The Alzheimer’s Association Western New York Chapter is looking for public input on how to best serve the needs of those living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia, and care partners, in the greater Buffalo area.
The Delavan Grider Community Center at 877 East Delavan Ave. in Buffalo will host the Community Forum from 5:30 to 8 p.m. on Thursday, March 12. Dementia caregivers, healthcare professionals and the general public are encouraged to attend to provide input to local Association care consultants on what programs and services are needed to help all those impacted by dementia.
Among those supporting the forum is Pastor George Nicholas from Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church on Masten Avenue in the city. “It can be overwhelming to provide around the clock care for someone who is struggling with Alzheimer’s disease. That is why it is essential that churches and other community organizations partner with the Alzheimer’s Association of WNY to deliver needed for care those in our community while providing much needed respite for faithful caregivers. This forum is an important resource in helping to build a network of care for our loved ones.” Lincoln Memorial is one of the faith communities in WNY that provide a free monthly social respite program to allow those living with dementia a safe place to be engaged, socialized and cared for while their caregivers tend to their own needs.
Pastor Angela R. Stewart of Metropolitan United Methodist Church on Best Street in Buffalo is also urging her congregants to attend. “About eight years ago I assisted in the care of my mother-in-law, who had Alzheimer’s. I thank God the family shared in the care, but it would have been nice for my sister-in-law who lived with her to have a program like respite. I am so glad to be able to bless caregivers with the opportunity to have a break and a place to bring their loved one. My church, Metropolitan United Methodist, is proud to be a part of the Alzheimer’s Respite Program. The Alzheimer’s Association has trained the volunteers, offered financial support, and have been very supportive. We at Metropolitan feel very valuable to our community of caregivers by offering this wonderful service.”
Care consultants from the Alzheimer’s Association will be available for questions and answers, and to provide information about all the programs and services offered by the Chapter across Western New York.
Forum attendees who pre-register will enjoy dinner and refreshments at no cost. To sign-up for this free program, call 1-800-272-3900 or visit online at bit.ly/BuffaloForum.