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What to expect at Better Day Club

“I love people. I love to help people. I love being with people who have Alzheimer’s. We need to make more places like this!”
— Better Day Club participant

Routine is important, but so is variety. We strike some familiar chords every day at Better Day club, but each day looks just a little bit different.

Here is a typical day at BDC:

Noon or a few minutes before: Club members arrive, are greeted by our staff and volunteers. Hot, healthy lunches are catered by Autumn Hills Alzheimer’s Special Care Center. Some of our members have enjoyed packing their lunches for years and like to bring their own lunch to Better Day Club. They are always welcome to do so!

Noon to 12:45

Pause for a cup of coffee.During lunch we discuss any news members want to share, the news of the day, our activity plans for the day, and anything else on club members minds. This is enjoyable time for exchange, laughter and emotional support when needed. We enjoy dining together and find that many people eat better in this social environment.

1-3 p.m.

On Wednesdays we partner with Indiana University’s Speech & Hearing Clinic to provide Reminisce Therapy and some evaluation.

Thursday is our art therapy day. Following lunch, we don our aprons, roll up our sleeves, and experience art!

Friday is music therapy day. After lunch, board certified music therapist Deb Phelps joins us for a variety of musical programming..

3-4 p.m.

From 3-4 we have a variety of activities that might include musical guests, physical movement, community guests, visits from the neighboring day care, gardening or other projects of interests. Afternoon refreshment is also provided.

Other activities:

Community Visitors

On some days following lunch we have a community visitor. This might be someone to come and share a hobby, talent, pet, story, or engage us in conversation. Meeting new people, telling our stories, and learning new things are some of our favorite activities at Better Day Club. Having company always raises the energy and engagement level of the group and we see the benefits of that for the rest of our day.

Volunteering

Better Day Club members want to volunteer! In fact, it was on their “top five” list of things they want to do at Better Day Club! We have collaged food pantry donation bins and decorated lunch bags for the home delivered meal program. We work on projects for Susie's Place Child Advocacy Center and do intergenerational activities with local pre-schoolers. If you have a volunteer project we can participate in, we would LOVE to hear from you!

Outings

BowlingAt times we offer community outings, such as: