March 2014 News

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 and relief for family caregivers struggling to care for a loved one with this disease.

New York Memory Center has been recognized nationally and received awards for its pioneering approaches to care and support. Now each of these staff members is being awarded by a Brooklyn-based group.

Christopher Nadeau is Executive Director of the New York Memory Center located in Park Slope. He joined the Center staff in 2003 as Associate Director, and assumed the position of Executive Director in 2008. Mr. Nadeau will receive a World Award from the Senior Umbrella Network of Brooklyn for his leadership and service to the Brooklyn older adult community. He has emphasized up-streaming support services for family caregivers and seeing that each Center staff member is trained in the latest care and programming techniques. Mr. Nadeau has presented the successes of the Memory Center at conferences around the country and advocated for people with dementia in local, state and national hearings. The awards breakfast will be held on March 18 at Dyker Beach Golf Course, with NYC’s recently elected Public Advocate Letitia James as keynote speaker.

Josephine Brown, Program Director, is being honored as a Woman of Distinction at the fourth annual spring tribute on May 21, sponsored by Courier Life Publications and Community Newspaper Group. A special section of the newspaper featuring 25 awardees of diverse professions and backgrounds recognizing their outstanding work and service will be available on April 18. Ms. Brown, a lifelong resident of Brooklyn, joined the program staff in 2000 and became Program Director in 2008. She has been instrumental in developing innovative programming for seniors and adults living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. Recognizing that more individuals in their 50s were developing memory loss and that no programs were geared to this younger age group, she created Brooklyn’s first early memory loss program, the Lotus Club, which includes peer support and computer-based cognitive training.

“The New York Memory Center has been honored with the dedication, caring, and fun that Christopher and Josephine provide with their leadership,” says Board President Allan Kramer II. “These awards are well-deserved and bring them the wider attention they deserve.”

Founded in 1983 as the Park Slope Geriatric Center, the mission of New York Memory Center is to help older adults who have cognitive, physical, and emotional limitations, to maintain or improve their level of functioning so that they may enjoy their later years at home and within the community and to provide a respite for family members who care of them. The Center has been based at the Park Slope Neighborhood Family Center since 1985.


If you would like to join us at the May 21 dinner honoring Josephine Brown and Brooklyn’s Women of Distinction, please contact Christopher Nadeau by email at