Alzheimer’s Association Offers Free Programs and Services in Chautauqua County: Includes NEW Social Respite Program

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The Alzheimer’s Association® Western New York Chapter

The Alzheimer’s Association® Western New York Chapter is planning a number of education programs across Chautauqua County in September. These programs are free and open to the public.

On September 6, 2018, Brookdale Lakewood at 220 Southwestern Drive in Lakewood will host Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body at 2:00 p.m. Dementia experts from the WNY Chapter office will discuss the latest research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, and cognitive activity.

Patterson Library at 40 South Portage Street in Westfield will host Legal and Financial Planning for Alzheimer’s at 6:00 p.m. on September 13. This workshop is for anyone who would like to know more about what legal and financial issues to consider when faced with the challenge of dementia and how to put plans in place.

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 at 10:00 a.m. — St. John’s United Church of Christ, 733 Central Avenue — Dunkirk
  • 4th Thursday at 4:30 p.m. — Fredonia Place, 50 Howard Street, Fredonia
  • 2nd Tuesday 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 at 5:30 p.m. — Fluvanna Community Church at 3363 Fluvanna Avenue in Jamestown
  • Westfield — Location changes frequently. Call Jennifer Ellman at the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging for updated information: (716) 753-4781.

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 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.