Your Support in Action: Adult Day Center - Client Interview #2
The Adult Day Center (ADC) at the Walla Walla Senior Center is a place where adults with physical and/or mental impairments can spend time with others in a safe setting. It offers respite care for families and nutritious meals, physical exercise, social engagement, and cognitive games for participants.
We interviewed a few regular clients to give you a glimpse into what this program is all about and how it helps people. Today's interview was with Christine Murar. Christine is originally from Germany and immigrated to the United States with her family during World War II.
She is living with dementia and loves coming to the ADC because it is a safe and fun place for her to spend the day. She lives with her husband who is unable to care for her on his own. She is a joyful and lively soul and is thankful for the ADC's activities to help keep her engaged.
Please consider donating to the ADC so that people like Christine can continue to access this important program.
Here are Christine's thoughts:
How did you hear about the ADC?
Christine: From friends and from my daughter, Jenny.
What made you want to come to the Center?
Christine: To keep my intelligence sharper.
How long have you been a part of the program?
Christine: Since December, so a few months.
How often do you come to the program?
Christine: I like to come daily, and I do so when I am able.
What is your favorite thing at the ADC?
Christine: The companionship.
Do you think the program has helped you since you’ve been here?
Christine: Yes, I’m less lonely, I feel I can better understand others, and the companionship is nice.
What does your typical day look like at the ADC?
Christine: When I first get here, I am very very happy because people come and welcome me and bring me food and warm coffee, and they cater to me as if they were waiting for me. I love to go for walks around the Senior Center park and watch the ducks. [Christine is very active and even used to be an ice skater and skier! She used to love riding bikes but is no longer able to. The physical activities at the ADC are a great way for her to keep active.]
What would you say to someone that’s considering joining the program?
Christine: I would highly recommend it. The staff is wonderful and helpful, they feed us so well, and I’m very happy here - I like to come.
Your support of the Adult Day Center goes a long way. Consider making a donation by visiting the ADC website, or by mailing a check payable to the Walla Walla Senior Center attn: Adult Day Center to 720 Sprague St, Walla Walla, WA, 99362.
You may also be interested in viewing more information on our website: https://www.wallawallaseniorcenter.org/adult-day-center
Or at the official Adult Day Center website: https://www.wwadc.org/
Thank you for reading!