Alzeimer’s Foundation of America

Alzheimer's Foundation of America provides education and support to individuals living with Alzheimer's disease and to their families and caregivers, and funds research toward improved treatments and a cure.

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Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm

Location: 322 8th Ave, Suite 800 (at 26th Street)

Recreation Director: Molly Fogel (She/Her/Hers)

Details: Small carpeted room, with a keyboard, and no microphone.

Audience: People with varying levels of Alzheimer’s and dementia, and their caregivers or family. Attendees are mobile and travel to the center for social and educational programming.

Music: Golden Era Broadway and the Great American Songbook preferred.

Tactics for Connection: Taking cues from family members or caregivers. Attempting one-on-one connection with your song. Group singing.  Offering your hand.


Actors Fund Home

At The Actors Fund Home, a facility owned and operated by The Actors Fund, you’ll find a very special community of unique individuals—people who have dedicated a major portion of their professional lives to performing arts and entertainment.

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Total Time: 1:30pm-3:30pm

Location: 155-175 West Hudson Avenue, Englewood NJ

Session 1 – Basement Level, Dementia Unit

Time: 1:30pm-2:00pm

Recreation Director: Karen Morgan (She/Her/Hers)

Details: Large room, upright piano, and no microphone. Audience should be in a circle formation.  Please do not use a microphone even if offered.

Audience: People with advanced Alzheimer’s and dementia in wheelchairs and beds, with some nursing staff.

Music: Golden Era Broadway and the Great American Songbook preferred.

Tactics for Connection: Kneeling down to connect through eye contact. Attempting one-on-one connection with your song. Offering your hand. Slower movement. Stay within sightlines of audience members.

  • Session 2 – Middle Level, Nursing Care Unit

Time: 2:15pm-3:15pm

Details: Very large cafeteria room, baby grand piano, with a wireless microphone.

Audience: People with varying medical needs that require 24-hour care and assistance, primarily in wheelchairs or using walkers.

Music: All Broadway and classic rock, blues, and jazz.

Tactics for Connection: Engaging through surveying questions to the audience. Talking about yourself and your material. Use the whole room as your stage. Invite people to sing along. Offering your hand.


Calvary Hospital

Calvary is the country’s only hospital dedicated to providing hospice and palliative care to adult patients with advanced cancer and other life-limiting illness.

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Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm (Intermission 3:00-3:15pm)

Location: 1740 Eastchester Rd, Bronx NY

Recreation Director: Eddie Gorman (He/Him/His)

Details: Large room, baby grand piano, with a wireless microphone. There is a camera in the ceiling that televises the session to the entire hospital. Our Meet & Greet is from 3:00-3:15pm, instead of at the end.

Audience: Adult hospice patients and their families, primarily in wheelchairs and hospital beds.

Music: All Broadway and classic rock, pop, blues, and jazz.

Tactics for Connection: Engaging through surveying questions to the audience. Talking about yourself and your material. Use the whole room as your stage. Invite people to sing along. Offering your hand. Address the camera in the ceiling.


Encore Community Services

Encore's mission is to provide care and service to the senior population, those who are vulnerable, frail, poor,  homeless, desperate, and ignored - helping to meet their daily needs so that they may live as independently as possible with dignity and decency in a safe and caring environment.

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Time: 1:15pm-2:15pm

Location: 220 W 49th Street, NYC

Recreation Director: Nieves Taveras (She/Her/Hers)

Details: Very large cafeteria room, upright piano, with a wired microphone. We perform on a stage at the back of the room. Attendants are mobile and travel to the center for lunch and social programming.

Audience: Encore serves as a “soup kitchen” and shelter for local low-income seniors in our community, and our session comes at the end of lunch service, so volume and attention can be a challenge – but they are listening!

Music: All Broadway and classic rock, pop, blues, and jazz.

Tactics for Connection: Invite people to come sit closer to the stage. Engaging through surveying questions to the audience. Talking about yourself and your material. Invite people to sing along.


Henry Street Settlement

Henry Street offers a wide variety of programs to promote independence and well being among the culturally diverse group of seniors on the Lower East Side. With a focus on seniors who are isolated because of low-income, and a limited ability to speak english, Henry Streetservices are free of charge and available in Spanish, Chinese, and English.

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Time: 12:30pm-1:30pm

Location: 334 Madison Street, Lower East Side NYC

Recreation Director: Cheryl Kamen (She/Her/Hers)

Details: Medium sized cafeteria room, baby grand piano, with a wireless microphone.  You are also reaching audience in other rooms of the center through the sound system.

Audience: Primarily non-English speaking Spanish and Chinese immigrant population. Attendees are mobile and travel to the center for lunch and social programming.

Music: Golden Era Broadway and the Great American Songbook, as well as classic rock, pop, blues, and jazz.

Tactics for Connection: Use the whole room as your stage. Invite people to sing along. Offering your hand. Dance.


Methodist Home

The Methodist Home specializes in promoting dignity and independence through their nursing and rehabilitative services.

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Time: 3:00pm-4:00pm

Location: 4499 Manhattan College Pkwy, Bronx, NY 10471

Recreation Director: Ben Jordan (He/Him/His)

Details: Large carpeted room, grand piano, with no microphone.

Audience: People with varying medical needs that require 24-hour care and assistance, primarily in wheelchairs or using walkers.

Music: Golden Era Broadway and the Great American Songbook preferred.

Tactics for Connection: The audience is set up in two rows stretching the length of the room longways. While singing, stand close to the audience and “work” the length of the room while singing. Take cues from family members or caregivers. Attempting one-on-one connection with your song. Group singing. Offering your hand.


