As health care and medical technology make significant advances, people with developmental disabilities are living longer. These individuals grow older at faster rates and in more prominent ways than the non-disabled person. Many people with developmental disabilities reach points of aging while in their late 30’s and early 40’s. They are faced with the challenges of retirement and the need to remain engaged and fulfilled in their senior years.
To fill this need, Pioneer Center established a senior program for aging adults with developmental disabilities named SOAR (Stepping Out Adult Recreation). This program focuses on the changing needs of adults with disabilities as they enter their senior years. It provides retirement alternatives to the world of work or active day services. It offers social, recreational, and personal improvement opportunities and a wide range of services and activities including:
- Arts and crafts
- Community outings
- Exercise and health-related services
- Direct case management and assessments
The program allows aging adults with developmental disabilities the option of partial or total retirement from their traditional work programs.