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Award will honor caregiver

Homewatch CareGivers, a home care agency, is accepting nominations for its second annual Family Caregiver of the Year Award.

The award recipient will receive a day of respite care, a $50 restaurant gift card and the title of Family Caregiver of the Year. Two runners-up will receive three hours of respite care each.

The award will be given based on the magnitude of care and support provided by the caregiver, personal challenges that have been overcome to provide care, health care industry obstacles that the patient faced, and the impact the care has had on an individual.

Nominations will be accepted from the general public through Sept. 23; download forms at homewatchcaregivers.com/buffalo.

A panel of health care industry experts involved with senior care will choose the award recipient.

Amberleigh fundraiser set

The Amberleigh Retirement Community is collecting items that will be donated to children in need before the start of the upcoming school year.

Those interested in donating school supplies may drop them off through Aug. 16 at the Amberleigh reception desk, 2330 Maple Road, Amherst.

They will be delivered in the coming weeks to the Teacher’s Desk, on Northampton Street, which since it started two years ago has distributed almost $2 million worth of free school supplies to 4,000 teachers and 25,000 students across the region.

Each month, Amberleigh residents select a philanthropic organization or cause to provide donations.

Alzheimer’s walk is Sept. 21

The annual Buffalo Walk to End Alzheimer’s – which supports the free services, classes and outreach of the local Alzheimer’s Association Chapter – is scheduled for this fall.

Across Western New York, more than 160,000 people are dealing with the disease, including about 53,000 afflicted with it. The Alzheimer’s Association, Western New York Chapter, provides classes, outreach, respite and support across eight counties in the region, as well as a phone support system staffed 24/7 by trained professionals.

This year’s Buffalo Walk will take place on Sept. 21 at the Buffalo Zoo and Delaware Park, with free zoo admission that day. Register at alz.org/wny or call (800) 272-3900.

Walks are also planned for Sept. 7 at the Chautauqua Institution and in Medina; Sept. 28 in Batavia and Lewiston; and Oct. 5 in Warsaw.