It was a day of treats, as participants in the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation (LIAF) early and moderate stage activity programs traveled to the Kids by the Bunch childcare center in Syosset to celebrate Halloween with the children there. Youngsters, ages 1 to 5-year-old paraded through the facility’s multipurpose room in costume, to the delight of the LIAF participants who applauded, while handing out lollipops, stickers, and Halloween rings.
The trip is part of LIAF’s ongoing efforts to integrate intergenerational activities into its array of programing for individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia. Earlier in the week, children from the Happy Montessori School visited LIAF’s headquarters in Port Washington to sing songs for the participants. In late November, children from Kids by the Bunch will travel to LIAF to sing Thanksgiving songs in the Al’z Club and Happy Days Club programs there.
“Children often have an uncanny ability to evoke positive responses in people with dementia,” noted LIAF Executive Director, Fred Jenny. “Celebrating the holidays with the youngsters helps participants reconnect with positive emotions, through enjoyable here-and-now interactions. e are pleased to be able to provide such opportunities for participants in our LIAF programs.”
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Photo Captions: 1) Staff and children at the Kids by the Bunch childcare center in Syosset posed for photos with participants and staff from the Long Island Alzheimer’s Foundation in Port Washington after a Halloween parade. LIAF participants enjoy opportunities for intergenerational interaction as part of the activity programs for people with Alzheimer’s disease and related forms of dementia. 2) LIAF social worker Joan Lewis (top left) and participants from LIAF’s day programs smile for the camera after enjoying a Halloween Parade at Kids by the Bunch childcare center in Syosset. 3) LIAF participants distribute Halloween treats to children during a Halloween parade at Kids by the Bunch childcare center in Syosset.
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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.