April 16, 2012
Contact:Christopher Nadeau, Executive Director
718-499-7701 ext. 19
cnadeau@nymemorycenter.org
For Immediate Release

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, Teresa Gonzalez, Chief of Staff, and Samuel Pierre, North Brooklyn Borough Director, visited the New York Memory Center in Park Slope 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.

The Commissioner met with the Memory Center’s staff and joined in with members during the new Improv Program offered by Elders Share the Arts (ESTA, www.estanyc.org), a city-wide community arts organization that empowers older adults to transform their memories into art. Improv is a pilot program using innovative theater techniques to actively engage adults with memory loss and help them express their feelings without having to memorize lines or remember words and a story.

ESTA and the New York Memory Center staff partner on this and other arts programs that are showing positive outcomes, including creativity, socialization, in-the-moment engagement, and fun.

The Improv Program is partially supported by the New York State Council on the Arts and Marty Markowitz, Brooklyn Borough President.

The New York Memory Center operates a daytime wellness center for adults living with Alzheimer’s Disease and related dementia disorders. Programming includes therapeutic arts and exercise, a healthy lunch, transportation to and from the program, peer support for persons in the early stages of dementia, and a variety of services to assist family members caring for someone with memory loss.

For additional information, please visit nymemorycenter.org or call the Center at 718-499-7701.

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Top Photo (l to r): Josephine Brown, NYMC Program Director; Teresa Gonzalez - Chief of Staff, Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit; Samuel Pierre – North Brooklyn Borough Director, Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit; Jennie Smith – Peers, Executive Director, Elders Share the Arts; and, Nazli Parvizi, Commissioner of the Mayor’s Community Affairs Unit

Lower photo: New York Memory Center members participate in an exercise to express emotions with leaders from the new Improv Program with leaders from Elders Share the Arts.