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Our Mission

To eliminate Alzheimer's disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. 

Our Vision a world without Alzheimer's.

Areas we serve
The Western New York Chapter serves Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

Financial information
The Alzheimer's Association, Western New York Chapter is a tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) nonprofit, donor-supported organization. Programs and services are made possible through contributions from individuals, corporations and foundations. The chapter uses 73% of funds raised for programs and services across the eight counties of Western New York, 17% is used for fundraising and 10% is used for management / administration.

Board of Directors - 2013-2014
Eric G. Wiedemann, Psy. D - President
Richard Gehring, LCSW - Vice-president
Michelle Rainka, Pharm. D - Secretary
Kyle J. Rookey, CPA - Treasurer

Estelle Brickner, MSW
Horacio Capote, MD
Kristin A. Crandall, LPN
Judy Hutson, MSW
Cynthia Ludwig, Esq.
Laurie Menzies, Esq.
Sheryl Schechter, LMSW
Mark Stevens
Pamela Perkins
Linda Steeg, RN, ANP/BC
Barbara Tschamler
David Zapfel, MPA

For a list of staff members, visit our Contact Us page. 


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Alzheimer's Association

Our vision is a world without Alzheimer's
Formed in 1980, the Alzheimer's Association is the world's leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer's care, support and research.