Lotus Club

Organization Associated with Program
New York Memory Center
199 14th St.
Brooklyn, 11215

The Lotus Club is an initiative of the New York Memory Center’s state-of-the-art Memory Technology Center, which offers a new approach to strengthening “brain skills” through the use of the latest memory enhancement techniques. Programming targets eight cognitive domains: short-term memory, language, perceptual skills, attention, constructive abilities, orientation, problem-solving, and functional abilities. Members participate in a variety of programs in a club-like setting where the participants can cultivate lasting friendships, engage in personal growth, and avoid the social isolation that often accompanies an early diagnosis. The program targets older adults who have received a diagnosis of early stage Alzheimer’s disease or related neurocognitive disorders. The Lotus Club offers a myriad of activities and services including art, music, dance, yoga, meditation, reiki, poetry, exercise, therapeutic recreation classes, and more. Programs are conducted by professional artists and educators.

Members of the New York Memory Center receive full access to active treatment that focuses on supporting the capacity an older person retains after receiving a diagnosis of a neurocognitive disorder such as Alzheimer’s disease, including psychological, social, cognitive, and physical domains of health and wellbeing. The program is designed to slow the rate of disease progression, sustain functional independence, reduce agitation, improve disease-related behavioral symptoms, reduce or eliminate depression, limit excess disability, and reduce caregiver burnout.

Program History

Since 1985 the New York Memory Center (formerly Park Slope Geriatric Day Center) has been a pioneer in the movement to develop and promote evidence-based home and community solutions that positively impact both the lives of adults living with memory loss and their caregivers. The New York Memory Center offers Brooklyn’s only program tailored for those who have been recently diagnosed with early-stage Alzheimer’s disease and related neurocognitive disorders, while also providing a multi-faceted program that coincides with the progression of the disease.

Program Assessments and Evaluations

The New York Memory Center measures satisfaction through an annual survey of families. In addition, the center develops an annual care plan for each participant and measures results based on goals set by the older person and their family. The New York Memory Center adjusts programming on a daily basis based on person-centered care models.

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Kinds of creative engagement/ program focus Creation of Original Work, Viewing Artwork, Presenting a Performance, Attending a Performance, Participate in a Class, Participate in a Workshop
Arts Discipline: Dance, Design, Folk/Traditional Arts, Literature, Media Arts, Museums, Music, Musical Theater, Opera, Theater, Visual Arts
Target Audience: People with Alzheimer's Disease / Dementia
Adaptive Program Design Cognitive Disabilities
Program Setting: Adult Day Care
Program Service Area: Urban
Type of Practice: Field Tested Best Practice