The Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation (LIAF) is pleased to announce that the organization's headquarters will be moving to a new state-of-the-art facility located at 1025 Old Country Road in Westbury. Since 1988, LIAF has provided its programs and services primarily at its headquarters in Port Washington, but that geographical location began to present challenges to LIAF in carrying out its mission.
Tom Killeen, Chair of LIAF, stated "The decision to relocate from our home in Port Washington was a difficult one. The Board's analysis of the statistical data regarding the approximately 50,000 people on Long Island currently afflicted with Alzheimer's, and where they lived, showed that LIAF needed to be more centrally located to carry out its mission. Our partners in the health care and assisted living areas encouraged us to do so, resulting in LIAF's expansion in 2016 to certain satellite locations in Westbury and Rockville Center, and ultimately to its new space in Westbury."
The new facility is configured to allow for flexibility and expansion of services. It features three separate program rooms to accommodate participants in the early, moderate and late stages of Alzheimer's disease and a presentation room for LIAF's participants to enjoy daily entertainment which will also be used for caregivers, staff and supporters to attend guest speakers and educational trainings. The new space also includes an intake room for potential participants, a support group room for caregivers and families, a "quiet room" for a participant needing rest, and a room for LIAF's well-received Brain Fitness Workshops for individuals who do not have an Alzheimer's diagnosis but want to maintain and enhance cognitive abilities.
"All of us at LIAF are excited about this new chapter and the opportunity to bring our services more easily to those who need them," said Tori Cohen, Executive Director of LIAF. She added, "While our new location is being readied, LIAF will continue to provide its services at some of its satellite locations, as well as in homes providing respite for families throughout Long Island. We are planning a special community open house and grand opening celebration at the new facility in March 2017 to launch our new beginning."
For more information about the Long Island Alzheimer's Foundation, please contact Nancy Leghart, Director of External Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org or (516)767-6856 ext. 28.