I hope you and your family are well. I am thinking of you and sending my positive thoughts and prayers. We are missing everyone, and hope to bridge the distance through this electronic connection.
This pandemic has attacked us in many ways. Usually, during the holiday season we look forward to in-person festivities and celebrations. Of course, this year will surely be different. To minimize the risk of exposure for ourselves, our families and our community it is important that we do our part by following the CDC’s guidelines. Therefore, this year, we may be staying home for the holidays.
While hunkering down in our homes and isolating is particularly important for an older, more vulnerable/high risk population, the social separation can lead to increased loneliness and stress. To make matters worse, research also associates social isolation with an increased risk of developing dementia. Although each person’s response is dependent on many factors, this potential forecast is alarming.
However, there are ways to mitigate the effects of social isolation in older adults. It is still possible to remain at home while improving social connections. For example, individuals can be isolated, but not feel lonely. Also, people can remain at home, but still find meaningful, new experiences. In fact, we have found that even in a virtual setting, technology-based interactions create wonderful connections! Virtual classes, clubs, and support groups may help decrease the negative emotional and cognitive effects due to the pandemic. This is encouraging, hopeful news!
Ovation Adult Day Services understands that Covid-19 has had a profound impact on older adult’s health and well-being. Therefore, we have thoughtfully created an array of virtual services to foster friendship, discovery and joyful connection. We know this year has been tough, but you are not alone; we are here to support you during this difficult time. Not only do our programs care for those with memory loss, but they are designed to also provide rest and peace of mind for caregivers. Below are the ways we are engaging our beloved community. We want to strengthen the ties and help you access programs that will improve your life. Please check out our website at ovation.org and go to the Adult Day Services webpage for additional information. From the comfort of your home, find the best option for your loved one.
“The brain needs stimulation like our body needs food.” (-Piero Antuono, MD, Neurologist)
Virtual Services and Program Offerings:
- ReCharge- Interactive Brain Health and Fitness Class: Studies suggest that socialization, physical exercise and mental workouts have a direct effect on the brain. This fun, interactive class brings people together while working to improve memory, focus and concentration. It is never too early or late to start a brain fitness program! Virtual sessions meeting three times a week- Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday: 10am-11:30am. For more information, contact Dawn Adler, Ovation Adult Day Services Director at: DAdler@ovation.org or (414) 277-8838
- R&R Club- Recharge and Renew Club: This social club offers individuals experiencing memory loss opportunities to participate in a variety of interactive experiences and to enjoy guest entertainers, artists and presenters. This club improves the quality of life for participants through social connections and offerings. Meeting virtually on Fridays: 10am-11:30am. For more information, contact Dawn Adler, Ovation Adult Day Services Director at: DAdler@ovation.org or (414) 277-8838
- SPARK!: A free program for caregivers and their loved ones experiencing early to mid-stage memory loss. This collaborative program with the Jewish Museum Milwaukee combines art and featured exhibits. SPARK! runs virtual programs with Jewish Museum Milwaukee the first Friday of the month. For more information, contact Dawn Adler, Ovation Adult Day Services Director at: DAdler@ovation.org or (414) 277-8838
- Caregiver Support Group: A group specifically dedicated to those providing care and support for a loved one with dementia. This synergetic group supports emotional needs while minimizing anxiety and stress to encourage therapeutic calm, balance and connection. Now offering free virtual sessions the first and third Fridays: 1:30pm-2:30pm. Contact facilitator, Dana Rubin-Winkelman, Social Worker, Ovation Adult Day Services at: DRubin-Winkelman@ovation.org or (414) 721-9249.
- “Touch Points: A Spark of Light with Dana” E-Newsletter: Dana Rubin-Winkelman, Adult Day Services Social Worker, shares a bimonthly e-newsletter as a way to continue meaningful connection and support during the uncertainty of the pandemic. Designed to ease stress and promote wellbeing, Touch Points cover a variety of topics including common issues and concerns, suggestions for staying balanced, brain health exercises and tips for caregivers. If you have friends or family that would enjoy receiving this free e-newsletter, contact Dana to sign up: DRubin-Winkelman@ovation.org or (414) 721-9249.
- Community Brain Health and Wellness Workshops: Offering an array of workshops helping families with needs and concerns, assisting with emotional well-being/balance, and providing information to plan for the future. Dawn Adler, Director, and Dana Rubin-Winkelman, Social Worker, are creating programs to meet the needs in the Jewish and the secular community. For more information, contact Dana Rubin-Winkelman at DRubin-Winkelman@ovation.org or (414)721-9249.
I care deeply about our community. I truly hope you will take advantage of our offerings and strengthen your mind and spirit. As always, I am here for you, and would love to hear your concerns or answer any questions. Please do not hesitate to email or call for more information. Contact Dana at DRubin-Winkelman@ovation.org or (414)721-9249.
Thinking of you and sending all my positive energy and love,