What is enCourage: Benefit for Both?

When you feel overwhelmed and exhausted, you can’t be a good caregiver to your loved one. All caregivers of older adults need a break from time to time. If you’re one of the 53 million individuals in the US providing unpaid care for an older relative or dear friend, we’re here to help.

This companion-based, community adult day respite program is for adults living with early-moderate dementia and their caregivers. Participants enjoy stimulating activities, appropriate physical fitness, social conversations, engaging games with YMCA staff and volunteers, and lunch is provided. During this four-hour program, caregivers may leave to run errands or stay to utilize the Y facility. Caregivers are provided with additional community resources and access to specialty services at the Y throughout the year. 

This program is held on the first Wednesday of every month at the Southtowns Family YMCA from 10:30 am - 2:00 pm. For details, please contact Sue Kincaid by clicking here or by calling (716) 674-9622. 

About Exhale, the Family Caregiver Initiative

Funded by the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, Health Foundation for Western & Central New York, Ann Arbor Area Community Foundation, and managed by The Philanthropic Initiative (TPI), Exhale, the Family Caregive Initiative, is dedicated to offering innovative solutions that give caregivers of older adults an opportunity to breathe a little easier. Visit www.exhaleforcaregivers.org to learn more.