A Moment In Time

The Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers Inc. held an Intergenerational Senior Prom at their Taft Center location in Jamestown with the theme of, “A Moment in Time.”

This event included participants from all four senior day locations, families, as well as 35 BOCES health career students who assisted with the event. There were students from other local surrounding schools who attended as well.

The two generations were together and built a truly memorable experience. All participants were dressed formally along with the students. The hall was filled with color from all of the dresses and ties.

All the ladies who participated in the prom had the opportunity to get their hair styled by the students from BOCES as well as get their makeup and a manicure done. The Senior Day Program provided refreshments for all. The decorations were made by the participants. All of the participants entered Darrah Hall at the Taft Center location and got their picture taken in front of a large clock with a staircase made by the Dunkirk participants. These pictures were then developed and given as favors for the participants to enjoy.

The music entertainment was donated by Ken Hardley, who provided music for all ages to enjoy. There was dancing throughout the day with the students and participants. Mary Ann Spanos, Office for the Aging director, and Assemblyman Andrew Goodell, also joined in the fun.

Karen Lucks, senior day programs associate director, crowned the prom court. The prince of this event was Harold Lehman from the Dunkirk Center of the Chautauqua Adult Day Care, and the princess from the Westfield Center, Emma Lapcezic. The king of this event was Tom Harvey, from the Present Center location and the queen from the Taft Center location was Janet Baker.

The mission of the Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers Inc. is to provide a program of services for frail or impaired older adults in a secure group setting enhancing quality of life, delaying institutionalization, and providing respite for caregivers. This intergenerational “Senior Prom” was an opportunity for generations to come together and build lasting memories.

Chautauqua Adult Day Care Centers Inc., a nonprofit United Way agency, has four sites that serve all of Chautauqua County. The programs provide socialization and offer many opportunities for older adults to participate in activities during the day in a caring friendly atmosphere with supportive staff and companionship.

The sites provide breakfast, snack and a 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 more on an ongoing basis. Funding is available. For more information visit www.seniordayprograms.com or call Westfield at 326-6842, Jamestown at 664-9759, or Dunkirk at 366-8786.