LIAD & The Community

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!


Tori Cohen Online Interview with ClientFirst Strategy Inc.

Executive Director, Tori Cohen, shares with Mitchell Goldberg, ClientFirst Strategy Inc., her insights and wealth of knowledge regarding caring for a diagnosed loved one and the importance of Alzhiemer's and dementia awareness.


Giving Back with Asia Lee

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. Asia graciously donated three of her beautiful, attention-grabbing work to be featured throughout the LIAD Center! Additional pieces displayed are available for purchase. Read more to learn how you can support Asia Lee and the LIAD Center.


Sweetheart Valentine's Day Dance

This past Valentine's Day, the LIAD Center invited family and friends to join program participants in our Sweetheart Dance! Loved ones gathered to share the special day with live music, dancing and sweets made at home with love. Community events, such as holiday dances, is one way we use hands-on programs to help to improve the quality of life for those living with Alzheimer's and dementia. Thank you to all that attended!


Save The Dates! LIAD Center's 2020 Special Events


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


January Newsletter

Looking to Start the New Year With Generosity?

We put together a supply list that will help support our incredible programs and services, including music player devices, arts & crafting supplies and office supplies. Your kind donation will directly help the LIAD Center continue and expand its services that benefit your community.


Happy Belly - Happy Mind!

Exciting news! As of January 2020, the LIAD Center will provide full lunches to our day program participants. Thanks to our new lunch program, partially funded by Maspeth Federal Savings Bank, caregivers are relieved from preparing lunch meals for their loved one! This critically needed program follows senior nutrition guidelines, and includes vegetables, protein and a carbohydrate. It also includes a cup of 1% milk to ensure our participants get their daily calcium. Lunches are provided completely free to our families Monday through Saturday. We are so appreciative of our donor's support, and especially Cinco de Mayo restaurant for their delicious menu.


Upcoming Caregiver Programs

Caregiver 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


Memory Cafe

3-month series
The LIAD Center's Memory Cafe program is a free two-hour, monthly program that offers diagnosed individuals and their care partner an opportunity to socialize and relax. The afternoon includes a light lunch, friendly conversation, music and dancing.
January 21st, February 18th, March 17th, 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
at Tesoro Restaurant
To register, contact Melissa Katz at
(516) 767-6856 x. 14


New Blog Post: About Vascular Dementia

As the second most common type of dementia, vascular dementia, results in a significant decline in an individual's thinking ability. This condition can cause problems with balance, speech or memory. Vascular dementia can develop following a stroke that blocks arteries in the brain, but strokes do not always cause vascular dementia. Learn more about the symptoms, causes and risk factors of Vascular Dementia in our new blog post.


Save The Dates! LIAD Center's 2020 Special Events

Women’s Luncheon & Fashion Show
Honoring Jennifer Devine,
Caring People
Friday, April 24, 2020
North Hempstead Country Club,
Port Washington, NY

26th Annual Golf Classic
Monday, June 29, 2020
Sands Point Golf Club,
Port Washington, NY

December Newsletter

December Newsletter

Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation Changes Name To Reflect Broad Services Available

Effective immediately, The Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation has changed its name to the Long Island Alzheimer’s & Dementia Center. The name of the 31-year old not for profit was changed to more clearly reflect the wide range of programs and services that the center offers to families affected by Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia.


Holiday Giving

Looking to send more of a personal gift to the LIAD Center this year? We put together a supply list that will help support our incredible programs and services, including music player devices, arts & crafting supplies and office supplies. Your kind donation will directly help the LIAD Center continue and expand its services that benefit your community.


New Blog Post: Holiday Traveling With Your Diagnosed Loved One

The holidays usually mean seeing family, near or far. But for those who are caring for a loved one with dementia, traveling can be very stressful. We put together some tips to help ease anxiety about the process.


Meet Danielle Schwartzberg, Director of Special Events and Community Outreach

The Long Island Alzheimer’s & Dementia Center proudly welcomes Danielle Schwartzberg to our team! Click below to read more about Danielle's professional experience.


Making Memories at the Movies
with Marcy Rhodes

A unique program designed for people living with memory loss and their care partners. Individuals of all ages enjoy clips of classic films and television programs followed by guided conversation and reminiscence.

