Achievements in Health Care

Long Island Alzheimer’s and Dementia Center’s Recognition for Achievements in Health Care

On Tuesday, December 18th, Mandy Klarman, previous volunteer and current per-diem social worker at Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center, was recognized at the Long Island Business News “Achievements in Health Care” awards program. She was honored within the Volunteer category, a prestigious group of individuals who have had an impact in the delivery of care through volunteer work.

Mandy Klarman first came to the Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center in 2017.  As a stay-at-home mother of two, Klarman engaged with many volunteer activities at her children’s school. However, she wanted to do more to give back to the larger community. She gained an interest in Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center because of a personal connection - her grandmother had battled Alzheimer’s disease. “Although I was not my grandmother’s caregiver, I was involved through my mother and grandfather in their roles as caregivers.” She also holds a Master’s degree in Social Work.

From her first day at Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center, Klarman felt at home and began volunteering for one four hour shift per week.

Melissa Katz, Klarman’s supervisor at Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center says she is “a natural and simply wonderful with our participants. She unfailingly treats them with dignity, respect and allows them to be as independent as is safe for them. Mandy has an extra spark which connects with our participants, their family members and our staff, and she is always so appropriate in her role as a volunteer.”

As a volunteer, Klarman assists during the day program as needed, from engaging participants in conversation, helping conduct program activities and catering to individual needs. Afternoon activities generally involve exercise, music, dance and help with dismissal. 

“Mostly I socialize with the participants as another friendly face,” explains Klarman. “I bring compassion, patience and understanding to my work. I can see how the participants benefit from socialization and light conversation with another person. What I appreciate about older adults is that they have so much to share and so much history. With this population you can’t always expect too much but there’s enjoyment they can get in light conversation. It allows them to express their humanity, maintain dignity and have joy in their day.”

Highlights of the Week

LIBN Nonprofit Highlights of the Week

Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center was featured in LIBN "On Our Island: Nonprofit highlights of the week". Continue reading to learn more.

Kelly DeBusschere (right) presented more than $12,000 to Tori Cohen of Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center, which DeBusschere raised by completing 17 ascents of Vermont’s Stratton Mountain – the vertical equivalent of climbing Mount Everest.


Give Back on #GivingTuesday

The Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center is proud to participate in #GivingTuesday today, November 27th. This global day of giving invites individuals to celebrate the holiday season by giving back and supporting their community. Together, we can make a difference.

This year, Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center is in need of donations such as:

  • Apple music player devices
  • iTunes gift cards
  • Arts & crafting supplies
  • Puzzles or other materials for activities

For your convenience Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center has created a gift registry at

You can also participate and help by contributing a monetary donation.
Thank you so much for your #GivingTuesday donation!

Donations Follow Their Climb

Donations Follow Their Climb

Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center was featured in Westbury Times last week. Continue on to read the full article.

When Garden City resident Kelly DeBusschere and her husband heard about the “29029 Everesting Challenge,”they didn’t hesitate to sign up. They saw it as a perfect opportunity to raise funds to donate to the Westbury-basedLong Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center in honor of Kelly’s mother, whois battling Alzheimer’s disease. And raise funds they did—to date, they have donated over $12,000 to Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center. Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center Executive Director Tori Cohen noted, “Kelly’s efforts in this climb are beyond impressive. The determination that she had despite the inclement weather was inspiring to all of us. Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center is so appreciative of Kelly and her husband’s commitment to raise funds to help support our programs that foster the independence and dignity of those individuals dealing with Alzheimer’s disease. The Challenge is aptly named "29029 Everesting" as 17 climbs to the summit of Stratton Mountain in Stratton, VT, equal 29,029 feet, the height of Mount Everest. To continue to suuport Kelly’s efforts, visit:


What is Dementia: The Difference Between Dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease

Although often considered synonyms, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia are not the same. Whether you’re a caregiver or someone experiencing early onset symptoms, it’s important to understand the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

At the Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center, we provide a range of innovative services to help your loved one living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia find a higher quality of life. Continue reading to learn more about the difference between dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

What Is Dementia?

Dementia is an umbrella term used for a range of brain disorders that hamper the ability to make decisions, think clearly, remember, and even control your emotions. You are more likely to develop dementia with age and it can be the result of damaged brain cells. Alzheimer’s disease is only one type of dementia, but there are a vast range of causes and types of dementia, including:

  • Mixed dementia
  • Frontotemporal dementia
  • Lewy body dementia
  • Parkinson’s disease dementia
  • Huntington’s disease
  • Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease

Other causes of dementia can include chronic drug use, depression, vascular disease, infections, and stroke. Each type of dementia causes damage to a unique set of brain cells.

Diagnosing Dementia

In order for a person to be diagnosed with dementia, they will typically have significant difficulty with a minimum of two of the following:

  • Judgement and reasoning
  • Cognitive difficulties
  • Speech and communication
  • Visual perception
  • Concentrating and focusing
  • Recalling important everyday tasks

Considering different types of dementia may share relatively similar symptoms, it can present a challenge for practitioners to accurately diagnose your loved one’s condition. A medical assessment for dementia typically includes a medical history, physical exam and neurological tests.

What Is Alzheimer’s Disease?

The National Institutes of Health estimate that over 5 million people in the United States suffer from Alzheimer’s disease. Alzheimer’s is a very specific type of progressive dementia that usually affects those over the age of 65.  Alzheimer’s disease is the result of the buildup of fibers and proteins in the brain that block nerve signals and destroy nerve cells.

While younger people can get diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, most of the symptoms do not begin until later in life. The Center for Disease Control estimates that Alzheimer’s disease causes anywhere from 50 to 70% of all dementia cases.

