“Living Well” Seminar Series Planned

SUMMIT – The Coalition on Family Caregiving invites the public to their Spring “Living Well” Seminar Series. The series of presentations is 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 healthy lives as possible.

The first in the series is “Living Well with Alzheimer’s – Clinical Trials for Alzheimer’s” which will be held on Wednesday, March 21, from 6:45-8:30 p.m. at SAGE Eldercare, 290 Broad Street, Summit. Michelle Papka, Ph.D, Director of the Cognitive Research Center of New Jersey, will discuss the latest clinical trials for Alzheimer’s, current treatments and new directions in research. Advance reservations are requested by confirming your attendance by calling Becky Seasholtz at 1-908-789-1717 or rseasholtz@bayada.com.

The second program will feature “Living Well with Parkinson’s” on Wednesday, April 4 from 6:45-8:30 p.m. at the Presbyterian Church in Westifeld, 140 Mountain Avenue, Westfield. Dr. Marcie Rabin, Neurologist with Atlantic Neuroscience Institute, will review the sleep problems associated with Parkinson’s and offer suggestions for a more restful night sleep. If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Maryann Porosky at 1-973-627-4087 or porosky@caringchoicesgcm.com.

The last in the series is entitled “Living Well with Cancer” scheduled for Tuesday, May 1 from 6:45 – 8:30 p.m. at the Faith Lutheran Church, 524 South Street, New Providence. The two presenters include Maggie Brady, MSW, LCSW and Lee Anne Caffrey, RN, MSN, OCN, both from the Carol G. Simon Cancer Center at Overlook Hospital. They will address the diverse and complex needs of the oncology family caregiver and offer tips as to what caregivers can do to balance their own personal needs with those for whom they are caring. Confirm your attendance for this program by calling Janet Kuebler at 1-908-281-7961 or janetk@rah-wcnj.com.

There is no charge to attend these presentations and light refreshments will be served. This series of seminars offers a wealth of valuable information which will assist you and your loved ones with living and coping with specific illnesses. You will also have an opportunity to participate in a Q&A session after each presentation.

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. For more information, visit www.cfcares.org.

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