Health and wellness

Bosom Buddies of WNY: Breast cancer survivor support group meeting, 10 a.m. today, activities room, Nativity Lutheran Church, 970 E. Main St., East Aurora. Speaker will be Dr. Stephen Edge, chairman of the Department of Breast Surgery at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. For more info, call 652-4985.

Alzheimer’s SUPPORT: The Alzheimer’s Association, WNY Chapter, is starting a new class to run every Monday in May and June for those in the early stages of dementia, and their loved ones. The free classes will run from 11 a.m. until noon in the chapter office at 2805 Wehrle Drive, Suite 6, Williamsville, beginning Monday. Additional information can be found at or by calling 1 (800) 272-3900.

Class: “Living with Diabetes,” a four-session program recognized by the American Diabetes Association, 1 to 3:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and May 13 and 15, Mary C. Dyster Community Education Room, Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St., Niagara Falls. Preregistration is required. Call 278-4102.

Smoking Cessation Class: Learn the keys to kicking the habit, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Monday and May 13 and 20, Earl W. Brydges Library, 1425 Main St., Niagara Falls. Sessions will be facilitated by Roswell Park Cancer Institute. For info or to register, call 278-4604.

GRIEF Support: GriefShare, support for adults coping with the pain caused by grief and loss, 6 p.m. Monday, S-6 Conference Room, Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St., Niagara Falls. Call 278-4604 to register.

Infection Control Training: 6 to 9 p.m. Monday, Trocaire College. Cost is $45. Every licensed practical nurse, optometrist, physician, physician assistant, podiatrist, registered professional nurse and specialist assistant practicing in the state is required to receive training in infection control and barrier precautions. For more information, call 827-4310 or email

Prenatal Class: A three-session series of classes to prepare expectant parents for childbearing and parenting, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and May 14 and 21, Mary C. Dyster Community Education Room, Memorial Medical Center, Niagara Falls. To register, call 278-4433.

asset management: “Fourteen Ways to Preserve Your Assets with the Medicaid Laws,” 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, Orazio’s Restaurant , 9415 Main St., Clarence. Speakers are attorney Robert Friedman, and Jeff Vastola of M&T Securities. To register for the free seminar, call 542-5444 by Monday.

hearing help: “Hearing Loss & Choosing a Hearing Aid,” 1 p.m. Wednesday, Schofield Adult Wellness Center, 3333 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore. Free and open to the public. Reservations requested by calling 995-3851 or visiting

Dementia sensitivity: for caregivers, 3 to 4 p.m. Wednesday, Harris Hill Nursing Facility, 2699 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville. Free. Public welcome. Reserve a spot by Monday by calling 632-3700.

elder care: The Coalition of Agencies in Service to the Elderly will host its 24th annual spring networking conference, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday, American Legion Post 1451, 6525 Ward Road, Sanborn. Conference will feature information on advance care planning, a community resource fair, door prizes and refreshments. Public welcome. Conference fee of $15 includes continental breakfast, boxed lunch. For more info and to register, email or call 285-8224, Ext. 215.

caregiver advice: For those helping older relatives or friends stay at home in the community. Learn to reduce your stress and balance your life. Classes start 6:30 to 9 p.m. Wednesday, St. Leo Catholic Church, Holy Family Wing (Room 111), 885 Sweet Home Road, Amherst; $25 program fee consists of six 2½ hour classes held weekly. Preregistration is required by calling 858-2177 or emailing Cost is covered for members of Independent Health and BCBS of WNY. Respite care provided for the memory impaired adults at no charge during the class.

lupus Support: New patient orientation meeting, 6:30 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, Lupus Alliance of Upstate New York office, 3871 Harlem Road, Cheektowaga; also, from 1 to 3 p.m., next Saturday, attend a Lupus workshop at Frank E. Merriweather Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave. Both events are free and open to the public. For info and reservations, call 835-7161.

Tinnitus support: 7 p.m. Thursday, 144 Farber Hall, University at Buffalo South Campus. For more info, call 829-3980.

Parkinson’s Support: Northtowns group, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Congregation Shir Shalom, 4660 Sheridan Drive, Williamsville. For more info, call 689-1559.

live healthy: for those living with a chronic health conditions including such as osteoporosis, arthritis, heart disease or diabetes, program starts Thursday and runs from 1 to 3:30 p.m. for six consecutive Thursdays at the Schofield Adult Wellness Center, 3333 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore. Call 878-2371.

UNYTS Blood Drive: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Memorial Medical Center Auditorium, 621 10th St., Niagara Falls. Walk-ins welcome.

Wellness event: “Time Lost is Brain Lost: Preventing and Treating Stroke.” A free event featuring health screenings, exhibits, prizes and presentations, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. next Saturday, John Duke Senior Center, 1201 Hyde Park Blvd., Niagara Falls. Call 278-4569.


Bike Month Blast Off: 4 to 8 p.m. today, 98 Colvin Ave. Bike drive, barbecue and Go Bike Buffalo member party. Free for members, suggested donation $10. For more info, visit

ZEN & Relaxation Day: 8 a.m. to noon today, Stretch Pilates and Functional Fitness, 1127 Wehrle Drive, Williamsville, The new location for the longtime business includes Pilates equipment, free weights and a cardio section open to all clients. Program cost is $10. For more information, visit

Pilates: Classes with Ana Salgado, 10 to 11 a.m. today, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center Auditorium A, 621 10th St., Niagara Falls. Bring a water bottle and towel. Exercise mat optional. Adults, $8 per class; seniors and students with ID, $3. Call 215-0723 to register. Also next Saturday and May 18 and 25.

National Bike to School Day: Wednesday before school. There are currently 15 Buffalo schools signed on to participate; check with schools or visit

tai chi for seniors: “Moving for a Better Balance,” 11 a.m. every Wednesday, North Buffalo Community Center, 203 Sanders Road, by donation. For more information, contact or 874-6133.

Gluten-free support walk: WNY Gluten Free Diet Support Group and Celiacs across America’s 12th annual Walk, to raise awareness and funds for Celiac research, registration starts at 9:30 a.m. next Saturday, Clarence Town Park, Main Street. Walk starts at 10:30; Register For more info or registration brochures, visit and click on WALK.


Medicinal Gardens: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. next Saturday, Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, South Park. Educational presentations and displays about prevention, identification and treatment of arthritis and osteoporosis; botanical displays of plants from which current medications are derived from and which future medications are being researched. Admission charged.


Wildflower hike: Hosted by the Western New York Land Conservancy, 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, Niagara Escarpment Preserve on Leete Road in Lockport. Free and open to the public, but attendees must register in advance by calling 687-1225 or emailing

Play to De-stress: Learn how to create playful strategies to help keep stress under control, discover the link between play and learning and explore the health and psychological benefits that a little bit of play can add to your day, 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, Independent Health Family Branch YMCA, 150 Tech Drive, Amherst. Space is limited. To register, visit or call 631-8701. Free.

Good for the Neighborhood: Free bike helmets for kids are available at the Independent Health Foundation’s Good for the Neighborhood program from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Westminster Community Charter School, 24 Westminster Ave. For more information, call 635-4959. Free.

National Public Gardens Day: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday, $1 admission, Buffalo & Erie County Botanical Gardens, South Park. Free mini-tours all day.