Yonkers Unveils Groundbreaking Respite Sanctuary for Those Affected by Alzheimer’s Disease

Mayor Mike Spano, along with the Yonkers Department of Parks, Recreation & Conservation and the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, proudly inaugurated the Yonkers Respite Sanctuary on Nov. 3. This marks a significant milestone as the city’s first of its kind sanctuary.

Designed as an educational and recreational haven, the Yonkers Respite Sanctuary caters specifically to caregivers and their loved ones grappling with the disease. The space is a serene outdoor setting nestled at the intersection of Dock Street and Peene Lane. Here, the sanctuary provides respite and relaxation. Additionally, it imparts crucial educational information to those on the challenging Alzheimer’s journey.

Mayor Spano thanked the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and the Yonkers Department of Parks, Recreation & Conservation. He further highlighted the sanctuary’s role in defining the essence of Yonkers’ waterfront. As such, he emphasized its importance as a space for reflection, offering solace to those living with Alzheimer’s and their loved ones.

This allows people living with Alzheimer’s and those caring for them to pause and reflect in a peaceful setting.

Mike Spano – Mayor of Yonkers
Yonkers Respite Sanctuary
Yonkers Respite Sanctuary – credit: City of Yonkers

Commissioner Steve Sansone likewise underscored the significance of the space within the broader context of Yonkers’ public parks. Providing tranquil views of the Hudson River, the sanctuary becomes a unique destination for those facing dementia or seeking meditation.

Charles J. Fuschillo, Jr., President and CEO of the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, expressed pleasure in collaborating with the City of Yonkers. He highlighted the detrimental impact of isolation on individuals with dementia and their caregivers. He described the sanctuary as a beautiful space where families can relax, recharge, and access vital resources.

The Yonkers Respite Sanctuary on the waterfront features a gazebo, green space, and educational kiosks covering various aspects of Alzheimer’s disease. The sanctuary serves as a crucial resource in a state where over 410,000 individuals grapple with the Alzheimer’s disease.

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