Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Employee giving campaign season is underway!

Employee giving campaign season is underway and many public sector campaigns, including the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), have kicked off.

If your employer offers an employee giving program, please participate and choose the Alzheimer's Association, Hudson Valley/Rockland/Westchester, NY Chapter as your charity of choice.

Federal donors, no matter where they are located in the world, can use our 5-digit CFC code (63844) to donate. Please participate in campaigns throughout the country with your local Community Health Charities Affiliate.  Don't forget, you can always find us under the Community Health Charities listing, regardless of the campaign.

If you need help with your employee campaign paperwork, please call us at 800-272-3900.

Together we can realize a world without Alzheimer's disease!

Monday, August 18, 2014

An Open Letter to Congresswoman Nita Lowey

As a long-term caregiver and volunteer advocate for the Alzheimer’s Association, I want to thank you, once again, for translating your passion for your constituents’ well-being into action.

I was pleased to be asked to stand with you in July of this year when you announced your intention to introduce "The Social Security Caregiver Credit Act" in the U.S. House of Representatives. This bill would provide an earnings credit within Social Security to caregivers, thereby increasing retirement income for those who care for family members and loved ones.

Your bill particularly resonates with those of us who are dealing, or have dealt, with Alzheimer’s care.  By and large care giving is delivered by women, many of whom have had to leave the workforce to take care of an ailing spouse or parent. As you well understand, care giving is a job requiring long hours, patience and a host of other skills.

Statistics tell only part of the story since so many caregivers don’t define themselves as such. In 2013, a reported 15.5 million unpaid caregivers, 66% of whom are women, provided 17.7 billion hours of care valued at more than $220 billion. Their efforts represent an enormous contribution to our country. Doesn’t our country owe them something in return? You, Congresswoman Lowey, say “Yes.”

Your advocacy to create the National Alzheimer’s Plan signed into law in January 2011, adding $120 million in funds, is a wonderful start but Congress must act to further increase the level of disease research and support services to meet an ever-growing need.  Increased funding of the National Alzheimer’s Plan, in conjunction with passage of the "Social Security Caregiver Credit Act," would go a long way in helping to relieve the emotional stress and financial burden of those extraordinary, ordinary people who provide care to their loved ones.

I know I speak for the entire Alzheimer’s and caregiver community when I say how grateful we are to have you in our corner always ready to come out fighting for us.

Randye Sundel

Monday, August 4, 2014

"Let's Talk About..." Presented by Family Services of Westchester, Inc.

Let's Talk About...
Senior Moment...Is it Normal Aging, Dementia or Alzheimer's

Family Services of Westchester, Inc. will present its second in a series of “Let’s Talk About…” community awareness discussions on Tuesday, August 19, 2014 at the Raymour & Flanigan showroom in White Plains. A panel of experts including representatives from the Alzheimer’s Association and FSW’s My Second Home, an intergenerational adult day program in Mt. Kisco, will discuss the issue of memory loss and aging and answer questions such as:  What is and isn’t normal memory loss? What are the causes of cognitive decline? What are the symptoms that indicate the onset of dementia or Alzheimer’s? Older adults, family members, and caregivers are encouraged to join us to learn more about this important topic and discuss its impact on individuals, families and the community. 

Curtis Au, LMSW, Care Consultant, Alzheimer's Association
Patricia Gaston, LMSW, Care Consultant, Alzheimer's Association
Rina Bellamy, LMSW, QDCP, Director, My Second Home
Bill Finkelday

Tuesday, August 19, 2014
7 to 9 p.m.

Raymour & Flanigan, One Maple Avenue, White Plains 

Please contact Marianne at Mgordineer@fsw.org; 914.305.6876 to register.

My Second Home is a social model adult day program that provides a safe, nurturing, home-like environment where older adults can continue to find meaning and dignity in their lives through stimulating activities, wellness programs, personal care, excellent nutrition, and “living room to living room” transportation. 

