Across New York State, an estimated 400,000 residents are living with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia and thousands of them reside in Western New York. The Alzheimer’s Association® WNY Chapter offers dozens of free programs to educate the public about symptoms, causes and treatments and dozens more services such as caregiver support groups and social respite for all those impacted by dementia. With expected exponential growth in the number of those diagnosed with Alzheimer’s over the next three decades, the Chapter office is taking a big step toward trying to meet the burgeoning need for programs and services.
On Monday, June 10, 2019, the Chapter will welcome the public, social services agency leaders, politicians, the Chapter’s Board of Directors and officials from the national Association as they cut the ribbon on their new, larger office.
The new space, coupled with various local and state grants, allowed the Chapter to hire additional social workers to meet the growing demand for care consultations and other services provided at no cost across the eight counties of WNY (Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming). The new office also has rooms for private family meetings with staff dementia experts, support group and respite programs, and other services.
The official ribbon cutting of the new office at 6215 Sheridan Drive, Suite 100 in Amherst will take place at 10:00 a.m. on June 10. Among those expected to attend are United States Congressman Brian Higgins (D-NY 26th District), New York State Senator Michael Ranzenhofer (R-61st Senate District), NYS Assemblyman David DiPietro (R-Assembly District 147), Erie County Legislator Lynne Dixon (R-County District 9) and staff from the office of NYS Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes (D-Assembly District 141).
The ceremony will be emceed by Amherst Chamber of Commerce President and CEO A.J. Baynes, Jr.
About the Alzheimer’s Association
The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research. Our mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Our vision is a world without Alzheimer’s®. Visit alz.org or call 800-272-3900. The WNY Chapter office can be reached between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday at (716) 626-0600.