Pride Center Caregivers Program To Host Free Workshops

The Pride Center of Western New York’s LGBTQ Memory Loss Caregivers program is hosting free educational workshops in April to assist people caring for loved ones living with progressive brain disease and dementia.

The classes — in partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association of WNY — provide caregivers with information on how to spot signs and symptoms of dementia as well as advice on aging well.

10 Warning Signs: Early Detection Matters will be held from noon to 2 p.m. Thursday, April 5, at Brookdale Lakewood, 220 Southwestern Dr., Lakewood. Healthy Living for Your Brain and Body: Tips from the Latest Research will take place from noon to 2 p.m. Friday, April 20, at the Pride Center of Western New York, 200 S. Elmwood Ave., Buffalo. Lunch will be provided at 11:30 a.m. before both classes.

By offering access to these workshops, the Pride Center hopes to improve the quality of life for both individuals living with degenerative brain disease as well as the person(s) providing direct care for them.

“The Pride Center is equipped to help you navigate being an LGBTQ caregiver despite the multiple barriers someone in our aging community faces,” said Deanna Bednarz, caregiver wellness coordinator. “It’s also very important to remember that a caregiver’s needs change as dementia advances. We are working with the New York State Department of Health to improve the range of our programming to provide assistance to caregivers on all ends of the spectrum.”

To register, call Bednarz at 852-7743 or email dbednarz@pridecenterwny.org.

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