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According to Anne Warner-Reitz, ADSNAC Executive Director, “With the baby boomer silver tsunami upon us, the demand for services that enable and enhance the ability to age in place while also reducing healthcare costs has never been greater. As a local leader and advocate, ADSNAC is working collaboratively to strengthen the role and availability of Adult Day Services programs in Alameda County.”
In 2013, over 4,000 frail seniors, adults with disabilities and their families in Alameda County received personalized information and essential support services through ADSNAC and the County’s 13 Adult Day Services programs. ADSNAC is working with local agencies to open new centers, test innovative models that improve health and quality of life, and reduce hospital admissions and nursing home placements.
Adult Day Services programs provide quality care at a fraction of the cost of in-home care, assisted living or nursing homes. They enable family members to continue to work or get respite while providing participants a safe, therapeutic and engaging environment. Each program offers transportation to and from the center, a hot meal, and personal and health services. Activities and a welcoming environment provide opportunities for intellectual stimulation, creativity and meaningful connection. Some programs address specialized needs such as memory care and employ bilingual staff.
In addition to grants and government funding, ADSNAC relies on fundraising to support current programs and to implement new services. Next year’s annual fundraising benefit features Robert Reich as the keynote speaker on April 10, 2014 at the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse in Berkeley. “This promises to be a thought-provoking event that will enrich our community conversation around aging, health, and the economy,” said Warner-Reitz. Tickets are on sale now and the event is expected to sell out early.
Robert Reich is a professor, best-selling author, former Secretary of Labor, and the inspired voice of the award-winning movie, “Inequality for All.”
ADSNAC’s Mission is to increase the awareness, availability and quality of Adult Day Services through outreach and advocacy, community partnerships and quality program development. Efforts are designed to help seniors and adults with disabilities to continue living at home, strengthen their health and wellness, and enjoy a welcoming community that supports families and caregivers.
For additional information on ADSNAC and the community event featuring Robert Reich visit www.adsnac.org. Event sponsorships are also available.