VA program in Amherst exercises body and mind

Posted at 6:19 PM, Apr 20, 2018

From the moment you walk in the door, the VA's Adult Day Health Care in Amherst is filled with activity.

The program hosts veterans of the wars in Korea and Vietnam, as well as World War II. Program director Bernadette Webster says veterans tell each other war stories, which brings up memories they haven't recalled in a while, and after a couple hours "they have fun and then never want to leave."

Veterans for six hours take part in physical therapy, do trivia, and eat snacks. When they're not in activity, they're singing. And even then, "when we're not singing there's typically some oldies music playing in the background," recreation therapy specialist Dave Krieger said.

For more information on the program, visit the health care's website.