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Although the Alzheimer’s Association is still working out the details of its planned expansion to Queens, focusing on a needs assessment for the borough so it can determine which services are most in demand, there’s no need for anyone here to wait to access its vast array of information and support. It’s all just a phone call or a web page away — all free of charge.
And plenty of people from Queens are reaching out to the group for help with Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia, both patients and caregivers. The association began asking borough residents who contact it to take a survey to determine their needs last month, and as of early this week already had seen 52 completed.
After finding out that her 9-year-old daughter’s after-school program in Jamaica may be closed this summer because of Mayor Bloomberg’s proposed budget cuts, Janet Guerrero has spent many sleepless nights wondering what she will do if the site is shuttered.
“I don’t have many choices,” Guerrero said. “I work full-time in Manhattan to pay the mortgage, to support my family.”