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Alzheimer’s walk, classes to be held this fall and winter

LEWISTON – At this moment, more than 30,000 Niagara County residents are grappling with a disease that cannot be prevented, slowed or cured. It’s estimated that roughly one-quarter of them are coping with dementia caused by Alzheimer’s disease, and the remainder are people from their inner circle of family and friends who are providing some kind of care.

On Saturday, the Alzheimer’s Association Western New York Chapter will hold a Walk to End Alzheimer’s beginning at 9 a.m. at Artpark.

The Chapter also provides resources across the county, including educational programs, like “Know the 10 Warning Signs: Early Detection Matters,” set for 11:15 a.m. Sept. 29 at Niagara Tower Senior Housing, 910 Cedar Av., Niagara Falls, and 11 a.m. Jan 6. at the LaSalle Neighborhood Facility, 9501 Colvin Blvd., Niagara Falls. “The Basics about Alzheimer’s” is planned for 11 a.m., Nov. 4 at the Lewiston Senior Center, 4361 Lower River Road.

In addition, the organization offers caregiver support groups at various times every month in Burt, Lewiston, Lockport and North Tonawanda. These programs are free, partly because of donations collected by those who take part in the Chapter’s Walk to End Alzheimer’s.

Walk participants enjoy light refreshments, receive a souvenir to honor their reason for taking part, and have access to a basket and 50/50 raffle.

To learn more about Chapter resources and the Walk, call 1 (800) 272-3900 or visit: alz.org/WNY.