If you, or someone you know, care for someone who has Alzheimer's disease or another form of dementia, this community conversation is for you.

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Having to become a caregiver is tough on everyone involved, the person whos receiving care and the person who's giving the care.

It's even more difficult when the person who needs care is suffering from the many different forms and types of dementia.

What Is Dementia?

According to the CDC, dementia isn't actually a disease, but it's a general term for the impaired ability to remember, think, or make decisions that interferes with doing everyday activities.

Alzheimer’s disease is the most common type of dementia and impacts many people all over the United States.

Alzheimer’s disease is an irreversible and progressive brain disease that impacts nearly 6 million Americans.

Because many people with Alzheimer’s have difficulty living on their own, it often falls on family and friends to care for those who suffer from this disease.

To help with this, the Western New York chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association has regular community meetings and support groups to be able to offer some assistance to those folks who are responsible for caring for someone with the disease.

The East Buffalo Caregiver Support Group is a series of talk sessions that happen two times per month, at two separate locations in Buffalo's Kingsley and Johnson neighborhoods.

The support groups happen on the 2nd Friday of every month at 10:15 am at the Westminster Community House, located at 421 Monroe Street in Buffalo, and the 3rd Thursday of every month at 5:30 pm, at the Frank E. Merriweather, Jr. Library, located at 1324 Jefferson Avenue in Buffalo.

Since caring for someone with dementia can be so difficult, the talk groups offer caregivers a private and confidential space for emotional, educational and social support. The sessions are free and open to anyone.

In addition to the in-person sessions, the Alzheimer's Association also offers a confidential 24/7 helpline for those who cannot come out in person. That helpline number is 1-800-272-3900.

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