Chapter In The News  

Sharing Stories

One of the most important things we want New Yorkers with Alzheimerís 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 Chapterís 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 Chapterís Executive Vice President, Director of Programs and Services, was interviewed on the Trinity Broadcasting Network radio program Joy in Our Town about seniors and Alzheimerís disease, and Lou-Ellen Barkan, the Chapterís 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 Didnít 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 cityís 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 Cityís 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 MedicAlertģ + Alzheimerís Association Safe Returnģ 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 Kleinís commitment to the Alzheimerís 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.