SENIOR RECREATION CENTER UPDATE
Our goal during this time of concern around COVID-19 is to keep you up-to-date on any changes to the schedule at the Senior Recreation Center. Effective Monday, March 16 at 2 p.m., the Senior Recreation Center will close until further notice. If you are a participant of the Congregate Meal Site Program, or Meals on Wheels, which takes place at the Senior Recreation Center, you will be contacted separately with more information. We will continue to monitor the information and send out updates as new information becomes available.
The Mission of ElderCare of Alachua County is to be an advocate for the elderly and provide services that will build capacity, maximize independence, and enrich the quality of life for the seniors in Alachua County and north central Florida.
ElderCare is a 100 percent grant- and donation-funded agency.
What we do
Meals on Wheels
ElderCare of Alachua County offers congregate meal sites and home-delivered meals for seniors. Hot lunch is served at seven congregate meal sites throughout Alachua County. Each meal meets one-third of the required daily allowance (RDA) for the senior age group. A variety of activities are provided at meal sites, including arts and crafts, sewing, recreational and educational programs.
- We deliver approximately 53,351 home-delivered meals to homebound seniors
- We prepare approximately 29,767 congregate meals at six Alachua County meal sites
Al’z Place provides care for people age 18+ with Alzheimer’s disease or severe memory impairment. The adult program is available five days per week, Eight hours per day. Therapeutic activities include physical exercise; active and quiet games; reminiscence; validation therapy; doll therapy; and other failure-free activities. Lunch and two snacks per day are provided.
- Provides approximately 24,840 hours of daycare for Alzheimer patients
Until now, Alachua County was one of the few counties in Florida that did not have a dedicated multiservice senior center to serve as an active focal point where seniors can socialize, access services, participate in fun and educational activities, volunteer and stay generally engaged with their peers and the broader community. Studies on seniors show that activities, socialization and enhanced community connectedness can prevent depression, decrease feelings of isolation and increase quality of life. By providing Alachua County’s large community of seniors its first true senior center, this project will have an immediate and significant beneficial impact on the quality of life for today’s seniors and an ongoing impact on tomorrow’s need for long-term care. The Senior Recreation Center addresses and meets the needs of this growing population of seniors, and it will also help relieve some of the stress placed on the caregiver.
Independence with Low Vision
The Independent Living for Blind Seniors program is designed to increase the autonomy and safety of sight-impaired individuals age 18+ who reside in Alachua County. In-home assessments and educational services are offered free to qualified individuals.