Saturday, March 21, 2015

Special screening of Still Alice

Special screening of Still Alice

To Still Alice executive producer Maria Shriver, “Witnessing Alzheimer's progress on the big screen is as terrifying as it is in real life.” A special screening of the movie will be held Sunday, March 29th at 4pm, The Picture House, 175 Wolfs Lane in Pelham, presented in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association and the Pelham Interfaith Council. Following the film, join in our panel discussion including persons dealing with early stage Alzheimer’s. Contact us at 800.272.3900 for more information.

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Monday, March 9, 2015

Reason to rally in Albany: NYS loses when caregivers drop out of the workplace

Dear Assemblyman Skoufis:

It was a pleasure to meet with you last week to discuss the upcoming Alzheimer's legislation and funding in the 2015-2016 budget. As promised, I researched the tax credits and tuition aid my family received while I was caring for my mother. The amounts are significant.

As I mentioned to you, NYS is already paying a high cost to subsidize Alzheimer's care. This money isn't obvious since it's scattered - lower earnings, losses to businesses in lost time, tax credits to families based on their lower earnings, tuition credits for students of those families, food stamps, etc. If the total numbers could be calculated, they would be staggering. How can I say that? Because my own situation, when calculated, was significant.

I am a certified accountant.  I could not work full time at my career when my mother came to live with me.  Mom was healthy so she did not qualify for nursing care. Due to her Alzheimer's however, she needed custodial care, which I and my two young children had to provide ourselves 24/7. No corporation would give me enough flexibility so I had to abandon my career and work as a bookkeeper, earning a fraction of what I made in "corporate America" - I went from $120,000 a year to barely over $30,000 at times.

The drop in my income alone meant that I no longer had disposable income to spend at local venues for dinners out, movies, clothes shopping, dry cleaning, etc. My housekeeper was let go and I cleaned the house myself.  Likewise shoveling my driveway and minor household repairs - major work that was needed was ignored. Economists call this the "multiplier impact" - my lost earnings resulted in lower earnings for my housekeeper, my landscaper, and the local contractors and pizza parlors.

My lower income also meant that I qualified for tax deductions - I could suddenly claim medical expenses and get full credit for tuition payments. Thus my taxable income plunged, so not only did I owe no taxes, I received tax credits - I actually received checks from NYS for those years. My lower income also qualified my son for maximum TAP payments for his college tuition. Between tax credits and TAP payments, NYS paid me an average of $10,000 a year.

In contrast, if I had received respite care for mom that allowed me to continue working at my career, I would not have qualified for tax credits or tuition aid, I would not have been able to claim any deductions for tuition or medical, thus my taxable income would have been higher, and I would have paid at least $6K a year to NYS in income taxes rather than NYS paying me $10,000.

Thus, the difference between me working full time and patching together part-time jobs was approximately $70,000 a year (my higher income would have placed me in a higher tax bracket, thus affecting this calculation).  That difference continues to this day - by being out of the corporate arena for so long, I am now unable to return to that field for my career and have to stay working for small businesses at a much lower income that what I would now be earning had my career continued uninterrupted. My caregiving duties will also follow me into retirement - I was unable to fund my 401K for several years and now will have significantly less than anticipated. I now have to postpone my retirement and will have less disposable funds to spend when I do finally retire - so less money to spend in local businesses, etc. The economic impact to me, and to NYS, continues to multiply.

The five years I cared for mom cost NYS $30,000 in lost income taxes and $20,000 in tax credits and tuition aid to me/my son - a total of $50,000 alone. Factor in my net lost income of $60,000 a year, NYS lost the benefit of $300,000 of those earnings and the multiplier effect of my local spending of that disposable income.

I admit that my case is not representative - many families do not have my level of income so their losses when they quit work to care for their loved ones are less. But even if each family only lost $10,000 a year in income to care for an Alzheimer's victim (380,000 in NYS), that means that NYS is losing the economic benefit of $3,800,000,000 a year (at a 5% tax rate, that's $190,000,000 in lost taxes alone).

