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Third Age Adult Day Center expands to E-town

ELIZABETHTOWN - The Third Age Adult Day Center will soon be opening its doors in Elizabethtown.

"It's very exciting to be offering these services in Essex County," Yvonne Lott, assistant director of Third Age, said. "We are thrilled to be opening in Elizabethtown and we are looking at the possibility of one other office location in the future."

According to the groups Web site, Third Age is an adult social day program of the Northeastern New York Alzheimer's Disease Assistance Center, offering seniors with memory impairment, loneliness, or frailty and their families an alternative to nursing home placement or home care services.

"Our center in Plattsburgh has been opened since 1990 and the purpose of the program is to provide socialization for those in need of it," Lott said. "It is mostly for those who are frail, for those who have cognitive impairments, or those who are looking for contact with other seniors in the area."

Lott said it also provides a chance for caregivers to have a respite.

"It not only helps the senior to become involved with a new community of friends, it also alleviates some of the stress on the caregiver on caring for a loved one," Lott said.

Lott added that their services also help to delay the need for nursing home care.

"It is a very, very expensive thing," Lott said. "In the long run, a program like this makes caring for a loved one more cost effective."

Lott said programs include cognitive therapy, music therapy and other activities.

"I know that they are looking at gardening as the weather gets warmer for an activity," Lott said. "We try to focus on the individual and their abilities. "We want to get to know the person first."

Kathy Scott, Elizabethtown program supervisor, said she is looking forward to opening the new branch of Third Age at the Elizabethtown Social Center sometime in the beginning of February.

"We have been ordering the supplies and getting everything ready," Scott said. "I'm ready to start."

Scott said she is currently looking for volunteers to help with the program.

"It is not a big commitment, even if someone can help for a half-hour each day, that would be great," Scott said.

Third Age of Plattsburgh is located in Sibley Hall, Room 417, on the campus of SUNY Plattsburgh. The program has been serving senior adults and their families since 1990.

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