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Several times a year, the Western New York Chapter organizes conferences that focus on a particular subject or feature prominent local and national subject matter experts. Registration is required for these programs and fees vary from conference to conference.

Corporate sponsorship is generally available for these programs, as well. For additional information about conferences, sponsorship or collaboration/ideas for these conferences, please call our 24/7 Helpline at 1-800-272-3900.

Conferences planned in 2020:


Black/African American Dementia Conference

September 3-October 1, 2020

Over a period of five weeks, the Chapter will feature several national and local experts who will cover various topics related to dementia care within the Black/African American community, including caregiving, healthy living, and the importance of diversity in research.

The classes are scheduled every Thursday evening from 6-8 p.m. starting September 3, 2020 and concluding October 1, 2020.
Registration is required for this free online program by clicking here. It is not necessary to attend all programs.

This conference is sponsored by: 

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For sponsorship information for this conference, please call Chapter's Director of Corporate Relations, Lynn Westcott, at (716) 241-0357.


Sept. 3, 6-8 p.m.: Understanding Dementia and Facing the Stigma of Living with a Diagnosis

Arthena Caston was diagnosed with younger-onset dementia at age 51. She will share her experience, her efforts to raise awareness about the disease in the African American community, and her tips on living well with this diagnosis. As a member of the Alzheimer’s Association National Early-Stage Advisory Group, Arthena is speaking out to break the stigma surrounding Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.

Register for this session HERE.

Sept. 10, 6-8pm: Health Disparities and the Importance of Diversity in Research

A health disparity refers to a higher burden of illness, injury, disability, or mortality experienced by one group relative to another. Older African Americans are twice as likely as their white counterparts to develop Alzheimer's, but less likely than white people to get a diagnosis, according to a 2019 report from the Alzheimer's Association. This session will feature two experts:

  • Dr. Carl Hill, PhD, MPH, is nationally-recognized for his work researching health disparities related to aging. Dr Hill is the vice president of Scientific Engagement at the Alzheimer’s Association, overseeing strategic efforts to create global awareness of the Association’s international research program. He leads outreach to a network of staff, volunteers and donors at more than 75 Association chapters in order to grow understanding of the Association’s role in accelerating Alzheimer’s research and share scientific updates. Prior to joining the Association, he served as Director of the Office of Special Populations at the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Dr. Hill will discuss the importance of diversity in research, the latest dementia research updates, and how health disparities, or relate to the higher incidence of Alzheimer’s in the black/African American community
  • Rev. George Nicholas, MDiv, is the Convener of African American Health Equity Task Force and the Chairman of the Buffalo Center for Health Equity. Pastor Nicholas also serves as Senior Pastor at Lincoln Memorial United Methodist Church in Buffalo. He will talk about next steps for individuals and communities to take action against health disparities.

Register for this session HERE.

Sept. 17, 6-8pm: Dementia Caregiving and Mental Health

Karl Shallowhorn, M.S., CASAC, is the founder and President of Shallowhorn Consulting, LLC and a leading national mental health advocate and educator based in Buffalo. He has been on the front lines of caregiving for loved ones living with dementia. Karl will focus on his own caregiving experience, how to recognize warning signs of mental health issues and caregiver stress, tips for caregivers, and the challenges and rewards that come with caregiving.
Register for this session HERE.

Sept. 24, 6-8pm: Panel Discussion - Shining a Light on Faith's Role in Dementia Caregiving

People facing Alzheimer’s or a related dementia often turn to their faith communities for emotional and spiritual support. Family members also have spiritual needs. Caring for a loved one can last for years, leaving the caregiver weary, isolated, frustrated and depressed. 
The Alzheimer’s Association recognizes the importance of spirituality and has developed programs to partner with congregations providing education and support to their members. During this session, you will hear from a panel consisting of faith leaders and congregants from Buffalo who have navigated dementia throughout their personal lives and/or within their faith community. This panel will discuss ways their congregation supports those affected by dementia and how faith has helped them face the challenges of this disease.

Featured panelists:

  • Pastor Angela Stewart of Metropolitan United Methodist Church is a former caregiver and oversees a respite program at her church.
  • Brenda Favor of Friendship Baptist Church is a caregiver for her husband and has helped open doors to bring dementia education to church congregants. She has also served as a member of the Early Stage Cohort and currently attends Association early stage engagement programs.
  • Pastor Betty Williams of Elim Christian Fellowship is currently caring for her mom.

Register for this session HERE.

Oct. 1, 6-8pm: Fighting Dementia-Tips for Healthy Living and Taking Action

Brain health is an especially critical issue for African Americans who are at highest risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease. They face roughly double the risk of Alzheimer’s disease as the general population. Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging. You will also hear from local Alzheimer’s Association volunteers who will share the way they fight to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s disease, dementia, and brain health.
Register for this session HERE.

This series is supported in part by a grant through the Mother Cabrini Health Foundation.