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.”