The seventh Arc program being highlighted is Adult Day Activities.
Learning is a life-long process. The best way to learn is “by doing.” People with developmental disabilities are not different in this respect than anyone else.
The Arc of LaGrange County believes that learning creates empowerment. Each person has the capacity to learn and grow – throughout a lifetime – as both an individual and as a member of the community. The Arc is dedicated to creating meaningful and substantive learning opportunities for those we support. We believe that people with disabilities are community members and should have the opportunity to be an active participant.
The Arc needs help keeping seniors busy. The Adult Day Activities group is comprised of seven senior consumers. These consumers range in age from 72 to 90. All seven of these consumers enjoy The Arc so much that they prefer coming to the day program and going out into the community to retirement.
Adult Day Activities Supervisor Sue Hankinson takes four individuals at a time out on the town at least weekly. While out and about, they work on critical daily living skills such as street safety, socialization, and manners. The consumers get to be a very active part of the community by playing Bingo, Wii, going to Breakfast with the Birds, luncheons, watching movies and, of course, visiting with friends.
They actively participate at the Maple Wood Nature Center, The Nutrition Site, Miller’s Merry Manor, and the Council on Aging. Members of the community enjoy having the ADA group involved as well.
“I love being with this group out in the community,” Council on Aging volunteer Jane Noll stated.
The group is always looking for new events to participate in throughout LaGrange County. If you know of any events, plays, programs or practices that the group could watch/participate in, call Sue Hankinson at (260) 463-2653.