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Social Adult Day Care For Alzheimer/Dementia Opens In Commack

Social Adult Day Care Program Specializing in Alzheimer’s/Dementia Opens In Commack

Commack, NY – A ribbon cutting ceremony was held recently for a new Social Adult Day Care program at the Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Commack.  An extension of the long-established, award-winning Adult Day Health Program at the Center, Gurwin’s Social Adult Day Care program focuses on providing participants with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias a safe and stimulating environment while providing respite to their caregivers. 

According to Jeraldine Fedoriw, LMSW, Director of Adult Day Care at Gurwin, “Millions of people in the United States suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and their caregivers – often family and friends – provide countless hours of care for them.  On Long Island, the crisis is getting worse with the aging of our population.  We need more programs not only for those suffering from the disease, but also to provide respite for those caring for them.”

Gurwin’s Social Adult Day Care Program, which is housed in the Center’s Weinberg Pavilion, provides a caring environ-ment that is safe and social.  Frail elderly individuals, including those with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias, thrive with the support they need to remain living in the community.  The program operates from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM and includes meals and snacks, a variety of creative and social activities, cognitive stimulation, and access to a gift shop, beauty/barber salon and a private outdoor courtyard.  Transportation is also available.

“Providing a safe place for those with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia to engage in activities while safeguarding their health and well-being is vital to our community,” said Herbert H. Friedman, Executive Vice President/CEO.  “We are pleased to add this important component to our Adult Day Care services.” 

For more information about Gurwin’s Adult Day Care services, call (631) 715-2520.

Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is a 5-star, 460-bed nursing care facility located in Commack, Long Island and is part of the Gurwin family of healthcare services. Gurwin offers skilled nursing care, short-term rehabilitation, medical/post-surgical subacute care, respiratory and ventilator dependent care, award-winning medical and social adult day care programs, on-site dialysis, memory care, palliative and hospice care, home care, assisted living, and a proposed independent living community, Fountaingate Gardens, all on a 67-acre campus. Follow Gurwin on Facebook (bit.ly/GurwinNursingRehab) and Twitter (@GurwinJewish).


Smithtown's Options For Community Living Receives $15,000 Grant


(Long Island, NY) – Options for Community Living, Inc. (Options), Smithtown, New York, is the proud recipient of a $15,000 grant award from the M∙A∙C AIDS Fund in support of its housing programs for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS. The M·A·C AIDS Fund is committed to addressing the link between poverty and HIV/AIDS by supporting diverse organizations around the world that provide a wide range of services to people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA).

“Options is grateful for this generous award from the M·A·C AIDS Fund,” stated Yolanda Robano-Gross, executive director of Options for Community Living, Inc. “Long Island has more AIDS cases than any other suburban community in the United States. The importance of affordable supportive housing for our most vulnerable residents – people with disabilities and serious chronic illnesses—can’t be overstated. At Options, we see the benefits of supportive housing every day. Once in safe stable housing, tenants can focus on improving their health, raising healthy children and achieving their goals. Many return to school or work, and their children access resources and services so they have the best opportunity for success. Supportive housing helps break the cycle of poverty and homelessness. It changes lives.”

Options is the largest provider of supportive housing for people living with HIV/AIDS on Long Island. We currently operate more than 60 units of supportive housing for individuals and families scattered throughout Nassau and Suffolk Counties.


Smithtown Seniors Make Twiddle Muffs For Dementia And Alzheimer Patients


Smithtown Senior Citizens Create Unique Twiddle Muffs for Local Dementia and Alzheimer’s sufferers

Pictured from left to right are Sherry D’Amelio, Maria Poggio, Ann Ohlrogge and Diane Nolan. Not pictured Marion Cardacino and Nina Mascari. Photo Credit: Patricia BornhoftA group of Needle Crafters from the Smithtown Senior Citizens Department  recently undertook a new project.  Historically, they have made blankets, hats, and sweater sets for donation to area hospitals and nursing homes.  At the suggestion of a local Medical Center, they banded together to make beautiful Twiddle Muffs.

Twiddle Muffs are knitted or crocheted muffs accessorized with buttons, ribbons, zippers and the like. They are made with a wide variety of colorful yarns in  different textures and styles.  Many hospital and nursing facilities have found that with Dementia and Alzheimer sufferers, Twiddle Muffs help ease agitation and calm the persons’ mood as they keep their hands and minds occupied. 

