Calendar of Health Events

Nov. 2

Alzheimer’s Association to host caregiver conference, retreat

The Rochester Finger Lakes Region Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association will present a full-day conference and retreat addressing the needs of people who are caregivers for those living with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia in Chemung, Schuyler and Steuben counties.

The Susan Cotton Memorial Caregivers Conference will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 2 at the Horseheads Elk Lodge, located at 6 Prospect Hill Road in Horseheads, near Elmira, and will feature continental breakfast, a health fair, guest speakers, caregiving resources, a range of educational topics, prizes and lunch.

The conference is made possible through a donation from Douglas Cotton of Horseheads, who lost his wife, Susan, to Alzheimer’s, and through a grant from the Horseheads Elks Lodge #2297.

The Susan Cotton Memorial Caregivers Conference will feature several guest speakers, including attorneys, professors and dietitians.

Space is limited, so early registration is encouraged. Those interested in participating can register online at or by calling 800-272-3900.

Nov. 7

Comedian to make a presentation at HLAA program

Renowned humorist and author Gael Hannan will bring insights on hearing loss issues to the November presentation at Hearing Loss Association of America – Rochester Chapter (HLAA). Author of several books and contributor to hearing related publications, she will share from her extensive experience living with hearing loss. Her latest book, “Hear & Beyond,” co-authored with Shari Eberts, was published in 2022. HLAA-Rochester is providing a copy of the book to each Monroe County library.

The presentation is scheduled to take place from noon to 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, East Avenue at Westminster Road, Rochester, in the vestry room. Those who want to watch it on Zoom, should preregister at the chapter web site and obtain a link.

The HLAA will also hold several other meetings in November. For more information, view the organization web site at or telephone 585 266 7890.

Hearing Loss Association of America – Rochester Chapter is a volunteer, charitable nonprofit organization with the mission of enhancing the world of communication to people with hearing loss by providing support, education, and advocacy.