In the News
Crisis for Caregivers - Alzheimer's disease in New York City
December 16, 2013 | Alzheimer's Association, NYC Chapter
With an older population comes a civic obligation to address health concerns associated with aging, including
Alzheimer’s disease – the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. While the City provides limited
services for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers, there is no comprehensive citywide plan.
Available services fall woefully short of the demand, leaving many New Yorkers to suffer through this devastating
illness with insufficient support.
In short, New York City stands unprepared to meet the growing public health and economic challenges
posed by Alzheimer’s disease. Instead, unpaid family caregivers often shoulder the burden of providing care
and paying for Alzheimer’s-related expenses, which often translates into lost wages, decreased mobility, and a
tragic breakdown in family and social structures. Already, 40 states have recognized these challenges and have
developed or are developing comprehensive plans to address Alzheimer’s disease within their communities.
Read more | Download PDF
Concerns of a looming global dementia epidemic
December 6, 2013 | Fox News
Alzheimer’s Association NYC Chapter CEO Lou-Ellen Barkan on the rising number of cases of dementia.
Taking care of aging parents, from a distance
- NYC Chapter's CEO Lou-Ellen Barkan interviewed on NPR
November 19, 2013 | AMNY
Through the 1990s, Patrick Quirke’s career was sailing along. Every few years, he would be promoted at the transportation company where he worked and move to another city. He said he had every reason to believe that he would be promoted to the company’s headquarters in a few more moves. Then, his parents’ health started to decline.
Alzheimer's: tips for reducing your risk factors. NYC Chapter's Jed Levine on Tips for reducing risk factors
November 13, 2013 | AMNY
And although the average age of diagnosis is in the early-70s, it's important to start protecting one's brain much earlier, says Dr. Richard Isaacson, an Alzheimer's specialist and neurologist, who believes that the disease takes root in the brain 20 to 30 years before a diagnosis is ever made.
HealthCare Chaplaincy and NYC Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association Teach Chaplains and Clergy How to Support Patients and Caregivers with “the Public Health Issue of the 21st Century”
June 14, 2013 | Healthcare Chaplaincy
Since Alzheimer’s disease affects both patients and their caregivers (both family members and professionals), HealthCare Chaplaincy and the New York City chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association jointly host an annual workshop for chaplains and clergy, who provide invaluable support to patients and caregivers.
Our Connect2Culture program in Jewish Week
May 27, 2013 | The Jewish Week
Through Art, The Haze Of Dementia Lifts
About once a month during the school year, the museum opens its galleries to people with dementia and their family members or caregivers in a unique program called JM Journeys, believed to be the only such program offered at a Jewish museum. Usually, the group splits in two, with the procession of wheelchairs, rolling walkers and people holding gallery stools stopping in front of a few pieces of art for discussion, before heading to tables in the auditorium to do an art project together.
The New York City Chapter's Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Early Stage Center featured in the Wall Street Journal
May 27, 2013 | The Wall Street Journal
Expanding Care For Older Adults
It's a question that the staff of the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation Inc., an Owings Mills, Md.-based foundation with assets of $2 billion, has considered as part of its grant-making in the field of older adults. Around a third of the foundation's $100 million in annual giving is focused on poor and vulnerable older people, including a recent grant of $420,000 in support of the New York chapter of the Alzheimer's Association.
Our Palliative Care initiative featured in the New Yorker
May 20, 2013 | The New Yorker
The Sense of An Ending
Hayes practiced law until 2010, when he went to the hospital for a knee operation. While there, he was given a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease. His combative tendencies had become markedly pronounced, and before arriving at Jewish Home he was shuttled among several institutions. Nobody could manage his behavior, even after Haldol, a powerful antipsychotic drug, was prescribed. In the advanced-dementia unit, he appeared to be in considerable discomfort, but when doctors there asked him to characterize his pain, on a scale of one to ten, he insisted that he was not in pain at all. Still, something was clearly wrong: he lashed out at the nurses’ aides, pushing them away and even kicking them. It took three aides to get him changed.
Read more (A subscription required to read full article)
Blondes vs. Brunette on NY1
May 15, 2013 | NY1
Charity Flag Football Match To Raise Money To Combat Alzheimer's
An all-girl game of flag football on Roosevelt Island on Saturday will pit blondes against brunettes to raise funds for the Alzheimer's Association of New York City.
The third annual Powder Puff Charity football match is raising funds to battle Alzheimer's, a progressive, fatal disease that is the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States.