New Alzheimer’s Services

New services for people with Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers will soon be available to Borough residents.

The New York City chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association recently announced plans to open a new office in Queens, as part of a $348,000 grant from the Stavros Niarchos Foundation. The grant will also allow the chapter to expand its satellite office in Brooklyn, according to a press release.

The Brooklyn satellite office employs a full-time care consultant and provides social services, information and referrals. With the grant, new programs will be made available at the office.

The association plans to replicate the Brooklyn model in Queens, where residents will be able to receive face-to-face counseling, without having to travel outside the Borough. Both satellite offices will offer support groups, workshops and educational programs.

“Alzheimer’s experts from the Chapter routinely travel from our headquarters in midtown Manhattan to community centers, hospitals and diagnostic centers throughout the five boroughs to offer an array of free programs in English, Chinese, Russian and Spanish,” Chapter President Lou-Ellen Barkan said. “We currently offer 56 support groups in Brooklyn and Queens, but without additional direct, in-borough services we simply cannot keep up with the need.”

For information, call (800) 272-3900 or visit www.alz.org/nyc.