Updates on Daniel Straus CareOne

The Daniel Straus CareOne Dementia and Memory community at Harmony Village recently appointed Jennifer Barbieri as Program Coordinator. The Center, established in 1998, is today New Jersey’s largest family-owned and operated senior care provider.  According to Michael Daichman Executive Director, this recent appointment has engineered “a positive programming change in a small amount of time.”  As well, it was immediately obvious to him that Barbieri brings tremendous “compassion and love” to the new position, features of which have been crucial to the workings of the Center.

Indeed, Daniel Straus, CareOne Founder, Chairman and CEO, in reflecting on the achievements of the center over the last decade-and-a-half, said that he saw a need for “high quality secondary care providers…to continue caring for patients who had the need for around the clock, complex medical management.”

Barbieri fits these requirements.  A BA Community Health and Gerontology Graduate of William Paterson, she has been working with Continuing Care Retirement Communities.  She established extensive memory care programs and engaged in staff training.  She has specialized certifications in dementia care and activity programming.  Her plans for her work at CareOne include new program implementation, which, according to Daichman, she has already achieved on some level.

Barbieri’s new role at CareOne will involve supervision of Harmony Village at both Livingston and Morris.  She claims her new program will enable the residents there to “maintain maximum levels of functioning.  Through the dedicated staff of care managers, residents participate in daily programs such as music, creative arts and dance therapy.”

The Center for Discovery’s Thanksgiving Farm

The Center for Discovery is a non-profit program working to provide disabled children and adults with education, health and residential services. Based in Harris, NY, the Center focuses on creative arts, recreational activities and healthy lifestyles to enrich the lives of its participants through personal accomplishment.

Patrick Dollard, Center for Discovery President and CEO, explains:

“The Center for Discovery is a unique place, and we brought together a lot of the human arts to care for people who are multiply disabled. We’re a place that we still imagine great possibilities for everybody. It’s really a connection to nature that is really essential, I think, for all our healing. Food became a really essential part of caring for folks, trying to create wellness and health, and not manage sickness.”

One of the Center’s projects is Thanksgiving Farm, an organic farm cared for by the Center’s residents. Here is a video that introduces the facility:

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The Center for Discovery from The Center for Discovery on Vimeo.

Patients Medical and Daniel Amen Affiliation


A new affiliation has been reached between Patients Medical and Dr. Daniel Amen.  Patients Medical is a top integrative medical center in New York.  Dr. Daniel Amen is a brain imaging expert, psychiatrist and best-selling author.  The idea is that Dr. Amen will give advice to the Brain Wellness department at Patients Medical as well as lead programs that can diagnose and treat brain imbalances that result in poor health and reduced quality of life.

Dr. Amen boasts experience in overall wellness which is very suitable for the center’s holistic mission.  It will allow the center to expand its treatment scope to include brain health and hormone balancing.  This new affiliation is a natural next step from Vivian DeNise, an Integrative Physician and Certified Amen-Affiliated Education Doctor, who has already been working at the center, practicing Amen’s approach.  She has worked with patients who have a variety of disorders including ADHD, anxiety, depression, etc.  She thus believes that the new affiliation – together with the use of SPECT scans – will be a great way to more accurate diagnose patients and thereafter develop a customized treatment plan for them.