Study: Artistic activities can slow dementiaApril 6, 2016 – NEW YORK (FOX 5 NEWS) Artistic activities can slow dementia -  Vida Jackson, 87, was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease 6 years ago. For the past year and a half, she has participated in various programs, like painting, at the New York Memory Center in Park Slope, Brooklyn.

Some studies have shown that engaging in artistic activities can help slow the progression of dementia. A Mayo Clinic study found that painting, drawing, sculpting, woodworking, and making pottery challenge the brain and can help preserve it. Watch online

April 28, 2016, Brooklyn Courier Life  Standing O is at it again! Hail to the new permanent executive director at the New York Memory Center — none other than 2014 Woman of Distinction Josephine Brown. Our lady of note has been with the center since 2000 and became program director in 2008.— The Board of Directors of New York Memory Center announces the appointment of Josephine Brown as the new, permanent Executive Director for the agency. “We are really excited about the appointment of Josephine as executive director,” said Joseph Giamboi, board chairman and president. “Josephine is one of our own — she has been part of our center for 16 years and knows every aspect of what we do.”  Read the original press release…..

October 29, 2015 (Brooklyn, NY) – On Wednesday, October 21st, 2015, New York Memory Center held a Grand Opening Reception & Ribbon Cutting at our new Bushwick Center, 1143-45 DeKalb Avenue, Brooklyn, 11221. The welcoming program was introduced by Memory Center Board President Joseph Giamboi and included short presentations by  Deputy Borough President Diana Reyna, Council Member Antonio Reynoso , Evelyn Cruz – Congressional Liaison for Nydia Velazquez, Caregiver Debbie Dilan, and Dr. Conchita Mendoza, Director of Geriatrics at Wyckoff Hospital. Read more

October 22, 2015 (New York, NY) The Wall Street Journal Video crew filmed at New York Memory Center and released their online video report, “Faces of Alzheimer’s: How Communities Help,” on the work of the Center and why staying active in the community helps people LIVE with Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia.

The video discusses issues for caregivers and also features a moving narration by Program Director Josephine Brown.

June 9, 2015 (Brooklyn, NY) — Park Slope Geriatric Day Center founder Marianne Nicolosi was honored as a Woman of Distinction at the annual award program hosted by the Brooklyn Courier Life newspaper. Marianne served at the Executive Director of our Center from 1991 to 2008 (the name changed to New York Memory Center in 2011) and still is a consultant for NYMC.

Congratulations, Marianne! See the story and a short video of her dreams for Brooklyn seniors.

May 7, 2015, New York  New York Memory Center received The Marge Cantor Leadership Award from Elders Share the Arts (ESTA) at The Bel Kaufman Flamekeeper Award Gala on May 7. Joan Jeffri received the Flamekeeper Award. Pictured in the photo (click to see the evening’s photos) are (l to r) Jennie Smith-Peers, ESTA Executive Director, and Remy Kunstler, Program Director, present the award to NYMC’s Program Assistant Mei Yu and Program Director Josephine Brown. See the ESTA website for more information about the wonderful work they do!

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March 25, 2015, News12 Brooklyn “Alzheimer’s Association calls for more research funding”  Text: The Alzheimer’s Association, which gives support to those suffering from the disease, says adult-care services such as those provided by facilities such as the New York Memory Center are becoming more and more necessary. New York Memory Center not only provides daily activities for people living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia, it also helps caregivers cope with the debilitating disease. The center also uses music as a means for its patients to communicate. ‘The creative arts really provides an opportunity for individuals that are living with memory loss to express themselves in meaningful ways that make a difference,’ said Executive Director Christopher Nadeau. According to the Alzheimer’s Association’s latest report, Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, which is why they wish to see the government invest more into research. New York Memory Center says that about 60,000 Brooklyn residents are living with some form of dementia, and there are only three centers in the borough with support programs designed specifically for them.

March 9, 2015, Bay Ridge Journal Thanks to this blog for posting information about our programs. “Evening Respite Care at the New York Memory Center”

Coney Island Alzheimer's Walk 2014September 21, 2014 Program Director Josephine Brown and others from the New York Memory Center joined the team of Grimaldi and Yeung for the annual Brooklyn Walk to End Alzheimer’s sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association. It was a beautiful day for a walk on the Coney Island Boardwalk and raised thousands of dollars for the the ongoing efforts to find a cure—and help caregivers today. Josephine is peeking up from the back, 6th from the right. Memory Center Board Member Judith Grimaldi is in front, to the right of NY State Senator Martin Golden. Photo courtesy of Margaret Coppola.

