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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!
 
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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


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, April 22, 2015.  6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Forest Hill Healthcare Center
497 Mount Prospect Avenue, Newark
 

 

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.

Wednesday, March 11, 2015. 12 p.m. – 1 p.m.
YMCA of Wayne
One Pike Drive, Wayne
  

 

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.

Thursday, March 19, 2015. 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
The Tenafly Senior Center
20 South Summit Street, Tenafly
 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015. 11 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Rise and Shine Adult Day Care
6201 Grand Avenue, North Bergen
 

 

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, March 19, 2015
Part II: Thursday, March 26, 2015
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Johnson Public Library
274 Main Street, Hackensack

 


Part I: Monday, May 4, 2015 
Part II: Monday, May 11, 2015
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Secaucus Public Library
1379 Paterson Plank Road, Secaucus

 


Thursday, July 16 & 23, 2015. 
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Summit Medical Group
1 Diamond Hill Road, Berkeley Heights

 

 

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, May 6, 2015. 11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
Gateway Family YMCA – Wellness Center Branch
1000 Galloping Hill Road, Union

 

 

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, March 25, 2015. 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
SAGE Eldercare
290 Broad Street, Summit
 


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Mercer–Middlesex–Monmouth–Ocean


Caregiving for the Person with Dementia:
Facing Challenging Situations
An Ocean County Caregiver Conference

This program is designed to address some of the challenging situations facing families and caregivers of individuals diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. As the disease progresses, changing and unpredictable behaviors can often lead to misunderstanding, frustration and tension between the person with dementia and the caregiver. Discussion will focus on defining challenging behaviors, and associated medical and behavioral interventions. Attendees will also learn about guardianship-related issues and the importance of advanced legal and estate planning. We will conclude the program with an overview of helpful resource information that supports both the caregiver and the person with the disease.

See the program flyer for a complete agenda.

A light breakfast will be provided.

Saturday, March 21, 2015. 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
The Family Resource Center at
Meridian Fitness and Wellness
700 Route 9 South, West Creek
 

 

How to Have a Meaningful Visit
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.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015. 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Bayshore Healthcare Center
678 North Beers Street, Holmdel
 

 

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.

Thursday, March 12, 2015. 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Charleston Place
3424 Route 27, Kendall Park
 

Thursday, March 19, 2015.  10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Mercer County Connection
957 Route 33, Suite #6, Hamilton
 

Wednesday, March 25, 2015.  11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Meridian Fitness & Wellness
1420 Route 36, Hazlet
 

 

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, March 10, 2015. 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Parker at The Pavilion Adult Day Center
443 River Road, Highland Park
 

Thursday, March 12, 2015.  6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Clare Bridge of Hamilton
1645 Whitehorse-Mercerville Road, Hamilton 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 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.
Thursday: April 23, 2015
Thursday, April 30, 2015
Thursday, May 7, 2015 
6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Community Medical Center
99 Route 37 West, Toms River
 
 
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.
Mondays: June 8, 15, 22, 2015.  6 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Monmouth Medical Center
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.

Wednesday, April 29, 2015. 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Golden LivingCenters
6989 Route 18, Old Bridge

 

 

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.

Wednesday, June 3, 2015. 7 p.m. – 8 p.m.
Presbyterian Church on the Hill
10 Cold Indian Spring Road, Ocean Township 
 

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Hunterdon–Morris–Somerset–Sussex–Warren


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.

Thursday, March 5, 2015.  6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. 
Mountain Lakes Library
9 Elm Road, Mountain Lakes
 

 

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, March 18, 2015. 3 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Friendship House Adult Day Center
130 Powerville Road, Boonton
 

Tuesday, April 21, 2015.  1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Lebanon Reformed Church
100 Brunswick Avenue, Lebanon
 

Tuesday, June 16, 2015.  1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
RWJ Physician Enterprise – Urgent Care
751 Route 206, Suite 100, Hillsborough
 

 

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.

Friday, April 10, 2015. 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Rockaway Township Municipal Building
65 Mount Hope Road, Rockaway

 

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.

Monday, March 16, 2015. 1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Sparta Public Library
22 Woodport Road, Sparta Township
Thursday, March 26, 2015. 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
Clarence Dillon Public Library
2336 Lamington Road, Bedminster
 

 

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.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015. 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.
The House of the Good Shepherd
798 Willow Grove Street, Hackettstown
Wednesday, April 22, 2015.  1 p.m. – 2 p.m.
Franklin Care Center
3371 Route 27, Franklin Park
 

 

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, March 19, 2015. 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Gloria Dei Lutheran Church
300 Shunpike Road, Chatham
 

Tuesday, May 5, 2015. 10:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.
Center for Healthier Living
108 Bilby Road, Hackettstown
 

 

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, May 12 & 19, 2015.  6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Newton Medical Center, The Romano Conference Center – Room 6
175 High Street, Newton
 


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