Encyclopedia of Gerontology and Population Aging

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| Editors: Danan Gu, Matthew E. Dupre

Adult Day Services

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-69892-2_281-1



“Adult day services (ADS) are professional care settings in which older adults, adults living with dementia, or adults living with disabilities receive individualized therapeutic, social, and health services for some part of the day” (National Adult Day Services Association 2018).


There are an estimated 4,600 ADS centers serving over 260,000 participants (primarily older adults) across the United States (Anderson et al. 2012). ADS centers offer a wide range of services and programming to meet the health and social needs of older adults and younger adults with physical and/or cognitive limitations in a community-based group setting. Services can include social and recreational activities, transportation, nutrition, health care, rehabilitation, and caregiver support. ADS also provide much-needed respite for family members of participants, allowing caregivers to take a break, to attend to other tasks and needs (e.g., personal care, child care),...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Social WorkUniversity of MontanaMissoulaUSA
  2. 2.School of Social WorkUniversity of Texas at ArlingtonArlingtonUSA
  3. 3.Doctoral Program in GerontologyUniversity of Maryland BaltimoreBaltimoreUSA

Section editors and affiliations

  • Xiaoling Xiang
    • 1
  • Emily Nicklett
    • 2
  1. 1.School of Social WorkUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA
  2. 2.School of Social WorkUniversity of MichiganAnn ArborUSA