Letter: Celebrating 20 years of service

By on September 30, 2010

For the past 20 years, Elderday Center has had the privilege of serving senior citizens and their caregivers from the Tri Cities, Aurora, Elburn, Elgin, Sugar Grove and Wayne.

Since 1990, we have provided quality adult day services for thousands of seniors and support and education for thousands of their caregiving spouses and family members. Our program of fun activities such as trivia, seated yoga, music therapy, socialization and intergenerational activities with preschool and school age students provides cognitive stimulation that helps delay the progression of age-related diseases and the depression that is often associated with aging.

Our therapeutic activities are what we call fun with a purpose. Our Caregiver Counseling program facilitates four support groups for families dealing with an aging senior and provides individual counseling as well.

Elderday Center has been blessed with dedicated staff and board members who feel passionately about the families we serve. We appreciate the churches that have hosted us over the years; St. Charles Congregational (1990-94), Geneva Lutheran (1994-2003), and Bethany Lutheran (2003-present).

We are also grateful for all the funding that has kept our services affordable for our seniors and all the community support of our fundraisers. It is a well-known fact that adult day services are a cost effective alternative to premature placement in a costly long-term care facility. More importantly, the addition of community-based services allows seniors to remain in their own home or the home of a family member longer.

On Oct. 5, from 4 to 7 p.m., Elderday Center invites you to an open house celebrating this milestone of 20 years. At 7 p.m., there will be a panel discussion on Continuum of Care for senior citizens with speakers from various senior serving organizations in the community.

Elderday Center and its staff and board feel humbled to have provided over half a million hours of excellent service to area seniors. These seniors have taken care of providing for all of us over the years, and it is our privilege to take care of them now.

On behalf of the board and staff of Elderday Center, I encourage you to attend our open house and celebrate with us and express our gratitude for 20 years of sharing the lives of thousands of seniors whose families have entrusted us with their care.

Micki Miller
Executive Director
Elderday Center