February Newsletter

Happy Valentine's Day, from the LIAD Center!


They're Back! Returning Programs

Train Your Brain
The LIAD Center’s Train Your Brain program is for individuals who are experiencing early signs of Alzheimer’s and dementia and are interested in maintaining and enhancing cognitive abilities. Sessions stimulate the areas of the brain that are susceptible to age-related decline using activities such as word games, critical thinking, creative writing and more!


The Sharp Notes
The Sharp Notes is for diagnosed individuals along with their caregivers. The mission of the chorus program is to bring together loved ones for the shared purpose of learning a repertoire of hit songs.
Spring Session: February - May


In-Service Trainings for HHA's, CNA's and other direct care professionals

The LIAD Center invites companions, HHA's, CNA's and other direct care professionals to learn about the different types of dementia, stages of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as tips and strategies to best care for a client with dementia.
Wednesday, March 4th
2:30 - 4:30 pm
at the LIAD Center
Fee: $40


Caregiver Programs

Educational Trainings
Caregivers play a vital role in supporting and coping with a loved one’s diagnosis.
Caregiver Trainings bring the community to our caregivers, offering innovative techniques, tools and valuable insight, while loved ones conveniently participate in our structured, stimulating day programs.


Stretch Out Your Mind, Body and Soul

Caregiver Yoga
In partnership with United We Om, our caregivers can start the new year with a healthy mind and body! Check out our new 8-week yoga program, provided during our day program hours.
Fridays, 10:15 - 11:15 am
February 7 - March 27, 2020

To learn more information,
contact Melissa Katz at
(516) 767-6856 x. 14


Caregiver Retreat Day

Join us at Brandywine Living at Huntington Terrace for a day of self-care, including a canvas painting workshop, yoga class and lunch buffet.

Wednesday, March 11th
10 AM - 1:30 PM


Dine and Donate!

On March 15th, we're collaborating with 2 Spring Restaurant for their Sunday Supper, where 20% of each meal will be donated towards the LIAD Center's hands-on programs and services. Enjoy a delicious meal AND support your community living with dementia all in one sitting!


Save The Dates! LIAD Center's 2020 Special Events


Photographer Asia Lee features work at the LIAD Center!

Long-time supporter and talented photographer, Asia Lee, is best known for her unique ability to capture rare beautiful moments of nature and everyday life at their best. Her beautiful, attention-grabbing work is featured throughout the LIAD Center.  Asia graciously donated three works of art, and one is still available in lieu of a donation!

Asia truly puts her heart into what she does, from her artwork, to choosing each piece specifically with consideration of the activities conducting in each room. Generous and thoughtful donors like Asia Lee helps to make the LIAD Center welcoming, comfortable and full of life!

Read more about Asia Lee, and visit the LIAD Center to experience her fine art nature photographs and their powerful emotional impact yourself!

ClientFirst Strategy Inc.

Executive Director, Tori Cohen, Interview With ClientFirst Strategy Inc.

Executive Director, Tori Cohen, was interviewed by Mitchell Goldberg with ClientFirst Strategy Inc. to discuss the important topic of Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. Tori shares her insights and wealth of knowledge regarding caring for a diagnosed loved one. A recent study found that in just the last five years of life a person with dementia, on average, would spend more than $287,000 – a total substantially higher than that of a person with heart disease ($175,000) or cancer ($173,000). ClientFirst Strategy Inc. helps to financially empower its clients to assure they are on the path to achieve their most important goals and to confidently plan for the future that they envision. Listen to learn more about what you can do to assure you and your loved one will live the best quality of life using your community’s resources.

Bravo’s Project Runway Star to Make Appearance and Design at LIAD Center’s Luncheon Event

At this year’s Long Island Alzheimer’s & Dementia Center’s Annual Women’s Luncheon & Fashion Show, Bravo’s Project Runway star, ShaVi Lewis, will be making an appearance as well as creating an original design to be auctioned.

