Calendar of Health Events

June 5

Chefs to compete to raise funds for Alzheimer’s group

After a four-year hiatus, the Alzheimer’s Association Rochester Finger Lakes Region Chapter will bring back its unique Top Chef Challenge at its annual gala, An Affair to Remember, on June 5. Funds raised at the chapter’s gala will support the full mission of the Alzheimer’s Association.

Executive chefs from seven senior living communities, Rochester Institute of Technology, two BOCES locations and Custom Culinary will team with culinary arts students from Foodlink, Batavia BOCES and Spencerport BOCES to create a fine dining experience with the thrill of a reality-TV chef showdown. The chef-student teams will go head-to-head in an intense competition to win the coveted Top Chef Award from a panel of celebrity judges. Members of the audience will have the opportunity to taste all the culinary creations, vote for their favorite dish and decide who will win the People’s Choice award.

The eleven executive chefs will represent Episcopal SeniorLife Communities (David Watkins), Friendly Senior Living (Sarah Kelsey), the Highlands at Pittsford (Mike Wasylko), Jewish Senior Life (Gene Trotta), St. Ann’s Community (Todd Klugh), Custom Culinary (Mike Speranza), Presbyterian Home (Dan McDonald), Rochester Institute of Technology (Stacy Krebbeks) Heather Heights of Pittsford (Carrie Bardo & Andy Armstrong), Batavia BOCES (Tracy Burgio) and Spencerport BOCES (Jeffery McLean).

This year’s gala will begin at 5:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Rochester.

June 6, 15, 27

HLAA meetings to focus on hearing loss

Anyone interested in hearing loss, either their own or someone else’s, is welcome at Hearing Loss Association of America /Rochester Chapter June programs.

All HLAA programs are free. Some are in person while other, virtual programs, require preregistration. The in-person programs feature an inductive loop hearing system and open captions. To obtain the virtual program Zoom link, preregister at the chapter web site For other information, call 585 266 7890.

Tuesday, June 6

– 10–11 a.m. “Hearing Other People’s Experiences” (HOPE). In person. St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, East Avenue at Westminster Road, Rochester, across from the George Eastman Museum. Vestry Room. Prospective, new, or experienced hearing aid users can share their experiences, questions. Retired audiologist and hearing aid user Joseph Kozelsky facilitates.

– Noon – 1 p.m. “Accessing Hearing-Accessible Health Care.” Hybrid. In person. St. Paul’s Parish Hall and virtual on Zoom. To obtain Zoom link, preregister at the chapter website. Retired RN Care manager Mary Chizuk seeks positive and negative anecdotes of people’s experiences while using health care facilities. Participants are invited to share their stories at this round table discussion.

Thursday, June 15                                                                                             

– 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. “Assistive Listening Devices Demo Center.” Technology team. In person.  Lifespan, 1900 S. Clinton Ave., Rochester. At this free demonstration area, consumers are invited to view and try out a selection of assistive listening devices before actually buying them.

Tuesday, June 27

  8 – 9 p.m. “Hear Together.”  Virtual on Zoom. Speech language pathologist Kristin Bergholtz conducts a virtual  support group for parents and caregivers of deaf and hard of hearing children. Register at Bergholtz’s private speech practice is Canalside Speech in Rochester.