Take a Walk on the Wild Side

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Robert Feldt and June Brown
Robert Feldt and June Brown

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Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers, Inc

The participants of the Chautauqua Adult Day Services Senior Day programs took time to celebrate a picnic on July 26th at Midway Park in Maple Springs.

For the last 22 years Chautauqua Adult Day Services has held a picnic at Midway Park with great food, live music and a theme, for all four sites serving Chautauqua County. This year’s theme was “Take a Walk on the Wild Side”.

The pavilions were decorated highlighting the theme of the picnic and decorations were displayed all over the picnic areas. Decorations were made by the participants. The Chautauqua Works youth program assisted with decorations and helped us throughout the day. As a special novelty, participants and guests were able to have a picture taken in a Safari Jeep which was made by the Dunkirk Participants.

Over 200 people attended the picnic which took place in two pavilions. Participants, family members, friends and dignitaries attended the event. We were honored to have Jacklyn Phelps represent Congressman Reed, Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, and Office for the Aging Director Maryanne Spanos. The Dignitaries are all longtime supporters of the agency and support programs that help older adults remain at home and independent.
Live music was provided by “Happy Days”. Everyone had fun dancing and singing along to old time favorites.

A donation was made by ST. James Christian Community Center to cover the cost of the pavilions. Karen Lucks, Associate Director commented, “With funding very limited for such events that seniors enjoy, the agency is grateful to all who help in any way. Many of the people who attend our program never get the opportunity to participate in such a fun event. Seeing the smiles on everyone’s faces shows the true value of having the picnic. Everyone looks forward to the picnic each year and it is one of the agency’s most enjoyed activities.”

The Chautauqua Adult Day Services also worked together with the Jamestown Area Meals on Wheels and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program, Office for Aging, & Carts to help provide an all around good time for the participants. The Chautauqua Adult Day Services is a not for profit United Way Partner.

The mission of the agency is to provide an affordable day program that helps older adults remain independent and at home.

For over 34 years, Chautauqua Adult Day Services has provided day programs that enable seniors to have quality of life through socialization and activity programming in a caring, friendly atmosphere. Activities include pet therapy, ceramics, music programs, arts and crafts and a community recreation program, just to name a few. In addition, the agency now has a Saturday Program in Jamestown that focuses on participants being involved in community events. Senior day programs provide supportive staff, a secure group setting, supervision, meals, social work services and companionship.

Chautauqua Adult Day Services 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 call: Jamestown- (716) 664-9759 or visit www.seniordayprograms.com