Providing care for a loved one living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia can be rewarding … but it can also be overwhelming. The Alzheimer’s Association Western New York Chapter offers a number of programs to assist caregivers with various challenges, including monthly support group meetings. These groups offer an opportunity for care partners to express themselves without judgment and find encouragement and guidance from others in the same situation.
As pandemic restrictions continue to ease, the Chapter is offering a hybrid of meeting opportunities, with many returning to in-person, some remaining virtual, and a few offering a mix of both options. Currently, there are more than two dozen groups meeting on various days and at various times. Additional details can be found at alz.org/WNY or by calling 800-272-3900.
Among the Chapter’s more unique groups is a program that offers both camaraderie and a chance for some creative self-care. Starting the evening of April 14, Art and Support for Caregivers will meet for four every-other-week sessions via Zoom. An art therapist will lead the group in drawing, painting and more while they discuss the challenges and triumphs of providing care for a loved one with dementia. Experience in creating art is not necessary as the group is beginner-friendly. Staff will mail free art materials to any registrant who needs them prior to the group. Registration is required at bit.ly/ArtWinter22.For additional information, please call 716-626-0600, ext. 313.
The Chapter also produces a quarterly program guide that includes all groups, plus additional educational and support services. The guide can be viewed and downloaded at https://www.alz.org/wny/helping_you/program-catalog. To receive a mailed copy of the guide, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 716-626-0600, ext. 313.