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Currently Offering Free 1/2 Day of Respite at the Sakwa Adult Day Program located in Southfield.  
Call 800 272 3900 for more information.

*This offer is available to those not currently enrolled in the program.

Respite provides relief to persons who are caring for individuals with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia. Time away from caregiving responsibilities is essential to the well being of caregivers.  Respite care helps to reduce caregiver stress and assists with keeping individuals with Alzheimer's disease at home as long as possible.

Depending on where you live within the Greater Michigan Chapter, respite is available through a variety of ways including Adult Day Programs or through the Respite Care Assistance Program.  We provide respite services directly in the Detroit Area (adult day programs) and indirectly (Respite Care Assistance Program) in select counties. 

Day Program

Adult day programs provide a person caring for a loved one with dementia a longer break from their caregiving responsibilities.  A person can attend the adult day program up to 8 hours per day.  Several activities are offered everyday and they include but are not limited to:

  • Music therapy
  • Art therapy
  • Intergenerational programming
  • Exercise
  • Reminiscing
  • Sing-a-longs
  • Memory enhancing games
  • Social events
  • Holiday celebrations
  • Educational components
  • Pet therapy
  • Movement/dance Therapy

There are many benefits of attending a day program for both the person with memory loss an their caregiver.  These include:

  • A decrease in the level of stress experienced by the caregiver;
  • Increased socialization for the person with dementia;
  • Increased appetite;
  • Better sleep habits;
  • A positive mood. 

The Alzheimer's Association - Greater Michigan Chapter Day Programs' locations:

  • Robert and RoseAnn Comstock Day Program is located in Detroit at 66 Lothrop Road.  Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Rebecca and Gary Sakwa Day Program is located in Southfield, on Telegraph Road and Ten Mile Road.  The hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Respite Care

The Respite Care Assistance Program provides financial assistance to caregivers who are providing care for persons who have Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia to secure respite services.  The availability of Respite Scholarships is dependent upon where you reside.  Please contact your local Alzheimer's office for availability and eligibility requirements.

For further information about Respite Services, please call (800) 272-3900, and ask to speak with a Helpline representative.

Our Music Therapist Michael Krieger allowed Fox 2 Detroit to film one of his sessions at the Comstock location.  Please click here to see how he facilitate the music group. 


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