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Caregiving & Support
Being a caregiver for a loved one with Alzheimer's or dementia, is difficult at best. Being in a supportive space with others 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.
Open to persons with early- to mid-stage Alzheimer’s and dementia, this once-a-week respite program is currently offered by the TownLake YMCA. Geared toward relatively active individuals, the YMCA Senior Retreat enables 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.
The TownLake Senior Retreat meets every Friday from 11am-2pm. The fee is $10 per Friday, which includes lunch. YMCA membership is not required. During this time the caregivers will be able to run errands, exercise, meet with other caregivers, etc.
For more information and volunteer opportunities, see below:
Program and participant info:
Cami Alys Yankwitt | firstname.lastname@example.org
Mashariki Cannon | email@example.com
Volunteer at Senior Retreat:
Michie Reid | Michelle.Reid@AustinYMCA.org
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The free program is offered by AGE of Central Texas at the YMCA North Austin Community Rec Center on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
If you are interested in joining this program, please call AGE of Central Texas at 512-451-4611, ext 236 to schedule an admissions interview.
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