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Summer/Fall 2015 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 a.m. – 5 p.m. After 5 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 the office is closed, dial extension 102)


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The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease
This program is designed to provide basic information 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, September 28, 2015. 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Free Public Library of Hasbrouck Heights
320 Boulevard, Hasbrouck Heights

Tuesday, November 17, 2015. 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Bergenfield Free Public Library
50 West Clinton Avenue, Bergenfield

 

Coping with Caregiver Stress 
Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia can become an overwhelming experience.  Often, caregivers neglect their own well-being because they are devoting so much time to the responsibilities of day-to-day caregiving. This program will examine caregiver stress and offer coping strategies to become a healthier caregiver. The value of assembling a care team and the importance of setting realistic expectations for caregiving are topics that will be explored.

Thursday, November 5, 2015. 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Montclair Public Library
50 South Fullerton Avenue, Montclair

 

Effective Communication Strategies
Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and other dementias progress and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect with their loved ones. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease. .

Wednesday, November 4, 2015. 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Daughter's of Israel
1155 Pleasant Valley Way, West Orange

 

Dementia, Alzheimer’s Disease and Current Treatment Approaches
Alzheimer’s disease is life changing for both the diagnosed individual, as well as their families and caregivers. As the disease progresses, people experience considerable changes with memory, abilities, judgement and behavior. While there is no cure for Alzheimer’s, taking full advantage of available treatment, care and support resources can help those affected by the disease. This special program will include an overview of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia disorders, including the diagnostic process, available medical treatments, and care techniques. We will conclude the program with an overview of helpful resources that are available to support both the caregiver, as well as the person with the disease.

Speaker:
Shira Goldberg, MD
Barnabas Health Medical Group
Division of Geriatrics and Palliative Care

A Dinner with the Doctor Program (a light dinner will be served).

Thursday, September 17, 2015.  6 – 8 p.m.
Barnabas Health Hospice – Corporate Building
95 Old Short Hills Road, West Orange
 

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 doing the things that he/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.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015. 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
CareOne at Valley
300 Old Hook Road, Westwood

 

Dementia Conversations
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.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015. 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Crane's Mill – Hinman Hall
459 Passaic Avenue, West Caldwell

 

Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behavior 
Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015. 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Daughters of Miriam Center – The Gallen Institute
155 Hazel Street, Clifton

 

Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters
The warning signs of Alzheimer's disease are often dismissed as side effects of normal aging. If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or changes in behavior or thinking skills, it's time to learn the facts. Early detection, diagnosis and intervention are vital because they provide the best opportunities for treatment, support and planning for the future.

Attend this interactive workshop to learn the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease. We’ll separate myth from reality and address commonly held fears about Alzheimer’s disease.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015. 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Jefferson Township Public Library
1031 Weldon Road, Oak Ridge

 

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.

Part I: Thursday, October 15, 2015. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Part II: Thursday, October 22, 2015. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital – Meyer Conference Building
224 Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne

 

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 the 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 and care needs; techniques for managing behaviors and maximizing safety; relationship changes and supportive services available to help with the caregiving responsibilities.

Part I: Monday, November 9, 2015. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Part II: Monday, November 16, 2015. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
St. Joseph's Wayne Hospital – Meyer Conference Building
224 Hamburg Turnpike, Wayne

Part I: Wednesday, November 11, 2015. 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Part II: Wednesday, November 18, 2015. 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 p.m.
Englewood Hospital and Medical Center
350 Engle Street, Englewood
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Mercer–Middlesex–Monmouth–Ocean


Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters

The warning signs of Alzheimer's disease are often dismissed as side effects of normal aging. If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or changes in behavior or thinking skills, it's time to learn the facts. Early detection, diagnosis and intervention are vital because they provide the best opportunities for treatment, support and planning for the future.

Attend this interactive workshop to learn the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease. We’ll separate myth from reality and address commonly held fears about Alzheimer’s disease.

Thursday, October 22, 2015. 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Meridian Community Resource Center
Freehold Raceway Mall – Level 1, Parking P4
3710 Route 9, Freehold

 

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 the 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 and care needs; techniques for managing behaviors and maximizing safety; relationship changes and supportive services available to help with the caregiving responsibilities.

Part I: Thursday, October 1, 2015. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Part II: Thursday, October 8, 2015. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Part III: Thursday, October 15, 2015. 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Monmouth Medical Center – Southern Campus
600 River Avenue, Lakewood

Part I: Monday, October 19, 2015. 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Part II: Monday, October 26, 2015. 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Part III: Monday, November 2, 2015. 5 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Howell Senior Center
251 Preventorium Road (behind Police Dept. in old Town Hall complex), Howell

 

Effective Communication Strategies
Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and other dementias progress and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect with their loved ones. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015. 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
McCarrick Care Center
15 Dellwood Lane, Somerset 

Thursday, November 5, 2015. 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m.
The Chelsea at Brick
458 Jack Martin Boulevard, Brick

 

Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behavior 
Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.

