Adult day care celebrates 25 years

Andrew Wagstaff
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Familiar faces of the past and present were among those on hand for the 25th anniversary celebration of the adult day care program at South Cumberland Community Care Centre on Thursday, Dec. 9. Among those enjoying the cake, refresehments and fellowship were (from left) Debbie Fullerton, Heather Beaver, Norma Graham and Brenda Roberts. Andrew Wagstaff - The Citizen

PARRSBORO - A lot has changed in this community over the past 25 years, but the adult day care service continues to run as strong as ever.

The South Cumberland Community Care Centre program celebrated its 25th anniversary on Dec. 9 with a gathering of clients, volunteers and staff from past and present, as well as representatives of the Cumberland Health Authority.

Some who have been working or volunteering at the day care since its beginning in 1985 were on hand for the event, including Heather Beaver, its first co-ordinator, Brenda Welton and Dianne Smith, two of its first volunteers, and current co-ordinators Debbie Fullerton and Brenda Roberts.

"It's just been very well received in this community, and people are interested in it," said Fullerton, who has been involved with the program for the past 10 years. "We get new people who are very hesitant to come at first, but then they come and they love it. I think it's this community."

Open Monday to Thursday from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., the day care provides a place for people to come in and spend time with others. They can be referred by others, or refer themselves.

Along with the staff, volunteers from the community come in and spend time with the clients, including Brenda Welton, who has been volunteering at the day care since it started.

"I read about it in the paper," she recalled. "I had no idea what it was going to be about, but I put my name in and it went from there."

She said she liked the fact that it was for seniors, and that it would involve crafts and things like that.

"I enjoy everything about it," said Welton. "I think we get as much out of it as the seniors do. They're very appreciative of what we do."

Smith said she was looking for something to do during the day once her children were old enough to attend school, and a friend suggested she volunteer at the day care. That was 22 years ago, and she continues to volunteer there.

"I love talking to older people," she said. "I enjoy being with them and hearing their stories. I've met a lot of really nice people down through the years. A lot of them are gone now."

Both volunteers said they hope such a program is available someday when they might need it.

"I feel if you come in and people here are lonely, you can sit and talk during the day and have good conversations with them," said Smith. "Maybe when they leave they might feel a bit better than when they came in. If they're happy, that makes me feel happy."

Organizations: South Cumberland Community Care Centre, Cumberland Health Authority

Geographic location: PARRSBORO

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