Saturday, January 11th
12:45 - 1:45 p.m at the Center
$10 per person admission
To RSVP, contact Melissa Katz at
(516) 767-6856


The 2019 Long Island
Real Estate Committee Fundraiser

On Tuesday, December 10th, the Long Island Real Estate Committee held their 2nd annual fundraising event! This year, the committee honored Henry Bergman and Jeff Wasserman, owners of 1025 LI Technology Center. Friends, family and the community gathered for an exciting evening to benefit the LIAD Center's programs and services.

The event was catered with delicious food and drinks by H On the Harbor Events, had lively music, great company and raised over $30,000!


The Sharp Note's Winter Performance

The Sharp Notes end-of-year performance was an absolute success!
Special thank you to our talented program participants and caregivers, hard working staff, our program conductor, Pat Kaiser, as well as the families that attended to support and sing along. Call the LIAD Center at (516) 767-6856 to register you and your loved one in the chorus program's Spring semester!

November Newsletter

National Family Caregivers Month

November is nationally recognized as National Family Caregivers month. The Long Island Alzheimer's & Dementia Center values all hardworking and kind dementia caregivers. The Center is a 'one-stop-shop' for caregivers to find respite, guidance and a community. We provide referrals, transportation, as well as support groups and educational trainings which are held during day program hours to provide respite and convenience. At the Long Island Alzheimer's & Dementia Center we value self-care. We provide Memory Cafe luncheons, a yoga program and comfort knowing their loved one is safe and treated with dignity.


Day Program Activities

Pumpkin Painting

Pumpkin PaintingOur participants, caregivers and staff had an absolute blast pumpkin painting, this month's extended-program activity! Thank you to our friends, Hick's Nurseries, for the orange canvases. 


Spirit Week!

From October 28th - November 1st, participants and staff celebrated Spirit Week, where each day was designated a different theme.


November's
Extended-Program Event

On the 3rd Wednesday of each month, the Center provides an after program event for caregivers to join their loved one in a shared themed activity. Join us this month for a Thanksgiving craft  & themed BINGO!

Wednesday, November 20th
2:30 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Registration required. See flyer for details.


Caregiver Trainings

NUMC Breast and Prostate Cancer Training

Do you know the risk factors for prostate cancer? Are you unsure of when to be screened for breast cancer? Learn how to be proactive, safe and find the answers you need at NUMC's free educational program.

Wednesday, November 20th, 10:30 a.m.

To register, contact Melissa Katz at
(516) 767-6856 x. 14
Respite will be provided for your loved one.


FCA Senior Programs

Learn about FCA Senior Programs, including case management, homecare, senior financial, elder abuse and exploitation, bill payer, health insurance counseling and much more!

Thursday, December 12th, 2:15 p.m.

To register, contact Melissa Katz at
(516) 767-6856 x. 14
Respite will be provided for your loved one.


Brain Academy

November's
Extended-Program Event

This program is for anyone interested in maintaining and enhancing their cognitive abilities, and socializing with new friends! Join Marcy Rhodes for:

• Word Puzzles
• Trivia Games
• Brain Health Tips
• Strategies to Improve Your Concentration

Monday's 10:30 - 11:30 am
11/4, 11/18, 12/2, 12/16


$20 per session
To register, call the Center at (516) 767-6856


You're invited!

Giving Tuesday
December 3, 2019

We are proud to participate in #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that invites individuals to celebrate the holiday season by giving back and supporting their community.

This year, the Center is in need of donations such as: Apple music player devices, iTunes gift cards, arts & crafting supplies, puzzles and other materials for programs.

Keep an eye out next week for an online shopping list of items that can be donated to support our programs and service!


Americana Manhasset
Champions For Charity Event

December 5 - December 7

Help support the Long Island Alzheimer's & Dementia Center by doing your holiday shopping at participating Americana Manhasset and select Wheatley Plaza stores. Register to create a CHAMPION NUMBER and select the Center as your organization! See details.

October Newsletter

LIAF Shining Star: Grace Johnson, LMSW

Grace Johnson, LMSW, Director of Counseling Services and Health Operations, was honored at the 2019 LIBN 30 under 30 ceremony. The 30 Under 30 Awards recognize the bright and dynamic young professionals under the age of 30, who contribute to the Long Island community through public service and who have made significant strides in business.

