Alzheimer’s Association offers free program, services across Chautauqua County this month

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

On Monday, Aug. 6, Cassadaga Branch Library at 18 Maple Ave., in Cassadaga will host Effective Communication Strategies at 5 p.m. This program is ideal for care partners of those living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, as it offers verbal and non-verbal strategies for caregivers to more effectively understand and communicate.

Myers Memorial Library at 6 Falconer St., in Frewsburg will host Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia at 2:30 p.m. on Aug. 20. This educational program covers the basics about the disease and related dementias.

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:,:

Dunkirk:

Third Wednesday of every month at 5:15 p.m. – Chautauqua Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, 10836 Temple Road

Second and fourth Friday at 10 a.m. – St. John’s United Church of Christ, 733 Central Ave.

Fredonia:

Fourth Thursday at 4:30 p.m. – Fredonia Place, 50 Howard St.

Jamestown:

Second Tuesday at 1 p.m. – Jamestown Area Medical Associates, 15 South Main St. – Respite may be available at this location. Call 1 (800) 272-3900 for information.

Third Thursday at 5:30 p.m. – Fluvanna Community Church, 3363 Fluvanna Ave.

Westfield:

Location changes frequently. Call Jennifer Ellman at the Chautauqua County Office for the Aging for updated information: 753-4781.

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.

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