Alzheimer’s Foundation of America Opens New Respite Care Relief Park in City of Yonkers
(November 3, 2023) – The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) joined with Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano and representatives from the Yonkers Department of Parks, Recreation & Conservation to open the Yonkers Respite Sanctuary, the first of its kind in the City of Yonkers and in Westchester County.
The Yonkers Respite Sanctuary, located on the corner of Dock Street and Peene Lane, is an educational and recreational dementia-friendly place where caregivers can feel comfortable bringing their loved one to relax and enjoy a peaceful outdoor setting, while also gaining helpful educational information.
“Thank you to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and our Yonkers Department of Parks, Recreation, and Conservation for creating this haven for our community. The Yonkers Respite Sanctuary truly defines the essence of our Yonkers waterfront,” said Mayor Mike Spano. “This allows people living with Alzheimer’s and those caring for them to pause and reflect in a peaceful setting. The educational resources here will advise them and give them a sense they are not alone in this journey.”
“Our City parks are all places for respite and relaxation, they are truly for the people, the community, and their families,” said Yonkers Parks, Recreation & Conservation Commissioner Steve Sansone. “This sanctuary affords impeccable views and the sereneness of the Hudson River. It is a unique destination for those facing dementia or in need of meditation or socialization. We are grateful for the partnership with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.”
The Yonkers Respite Sanctuary overlooks the Yonkers waterfront with a gazebo, green space, and educational kiosks about Alzheimer’s disease including ways to avoid caregiver burnout, building caregiver skills, and a team of support; and resources available to help.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than 6.2 million Americans live with Alzheimer’s disease right now, including more than 410,000 in New York State.