About the Program

Yes, Brighter Days are ahead!  To better reflect the changing times and diversity of our adult day program and participants, it was time to change our name too. Brighter Days (formerly STARS) is designed to help prepare our society for the increased need of serving people with Alzheimer’s, other dementias and cognitive disabilities. As the name suggests, our personalized support and hands-on, compassionate adult day team, provide a bright day of engaging activities while offering respite to caregivers.

One of the biggest issues facing a 24-hour caregiver is finding the time to take care of themselves while ensuring that their loved one continues to get the care they deserve. While the person is at Brighter Days, their family caregivers receive some needed time-off so they can continue to give loving care and pursue their own self-care routines. Brighter Days provides a safe, fun and nurturing community for your loved one while you get that break you need.

Brighter Days Adult Day Program affords up to five hours per day of fun games, arts, demonstrations, group discussions, music therapy, pet therapy, physical games and exercise. Participants can attend as many as five days a week or a little as a half a day, our program is here to help meet your needs. Brighter Days serves seniors and adults who are dealing with the challenges of dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Traumatic Brain Injury and other health conditions or disabilities that require supervised care.

Staff is involved in several programs to support people living with dementia and their caregivers, including Alzheimer’s support groups, Momentia (dementia-friendly) Activities and Memory café. For more information, please contact Paul Taylor at 360.407.3967, ext. 107 or brighterdays@southsoundseniors.org.

  • Virgil Clarkson Lacey Senior Center:  Monday- Friday, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
  • Faith Lutheran Church, Shelton: Mon, Wed & Fri 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Recipients

Seniors with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, developmental disabilities, physical ailments, traumatic brain injury, mental health issues and other cognitive issues.

Services for Businesses

The benefits of enjoying a day in Brighter Days or Momentia are many...

  • Opportunities to socialize with peers and avoid isolation
  • Expanded support network
  • Increases self-esteem—combats apathy
  • Increases cognitive stimulation
  • Enhanced life experience through humor, reminiscing, and creative expression
  • Caregiver respite
  • Nutritious snacks and lunch provided
  • Possible delay or prevention of placement in a long term care facility
  • Engage in community events and activities

Services for Job Seekers

  • Experience working with seniors with disabilities or dementia
  • Create, organize and conduct activities
  • Must be able to lift individuals
  • Caregiving experience desired

Other Services

Momentia is a local movement empowering persons with memory loss and their loved ones to remain connected and active in a dementia-friendly community. Senior Services for South Sound and the Brighter Days Adult Day Program are committed to working with a variety of local organizations in Thurston and Mason counties to create simple, fun and enriching experiences. Each month, several activities are organized so please feel free to join us. Download current Momentia Activities flyer under Useful Links.

Care Connection provides people of all ages with a trusted and reliable place to turn to when needing a variety of in-home care including dementia-specific needs, caregiver respite, companionship, personal care support, personal assistance, end of life care and more. For more information, visit the Care Connection page.