Chapter In The News
One of the most important things we want New
Yorkers with Alzheimer’s or dementia and their
families and caregivers to know is that they are
not alone. One of the best ways to illustrate this message is
by reaching out to the media and sharing our stories. It is
our hope that reading about a similar situation in the news
may prompt someone, who may be hesitant about asking
for help, to find the courage to make that important call
to the Chapter and begin taking advantage of our services.
Over the last few months, the Chapter has had several
important media successes. We are proud to have been
featured in The Chronicle of Philanthropy this April in a
two-page article that highlights the Chapter’s important
African-American, Latino, and Chinese outreach
programs. Through interviews with Chapter Staff,
caregivers, and funders, the reporter focused attention on
diversity programs, highlighting the importance of cultural
differences and how they influence the way in which a
community deals with the disease.
Jed Levine, the Chapter’s Executive Vice President,
Director of Programs and Services, was interviewed on the
Trinity Broadcasting Network radio program Joy in Our
Town about seniors and Alzheimer’s disease, and Lou-Ellen
Barkan, the Chapter’s President and CEO, did a one-hour
live interview on Pathways of Learning, a radio program on
The Catholic Channel. She was joined by guest Rev. James
Sheehan, author of The Father Who Didn’t Know My Name.
The New York City Senior Alert program is a newly
announced joint effort by the Department for the Aging,
the NYPD, and the Office of Emergency Management.
Notify NYC, the city’s public notification program, will
be expanded to include missing person notifications for
senior citizens. The New York City Police Department
will now issue a Senior Alert when a senior citizen who
can benefit from public intervention goes missing. These
notifications will be sent through the City’s Notify NYC
system. The Chapter is thrilled with this new initiative,
which will benefit the hundreds of thousands of families in
New York City who live in fear each day that their relative
could wander and go missing.
The Chapter will continue its important MedicAlert®
+ Alzheimer’s Association Safe Return® program and all
of the significant efforts it makes to help reunite loved
ones with their families and keep New Yorkers educated
and safe. Jed participated in the press conference with
high-ranking City officials and was interviewed about
the initiative by The New York Times, New York Daily News,
WOR and WFUV radio.
In addition, the Chapter was grateful to have received
a $25,000 grant from New York State Senator Jeff Klein
to expand the MedicAlert Safe Return program. This
considerable grant, which reconfirms Senator Klein’s
commitment to the Alzheimer’s community, was reported
on in the New York Daily News and the Bronx Times Reporter.
Finally, we are very grateful to Nellie Evans for sharing
her experience at the Press Conference held at Providence
Rest Adult Day Center.