Alzheimer's Disease & Dementia

The Alzheimer’s Association Counseling Services For Ontario County Residents 

The Alzheimer’s Association will provide counseling to anyone affected by Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia, free of charge. This service is available to Ontario County residents the second Wednesday of each month from 12:30 pm to 3:30 pm  at the Office for the Aging located at 3019 County Complex Drive, Canandaigua. Advance appointments are suggested.  (May 2017: SET HOURS CURRENTLY NOT AVAILABLE-CONTINUE TO CALL OFA AND WE CAN CONNECT YOU TO ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION COUNSELOR WHO WILL SCHEDULE AT A LOCATION CONVENIENT TO YOUR NEEDS)
This service is being offered at no charge.

Any interested individual should call the Office for the Aging at
(585) 396-4040 or (315) 781-1321 to schedule an appointment.

Alzheimer’s Association

435 E Henrietta Rd
Rochester, NY 14620
(585) 760-5400
(800) 272-3900

Office for the Aging

3019 County Complex Dr.
Canandaigua, NY 14424
(585) 396-4040
(315) 781-1321

Knowing the Difference

As we age, our memory often changes. It can become difficult to tell the difference between age related changes and the first signs of Alzheimer's disease. Here is a chart to help show the difference between the two:

 What's the difference?

 Signs of Alzheimer's/dementia Typical age-related changes 
 Poor judgment and decision making  Making a bad decision once
 Inability to mange a budget   Missing a monthly payment
 Losing track of the date or season  Forgetting which day it is and remembering later
 Difficulty having a conversation  Sometimes forgetting which word to use
 Misplacing things and being unable to retrace steps to find them  Losing things from time to time

Know the 10 Signs - Early Detection Matters

To help with identifying problems at an early stage, the Alzheimer's Association has created a list of warning signs for Alzheimer's and other dementias.
  1. Memory loss that disrupts daily life
  2. Challenges in planning or solving problems
  3. Difficulty completing familiar tasks
  4. Confusion with time or place
  5. Trouble understanding visual images and spatial relationships
  6. New problems with words in speaking or writing
  7. Misplacing things and losing the ability to retrace steps
  8. Decreased poor judgment
  9. Withdrawal from work or social activities
  10. Changes in mood and personality

For more information please visit the Alzheimer's Association's website.