Bowling Green, KY – Bingocize®, a successful, preventative health promotion program designed by Dr. Jason Crandall, Assistant Professor in the School of Kinesiology, Recreation, and Sport (KRS) in the College of Health and Human Services at Western Kentucky University (WKU), recently received a $1,000 gift from Mrs. Diane Amos. Amos, Post-Award Specialist in the Office of Sponsored Programs at Western Kentucky University, donated the funds to the KRS Foundation as a supportive effort to create a Bingocize® program at the Barren River Adult Daycare Center in Barren River, KY, where her mother, Ms. Lou Ann Russell, formerly attended.
Ms. Lou Ann Russell, who passed away at 88 years of age on November 8, 2016, had attended the Barren River Adult Day Care Center, which is owned by the Commonwealth Health Foundation. The center is designed to provide help and support to adults who have physical, social or emotional needs and desire to remain active and engaged in social activities. Russell was very active in playing Bingo at the center and loved bringing home her prizes she had won.
“Those were the most important things to her,” commented her daughter, Amos, “Whether it be something that someone had re-gifted (a glass figurine) to a simple pencil. She always had a smile on her face when I would pick her up saying, ‘look what I won today’. I knew then that she had a good day.”
Bingocize®, a preventative health promotion program, is designed to increase the functional performance, health knowledge, and social engagement of older adults in a variety of settings including independent living, assisted living, and long-term care facilities. Developed by Crandall, Bingocize® has proved to be an effective, enjoyable, and easily replicated way to improve physical activity adherence and ultimately health-related quality of life in the older adults.
“Bingocize was created to provide a fun and socially engaging program capable of improving the quality of life for older adults, but the program also helps WKU students gain valuable experience for their chosen professions,” commented Dr. Crandall. “The intergenerational relationships created between the young people and the older adults is one of the most valuable outcomes of the program.”
Bingocize® meets the U.S. Administration on Community Living’s criteria for disease and health promotion evidence-based programs. For example, the Kentucky Department for Aging and Independent Living recently approved Bingocize® for use throughout the states’ 15 area development districts. Since 2011, the research team has successfully implemented the program at 13 assisted living and independent living facilities in Bowling Green and Owensboro, KY, and over 25 facilities across the United States have implemented the program.
Amos wanted to support the Bingocize® program as a way to share her mother’s memory for something she loved and had a passion for, Bingo.
“Mother loved the staff and clients at adult day care,” remembered Amos, “and I know she would want them to be able to participate in some type of physical activity to help them keep as mobile as possible, while playing a game that she and the clients looked forward to.”
Amos, along with her three children, all graduates of WKU, agreed to honor Russell with this gift to support their mother/grandmother’s passion for Bingo and an opportunity to help inspire others.
“It only seemed natural to collaborate with Dr. Jason Crandall and his students at WKU with his Bingocize® program along with Commonwealth Health Corporation’s Adult Day Care Program so the students could have hands on experience and connect with the clients that love participating in activities while away from home,” commented Amos, “My wish is for others to support Dr. Crandall and his students by remembering their loved ones.”
Western Kentucky University’s KRS Foundation is always seeking new partnerships with facilities interested in implementing the Bingocize® program into their centers. If you are interested in becoming a partner with us and/or supporting the expansion of the program to older adult facilities across the U.S., please contact Dr. Jason Crandall Jason.firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information[CJ1] .