To mark Brain Awareness Week (March 11-17), the Western New York Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association is offering a number of classes geared toward outlining the differences between forgetfulness and dementia, and recognizing when loss of memory may be an indication of more serious cognitive problems.
"Every single day, we answer calls about issues just like this," explains chapter Executive Director Leilani Pelletier. "It is the most common question we are asked, which is why we reach out to the public to educate them, and to help whenever and wherever we can."
Classes will be offered in each of the eight counties served by the chapter: Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans, Wyoming, Allegany, Chautauqua, and Cattaraugus.
"These classes are open to everyone, and will include basic information on the warning signs of dementia and ways you can improve your memory," said chapter Education and Training Director Meghan Fadel. "We're also very excited about a special presentation by renowned U.B. Assistant Professor Dr. Kinga Szigeti, who will talk about local research studies that are focused on memory disorders."
For more information and to register for the classes, call 800-272-3900.
In Niagara County, "The Basics - Memory Loss, Dementia and Alzheimer's Disease," the basic information one needs to know about memory loss issues, will be offered at 10 a.m. Friday, March 15, in Niagara Falls Memorial Center auditorium, 621 10th St., Niagara Falls.
This free program will address issues such as: "What is age-related memory loss?" and "What is the difference between dementia and Alzheimer's disease?"
A special appearance by Szigeti to discuss local research studies will be at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, March 21, at the Alzheimer's Association Office, 2805 Wehrle Drive, Suite 6, Williamsville.
The Alzheimer's Association staffs a free helpline that is available 24/7 to answer questions about dementia, caregiving, and various other education and support services at 800-272-3900. Information can also be found online at http://www.alz.org/wny.