When someone is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, they are not the only one with questions - family and friends also have a slew of them as well, such as what does it mean? What kinds of plans need to be made? What kinds of resources are available? As the disease progresses, new questions arise, reflecting the growing need for information, programs and services.
The Alzheimer's Association, WNY Chapter, has answers and programs to address these and myriad other concerns, and in May, the chapter is launching a new "Living with Alzheimer's Disease" series of classes in Niagara County for individuals in the early stages of dementia and their care partners.
Part One of the class for those with the diagnosis begins May 2, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. in the auditorium of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. Concurrently, a similar session for caregivers will take place at the same time and location. The series resumes with Part Two on May 9 for both groups, and concludes with Part Three on May 16. The concluding class will take place during the Niagara County Dementia Care Conference, with both programs running from 1 to 4 p.m. in the auditorium of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.
The conference will cover information about resources available in Niagara and nearby counties, offer advice for caregivers, and address legal and financial concerns.
The classes and conference are free for those with Alzheimer's and their family caregivers, but registration is required and can be completed by calling 1-800-272-3900. Professional health care providers are also welcome to attend the conference for a fee of $30 and pre-registration at 1-800-272-3900.