Healthy Aging Month and National Adult Day Services Week

The theme of National Adult Day Services Week, September 20-26, “Enhancing Lives and Empowering People,” is directly aligned with the celebration of September as Healthy Aging Month. “It’s a perfect fit,” said Paula Camposano-Robinson, vice president of clinical services at Sanitasole, Marco Island’s Premier Place for Senior Health. “Our goal throughout the month is to raise awareness of just how important it is to engage in healthy living. Our Adult Day Services (ADS) programs are a means of assisting that process and encouraging commitment.”

As a registered nurse with over three decades of experience, Camposano-Robinson speaks from experience. “When I ran the Urgent Care Center from its infancy, I saw how dramatic the difference could be in so many seniors,” she explained. “For those who were conscientious about their lifestyle, the results were impressive. But for those who just let life happen to them – instead of meeting it head on with energy, awareness and commitment, the results could be dismal.”

Camposano-Robinson refers to one of her favorite mantras that she calls ‘The Three Healthies.’ “Healthy Body. Healthy Mind. Healthy Spirit. If these three are kept in balance, there’s no reason why seniors shouldn’t look forward to longevity,” she insists. “Besides, we live in paradise, so what’s there not to love about waking up in the morning, ready to go greet the day!”

To this end, in cooperation with Sunshine Pharmacy Inc., and the Area Agency on Aging for Southwest Florida (AAA), Sanitasole is presenting two programs by the area’s leading educators on senior health.

At 11 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 17, “The Top Ten Medications for Seniors” will be presented by Douglas Braun, Pharm D, RPh, of Sunshine Pharmacy. At 11 a.m., Thurs., Sept. 24. “Adult Day Services, The Best Kept Secret in Senior Healthcare” will be presented by Gail Holton, AAA director of programs, who will discuss the many options available for seniors.

Both programs are free and open to the public, but reservations are recommended. Light refreshments will be served. Health care professionals can register for the Sept. 17 program and receive one CEU credit, but current licensure is required at the time of attendance. Sanitasole would like to express special thanks to Annalise Smith, vice president of business management, Sunshine Pharmacy, for providing this continuing education component. To make reservations, or for more information regarding Sanitasole’s Adult Day Services, visit sanitasole.net, or call 389-6100.

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