“I am pleased that  this program  is meeting the real need for both the caregivers(respite) and for their loved ones (respite care)

Through involving students and other adults, it has been an example of how intergenerational efforts can provide meaningful experiences for volunteers and for program participants in a special ministry

I am thankful for the opportunity that I’ve had to serve as a Board member”


-Gail Marion




In 2015, professionals from the Oconee and Pickens community began to explore respite options for caregivers of persons diagnosed with early to mid-stage Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia.  After researching and reviewing other dementia respite programs, Golden Corner Respite Care was created and initially funded in 2016 through a grant from the S.C. Lt. Governor’s Office on Aging.  Clemson University’s, Institute for Engaged Aging, under Dr. Cheryl Dye, was involved with the development and inclusion of student volunteers along with dementia education. A  part-time director was hired. Non-profit status was achieved.  The Episcopal Church of the Ascension in Seneca serves as the host site, located between Seneca and the Clemson area.

Music Therapy

This includes singing as a group, guest performances, and listening to old tunes, etc. 


Chair Exercise 

This also includes Tai Chi, chair balloon, volleyball, bowling, balloon tennis, corn-hole, bean-bag twister, skee ball, etc.

Social Interaction 

This includes telling stories, getting to know each other, talking about our past, etc. 

Brain Games 

This includes crosswords, puzzles, coloring, word search, finish the phrase, etc. 





“Whether it was playing games, coloring pictures, singing, or making arts and crafts, Maria and the others were having the best of times.  So, from then on, the trip each week to the Golden Corners Respite Care Program, was for Maria’s benefit, not for me.”




“You have a very good program, it is the bright spot of our week.”




“While I believe giving money to a worthy cause is important, sometimes giving of your time is even more important.  Even if I were to place a value on my time, the interactions with our program participants are priceless.”



Board Member 

“I look forward to Thursday afternoons at the Golden Corner Respite Care program. I have made friends with the program participants, their families, and the other volunteers.  We get together, do puzzles, crafts, games, pause to have delicious snacks, do some exercises, watch videos. Lots of fun!”