Just weeks ago our center was bustling with activity. Members at the day and evening programs were enjoying all kinds of activities, from morning coffee, and exercise sessions, to poetry, crafts and music. The Family Resource Program had a busy schedule with the twice-monthly Caregiver Support Group, and educational programs on “Senior Safety from Scams & Fraud,” elder law, and a Spanish language introductory workshop about Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Your donations helped to make all that programming possible. Today, staff is still working. We still have expenses, and we are asking for your support to keep us going through this challenging time. We want to be certain that New York Memory Center will be ready when we can return with our full staff to regular programming and transportation services.
Since the center closed to members in March, administrative and program staff have been in the office keeping up with the latest Covid-19 guidelines and service updates from the city and state. We are answering calls and staying in touch with families to help them deal with the stress and anxiety for both caregivers and members whose routines have been interrupted.
And now, New York Memory Center is offering online programming on Zoom, led by our artists-in-residence. The faces and programs are familiar to our members with memory loss. Accordionist Ismail Butera plays everyone’s favorites, with participants singing along at home. David Azarch wakes everyone up with drumming class, and you can use whatever you have at home to keep the beat. Poet Gary Glazner can find a poem on any topic and help participants create one — even virtually. Sit or stand but keep moving during exercise class with Tzyann Hsu.
When we can return to on-site programming, the center will be spic-and-span! We’ve had time to deep clean and sterilize every surface, every piece of furniture, and every item that anyone might touch. We’ve even created a new computer lab space — wait until you see it!
We know it is a hard time for many, but if you are able, we hope that you will dig a little deeper and make a donation — by check or credit card or online through Network for Good.
We are so grateful for the wonderful community that has supported New York Memory Center for so many years, and we hope that you are safe and well. Our hearts go out to all who have lost loved ones during this time, and we all look forward to the day when this health crisis has passed. Meanwhile, stay involved and in touch. Please contact me any time if you have questions or know someone who could benefit from our services.
With gratitude and hope,
Earlier this year volunteers from the Jewish Museum led two workshops. Participants in Folk Arts studied quilt patterns and designed their own square. Others enjoyed getting their hands into clay. These are both good activities to do at home.
Photos by Mei Yu and Megan Christ.
DONATIONS BY CHECK: Please send checks made out to New York Memory Center to NYMC, 199 14th St., Brooklyn, NY 11215.
DONATIONS BY CREDIT CARD: through Network for Good or call the office at 718-499-7701,