Feedback sought for potential return of senior social care program
The Council on Aging is hoping to bring back its Adult Social Day Program and plans to reach out to the community for feedback.
The program, which began in the 1980s, provides seniors ages 60 and older two meals a day, along with social activities such as art classes and keeping up on current events.
The Center also conducts outings to local areas of interest, COA Director Amy DiPietro said
“It’s a fun-filled day to get out of the house and socialize with peers,” she said.
Friends of the Elderly President Maria Connor said the program also benefits caretakers and family members. She noted that since their loved one is taken care of throughout the day, it also allows the caretaker to put in a full day at work without worrying.
“It serves a real double purpose,” Connor said.
Due to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic, the program was suspended in March of last year.
With nearly two-thirds of Dartmouth residents now vaccinated, DiPietro and Connor aim to reintroduce the program, likely in a more limited capacity. If the demand is there, Connor said, operations would ramp up.
But before it can relaunch, DiPietro and Connor want to make sure the Adult Social Day program is something residents want back.
“Let us hear from you so we can make plans,” Connor said.
To provide feedback on how the program should return, contact DiPietro at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (508) 999-4717.