Community Forum explores changing needs of local dementia caregivers

Staff reports
The Chronicle-Express

Register at 800-272-3900 or online at alz.org/rochesterny for this free event

YATES COUNTY – As the American population ages, the Alzheimer’s Association is committed to identifying and addressing barriers that may prohibit older Americans from receiving important Alzheimer’s education and resources.

The Alzheimer’s Association, Rochester and Finger Lakes Region Chapter will conduct a virtual Alzheimer’s Community Forum on May 11 from 10:30 a.m. to noon for residents of Yates County. 

This town-hall style meeting will provide education about Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and provide a space for discussion about participants’ experiences and needs, as well as what supports may or may not be available in the community.

“According to the 2021 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report released in March, we know that more than six million Americans aged 65 and older have Alzheimer’s disease,” said Amanda Drobnica, senior director of programs and services for the Chapter. “That’s one in nine people within that age group.”

“Add in the 11 million individuals who provide unpaid care to them, and the community of those impacted continues to expand. These people, and their families and friends need support,” Drobnica said.

Community forums are hosted by the Alzheimer’s Association in communities across the country. Goals include listening to the experiences of the community related to Alzheimer’s and other dementias, identifying needs, gaps in resources and opportunities, and elevating awareness of Alzheimer’s Association programs and services.

“We have held several successful Alzheimer’s Community Forums in person and virtually across the region,” Drobnica said. “While all the forums had different feedback based on their unique community, we heard overarching community needs like more education and awareness about the disease. We really want to hear what the Yates County community thinks about diagnosis, education and resources.”

If you live or work in Penn Yan or Yates County, and have an interest in or experience with Alzheimer’s or other dementias as it impacts your community — the Alzheimer’s Association wants to hear from you. Business and community leaders, affected individuals, family members and caregivers, elected representatives and government officials, faith leaders, education leaders, healthcare practitioners, volunteer leaders, among many others, all are invited to attend.

The event is free. Register at 800-272-3900 or online at alz.org/rochesterny.


About the Alzheimer’s Association

The Alzheimer’s Association is a worldwide voluntary health organization dedicated to Alzheimer’s care, support and research. Its mission is to lead the way to end Alzheimer's and all other dementia — by accelerating global research, driving risk reduction and early detection, and maximizing quality care and support. Its vision is a world without Alzheimer's and all other dementiaTM. Visit alz.org or call 800.272.3900.