The Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative and the Caregiver Wellness and Respite Center are two programs for caregivers in the North Country of New York State whose purpose is to help lighten the burden of caregiving.

Both programs are backed by a committed team of care navigators and program directors who are available to guide caregivers to essential resources and much needed relief.

The Alzheimer’s Disease Caregiver Support Initiative (ADCSI) primarily offers support and direction to those caring for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease, ensuring they have the tools, knowledge and confidence to face the unique challenges of caregiving.

If you are the primary caretaker for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, ADCSI offers support groups, memory café, conferences, online caregiving courses and wellness events like dancing, hiking, tai chi, painting, book clubs, boat cruises and more. You can connect with other caregivers just like you and take a break from caregiving or attend an event with your loved one for a change of scenery.

The Caregiver Wellness and Respite Center (CWRC) emphasizes the overall well-being of our state’s family caregivers, increasing caregivers’ access to respite resources.

If you are an informal or kinship caregiver and you need a break, CWRC will pair you with a respite care provider and allow you an hour or a few days to step away and recharge so you return relaxed and ready to resume caregiving.

Caregiving is hard, but finding support does not have to be. Learn more about ADCSI’s wellness programs and resources or about how you can take advantage of CWRC’s respite program.

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