Symptoms of Alzheimer’s can include confusion, impaired thought, and other cognitive impairments. At first, memory loss associated with Alzheimer’s may be minimal, but the symptoms progress over time. If your loved one suffers from Alzheimer’s, it can become increasingly difficult to perform everyday tasks or even carry on conversations. Mood changes, aggression, and confusion are other common symptoms associated with the disease.

How Is Alzheimer’s Diagnosed?

While a physician may not be able to diagnose Alzheimer’s with 100% certainty, there are several diagnostic tests they can do. One of the most prevalent types of testing used to determine Alzheimer’s is taking images of the brain with magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). This type of testing utilizes powerful radio waves and magnets to make detailed pictures of the brain. Additional tests include:

  • Examining MRI images of the brain
  • Attention testing
  • Language

Difference Between Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia

If your loved one has been diagnosed with dementia, they are essentially being diagnosed with a set of symptoms. Similar to someone with a headache — their head hurts, but it may not be understood what is causing the symptom. Among others, it could be sinus pressure, high blood pressure, a brain freeze, or more serious conditions like brain tumors.

When someone has dementia, they are essentially experiencing symptoms without being told what is actually causing the symptoms. Let’s take a closer look at a few key areas that may highlight more differences between Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Symptomatic Differences Between Alzheimer’s Symptoms and Dementia

The symptoms of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease can and often overlap. Shared symptoms may include memory impairment, reduced cognitive ability, and impairment of communications. The symptoms most commonly seen for Alzheimer’s disease tend to include:

Although some forms of dementia will share these symptoms, they will typically exclude or include other symptoms that can assist in diagnosis. For instance, Lewy body dementia (LBD) has several of the same symptoms as Alzheimer’s, but those with LBD may experience initial symptoms like sleep disturbances, balance problems, and hallucinations.

Outlook for Dementia vs. Alzheimer’s Patients

Alzheimer’s disease is not curable or reversible and is degenerative. However, certain forms of dementia can be temporary and may be reversible.

Alzheimer’s Treatments vs. Dementia Treatments

While no cure for Alzheimer’s is currently available, there are a range of options designed to help manage the condition, such as medications for behavioral changes, memory loss, sleep changes, and depression. In addition, Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center offers several highly-effective therapies for each stage of Alzheimer’s:

Similar to Alzheimer’s disease, there are many forms of treatment available to treat the condition that causes dementia. Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center’s innovative programs address each stage, including pre-diagnosis, and are customized to the diagnosed individual’s progression.

Contact the Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center

At Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center, our mission is to enhance the quality of life for those living with Alzheimer’s and other related forms of dementia. We actively work to achieve our mission through a variety of different programs for each stage of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as:

Our goal is to make a positive difference in the lives of those impacted by Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia — one person, one family, one community at a time.

Veteran’s Day

This Veteran’s Day Long Island Alzheimer’s and Dementia Center is Honoring America’s Military Heroes

This Veteran’s Day, Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center is honored America’s military heroes by making an effort to also help keep people safe. On November 12, 2018, we proudly teamed up with the American Red Cross to check smoke detectors for our participant’s families and other in the community, many of whom are veterans. We graciously thank veterans and active-duty military, as well as the American Red Cross volunteers for assisting in helping Long Island’s caregivers.

Music & Memory

Introducing Long Island Alzheimer’s and Dementia Center’s Music & Memory Program

In early 2017, Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center was certified by the MUSIC & MEMORY® Foundation to distribute iPods outfitted with personalized music playlists to persons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementias. Since then, we have modified and augmented their program in order for it to better serve our participants and their caregivers. Specifically, we have emphasized the role that music plays in the restoration of the diagnosed person’s identity and in the revitalization of the diagnosed person’s relationships with his or her loved ones.

When one is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s Disease or with other dementias, one experiences feelings of hopelessness and isolation: the future one imagined for oneself is shattered, one is made unrecognizable to oneself, and, perhaps most devastating, one cannot adequately express oneself to family and friends. Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center’s innovative approach to MUSIC & MEMORY® alleviates those feelings of hopelessness and isolation by immersing our participants in the sounds, colors, and movements of their youth. For a participant from Ukraine, we utilized a YouTube playlist of Hopak performances, which surrounds him with the spirit of his native country and inspires him to share memories of his childhood with staff. For a participant with Lewy Body Dementia, we choreographed a marching routine, set to Abba, which has taught him to prompt his own movements and has instilled in him the confidence to walk on his own and to dance with his wife. And, of course, for many of our participants, a simple playlist consisting of their favorite songs is enough to encourage them to sing, dance, and engage their loved ones.

Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center invites all participants’ families to join our Imagine Award-winning MUSIC & MEMORY® Program. For more information, contact Edward McDermott, MUSIC & MEMORY® Program Coordinator, at 516-767-6856 or

Music & Memory
Champions for Charity

Champions for Charity

The Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center is pleased to participate in Americana Manhasset’s Champions for Charity.

Join Us:
From Thursday, November 29 through Sunday, December 2, Over 70 participating Americana Manhasset and select Wheatley Plaza stores will donate 25% of designated full-price pre-tax purchases to the participating organization(s) of the customer’s choice. Purchases are not automatically eligible; you must register for a complimentary Champion Number, designate Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center as your charity of choice, and present your Champion Number when making purchases during the event.

For More Information Visit: or call 800-818-6767.

Top Fifty Women in Business

LIBN Top Fifty Women in Business

For Immediate Release | November 6, 2018

Tori Cohen

Tori Cohen, executive director at the Long IslandAlzheimer’s Foundation, has been named to the Long Island Business News “Top 50 Women in Business” for 2018. Launched in 2000, the award recognizes Long Island’s top women in business, education, government and the nonprofit sector for their business savvy, influential work, mentoring and community involvement.