BuSY Day Senior Club aims to help those with cognitive impairments

Seniors have the opportunity to participate in various activities at the social club. (Courtesy BuSY Day Senior Club)
Seniors have the opportunity to participate in various activities at the social club. (Courtesy BuSY Day Senior Club)

Seniors have the opportunity to participate in various activities at the social club. (Courtesy BuSY Day Senior Club)

Image description
Mark Young is the owner of BuSY Day Senior Club. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
At BuSY Day Senior Club, the key is to keep people moving. Games of Yahtzee, pingpong and pool make up portions of the day, owner Mark Young said, as do walks, gardening and crosswords. Young said his goal is to make sure all participants are fighting cognitive impairments by remaining active and socially engaged.

“There is a real gap in the system,” said Young, who also runs ComForCare, a home health services company. “There wasn’t anything that was serving people who aren’t quite ready for home service. So I wanted to create an adult day care specific for people with cognitive impairment.”

Young opened the social club in February 2020, right before the COVID-19 pandemic gripped the nation and hit the senior population particularly hard.

“By social distancing, we were able to stay open the entire time,” Young said. “It’s detrimental to the psyche of these people to not have interactions. Humans need that connection. We were able to provide that for people during the pandemic when it wasn’t really possible to get it anywhere else.”

BuSY Day Senior Club specializes in helping members retain the skills they already possess as well as drawing them out of the isolation and depression that can sometimes accompany dementia.


“They get excited about activities like Yahtzee,” Young said of the members. “They are engaged. Even if they don’t totally comprehend what is happening, they can feel the energy of a game and it brings a sense of connection. That engagement and getting invested is what’s fun for them.”

Young said it is more than just activities for members and their families.

“When you are living a more active life, your attitude changes,” Young said. “People can go from not sleeping to sleeping through the night. From being difficult and belligerent to being a little easier to engage with. We hope to give people more good days. We join their world and get to know them and their interests. It’s amazing what we can do.”


MOST RECENT

Here are four local transportation projects to watch out for this month. (Courtesy Fotolia)
Road construction projects to look out for in Chandler this month

Here are four ongoing road projects in Chandler.

Chandler businesses struggle to find workers

“Help wanted” signs can be found in the windows of many Chandler restaurants and businesses as owners struggle to fill positions. 

Twisted Sugar bakes some specialty cookies. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)
Twisted Sugar cookie shop locations to open in Gilbert; Chandler farmers market to return Oct. 2 and more area news

Read the latest business and community news from the Chandler and Gilbert areas.

Aspire Allergy & Sinus has partnered with Phoenix-area allergy practice Allergy Associates and Asthma Ltd., according to a news release from Aspire. (Courtesy Aspire Allergy & Sinus)
Texas-based allergy company makes Arizona debut with several East Valley locations

Aspire Allergy & Sinus has partnered with Phoenix-area allergy practice, Allergy Associates and Asthma Ltd., according to a news release from Aspire.

Chandler eyes city's 'final frontier' of undeveloped land at the Chandler Airpark Area

A process started in 2020 to update the area plan, which serves as a guiding force for City Council and the planning and zoning commission as developers bring plans for that 9-square-mile area to the city.

The Downtown Chandler Farmers Market will return to Dr. A.J. Chandler Park West beginning Oct. 2, according to a news release from the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership. (Courtesy Downtown Chandler Community Partnership)
Downtown Chandler Farmers Market to return Oct. 2

The Downtown Chandler Farmers Market will return to Dr. A.J. Chandler Park West beginning Oct. 2, according to a news release from the Downtown Chandler Community Partnership.

A new restaurant is coming to Chandler. (Community Impact Newspaper)
Mexican restaurant to take over spot left vacant by Coconut's Fish Cafe in Chandler

Signage for K-38 Beach Mex Cantina has gone up at 1155 W. Ocotillo Road, Ste. 1, in Chandler

A new tenant will take over the space left vacant by Flix Brewhouse in downtown Chandler. (Alexa D'Angelo/Community Impact Newspaper)
Look Cinemas to replace Flix Brewhouse in downtown Chandler, plus more top news from the Phoenix area

Read the most popular business and community news from the past week from the Phoenix area.

Six new businesses have opened recently in Chandler. (Community Impact Newspaper staff)
4 new restaurants, new infrared gym and more open in Chandler

Here are six businesses that have recently opened in Chandler.

The deadline to register to vote for the Nov. 2 all-mail election is Oct. 4. (Courtesy city of Chandler)
Register to vote for upcoming Chandler election

The deadline to register to vote for the Nov. 2 all-mail election is Oct. 4.

Chandler's Dragonfly & Butterfly Bash returns Sept. 18. (Courtesy city of Chandler)
Chandler's Dragonfly & Butterfly Bash event to take place Sept. 18

The event begins at 9 a.m. and allows kids to learn about butterflies from Arizona State University ecologists while they trek across Veterans Oasis Park on guided nature walks, according to a news release from the city. 

The freeway expansion project will occur across 11 miles of east- and westbound I-19 between Loop 202 and I-17, including the Broadway Curve between Baseline Road and 40th Street. (Tom Blodgett/Community Impact Newspaper)
Broadway Curve closures, restrictions expected this weekend

Construction will affect drivers on I-10 this weekend.