Oak Park Arms adds adult day-care program

OAK LEAVES — After a morning of bean-bag toss, wreath-making and playing “Remember When” – in which older pictures are used to spark conversation – Lorraine Schlichting knew she had made the right choice in enrolling in the Oak Park Arms’ Adult Day Care program.

Marzena M'Barek of Chicago, director of the Oak Park Arms Adult Day Care, helps Esperanza Parrish of Oak Park

Marzena M’Barek (right) of Chicago, director of the Oak Park Arms Adult Day Care, helps Esperanza Parrish of Oak Park decorate a wreath on Monday. The center provides daily activities and meals for seniors. Photo by Ryan Pagelow

“The people are very welcoming. The food is good. I can’t think of anything that’s been done that hasn’t been right,” Schlichting said.

Schlichting was one of three Oak Park Arms residents present on Monday, the first day of the Adult Day Care program at the facility. Leaders of the rental retirement community expect attendance numbers to rise as word spreads about the program. Up to 40 individuals can participate daily in the program, which requires at least a two-day-per-week commitment…. Read More ›

Adult day care center open at Oak Park Arms

WEDNESDAY JOURNAL – An adult day care center that will give older adults opportunities to exercise, do art projects, go on outings and share memories from their pasts opened on Monday at the Oak Park Arms retirement community.

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Lorry Schlichting, left, and Pat Koko decorate a wreath during the opening day of the Oak Park Arms Adult Day Care Center. Also working on a wreath is Esperanza Parrish and day care Director Marzena M’Barek. Photo by David Pierini

The facility, located on the fifth floor of the Arms where the Senior Services Center used to be, will provide socialization and stimulation for adults ages 55 and over, said the Arms’ marketing director, Jill Wagner. She said the staff wanted to make the program age-appropriate and take advantage of the fact that the participants already have life experiences. For example, Wagner said instead of just having a painting class at the day center, they could visit the Art Institute and pick out a work of art they’ve seen before to paint…. Read More ›