Although no location has been selected yet, Queens will be getting its own Alzheimer’s Association office.
The New York City Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association announced last week a $348,000 grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation to expand its services in Brooklyn and to add a Queens office.
The Brooklyn office is located at the SUNY Downstate Medical Center and provides social services, information and referrals and caregiver support and counseling. That model will be used in Queens.
Spokeswoman Courtney Savoia could give no timetable or possible site for the planned facility.
Lou-Ellen Barkan, chapter president, noted that the organization offers 56 support groups in Brooklyn and Queens “but without additional in-borough services we simply cannot keep up with the need.”
A recent community assessment study conducted by the chapter showed that many clients including caregivers cannot travel for services because of their demanding duties, their own disabilities or feeling uncomfortable leaving their neighborhood.
The association estimates that more than 500,000 residents of New York City either have Alzheimer’s disease, a related dementia or are taking care of someone who does.
In Queens, two fundraisers for the organization were held last year at Flushing Meadows Park. One was a carousel event in August and the other a walk in September.
Alzheimer’s is a disease that primarily affects the elderly and there is no cure. It attacks the brain, resulting in memory loss, thinking and language skills and judgment.
In addition to the services mentioned, the Alzheimer’s Association offers a 24-hour helpline at 1 (800) 272-3900. For information about the disease, resources and programs, go to alz.org/nyc.