URS is excited to offer a new evidenced-based Empowerment-Drumming Program or “drum circle” with the support of the Phil Rizzo Fund for Students in the Miami Valley, the Robert L. and Jean Penny Fund of the Dayton Foundation and the Gorman-Hewitt-Ayars Fund.  Research has proven that drum circles significantly increase the disease-fighting ability while improving the quality of life for participants.  Health benefits include strengthening the immune system, fostering a sense of self-worth, increased attentiveness and active participation, broadening social connections, and helping with anger management and conflict resolution.  The program, HealthRHYTHMS, was developed by neurologist, Dr. Barry Bittman in Cincinnati Ohio. URS has three staff certified in the HealthRHYTHMS program.

URS is focused on providing new, innovative programs to our clients and increasing intergenerational programs for children in our Child Care Center and the seniors in our Day Habilitation Program.  Research shows that developing connections with a younger generation can help older adults feel a greater sense of fulfillment and has many advantages including:

  • Providing an opportunity to learn new skills.
  • Giving the participants a sense of purpose.
  • Helping to alleviate fears children may have of the elderly.
  • Reducing the isolation of older adults.