According to the California Commission on Aging, activity participation is essential to quality of life. It reduces the risk of depression, enhances social connectedness, and reduces global cognitive decline. Senior centers are said to be the most accessible, friendly and inexpensive places to offer programs and services that promote active engagement and enjoyment of life by older adults. This week we are highlighting the Council on Aging of Martin County as an important partner in the elder care world.
The Kane Center, the home of the Council on Aging of Martin County, is a one-stop-shop life center for elders, their families and caregivers on Florida’s Treasure Coast. At the Kane Center, the Council offers a wide array of services under one roof, including an adult day program, respite care, primary medical care, nutrition and wellness programs, care management, educational and entertainment programming, social activities and more. The Kane Center’s public areas are designed with the feel of an indoor “Town Center,” with boutique store fronts surrounding a central gathering place. The building’s universal design supports the aging process and provides equal access to elders in all stages of health. In case of emergency, the Kane Center is also designed to serve as a shelter for the Council’s frail clients and their pets.
The Adult Day Club is one of the most popular and therapeutic programs at the Kane Center. It allows seniors to benefit from social interaction, daily activities, therapy, medical supervision and enhanced care. Seniors are able to enjoy life to the fullest and maximize their quality of life. Meanwhile, their caregivers receive much-needed respite time of their own.
The Kane Clinic is an adult and senior-focused primary care medical practice located inside the Kane Center. The Clinic’s medical team is comprised of Medical Director Robert Emmet Kenney, M.D., Ph.D., Board Certified Internist, and Katie Diamond ANP-BC, CDE, Advanced Registered Nurse Practitioner. What makes the Kane Clinic so special is the personalized care that it delivers. The Clinic’s focus is on spending quality, one-on-one time with each patient. New patient appointments are available within two weeks, with same-day appointments for established patients. Medicare and most insurance plans are accepted. Because of its location within the Kane Center, the Kane Clinic is also ideal for seniors who may be in need of support services to stay healthy – everything from exercise classes for active seniors, to Meals on Wheels and an Adult Day Program for frail elders.
The mission of the Council on Aging of Martin County is to help seniors live young at any age by remaining independent, healthy and living in their own homes. For more information about the Council and the Kane Center, visit http://www.kanecenter.org/.