Aiken County is home to about 25,000 senior citizens (age 65 & over). While families and our medical community do an excellent job providing care for independent seniors and those who are sick or frail, there are two underserved groups:
- Seniors who are relatively healthy but become socially isolated as they age. This often leads to physical, mental and emotional decline.
- Families caring for loved ones with dementia. These families often need a place that offers their loved ones socialization, activities, and for the caregiver…. a daytime partner to share the responsibility.
Aiken Active Seniors opened its doors in 2013 to help these two underserved groups. To provide needed socialization and activities, it operates a senior daycare center with a special atmosphere...much like the feel of going to a “friend’s house”. Located at 690 Medical Park Drive in Aiken, its founder is a specialist in Gerontology and Developmental Disabilities.
The owner’s passion and focus on delivering quality of life care for her clients has produced a thriving business that continues to grow. In 2015 Aiken Active Seniors expanded its services to include two new programs; SeniorFOCUS to help the families of those suffering from dementia, and SeniorFIT for the elderly who want to socialize and stay active. To be more conveniently located for client families, as well as keep up with growth, Aiken Active Seniors plans to move to a new building in late 2016, almost doubling the capacity of their current facility! In recognition of this early success, Aiken Active Seniors was one of 102 businesses across the country recently awarded an American Small Business Championship Award from SCORE, an affiliate of the U.S. Small Business Administration. It also was named the 2015 Small Business of the Year by the Greater Aiken Chamber of Commerce.
After Aiken Active Seniors opened, the owner contacted Greater Aiken SCORE for assistance. SCORE volunteers provided advice on a broad range of topics, including marketing, employee training, and strategies for growth. SCORE involvement was expanded to include a volunteer Advisory Board in 2014. The owner described their interaction as “…integral to assisting the company with long term planning and guidance.”