You are here
Caregiving & Support
Being a caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia, is difficult at best. Being in a supportive space with ohter in the same situation eases feelings of isolation, and on Fridays you sing and dance. That is the beauty of Senior Retreat, a signature program of the YMCA of Austin that provides a space of joy, connection and respite for caregivers and their affected family members. This volunteer-led program provided resources and community for more than 40 families last year.
Senior Retreat is open to persons with early- to mid-stage Alzheimer’s and dementia, for a once-a-week respite program. Geared toward relatively active individuals, participants to enjoy aquatic fitness, dancing, crafts, restorative yoga, spinning, strengthening and stretching and more. Music is also incorporated into every “retreat” as well, be it a musical guest or just an informal sing-a-long. All classes are taught by Y fitness staff, and informal activities are run by community volunteers.
"It's our 'feel good fix' for the week. Mother literally leaves with a smile on her face and a song in her heart. While her memory of the program may slip, that feeling of joy is what remains." - Senior Retreat Participant
The Senior Retreat program is currently only being offered at TownLake Y on Fridays from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Contact the TownLake YMCA at (512)542-9622 for more info.
Taking care of a person with dementia is a role unlike any other, learn how to be an effective caregiver at the YMCA.