Retired Men’s Association of Greenwich hosts talk on adult day care

Retired Men’s Association of Greenwich, Inc. (RMA) will conduct its next meeting Wednesday, Aug. 31, at 11 a.m., at First Presbyterian Church in Greenwich featuring Donna Spellman, executive director of River House Adult Day Center. Spellman will discuss the many challenges in this phase of senior living, the resources available to clients, and some of the options available to help you make the most informed and meaningful choices.

On average today’s seniors live considerably longer than their prior generation, so they face decisions among several types of support that they and their families may not have ever faced before. Donna Spellman, executive director of River House Adult Day Center, will discuss the many challenges in this phase of senior living, the resources available to clients, and some of the options available to help you make the most informed and meaningful choices.

River House is an adult day care center. Spellman will also cover what adult day care is, what it is not, who might benefit and who might not, what the role of the family is, what the medical procedures are, how are high and low functioning clients handled, and of course alternative solutions worthy of consideration.

River House caters to those who have the ability to live at home but need varying levels of assistance during the day. Adult day care provides daytime services to seniors who may be cognitively or physically impaired while giving a day of respite to their caregivers. The variety of services offered ranges from socialization and recreational activities to health and other support resources for the seniors and their families. Seniors are able to continue living with their loved ones in the comfort of their own home and receive the care and attention they need during the day while their caregiver is at work or having much needed personal time. River House Adult Day Center addresses the impact of aging on families in our community by providing comprehensive, supportive services in a compassionate, safe and engaging setting.

Donna Spellman has dedicated her career to human services in the lower Fairfield County area for 28 years. Donna joined River House 9 months ago after spending the past 19 years at Family Centers where she was committed to developing a strong presence within the Greenwich and Stamford communities. Donna holds a B.A. in Musical Theatre from Clark University, an M.S in Community Counseling from the University of Bridgeport and a Certificate in Geriatric Social Work from Boston University.  Donna grew up in Greenwich and now resides in Norwalk with her husband and three children.

The Greenwich Retired Men’s Association offers a free program every Wednesday that is open to the public, both men and women; no reservations are required. Social break starts at 10:40 a.m. followed promptly by speaker at 11 a.m. Programs are at the First Presbyterian Church, 1 West Putnam in Greenwich. For more information see greenwichrma.org or contact [email protected]

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