(Moncton – Feb. 12, 2020) Beginning next month, the YMCA of Greater will offer free trials of a new program for adults with dementia.
While the YMCA currently offers an Adult Day Program from Tuesday to Friday for individuals with exceptionalities that may include dementia, a Monday morning program is being launched specifically for individuals with dementia.
“The new program will be a modified version of our Adult Day Program, scaled down so as not to be overwhelming to those with dementia,” says Shannon Geldart, coordinator of the Y’s Adult Day Program and the new Monday program. “We know there are many individuals in our community with dementia who would benefit from this initiative. There is very limited respite for this population so we thought it would be an awesome opportunity to help our community.”
Beginning March 9, the Y will offer free trials from 8:30 a.m. to noon Mondays to give individuals with dementia and their caregivers a chance to try the program, says Geldart. There will be one free trial per participant.
“We want to provide an opportunity for individuals to socialize and engage in activities in a friendly and safe environment,” she says. “There will be crafts, games and occasionally members of our Y team will be in to do chair yoga or other activities. We’re hoping to help enhance the quality of life for those who take part and provide a little respite for the caregivers.”
The cost of the Monday morning program is $16 per day, including a nutritious snack along with tea and coffee.
For more information or to schedule a free trial, please call Shannon at 857-0606 Ext. 2233 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.