Early Stage Programming
If you have been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia, this section is for you. The first thing you should know is that you are not alone. There is a lot of help and support available.
Here at the Western New York Chapter we offer various kinds of programs to allow you to still be independent, learn more about memory loss, spend time with people who are going through the same things as you, and exercise your brain to keep it stimulated.
If you would like to learn more about general information on topics such as telling others about your diagnosis, planning for the future and taking care of yourself, visit our If You Have Alzheimer's webpage.
Local Programs and Services
The chapter offers early stage programming that includes a wide variety of stimulating activities ranging from museum visits to art classes to social gatherings. For an individual with dementia to participate in any of our early stage programs, you must have a phsycian's diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia and you must go through an assessment with one of our staff members so that we can better evaluate which programs would be the most beneficial.
Middle Stage Programming
The chapter's middle stage programming largely revolves around social respite groups where participants can engage in meaningful activities and socialize, allowing caregivers a few hours to do things independently. There are also a couple of support groups offered to caregivers which include a respite group meeting at the same time for the individual with dementia.
Respite can mean many things to many people. For someone with dementia, respite is a time to socialize, meet new people and to particiapte in mentally stimulating activities. We offer two types of respite: in-home and group. Our respite programs are appropriate for individuals in the early-to-middle stages of Alzheimer's disease or related dementia. To learn more about our respite program, visit our Respite Program webpage, or call 1.800.272.3900.
If you are in the early stages of Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia, plan to attend our new education series, "Living with Alzheimer's" to learn about the basics of dementia and information that will help you and your family or caregivers. Topics include diagnosis, treatments, planning for the future and resources in the community. To learn more about upcoming classes, call 1.800.272.3900.
Early Stage Programming
Meet one-on-one with a care consultant, who can provide an assement for you and your family and help you plan for the future. To find out more about our care consultations, visit the Care Consultation webpage, or call 1.800.272.3900.
TrialMatch - Join a Clinical Study
Would you like to be a part of finding better treatments and possibly a cure for Alzheimer's disease and related dementias? Consider joining a clinical trial. The Alzheimer's Association TrialMatch™ is a free service that makes it easy for people with Alzheimer's, caregivers, families and physicians to locate clinical trials based on personal criteria (diagnosis, stage of disease) and location. To learn more about clinical trials and TrialMatch, visit our Clinical Studies webpage.
Online Message Boards
The Alzheimer’s Association message boards and chat rooms are your online communication forum. Share your thoughts and experiences, query your colleagues and make new friends. Please join our community.
If you have any questions regarding early stage programming or Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, please call the Western New York Chapter at 1.800.272.3900 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.