Learn Ways to Care for your Aging Parents on March 12
Thursday, February 21, 2013 • 3:20pm
On Tuesday, March 12 at 7 pm at SAGE Eldercare in Summit, the public is invited to a free program on the challenges and issues regarding caring for aging parents. The goal of the program, “Aging Parents: Everything You Need to Know but Were Afraid to Ask,” is to provide a forum for learning about and discussing issues that caregivers face when an older relative, friend or neighbor needs assistance but is wary of accepting help.
“There are many challenges that family caregivers face and we need to advocate for stronger public policy to address family caregiving issues, and to raise awareness about community programs that are available to support family caregivers,” stated Julie Reich, Acting Executive Director of SAGE Eldercare. “SAGE was established in 1954 to support the independence of older adults by offering a broad range of services. Without the families and caregivers who help these older adults in the surrounding community, our organization would not be able to fully serve and help the seniors in the region.”
SAGE’s program on “Aging Parents” will be led by SAGE’s GPS (Guidance, Planning & Support) Services Care Navigators, Kathy Bassiacos and Pat Stelmach. Both are registered nurses who specialize in geriatric care and provide personalized support, care planning, and guidance to caregivers who are caring for an older loved one. As part of the GPS service, they conduct assessments of physical and emotional health, support networks and overall well-being, in addition to a written summary and plan regarding care options and available resources.
To register or learn more about SAGE Eldercare’s March 12 “Aging Parents: Everything You Need to Know but Were Afraid to Ask” program, call 908.598.5548 or email email@example.com. The program, which is free and open to the public, will take place at 290 Broad Street in Summit.
Programs at SAGE Eldercare include: HomeCare; Meals On Wheels; Spend-A-Day Adult Day Health Center; GPS (Guidance Planning 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 seniors in the community.
SAGE Eldercare serves over 6,000 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.