Family Services of Westchester, Inc. (FSW) Awarded Three-Year $902,064 Grant for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias Initiative

October 2014–Family Services of Westchester, Inc. (FSW) has been awarded a three-year grant by the federal Administration on Aging to implement a four-pronged initiative designed to strengthen Westchester County’s ability to serve adults with Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias (ADRD) and their caregivers.  The ultimate goal of the initiative is to reduce the disproportionate access to these services that currently exists in Westchester and to improve the County’s ability to serve all those in need.  “FSW has many years of experience working with this population of adults and we are thrilled to have this opportunity to expand access to needed services as the number of Westchester County residents affected by these illnesses continues to increase, ” said Susan B. Wayne, President and CEO of FSW.  “We are excited to partner with the Alzheimer’s Association, Westchester County’s Department of Senior Programs and Services, Arc, Fordham University, Burke Rehabilitation Center Memory Evaluation and Treatment Services and others active in the field to develop a system of care to meet the County’s needs.”

 

Specifically, the $902,064 three-year grant will allow FSW to: 1) Replicate in southern Westchester FSW’s  innovative, award-winning social model adult day program, My Second Home; 2) Provide respite, training and/or support to caregivers of those with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities (IDD) and have or are at risk of ADRD; 3) provide outreach, gatekeeper training and ADRD education to residents of southern Westchester, and 4) offer advanced training in behavioral symptom management and expert consultation to Westchester ADRD caregivers.  “The timing of this grant award is particularly fortuitous as we move closer to the anticipated opening of our new Lanza Family Center for All Ages in White Plains,” added Ms. Wayne.  “This new multi-generational site was originally conceived as a means to serve residents of southern and central Westchester who did not have access to our adult day program in Mt. Kisco, so we are delighted that it will be a part of this more comprehensive effort to expand access to care.”  The Lanza Family Center, located at 106 N. Broadway in White Plains, is currently under construction and scheduled to begin operations early in 2015.