Neighborhood House

The Neighborhood House is a preeminent provider of older adult services in New York.  Each year, they provide a wide range of essential services, educational classes, recreational activities, community events and support.

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Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

Location: Saint Peter’s Church, 619 Lexington Ave at 54th Street, NYC

Recreation Director: Vineeta Chopra (She/Her/Hers)

Details: Medium sized carpeted room, upright piano, with no microphone.

Audience: Theatre lovers. Attendees are mobile and travel to the center for social and educational programming.

Music: All Broadway and classic rock, blues, and jazz.

Tactics for Connection: Engaging through surveying questions to the audience. Talking about yourself and your material. Invite people to sing along. Offering your hand.


James Jay Peter’s VA Medical Center

The VA Medical Center in the Bronx is the oldest VA facility in New York City, celebrating over 75 years service to veterans. The Community Living Center is designed to provide a safe, homelike environment for veterans who have a wide variety of medical, nursing and rehab needs.

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Time: 1:00pm-2:00pm

Location: 130 West Kingsbridge Road, Bronx NY

Recreation Director: Tamiara Santana (She/Her/Hers)

Details: Very large cafeteria room, baby grand piano, with a wireless microphone. There is a camera in the ceiling that televises the session to the entire hospital.

Audience: Veterans who have a wide variety of medical, nursing, and rehab needs. Audiences can feel on the smaller size, but you are also reaching those confined to their hospital rooms, through the camera.

Music: Classic rock, pop, blues, jazz, and the Great American Songbook are preferred. If you play an instrument, bring it!

Tactics for Connection: Engaging through surveying questions to the audience. Talking about yourself and your material. Use the whole room as your stage. Invite people to sing along. Address the camera in the ceiling


The Edie Windsor SAGE CenteR

SAGE is the country's largest and oldest organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) older adults. Our mission is to lead in addressing issues related to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) aging.

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Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm

Location: 305 7th Ave, NYC

Recreation Director: Christian Appel (They/Them or She/Hers)

Details: Medium sized room, upright piano, with a wireless microphone optional.

Audience: LGBTQ+ Elders. Attendees are mobile and travel to the center for food, as well as social and educational programming.

Music: All Broadway and classic rock, pop, blues, and jazz.

Tactics for Connection: Engaging through surveying questions to the audience. Talking about yourself and your material. Use the whole room as your stage. Invite people to sing along. Offering your hand.


Swinging Sixties Senior Center

In the late 1960’s, when the Women’s movement was in full throttle, Jan Peterson, then a young community organizer, guided a dozen Italian American housewives on Consyelea Street into forming the Consleyea Street Block Association.  They went on to found Swinging Sixties Senior Center and Small World Day Care. Swinging Sixties Senior Center offers: wonderful home cooking, classes in painting, ceramics, dance, and fitness, computer access, movie screenings, lectures, food pantry, and more.

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Time: 3:30pm-4:30pm

Location: 211 Ainslie St, Brooklyn NYC

Recreation Director: Roseann Tuohy (She/Her/Hers)

Details: Large cafeteria room, upright piano, with a wireless microphone.

Audience: Very engaging crowd, largely Russian and Italian immigrant population. Attendants are mobile and travel to the center for food, as well as social and educational programming.

Music: Golden Era Broadway, classic rock, pop, blues, jazz, and the Great American Songbook are preferred.

Tactics for Connection: Engaging through surveying questions to the audience. Talking about yourself and your material. Use the whole room as your stage. Invite people to sing along. Offering your hand.


305 West End

305 West End is fully dedicated to residents living with memory-related cognitive disorders, their special memory care area is staffed with a team of professionals who are trained in proven therapies to help aging adults manage memory loss – and do so with dignity and grace.

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Time: 2:00pm-3:00pm

Time: When visiting with AFA’s “Teal Room” 2:30-3:30pm

Location: 305 West End Avenue, at 74th Street

Recreation Director: Melissa Sheehan (She/Her/Hers)

Details: Medium sized carpeted room, with an upright piano and no microphone.  The piano is placed in the middle of the long room, with audience on either side. Think: theatre in the round.

Audience: People with varying levels of Alzheimer’s and dementia, and their caregivers or family. Some attendees are mobile and travel to the center for social and educational programming, while others are residents of 305 West End Assisted Living.

Music: Golden Era Broadway and the Great American Songbook preferred.

Tactics for Connection: Taking cues from family members or caregivers. Attempting one-on-one connection with your song. Group singing.  Offering your hand.


Upper East Side Rehabilitation & Nursing Center

(AFA’s “Teal Room - Memory Cafe”)

UES’s palliative care and hospice services are for patients suffering from a variety of chronic illnesses, such as Alzheimer’s, cancer, cardiac disease, kidney failure, and Parkinson’s. Patients will discover tremendous support as part of their palliative care program.  It is their promise to make patients as comfortable as possible in an effort to relieve stress, pain, and ultimately optimize their quality of life.

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Time: 2:15pm-3:15pm

 Location: 211 E. 79th Street

Recreation Director: Josie Di Chiara (She/Her/Hers)

Details: Large room with a keyboard and a wireless microphone.

Audience: People with varying levels of Alzheimer’s and dementia, and their caregivers or family. Some attendees are mobile and travel to the center for social and educational programming, while others are residents receiving palliative or hospice care.

 Music: Golden Era Broadway and the Great American Songbook preferred.

 Tactics for Connection: Taking cues from family members or caregivers. Attempting one on one connection with your song. Group singing.  Offering your hand.