Testimonials - Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center


We strive each day to fulfill our mission to improve the quality of life for those living with Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia, and their caregivers. We appreciate your kind words.

I am compelled to put in writing the experience I had with The LIAD Center's day care. If you have a significant person in your life that has dementia, there is a special place he or she can go to get stimulated, learn and be happy. My experience has been so positive (my husbands too) I feel the need to share it. You are not alone, there is a truly professional and caring day care to bring your love one to. I am amazed at their knowledge and caring. Everyone is special to them! They put joy into the lives of people that would normally sit home staring or watching tv. They know the importance of music and arts. I believe their music program is by far the best. There is live music. You see people dancing or clapping their hands with the staff enjoying every minute of it. A quiet room is always available when needed. They structure activities for the individual. A full staff is there for you to discuss your love one. I believe the people that go to this day center feel cared for and loved. The staff seems capable of handling all situations. To see my husband happy and looking forward to going there is more than I could ever hope for.

- Patricia G, Caregiver

I must say that everyone at The LIAD Center has been wonderful. You are all VERY special people, indeed, to work so well with the Alzheimer's population and to be so understanding and helpful to those families who find themselves in the mist of this unfortunate and painful situation. Thank you again for all.

-Janice V. Caregiver

Wow! What great staff at the LIAD Center. I'm so glad that my mom is part of this wonderful program! My dad talked about the visit all weekend. We both enjoyed it.

- Mary Ellen, Caregiver

The LIAD Center is one of the best places on Long Island for a family member diagnosed with dementia to be a part of!!

My mother was a part of the Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center family for over 3 years. She enjoyed every moment there. Anytime we were out with family or friends all she would talk about was the "fun" she had at the center! She couldn't remember many things, but getting up in the morning and getting ready to go to the Center {as she would call it} was the highlight of her day.

The LIAD Center gave my mom life. Without it I think my mom may not have lived as long as she did. She enjoyed the many trips, the zoo, the museum, bowling, art class, having her nails polished, the birthday celebrations, music day, picnics, and so much more. The LIAD Center would play games to help preserve the minds of each person. The staff was extremely patient and so loving to each person, they took such amazing care of my mother when she was in their care. They even offer counseling for family members to better understand this incurable disease and how to work through the difficulties of what happens to your loved with dementia /Alzheimer's.

In closing, I want to thank you, the LIAD Center I am grateful for the many happy days/years you gave to my mom. There is no better place, in my opinion, for a family member to be a part of and I hope that more families feel the same. Many thanks.

-Pauline A, Caregiver

It's a pleasure to know how much my parents enjoy the Whimsical Wednesdays program. Music and dancing were always such a part of their lives in their younger years. Although some memories and words are harder to retrieve, it's amazing to see how the words and feelings of songs of yesteryear come back to them in this supportive setting.

- Lisa B, Caregiver

The staff are kind, and there is a nice family feeling at the LIAD  Center. There are not many organizations around that do what the LIAD Center does, and do such a wonderful job too.  The LIAD Center serves a need in the community. With more and more families facing this disease and feeling lost, the LIAD Center gives them a destination.

-Arlene R, Caregiver

Thank you for being there for my family when we didn't know where else to turn. More importantly, thank you for pointing us in the right direction and making us feel less alone as we struggled to know what to do and how to handle my grandfather's dementia. With the support we received from you and others at the LIAD Center, we were able to normalize a situation that was so foreign to us. It seemed like it came out of nowhere; he was the man who raised me, guided me, taught me about life and always made me feel safe. In what seemed like a blink of an eye the neighbors were bringing him home because he had wandered off and I was unrecognizable to him. My grandfather passed away in October of 2013 after suffering from dementia for 4 years.

In July, I will be getting married, a day that I only wish my grandfather could have been present for. In his honor, I will be carrying his picture on my bouquet and the memory of him in my heart. In addition, my fiancé and I have decided to donate money to the LIAD Center of favors. This is just a small token of our appreciation for Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center.

Ms. Cohen, thank you again for all you have done for my family and continue to do for so many others.

