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“Taking Care of Me” Topic for September 18 Program

Julie Pedersen

Wednesday, August 28, 2013 • 9:29am

On Wednesday, September 18 at 7 pm, the public is invited to attend a free program on “Taking Care of Me,” which is being held at SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad Street, Summit.  Deanna Butters, SAGE Eldercare Director of Spend-A-Day Adult Day Health Center, will be presenting the program.

Ms. Butters will discuss how to identify and manage stressors in a caregivers’ environment.  The presentation is being jointly held by SAGE Eldercare’s P.R.E.P. (People Responsible for Elderly Persons) support group and by the Coalition on Family Caregiving, as part of their “Living Well Series.”

“We are excited to be working with the Coalition on Family Caregiving to present this topic to caregivers and help them manage their own stress in caring for a loved one,” added Ellen McNally, Director of InfoCare at SAGE.  “Monthly, SAGE’s P.R.E.P. group is open to the public so that caregivers have the chance to meet others in similar circumstances, learn effective problem-solving and coping skills, and receive emotional support.”

For more information or to register for the September 18 program, call SAGE Eldercare at 908.598.5548 or e-mail education@sageeldercare.org.  P.R.E.P. (People Responsible for Elderly Persons) Support Group meetings are always open to the public and are held at 7 pm the third Wednesday of every month at SAGE. 

The Coalition on Family Caregiving, formed in 2003, is a group of community-based organizations, businesses and individuals whose mission is to assist family caregivers by offering support, education and information on resources and services.  More information on the organization can be found at www.cfcares.org.   The organization’s “Living Well Series” of seminars are designed to help people with specific illnesses and their caregivers better understand the condition and manage their symptoms so they can lead as active and as healthy a life as possible, as well as addresses the needs and issues of caregivers.

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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