Hail to the new permanent executive director at the New York Memory Center — none other than 2014 Woman of Distinction Josephine Brown. Our lady of note has been with the center since 2000 and became program director in 2008.
Her new appointment is causing quite a buzz.
“We are really excited about the appointment of Josephine as executive director,” said Joseph Giamboi, board chairman and president. “Josephine is one of our own — she has been part of our center for 16 years and knows every aspect of what we do.”
Josephine has more than 30 years of experience meeting the needs of seniors and adults living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. She is a true-blue borough daughter who started her career as a program facilitator at Park Slope Senior Center, where she initiated a program of exercise, nutrition and art therapy for older adults concerned about memory loss. Her list of credits is vast: Josephine is a dementia care specialist affiliated with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, certified in Therapeutic Thematic Arts Programming, trained in counseling and dementia arts, and a certified nursing assistant.
New York Memory Center [199 14th St. at Fourth Avenue in Park Slope, (718) 499–7701].
Three cheers to the Brooklyn Public Library. The house of books is one of 10 recipients of the nation’s highest honor given to museums and libraries for service to the community from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. For 22 years the National Medal has celebrated institutions that respond to societal needs in innovative ways, making a difference for individuals, families, and communities.
The award will be presented to Brooklyn Public Library and the other winners at the nation’s capital on June 1.
The Brooklyn Public Library was recognized for its Outreach Services Department, which offers citizenship classes to new Americans, creative aging workshops for older adults, an oral history project for veterans, and the Books-to-Go program for homebound patrons.
“Our receipt of the National Medal is a tribute to the hundreds of librarians, staff members and volunteers who make Brooklyn Public Library a resource the entire community can turn to, a place where all people can be inspired to pursue their dreams and do their best thinking,” said Linda Johnson, president and chief executive officer. “We are dedicated to serving a large, diverse borough, including children discovering the joys of literacy, students visiting our branches after school, families on the wrong side of the digital divide, immigrants eager to become U.S. citizens, and the innovators who have remade Brooklyn’s image and economy. And as ever, we provide free access to millions of books housing nearly all of humanity’s accumulated wisdom and experience.”
Standing O offers felicitations on the award.
Brooklyn Public Library Dweck Center [10 Grand Army Plaza, (718) 230–2100].
ProFitness Physical Therapy has been treating New Yorkers for 30 years, one patient at a time.
ProFitness Physical Therapy first opened on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in 1986, and since that time it has come over the bridge to our fair berg and treated boroughites to the latest and best tehcnology available.
Young or old, weekend warriors or sports enthusiasts, all receive the same great attention and quality care with high-tech state-of-the-art equiment, innovative techniques, and caring staff.
The therapists at ProFitness understand the special needs of children and teens with scoliosis, sprains and strains and juvenile arthritis, to the elderly patient who is either trying to prevent a fall or suffering from injuries after losing their balance.
Standing O is sending out a special Stand Straight and Stand Strong anniversary wish.
ProFitness Physical Therapy [50 Court St. at Joralemon Street in Brooklyn Heights, (718) 858–6546].