Alzheimer's Panel Discussion

  • Thu, November 10, 2016
  • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Stanley Isaac's Neighborhood Center, 415 E 93rd St. (East of 1st Ave.)



3:00pm: networking

3:30pm: announcements, presentation & Q&A


Heather Saposnick, LMSW - Senior Social Worker, Alzheimer’s Foundation of America

Kelly Flister-Gilligan- Inspired Memory Care

Anne M. Foerg – Director of Social Work, CaringKind

Elizabeth Fine- The Memory Tree


Heather Saposnick - Heather is the senior social worker at the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.  In the field for 10 years, Heather has spent her career working with the geriatric community in nursing homes, focusing specifically on best practices in long term care and discharge planning.  Heather recognizes the benefits in providing resources and support to ensure individuals living with dementia live meaningful lives, and does so daily through her work at the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America.  Heather received her bachelor’s degree in social work from SUNY Plattsburg and received her MSW at the Jane Adams School of Social work at the University of Illinois – Chicago.  Heather finds her most rewarding work in advocating for those who voices aren’t always heard.

Kelly Flister-Gilligan - Kelly's background includes a degree in English and Psychology from Fordham University and certification as a Validation Worker through the Validation Therapy Institute. She has over a decade of experience training health care professionals and family members on techniques for connecting with their clients and loved ones with memory impairment. Kelly’s goal is to empower others to embrace persons living with memory impairment as valuable and enriching members of society, and to support individuals living with memory impairment in remaining confident in their own vitality and value. 

Anne Foerg - a licensed geriatric social worker, is the Director of Social Work at CaringKind, the Heart of Alzheimer’s Caregiving, where her team focuses on helping individuals with dementia and their families navigate the myriad of challenges they face.  Anne has spent the majority of her career working in the field of case management for older adults, in both publicly- and privately-funded programs designed to help seniors age in their communities by coordinating their social, medical, financial, and legal needs. She is a graduate of New York University, where she earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Metropolitan Studies with a focus on aging in the urban environment.  She received her Masters in Social Work degree from Hunter College’s Silberman School of Social Work, with specialties in aging and community organizing.

Elizabeth  G. Fine, LCSW,  is the President and Founder of  the not-for-profit the Early Alzheimer’s Foundation, Inc., in New York City, and is the Director of The Memory Tree™ program. The Memory Tree is celebrating its 10th year of operation providing unique programs for people with early stage Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. They currently operate four locations and are thrilled to announce their newest location at the 92Y.

Ms. Fine has worked in Geriatric Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine with Alzheimer’s individuals and their caregivers for the last 25 years. Ms. Fine has been the Director of The Caregivers Program funded by the NYS Department of Health, and Director of the Information Core of the Alzheimer’s Research Center. Ms. Fine lectures to health care professionals and the lay public on Alzheimer’s disease and has co-authored numerous articles on this subject.


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