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Alzheimer’s and Dementia Care Classes Offered at SAGE

Pictured is Deanna Butters. On April 24, 2013, Ellisa Lee, SAGE Eldercare Director of HomeCare, and Deanna Butters, SAGE Eldercare Director of Spend-A-Day Adult Day Health Center, will be presenting the first of a six-part series for caregivers who care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia.  The first program, “Communication – Diversity and Cultural Competence,” will be held from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm at 290 Broad Street in Summit.  The courses are $10 per session.  To register or obtain more information, please call 908.598.5548 or email
Elisa Lee

This spring and fall, SAGE Eldercare is offering caregivers an educational series of courses, “Alzheimer’s / Dementia Care Series,” specifically aimed at those caregivers who care for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or another type of dementia.

The courses will be led by SAGE employees, Ellisa Lee, RN, BS, CDP, HomeCare Director of Nursing, and Deanna Butters, MAOM, CDP, Director of Spend-A-Day Adult Day Health Center, who have both received their Certified Dementia Practitioner (CDP) certification from the National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP).

Three sessions will be held in the spring on April 24, May 29 and June 26 and another three sessions will be held this fall, dates to be determined.

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The first course on Wednesday, April 24 from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm will focus on “Communication – Diversity and Cultural Competence.”  The discussion will focus on the different ways to communicate with someone who has dementia and explore the challenges that diversity and culture pose when caring for someone with Alzheimer’s disease or dementia.

On Wednesday, May 29, the topic will be “Personal Care.”  This session will specifically focus on personal care and the many activities of daily living that can be difficult to manage when you care for someone with dementia.  “Aggressive Behavior, Intimacy and Sexuality” will be the session topic for Wednesday, June 29.  The triggers for certain aggressive behaviors will be discussed, in addition to possible intervention and behavior management.

Course materials will be provided for all sessions.  The cost is $10 per class; to register or for additional information, please call 908.598.5548 or email

National Council of Certified Dementia Practitioners (NCCDP) was formed in 2001 by a group of professionals with varying work and personal experiences in the field of dementia care.  Their goal is to promote standards of excellence in dementia and Alzheimer’s education.  A CDP certification reflects a commitment on the part of the front line staff, health care professional and organization to provide a quality of care to their dementia patient(s).

SAGE Eldercare supports the independence, well-being and quality of life of older adults, their families and caregivers, through the provision of client-centered health, social and support services.  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

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