“ShaVi Lewis’ connection with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia through his grandmother has had a profound effect on this leading fashion designer. We are so moved by his generosity and support for our fundraising event,” said Tori Cohen, Executive Director of the Long Island Alzheimer & Dementia Center. “Sadly, ShaVi’s story is one we hear every day at the LIAD Center. He shared that his grandmother taught him how to sew at an early age, playing a significant role in what he does today. The unique, original design that he will design for the event’s auction will be an amazing tribute to his grandmother and directly help benefit other diagnosed individuals that utilize the LIAD Center’s hands-on programs.”

ShaVi Lewis appeared on the most recent season of Project Runway and is a strong advocate of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease. “Seeing my grandmother’s condition grow overtime made me realize it's important to use what we were taught to help those that may have forgotten,” says Lewis. “I believe early awareness and treatment are key for the families of those diagnosed to aid in the education of how to adjust to this disease, and what it will mean for their loved one. Having someone you love losing the memories that you created together is hard, so I was elated to be asked to design a piece in tribute to my grandmother, the creativity that she helped me to explore, and the future which she encouraged me to pursue.”

ShaVi Lewis, founded in 2002, is a limited luxury brand with a strong focus on women’s cocktail and evening attire. His passion began at the age of seven years old, as he assisted his Grandmother while she created garments for clients. ShaVi has been a featured designer for Sephora’s “Fashion’s Night Out” Event, debuted a preview collection during New York Fashion Week, and his fashion been seen at the Raw Artists NYC "Discovery" Showcase, the Bermuda Fashion Festival and on the Emmy Red Carpet.

The Long Island Alzheimer’s & Dementia Center’s Annual Women’s Luncheon & Fashion Show will be April 24th, 2020 at the North Hempstead Country Club in Port Washington. To learn more about registration and sponsorship opportunities, contact Danielle Schwartzberg at dschwartzberg@lidementia.org.

Women’s Luncheon

LIAD Center Announces Honoree for Annual Women’s Luncheon

The Long Island Alzheimer’s and Dementia (LIAD) Center is pleased to announce that Jennifer Devine of Caring People has been selected as the 2020 Women’s Luncheon & Fashion Show Honoree.

“Jennifer is the ideal honoree. She is a community leader, not only of high standard, but also of personal integrity and compassion,” says Tori Cohen, Executive Director of the LIAD Center. “Her dedication and passion have made her widely known in the field, and Jennifer’s goals align with the LIAD Center’s mission - together we improve the quality of life for those living with a dementia diagnosis.”

The LIAD Center’s Women’s Luncheon & Fashion Show is an annual fundraiser that celebrates the hard-work and compassion of caregiving. Approximately two-thirds of caregivers are women. This event provides a day of fashion, shopping and fun, while also supporting the hands-on programs and services provided to diagnosed individuals and caregivers.

“I am so overwhelmed with this tremendous honor from the LIAD Center. I am hoping we can spread the word about the incredible programs the LIAD Center offers and what it is to be dealing with this awful disease,” said Jennifer Devine. “On Friday, April 24th at North Hempstead Country Club, I am so proud to raise awareness and be honored.”

About Jennifer Devine, Caring People
Jennifer Devine is a Licensed Social Worker, specializing in the Geriatric field. She has over 20 years of geriatric work experience, including Emergency Services, Mental Health Clinic and Hospital services, Medical Rehab, Discharge Planning and Homecare. Currently, Jennifer works for Caring People, a Concierge Licensed Homecare Company, conducting Business Development for the past 12 years. Jennifer is a committee member of Seniors with Animals Project, Gerontology Professionals of New York, Association of Generational Experts for Seniors, Senior Umbrella Network, and sits on the Board of the Case Management Society Association (Long Island Chapter).  Jennifer obtained a Certificate in Care Management at Hunter College and is currently working to receive an End of Life Doula Certificate. She resides on Long Island with her husband, and two children.