Karen Poteat is the owner of Aiken Active Seniors and Club Thrive Senior Activity Center. Aiken Active Seniors is an upscale adult day program, and Club Thrive is a center for elders with dementia. The purpose of Poteat’s business is to create a safe and fun cognitive plan for seniors to have a better life when dementia begins to take over their brains.
Poteat began her business when she noticed that there was not an outlet for those who were battling with cognitive diseases. She was a nurse for most of her career and worked closely with seniors. For seniors who were becoming socially isolated, Club Thrive was opened for a fun place for them to socialize. Aiken Active Seniors opened up six years ago while Club Thrive is a little under one year old. With these programs, Poteat saw changes with her clients immediately after they joined.
The difference between Aiken Active Seniors and Club Thrive Senior Activity Center is that Aiken Active Seniors is for seniors who need one on one help with dementia. While Club Thrive Senior Activity Center is for those, who want to become more social while battling dementia.
Poteat chose to open up a business in Aiken because many people in Aiken have a need that she can meet because of the senior population. Her business if the number one reference for neurologists. In the next ten years, she hopes that her company will expand, and people look to her for help.
In Poteat’s spare time, she is a part of the Chamber of Commerce Board, Commissioner for the Senior Commission, Aiken Technical Foundation Board, and a part of the Goodwill Advisory Board. Also, she enjoys going to the lake, watching college football, and yard sales.
She has a passion for her business, and her love is the reason why Aiken Active Seniors has grown so much over the past seven years. If there is any family member that may need assistance with challenging dementia, this is the place to go.
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