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Caring for someone with Alzheimer’s or another dementia is one of the most difficult jobs imaginable. Caregivers not only neglect their own health, but often struggle to find time to make necessary legal and financial decisions for themselves and their loved one.

JulieAnn Calareso from Burke and Casserly Law Firm has some important legal and financial tips for caregivers. MORE


  Thanks to the efforts of advocates across the state, New York’s 2015-2016 budget includes an annual appropriation of $25 million toward Alzheimer’s caregiver support services. This funding, which is assured for at least two years, is the largest investment in these services by any state in the nation. It will enable Alzheimer’s Association chapters state-wide to help families keep their loved ones at home and delay long-term care placement. MORE
One of the most challenging issues facing caregivers is the decision of residential care placement for a loved one. A significant part of the challenge lies in attempting to understand the care placement options available, and how to pay for them. While truly grasping the scope of residential care in New York would take a significant amount of time, a caregiver well-versed in some of the jargon, and well-equipped with hard questions, can successfully navigate the senior housing option maze.

Congratulations to the Kingsway Community in Schenectady
They were our number one fundraising team for this year’s Capital District Walk to End Alzheimer’s. In fact, the team has raised nearly $10,000 to date! According to Renee’ (RJ) Markle, Kingsway’s Director of Therapeutic Recreation and Volunteer Services, the community was involved in a number of fundraising activities leading up to walk day. Check out this list – there are lots of great ideas that you may want to borrow for your team next year!

  • Bake sales
  • Collecting cans and bottles to return
  • “Pennies for your Thoughts” - mini-walks with residents
  • Auctions of crafts, holiday themed baskets, furniture, and other items
  • Coin cans throughout the facility
  • Themed lunch days/baseball days - sundaes in mini-baseball helmets are given out for a donation
  • “Pumpkin-Chunking”- staff, residents and families buy squares on a big grid set up on the dining room floor and residents throw stuffed pumpkins onto the squares. The winner is the one with the most pumpkins on their square.
  • Voting for Mardi Gras King and Queen - the names of nominees are placed on coin cans and people vote by putting money in their cans. The female and male who raised the most money become the Queen and King of Mardi Gras.

Many thanks to everyone at Kingsway for their dedication and support of the Alzheimer’s Association!

Veronica's Run

How far would you go to end Alzheimer’s? For Veronica Armbruster and her son, Connor, the answer is 26.2 miles. On October 12, as team Jude, they ran a marathon in honor of Veronica’s mother, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease seven years ago. The pair also ran to raise awareness and funds for the Association. After months of training and sacrifice, the joy of seeing her Mom at the finish line made it all worthwhile.

Potential Medicaid Consequences of Being a Paid Caregiver for a Family Members (10/17/2014)
by Shelly Casserly, Esq., Burke & Casserly, P.C. - Alzheimer's Association NENY Corporate Partner

Many family members are the primary caregivers for their loved ones and usually the care is uncompensated. Occasionally however, the level of care requires a family caregiver to quit his or her primary job to provide the care, and the care recipient wishes to compensate the caregiver for those services. This informal compensation arrangement can lead to issues if the care recipient ever needs Medicaid benefits.

Blondes vs Brunettes Game Rumbles to Victory! (9/22/2014)

A BIG thank you to everyone who helped make the fourth annual Blondes vs. Brunettes game such an outstanding success! Thanks to the players, the fantastic volunteers, the sponsors, the coaches, and the fans - Wow! Plus - a big thank you to Skidmore College for accommodating us when we were forced to change the venue at the last minute. The incredible BvB volunteers took it all in stride, and created a concession stand for the fans in a short 48 hours. Wow again!

For those interested in the score - The Blondes were up, 7 to 6 until 2:28 seconds left in 4th quarter. Then, three plays later, the Brunettes scored with :31.4 seconds on the clock! The final score - Brunettes 12, Blondes 7. Closest game ever, and the biggest fundraising total.

Score: 32-28 Year 1, Total raised: $25,000
Score: 14-12 Year 2, Total raised: $35,000
Score: 18-19 Year 3, Total raised: $58,000
Score: 12-7 Year 4, Total raised: $75,000

And in case you were wondering - yes, it has rained every single year.

For more info and LOTS of photographs, go to or

Understanding the Options for Residential Care (4/18/2014)
by Shelly Casserly, Esq., Burke & Casserly, P.C. - Alzheimer's Association NENY Corporate Partner




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