 “We have a group of very talented women who spent many weeks creating these unique Twiddle Muffs.  They particularly enjoyed this project as it allowed their natural creativity to shine!  We hope these items will put a smile on the face of our local residents suffering from Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.” stated Laura Greif, Program Director at the Smithtown Senior Citizens Department.

Donations were made to St. Catherine of Siena Medical Center and Mills Pond Nursing and Rehabilitation Center with more to be distributed to other local nursing facilities.

For more information about the Smithtown Senior Citizens Department visit us at 420 Middle Country Road in Smithtown, call us at 631-360-7616 or visit us at  HYPERLINK “http://www.smithtownny.gov” www.smithtownny.gov.



Scout Leaders Train To Become "Eagle Scout Coach"

Matinecock District (BSA) Trains Scouting Leaders to become an “Eagle Scout Coach”

On Wednesday evening, October 25th , Scout leaders and volunteers gathered at the Suffolk Y JCC (Commack) for a two-hour seminar on becoming an Eagle Scout Coach.  The training was provided by the Matinecock District, Suffolk County Council, Boy Scouts of America.  It was led by Matinecock District Advancement Chair David Hunt and Advancement Committee member Joseph Pokorny, who have a combined 25 years of experience coaching Boy Scouts who wish to earn the rank of Eagle Scout.  Participants were led through Eagle Scout Service Project, a community service project that takes an average of 9 to 12 months for an Eagle Scout candidate to complete.  Eagle Scout Coach is now an official adult position in the Boy Scouts of America. 

“Last year, 85 Scouts achieved Eagle Scout Rank in the Matinecock District,” explained Mr. Hunt, “and our objective is to increase that number every year.  The service projects that they provide not only benefit our communities, but they are also a springboard for providing leadership experience to our young men, and giving them confidence in their leadership abilities.” The Matinecock District offers Eagle Coach training twice a year.  The next seminar will be held on Tuesday, March 27th, 2018.     

Suffolk County Council, Boy Scouts of America, serves over 12,000 youth, boys and girls, and is powered by over 2,000 adult volunteers. For more information about the Cub Scout, Boy Scout or other Scouting programs, please contact the Suffolk County Council (BSA) at  HYPERLINK “tel:%28631%29%20924-7000” \t “_blank” (631) 924-7000.


Eileen Hattersley Co-President Of SBPWN Receives Hair We Share LOVE Award

Hair We Share the LOVE Award

Eileen Hattersley and Princess Madison Gold at Hair We Share’s 2nd Annual Love This Life FundraiserEileen Hattersley and Princess Madison Gold of Labradoodles of Long Island were honored for their therapy work at Hair We Share’s 2nd annual Love This Life Fundraiser at Oheka Castle on October 12th.

Eileen is most proud of her work with Long Island’s Princess Madison Gold. They are Certified with Alliance Therapy Dogs. The dog is trained to visits to hospitals, schools, nursing homes and special needs group homes. These special animals bring happiness and cheer to people, young and old alike. The canine interaction benefits people in many ways. Dogs are non-judgmental. Their calming effect lowers blood pressure, relaxes patients and brings a smile to their faces. Reading programs in schools help the children relax, while patting the attentive dog, and focus on the reading. Reading improves because the child is practicing the skill of reading, building self-esteem, and associating reading with something pleasant. reading with something pleasant.  

Eileen Hattersley is a quality, master breeder of Australian Labradoodles. The dogs live in her home or with a guardian and are part of the family. Australian Labradoodles are funny, intelligent, loving, sociable, eager to please and oh so much fun. They are wonderful with children of all ages. They love people and are happiest cuddled up with a beloved family member.

“Madison and I were so honored to be recognized for the volunteer work we do through Alliance Therapy Dogs.  It not only brings joy to the people we visit, but it brings us tremendous happiness,”  explained Eileen.

Eileen is a resident of Setauket.  Besides breeding dogs, she is also the Co-President of Smithtown Business and Professional Women’s Network.  The networking group is celebrating its 35 anniversary with many events to raise funds for all of the philanthropic work they do including the Scholarship for a high school senior.

About Labradoodles of Long Island:Labradoodles of Long Island has been breeding and loving Australian Labradoodles since 2006. All Labradoodles of Long Island families are encouraged to join the Facebook group to share pictures and stories of their pups. For more information visit www.labradoodlesoflongisland.com

Hair We Share’s mission is to help maintain dignity, confidence, and self-esteem to those affected by medical hair loss. Custom wigs are created from donated hair and provided free of charge. It takes between one and nine ponytails to create one wig. The donated ponytails are sewn hair by hair and cost $125 to process each one. Ponytail sponsorship is as important as the hair itself.