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2017-12-27 / Local News

St. Joseph’s University to offer monthly respite program

St. Joseph’s University Parish, 3269 Main St., Buffalo, has partnered with the WNY Alzheimer’s Caregiver Partnership to offer a free, monthly respite program for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementia beginning Wednesday, Jan. 24.

Offered from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. the fourth Wednesday of each month, trained volunteers will provide supervised activities to keep a loved one purposefully occupied while the caregiver takes a much-needed break.

The sessions will be held at St. Joseph’s.

This free community service fulfills WNYACP’s mission to reduce caregiver burden and burnout in order to improve the lives of caregivers and the lives of their loved ones.

“There is a growing need for caregiver support in our communities,” said Ann Marie Doetterl, regional director of the WNYACP grant at Catholic Charities of Buffalo. “Our vision is to create supportive, dementia-friendly communities that reduce burden and prevent burnout through a strong partnership of professional service providers and community volunteers.”

Registration for the respite program is required.

For more information or to register a loved one, contact Ann Marie MacIsaac at ammacisaac@aol.com or 833-0298, ext. 309.

To access services through the WNY Alzheimer’s Caregiver Partnership, call NY Connects at 1-800-342-9871.

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