June 16, 2014  Aging Beautifully Today audio interview with Executive Director Christopher Nadeau on The Better You Project website. Listen to a discussion about care for adults living with memory loss, up-streaming support services for family caregivers, and improving the scope of community-based care for those in New York State living with Alzheimer’s and related dementias.

April 9, 2014 Poetry with Preschoolers and Elders by Gary Glazner on Together, the official blog of generations united.

March 2014  Brooklyn Groups Honor New York Memory Center Staff: Christopher Nadeau and Josephine Brown have more than 50 years combined experience in helping seniors with special needs live life to the fullest. As leaders at Brooklyn’s New York Memory Center they have created programming for adults with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia that brings joy and comfort to the lives of participants….  Read on

January/February 2014: Christopher Nadeau, Executive Director of New York Memory Center is among those interview for the article “Adult Day Centers — Options for Elder Home Care Support” by Susan London, LMSW, in the current issue of Social Work Today. Caring for elders at home may be overwhelming at times, but adult day centers can offer caregivers respite and give loved ones opportunities for social activity and/or management of medical conditions….Read on.

logo-pbs-newshourSeptember 12, 2013 – The New York Memory Center, Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, and the Memory Arts Cafe are a featured story of PBS Newhour nationally! Be sure to watch the wonderful 8-minute segment, which includes the U.S. Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey.

March 5, 2013 – Watch us on TV! “HealthBeat Brooklyn,” on Brooklyn Independent Television, features a segment on the New York Memory Center. The show began airing March 5 on Time Warner 56 and cablevision 69, and in all five boroughs, Verizon 44. You can watch it on HealthBeat’s YouTube page. The segment is 6 min. 36 sec.

Washington, DC – New York Memory Center was a Participating Organization during the special ”Dementia Arts on Capitol Hill” program last fall, which was co-produced by the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project and National Center for Creative Aging. The September 20, 2012, program gave people navigating memory loss a national showcase with an art exhibit along with dance, music, poetry, and storytelling. The day included a panel briefing with the support of the offices of Congressman Edward Markey, Massachusetts, the co-author of National Alzheimer’s Plan Act and Senator Tom Udall, New Mexico. Read the press release and see photos and videos of the presentations on the Dementia Arts website.

September 11, 2012DNAinfo.com reports on the Memory Arts Cafe.

August 20, 2012 – Executive Director Christopher Nadeau was interviewed on WBAI radio. He talked about the Center and care for people living with dementia on the New York City radio station’s morning show, “Wake Up Call.” Click below to listen to the 9-minute interview, or click on the photo to download the interview (13 MB) to your computer.

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Performers at Memory Arts Cafe

June 13, 2012 - New York State’s First Memory Arts Café  Jazz singer Louise Rogers and pianist Mark Kross performed well-known jazz standards and led the audience in the creation of a new song at the first Memory Arts Café to be held in New York State. The event was held at the New York Memory Center on June 13, and was hosted by Gary Glazner, poet and founder of the Alzheimer’s Poetry Project, co-sponsor of the Café project. Read more….

June 12, 2012 – NY State Senate Legislative Resolution commending  the  New York Memory Center and the  Alzheimer’s Poetry Project upon  the  occasion  of  launching  New York State’s First Memory Arts Cafe… Read more….

April 16, 2012 – NYC Commissioner and Staff Visit New York Memory Center to Improve Supportive Services Nazli Parvizi, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit (CAU) along with two other CAU staff members visited the New York Memory Center on March 29. Their visit was part of an effort by the CAU to learn more about programs for seniors in New York City and create a stronger support network with city services. Read more….

April 17, 2012, Brooklyn Eagle: Seniors Act Out Improv Theater

November 18, 2011: Ola is a star! “Science&U” on CUNY TV featured a program on “Advances in Health and Medicine” that includes a segment shot at our Center.  Watch it online. The NYMC segment starts at about 6:45.

November 7, 2011: Time Warner Cable Presents Gift to Brooklyn Community Foundation to Boost Services for Seniors  This morning at the New York Memory Center in Park Slope, Time Warner Cable’s Regional Vice President of Government Relations Rory Whelan presented Brooklyn Community Foundation President Marilyn Gelber with a check for $10,000….. Read more