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Summer 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


 

Bergen–Essex–Hudson–Passaic–Union 


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.
Tuesday, July 22, 2014 
Wednesday, July 30, 2014
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
SAGE Eldercare
290 Broad Street, Summit

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    Tuesday August 5, 2014
Part II   Tuesday August 12, 2014
Part III  Tuesday August 19, 2014
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
SAGE Eldercare
290 Broad Street, Summit
 

Mercer–Middlesex–Monmouth–Ocean 


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, August 13, 2014.  6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Buckingham Place Adult Day Center 
700 Woods Lane, Monmouth Junction
Thursday, August 21, 2014.  5 p.m. – 6 p.m.
Arcadia Nursing and Rehabilitation Center
151 Ninth Avenue, Little Egg Harbor

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.
Monday, August 18, 2014.  2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Monmouth County Connection
3544 New Jersey 66, Neptune
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

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, August 12, 2014.  10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Highland Park Senior Center
220 South 6th Avenue, Highland Park
Friday, August 15, 2014.  1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Monroe Township Senior Center
12 Halsey Reed Road, Monroe Township
  

Hunterdon–Morris–Somerset–Sussex–Warren

 
Caregiver: Are Your Needs Being Met?
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 spending so much time with 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, August 13, 2014. 6 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Arden Courts of Whippany 
18 Eden Lane, Whippany

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


 

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