LIAF Participants Celebrate Pre-K Graduation with “Kids by the Bunch” Students

Port Washington – Smiles spread across age-creased faces, and eyes danced with delight as children from the Pre-K class at Kids by the Bunch - Syosset performed their graduation show for participants at the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation in Port Washington. The intergenerational celebration also included an opportunity for seniors to present the students with mock “diplomas” and to share in group dancing and healthy snacks.

“It was wonderful to see the expressions on our participants’ faces as the children performed,” said Alana Rosenstein, director of Early-Stage Programs. “The children’s energy was contagious, and everyone had a fantastic time celebrating the students’ upcoming graduation together.”

The success of the afternoon was not a surprise to staff at the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation, who know that spending time with children often evokes positive feelings and long-term memories in people with Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia.

Intergenerational programming is just one of the many ways that Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation works to evoke positive in-the-moment experiences for participants in its social adult day programs in Port Washington. Program sessions incorporate music, art, movement, cognitive stimulation, and social interconnection. For more information, please call (516) 767-6856.

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Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation is a Port Washington-based social service agency, founded in 1998, that provides coordinated, continuing care for individuals of any age with Alzheimer’s disease and related memory disorders, at every stage of the disease process, as well as direct and substantive help and support for their families as they cope with the demands of caregiving. For more information call (516) 767-6856.