The participants of the Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers, Inc., four Senior Day programs recently enjoyed a good old-fashioned circus.
Each year the Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers, Inc., has a huge picnic at Midway Park with great food, entertainment and a theme. This year's theme was "The Circus." Decorations made by the participants from all the programs highlighted the theme of the picnic and were displayed all over the picnic area. Over 200 people attended the picnic, which took place in two pavilions. Participants, family members, friends and dignitaries attended the event.
And as part of the circus theme there was the all time American favorite for lunch, grilled hot dogs - grilled to perfection by Office for the Aging staff and long time friends of the agency, Allison Espin and Kate Finch - and root beer floats.
Emma Lapcevic, left, shakes hands with Jenny Walker who is Trixie the clown of Vincent Magic Productions of Cleveland, Ohio while Elvy Williams, right, looks on as the Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers, Inc., participants enjoyed a good old-fashioned circus recently.
This year, the agency was able to raise money to help offset the cost of the event. The agency and its partner, the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging, held a fundraiser in Mayville in the county buildings to raise money to hold the picnic for the older adults who attend the program.
"With funding very limited for such events that the seniors enjoys coming to, the agency is grateful to everyone at Office for the Aging that helped with our fundraising efforts," Associate Director Karen Lucks said. "Many of the people who attend our program never get the opportunity to participate in such a fun event and seeing the smiles on everyone's faces show the true value of having such an event. Everyone looks forward to the picnic each year and it is one of the agency's most enjoyed activities."
In addition to the many fun games and contests, the participants and guests were entertained by Charlie and Trixie the Clowns as part of the Vincent Magic Productions out of Cleveland, Ohio. Vincent Polowy and Jenny Walker provided a magic show along with other activities enjoyed by all.
The Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers, Inc., also worked together with the Jamestown Area Meals on Wheels and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program to help provide an all-around good time for the Senior Day Program participants.
Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers, Inc., offers senior day programs for adults 60 years of age and older who live in the community. The centers provide socialization and offer many opportunities for clients to participate in activities during the day in a caring, friendly atmosphere. Senior Day Programs provide supportive staff, a secure group setting, supervision, meals, social work services, recreation and companionship. In addition, the agency now has a "Saturday Program" in Jamestown that focuses on participants being very involved in attending local events and outdoor recreation every week as well as eating home cooked meals.
The Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers, Inc., is a not for profit United Way agency, that provides an affordable option for older adults in the community to remain independent and at home. The mission of the agency is to provide an affordable day program that helps older adults remain independent and at home.
For 30 years, Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers has provided day programs that enable seniors to have quality of life through socialization and activity programming. The sites provide breakfast, snack and a hot noontime meal. There is also a Community Recreation Program that helps persons participate in outings in the community and the sites offer pet therapy, ceramics, music programs, arts and crafts and much more on an ongoing basis.
Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers has four sites throughout Chautauqua County located in Westfield, Jamestown and Dunkirk. One of its sites in Jamestown, the Present Center is a program specifically for older adults with Alzheimer's Disease. For information, visit www.seniordayprograms.com or call Westfield at 326-6842, Dunkirk at 366-8786 or Jamestown at 664-9759.