Long Island Alzheimer’s and Dementia Center Appoints New Chair

FOR OFFICIAL RELEASE | JANUARY 12, 2018

Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center Appoints New Chair

The Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center is pleased to announce that Jennifer Cona, Esq., has been appointed Chair of Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center's Board of Trustees, effective January 1, 2018. Jennifer has been an integral and energetic presence at Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center since 2003, serving as the Board's Vice Chair. Jennifer succeeds Thomas Killeen, Esq., who served as Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center'S Chair for two years and will continue as Vice Chair.

As an Elder Law Counselor and Managing Partner at Genser Dubow Genser & Cona in Melville, Jennifer represents seniors and their loved ones with the preservation of assets, Medicaid planning, estate planning, wealth transfer strategies, administration of estates, estate litigation and guardianships. Jennifer's commitment to the community, along with her business savvy, have been recognized through the prestigious awards she has received, including the New York Times "Super Lawyers," New York Law Journal "Top Women in Law" award, Long Island Business News "Leadership in Law" and "Top 50 Most Influential Women in Business" award, Hofstra's "Outstanding Women in Law", Pulse Magazine's "Top 10 Legal Eagle" award and the Brava "Smart CEO" award, to name a few.

Jennifer's association with Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center steadily grew since she began speaking at the organization's "Coping and Caring" Conferences. As a leader in Elder Care Law, she shares her expertise by her actions—as an involved board member and dedicated liaison between the community and available resources. Jennifer goes above and beyond with her support and involvement in every Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center event, including her committee work for the annual Women's Luncheon and Fashion Show and as Chairperson of the Cocktails and Casino Night. We are most grateful for all that Jennifer has done, and continues to do, for Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center.

Jennifer has demonstrated her commitment, time and again, toward looking out for the needs of older adults, including the specialized needs of individuals living with Alzheimer's and related forms of dementia. The Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center is grateful for Jennifer's continual support and we are proud to serve with her as our new Board Chair. Says Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center's Executive Director, Tori Cohen, "I am so excited for 2018 and look forward to working alongside Jennifer who is always energized and willing to go the extra mile."

"I am proud to work with the amazing and dedicated staff at Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center who go above and beyond to provide meaningful experiences for the participants at Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center and much needed respite for caregivers," says Jennifer. "I look forward to learning more from Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center's families and the community to provide innovative programming and even greater services." 

Caption: Jennifer Cona, Esq., newly appointed Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center.

For more information about the Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center, please contact Jenna Caroccia, Director of External Affairs at jcaroccia@liaf.org or (516) 767-6856 ext. 28. To schedule an intake, please contact Melissa Katz, Director of Early Stage/In-Home Respite at mkatz@liaf.org or call (516) 767-6856 ext. 14.


For 29 years, Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center has been providing supportive community-based services to Alzheimer’s families on Long Island. Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center offers critically needed social adult day programs for individuals facing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their caregivers. Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center takes considerable pride in its pioneering role in the development of cutting edge services that foster the independence, dignity, well-being and safety of individuals with Alzheimer’s. For information call (516) 767-6856 or visit www.lidementia.org

Long Island Alzheimer’s and Dementia Center’s Transportation Assists Both Participants and Caregivers

FOR OFFICIAL RELEASE | JANUARY 5, 2018

The Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center has continually offered transportation for participants who attend Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center's Monday through Saturday social adult day programs, now located in Westbury. This can be a tremendous relief to caregivers, who may not be able to drive their loved one to the center. This door-to-door, agency-owned bus transportation is available in parts of North Hempstead, and Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center recently established a pick up and drop off point at Christopher Morley Park, at 500 Searingtown Road in Roslyn, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. The park pick up/drop off is partially funded by The Community Chest of Port Washington.

The 16-passenger, wheelchair accessible mini-buses bring individuals with Alzheimer's and related forms of dementia to Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center where they enjoy socialization and cognitive stimulation through a variety of structured activities, including word games, crafts, light exercise, music and entertainment. Buses are staffed by dementia-trained drivers with assistance from attendants, ensuring safe, reliable travel to and from the programs, which are tailored to each participants' diagnosed stage of Alzheimer's.

Many families are grateful for this transportation, including Maggie Babyatsky, whose husband, Gary, attends Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center's social adult day program. "My husband could not attend Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center five days a week without the transportation provided because, as his caregiver, I work full time. The bus drivers are sensitive and caring to people with dementia and the trained staff members who ride with him provide a safe, supportive, and comforting environment," she says. Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center staff sees to it that loved ones are escorted right into the home before the bus leaves. Ms. Babyatsky concurs, "The transportation has also eased my anxiety as a caregiver – I know every day that my husband is arriving safely at home because he is walked directly into our house and the staff makes sure there is a caretaker waiting for him before they leave. I'm grateful for this reliable transportation and for the great communication from the coordinator regarding any issues in scheduling or delays."

Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center's mission is two-fold; to help improve the quality of life for individuals living with Alzheimer's disease and related memory disorders, as well as, providing much-needed support to caregivers. By utilizing Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center's transportation service, loved ones are in good hands while traveling to and from Westbury, and caregivers are afforded a little more time to take care of their own appointments, shopping, and household responsibilities.

Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center's Transportation services are available upon assessment. For more information or to sign up for Transportation, please contact the Director of Transportation, Grace Johnson, LMSW, Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center Director of Late Stage Programming, at (516) 767-6856, ext. 11.

Caption: Larry Hymowitz, with Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center since 2013, is one of four current bus operators at the organization. All drivers have special training in working with individuals with dementia.


For 29 years, Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center has been providing supportive community-based services to Alzheimer’s families on Long Island. Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center offers critically needed social adult day programs for individuals facing Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias and their caregivers. Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center takes considerable pride in its pioneering role in the development of cutting edge services that foster the independence, dignity, well-being and safety of individuals with Alzheimer’s. For information call (516) 767-6856 or visit www.lidementia.org