During the COVID-19 pandemic, the Alzheimer’s Association Hudson Valley Chapter is offering its programs and services online and by phone. These include care consultations, where families affected by dementia can speak with a licensed social worker about helpful community resources as well as support groups where caregivers, family members, and people in the early stage of the disease can share their experiences with others who understand.
The chapter also offers free educational and social webinars for the general public and families living with Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia. For specific dates and times when support groups, educational and social webinars are offered, visit alz.org/hudsonvalley or call the 24/7 hotline 800.272.3900 to register. Pre-recorded online educational programs are also available.
A large part of the funding for these programs and services comes from the Walk to End Alzheimer’s, which will be held in Dutchess and Ulster counties onSaturday, Oct 17. This year’s Walk will be different than in the past. Instead of a large gathering at the Walkway Over the Hudson, the walk will be held in neighborhoods throughout Dutchess and Ulster. Health and safety are our top priorities, so participants are invited invite to walk at the location of their choice in small groups.
At 10 a.m. on Oct. 17, there will be a virtual opening ceremony, after which participants will begin walking. The Walk to End Alzheimer’s app will track steps and offer encouragement along the way. There will also be a Drive-By View-Only Promise Garden outside the Poughkeepsie Office at 2649 South Road (Route 9) just south of Locust Grove. People are invited to drive by between 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. Visit WalkwayWalk.org to register or make a donation.