We sent off November with a blast at Neighborhood House’s adult daycare facility in Cottonwood Heights. During the last week of November, we broke the mold of what many people think when they picture a Salt Lake senior center. We focused on Thanksgiving themed activities that were both enjoyable for our clients, and that featured prominently coordination, physical activity, cognitive sustainability, and social skills.
Principal among these activities was a game of pin the Beak on the Turkey, which, much like its donkey alternative, involves carefully pinning a beak in its proper location. Next, we had a combined activity with Riverside, our other adult daycare facility which is located in west Salt Lake. Clients socialized outside of their normal circles as they learned to square dance. This, like our other frequent group activities, promoted healthy social behavior and helped to counteract the social isolation that too many seniors in our society today face.
Last but not least, we had a cookie race at our Cottonwood Heights adult daycare center to help say goodbye to fall and usher in the winter holiday season. The “cookie race” began on America’s Funniest Home Videos. It involves each contestant balancing a cookie on his or her forehead, and using only his or her face muscles to transport the cookie to his or her mouth. This is not as easy as it may sound. If the cookie falls to the ground, contestants must start all over again. Winning a cookie race takes patience, coordination, control of the delicate face muscles, and most of all, luck.
At Neighborhood House’s Cottonwood Salt Lake senior center, these types of enjoyable activities are not an aberration, but the norm. We have a daily schedule of activities that promote rest, relaxation, and that help combat the negative effects of aging such as physical and cognitive degeneration. We are able to tailor each client’s experience at our Salt Lake senior daycare centers to his or her specific needs. This is due to our experienced, professional staff and low staff to client ratios. As always, Neighborhood House offers all of its services based solely on each client’s ability to pay.
Contact us for more information or better yet, stop by for a visit! Our Cottonwood Heights center is located at 1580 East Vine Street (6100 South) in Salt Lake City.
Michael Stevens-Outreach Coordinator