In 1998, Area IV had the opportunity to begin a program called “Sunshine & Smiles”, an intergenerational play group located at George Davis Manor (now Cumberland Pointe), a Lafayette nursing home. The group, facilitated by a volunteer, allows parents and their typically pre-school age children and nursing home residents to connect and interact. In late 2004, the second “Sunshine & Smiles” play group was created at Rosewalk Village in Lafayette. The new group was organized with a Lafayette Moms' Club and focuses on individuals living in the Alzheimer’s unit. Due to the success of the program, a third “Sunshine & Smiles” group expanded to Home Hospital in 2005. When that facility closed, the group moved to Regency Place (now Kindred) in south Lafayette.
The group meets once a month and benefits all involved. As one resident at Rosewalk Village said, “This is the best day I’ve ever had.” These visits are especially meaningful to those residents whose family members are not able to visit very often. Children who don’t live near their grandparents or great-grandparents also benefit by getting to spend time with an older generation.
Area IV Agency on Aging and Community Action Programs
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Wacky Wednesdays - Offered each 2nd Wednesday of the month, March through October, Wacky Wednesdays is a special opportunity for individuals aged 55 and over to go to a morning movie and enjoy a breakfast snack at a cost of just $1. Read More...
Chronic Disease Self Management Program
The Chronic Disease Self-Management Program (CDSMP) was developed by scholars and physicians at Stanford University’s Patient Education Research Center and Kaiser Permanente in 1996. The program is currently offered in all 50 United States, 19 foreign counties, and is available in 17 languages.
2013 Senior Bus Trips: are now announced! The first trip is Mar. 27. See link to the complete listing of trips.
Area IV provides weatherization services for Carroll, Clinton, Tippecanoe, and White Counties that can help cut down your utility bills and bring your house up to code.