ELLICOTTVILLE — Do you know the difference between Alzheimer’s disease and dementia?

Learn the facts during a free educational program in Ellicottville.

Understanding and Responding to Dementia-Related Behavior will be presented in Ellicottville by experts with the Alzheimer’s Association Western New York Chapter on Aug. 15 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, at 6360 NY-242. The class is aimed at helping caregivers decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers and strategize to overcome these challenges.

Memorial Library of Little Valley, 10 Rock City St., will host a program that explores how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s and offer suggestions for decoding verbal and behavioral messages to allow for greater communication between those living with dementia and their care partners. Effective Communication Strategies is planned for Aug. 20 at 6 p.m.

Pre-registration is strongly encouraged for all programs by calling the Chapter during traditional business hours at 626-0600, ext. 313 or 24/7 at (800) 272-3900

The chapter also oversees monthly caregiver support group meetings across the county which allow caregivers to connect with others facing similar challenges and hear advice for overcoming them:

Aug. 15 at 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 6360 Route 242 in Ellicottville.

Aug. 9 at 1 p.m. at The Pines, 9822 Route 16 in Machias.

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.