Adult Day Health participants enjoy one of several creative arts activities. Photo courtesy of Xena Goldman.
Wilder Foundation’s Adult Day Health Program has received the Minnesota Adult Day Services Association’s (MADSA) 2013 Innovative Programming Award. The award recognizes adult day services that are creative, cost effective and successful. In a memo to Wilder’s Adult Day Health program, John Tasto, of the MADSA Board of Directors noted that Wilder’s “extensive and innovative programming make you an ideal award recipient.”
Wilder Adult Day Health offers older adults and adults with memory loss a daily program of social, creative, recreational, health and nutritional services during daytime hours. Thanks to partnerships with local artists and arts organizations, programming includes art enrichment activities such as pottery class, songwriting, storytelling, painting, dance and other creative activities.
“Our goal is to give participants an enriching experience. We work closely with our art partners to tailor activities so everyone can participate and enjoy them,” says Jocelyn Schowalter, Director of Wilder’s Aging Services. “We are thrilled to receive the Innovation Award, but just as rewarding are the smiles we see on our participants’ faces every day as they sing, dance and create works of art together.”
The award will be presented at the MADSA annual conference on Saturday, October 26 at the University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center.