Across New York, it is estimated there are more than 400,000 individuals living with some type of dementia, with another one million-plus people providing some kind of care for them. Their needs for access to help, support and education is ongoing, and to address those needs, the Alzheimer’s Association Western New York Chapter is offering a number of virtual programs accessible from any location via computer or mobile device.
Chapter dementia care consultants are planning a number of free online classes for participants to attend from the safety and comfort of their own homes. In the month of April, these education programs will be offered virtually:
Overview of Virtual Programs and Services
Friday, April 3 – 2:00 pm
Friday, April 17 – 2:00 pm
Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia
Tuesday, April 7 – noon
Tuesday, April 14 – noon
Tuesday, April 21 – noon
Tuesday, April 28 – noon
Wednesday, April 29 – 8:00 am
Know the 10 Warning Signs
Friday, April 10 – 2:00 pm
Friday, April 24 – 2:00 pm
Effective Communication Strategies
Thursday, April 2 – 6:00 pm
Wednesday, April 22 – 8:00 am
Thursday, April 30 – 6:00 pm
Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behaviors
Thursday, April 9 – 6:00 pm
Wednesday, April 15 – 8:00 am
Legal and Financial Planning for Dementia
Wednesday, April 8 – 8:00 am
Thursday, April 16 – 6:00 pm
Thursday, April 23 – 6:00 pm
Meaningful Activities for Family Caregivers
Monday, April 20 – 1:30 pm
To register for any/all of these classes and learn how to access them, visit bit.ly/WNYeducation or call 1-800-272-3900.
Caregiver support group meetings are also being offered in a number of ways, including telephone conference calls and webinars. To learn more about taking part in a virtual support group meeting, visit bit.ly/WNYsupport. The Association’s around-the-clock Helpline is also available to answer questions about programs and how to access them, address concerns, and discuss other resources. That number is 1-800-272-3900.
Confidential care consultations to discuss care planning, finances, and more will continue to be available via telephone to the Helpline at 1-800-272-3900. Video chats are also possible for these free virtual meetings.
And finally, the Association has a dedicated website to help caregivers whose loved one is at home and those whose loved one is residing in an assisted living facility, That website is alz.org/COVID19.
The Alzheimer’s Association leads the way to end Alzheimer’s and all other dementia by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support.
The local Chapter provides programs, services and other resources for those living with dementia, their care partners, healthcare professionals and others across eight counties: Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming.
You can learn more by calling 626-0600 during traditional business hours, or 24/7 at 1-800-272-3900 or alz.org/WNY.