FSW was founded in 1954 and runs more than 50 social service and mental health programs for all ages, including Adoption, Head Start/Early Head Start, Adult and Youth Residences and Veterans Outreach and Support. Visit www.fsw.org for more information.

You Are Invited to a September 14, 2014 Event

Chef Serge Madikians
and Ken & Marabeth Tyler

invite you to a


to raise funds for

Alzheimer’s Association
Hudson Valley/Rockland/Westchester, NY Chapter

Sunday, September 14, 2014, 3–6 p.m.
(rain or shine)

Under a tent at
Ken and Marabeth Tyler’s home
(call the Alzheimer's Association, 800.272.3900 for more information)

Serving Middle Eastern delectables
by Serge and Serevan Restaurant
and pasture-raised lamb dinner
roasted on a spit by Ken

Dress country casual, valet parking

Enter Raffle to win
Frank Stella’s iconic print, Juam, State I

Admission $200/person
includes 1 free Raffle Ticket
(additional Raffle Tickets $10 each)

To reserve your spot(s), send payment to:
PO Box 1130
Sharon, CT 06069

With payment, indicate Guest Names
& number of raffle tickets ordered.

Act quickly – limited seating.

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Dr. Scott A. Small
Director, Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center,
Columbia University

Paula Wolfert, Author
Six-time winner James Beard Award

John Hoffman
Filmmaker, The Alzheimer’s Project, HBO
Founder, The Public Good Projects
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Dana Cowin
Editor-in-Chief, Food & Wine Magazine

Ruth Reichl, Author
Six-time winner James Beard Award
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Cold Springs, NY

Rosenthal Wine Merchants
Pine Planes, NY

Montgomery Place Orchards
Annandale, NY

Migliorelli Farm
Tivoli, NY

Paley’s Farm
Sharon, NY

Kamilla’s Floral Boutique
Millerton, NY

Frank Stella
"JUAM, STATE I 1997"

From Imaginary Places series 1994–97
78 x 60 inches
59-color relief, woodcut, etching, aquatint, hand-colored
White TGL handmade, hand-colored paper
Edition 16

Courtesy Kenneth and Marabeth Tyler
Learn about the creation of this extraordinary print at

Monday, July 21, 2014

Advocate with Us This Week for Women and Alzheimer’s

Women are at the epicenter of the Alzheimer’s epidemic. Two-thirds of Americans with Alzheimer’s are women. And 60% of Alzheimer’s caregivers are women. 

This week, we have two chances to spread the word and advocate on behalf of all women, especially those dealing with Alzheimer’s. You’re invited to attend, and meet two area congress members hosting events with women in mind. Representative Sean Patrick Maloney is hosting an Economic Advancement Forum, When Women Succeed - America Succeeds, Saturday, July 26 from 10 a.m. to Noon at the Orange County Emergency Services Center, Goshen. Congresswoman Nita Lowey will host the lecture, Silent Dangers: Environmental Impacts on Women’s Health, with Dr. Linda Birnbaum of the National Institutes of Health, Monday, July 28, at Noon, Mercy College, Dobbs Ferry.

Join us. Talk to your elected officials about Alzheimer’s disease. The time is now.

Call Michele Muir at 800.272.3900 for more information about either of these events, or to join our advocacy membership. We hope you get involved!

Monday, July 7, 2014

Wine & Music Mini Fest
to benefit the Alzheimer's Association

Friday, July 25, 2014
7 to 10 p.m.
(rain or shine)
Early Birds Welcome!

Warwick Valley Winery
114 Little York Road
Warwick, New York

Join us for an open wine bar and silent auction
and enjoy a three-hour music fest!

Performances by:

The Shoe Leather Express

Side by Side

Food, catered by The Winery Cafe, will be available for purchase.

Tickets are $25 each ($12.50 is tax deductible) / $35 each at the door

Tickets are now on sale.  For more information and to purchase tickets, please call
the Alzheimer's Association at 800.272.3900.