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Fall/Winter 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!





For information on program status during inclement weather, please call the main number: 973.586.4300. (If the office is closed, dial extension 102)


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.

Thursday, December 10, 2015. 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Bayonne Free Public Library
697 Avenue C, Bayonne


Coping with Behavior Changes in Alzheimer’s Disease 
Behavioral changes in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementia disorders can pose concerns for family caregivers. As the disease progresses, behavior often becomes the primary way people with the disease communicate their needs.

Join us to understand:

  • Why people with dementia experience behavioral changes
  • What those behaviors mean
  • How to cope with difficult behavioral changes

Tuesday, January 19, 2015. 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Kaplen JCC on the Palisades
411 East Clinton Avenue, Tenafly


Healthy Habits for a Healthier You 
For centuries, we’ve known that the health of the brain and the body are connected. But now, science is able to provide insights into how to optimize our physical and cognitive health as we age.

Join us to learn about research in the areas of diet and nutrition, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement, and use hands-on tools to help you incorporate these recommendations into a plan for healthy aging.

Wednesday, December 2, 2015. 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
The Regency Memory Care Center
91 Route 4 East, River Edge


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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.

Wednesday, December 16, 2015. 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Mercer County Connection
Hamilton Square Shopping Center
957 Highway 33 at Paxson Avenue, Hamilton


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.

Wednesday, January 13, 2016. 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Ocean County Library – Jackson Branch
2 Jackson Drive, Jackson
Friday, January 22, 2015. 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Plainsboro Public Library
9 Van Doren Street, Plainsboro Township


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: Monday, December 7, 2015. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Part II: Monday, December 14, 2015. 6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
The Neuroscience Institute at JFK Medical Center
65 James Street, Edison


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.

Monday, April 4, 2016. 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.
Laurel Bay Health & Rehab Center
32 Laurel Ave, Keansburg


Dementia Conversations
When someone is showing signs of dementia, it’s time to talk. This 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, December 2, 2015. 12:30 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
AristaCare at Cedar Oaks
1311 Durham Avenue, South Plainfield

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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: 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


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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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