A new daytime service for seniors that aims to develop memory wellness is now available for residents in southeast Wisconsin.

Luther Manor, a nonprofit, faith-based community serving seniors in Wauwatosa, Grafton and Mequon, has announced a new adult day program called "The Academy @ Luther Manor."

The program incorporates a well-rounded set of exercises and activities developed by nationally recognized leaders in the field of aging, according to a news release.

“Art, music, exercise, brain games and creative social interactions are combined into a daily schedule for our seniors at The Academy,” said program coordinator Ruth Dabel. “We make it interesting for them while at the same time exercising their most important organ – the brain.”

The Academy was specifically designed for those with early memory loss, Alzheimer's disease or those who have suffered a stroke and could benefit from additional brain stimulation.

“We are a stepping stone to help seniors before they are forced to move to a different type of living arrangement,” said program director Ellen Mutter. “Everyone wants to stay in their own community as long as possible and it is tough to make the separation. What The Academy does is allow someone a safe and productive learning environment in order to stave off the effects of illness and disease.”

The new day program runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Luther Manor's Wauwatosa campus, 4545 N. 92nd St. Up to 24 people are allowed for small group activities each day and participants may attend as little as one day and up to several times a week.

Optional activities are available as early as 7:30 a.m. and as late as 5 p.m. Monthly field trips and hot lunch are included in the program. The service is $57 per day for the core program and $71 a day for a full day of care.

For more information visit luthermanor.org or call 414-464-3880.

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