The Sand Hill Adult Day Program started just over a month ago, and so far, the early reviews have been very positive, according to Program Director Beth Seeds.
A ceremonial ribbon-cutting featuring several local legislators was held for the program at the CHEER Center in Georgetown. As part of the ceremony, Sussex County Councilwoman Joan Deaver read a proclamation from the County Council celebrating the program's opening. The program offers a variety of activities for senior citizens with Alzheimer's and other medical conditions that affect their mental capacity to stimulate their minds. Among the activities are cooking, gardening, puzzles, and ball games. Other activities include exercise classes, personal interest and leisure, snacks and lunch, and men's and women's groups. Seniors are at the CHEER Center for six hours a day, and are engaged in each activity for 30 minutes a time to keep them engaged so they don't get bored with them. Seeds says one client who joined the program at first didn't want to go, and was making excuses to get out of going. Recently, her family had to wait for her to leave because she was enjoying the activities so much. Seeds says another client says the program makes her feel "like a spring chicken."
Seeds is a registered nurse who has more than 10 years of experience with dementia care programs. Her assistant program director, Cindy Mitchell, has a Batchelor's of Science degree in Behavorial Science. Mithcell has been with CHEER for 18 years, and is a member of the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners. George Tribbitt is a program assistant who previously worked with DART.
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