Do You Know the Difference Between Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia?


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Alzheimer’s Association

Memory loss is not a normal part of aging, and it could be an indication of something more serious such as disease that is causing dementia symptoms. The Alzheimer’s Association® Western New York Chapter offers a free education program that discusses the basics about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia and that program will be offered for free in Dunkirk in April.

Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia will be presented at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 10, 2019 in the Connections North building at Chautauqua Opportunities at 10825 Bennett Road in Dunkirk. To reserve a seat for this free program, please call 716.626.0600 during traditional business hours or after-hours at 800.272.3900.

On Monday, April 15, Chapter dementia experts will be in Cassadaga to present Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors. This program is aimed at helping caregivers decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers and strategize to overcome these challenges. The free class is set for 6:00 p.m. in the Cassadaga Branch Library at 18 Maple Avenue. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged by calling 716.626.0600 or 800.272.3900.

The James Prendergast Library at 509 Cherry Street in Jamestown will host a third program, Healthy living for your Brain and Body, at 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 24. This program focuses on the latest research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, and cognitive activity.

Additionally, the Chapter oversees monthly caregiver support group meetings 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 (April 12 & April 26) at 10:00 a.m. – St. John’s United Church of
  • Christ, 733 Central Avenue – Dunkirk
  • 4th Thursday (April 25) at 4:30 p.m. – Fredonia Place, 50 Howard Street, Fredonia
  • 2nd Tuesday (April 9) 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 (April 18) at 5:30 p.m. – Fluvanna Community Church at 3363 Fluvanna Avenue in Jamestown
  • 3rd Wednesday (April 17) at 10:00a.m. – Mayville Library, 92 South Erie Street.
  • 2nd Tuesday (April 9) 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 (April 10) 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.