The Alzheimer’s Association® Western New York Chapter is planning free educational programs in Ellicottville, Olean and Machias in March.

Understanding Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia will be presented in Olean at noon on Tuesday, March 19. This is a “Lunch-and-Learn” program at Southern Tier Health Care Systems, 150 N. Union St., which will cover the basics about Alzheimer’s and other types of dementia. To reserve a seat for this free program, please call (800) 272-3900 or 626-0600.

Additionally, the Chapter trains facilitators to lead monthly caregiver support groups. These meetings provide emotional, educational and social support for caregivers in a safe and confidential setting:

Third Thursday (March 21) at 1 p.m., St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 6360 Route 242, Ellicottville.

Second Friday (March 8) at 1 p.m., The Pines, 9822 Route 16, Machias.

Second Wednesday (March 13), Christ United Methodist Church, 633 Linwood Ave., Olean. A community social program, or respite, provides relief to those who care for individuals with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementia and offers them some time to refresh and recharge, while their loved one is engaged in social activities in a safe environment. For more information, call Leona Fisher at (585) 376-7245.

To reserve a seat at any program and learn more about Alzheimer’s Association services, contact the WNY Chapter office at (800) 272-3900.

Cattaraugus County residents also have access to caregiving resources and programs close to home through the Chapter’s partnership with the local Department of Aging. To learn more about local caregiver resources, call the county office at 373-8032.