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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friday, March 13, 2015, 6:30 pm -- 10:30 pm
Are You Feeling Lucky? Join us for SAGE's 2nd Annual Casino Night!
The Berkeley Plaza, 735 Springfield Avenue, Berkeley Heights
Casino Night will benefit SAGE Eldercare's programs and services. There will be casino games, live jazz, a Texas Hold 'Em tournament, light dinner, and a cash bar. Sponsorship opportunities and advertising are also available (click here for details). General admission is $100 per person, with an additional fee for the tournament of $50 per seat. Limited quantities of tickets are available; RSVP by March 6, 2015. For more information, please contact the development office at 908.273.5550 or email@example.com. To purchase tickets, advertising, or sponsorship opportunities, please click here to print a response form.
Monday, March 16 & Tuesday, March 17, 11:00 am - 4:00 pm
Mental Health First Aid Certification
Have you ever been concerned about a coworker who has suffered a loss, or wondered what to do when a family member is showing signs of depression? Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health-related crisis. SAGE is teaming up with CONTACT We Care to provide training to the public. The training and certification is $75 and will be held at SAGE's offices. Refreshments will be provided and participants are encouraged to bring their lunch. For more information or to register, contact Marianne Kranz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 908.598.5514.
Wednesday, March 18, 7:00 pm -- 9:00 pm
Challenges with Medicare and Medicaid
During this month's PREP meeting, Charline Bruining, Admissions Director, Manor Care Health Services, New Providence, and Sam Aryeh, Medicare Specialist, Advanta, will discuss some of the changes in Medicare and Medicaid and how these changes affect families who are placing their loved ones in facilities for skilled nursing, rehab, and long-term care. Additionally, the new challenges with the Medicaid application process and what it entails will be discussed. Refreshments are served; please RSVP to 908.598.5509.
Wednesday, March 25, 6:30 pm -- 7:30 pm
When someone is showing signs of dementia, it's time to talk. This program, led by Laura Hawkins, MS, Education and Outreach Coordinator of the Alzheimer's Association, is designed to help you talk with your family about some challenges and often uncomfortable topics surrounding Alzheimer's and dementia. These conversations include: going to the doctor to get a diagnosis; deciding when it is time to stop driving; and, making plans for managing finances and legal documents. Join us to learn some tips for breaking the ice and setting the stage for meaningful and productive conversations about dementia.
Wednesday, April 15, 11:00 am -- 12:00 pm
Safety Tips 101
Officer Matthew Tarentinto, Summit Police Department, will discuss how to prevent becoming a victim of identity theft, as well as telephone and internet scams. He will also discuss how older adults can stay safe in their homes. This presentation is for both older adults and their caregivers.
Thursday, April 16, 10:30 am -- 12:00 pm
Activities for People with Dementia
Are you caring for someone with Alzheimer's or dementia? Are you looking for different types of activities you can do with them? Judith Levey, EdM, OTR, author of "Activities to Do with Your Parent Who Has Alzheimer's Dementia," will provide a selection of user-friendly activities that will help maintain your loved ones' self care skills, mobility, and socialization. Drawing from both her professional experience as an occupational therapist and personal experience as a caregiver for her mom, Ms. Levey will offer practical ideas to help spend purposeful time with your loved ones.
Tuesday, April 21, 7:00 pm -- 8:30 pm
Navigating the Health Care system for Older Adults: How to Talk to Your Doctors
As one ages and the list of medical conditions grows, the time a patient gets to speak to his/her doctor seems to diminish. In this increasingly complex health care system, knowing how to prepare for an office visit, asking the right questions, and interpreting what doctors are really saying will allow patients to optimize the value of every encounter. Dr. Lim, MD, Geriatric and Palliative Medicine Specialist at Summit Medical Group, will discuss ways to effectively communicate with healthcare providers throughout the system and topics that all older adults must address with their doctors.
Thursday, April 23, 11:00 am -- 12:30 pm
Medicare Open House
Do you have questions about Medicare? Are you overwhelmed by all the different types of plans and options? Join us for this presentation, led by Elyse Drucker, SHIP of Union County Coordinator. SHIP counselors will also be available to personally answer any Medicare-related questions.
Thursday, April 30, 7:00 pm -- 8:30 pm
Helping Your Parents Downsize
If your parents are thinking of downsizing, then this is a presentation you don't want to miss. Eileen Bergman, Professional Organizer, and Natalie Leighton, Realtor, Keller Williams of Summit, will address topics including where to start with clearing the clutter, what projects are worth doing to the get the house ready to sell, and what you can expect during the sales process.
AARP TAX-AIDE PROGRAM
Thursdays, February 12 through April 9, 2015, 9:00 am to 12:00 pm
Free tax preparation for middle- and low-income taxpayers, with special attention to those over 60. Counselors provided by AARP through its foundation in conjunction with the IRS. Area residents in Essex, Morris and Union Counties do not need to be an AARP member or retiree to use the service. Taxpayers should bring a copy of their 2013 Federal and State income tax returns; 2014 income tax packets; 2014 real estate tax bill; Federal information forms for 2014 (W-2 forms; SSA-1099 form; 1099s for interest, dividends and other income; 1099 for pension, annuity and IRA distribution; 1099-B forms for assets sold during the year); receipts or cancelled checks if itemizing deductions; and, Social Security numbers for dependents. By appointment only -- please call 908.598.5509.
ALZHEIMER'S ASSOCIATION CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP
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.
FUN-TO-BE-FIT EXERCISE CLASS
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.
GENTLE CHAIR YOGA
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 email@example.com.
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.