NYC PACE program wants to keep seniors active during summer season
Getting out of the house can be good for you, especially in the summer. But for the elderly, it may not be so easy. That's why one local program is eager to keep seniors active.
The NYC PACE program wants to let everyone know that there are options out there for the elderly people in your life to get them outside and out of the house.
"ArchCare Senior Life PACE - we're a program of all-inclusive care for the elderly. And so, our seniors receive both care in their homes and care at the center," says Jennifer Anderson, senior rehab specialist.
The PACE program was created for people 55 years old and over helping participants with services like occupational, physical and speech therapy.
The program picks people up from their homes in the morning, gives them a small breakfast and lunch while offering different activities throughout the day. Now that facilities are opening up more with less COVID restrictions, participants are happy to be back.
"We [are] in the house every day, we don't go outside, all the churches closed," says senior Rosa Bernard. "When they say, 'Oh the center is going to be open.' I say, 'Oh, thank God.'"
These facilities are incorporating new group activities for the summer like exercise programs and educational discussions on topics like nutrition and hydration.
The program is covered by Medicare and Medicaid and available to those 55 years old and older in the Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island and Westchester.