DayBreak provides friends for seniors
As many people reach their later retirement years, their world can begin to contract. Facing mobility issues, driving issues and sometimes a lack of confidence in their ability to navigate potential problems by themselves, seniors can find themselves increasingly isolated.
A United Way partner agency, Elder Care, has a solution. DayBreak is an adult day health program that offers a safe and stimulating environment. Seniors participate in therapeutic activities, exercise programs, medical services and most importantly, socialization.
DayBreak participant Raymond White says when he first came to DayBreak over twelve years ago, he had been getting to the point where he was not doing well. He came to Elder Care on the recommendation of a doctor.
“Elder Care really gave me a second life,” White said. “I am able talk to others and I’ve made many friends over the years. My family doesn’t worry about me when I’m at DayBreak. I don’t know what I’d do without DayBreak.”
The many activities provide the clients with options that fit their interests, including bingo, art classes, day trips and so much more. It can also make it easy to make new friends.
“We do games and quizzes to get our minds working and we do a lot of walking to keep us fit,” DayBreak participant Melvin Barnes said. “DayBreak also has healthy meals that taste good, too. When we sit down to eat for lunch it’s like one big family sitting down together for a meal.”
Elder Care's mission is to ensure that mature adults live happy, healthy independent lives by linking them with the vital services necessary to maintain maximum independence in their home environments.
“United Way is proud to support Elder Care’s work with the growing population of those 65 and older,” Bartlesville Regional United Way Marketing Manager Abigail Singrey said. “They fill a need in the community that no one else is meeting.”
United Way fights for the health, education and financial stability of every person in the community. DayBreak is part of the Bartlesville Regional United Way’s focus on health. By improving the mental health of seniors by providing socialization and a feeling of community, DayBreak provides a crucial service to the Bartlesville area. The program also promotes physical health through exercise programs and access to a doctor and physical therapy facilities. Last year, 71 seniors participated in DayBreak.
“I get excited when I think about coming to DayBreak,” Elder Care client Nadeen Hester said. “I like visiting with others and playing dominoes. I’ve made good friends at DayBreak. Staying socially active helps me. I want to do as much for myself for as long as I can.”