The Office on Aging and Independence supports adults interested in remaining active in the community. The Office operates two social day programs - Connections and KIndred Spirits - in which older adults, adults living with dementia, and adults living with disabilities receive therapeutic, social and assistance services for some part of the day in a community-based group setting. These programs also afford caregivers respite from the demanding responsibilities of caregiving.
Connections Social Day Program provides a four-hour program for adults interested in structured activities and opportunities for socialization in an interactive, safe, and secure environment. The program is designed to promote the continued independence of the community-based adult through specialized therapeutic programs and activities.
Services offered at the county’s three Connections Social Day Program sites:
Social activities—interaction with other participants in planned activities appropriate for each participant’s functional level. These include simple daily coffee chats, large parties, shows, off-site visits to other centers, restaurants, etc., intergenerational activities with children of all ages, and more.
Therapeutic activities—daily exercise designed for persons at various levels of physical ability, mentally-stimulating games and activities, reminiscence and other discussion groups, opportunities for creative expression through art and music activities, and more.
Lunch and snacks—participants are provided with a well-balanced lunch and snack.
Physical assistance—help with food set up, transferring, supervision while walking as needed, limited assistance with toileting.
Fee: Daily fee is $48 which includes all services (activities, supplies, snacks and meals). A sliding scale is available for Howard County residents who meet certain financial criteria. Please contact the Director regarding availability.
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