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Summer/Fall 2014 Calendar


 

These programs are free and open to the public. Programs are subject to change and cancellation. Please call to register for all programs. For more information, or to register please call 800.272.3900 Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. or – after 5:00 p.m. – call 973.586.4300 and leave a message! 

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For information on program status during inclement weather, please call the main number (973.586.4300) 
– if our office is closed, dial extension 102


 

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Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers: Early Stage
Early-stage Alzheimer’s is the beginning stage of the disease when changes in memory, thinking, and communication become noticeable.  Individuals may have difficulty completing complex tasks and require more time to complete normal daily tasks.  Family caregivers can adjust to living with Alzheimer’s disease through an understanding of early-stage symptoms, making adaptations in daily living routines and roles, and planning for future changes and needs. 
This program will offer information for caregivers about adjusting to the diagnosis, developing a care team, accessing community supports and resources, and making legal, financial, and safety plans for the future.
Monday, October 6 & 13, 2014.  6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
The Valley Hospital Conference Center
223 North Van Dien Avenue, Ridgewood

Living with Alzheimer's for Caregivers: Middle Stage
In the Middle stage of Alzheimer's disease or related dementia disorders, gaps in memory and thinking begin to make it more difficult for the individual to manage day-to-day activities like dressing, bathing and eating without assistance.  Personality, behavior and sleep patterns also continue to change.  Caregivers assume greater responsibility in managing not only the personal care and finances of the individual but also meeting the challenges of maintaining safety while creating a supportive environment.
Caregivers will learn more about symptoms, care needs, techniques for managing behaviors, maximizing safety, relationship changes, and supportive services available to help with caregiving responsibilities.
Part I    Monday, November 3, 2014
Part II   Monday, November 10, 2014
Part III  Monday, November 17, 2014
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Ridgewood Public Library
125 North Van Dien Avenue, Ridgewood

Visiting the Person with Dementia
As Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia disorder progresses, visits may become increasingly difficult.  Many times we struggle with what to say or do on a visit, because the person may have difficulty participating in a conversation or do the things that he or she used to enjoy.  This program will help participants find new ways of communicating and interacting, as well as provide practical techniques to enhance the visit.
Thursday, October 16, 2014.  6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Villa Marie Claire, Hospice and Palliative Services
12 West Saddle River Road, Saddle River
 

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Understanding Memory Loss
Memory loss that disrupts everyday life is not a normal part of aging. This program will explore the difference between normal age-related memory changes and abnormal changes that are associated with Alzheimer's disease or related dementia disorders, including the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer's disease. The presentation will discuss the importance of receiving a thorough diagnostic evaluation when symptoms first arise, current treatment options, and research advances.
Tuesday, September 9, 2014.  10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Jewish Family & Vocational Service
52 Concordia Shopping Center, Monroe Township

Living with Alzheimer's for Caregivers: Middle Stage
In the Middle stage of Alzheimer's disease or related dementia disorders, gaps in memory and thinking begin to make it more difficult for the individual to manage day-to-day activities like dressing, bathing and eating without assistance.  Personality, behavior and sleep patterns also continue to change.  Caregivers assume greater responsibility in managing not only the personal care and finances of the individual but also meeting the challenges of maintaining safety while creating a supportive environment.
Caregivers will learn more about symptoms, care needs, techniques for managing behaviors, maximizing safety, relationship changes, and supportive services available to help with caregiving responsibilities.
Part I    Wednesday, September 3, 2014
Part II   Wednesday, September 10, 2014
Part III  Wednesday, September 17, 2014
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Monmouth Medical Center
Stanley Building, Room 20
300 Second Avenue, Long Branch

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease
This program is designed to provide basic information that everyone needs to know about memory loss issues and what they mean for all of us.  The different types of dementia, risk factors, obtaining a diagnosis, current research, and planning for the future will be discussed.
Monday, October 6, 2014.  5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Laurel Bay Health and Rehabilitation Center
32 Laurel Avenue, Keansburg
Saturday, October 11, 2014.  11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Shrewsbury Avenue AME Zion Church
285 Shrewsbury Ave, Red Bank
 

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Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers: Late Stage
Due to its slow and progressive nature, it is often difficult for those living with or affected by Alzheimer’s disease to think about issues that they will be faced with in the later stages of the disease.   It is important to begin this conversation early, so the wishes of the person with dementia regarding future care needs can be fully considered and discussed.  Additionally, it is helpful for caregivers to be aware of the potential changes that occur with the disease progression and to be prepared for the evolving caregiver role, working with the health care team, and the changes in physical, communicative, and cognitive abilities that will eventually occur.
The most current research about care in the late stage of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia indicates the benefit of including the person’s physical, emotional and spiritual needs in the treatment plan.  Care becomes much more focused on how the person still can connect with others and engage with the environment.
 
This program will offer information about providing care, communicating, developing resources and working with your care team to support the individual during the later stages of the disease.
Part I   Tuesday, September 16, 2014
Part II  Tuesday, September 23, 2014 
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Newton Medical Center, The Romano Conference Center, Room 6
175 High Street, Newton

Communication: The Key to Understanding Behaviors
Caring for a person with Alzheimer's disease may present challenges.  The ability to make sense of difficult behaviors can make your job as a caregiver easier and may improve quality of life – for everyone involved.  Learn how to avoid unnecessary arguments and recognize the triggers which may result in aggressive or risky behaviors.  In addition, learn communication techniques to effectively respond to repetitive actions, recognition difficulties, and anxious or agitated feelings.
Thursday, August 28, 2014.  6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Avalon at Hillsborough 
393 Amwell Road, Hillsborough

Converstations About Dementia
When someone is showing signs of dementia, it’s time to talk.  The Alzheimer’s Association Conversations about Dementia program is designed to help you talk with your family about some challenging and often uncomfortable topics around Alzheimer’s and dementia. Some of the most difficult conversations to have are about:
  • Going to the doctor to get a diagnosis or medical care,
  • Deciding when it is necessary to stop driving, and
  • Making plans for managing finances and legal documents to be sure the person’s wishes are carried out and the costs of future care are covered.
You may try to wait until the time is “right” to have these conversations, but in reality, that time rarely comes. The sooner these discussions can take place, the better, so you can include the person about whom you have concerns and avoid unexpected situations in the future.  Join us and learn some tips for breaking the ice and setting the stage for meaningful and productive conversations about dementia.
Tuesday, October 7, 2014.  10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Center For Healthier Living
108 Bilby Road, Suite 101, Hackettstown


 

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