A daughter hugs her mother with Alzheimer's.// Photo courtesy of the Alzheimer's Association

Make a BOLD Move: Improve Care For People with Alzheimer’s

Frustration is one of the most commonly expressed emotions when someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia. Too often, the diagnosis comes after symptoms have become serious enough to interfere with daily life. The information provided immediately after a diagnosis can be overwhelming and it is difficult for those who have been diagnosed and their families to know where to turn for support.

The Building Our Largest Dementia (BOLD) Infrastructure for Alzheimer’s Act (H.R.4256/S.2076),will help to remedy this situation by improving individual treatment plans while creating a more dementia capable health care system. This federal legislation will strengthen our country’s response to Alzheimer’s and related dementias by mobilizing public health resources and enhancing public awareness.

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A Department of Sanitation garbage truck. Photo by Jason Lawrence.

Trash Law Treasured In Southeast Queens

The smell of trash and the rumble of garbage trucks are all too common experiences for residents of Southeast Queens.

For years, Community District 12 — which includes Jamaica, Hollis, St. Albans, Springfield Gardens, Baisley Park, Rochdale Village and South Jamaica — has been a literal dumping ground for the rest of New York City, but starting next year, the trash burden will lighten.

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Katz (left) met with activists David Hogg (second from left) and Emma Gonzalez (right) and LIFE Camp founder Erica Ford (third from left) at LIFE Camp in Jamaica on Aug. 11. Hogg and Gonzalez survived a shooting inside at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL and have galvanized movements to limit access to guns and to promote civic engagement among young people. Twitter photo courtesy of Melinda Katz.

On Target for a Cure: The Strength of a Public Health Response to Gun Violence in America

Rethink gun violence not simply as a criminal justice issue, but as a public health issue that needs a public health response. Here in Queens and at select sites across New York, we’ve been doing exactly that, treating gun violence not simply as a crime to be prevented, but more realistically as a disease to be cured. And the outcome data are clear—this approach is the solution that works.

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Illustration from a New York Journal story on March 14, 1896 about Gen. James Rowan O’Beirne’s arranging military funeral for almshouse Civil War veteran. Image courtesy of the Library of Congress.

Stigma at Hart and Blackwell Islands and the ‘Old Soldiers’ Salutes

If you look long and closely enough into NYC history, you’ll sometimes come across unanticipated yet intriguing, and even profoundly moving reoccurrences: echoes from the past. The histories of two East River islands help illustrate the point.

They were bound together for more than six decades by rituals of death performed on one isle by the living on the other.

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A vacant factory at 78-16 Cooper Avenue in Glendale is the potential site of a new homeless shelter. Eagle Photo by David Brand

Glendale Residents Raise Money To Fight Shelter For Poorest New Yorkers

Glendale and Middle Village residents are raising money to block a potential homeless shelter for the city’s poorest residents — even before the city has issued an official proposal.

A group of residents calling themselves the Glendale Middle Village Coalition has raised more than $8,500 through a GoFundMe page in a mission they say is not aimed at opposing homeless people but is designed to denounce Mayor Bill de Blasio’s strategy for housing the homeless.

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Claire R. Thomas, Director, of the Asylum Clinic and an Adjunct Professor of Law at New York Law School. Photo courtesy of Claire R. Thomas.

Freezing Out Immigrants: The Denial of Due Process in New York State Courts

Frequent raids on immigrant communities and deaths in immigration detention centers, the call to “Abolish ICE” has gained momentum nationwide.

In part, the movement is informed by the situations in state courthouses, where the presence of U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents can instill fear in noncitizens and discourage them from seeking legal services they are entitled to or even notifying the police when they are in danger.

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Julie Stoil Fernandez is a co-founding partner of Finkel & Fernandez, LLP, which specializes in elder law. Photo courtesy of Julie Stoil Fernandez

Op-Ed: Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail

Examples of abuse and predation are prevalent in Queens. Every day scammers and schemers target senior citizens as well as younger people with impaired cognition.

Individuals who fail to plan for their own potential impairments diminished capabilities also face future consequences.

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A flyer for Picture the Homeless’ new “Free to Pee” campaign. Image courtesy of Picture the Homeless.

Homeless New Yorkers Demand a Place to Pee

A private place to pee is a civil rights issue.

That’s the message in a new campaign by the organization Picture the Homeless, which calls on the city to open more public restrooms, starting with 15 self-cleaning toilets they say the city has locked away in a Queens warehouse.

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Hallie Geier, 11, (left) died after being struck by a car in Sunnyside, but her life has inspired a the “A Better World Festival” in Sunnyside Saturday. Photo courtesy of QEDC.

Sunnyside Family Turns Tragedy Into Hope for ‘A Better World’

A Better World Festival, which takes place from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. in Bliss Plaza, honors the life of Hallie Geier, a 11-year-old who died after being struck by an SUV in front of her Sunnyside home in 2004.

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Attorney Neda Melamed, co-chair of the Brandeis Association’s Committee on Anti-Semitism and a former President of the Brandeis Association. Photo courtesy of Neda Melamed.

Brandeis Association Confronts Resurgent Anti-Semitism

Amid the rise of such brazen anti-semitism in Queens and the rest of the U.S., the Brandeis Association continues to confront hatred and stand up for the Jewish community through advocacy and education initiatives.

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