Mount Sinai Beth Israel
Chair Yoga – Join this gentle class designed to help people with Parkinson’s disease, dystonia, and other movement disorders. Emphasis on flexibility, coordination, facial movement, voice, balance, and gait. FREE. Registration required at 212-844-6134 or [email protected]. Instructor: Roberta Schine, CKYI Weekly on Tuesdays 3:15 – 4:30 pm Mount Sinai Beth Israel Phillips Ambulatory Care Center (PACC) 10 Union Square East, Manhattan Second Floor, Conference Center, Room 1
LONG ISLAND – Nassau & Suffolk
The Sid Jacobson JCC in East Hills offers several different programs. The first one listed below is the only one of it’s kind in the New York area and they will accept people with LBD from all over the NY Metro area.
YOUNG ONSET DEMENTIA PROGRAM for ADULTS in their 30’s, 40’s & 50’s – Their “Let’s Do Lunch” program provides physical, intellectual and social stimulation for younger individuals with dementia, while under the supervision of caring professionals. Transportation can be arranged for Nassau County residents. Monday–Friday, 10:00am–3:00pm Extended hours available until 5:00pm Available for Suffolk County residents at their Suffolk site.
EARLY STAGES MEMORY LOSS PROGRAM G.E.M.S. I (Group for Educational Memory Strengthening) includes a support group, exercise, memory retraining and lunch. Members share experiences with others facing similar challenges and learn about resources to assist them. Tuesdays, 10:00am–3:00pm Scholarship Fund for GEMS I is made possible in part through a legacy provided by Alice Gross in memory of Abe Gross.
SOCIAL ADULT DAY PROGRAMS – For those with memory or functional impairment as a result of Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, stroke, etc., G.E.M.S. II and Friendship Circle, provide a structured, stimulating environment that encourages social, cognitive and physical stimulation through a variety of group activities for seniors 60+. Coffee, snacks and a hot kosher lunch is provided. Adult day program staff participates in a “training platform provided by Homewatch Caregivers of Nassau County.” Monday–Friday, 10:00am–3:00pm Extended hours available until 5:00pm
Their programs cost $60 per day but they find a way to work with everyone. No one is ever turned away because of cost. They have many contracts with MLTC Medicaid and work with Long Term Care Companies.
Contact information: Taylor Herbert, LCSW, Director of Specialized Senior Services, 516-484-1545, ext. 114, [email protected] www.sjjcc.org, 300 Forest Avenue, East Hills, NY 11548
Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation (LIAF) offers these two programs that may be helpful for people with LBD:
Early Stage Programs
(LIAF) – LIAF’s Memory Fitness Center offers several programs for those diagnosed with early stage Alzheimer’s disease. Call 516-767-6856 or go to this link for more information: http://www.liaf.org/programs/early-stage.html
Moderate Stage Programs
(LIAF) – LIAF’s Memory Fitness Center offers the Happy Days Club for those with moderate stage Alzheimer’s disease. Call (516) 767-6856 or go to this link for more information: http://www.liaf.org/programs/moderate-stage.html
Transportation – LIAF offers its participants transportation services to and from LIAF for programs. LIAF has two new 16-passenger wheelchair accessible mini-buses. Utilizing LIAF’s transportation also allows for increased time for the caregiver to take care of personal appointments, household duties, food shopping, and more. This service is door-to-door and is available in select areas of Nassau and Queens Counties. Transportation services are available upon assessment. Call 516-767-6856
YMCA of Long Island (various locations)
MOVING FOR BETTER BALANCE – A TAI CHI BASED FALL PREVENTION PROGRAM
Approximately 1/3 of all adults over 65 years of age fall at least once in a year. Half of those people who do fall consequently experience a serious setback of their quality of life. As lifespans continue to increase, the ability to maintain health, mobility and independence for as long as possible only becomes more important. YMCAs can help older adults in their communities by helping prevent falls.
Moving for Better Balance is a fall prevention program that uses the principles and movements of Tai Chi in helping older adults improve their balance and increase confidence in doing everyday activities:
- Improve their balance
- Increase their self-confidence
- Gain a sense of achievement
- Improve their well-being
If you are having trouble with your balance, are concerned about falling and are 65 years of age or older you are eligible to attend this free 12 week program. Taught by a YMCA Certified Instructor, you will learn low impact postures and movements along with stretching and breathing exercises. Improve your mobility and feel more confident in doing everyday activities.
To register for Moving for Better Balance, visit your local YMCA or call 855.2YMCALI.
The Westchester Library System offers a program called Music and Memory at the Library – With the use of a personal music player and over the ear headphones, you can incorporate music into daily care of someone with dementia. They offer a free music workshop explaining the program, which reviews the impact of music on those with dementia. For information, call: 914-674-3600