New groups in Sinclairville for those living with dementia and their care partners

A diagnosis of dementia is life-changing. It can also be isolating, stigmatizing and frightening. But persons diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia can also live well with that diagnosis and play an active role in planning for their future and the changes that will occur.

“One of the keys to living well with dementia is avoiding isolation,” Shelby Edgerly, director of early stage services at the Alzheimer’s Association Western New York Chapter, said. “In March, we are launching a first-of-its kind support group for those living with a dementia diagnosis in the Sinclairville area. Participants will be able to connect with others in the same situation, share their challenges, celebrate their victories and realize that they are not alone.” While the group is meeting, Ms. Edgerly says their care partners can also meet separately and privately with other caregivers to find support, advice and common ground.

Both of these new monthly support groups will offer a safe space for those impacted by a dementia diagnosis to share their experiences and will be facilitated by a volunteer trained by the local Chapter. Those interested in attending either group should call Edgerly at 626-0600 to discuss whether the meetings are an ideal fit for those living with a dementia and other services that are available in the area.

For additional information, call the Association’s 24/7 Helpline at 1 (800)272-3900.