YONKERS CARES: Mayor Mike Spano Joins The Alzheimer's Foundation Of America's To Open The City's First Respite Sanctuary


Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano joined representatives from the Yonkers Department of Parks, Recreation & Conservation and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America 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 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 Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is pleased to work with Mayor Spano and the City of Yonkers to create this new respite care relief park for residents affected by Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia-related illnesses,” said Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., President and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America. “Staying isolated at home is extremely detrimental for both individuals with dementia and their caregivers. Local families now have a beautiful new dementia-friendly place, with a scenic waterfront view of the Hudson River, where they can go and feel comfortable bringing their loved ones with dementia to relax, recharge, and learn about resources available to help them.”

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.

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