Honored Group: Community Senior Services enhances quality of life

Community Senior Services, a nonprofit social service agency, is this year’s Honored Group for the city’s Fourth of July celebration.

CSS’ mission is to promote independence and enhance the quality of life for seniors aging in their own homes. Programs and services include transportation options such as Get About, Dial A Ride and mileage reimbursement, as well as companionship, case management, adult social day care, volunteer opportunities, REAL Connections Village, information, referrals and resources.

The REAL Connections Village is a membership program that Community Senior Services developed in cooperation with local residents and organizations.

Inspired by the Beacon Hill Village grassroots aging-in-place program started in Boston more than a decade ago, the program’s basic idea is that people want to remain in their homes and communities as they grow older.

REAL Connections is designed to make life less complicated and more fulfilling through neighbors helping neighbors, meaningful volunteer and social involvement, opportunities to optimize health and wellness, members-only discounted services and much more. For more information, contact Bea Kirkman at (909) 621-6300.

 

CSS also manages the Enrichment Center adult day program, which provides a safe and loving environment for memory-impaired older adults. Participants receive warm, individualized and group attention, socialization and peer support. Caregivers can take a break knowing their loved ones will have both mental and physical engagement.

Enrichment Center is located at Larkin Park, 763 W. Harrison Ave. in Claremont. The center is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Seniors who may benefit from the program include those who:

• Are facing all types of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease

• Can no longer structure their own daily activities

• Are socially isolated and desire companionship

• Cannot be safely left alone at home

• Live with someone who works outside of the home or who is frequently away from home

• Need assistance with activities of daily living (e.g., dressing, bathing)

The program also offers current event discussion groups. Ongoing activities include:

• Mental stimulation games such as trivia

•  Daily exercises

•  Activity circle

• Gardening projects

• Arts and crafts

• Music entertainment and sing-a-longs

• Daily doses of nostalgia

• Holiday and birthday celebrations

• Shared meals, snacks and preparation

• Pet visits

• Outings to engage in the community (an extra fee may be required).

Community Senior Services is located at 141 S. Spring St., Claremont. Call (909) 621-9900 or visit communityseniorservices.com for information.

 

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