FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 25, 2016
Contact: Joseph Giamboi, President/Chair, New York Memory Center Board
(212) 408-9461, Email: JGiamboi@mskyline.com
Long-time staff member Josephine Brown
selected as Permanent Executive Director
The Board of Directors of New York Memory Center announces the appointment of Josephine Brown as the new, permanent Executive Director for the agency. Based in Brooklyn, the center operates programs for adults with Alzheimer’s Disease and other dementias and support groups and caregiver services for family members. Ms. Brown joined the staff of Park Slope Geriatric Day Center in 2000 and became Program Director when the organization consolidated programming under the new name, New York Memory Center, in 2008.
“We are really excited about the appointment of Josephine as Executive Director,” says Board Chairman and President Joseph Giamboi. “Josephine is one of our own. She has been part of our center for 16 years and knows every aspect of what we do. Most importantly she knows all our members and their families. With her commitment and leadership we expect great things to happen in Park Slope and Bushwick.”
Josephine Brown has over 30 years of experience meeting the needs of seniors and adults living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. She is a Brooklyn native and started her career as Program Facilitator at Park Slope Senior Center where she initiated a program of exercise, nutrition and art therapy for older adults concerned about memory loss. Ms. Brown is certified as Qualified Dementia Care Specialist through the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America and certified in Therapeutic Thematic Arts Programming (TTAP). She is trained in counseling, dementia arts and is a certified nursing assistant.
In 2006, Ms. Brown recognized the lack of support and services for individuals living in the earliest stages of memory loss and, in coalition with a team of social workers, created Brooklyn’s first early memory loss program, the Lotus Club for adults of all ages. Over the years Ms. Brown expanded and energized programming at New York Memory Center with Occupational Therapy students from Columbia University and New York University; art therapy students from the Visual School of the Arts; and, artists in residence and music therapists. She advanced innovative programming with the addition of computer cognitive training, intergenerational activities with youth groups, and events like the Memory Café, which offers free cultural events for people with dementia and their caregivers and family members.
In 2014, Ms. Brown was honored as a Woman of Distinction at the Brooklyn event sponsored by Courier Life Publications and Community Newspaper Group.
Founded in 1983 as Park Slope Geriatric Day Center, in 2008 the adult day program consolidated to serve adults with Alzheimer’s and related dementia disorders and their caregivers under the name New York Memory Center. With facilities in Park Slope and Bushwick, the mission is to help individuals to maintain or improve their level of functioning so that they may enjoy their later years at home and within the community. Ms. Brown’s appointment comes after a year under the leaderships of Interim Executive Director Joan Koenig.
For more information about New York Memory Center programs, please visit nymemorycenter.org.