A message from Chapter CEO Cathy James:
In January 2015, the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter undertook a study of the Kirkpatrick Day Program aimed at creating a long-term strategic plan for this community resource. As the committee of staff, volunteers and third-party consultants dove deeper and deeper into the process, some truths became clear. First, the Kirkpatrick Day Program possesses an incredibly committed staff devoted to the care of our participants. Second, demand for our services has decreased over the past five years to the point where it has severely impacted the financial viability of both the Program and the Chapter.
The third-party experts led us on a discussion of the financial standpoint of the program and the investment that would be required to return our attendance to levels of prior years. After exhaustive work, the consultants and representatives from the Chapter reached the same conclusion: the Alzheimer’s Association does not have the financial resources or savings to heavily invest in both the direct care services of the Kirkpatrick Day Program and the expansion of our caregiver support programs, the latter of which is mandated by our affiliation with the national Alzheimer’s Association. After presenting its findings to the Chapter’s board of directors, it was agreed that the best way to serve individuals, families and care partners in the Greater Syracuse area is by enhancing the lives of people impacted by Alzheimer’s disease, not providing hands-on care.
Therefore, it is with a heavy heart that I inform you the Kirkpatrick Day Program closed permanently on August 28, 2015. This was not a decision that was easily reached, nor is it one that sits particularly well with me. While this was the correct business decision, this program is very near to my heart, as I was the director of the program from 1996 to 2006 before becoming the chief executive officer. I am charged with making the best decisions for the good of the Chapter, but I am also emotionally attached to this program as well. The Chapter staff believes strongly in the benefits of social adult day programs for both the individual living with a form of dementia and their caregivers. Our staff of dementia experts is available 24 hours a day at 1-800-272-3900 and would be happy to provide you with a list of area programs.
Thank you for visiting.
Chief Executive Officer