Many older adults with developmental and intellectual disabilities prefer to participate in day activities that are typical of those that many seniors enjoy during their retirement years. JCDS retirement activity programs are structured to connect both the aging systems and disabilities networks in empowering older adults with disabilities to have full access to community services. Some of the activities focus on therapeutic intervention as well as involvement in normalized daily routines such as attending movies, memory retention activities, T-Bones baseball games, Rodeos, and music therapy. Opportunities to practice a range of motion and joint flexibility in gym exercise within the community for the purpose of slowing age-related losses in physical reserves in the context of a normal daily activity.
We participate in rehabilitative/habilitative leisure outing opportunities that promote community inclusion and allow individuals to contribute to community life through various volunteering sites and settings. These include programs and organizations such as Meals on Wheels, Stroke Foundation, Kids TLC, KU Pediatrics, Kansas City Hospice House, Library, Shawnee Gardens, Homestead, Growing Futures (Head Start), Yearly “Adopt-a-Senior” Christmas Project, DaVita Dialysis, United Methodist Church, and more. We also provide a Dementia “Room” where trained support professionals observe and assist individuals suffering from Alzheimer’s to understand their interests, capabilities, strengths, and needs. Staffs provide immediate and frequent verbal encouragement, build on skills and capabilities and use repetition to promote success and positive engagement. Leisure lifestyle education is also provided on a regular basis which promotes choices and self-determination and recognizes the human qualities that exist in all older adults with lifelong developmental challenges.