Respite Program

Description of the program

The Center for Successful Aging in collaboration with Alzheimer's Orange County at Leisure World Seal Beach trains student volunteers to create a welcoming and beneficial space where older adults with memory-related illnesses can come participate in fun, social activities while their caregivers have time to themselves. There is no cost to participate in this program. During the academic year (January through early May), the respite program is available on Wednesday and Friday from 10:00am - 2:00pm. We also offer programming during the summer.


What do care recipients do at the Respite Program?

Whether we're laughing and learning through pleasant coffee and conversation, chronicling all we have to be thankful for in our gratitude journals, or playing board-games, there's always something fun and refreshing happening here. Student volunteers complete training on communication techniques and tools for managing challenging situations. They plan daily activities rooted in beneficial routines for people with memory-related diseases, with enough variety to keep it fun.

Our activities are certainly fun and engaging for our seniors, but they're often a tremendous help to our student volunteers too. Here is a sampling of some of our favorite pastimes:

  • Chair yoga and aerobics
  • Arts and crafts
  • Games and puzzles
  • Special celebrations and events
  • Music therapy, Karaoke, & readings


Are you an Interested Student?

Students receive respite care training which gives an overview of memory-related diseases, communication techniques, as well as tools for dealing with challenging situations. Student volunteers and interns are also responsible for planning, facilitating, and executing fun, engaging activities for the group. We love to bring in new ideas! If you are interested in an internship or volunteering please fill out the student volunteer application form and send it by email Students will be working in full capacity of a caregivers for patients with Dementia. A minimum of 10 hours per week is required from the student. The program runs from 10:00am to 2:00pm onsite at Leisure World Seal Beach.


Contact Us

If you have questions about the program or application process, please feel free to contact us by email at

Sponsors of this program are:

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