Community Recreation

Recently, the senior day program participants at the TAFT Center of the Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers Inc. wanted to do a project to help out in the community and decided to donate shredded paper to the Humane Society in Jamestown. The participants traveled to the Humane Society with four bags of shredded paper for the shelter and then proceeded to tour the shelter to view how volunteers and staff work to provide care and shelter to their animals. The shredded paper is useful for many purposes within the shelter particularly for animals that don’t otherwise have blankets and are in need of bedding for their cages.

The Chautauqua County Humane Society Inc., SPCA is dedicated to promoting the adoption of animals, preventing all forms of cruelty and neglect, sheltering lost, abandoned, and homeless animals, and providing education about the humane treatment of animals to the community. The site houses more than 200 animals daily who are looking for loving homes.

The participants traveled as a part of the Community Recreation Program offered by the center which helps individuals participate in outings within the community. This outing was organized by SUNY Social Work program intern, Jillian Markham, who is working at the Chautauqua Adult Day Care Taft and Present Center programs.

“It was a fun and rewarding outing for the participants,” Markham said. “They felt good about helping out the Humane Society and thoroughly enjoyed the tour and getting to see the animals at the shelter.”

Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers Inc. offers senior day programs for adults 60 years of age and older who live in community. The day programs enable seniors to have quality of life through socialization and activity programming. The sites provide breakfast, snack and a hot noon time meal for participants. There is also a Community Recreation Program that helps persons participate in outings in the community and the sites offer pet therapy, ceramics, music programs, arts and crafts and much more on an ongoing basis. In addition, the agency also has a “Saturday Program” in Jamestown which helps participants stay involved in community events and out-door recreation.

The Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers Inc. is a nonprofit United Way agency and community partner, that provides an affordable option for older adults in the community to remain independent and at home.

Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers has four sites throughout Chautauqua County located in Westfield, Jamestown, and Dunkirk. One of its sites in Jamestown, the Present Center is a program specifically for older adults with Alzheimer’s Disease. For information: visit or call Westfield at 326-6842, Dunkirk at 366-8786 or Jamestown at 664-9759.