New York Memory Center was founded in 1983 under the name Park Slope Geriatric Day Center. We are a freestanding, nonprofit, community-based agency providing services to adults with cognitive, physical, and emotional limitations to help them enjoy life beyond diagnosis of memory loss.
in 2018 at the 35th Anniversary Gala event, then Board President Joseph Giamboi gave an overview of the Center's history, beginning with.....
Three and a half decades ago Ann Quick, Emilie Roy Corey, Marianne Nicolosi, Fannie Vassalo, Ida Clarke, five volunteer members of the Ad Hoc Committee of the Park Terrace Interagency Council threw a pebble into the great ocean of life that is Brooklyn and decided to create a center for older adults who “aged out” of senior centers and needed a supportive environment. The journey began when they received money from a Community Development Block Grant and a Borough President Discretionary grant.
In the early 1980s, most people with Alzheimer’s disease would have simply been labeled as “senile.” Spouses and adult children would take on the responsibility of providing care until it was time for a nursing home, where the patients received care in an institutional setting.