Adult Day Services Expands Reach Despite Pandemic

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Renowned Programs Now Offered Virtually

Over the years, many older adults with memory loss have benefited from Ovation Communities’ robust Adult Day Services programming. Adult Day Services offers the independence of home living combined with the connection of being part of a joyful community. When the pandemic hit in early 2020, participants and families who relied on this day-to-day support and assistance increasingly struggled due to isolation, loneliness, and the loss of important routines. Adult Day Services quickly pivoted to roll out its innovative programs virtually and provide critical resources for both caregivers and their loved ones.

“In some way, all families have been touched by the overwhelming stress of the past 18 months, which is only compounded for those dealing with memory loss,” said Ovation Communities Social Worker, Dana Rubin-Winkelman. “We want people to know they’re not alone, and we have the tools and resources to help ease some of their challenges and offer support.”

Ovation is the only organization statewide currently offering this kind of virtual programming. Participants are even joining from cities outside of Milwaukee, including Madison and Green Bay, to connect, gain a new sense of purpose, and stay engaged.

A Gift to the Community

Generously funded by the Milwaukee Jewish Federation, Adult Day Services is implementing a series of virtual programs and workshops to address social isolation for older adults in the Milwaukee-area Jewish community. The efforts are focused on proactive brain health, stigma reduction, and combatting the negative effects of isolation and loneliness. So far, program partners include Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid, Congregation Emanu-El B’ne Jeshurun, Jewish Community Center and Shorewood Senior Resource Center.

“We’re excited to work with our growing list of community partners and highly respected industry professionals to reach out to more people in new and innovative ways,” said Ovation Communities Director of Adult Day Services, Dawn Adler. “These virtual services are open to everyone. We help people connect to important resources and a supportive community network.”

Studies have found that feelings of loneliness may be linked to poor cognitive performance and can increase the risk of dementia. These entertaining, interactive workshops bring people together while working on a variety of topics to improve brain health and overall wellbeing.

Virtual Services & Programs

ReCharge Interactive Brain Health Class
A fun, interactive class that brings people together while working to improve memory.

R&R Club: Recharge and Renew Social Club
Connect socially and enjoy a variety of guest entertainers, artists and presenters.

This collaborative program with the Jewish Museum Milwaukee combines art and featured exhibits.

Caregiver Support Group
Dedicated to those providing care and support for a loved one with memory loss.

Supportive Wellness Group
Participants engage in a supportive group focusing on emotional needs and overall wellness.

Family Support and Consultation
Services including advice, counseling and community resources provided by a Master Level Social Worker.

Touch Points: A Spark of Light with Dana e-Newsletter
Provides meaningful connection and support during the uncertainty of the pandemic.

Community Brain Health & Wellness Workshops
A wide array of community workshops including the Brain & Body Boost and Synagogue Art & Light Collaboration.

To learn more about Adult Day Services program offerings and community outreach, contact Dawn Adler 414-277-8838 [email protected] or Dana Rubin-Winkelman 414-721-9249 [email protected]. All programs are currently virtual.