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SAGE Calendar of Events Listing

All programs are free, open to the public, and take place at SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad Street in Summit, unless noted otherwise.  Registration is required.  To RSVP for any of the programs, please call 908.598.5548 or email


Tuesday, November 4
7:00 pm -- 8:30 pm

Caring for the Caregiver -- Helpful Tips for the Caregiver's Journey
Caregiving doesn't come with an instruction manual and every caregiver's experience is different.  However, what most caregivers have in common is that they're often so focused on others' needs and aren't always good at taking care of their own needs.  Join Rebecca Abenante, MA, MSW, LSW, Healthy Aging Coordinator, Atlantic Health System, to learn about ways to find balance, ask for help, and find resources for support along your journey.  

Tuesday, November 11
1:00 pm -- 2:30 pm

Medicare Open House
Fall is the time to make changes to your Medicare prescription and managed care plan.  Find out what changes have been made to your current plans or which plans might be better suited to your needs.  SHIP of Union County counselors will be available during this time to answer your questions and help find the plans that are right for you.


Wednesday, November 12
7:00 pm -- 8:30 pm

How to Beat the High Cost of Long-Term Care
This seminar is being led by Yale S. Hauptman, Attorney at Law, and will address the growing problem in this country of the need for long-term care and how to pay for it.  He will examine new and different long-term care payment resources and how they can work together to stretch your money to cover the increasing cost of long-term care.  In addition, this seminar will discuss next steps and questions that you should be asking to identify your particular payment options. 

Monday, November 17
12:00 pm -- 3:00 pm

Lunch and Learn Memory Screening
In conjunction with the Alzheimer's Foundation of America, SAGE is partnering with Overlook Medical Center to conduct free and confidential memory screening at Overlook Downtown (357 Springfield Avenue, Summit).  Memory screenings are used for anyone concerned about memory loss or experiencing warning signs of dementia, family and friends who have noticed changes in them, or those who believe they are at risk due to a family history of Alzheimer's disease or a related illness.  Screenings are also appropriate for anyone who does not have a concern right now, but would like a baseline measurement for their memory for future comparison.  A physician lecture on successful aging will be held at noon followed by the memory screenings from 1:00 -- 3:00 pm.  Light lunch box will be provided.  To register, call 800.247.9580.

Wednesday, November 19
7:00 pm -- 9:00 pm

Don't Be A Victim!
Charles Clarkson, Esq., Project Director, SMP of New Jersey Senior Medicare Patrol, will discuss how to protect yourself against Medicare fraud, waste, and abuse.  This presentation is part of the monthly PREP Caregiver Support Group meetings. See more information below under "Ongoing Activities."



Wednesday, December 3
8:00 am -- 9:30 am
Beacon Hill Club, 250 Hobart Avenue, Summit, NJ
$75 per person ($52.50 is tax-deductible.)

60th Anniversary Breakfast -- Honoree and Lead Sponsor, Summit Medical Group; Violet Allen, 2014 OWL Award Recipient; and Featured Speaker -- Dr. Paul McGhee presenting "Lighten Up! They Who Laugh, Last!"
You are cordially invited to SAGE's 60th Anniversary Breakfast, which will honor Summit Medical Group for their commitment to the community and Violet Allen, as the 2014 OWL Award recipient.  Summit Medical Group, which is also the lead sponsor for this event, is the largest privately held multispecialty practice in New Jersey.  Violet Allen has worked as one of SAGE's Certified Home Health Aides for the past 40 years and provides a high level of care to her clients.  Additionally, Dr. Paul McGhee will be the featured speaker with his presentation on "Lighten Up!  They Who Laugh, Last."  Dr. McGhee has published 15 books and many articles on the scientific nature of laughter and its benefits.  He is internationally recognized for his research and speaking abilities. Tickets are $75 per person ($52.50 is tax-deductible).  RSVP by Wednesday, November 26.  Contact Christine Ziegler at 908.598.5504 or at for information, sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets.


For a full calendar of Fall Community Events at SAGE, click here.


Fourth Tuesday of each month, 10:00 am -- 11:00 am 
The meetings provide an opportunity for family members and caregivers to discuss the frustrations and trials of caring for someone with Alzheimer's with other who understand.  Meetings will be led by Deanna Butters, Director of SAGE's Spend-A-Day Adult Day Health Center.  The group will provide caregivers with emotional and educational support and will discuss topics such as coping with uncertainty, financial planning, gentle self-defense, improving communication, using humor and laughter to help with behavioral problems, safety issues, stress management and activities for persons with dementia.  The meetings are free and open to all those who are interested.  Please call 908.598.5548 to register and for additional information. Click here to register via email.

Wednesday & Friday mornings, 11:30 am -- 12:30 pm
Cost $8 per session. 
To register and for additional information please call 908.598.5548 or click here to register via email.

Mondays, 11:30 am -- 12:30 pm
Cost $8 per session. 

Studies have shown that gentle yoga and meditation may result in short term increase in dopamine levels, visible reduction in tremor, improvement in steadiness of gait, mobility, flexibility and quality of life, alleviation of depression, anxiety and fatigue, as well as possible increased energy, reduced stress and improved sleep. To register, call 908.598.5548 or email 

Medicare Open Enrollment
October 15 to December 7, 2014

Now is the time to make changes to your Medicare prescription and managed care plans for 2015.  SHIP (State Health Insurance Assistance Program) counselors are available at SAGE, by appointment, to provide information and assistance so you can make your healthcare choices.   Counselors are also available at the Overlook Downtown office (357 Springfield Avenue, Summit) on Mondays, by appointment.  Please call 908.273.6999 to schedule your appointment at SAGE or at Overlook Downtown.  Additionally, SAGE will be holding an Open House on November 11 from 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm at 290 Broad Street, Summit. 

Third Wednesday of each month, 7:00 pm -- 9:00 pm
P.R.E.P. (People Responsible for Elderly Persons) Caregivers' Support Group will meet at 290 Broad Street, Summit.  Refreshments will be served. To register and for additional information, please call 908.598.5548. Click here to register via email. 

Tuesdays, 11:30 am -- 12:45 pm
Classes are $8 per session.  Tai Chi is a series of precise flowing movements that develop balance, strength, flexibility, focus, endurance and calmness.  The National Institute of Health, the Mayo Clinic, The Center for Disease Control and other research groups advocate the value of Tai Chi for improving balance, bone density, arthritis symptoms, immune function, mental acuity and cardiovascular fitness. Classes will be led by Judith Rew.  To register and for additional information please call 908.598.5548.   Click here to register via email.