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 (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
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.
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
Pat Koko, outreach coordinator of the Oak Park Arms Adult Day Care with David Pope, Oak Park village president, after the Village of Oak Park proclaimed May as Older Americans Month and May 16 to 23 as Celebrating Seniors Week in Oak Park.
Oak Park resident Patricia Koko has joined the Oak Park Arms Retirement Community (OPA), as the Outreach Coordinator of the Adult Day Care Program. Her responsibilities include ensuring the community is aware of the program and how it operates, and encouraging caregivers to consider the value of such a program for a loved one who might benefit.
Koko is an active member of the Oak Park community and has been for decades. In addition to her extensive array of community participation, she currently serves as the president of the Mills Investment Club, treasurer of the Celebrating Seniors Coalition and the Senior Citizens Services Coordinating Council, and the newsletter editor of West Suburban Lapidary Club’s OPAL. She also sits on the board of the Oak Park Township Senior Advisory Council. Read more
The Oak Park Arms Adult Day Care, a life enrichment program for older adults, opens Monday, Jan. 7, at the Oak Park Arms, 408 S. Oak Park Ave., Oak Park.
“The purpose of Oak Park Arms Adult Day Care is to provide personal attention and to promote social, physical and emotional well-being to seniors in a private, structured setting,” said Moses Williams, executive director of the Oak Park Arms.
“Participants will spend their daytime hours with their day care family, then return home in the evenings,” he explained. Read more