WNY Alzheimer's Caregiver Partnership Strives to Prevent Caregiver Burden, Burnout
Through the Western New York Alzheimer's Caregiver Partnership (WNYACP), partners Catholic Charities of Buffalo, the Alzheimer's Association, Western New York Chapter, and seven county Offices for the Aging in WNY, are helping caregivers of persons with dementia.
Supported by a New York State Department of Health grant, WNYACP assists residents of Erie, Niagara, Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee and Wyoming counties.
Alzheimer's disease affects more than five million Americans and statistics show that every 63 seconds, someone is being diagnosed with a dementia causing disease.
Caregivers need support so they can continue. WNYACP can fund or supplement such services as Powerful Tools for Caregiver courses, caregiver support groups, in home respite assistance, planned overnight respite care, participation in a social adult day care, transportation to and from doctor's appointments, church or other social events, and opportunities to go on scheduled monthly outings to museums, a show or perhaps a local restaurant or other fun event together, guided by a trained WNYACP volunteer.
WNYACP is already connecting caregivers already with several of these resources.
WNYACP is also seeking volunteers to assist in several important roles: Joint Enrichment Events; Memory Cafe / Music Appreciation groups; In-home Companions; Respite Day program Assistant; Support Group Facilitators and more.
For more information, go to WNYACP.org or call Catholic Charities at 716-896-6388, or to reach the Aging Services in your county at 800-342-9871 (NY Connects). For information on volunteer opportunities, contact the WNYACP Volunteer Coordinator at 716-896-6388 ext. 226. WNYACP is also on Facebook at Facebook.com/wnyacp.