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Communications Director, Alzheimer’s Association WNY
A diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other type of dementia can lead to isolation and loneliness for those living with the disease and their care partners, but it does not have to be that way, and you can live well after a diagnosis. The Alzheimer’s Association® Western New York Chapter is offering a special social program in Jamestown in April for those diagnosed with dementia and their caregivers to encourage them to socialize, learn and enjoy time with their partners and with others facing similar challenges. To learn more about this Joint Enrichment Social Program, please call Shelby Edgerly in the Chapter office at 716.626.0600 extension 8997.
The Alzheimer’s Association® Western New York Chapter has also scheduled a free education program in Fredonia on March 21, 2019. The public is invited to learn more about Alzheimer’s disease and specifically how to make legal and financial plans after a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other type of dementia. Chapter dementia experts will lead the program at 2:00 p.m. at the Concord Estates at 441 Temple Street. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged by calling 1.800.272.3900 or 716.626.0600.
Additionally, the Chapter trains facilitators to lead monthly caregiver support groups in six locations across the county which allow caregivers to connect with others facing similar challenges and hear advice for overcoming them.
- 2nd & 4th Friday (March 8 & March 22) at 10:00 a.m. – St. John’s United Church of Christ, 733 Central Avenue – Dunkirk
- 4th Thursday (March 28) at 4:30 p.m. – Fredonia Place, 50 Howard Street, Fredonia
- 2nd Tuesday (March 12) at 1:00 p.m. – Jamestown Area Medical Associates, 15 South Main Street, Jamestown (respite services are available by calling 1.800.272.3900)
- 3rd Thursday (March 21) at 5:30 p.m. – Fluvanna Community Church at 3363 Fluvanna Avenue in Jamestown
- 3rd Wednesday (March 20) at 10:00 a.m. – Mayville Library, 92 South Erie Street.
- 2nd Tuesday (March 12) at 9:30 a.m. – North County Dine-N-Dish: Restaurant location changes monthly. Call Jennifer Ellman at the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging at (716) 753-4781 for updated information.
A community social program, or respite, is also available every month in Westfield. This free program provides relief to those who care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia and offers them some time to refresh and re-charge, while their loved one is engaged in social activities in a safe environment. Westfield United Methodist Church at 101 East Main Street has launched a new respite service on the 2nd Wednesday (March 13) of every month. For more information, call Gail Boardway at (716) 232-4310.
While these programs are all free to attend, pre-registration is strongly encouraged to ensure there are enough materials and to relay any changes to the schedules. To reserve a seat and learn more about other Alzheimer’s Association programs and services, contact the WNY Chapter office at 1.800.272.3900.
You can also access dementia and caregiver resources through the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging at 716.753.4582.