SYRACUSE — Dementia caregiving is an intensely personal and labor-intensive vocation that many people are thrust into unexpectedly. Caregivers often don’t know where to turn or whom to trust when seeking assistance and advice when caring for someone living with Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia.

This fall, the Alzheimer’s Association, Central New York Chapter will offer two online seminars to assist dementia caregivers in overcoming geographic and cultural barriers so they can provide the highest quality care possible. Caregiving in Your Community will offer insight into services available in rural areas of the Mohawk Valley, and Alzheimer’s & Caregiving in the Black/African American Community will focus on the specific concerns related to this demographic.

“Dementia caregiving is not one size fits all,” said Catherine James, chief executive officer for the Central New York Chapter. “Families have very different needs depending on where they live, their cultural norms, and their own relationship dynamics. These seminars can help break down some of those barriers in an effort to find the best solution for their individual situation.”

Caregiving in Your Community: Mohawk Valley will take place on Nov. 12 from 9:30 a.m. to Noon. Alzheimer’s Association staff will present Understanding Alzheimer’s and Dementia, followed by an overview of local resources by the Herkimer County Office for the Aging. The Association will offer a 30-minute presentation on caregiving concerns during the COVID-19 pandemic before ending with a networking opportunity for caregivers.

Alzheimer’s & Caregiving in the Black/African American Community will take place on Oct. 8 from 9 to 11 a.m. Alzheimer’s Association staff will discuss the warning signs of Alzheimer’s and other dementias, what to do if they have noticed changes in themselves or others, and why African Americans are twice as likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease than whites.

Anyone who registers and attends these programs will receive a complimentary reusable Alzheimer’s Association facemask, while supplies last. Registration is free of charge by calling 800.272.3900.