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UNITED WAY FUNDS HELP AGENCIES CARE FOR ELDERLY

As the final days of the 1997 United Way Campaign draw near, efforts continue to prove that "A Life Changes When a Community Cares."

Life changes in each of the four basic areas that the United Way Campaign targets in raising $18.3 million this year: basic needs, health and wellness, youth and seniors, and family support.

Gifts to the United Way of Buffalo and Erie County fund agencies that carry out programs for the elderly.

One is the Clarkson Center at 310 Delaware Ave., which has two elder-care programs: Elderly Services provides care consultants for home-bound, frail elderly people, and Seniors Unlimited offers special care for those who have not so much been forgotten as they have become forgetful.

DuAine LoGrasso is the Clarkson Center's director of senior services.

"Our Elderly Service," she said, "provides care for the home-bound seniors who might need to enhance their independence and stay and live in their own home."

Those with special needs, like Alzheimer's disease and dementia, can receive the services of Seniors Unlimited.

She said Clarkson has a "very structured program, tailored to the needs of the individual and an art program that is extremely unique.

The Northwest Buffalo Community Center operates a Senior Center at 155 Lawn Ave. and the Grant-Amherst Senior Program at 727 Grant St.

Lawrence T. Pernick Jr., executive director of the Northwest center, said both locations provide various group activities year-round and a hot lunch at noon Monday through Friday in the Grant-Amherst center.

Pernick said the center "also provides frail elderly services with case management for clients who have multiple problems and require multiple services and are at risk of institutionalization," and assistance in applying for health benefits and services.

Coordinated Care has a program called Client Services and Caregiver Education.

Margaret Turner, president, said: "Coordinated Care's elderly program helps people make choices about long-term options and issues such as financing health care, choosing living arrangements, securing benefits, locating community resources and providing caregivers to a loved one."

The Salvation Army operates the Golden Age Center at 960 Main St., a multipurpose senior center and community focal point that is a hub of activities for older adults.

Director Pamela M. Krawczyk says it is "a visible symbol of the community's concern about its older residents . . . a place where people can meet with each other to fulfill many of their social, physical, emotional, nutritional, intellectual and spiritual needs."

Jan Peters, executive director of the Buffalo Federation of Neighborhood Centers, says: "In addition to offering a wide variety of community service programs, like hot lunches every day at our facility at 292 High St., we have scheduled activities that include telephone assurance, friendly visiting, open discussion, cooking classes, arts and crafts and sewing and ceramics."

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