Runnells Specialized Hospital Group Offers Support For Caregivers

BERKELEY HEIGHTS — Attention caregivers, do you feel tired? Are you overwhelmed and stressed? Caring for a loved one can bring on those feelings. You are not alone.

Become a part of the Caregiver & Alzheimer’s Family Support Group at Runnells Specialized Hospital of Union County in Berkeley Heights. Get together with others who share your difficulties and receive the reassurance as well as the knowledge that is found in a support group.

The group’s meetings, which are open to the public, are held in Room C318 on the third floor at Runnells on the third Thursday of each month from 1 to 2 p.m. The meetings, facilitated by Lorna Vliet, L.S.W., a Runnells Specialized Hospital licensed social worker, are free of charge for all attendees.

“If you are a caregiver, meet with others in similar situations,” said Union County Freeholder Mohamed S. Jalloh, freeholder liaison to Runnells Specialized Hospital. “The Caregiver & Alzheimer’s Family Support Group at Runnells shares information on dementia related diseases and available resources, researches updates, discusses practical care techniques and presents new ways to cope on a day-to-day basis. An especially important part of the meeting is the time set aside for participants to discuss the frustrations they feel in caring for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.”

Runnells Specialized Hospital of Union County sponsors the meetings in conjunction with the Alzheimer’s Association – Greater New Jersey Chapter, an organization whose mission is to enhance care and support for individuals, their families and caregivers, and to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research.

The Caregiver & Alzheimer’s Family Support Group at Runnells’ schedule for 2012 is: January 19, February 16, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21, July 19, August 16, September 20, October 18, November 15 and December 20.

Runnells, a provider of care for individuals with dementia, also offers long-term, short-term, post acute, palliative and respite care in their nursing care center. The facility is located at 40 Watchung Way, Berkeley Heights. Anyone who would like further information on this wheelchair accessible program or who would like to attend, should call 908-771-5882.

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