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Caregivers for those with dementia tend to experience isolation, a loss of sense of self, and a lack of time for other relationships and activities. Grief and guilt can come with such an unwelcome change, and family issues can arrive when family members disagree over care and end-of-life planning. As crushing as all of this can be, caregivers in the LGBTQ community ofte…

Barbara Albi and her food service staff in the Depew school district generally do their jobs without accolades. May 5 was different. Students across the district celebrated School Lunch Hero Day by drawing thank-you notes, writing poems and giving gift cards. Similar celebrations – inspired by the popular “Lunch Lady” kid’s novels by Jarrett J. Krosoczka …

The Independent Health Foundation encourages children and families to register for this year’s Kids Run, which will take place at 9 a.m., June 3, in Delaware Park, near the corner of Colvin Boulevard and Amherst Street. The 29th annual event – which is free – aims to promote positive healthy changes and behaviors in the community, one family at a time. It will inc…

City of Tonawanda police officers and Buffalo Bills alumni have raised almost $10,500 for the family of a 3-year-old Town of Tonawanda boy battling mitochondrial disease. Ethan Ashcroft, the grandson of Tonawanda Police Detective Joseph Scarpena, was recently diagnosed with the chronic, incurable and rare illness. The money raised will help to defray medical costs fo…

The weather could be better but it will continue to look more like summer this week when it comes to the top health, fitness, nutrition and family events in the region. To see this week’s complete calendar, click here. MONDAY Slow Roll Buffalo: Meet at 5:30 p.m., roll at 6:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Park, East Parade Avenue. Roughly 10-mile guided ride for all…

Roswell Park Cancer Institute researchers have identified a gene that influences metastasis in prostate cancer, and may help clinicians to identify aggressive prostate tumors before they progress and spread to other organs. They presented results of their research recently at the American Association for Cancer Research annual meeting in Washington, D.C. The five-year s…

Turns out you didn’t have to watch the Buffalo Bills and Sabres to have experienced the disappointment of recent seasons. You could have just listened. “It definitely is painful,” said Patrick J. Engasser, who hasn’t let his blindness stop him from becoming a big – and eternally hopeful – fan of his hometown teams. Over the years, he’s counted on radio …

Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for those interested in health, fitness, nutrition and family support. The Buffalo News is now accepting more community events than ever for an expanded online calendar. If you would like your event included, submit the information two weeks in advance online at BuffaloNews.com/submit. Mail, fax and email submission…

Dozens of SUNY Buffalo State students in recent months have joined people with intellectual or developmental disabilities to walk the campus, grab lunch or take in a movie. This weekend, they'll play flag football. It's all part of the Buff State Best Buddies program, established more than a decade ago to include the differently abled in activities with students. Canisi…

With tens of thousands of people dying every year of opioid overdoses, some advocates are calling for safe injection sites where addicts can inject themselves with illegal drugs using clean needles with a health care worker nearby. A "mock drug consumption room" set up in Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo Wednesday afternoon offered a glimpse of how such a site would…

The Scottsville Information Center on the State Thruway opened this week. The center – located eastbound between Rochester exits 46 and 47 – is the only stand-alone information center on the Thruway. It sits in the former Livingston County Park House near rest area businesses. Seasoned staff members provide information on destinations, accommodations and attracti…

In a tall tent at Lafayette Square in downtown Buffalo, passersby were invited Wednesday to see what a "safe injection facility" would look like. Called "Safe Shape," the exhibit was described as a "mock drug consumption room." The idea behind such a room would be to provide a safe place for people to use IV drugs such as heroin under medical supervision. To be clear…

Roswell Park Cancer Institute and the Buffalo Sabres will team up for free skin cancer screenings and education from 3 to 7 p.m. May 11 at KeyBank Center. Preregistration is required for a skin exam, but all are invited to take part in the informational program. Free parking is available in the KeyBank Center ramp. Participants are eligible for screening if they have ar…