Press Conference

Representative Rice Introduces Bill to Help Younger Alzheimer’s Patients

For Immediate Release | July 31, 2018

Representative Rice Introduces Bill to Increase Access to Services for People Living with Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s.

U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice today announced at the Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center headquarters in Westbury, NY, that she will introduce the Younger-Onset Alzheimer’s Disease Parity Act. This bill would amend the Older Americans Act of 1965 to serve individuals who are under the age of 60, but living with younger-onset Alzheimer’s disease or other degenerative diseases. Representative Rice was joined by representatives from Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center, The Alzheimer’s Association and Sid Jacobson JCC.

Also speaking at the press conference was Karen Henley (a NY-04 resident) who said that she had nowhere to turn when her husband was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s at the age of 36. Programs from the Town of North Hempstead Services for the Aging were just not available to her and her family, as her husband did not meet the age criteria. Under the current Older Americans Act, one has to be 65 years of age or older to qualify for any of the home- and/or community-based programs.

Tori Cohen, Executive Director of Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center, noted, “This bill is vital as it will provide much-needed relief to families coping with Alzheimer’s disease here on Long Island and across the nation. A change in the age criteria for assistance would enable more people to take advantage of two unique programs only Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center offers. Our In-Home Respite Program has proven to be an excellent entry point for families that are fearful of this disease and need assistance with a loved one, but right now under our Nassau County contract, the program can only be offered for those 65 and older. Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center has another exclusive program, our Weekend Drop-Off Program, that offers Saturday respite assistance for caregivers here at our center. U.S. Representative Rice’s bill would be especially welcome as it would provide an opportunity for the younger working caregivers of younger-onset individuals to get a much-needed break on the weekend, knowing that their loved ones are safe at our center.”

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About Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center 

For 30 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, along with services for caregivers. Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center takes considerable pride in its pioneering role in the development of cutting edge programs that foster the independence, dignity, well-being and safety of individuals with Alzheimer’s. Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center is now located in a new state-of-the-art center at 1025 Old Country Road in Westbury. This central Long Island location provides Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center the opportunity to bring services and programs more easily to those who need them. For information call (516) 767-6856 or visit www.lidementia.org.

Summer traveling with Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Summer Traveling With Alzheimer’s and Dementia

Summer means vacations for many families.  But for those who are caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s or Dementia, traveling can be very stressful.  Here are some tips to help ease anxiety about the process.

  • Understand their schedule.  Don’t rush to get a 5:00am flight if you know they cannot get up before 9:00am.  Lack of sleep can lead to increased confusion, making traveling even more hectic.  If you’re driving, schedule in rest stops for a quick walk and restroom breaks.  Limit traveling time to under four hours.
  • Get an identification necklace and obtain a non-driver’s ID for their wallet.  Additionally, bring emergency medical information and history, as well as a list of medications.  More information can be found by calling Medic Alert + Safe Return Enrollment Line – 1-888-572-8566.
  • Notify staff at your lodgings.  While it is not the staff’s responsibility to keep an eye on your loved one, notifying them of the disease and risk for wandering can help.  Keep a RECENT picture (taken no longer than 4 months ago) handy, as well as copies.  Show them to the front desk as well.  A card explaining your situation can also be kept handy to show waiters or staff to decrease embarrassment for the loved one.
  • Bring a night-light.  Sleeping in an unfamiliar place can be confusing for anyone, let alone someone with Alzheimer’s.  Bring a night-light to help should they get up in the middle of the night.  Also, bring something familiar to them, such as a photo or favorite plush item to help ease anxiety.
  • Schedule breaks into your trip.  Booking activity after activity can be exhausting for not only the loved one, but the caregiver as well.

By: Lindsay Knudsen

Molloy Students Fundraiser Event for Long Island Alzheimer’s and Dementia Center

Thank you to the Molloy Students who have organized this special fundraiser event for Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center. Join us to watch this heartwarming and very poignant movie: Still Alice starring Julianne Moore; Kristen Stewart and Alec Baldwin, and help the students reach their goal in helping Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center.

Molloy College
Public Square; Madison Theatre
Thursday July 12th 2018
Showtime 8:00 p.m. Refreshments and snacks will be sold from 7:00-8:00 p.m.
Ticket Cost: $15.00
Fundraiser is being facilitated by Molloy College Summer 2018 Capstone Students

Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center Annual Golf Outing

Another Successful Long Island Alzheimer’s and Dementia Center Annual Golf Outing

For Immediate Release | July 3, 2018

Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center’s 2018 Golf Outing was a tremendous success with 27 foursomes for golf and 165 attendees for dinner raising over $250,000! We would like to thank our amazing honoree, Christopher V. Albanese, for going above and beyond in his efforts to make this event as successful as it was. Thank you also to the Albanese Organization, Albanese and Albanese and all of our many sponsors who so generously donated. Without you, our attendees, our volunteers, those who donated to the live and silent auction and many others, Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center would be unable to continue offering our critically needed programs to those living with Alzheimer’s and other related dementias. Thank you!

Warm Regards,
Christine Rice

Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center Annual Golf Outing
Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center Annual Golf Outing
Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center Annual Golf Outing
Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center Annual Golf Outing
Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center Annual Golf Outing

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About Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center 

For 30 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, along with services for caregivers. Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center takes considerable pride in its pioneering role in the development of cutting edge programs that foster the independence, dignity, well-being and safety of individuals with Alzheimer’s. Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center is now located in a new state-of-the-art center at 1025 Old Country Road in Westbury. This central Long Island location provides Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center the opportunity to bring services and programs more easily to those who need them. For information call (516) 767-6856 or visit www.lidementia.org.