-Jessica S, Granddaughter

I cannot begin to explain how very grateful I am to the LIAD Center for making it possible for my husband to attend their day program at a reduced rate. Without the assistance of the reduced rate I would not be able to have him attend when he does. Giving him the opportunity to be engaged in different activities and socialize with others, while being able to get some much needed respite for myself.

- Sue M., Caregiver

The LIAD Center has been the most amazing, incredible find ever. My husband enjoys the program and staff so much. When we get in the car to go home and I ask how was your day at "the program" - he says great!! Without the reduced fee he would only be attending once or twice a month. Living on Social Security keeps you on a tight budget. The day program is so wonderful and it gives me some time to myself!

- Adrienne Y., Caregiver

First let me say I am pleased and delighted with the care and support the staff members at the LIAD Center have showed. I was overjoyed when I learned mom (Alberta) was a candidate for the hardship program because I was afraid (that, after the funds of the Parker Jewish Respite Grant had been exhausted,) mom would no longer be able to receive the LIAD Center's valuable services. I am extremely grateful for the hardship program, it's has been a lifesaver and I am profoundly grateful and appreciate all that you have done. Grateful for your contribution that the hardship program have made it possible for mom to continue her services with Long Island Alzheimer's and Dementia Center.

- Minnie L., Caregiver

My Husband, Paul, very much enjoys the lunches at the LIAD Center. I enjoy that he is provided with quality, quantity and tasty foods. We were both very pleased when lunches became available; Paul not having to carry lunch and me being thrilled not having to make his lunch! I hope this program will continue.

- Leslie, Caregiver

There are so many wonderful things to say about the adult program at the LIAD Center. The care that is shown to the participants, the fellowship, the activities and the lunch program. As a caregiver I am so thankful that lunch is one less thing I have to think about while getting my loved one ready for the day. The lunch selection is always appetizing, interesting and healthy. Better than the peanut sandwich I might have time to put together! I am extremely grateful that the LIAD Center has included lunch as part of the day.

- Pat A. Caregiver

The social day program at the LIAD has made a tremendous difference in our lives. My husband looks forward to being picked up by the LIAD Center's bus and spending time at the center. The bus driver calls each day at about 7:30 and provides the pick-up time. I think this call is to make sure we are up and my husband will be ready when the bus comes. Most days my husband stands at the door with his coat on waiting for the bus to arrive. When he returns in the afternoon he sometimes tells me he is tired because he has exercised physically and played word games.

- Carol M., Caregiver

My husband really enjoys the lunch that is provided. The lunches provide variety and are much more interesting than the container of yogurt and the apple that I used to send with him for his lunch each time he went to the center. It also makes it easier for me in the morning to get him ready for the bus.

- Carol, Caregiver

Having a lunch program at the LIAD Center is the best! My husband really enjoys the meals they receive. Most of all as a caregiver it is so helpful not having to add preparing lunch before going to the day program-another chore to not have to do!

- Adrienne, Caregiver

The opening of the LIAD Center has been a long awaited event for my husband and myself! I feel such gratitude for all the virtual videos and events that the center offered by their talented and wonderful staff and volunteers! I’m grateful especially that over the span of the pandemic period, my husband is able to recall that the center was a safe and resourceful place for him to be. He has been marking days off on our calendar to help him understand when the LIAD Center could safely open. Yesterday, he was so excited to attend, and I so valued the reprieve of a few hours of “self care”! It’s been challenging getting through all these months by myself, but now I feel a weight has been lifted. We are so very grateful for this wonderful program!

The lunch program at the LIAD Center is a blessing for me!! First, I don’t have to pack lunch. Second, my husband has a much better selection than he would get home. At the LIAD Center he has three choices daily, and they vary from day to day. When I saw the first menu, I wondered if I could get lunch also!!!

- Penny, Caregiver

When I ask my loved one how his day on our ride home was, he always gives a full report of lunch first before he tells me anything else about his day, it’s always a hit!

- Jeri, Caregiver

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