As our lifespan lengthens, health care for the aging population becomes a challenge facing almost everyone at one point in life. Nearly one out of every four households is involved in caregiving to persons 50 or older. Whether a family is confronted with the sudden illness of a parent or a slow, but progressive deterioration, the decision as to how to manage care and maintain a full life is difficult. A family must consider what is best and affordable for the aging loved one. The goal of adult day health care is to provide a safe, therapeutic and socially stimulating environment for those with health care challenges. The Poway Adult Day Health Care Center was borne out of a need to provide this service in Poway, Rancho Bernardo, Scripps Ranch, Carmel Mountain, Rancho Penasquitos and Mira Mesa. Adult day care services are an option that meets the needs of a family that wants to keep their loved one living in a family home as long as possible. It also is one of the most economical options since the cost is around $10 per hour, which includes the expert care of a registered nurse, occupational, physical and speech therapists and a social worker. The Poway Center program provides a variety of social activities, which are also therapeutic. The stimulation of daily visits by the children from the neighboring preschool is especially valuable. For a number of the seniors at the Poway Adult Day Health Care Center, the alternative would likely be a convalescent home, with costs ranging from $125 per day to at least $165 per day or a home health agency at a rate of $15.45 to $24 per hour. However, the majority of the seniors at the Poway Center say that what they enjoy most is the social interaction with the other seniors and the caring staff. When a family faces the tough decisions regarding a parent or spouse, adult day care is an excellent choice because their loved one maintains the highest quality of life possible while the inevitable effects of aging are confronted. Families are invited to visit the Poway Center to see firsthand the activities that are provided. For more information call the Poway Adult Day Health Care Center at (858) 748-5044.