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End-of-Life Issues to be Discussed at October 30 SAGE Program

Julie Pedersen

Thursday, October 10, 2013 • 9:24am

Discussions about end-of-life issues are not the easiest to talk about, but in order to reduce stress in the long-term, it’s best to have this difficult conversation early on.  SAGE Eldercare Director of HomeCare, Ellisa Lee, RN, BS, DCP, and SAGE Director of Spend-A-Day, Deanna Butters, MAOM, CDP, will explore these issues on Wednesday, October 30 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm.  This program, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 290 Broad Street in Summit.

In addition to discussing end-of-life decisions, SAGE’s directors will discuss emotions and grief.  The goal is to provide families and their loved ones with techniques on dealing with grief and support service information that families can use in their time of need.

To register for the October 30 program, please call 908.598.5548 or email education@sageeldercare.org.

SAGE Eldercare is a unique community resource that offers a comprehensive array of programs and services for older adults and caregivers, promoting independence and quality of life.  Founded in 1954, SAGE is one of the few non-profit eldercare agencies in the United States, and the oldest in New Jersey, that offers a broad and comprehensive array of services under one roof that assist elderly, often frail, adults to remain independent in their own homes. 

Programs at SAGE Eldercare include: HomeCare; Meals On Wheels; Spend-A-Day Adult Day Health Center; GPS (Guidance, Planning and Support) Services; InfoCare free information and referral service; Fall Prevention Initiative; Home Repair Service; Grocery Shopping and Errand Service; Bill Paying Service; Holistic Living Services; Alzheimer’s and PREP caregiver support groups; Community Education; and Union County Medicare SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program).  In addition, SAGE has operated a Furniture Restoration Workshop, run by volunteers who specialize in caning and rushing chairs and refinishing furniture, and a Resale Shop for more than 50 years.  Both provide essential funding that supports the organization’s programs and services for older adults in the community. 

SAGE Eldercare serves 7,000 people throughout Union, Essex, Morris and Somerset Counties, as well as across the United States.  For more information, call 908.273.5550 or visit www.sageeldercare.org.

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