BUFFALO - Those who provide care for people with Alzheimer's disease or other dementia can find mutual support and practical information on caregiving and community resources at any of the two dozen support groups meeting once a month at various times and locations throughout Western New York.
Organized by the Alzheimer's Association, WNY Chapter, they are run by trained facilitators and are free to attend. Most meetings are open to all caregivers, but a few are specialized. In Chautauqua County, meetings are held at Jamestown Area Medical Associates, 15 S. Main St., Jamestown on the second Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m.
The WNY Chapter also offers Early Stage Support Group meetings for those in the early stages of the disease. For more information about those meetings, and all other information about Alzheimer's Association services, programs or events, call 1-800-272-3900.
Alzheimer's disease is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, and one in three seniors will die with Alzheimer's or other dementia. This year alone, Alzheimer's disease will cost the nation $203 billion, and by 2050 that cost is expected to rise to $1.2 trillion. Across Erie, Niagara, Genesee, Orleans, Wyoming, Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua counties, some 55,000 people are living with Alzheimer's, and more than 155,000 family members and friends provide some kind of care for those individuals. For more information, visit www.alz.org.