Monday, October 12, 2015. 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Senior Care of Trenton
1450 Parkside Avenue #6 & #7, Trenton


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Hunterdon–Morris–Somerset–Sussex–Warren


Know the 10 Signs: Early Detection Matters
The warning signs of Alzheimer's disease are often dismissed as side effects of normal aging. If you or someone you know is experiencing memory loss or changes in behavior or thinking skills, it's time to learn the facts. Early detection, diagnosis and intervention are vital because they provide the best opportunities for treatment, support and planning for the future.

Attend this interactive workshop to learn the 10 warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease. We’ll separate myth from reality and address commonly held fears about Alzheimer’s disease.

Friday, October 2, 2015.  2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Pequannock Township Public Library
477 Newark Pompton Turnpike, Pompton Plains
 

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.

Part I: Thursday, October 20, 2015. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Part II: Thursday, October 27, 2015. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Morristown Medical Center – Ambulatory Care Building
435 South Street, 3rd Floor Conference Room, Morristown

 

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 the 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 and care needs; techniques for managing behaviors and maximizing safety; relationship changes and supportive services available to help with the caregiving responsibilities.

Part I: Thursday, November 12, 2015. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Part II: Thursday, November 19, 2015. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Morristown Medical Center – Ambulatory Care Building
435 South Street, 3rd Floor Conference Room, Morristown

 

Living with Alzheimer’s for Caregivers: Late Stage
This program is designed for caregivers of people in the late stages of Alzheimer’s disease, or for those who want to learn about what to expect in the late stages of the disease. In addition to gaining knowledge about changes that occur during Alzheimer’s disease progression, caregivers will learn how to:

  • Prepare for their evolving caregiver role
  • Work with the professional healthcare team
  • Anticipate changes in the physical, communicative and cognitive abilities that will eventually occur

The program will also cover how to address the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of the person with late-stage Alzheimer’s disease through care, communication, accessing resources, and working with healthcare professionals.

Part I: Thursday, September 10, 2015. 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Part II: Thursday, September 17, 2015. 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Newton Medical Center
The Romano Conference Center
175 High Street, Newton

Part I: Tuesday, December 8, 2015. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Part II: Tuesday, December 15, 2015. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Morristown Medical Center – Ambulatory Care Building
435 South Street, 3rd Floor Conference Room, Morristown

 

The Basics: Memory Loss, Dementia, and Alzheimer’s Disease
This program is designed to provide basic information 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.

Saturday, September 19, 2015. 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Church of the Saviour
155 Morris Avenue, Denville

 

Effective Communication Strategies
Communication is more than just talking and listening – it’s also about sending and receiving messages through attitude, tone of voice, facial expressions and body language. As the symptoms of Alzheimer’s and other dementias progress and the ability to use words is lost, families need new ways to connect with their loved ones. Join us to explore how communication takes place when someone has Alzheimer’s, learn to decode the verbal and behavioral messages delivered by someone with dementia, and identify strategies to help you connect and communicate at each stage of the disease.

Tuesday, September 29, 2015. 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
McCarrick Care Center
15 Dellwood Lane, Somerset

Tuesday, October 13, 2015. 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Franklin Township Public Library
485 Demott Lane, Franklin Township

 

Understanding and Responding to Dementia Related Behavior 
Behavior is a powerful form of communication and is one of the primary ways for people with dementia to communicate their needs and feelings as the ability to use language is lost. However, some behaviors can present real challenges for caregivers to manage. Join us to learn to decode behavioral messages, identify common behavior triggers, and learn strategies to help intervene with some of the most common behavioral challenges of Alzheimer’s disease.

Wednesday, October 21, 2015. 5:30 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Hunterdon Medical Center – Meeting Room A/E
2100 Wescott Drive, Flemington


Tuesday, November 17, 2015. 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Center For Healthier Living – Hackettstown Regional Medical Center
108 Bilby Road, Suite #101, Hackettstown

 

Coping with Caregiver Stress 
Caring for a person with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia can become an overwhelming experience.  Often, caregivers neglect their own well-being because they are devoting so much time to the responsibilities of day-to-day caregiving. This program will examine caregiver stress and offer coping strategies to become a healthier caregiver. The value of assembling a care team and the importance of setting realistic expectations for caregiving are topics that will be explored.

Thursday, October 15, 2015. 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Bentley Commons at Paragon Village
425 Route 46, Hackettstown


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