HEalth & Wellness

Brighter Days Program

Yes, Brighter Days are ahead! 

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 and crafts, demonstrations, group discussions, music therapy, pet therapy, physical games and exercise. Participants can attend as many as three  days a week or a little as a half a day, our program is here to help meet your needs. Brighter Days serves seniors 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.

Who Qualifies for Brighter Days?

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

The benefits of joining our Brighter Days Program:

  • 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

Current Program Locations and Hours:

Virgil Clarkson Lacey Senior Center:  Monday - Wednesday - Friday, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

View the Lacey monthly calendar

Faith Lutheran Church, Shelton: Tuesday & Friday, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

View the Shelton monthly calendar

Volunteer Opportunities

To volunteer for this program please contact us. We're seeking volunteers with experience:

  • Working with seniors with disabilities or dementia
  • Creating, organizing and conducting activities
  • Caregiving experience

For More Information

Please contact Paul Taylor, our Brighter Days Program Manager, by phone at 360.407.3967 ext. 207 or via email.