Thus it makes more economic sense to fund respite care up front. Not only does such care have a significant ROI, but loved ones are cared for, family members get a break and can continue their careers and fund their retirement and children's college, children get the benefit of having their parents around to help them with school, and so forth.

I am certain the NYS economists can run a better analysis for the Legislature, one that will show just how devastating this disease already is to the state's coffers and to local businesses. But in the meantime, I hope this personal synopsis helps you to convince your fellow legislators to pass this much needed legislation. I shall, of course, be happy to assist them and you in any way possible.

Thank you for your time and thoughtful attention to this critical matter.

Catherine M. Wilson, C.M.A.
Thornwood, NY

Friday, February 27, 2015

Thanks for Rallying with Us in Albany!

Temperatures dipped to 12 below zero early Tuesday morning, yet 180 people gathered in the NYS Legislative Office Building’s Well, to support what was easily our biggest Rally to End Alzheimer’s! More than fifty advocates from our Chapter area – from dedicated caregivers to health care students – passionately shared with elected officials that Alzheimer’s disease services sorely need the proposed increase in funding of $25 million. We received great media response from local and state government reporters, which carried our message even further.

We thank everyone who took an active role in being there, recruiting others to attend, and speaking out on behalf of what we know needs to happen on the state level. We cannot cause change without your voice. Let’s work together to end Alzheimer’s suffering. To get involved, call us at 800-272-3900.

Monday, February 9, 2015

Weather Alert!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Due to the potential for inclement weather: 

Fishkill CGSG  meeting scheduled for tonight at All Sport Fishkill is canceled.
Sullivan County CGSG in Sullivan County scheduled for tonight at Achieve is canceled.

If you need assistance, please call our 24hr helpline that is 
open even during icy conditions at 1-800-272-3900.

Thank you and stay safe and warm! 

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Due to icy condition of the Promenade parking lot, the New Windsor CGSG is canceled for tonight Tuesday, February 10th.   If you need assistance, please call our 24hr helpline that is open even during icy conditions at 1-800-272-3900.

Thank you and stay safe and warm! 

Monday, February 9, 2015

Due to the winter weather conditions, the Chapter offices are closed today, Monday, February 9th. All programs and support groups are canceled.  If you need assistance, please call our 24hr helpline that is open even on snowy days at 1-800-272-3900.

Thank you and stay safe and warm! 

Addressing Disparities: Alzheimer's Disease and African-Americans

Wednesday, February 18, 2015
10 a.m., Riverfront Library, Yonkers Room

In collaboration with the:

Alzheimer's Association
Hudson Valley/Rockland/Westchester, NY Chapter
Yonkers Office for the Aging

To RSVP, contact Jonelle Ward at 800.272.3900

Alzheimer’s Association

Monday, January 26, 2015

Join Us at The Rally to End Alzheimer's!


Alzheimer's is not just an old person's disease
It's everyone's burden

Over 380,000 New Yorkers suffer from Alzheimer's
And one million have a partner, a parent or a friend
who is caregiving


Your Voice. Our Cause.
Together, we can change how
Albany views Alzheimer's!

Tuesday, February 24,2015 

"The Well" of the
Legislative Office Building
Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY

$10 fee includes attendance, lunch and bus. We pick up from all over Hudson Valley!

Register by clicking here or emailing Michele at
or call 800-272-3900

For more information visit the Alzheimer's Association Hudson Valley/Rockland/
Westchester, NY Chapter on Facebook or
online at:

Monday, December 22, 2014

Wishing Peace on Earth & a World Without Alzheimer's

Join us in 2015 in the fight against Alzheimer's!
Sat, Feb 14

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 Mar 23-25
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Sun, Jun 21

 Regional Conference
Monday, Sept 21
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