Staff Hand Deliver Holiday-Themed Packages

To celebrate the new Spring season, LIAD Center staff hand delivered holiday-themed packages to a few of our families! Each package was filled with goodies, games and more.

First they spread some Irish luck for St. Patrick's Day in March. Packages included green hand sanitizers, light up shamrock necklaces, coloring supplies, socks and other accessories. Later in April, in honor of Easter and Passover, and thanks to special support from Care Connections Home Care, staff delivered themed gifts with Easter egg stress balls, matzo, swirly themed straws, and a variety of candies.

Thank you to all the families that participated, and happy Spring to all!

Virtual Raffle Event Raises over $15,000!

Our Virtual Raffle Event on March 24, 2021 was a great success! We had over 150 donors, over 80 Zoom attendees, and raised more than $15,000. We are so appreciative of our community and all that helped to make the event amazing. Congratulations to all the winners!

"I am genuinely blown away by our community's support," said Danielle Schwartzberg, Director of Special Events and Community Outreach. "From donations, to social media outreach, sponsorships and so, so much more, this event had zero overhead and I am incredibly grateful to all that had a part in making that happen."

Thank you to our in-kind donors:

CoKEM International

Cona Elder Law

Village Monte’s Pizza

La Famiglia Restaurant

Catch the Wave

Plainview Town Bagel

Sweats Appeal

La Piazza

Nostro Postro Pizza

Dutchess Cookie

Main Event Sports Bar

Cirella’s Italian Restaurant

Iavarone Bros

Butera’s of Woodbury

Michell’s Clothing Store

LoveKess Clothing

Alter'd Home

London Jeweler

Mike Sharinn Photography

Salon Entourage & Jennifer Ann Cosmetics

The Mansion at Glen Cove

Just Robyn Designs

Girl’s Room of Woodbury

Jennifer Cona, Esq. of Cona Elder Law

The Eibeler Family

Penelope Wambolt

Jennifer Devine of Caring People

Lisa Vecchio Belinsky

Gregg Suchow

The Klarman Family

Eugenia Slubski

Thank you to our sponsors:

COVID-19 Vaccine at the LIAD Center

With the COVID-19 pandemic having affected over 30 million Americans, many pharmaceutical companies have rapidly developed vaccines to be administered to prevent the spread of the disease. Some, thankfully, already approved by the FDA for emergency use authorization.

On March 25, 2021, the LIAD Center proudly collaborated with Rite Aid Pharmacy to provide the hands-on support the community has always relied on us for. Staff, families and local community members safely gathered to receive the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at the facility.

“Partnering with Rite Aid Pharmacy to help vaccinate a vulnerable population has been an exciting honor,” said Lindsay Knudsen, LMSW, of the LIAD Center. “In addition to supporting our community in a safe and healthy step forward from these difficult times, it also felt incredible to reconnect with our staff and families. While the LIAD Center has continued its mission, supporting our community in person is so dearly missed and we are eager to resume in-person programming. The first step is to assure the upmost safety, and so it is our privilege to have a part in that by offering the COVID-19 vaccine at our facility.”

The LIAD Center is excited to feel a glimpse of hope during this unprecedent time. Nevertheless, we still have a long way to go, so mask up and stay safe!

Special thank you to our event sponsor, Care Connections Home Care for their support.

Students Fundraise Art Supplies for LIAD Families

A group of students, connected through a leadership course at Sanford H. Calhoun High School in Merrick, NY, sought to start the new year on a giving foot. Supporting both local businesses and their community, they turned to the Long Island Alzheimer’s and Dementia (LIAD) Center to make a hands-on impact.

Within only two weeks, the ambitious group of students organized a fundraiser to provide diagnosed individuals the gift of art. From crayons and markers, to paint and yarn, their collection of donated items grew rapidly!

Art therapy, beyond supporting creativity, stimulates fine motor skills and exercises memory in many ways. The class's inspiration for this fundraiser stemmed from their classmate, Jenna Schanstra. “My grandma, who has Alzheimer’s disease, is very into art and drawing,” Jenna said, “so I thought it’d be sweet to give back stuff like that. [It] reminds me of her.”

“Our mission was to spread awareness and make an impact,” said Isabella Cespedes, Junior at Calhoun High School, “if you do something for someone else, it makes you feel good inside and can make a difference in someone’s life.”

Thanks to the generosity from the class and its fundraiser supporters, the LIAD Center can continue its mission to improve the quality of life for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia. 

Left to Right: John Schwab, T.J. Morash, Deven Kirpalani, Michael Bilardello, Isabella Buono, Alexa Stabile, Daniela Scheffler, Holly DiPalo, Rebecca Markoski, Isabella Cespedes, and pictured on the screen, Jenna Schanstra.

Tori Cohen Featured on The Senior Spotlight Show With Sarah Anker

Executive Director, Tori Cohen, was featured on The Senior Spotlight Show with Legislator Sarah Anker on Saturday October 31st. She discussed the LIAD Center’s hands-on initiative to continue support for dementia families during COVID-19, how the community can get involved to make an impact, and tips on what caregivers can do adjusting to their ‘new normal’ role.

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WBAB’s Plugged Into Long Island

Tori Cohen Featured on WBAB’s Plugged Into Long Island Radio

Executive Director, Tori Cohen, was featured on WBAB’s Plugged Into Long Island to discuss the Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center’s hands-on programs and services to Long Islanders diagnosed with Alzheimer's and dementia. as well as its 2020 signature fundraising events. Tori's interview with Al Levine is worth a listen!

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