Since joining LIAF in 2017, Grace has brought innovation and determination to LIAF's programs and services. We are so proud to have Grace on our team!


Live Entertainment: A Highlight of LIAF's Day Programs

LIAF's day programs stimulate diagnosed individuals cognitively and physically, using word games, art therapy, daily exercise and more. We also recognize the significance of music. Music is a universal language with no boundaries. Studies have shown that music for dementia patients can boost mood, reduce agitation and improve focus.

Almost every afternoon, LIAF's day programs conclude with live entertainment. Our entertainers bring smiles, laughter, friendships and may also inspire memories.


LIAF Blog: Myths About Dementia

Certain myths around Alzheimer's and dementia can spike misunderstanding and even fear around the condition. Read our recent blog post, written by LIAF social worker, Grace Johnson, to have better knowledge of what is fact and what is myth.


CAREGIVER TRAINING'S:

Learn About the Oyster Bay Community

Laura Guinta, Director of Education & Community Outreach at Oyster Bay Senior Campus, will discuss the different care options for your loved one and details about the Harbor House, Oyster Bay Manor & Brookville Home Care.

WHEN: Thursday, October 3rd
2:30- 3:30p.m.
WHERE: LIAF'S Westbury Center

To register, call LIAF at (516) 767-6856.
Respite available upon request.

Healthy Living For Your Brain

Learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

WHEN: Thursday, October 24th
2:30- 3:30p.m.
WHERE: LIAF'S Westbury Center

To register, call the Alzheimer's Association at (631) 725-0049
Respite available upon request.


Pumpkin Painting Fall Event

Registration required—Call (516) 767-6856
Note: Caregivers not required. Transportation will not be provided after the event.

LIAF invites participants, family and friends of all ages to join our after program Fall event!

Wednesday, October 23rd
2:15 - 3:30 p.m.

$20 per participant
Families and caregiver’s are FREE!
(Limit of 2 guests per participant)


The 2019 Ann Apsarro Run
Run virtually with Jay!

On November 2nd & 3rd, Jay Asparro will be running 100 miles in 24 hours to raise awareness for dementia and LIAF’s hands-on services, in honor of his grandmother, Ann.

Feeling inspired by Jay's mission? Jay has made it easy for you to join his run, without taking on the ambitious goal of 24 hours! By joining the Racery virtual challenge, you and/or your team have a full month to complete the same endeavor as Jay.

Run, walk, swim, bike anywhere you want. Then log activity and see yourself move on his map. If Jay can do 100 miles in 24 hours, how long will it take you to finish the virtual route?

All proceeds raised in the 2019 Ann Asparro Run are directly donated to LIAF.


Free Social Worker CEU Event

To register, email Dana Castoria at dcastoria@liaf.org.
Please note dinner will be served at 5:30 p.m.

Alternative Treatments for Alzheimer's and Dementia
(2 CEU Credits)

Social Workers and Case Managers are invited to learn the latest interventions implemented to improve the quality of life for those living with dementia. The treatments reviewed will allow for participants to introduce new concepts to families that are having a difficult time caring for their loved one with dementia to ensure safety and peace of mind.

WHEN: Thursday, October 17th | 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

WHERE: LIAD Center, 1025 Old Country Rd, Suite 115, Westbury, NY 11590


You're Invited!

4th Annual Making Memories: Cocktails & Casino Night

Join LIAF as we honor Jennifer Cona, Cona Elder Law, Michael Rosenblut, Parker Jewish Institute and AgeWell New York, and Kimberly Bent, The Bristal at Lake Success!

WHEN: October 15, 2019

10th Annual Alzheimer's All-Star Basketball Classic

Bring your family and friends to watch top girls and boys basketball players from Nassau and Suffolk counties compete before they become college pros!

PRIZES, GIVE AWAYS, 50/50 AND MORE!

WHEN: October 27, 2019

4th Annual Ann Asparro Run

Jay Asparro will be hitting the concrete again, this time, running 100 miles in 24 hours to raise a total of $100,000 for LIAF. Help Jay reach his goal, and join us to support Jay during his ambitious endeavor!

WHEN: November 2nd - 3rd, 2019