Dementia education programs, services 
offered in Chautauqua County

BUFFALO, NY (July 29, 2019) – While Alzheimer’s disease currently cannot be prevented or slowed, there are steps to take and recommendations to follow in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise and cognitive activity that promote healthy aging. Learn more during a free educational program offered by dementia experts at the
Alzheimer’s Association® Western New York Chapter in Ellington in August. Healthy Living for your Brain and Body will be presented at 6:00 p.m. in Ellington Farman Library at 760 Thornton Road on Wednesday, August 7, 2019.

Chapter educators will be leading a presentation about Effective Communication Strategies on Thursday, August 29, 2019. The program covers verbal and non-verbal strategies for caregivers to more effectively understand and communicate with a person living with dementia. It is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. at Patterson Library, which is located at 40 South Portage Street in Westfield.

Questions about the programs and to register for either or both classes, call the Chapter office at (716) 626-0600 extension 313 during traditional business hours or 800-272-3900 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.

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 Friday (August 9) at 10:00 a.m. – St. John’s United Church of Christ, 733 Central Avenue – Dunkirk
4th Thursday (August 22) at 4:30 p.m. – Fredonia Place, 50 Howard Street, Fredonia
2nd Tuesday (August 13) at 1:00 p.m. – Jamestown Area Medical Associates, 15 South Main Street, Jamestown (respite services are available by calling 800-272-3900)
3rd Thursday (August 15) at 5:30 p.m. – Fluvanna Community Church at 3363 Fluvanna Avenue in Jamestown
3rd Wednesday (August 21) at 10:00 a.m. – Mayville Library, 92 South Erie Street.
2nd Tuesday (August 13) 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 (August 14) 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 800-272-3900.

You can also access dementia and caregiver resources through the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging at (716) 753-4582.