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November 14, 2012

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November 14, 2012

I have been to the organization twice. Everyone is warm and friendly. They put their heart and sole into their work. They have 3 types of social model day care programs, in home respite services, support groups for both caregivers and those with early stage Alzheimer's, and "Brain Fitness" workshop for those who want to maintain their mental sharpness as they age.

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Definitely

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

November 14, 2012

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November 14, 2012

When my mother was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, I began looking for an answer to the question “what now.” After much research, I discovered the Long Island Alzheimers Foundation. The dedicated and profession social workers provided direction and support. After a long and arduous battle, my Mom passed away from complications of the disease.

Several years later Alzheimer’s disease once again struck my family. This time my Father-In-Law was diagnosed. Fortunately my Mother’s experience left me with the knowledge and confidence to know where to turn for help. For over three years, my Father-In-Law participated in programs at the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation. These programs provided him stimulation, time to be with people going through similar situations and the support of a well educated, compassionate and committed staff. Each and every social worker would stop in their tracks to answer a question or offer a much needed hug on a difficult day.

Alzheimer’s takes a toll on the patient, their caregivers and the entire family. With the assistance of LIAF we made it through not once but twice.

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Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

May 5, 2011

My husband was diagnosed with Alzheimer's about 8 years ago. I was referred to LIAF and they were my lifeline! My husband was involved in many of their activities and I participated in their spousal support group. Being a part of this group, knowing I was not alone, and being a part of a group that provides an outlet for my feelings and frustrations was a tremendous help! They became an intergral part of my family. Because of the many warm connections and friends that I made at LIAF, I now volunteer my time and will do anything to help this wonderful organziation that helpd me in my time of need. Thank you, LIAF!

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the support groups and day programs that my husband attended.

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find ways to increase their donor base so they can continue to expand their programs to reach more people.

May 5, 2011

When I was first diagnosed with dementia, I was flooded with feelings of loneliness and fear. Forced to resign my job as a hospice nurse, I suddenly found myself without the daily structure, sense of purpose, and source of self-esteem that my job provided. I experienced a 360 degree role reversal, moving from a position of providing care, to one of needing support. Enter LIAF, the Long Island alzheimer's Foundation of Port Washington, a non-profit organization providing supportive and innovative programs to those experiencing memory & cognitive decline. Here was a place which welcomed me, providing me with a sense of hope, support and possibility. With a multi-disclipinary approach to cognitive health, LIAF's social workers arranged for me to participate in their cognitive enhancement programs, and prepared applications for my receiving reduced transportation to and from my home to their facility, without which I would not be able to attend. Their "Train the Brain" group program of brain stimulation activities provides weekly structure and support, helping me to stay focused and motivated, providing a sense of belonging and camraderie, as I share and learn within a group setting. More importantly, their compassionate approach of treating clients as individuals and not a disease, gives me the emotional support and sense of personal value that is critical to maintaining a sense of well being. Liaf has truly been a life-saver for me and my family, and is committed to being there with us every step of the way, as we face the challenges that living with dementia presents.

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I have benefited tremendously by participanting in the group workshops as well as their peer support groups.

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I would like to see them put their programming on line so that I can access it whenever I wanted so that I could have continuity of service at home.

April 20, 2011

The Long Island Alzheimer's Foundations programs are specifically created to make the participants experience enjoyable, while at the same time reinforces their physical and mental skills through excersie, dance, word games, art projects, computer games, and other activites. The programs are led by Anthony Lombardi, Mavis, Cassie, and Nanette who are amazing in ther ability to interact with the participants with love, dedication, passion, and respect. The time my mother spends in the programs affords me peace of mind so I can attend to my own personal needs. My mother and I extremely fortunate to have found your program. We would be at a loss if it were not available.

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I observed the quality and diversity of the programs

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currently programs are invaluable; and I see no areas for improvement.

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