BACOA Offers Programs and Services for Older Adults, Caregivers and Families
With socialization a critical component to aging well, the Barrington Area Council on Aging (BACOA) provides a host of programs and services to keep everyone connected and engaged with each other and the community.
BACOA’s “Social and Well” programming includes its Lunch and Activity Program, where every Monday, older adults can come and enjoy food, fun and lots of bingo. BACOA also provides a myriad of different trips and its special Cuisine Club that enables older adults to try local restaurants surrounded by lots of new friends.
What truly makes BACOA unique, however, is its support programs and services that provide critical resources for older adults, care partners and their families. These programs are imperative because they support clients at a time when they are at their most vulnerable. Lives change so dramatically upon learning of a devastating illness and BACOA support programs provide the information and education needed to help people through difficult life transitions. Studies demonstrate that a healthy social life is critical to aging well but BACOA finds that many older adults isolate or sever social connections at a time when those connections are most important to one’s overall well-being. BACOA social services and programs keep participants engaged while helping reduce the stress illnesses bring. Support services include groups for:
- Alzheimer’s – For care partners of people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias
- Caregivers – For caregivers needing information, education and support
- Low Vision – For people struggling with restricted vision
- Support programs include:
- “A Day Out” Respite Program – A social program for those with mild cognitive-related issues and for care partners needing a much-needed break from caregiving responsibilities.
- Memory Café – A social program for people with mild cognitive-related issues and their care partners seeking opportunities to be together in a supportive environment.
For more information, visit www.bacoa.org or call (847) 381-5030.