours are Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. and one Saturday each month from 8 a.m. until 3 p.m. Call (859) 278-2053 for more information.

Active Day of Lexington has gained a stellar reputation for offering top care to seniors in a supportive and nurturing environment. Services offered here include health and social services; medication administration; transportation; nutritious meals and snacks; physical, occupational, speech and pet therapy; therapeutic recreational activities; and outings. That’s just the tip of the iceberg of a place that could be a great opportunity for your loved one to thrive.


“I first started out at Active Day as a case manager and did that role for a year or so,” said director Emily Matthews. “Then I took over as director in March 2017 as I fell in love with the families.”


Just about anyone can find a way to get involved in the program. Members are divided into two groups. “We have a group for older members and another for younger and more high-functioning members,” Matthews said. “Each group gets a program assistant that leads them and two nurses on staff that can administer medications.”


If you have Medicaid, you are approved to attend a certain number of days each week. If you are a private payer, you can attend for as many days a week as you want.


“Every month we come out with a newsletter with our activities,

CLIENTS STAY ACTIVE AND INVOLVED AT ADULT DAYCARE CENTER

menu for our morning and afternoon snack and lunch and the outings we have,” said Matthews. “Sometimes we have different groups come sing for us; sometimes we may have a preacher come in and do Bible study; and sometimes we go to different stores or go out to eat.”


Both groups always exercise in the morning to get their day started. After lunch, there is a rest period of about half an hour, followed by more activities until it is time for everyone to go home.


“We have a client council where our program manager meets with members,” Matthews said. “They give feedback on things they like and do not like and things they want for the next month.”


The benefits of a place like Active Day are countless, Matthews said. “I think it is great for socialization and it’s great for the family because the clients are in a safe, loving environment throughout the day,” she said.


Everything clients may need is at their fingertips. “We have a physical therapist

JAMIE LOBER

Jamie Lober is a Staff Writer for Living Well 60+ Magazine

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